CONNECTIONS BLOG

CONNECTIONS
Affinity. Closeness. Longing for connection. These shared experiences are what elevate our lives beyond mere existence. Good or bad, they are the muse for poetry, the rhythm of music, and the ‘heart’ in our heart. This body of work is about exploring just that: our humanity seen through how we connect with something outside ourselves. That moment when we bare our souls and open our hearts.

The Eye Of The Beholder

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The International Color Awards are always an interesting mix of images. I’m chuffed to say I won 2nd place in the Merit of Excellence in the People category. Yippee!

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The entries for the Colour Awards come from 79 countries across the globe so as they say at the Oscars, "its an honour to be nominated."  I'm excited to share that I received 7 nominations across 4 categories, the details are below. Its always difficult to predict what the judges are looking for so the selection of what to enter is sometimes half the battle.

Bronte - Nominee in People

Swimmer - Nominee in Sport

Beneath the Surface1 - Nominee in Abstract Category

Beneath the Surface 2 - Nominee in Abstract

Journey  - Nominee in People

Wingside - Nominee in Aerial

In Transit - Nominee in People

Master of Color

Christian has just been awarded 1st Place - Outstanding Achievement in Fine Art for his image of Bondi IceBergs in The 7th Annual Photography Masters Cup, International Color Awards.  This prestigious event celebrates excellence in color photography. MushenkoChristian_BondiIceBergs7th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Contrasto, Rome; Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam; Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal; Barbara Frigerio Contemporary Art, Milan; Clair Galerie, Munich; and Ingrid Deuss Gallery, Belgium who honored Color Masters with 274 coveted title awards in 18 categories.

"It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,416 entries we received this year," said Basil O'Brien, the awards Creative Director. "Mushenko's "Bondi IceBergs," an exceptional image winning 1st place in the Fine Art category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we're pleased to present him with the title of 1st Place - Outstanding Achievement in Fine Art."

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS, PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERS CUP is the leading international award honouring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honours the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography. www.photomasterscup.com

Christian also had this image titled 'lost 2' nominated in the Abstract Category, and the image below nominated in the Americana Category.

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A hidden treasure

Here's a pic from a gorgeous morning at Bilgola Beach a few weeks ago. Hopefully this brightens up your morning.  It was such a nice way to start the day,  swimming in the warm water. By chance, I shared the dawn with a film crew filming Jamie Durie surfing.  I was working with them on the same shoot a few days earlier and they were shooting the final takes. bilgola_discovery

Speaking of beaches, I was pretty happy to discover that I was nominated in the Abstract, and Fine Art categories in the International Colour Awards for two of my seascapes. Lots of great photography there, so have a look.

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From lepers to super heros...on the streets of New York

It's a special joy for photographers to shoot personal projects.  It's a great way for anyone to show their abilities outside the constraints of commissioned shoots and a great way to grow. We all enjoy checking out other people's personal work, as it gives us an insight to their style and interests.

My personal projects have been invaluable, and I've been nominated and won photography awards over the years using those images. Here's a few of my favourite personal projects.

Bringing out your competitive streak

   

 

 

Calling all photographers...don't miss your chance to enter the upcoming B&W International Spider Awards.  The deadline is 16 Dec 2011. You've got to be in it to win it.  www.thespiderawards.com

The PDN Photo Annual 2012 Awards are here again, submissions are closing on 25 Jan 2012 with a whopping first prize of $15, 00 (US$). You can see what other entrants are submitting on their website. www.pdnphotoannual.com

I'm excited to say I was nominated for two places in this year's Color Awards. http://www.thecolorawards.com in the categories of food and advertising.