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The Results Are In -- Part 15

I’m really excited to let you know that Black & White Magazine has once again elected to publish some of my photos as award winners. The “Special Issue 2019 Contest Winners” for single images was published in February, 2019. The term ‘single image’ is in contrast to recognition for a ‘portfolio’ of several images (like the New Orleans portfolio I previously showed here).

In this current issue, the editors selected three of my photos for publication. And one was even a photo from Italy!

 

Laundry Day

The photo from Italy is found on page 80 and is titled ‘Laundry Day, Isola Burano, 2012”.

Laundry Day, Isola Burano, 2012

Burano is a lovely and colorful island in the Venetian lagoon. Almost every house is painted in bright colors, though you could not tell that from the photo above. The wall in the photo is a nice lemon yellow. You can see a color version in my print store here.

I love this simple composition. And, I like that the laundry is from the toddler's room...complete with baby-blue, bunny-rabbit sheets and pullups.  You may have seen this photo before, as the judges for the International Black & White Spider Awards liked this one, too, as they gave it a 2nd Place - Merit of Excellence Award in their 2014 contest.

 

Sunset Gospel

On page 40 you will find a familiar photo from “The Results Are In — Part 14'“. The photo is titled “Sunset Gospel, Grenville, New Mexico, 2014”. To find out more about this photo, see the aforementioned article.

Sunset Gospel, Grenville, New Mexico, 2014

 

Rapid Transit

Finally, here is an old favorite that I captured on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Pedicabs are a great way to negotiate the streets of New Orleans, and I had fun ‘slurring’ many photos as they passed by, using a very slow shutter speed as I panned my camera. This one was my favorite. The color version was nominated in the 7th Annual International Pollux Awards back in 2015.

On page 189 you can find, “Rapid Transit, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2012

Rapid Transit, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2012

 

OK, consider my horn as tooted! Now it’s time that I got back to thinking about, and writing about, good times in Italy. I’ll fill you in on that sort of thing very soon!

Ciao for now,

Steve

The Results Are In!

The results of the 7th Annual International Pollux Awards are in and I’m happy to say that I received recognition in this prestigious competition! There were entries from 1,000 photographers from 62 countries in the competition, and I had 20 photos selected for recognition.

This is a different kind of photo competition than I’ve entered before.  Instead of recognizing winning photos, they recognize winning photographers – a bit confusing, but there is a distinction - they say. They take the body of work submitted and evaluate the photos. They then assemble the best photos in order of preeminence to determine the winning photographer. For instance, in the ‘Nature’ category you will see that I was the Winner, but three photos made up that winning recognition for me, the photographer. Get the difference? I’m a bit hazy on it myself, but it doesn’t really matter as far as I’m concerned.

Recognition Categories

There are several photo categories and three recognition categories for the photographers, as follows:

Nominated: These are the photos selected by the competition’s producers that are passed on the jurors for further evaluation to select the Winner and Runner-Up photographers

Runner-Up: A photographer selected for recognition by the jurors but not the Winner

Winner: The one winning photographer for a category

 

The Results

Here are my results for the 7th Annual International Pollux Awards, along with the photos involved.

Nature -- Winning Photographer!

Winner: 3 photos

Just a Chance of Clouds

Just a Chance of Clouds

Iceberg #1

Iceberg #1

Tuscan Flowers at Sunset

Tuscan Flowers at Sunset

Fine Art

Nominated: 2 photos 

Just Around the Corner

Just Around the Corner

San Giorgio Maggiore

San Giorgio Maggiore

Landscapes & Seascapes

Runner Up: 1 photo

Nominated: 2 photos

Afternoon Seastacks

Afternoon Seastacks

Tuscan Countryside

Tuscan Countryside

People, Culture and Daily Life

Nominated: 1 photo

Bourbon Street Pedicab Slurred

Bourbon Street Pedicab Slurred

Street Photography & Cityscapes

Nominated: 5 photos

Lightning Storm in Venice

Lightning Storm in Venice

Midnight Calle

Midnight Calle

A Thousand Years in the Making

A Thousand Years in the Making

Evening on the Grand Canal

Evening on the Grand Canal

Sunrise on the Grand Canal

Sunrise on the Grand Canal

Busy Day on the Grand Canal

Busy Day on the Grand Canal

Animals and Wildlife

Nominated: 1 photo

A Bit Shy

A Bit Shy

Still Life & Abstractions

Runner Up: 3 photos

A Very Stilllife

A Very Stilllife

Blue Stairs

Blue Stairs

Pink House Slurred

Pink House Slurred

Architecture & Bridges

Nominated: 1 photo 

Illumination of San Marco

Illumination of San Marco

Nudes

[Sorry, I was unable to enter that category this year…but I’m working on it!]

 

Ciao for now,

Steve