Sunday, November 21, 2010

International Photography Awards

The photographic awards season is upon us and I decided to select a few I liked from the International Photography Awards. Just released in New York, the awards are open to pros and amateurs worldwide and has many categories. They all will compete for the overall prized title of Int'l Photographer of the Year and a $10,000 payday.

This one is called "A week in December." It's by Chris Frazer-Smith from the UK and won the Professional Book Cover category. It depicts a businessman passing a Muslim woman on a bridge in London and has a beautifully captured sense of movement, space and style.

This is "Backstage Dior" by Roxanne Lowitt from the USA, also in the Professional Book category. I love mono pictures and you can hear the clink of champagne flutes and smell the perfume. It's all about glamour.

Originality is so refreshing in photography. Here, Andreas Smetana from Australia captures the theme Teamwork by using sailors of the Australian Royal Navy to outline their warship.

And finally, one not for the squeamish. I believe photography must be directed to give it purpose and meaning. It's a powerful tool when used with passion, provoking a response in the viewer. Here, Tommaso Ausili from Italy collated an essay inside a slaughterhouse he titles "Hidden Death" to highlight the suffering and torment behind our food chain. It's not pretty but it's not supposed to be, but it is art.

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