Saturday, June 22, 2013

PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris


This week we got a very pleasant surprise. The image "Study of light", done back in November in Athens got the bronze medal in Fine Art- Architecture category of Prix de la Photographie Paris, It was actually the second image in the category, as no silver has been awarded.

Study of light

For those who are not very aware with this competition, Px3 is a very prestigious landmark in European Photography. Running through the jury, we can see representatives from National Geographic, Corriere della Sera, NY Times and many magazines and galleries across the world. And a quite outstanding list of winners:
- Pierre Pellegrini, and his wonderful series of trees that was the Best New talent , among other distinctions in other category
- great image by Matthias Haltenhof with the Experimenelle Fabrik in Magdeburg that got the first prize at Fine Art- Architecture - non-professional
- the stunning Milk series of Jaroslaw Wieczorkiewicz, one of the highlights of Professionaæ advertising category
- wonderful book of Tommy Ingberg - Another reality where he present a great series of manipulations
- Akira Takaue and his amazing architectural patterns - The Matrix, some images highly acclaimed before, that I knew from other competitions and websites
- great lighthouse series by Marc Koegel
- my good friends Julia Anna Gospodarou and Bertrand Chombart

Monday, June 3, 2013

Den Nationale, Aalborg and some lack of sleep

A very long weekend has just finished last night. It involved a weekend trip to Aalborg, the forth largest city in Denmark, judging a photo contest and returning with some incidents back to Copenhagen. Aalborg was a hot guest for our trip, temperature being unexpectedly high for this parts of the world. The city itself is an industrial one, trying to raise its cultural identity. Or as very correctly stated on wikipedia: "in transition from a working-class industrial city to a knowledge-based one".

White ladder
White ladder

On Saturday, I was in the jury of Den Nationale, probably the most prestigious contest for the Danish Photography. I was in a jury of 3 people, in charge of picking up the winners of Colour Prints and Monochrome Digital categories. This meant seeing a total of 1700 images in 11 hours (my brain is still projecting some random images from time to time :-)). That was a very good experience, we saw some amazing images there, making our decision of choosing the medals very difficult. There were also some images (let me be polite and call them bellow average) that made me wonder what they are doing in a such a competition. Thanks to the 2 ladies Helene and Pia with whom I worked during the day in the judging process. I would say we were a functional jury, without fights and stubbornness (maybe the late hour helped as well and strong opinions have been replaced by pragmatic aproach and willingness to cooperate). And I can say I am very happy about the final winners. Very good organisation from Aalborg photo club too- thank you guys, well done.

Shape of smoke 2
Shape of smoke

Yesterday, not totally recovered from the day before, I started the day at 5:30am due to some pavement work near by the hotel. Honestly people, is Sunday 5:30am a good time to start paving a road? Arrived home after 11PM due to some problems with the airplane (issues with the breaks, made me very happy when the landing was over). Summing up, it was a great experience. Acting as a judge I can understand how difficult is to jury such a competition, when most of the time, you have only few seconds to make your mind about it and to award the points.