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Award Winning!

by Coole Photography on March 12, 2014 Leave a comment

I am delighted to announce that I can now call myself an award winning photographer! A few months back I mentioned that I had been selected as a multi-category finalist for the Eyes on Asia Awards, and in the end I won the Sense of Place category for professionals.

Fishermen catching small reef fish by sitting on small benches attached to poles which are stuck into the water a few meters offshore, known locally as stilt fishing.

For those of you not familiar with these awards here is some info taken from their website:

“The Eyes on Asia Awards are looking for images that are positive, uplifting, inspiring, sometimes funny or quirky. Images that inspire the viewer to want to travel to unique and beautiful places across Asia & Oceania; Images that make you want to pack your bag, jump on a plane and disappear to an exotic island, a mountain range, or a jungle. We want images that show us something familiar, yet with a new perspective, and give the viewer a ‘sense of place’.

The Eyes on Asia Awards does not want photojournalistic, gritty and/or troubling images. There are other contests covering those topics. We do not aim to make political statements or to focus in on the misery of others. While we look certainly for high quality photography, this is a contest that likes to celebrate travel and the beauty of life. We do not want to show the dirty and troubled side of a country, which in many cases you certainly may also find if you look for it.”

For this category I decided to enter one of my stilt fishermen shots (for more info about this series please click here) as I felt it really nailed the brief:

“A single picture from anywhere in Asia and Oceania that tells the viewer a story of what it is like to be there”

So there we are, I am totalled thrilled and can’t wait to head back to Indonesia to enjoy my prize! A huge thanks to the fishermen for being so patient, Manfrotto for creating the sturdiest of tripods and also to LEE Filters, what on earth would I do without my BIG Stopper!

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