I am so thrilled to share with you some exciting news I received not long ago! If you follow me at all, you know that I am active in participating in the photography industry in a number of ways, one of which is through competitions. I find that competitions are great ways to really hone your skills as a photographer and push yourself to try a little harder. I recently found out I placed an “Honourable Mention” in the International Color Awards . This competition is always really tough, if nothing else, simply because of the sheer number of photographers who enter from all around the world – over 6,000 this year! As a photographer, its so easy to get stuck in your own little continent, your own little piece of the world, and wrapped up by the trends and personalities that dominate it. And when you do, you can quickly forget there are incredible artists to be found everywhere. I find when competitions attract wide and diverse groups of photographers, it becomes that much harder of a competition, and you end up finding and being inspired by some incredible artists you might not have connected with otherwise.
A little bit about this image. This was an image I shot as part of a 365 project I was completing. It’s a personal image, of my own children. For me, it was a case of anticipation. Kids, baths, and bubbles. Yes magic and fun would be bound to happen. Yes I got lots of the “typical” shots with bubbles and a bath you might expect. What was interesting to me though, was what I captured below. Completely unexpected and unscripted, to me, it shows two very different reactions of brothers to “blowing bubbles” and it really captures the essence of who they are in one frame. Unscripted because life isn’t scripted :).There’s more I like about the image – the blue and green bottles as little pops of colour, the shark floating in the bathtub – but really, its what happened, the timing of the photograph and the honesty of it that really interests me.
What draw you into pictures? What makes you stop and think? What elements appeal to you in photographs or art?
Official Press Release.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
10TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER (NAME) FROM (COUNTRY)
LOS ANGELES March 8th, 2017 – Professional photographer Jennifer Kapala of Canada was presented with the 10th Annual International Color Awards Honourable Mention in the category of Children of the World at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow streamed Saturday, March 4, 2017.
The live online gala was attended by 9,575 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for color photography.
10th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Christie’s, New York; Contemporary Art Society, London; Sotheby’s, Paris; ING Collection, Netherlands; Y&R, Malaysia; Preus Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Ogilvy & Mather, Amsterdam; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and J. Walter Thompson, New York who honored Color Masters with 723 title awards in 33 categories.
“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 6,178 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Jennifer’s “Different Interpretations of Blowing Bubbles,” an exceptional image entered in the Children of the World category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present her with the title of Honourable Mention.”
INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography. www.colorawards.com
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