Greetings from Italy!
So the final results was revealed in Trieste, Italy March 1st this year. I were there myself amongst many, many other photographers participating in the conference and the awards ceremony. After the weekend I stayed for another week in Slovenia and Croatia and took some photos here and there.
The whole weekend in Trieste was magnificent. Conference was held in this beautiful Verdi Opera Theatre with some awesome speakers. But of course the awards ceremony was the thing to remember the most, because I got to get on that stage lots of times to receive an award or two.
It was already known before the awards ceremony that I was in the Top 3 in two different category but the color of the trophies were not yet to be known. So there I was, waiting, feeling a bit nervous what would I get.
And then the first announcement, Bronze Camera in Commercial! I felt great!
Then came the Portrait category announcement and I got the GOLDEN CAMERA! That just blew my mind, I never expected that, honestly.
And also I got the Finalist certificate in Illustrative.
In this competition one must submit at least three images in one category in order to participate. I sent three images in three different category each, total of nine images. (And I got awarded in every category!)
All images entered was assessed by an international FEP jury an they judged every image with points from 0 to 100.
The image achieving a score between 70 and 79 will be presented with a Merit Award Certificate.
Those obtaining a score between 80 and 89 will be presented with a Distinction Award Certificate.
Finally, those obtaining a score of at least 90 will be presented with an Excellence Award Certificate
My final results looked like this:
GOLDEN CAMERA – Portrait, 3 x EXCELLENCE AWARD.
BRONZE CAMERA – Commercial, 1 x EXCELLENCE AWARD & 1 x DISTINCTION AWARD
FINALIST – Illustrative, 1 x MERIT AWARD
I was the most awarded Photographer in this years competition. Even though the main prize, European Photographer Of The Year, went for Diogo Freitas from Portugal.
All the awarded images was made for a Finnish hardware store Rautia’s “Pelit ja Vehkeet” campaign. In the past, with images made for them has been successful in other international competitions so I figured to try out again in this one with some new images and this was the result. It is so great to be able to do projects like these!
I do not want to take all the credit to myself of this success, because projects like this are always a cooperation with lots of people. So I want to give my most humble thanks to the client Rautia, Ad Agency DDB Helsinki, and of course to my awesome crew who made all this possible! I feel so privileged to work with all of you!
All and all the success for Finnish Photographers was unbelievable this year. Congratulations to Vesa Tyni for winning the Bronze Camera in Illustrative category, Markus Aspegren for winning the Bronze Camera in Students and Young Photographers category, and also to Antti Karppinen and Petra Tiihonen for being a Finalist in their own categories.
This year is going to be a good year!
And here are all the awarded images: