Americas regional winner of the 2015 Urban Photographer of the Year competition


2014 © Christopher Martin

It was a great surprise when I learned earlier in the week that I was the regional winner for the Americas in this year’s Urban Photographer of the Year competition.  There are three regions that this contest divides the world into as well as recognizing one overall winner.  They had over 21,000 entries to this unique competition so it is an honour to have my image selected.

My image is of a plane being de-iced at the Calgary International Airport.  I described the scene as follows in my submission,  “On a cold morning in January, airplanes required de-icing before being able to takeoff. As I waited for my flight to warmer climes, I watched a crane truck approach this plane. It stopped a few metres away, the bucket then extended upwards with this gentleman waiting to go to work. When he turned on the spray from the hose, the steam lit by the rising sun made for a compelling image.”

This link shares the winning images and presents striking imagery.  I commend all the winners and whole heartedly agree with the committee’s selection for the overall winner.  That image, “Xyclops”, by Oscar Rialubin is a stunning portrait and window into a craftsman’s work and personality.

37 responses

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  2. Congratulations! It’s a very dramatic photo.

    October 27, 2015 at 6:54 am

  3. Congratulations! Great work like yours deserves recognition!

    October 22, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    • Thank you Sand Salt Moon – I’m very honoured by your kind words.

      October 22, 2015 at 8:43 pm

  4. Congratulations! Dramatic photo!

    October 19, 2015 at 9:41 am

  5. Congratulations! Incredible photo. I initially thought the person was fighting a fire.

    October 16, 2015 at 10:16 pm

  6. Wonderful shot! Congrats!

    October 15, 2015 at 8:29 pm

  7. Congratulations! That’s an amazing shot.

    October 15, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    • Thank you so much Brian. Appreciate you having a look and taking the time to comment.

      October 19, 2015 at 8:42 pm

  8. Congratulations! Fantastic image!

    October 15, 2015 at 2:48 pm

  9. Gloria Braveheart

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! And thanking you for you generosity in sharing your images. Glori

    October 15, 2015 at 11:57 am

    • Thank you Gloria – I’m happy you enjoy checking out my work.

      October 19, 2015 at 8:43 pm

  10. Sue Masterman

    Congratulations on your win, Christopher. It’s a wonderful photo!

    Sue Masterman

    October 15, 2015 at 10:43 am

  11. Congratulations!! Fantastic capture.

    October 15, 2015 at 8:50 am

    • Thank you Mara Lee – I’m glad you enjoyed it. I felt pretty lucky when the scene unfolded infront of me while I waited for my plane!

      October 19, 2015 at 8:45 pm

  12. Judi Martin

    So proud of you. You deserve all the accolades and awards you receive You are living an extraordinary life and it’s so rewarding to be part of it…

    Sent from my iPad


    October 15, 2015 at 8:45 am

  13. Awesome photo! Congratulations, I can see why you won!

    October 15, 2015 at 8:18 am

  14. Congratulations! Great shot. We love our de-ice!

    October 15, 2015 at 8:12 am

  15. Congratulations, Chris, on the honor well deserved!

    October 15, 2015 at 7:22 am

    • Thank you Svetlana. I really appreciate your continued interest in my work.

      October 19, 2015 at 8:51 pm

  16. What a fabulous image! Congratulations!

    October 15, 2015 at 7:19 am

  17. Congratulations! What an honour!

    October 15, 2015 at 4:46 am

  18. Congratulations!

    October 15, 2015 at 1:42 am

    • Thank you Mark.

      October 19, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      • You’re welcome. You are now an inspirations to the beginners like me.

        October 19, 2015 at 10:35 pm

  19. Congradulations…..Two things that made me feel grateful to know. Marlon James and you

    October 15, 2015 at 1:37 am

  20. Alec

    Thank you. You have a great talent and it is being recognized globally. It is only the tip of the ice berg. Enjoy the upcoming adventures.


    Mom and Dad

    Sent from my iPhone


    October 15, 2015 at 12:14 am

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