I AM Photographer Festival brought many world-famous photographers to Estonia (02.04.2013)
Yet another Baltic Wedding, Portrait and Nature Photo Contest has ended and on March 31st, the best photos of wedding, portrait and nature photo categories were announced.
Lithuanian photographer Dovile Dagiene's photo “By the River“ was chosen to be the best wedding photo of the year. The title of the best portrait photo also went to Lithuania and the winner was Vadim Fasij with his photo „Opposite Reality“. The main prize in the nature photo category went to Estonian Kalmer Lehepuu for his photo „Fly, birds, fly“. Learn more about the awarded photos from the festival web page!
Although the major part of the awarded photographers came from Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania, awards also went to Italy, Norway, Finland and Denmark. Altogether, 1504 photos were presented to the contest from 314 photographers, from 19 countries. The farthest countries were Brazil and Australia. Besides the Baltic States, other countries from where photographers presented their photos were Finland, Sweden, England, Greece, Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland, United States, Belarus and Russia.
The members of the jury in the wedding photo category were Dennis Orchard, Roberto Valenzuela, Annika Metsla, Andris Kozlovskis, Tomas Kauneckas and Matas Jūras. The jury of the portrait photo category was combined of Kaupo Kikkas, Joe McNally, Bella West, Madis Palm, Gatis Rozenfelds and Jonas Staselis. The winners in the nature photo category were chosen by Peter Ellis, Staffan Widstrand, Roy Mangersnes, Jari Peltomäki, Sven Začek and Raimo Lielbriedis.
The contest was part of the 4-day I AM Photographer Festival during which, all enthusiasts were able to listen lectures from world-famous photographer Joe McNally and award-winning wedding photographer Roberto Valenzuela and first-rate nature photographers Staffan Widstrandi, Roy Mangersnersi and Jari Peltomäki. Participants were also able to take part in the workshops of Staffan Widstrandi, Joe McNally and Roberto Valenzuela.
The main prizes of the contest – pro's photography kits – were put out by Nikon. At the festival, participants had a chance to learn more about the products and services of Nikon, Profoto, Enelope and HP.
Learn more about all the contest entries from the festival web page: festival.iamphotographer.eu.
More information about the festival from the organisers
Photos: Raigo Pajula, Sten Jõemets and Aivar Pihelgas