Award

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.


Shortlisted Images for the Travel Photographer of the Year Competition

The Travel Photographer of the Year awards have announced their shortlist and I have images in the hunt across three categories.  The TPOTY is a major competition out of the UK so it is pretty exciting to have some of my work recognized to this stage.

The image of the monks on the bridge at sunset in Amarapura in Myanmar is one of three images that are in the running for the single shot category.  The nuns at prayer and the lone fisherman are the other images that have been shortlisted in this category.

The following four images are finalists for the World in Motion portfolio category.

 

The last set is a really fun category to be shortlisted in.  It is the New Talent category.  The portfolio I entered was for Bagan in central Myanmar.  The objective was to sell a location, a journey or an idea.  From the TPOTY website: “Tell the story of a place, a destination, an experience, a journey, even a travel commodity, but sell it to us. Make us want to experience it.  This category is for photographers looking to start a career in photography.  Your images should give the judges a real sense of the place or travel experience and entice them too.  This is your travel advert.” I tried to share the wonder of Bagan across the four images.  It was an interesting exercise to cull through all of the photographs I made in Bagan and select four that provided a window into the people and the land.

 

With this competition’s international profile, there are many very high quality entries so it is exciting to have a range of work reach the final round.  The winning images will be announced in the next couple of weeks so we’ll see what happens.


National Geographic – Travel Photo of the Week

One of my photographs of the fishermen of Inle Lake in Myanmar has been selected as the travel photo of the week on the National Geographic website.  Here is the link.

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That’s pretty cool – now if I could just angle for an assignment from the yellow border.


Digital Photography Experience

I follow this group and really appreciate the ideas and knowledge that Rick Sammon, Juan Pons and the rest of their team share through their website.  So it is pretty cool to have the photograph below recognized as a favourite from their DPE Flickr pool this afternoon.  Thanks guys!

Buddhist nuns in prayer at the Sagaing Hills convent


Photofocus Emerging Photographer of the Year Nomination

I want to thank Scott Bourne and his Photofocus team for selection as one of the 24 nominees for the Emerging Photographer award that they have set up.  It is a tremendous honour to have my work well received by a gentleman who spends a great amount of time encouraging, advising and informing photographers of all types and all levels.

Here is the link to the Photofocus post and more information about this opportunity.

The exposure this nomination has generated is fantastic and has already opened a few new doors which are very exciting.

The content on the Photofocus covers a broad range of photographic topics and does so at a thorough, informative level.  I am consistently impressed by the volume of original material Scott and his contributors post.  It is a daily read and a lot of fun to be involved in a small way with this group.

Thank you Scott, all the best to you and your team.

Best regards,

Chris