By founding six years ago the EISA Photo Maestro the European Imaging and Sound Association wanted to encourage both amateur and semi-professional photographers creating series of pictures who are connected to each other. This means that photographers are challenged to think in a documentary way but is of course on an as free as possible mode, to give its own interpretation to the theme of the year.
2018 Winners | Theme: Nature
First Prize: Bence Mate
“A great wildlife photo is technically perfect, innovative, and unrepeatable. It should be a genuine reflection of what took place, and the subjects must be able to move around freely. Whilst Photoshop can be used to enhance an image, the sole goal of post-production should be to reflect reality in the most accurate way possible.”
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Second Prize: Dariusz Bruhnke
“Photography has become my part of life, I love to spend time with nature and show it in the way I see. These photos were made on the Lofoten Archipelago in the north of Norway at the turn of February and March,during photo workshops that we ran together with Adam Wawrzyniak. The amazing climate that prevails in Lofoten at this time of year makes it a photographer’s paradise”.
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Third Prize: Alfonso J. Expósito Díaz-Álvarez
“Reefs of Life and Color”
Seas and oceans nurture an extraordinary variety of life of every shape and colour. This collection of photographs aims to reflect the wealth of the waters that cover our blue planet, from the reefs of the Red Sea in Egypt to the underwater paradise of Raja Ampat, Indonesia. The reef shark of the Bahamas and the imposing and majestic white shark of Guadalupe Island represent the top predators that maintain the balance of the oceans. In Lembeh, Indonesia lurks the blue-ringed octopus, which, at 5 cm in size, is one of the most poisonous animals on the planet. Other marvels include a strikingly colourful nudibranch, a beautiful shoal of sweet-lipped fish taking refuge in the coral reef of Raja Ampat, and the turtle hawksbill with its penetrating gaze, photographed in Komodo.
I am an amateur photographer, especially in underwater photography.” My first contact with photography took place underwater more than 10 years ago, and I felt the need to teach the wonders of this blue planet. With more than 1000 dives all over the world, both in fresh water and in salt water, I have had the fortune to feel and experience unique moments, which I have tried to convey in each of the photographs I take.
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Public’s Choice Award : Åsa Fredh
I started to photograph 15 years ago. I photograph most different species in nature and when opportunities are also given landscape. With my photography, I want to show how beautiful it is in nature, and hopefully more people will be fascinated by it and more likely to see our amazing nature.
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