International Photography Awards 2011

Day to Night, Times Square by Stephen Wilkes (USA)

Day to Night, Times Square by Stephen Wilkes (USA) Cat Professional Cityscapes - 3rd Place

IInternational Photography Awards some categoriesn my last post Kirsty Mitchell – photographs from the Garden of England I noted the challenge of a photographer gaining exposure for their work – first getting noticed then drawing the webizen in so that they are doing more than window-shopping the vast virtual glass-face that is the web.

One option available is to submit your work to a competition. Even if you do not succeed in winning a prize there is the added traffic from visitors to the competition-website then seeking out your site if they like your work. You may also get feedback from the competition panel too.

One such prize is the International Photography Awards (IPA). I came upon these awards via an article from August this year on the My Modern Met website. The article explains about the competition then posts some of their favourite photographs. I am going to do exactly the same – and also urge you, if not already familiar, to visit the IPA site.

They are based in Los Angeles, USA and describe their mission ‘to salute the achievements of the world’s finest photographers, to discover new and emerging talent, and to promote the appreciation of photography.’

Their site includes an archive gallery dating back to 2003 where you can explore the work of the winning entrants back to that year plus what they call ‘honourable mention’ galleries for both Professional and non-Professional photographers.

You are able to submit your own work at any time – either online or even – perish the thought! – by post.

In addition to the vindication of winning a prize and the increased exposure and credibility to your work, cash prizes ranging from $5000 to $10000 are awarded too.

The awards are not generic either but divided into numerous categories, too numerous indeed to list here, but to give you a flavour of some, there are awards under the umbrellas of Advertising, Architecture, Editorial, Fine Art, Nature, People and Special (basically anything else not included in the other categories) – which in turn have a diverse selection of sub-categories.

There is no theme or narrative therefore to the photos in this post merely some of my own personal favourites. And personal favourites today, tomorrow I could have chosen a different selection such is the quality and quantity of entrants submitted. Actually there is one unintended theme – trees – this urban-soul is perhaps more rural than he realizes!

I have not at this stage researched any of the photographers featured in this post and am looking forward to later doing so and posting on those that have most impressed me.

Women of History by Peter Lippmann (France) - Cat: Professional Fashion

Women of History by Peter Lippmann (France) - Cat: Professional Fashion - 1st Place

Giraffe IV by Alex Bernasconi (Italy) - Cat: Professional Other

Giraffe IV by Alex Bernasconi (Italy) - Cat: Professional Other - 3rd Place

Expressions of Autumn by John Scanlan (USA) - Cat: Professional Seasons

Expressions of Autumn by John Scanlan (USA) - Cat: Professional Seasons - 2nd Place

dead tree IV by Alex Bernasconi (Italy) - Cat: Professional Trees

dead tree IV by Alex Bernasconi (Italy) - Cat: Professional Trees - 2nd Place

Tales of Tolkein: Walking Ent by Alexander Kitsenko (Ukraine) - Cat: Non-professional Trees

Tales of Tolkein: Walking Ent by Alexander Kitsenko (Ukraine) - Cat: Non-professional Trees - 3rd place

Kirsty Mitchell – photographs from the Garden of England

Kirsty Mitchell - About Wonderland - Lady of the Lake

The Lady of the Lake

If you are a photographer the web is an ideal place to share your labours of love – that is assuming your site gets found among the endless virtual real estate that is the online realm, and then that the ever updating Google search algorithms treat you kindly. Because with a very modest digital camera pretty much anyone can set up shop online as a hopefully-professional photographer. And digital cameras of a very high standard indeed can be purchased on quite modest budgets such is the advancement of digital photographic technology. But a high-resolution digital camera and a web-site will only get you so far – to stand out from the pixelated crowd you need art and you need a distinctive vision. Kirsty Mitchell

Kirsty Mitchell certainly has vision. I especially enjoy the staged scenes of dissipated women among the twilight flora – both as one, as nature. It is not all nature though – human-made paraphernalia strews itself in some shots but in the main hauteur-horticulture pervades.

Kirsty Mitchell is from Kent in England – Kent is known as the ‘Garden of England’ – so perhaps then these scenes are inevitable. On her website she explains a background in art and fashion – photography being a relatively recent artistic endeavour following an illness in 2007 causing her to retire her fashion career. Her fashion internships were at the design studios of Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan– what designers to be interned to! As well as a gallery of her work her photographs can be purchased from her website store. Finally she presents a diary of her work. With photography words are not really that necessary? You reader will have a different response to her work than me, and even if we are of similar mind (which really is doubtful!) the pictures will still say far more than any words I could write about them.

Kirsty Mitchell Dryad

Dryad

This post then is a humble pitch for her work – to go and see for yourself. Unlike some photography blogs which present watermarked and near-thumbnail images, on this blog the photographs are available to see full-screen, fully saturated. I present a smattering here which also can be viewed in greater size if you click on the image. What do you think? Does she stand out from the sound of the crowd?I stated that I think she has a distinctive vision – but does she have art?

Kirsty Mitchell The White Witch

The White Witch

Kirsty Mitchell A Most Beautiful Death

A Most Beautiful Death