Honorable Mention for ‘Cloudy Morning Sky Sun’ @ One-Shot: Harmony

Honorable Mention for 'Cloudy Morning Sky Sun'

While still in retreat working on a project, it took me a while to find out that Cloudy Morning Sky Sun received an honorable mention in the fine art category of the International Photography Awards’ One-Shot: Harmony competition.

While the world seems to be filled with discord and conflict at the moment, with this competition the IPA wanted to “highlight the beauty of unity and harmony that exists in all corners and in all aspects of life” and invited photographers from all over the world to share their take on harmony to show “how our differences and unique qualities can bring us together, how beautiful the world is because of the diversity that exists—in nature, in culture, in humanity.”

This theme deeply resonates within me on both a personal and a professional level and I decided to enter Cloudy Morning Sky Sun as my interpretation of harmony. With this image I explore the ancient concept of Yin and Yang, two contrasting but also complimentary forces that interconnect to form a oneness. They ultimately describe duality not opposition: one cannot exist without the other. When both are in balance, harmony exists and oneness remains. When one predominates, the other is weakened and oneness is lost. I split the original image into a colored and a black-and-white part separated by a thin line. While the Sun in the colored part symbolizes Yang, it turns into a Yin-Moon in the black-and-white part. The line represents the Taiji, a border separating Yin and Yang and thereby erst creating duality.

I am absolutely delighted that the jury found my entry worthy of an honorable mention among such a variety of wonderful images. And I continue to believe that while we nowadays seem to live in a world of opposition, our true nature embraces co-existence and harmony.

“Skies/Himmel” Featured in IPA’s Newly Published “IPA 2017 Book of Photography”

"IPA 2017 Book of Photography" features "Skies/Himmel"

The International Photography Awards (IPA) just published its new annual book “IPA 2017 Book of Photography”. The book features the winning entries from the IPA 2017 photography competition as well as a directory listing of honorable mention entries.

As a bronze winner in a book category, Skies/Himmel is part of this collection of diverse work of the outstanding photographers who have participated in the IPA 2017 competition, showing work from across many genres and from all around the world. Looking at this wonderful IPA publication makes me again feel humbled and grateful that Skies/Himmel has been chosen a winner alongside such magnificent works of photography.

Seasonal Book Trailer for “Skies/Himmel” Published

Not that a book really needs a trailer, but it was fun putting one together. So here it is: the seasonal book trailer for Skies/Himmel that also comes with some Christmas-music.  The “Silent Night”-variation is by Jon Sayles. Enjoy!

“Skies/Himmel” a Winner at the 2017 International Photography Awards

"Skies/Himmel" a Winner at IPA 2017

I just found out that “Skies/Himmel” has made a 3rd place at this year’s International Photography Awards (IPA)! The prestigious IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is “to honor master photographers, to discover new and emerging talent, and to promote the appreciation of photography.” Incepted in 2003, the IPA has this year received nearly 15,000 submissions from over 165 countries across the globe. I feel deeply humbled and grateful that the jury panel has selected “Skies/Himmel” as a winner in the Book – Monograph category.