Excerpt from Press Release:
International Photography Awards Announces Category Winners of the 2015 Competition!
This year, The International Photography Awards received 17837 submissions from over 153 countries, and is pleased to declare that Niall Hastie was awarded :-
Honorable Mention in Fine Art - Abstract for the winning entry The Presence of Light.
Honorable Mention in Architecture - Buildings for the winning entry The Presence of Light.
Honorable Mention in Nature - Landscapes for the winning entry Mediterranean Sunset.
Honorable Mention in Nature - Sunset for the winning entry Mediterranean Sunset.
Honorable Mention in Nature - Landscapes for the winning entry Sunset On The Rocks.
About the International Photography Awards
The International Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for professional, non-professional, and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today. Each year, the International Photography Awards (IPA) invites passionate photographers, to compete for the title of Photographer of the Year, Discovery of the Year and Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year. A board of esteemed professionals in the field juries the competition: curators, photo editors, gallery owners, art directors, and other luminaries from the international photography community. The awards includes a Lucie Statue and cash prizes totaling over $20,000, exhibition and publication opportunities. www.photoawards.com
My entry 'The Presence of Light' (shown below) is a series of pictures which details architectural features, together with the interplay of light and shadow on those surfaces. The buildings featured are all found in and around Aberdeen city, and I wanted to capture a the look and feel of light and shadow across different surfaces, both flat, edged and curved, whilst giving the images an abstract feel. The images are all long exposure shots using varying degrees of ND filters to achieve the effects, then carefully processed afterwards.
The other two images which achieved Honourable Mention status were single shot entries to the competition in the Landscape and Nature categories (shown below):
Although I would obviously have loved to be awarded one of the top places in the categories I entered, the number of excellent images by photographers from all round the world makes it a very hard fought competition. I am delighted that I achieved Honourable Mention status with the images above, and I am particularly pleased that my black & white series was recognised and awarded. Onwards and upwards!