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Selected Photographer for the URBAN Photo Awards 2022

Very happy to share that seven of my photographs have been chosen by the judges of the Urban Photo Awards, which forms an integral part of the Trieste Photo Days festival Trieste Photo Days festival in Italy.

People Category. The Lady In Red. A protestor dances on the roof of the fake wedding bus used to block the road as the police arrive on scene. Extinction Rebellion protestors block off the southern end of London Bridge. London, UK. August 31, 2021. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Thrilled to make the list of ‘selected photographer’ for the competition, having theses images chosen from the 10,000 entries entered by 2800 photographers worldwide. Four of my images have been selected in the People category and three in the Spaces category. Only three others didn’t make the list, so very happy with that ratio!

Spaces Category. 1532 Meets 2018. The Scalpel building, opened in 2018, is seen behind St Andrew Undershaft church, constructed in 1532. City Of London. UK. June 14, 2022. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

These seven images are now through to the next stages of judging, to find the winners of the URBAN Photo Awards 2022, which marks the 13th year of the awards. If you like the work, do keep some fingers crossed please!

People Category. The XR Bride. The penultimate protestor to be taken off the open top ‘wedding bus’ was dressed as a bride and had her hand glued to the glass on the bus’s front door. She was arrested and put in the back of a Police van’s secure prisoner cell. Extinction Rebellion protestors block off the southern end of London Bridge. London, UK. August 31, 2021. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

All the selected photographs were made using Panasonic Lumix cameras, ranging from the Lumix G9, to the Lumix S1 and S1R, using a variety of Leica DG and Lumix S Pro lenses. As always, the raw files were edited and processed in LightRoom Classic on an Apple Mac Pro.

People Category. Coal Miner Ian Turner. Life around the mine. Miner Ian Turner, at the end of his shift. Aberpergwm Mine is the only remaining operational coal mine in the UK and the only source of high-grade anthracite in Western Europe. Aberpergwm Mine, Glynneath, Neath, Wales, UK. July 30, 2021. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
People Category. The Shift Manager. Shift Manager Miner Colin Evans, who has been a miner for 40 years, prepares the paperwork for the shift. Aberpergwm Mine is the only remaining operational coal mine in the UK and is the only source of high-grade anthracite in Western Europe. This anthracite is used in water filtration, rechargeable batteries and production of stainless steel, to name a few of its uses. Aberpergwm Mine, Glynneath, Neath, Wales, UK. July 30, 2021. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Spaces Category. The Forth Bridge (cantilever railway bridge) stretches across the Firth of Forth. The bridge was the most prominent steel structure when it became operational in 1890 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bridge carries over 50,000 passenger trains and over 6,000 freight trains with a gross weight in the region of ten million tonnes. The 8,094ft-long railway bridge acts as a significant thoroughfare connecting the north-east and south-east of Scotland, primarily connecting the city of Edinburgh and council area Fife and further to Dundee and Aberdeen. A view showing North Queensferry. Queensferry, Edinburgh, Scotland. July 08, 2021. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Spaces Category. The Power Of Green. Canary Wharf, London’s financial centre is seen behind a tree. June 14, 2022. London, UK. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Three Wins At The 15th International Color Awards

Absolutely thrilled to receive the good news from Los Angeles that three of my pictures have been judged into the winner’s circle with honourable mentions and that two other images have been nominated, in the 15th International Color Awards, from close to 6800 entered images.

Many thanks to all the judges (The Armory Show, New York; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; The Art Channel, London; V&A Museum, London; Koller Auctions, Zurich; Preus Museum, Norway; Publicis Groupe, Warsaw; Fila, New York; Chung | Namont Gallery, San Francisco; Kolle Rebbe, Hamburg; Tilton Gallery, New York; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; Cornette de Saint Cyr Auctions, Brussels; Podbielski Contemporary, Milan and RedKite NFT, London) and many congratulations to the other winners.

As some would have seen, I’ve started to branch out into creative still life photography, specialising in fountain pen and stationery. It was a thrill to see one of these pictures receive an honourable mention.

Here are the five chosen images. All photographs were made using Lumix cameras, using Leica DG, Olympus and Voigtlander lenses. The images were shot in raw, processed on an Apple Mac Pro with Eizo CG monitors and processed using Adobe LightRoom Classic and finished in Exposure Software’s X7.

Honorable Mention in Portrait | Coal Miner

Miner Ian Turner, at the end of his shift. Aberpergwm Mine is the only remaining operational coal mine in the UK. It’s the only source of high-grade anthracite in Western Europe. Aberpergwm Mine, Glynneath, Neath, Wales, UK. July 30, 2021. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian. Lumix G9 with Leica DG 50-200mm.

Honorable Mention in Photojournalism | Memorial Wall For Covid Victims

The wall of hearts grows as a memorial to loved ones taken by coronavirus. Each heart representing every one of the UK’s close to 150,000 victims (to date). The memorial is the idea of the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice campaign group, which has called for an inquiry into the Government’s handling of the pandemic. The National COVID Memorial Wall. North Wing, Lambeth Palace Rd, South Bank, London SE1 3FT. April 11, 2021. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian. Lumix G9 and Voigtlander 29mm F0.8 MFT Super Nokton Lens.

Honorable Mention in Still Life | Liquid Teal

“The Teal Breaker”. One of an 88 custom pen set. A concept by Bernardo “Mr Teal” Gomes, with the fountain pen made by John Garnham, nib tuned by Noah Maasarani (the Pen Doctor UK) and engraved by Ben Walsh, for the Fountain Pens UK group on Facebook. London, UK. November 28, 2021. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian. Lumix G9 and Olympus 60mm f2.8 Macro.

Nominee in People | Coal Mine Shift Manager

Life around the mine. Shift Manager Miner Colin Evans, who has been a miner for 40 years, prepares the safety paperwork for the shift. Aberpergwm Mine is the only remaining operational coal mine in the UK and the only source of high-grade anthracite in Western Europe. Aberpergwm Mine, Glynneath, Neath, Wales, UK. July 30, 2021. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian. Lumix G9 and Leica DG 10-25mm Vario_Summilux.

Nominee in Photojournalism | Covid 19 Memorial Wall

The wall of hearts grows as a memorial to loved ones taken by coronavirus. Each heart representing every one of the UK’s close to 150,000 victims (to date). The memorial is the idea of the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice campaign group, which has called for an inquiry into the Government’s handling of the pandemic. The National COVID Memorial Wall. North Wing, Lambeth Palace Rd, South Bank, London SE1 3FT. April 11, 2021. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian. Lumix G9 and Voigtlander 29mm F0.8 MFT Super Nokton Lens.

Shortlisted In CUPOTY

Close-up Photographer of the Year 03

Well, here’s a first for me! Being recognised for some macro work!


Delighted to share that one of my pictures has made the shortlist for Close-up Photographer of the Year, in the Manmade category of CUPOTY 03.
The image is a macro shot of the intricate nib design on my Montegrappa Merry Skull copper fountain pen.


Italian Flair; the intricate nib design on my Montegrappa Merry Skull Copper Fountain Pen. London, UK. May 08, 2021. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The photograph was made using a Lumix G9 and a Leica R 60mm Macro lens and extension tube. Apologies for my lateness with this post, as the announcement was in October this year!

Second Place-A portrait that tells a story contest

Absolutely delighted to come second place in the WANDRD and Kodak Professional, “A portrait that tells a story” international photography contest.

Miner Ian Turner, at the end of his shift. Aberpergwm Mine is the only remaining operational coal mine in the UK and is the only source of high-grade anthracite in Western Europe. The produce from the mine is used in water filtration, stainless steel production and rechargeable batteries, to name some of its uses. Aberpergwm Mine, Glynneath, Neath, Wales, UK. July 30, 2021. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

The portrait was shot on a Panasonic Lumix G9 and Leica DG 50-200mm. The raw file was processed in Adobe Lightroom Classic and finished in Exposure Software’s X7.

Rather enjoying some of the prizes, including the very neat WANDRD PRVKE LITE backpack and the rolls of Kodak Portra, which will be put to good use! Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Black and White Photography Awarded

Three Honourable Mentions at the 16th Annual Black & White Spider Awards

Very happy to share that several of my monochrome images have had awards success at the BW Spider Awards. During the online Gala Ceremony, attended by by over 11,000, I was thrilled to receive three honourable mentions and also discover that five other images had also been nominated. 

Honourable Mentions

PhotojournalismA Vigil By Smartphone Lights. Fundraising and Candlelight Vigil. Following miltary action by Azerbaijan with the backing of Turkey from the 27th of September, against the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) and Armenia, a war has ensued in the region. Armenian communities in the diaspora gather to raise funds with the defence effort and humanatarian crisis in Artsakh and Armenia. Members of the Armenian community in the UK gather for a candle lit vigil (using smartphone lights as a result of health and safety rules) and fund raising event for the Armenia Fund (Himnadram) with the support of the Armenian Apostolic Church in London. St. Yeghiche Armenian Church, South Kensington, London, UK. October 10, 2020. Photo: Edmond Terakopian.

Shot on a Lumix S1 and a Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG DN Art lens.

AmericanaClassic Corvettes. The Classic Car Drive In Weekend (a new style of socially distanced, COVID-compliant classic car show for buyers, collectors and petrol-heads as well as movie-goers). Bicester Heritage, Buckingham Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire, UK. September 18, 2020. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Shot on a Lumix S1R and Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG DN Art lens.

PeopleA chorister is dressed in traditional Armenian choir outfit, with a more modern face visor as protection following guidelines. Churches Allowed To Open After Easing Of UK COVID 19 Lockdown. The Apostolic Orthodox Armenian Church is one of the most ancient Christian institutions. The Kingdom of Armenia was the first state to adopt Christianity as its official religion. Having live streamed services during the pandemic lockdown, St Yeghiche Church opened its doors for public worship on Sunday 5th July 2020. Kensington, London, UK. July 05, 2020. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Shot on a Lumix S1 and S Pro 70-200mm f2.8. 

Nominations

ArchitectureConcord Road, Industrial Estate, Park Royal, London, UK. December 15, 2020. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Shot on a Lumix LX100M2.

PeopleBrighton beach, as on of the hottest days of the year comes to an end. As the COVID 19 lockdown has been relaxed, thousands of beachgoers flocked to Brighton as temperatures hit 30C (lower than the maximum temperature in South East England, which topped 36C). Authorities in Brighton have taken action to reduce the crowds at their beaches, on one of the hottest days of the year, with fears that social distancing will not be possible. Brighton, UK. August 07, 2020. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Shot on a Lumix G9 and Leica DG 50-200mm.

PortraitProfessional Dancer Faye Stoeser. The Millennium Bridge, Bankside, London, UK. September 15, 2020. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Shot on a Leica SL2 and Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG DN Art.

PortraitA portrait of Jim Connor (former picture editor, The Herald, Glasgow) enjoying a pint of Guiness at The Long Hall pub in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. January 17, 2020. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Shot on a Sigma fp and Leica 35mm APO Summicron SL.

PortraitYoshie At Quant. A portrait of fine art photographer Yoshie Nishikawa at the Mary Quant exhibition. Victoria and Albert Museum. London, UK. February 07, 2020. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Shot on a Sigma fp and Leica 35mm APO Summicron SL.

All the images were shot in raw and processed on an Apple Mac Pro (2013 model) in Adobe’s Lightroom. The monochrome work was then finished in Exposure Software’s X6. To maintain absolute and precise control during processing, calibrated Eizo CG monitors were used.

Interestingly, several of the images here were shot for a feature I was writing for Amateur Photographer magazine, titled The L Mount Alliance: “A Safe Investment”.

Third Place In The Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2021

Absolutely delighted to get a third place in the the premiere, international photographic awards dedicated to food photography, which so deeply covers the various aspects of food, from celebration and opulence to hunger and the need for sustenance. It’s a phenomenal competition and I’m thrilled my work was recognised by the global judging panel. Many thanks to the awards’ team and all the supporters and sponsors of the Pink Lady Food Photographer Of The Year.

Third Place; Politics Of Food.
Devoid Of Diners. First Month Of The COVID 19 Lockdown In London. Deserted London town following the COVID 19 pandemic and the first month of the coronavirus lockdown. The deserted courtyard in the famous Covent Garden Apple Market, normally seen bustling with diners. London, UK. April 23, 2020. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Many thanks also to this year’s judges, chaired by food photographer, David Loftus, Fiona Shields, Head of Photography, Guardian News & Media, Susan Bright, Writer and Curator, Nik Sharma, Cookbook Author and Photographer, Chef Simone Zanoni, Restaurant Le George, Four Seasons Paris, Alison Jacques, Founder, Alison Jacques Gallery and Vitalie Taittinger, President, Champagne Taittinger.

Finalist; Politics Of Food
A Key Worker In The Food Industry. First Month Of The COVID 19 Lockdown In London. The normal of ‘eating out’ during the COVID 19 lockdown, has become ordering in, as restaurants are only allowed to be open for deliveries. Bicyclist delivery driver for the online food delivery company Deliveroo, awaits their booking, as Londoners out cycling for their daily allowance of excerise, pass on by. Deserted London town following the COVID 19 pandemic and the first month of the coronavirus lockdown. London, UK. April 23, 2020. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

My prize winning image got third place in the Politics Of Food category. This section is about photojournalistic images that show the reality of issues relating to food anywhere in the world including the impact that Covid 19 has had on the global population over the last year. I’m delighted that another of my photographs was a finalist in this section and one other also made the shortlist.

I’m absolutely in awe of the overall winning image, titled ‘Taste’, by Li Huaifeng. Such a wonderful image.

The exhibition of award winning work is due be held at the RPS (Royal Photographic Society) in Bristol from 20th November to 12th December 2021. With over 20 categories, ranging from the Politics of Food to Food Portraiture, the images from the Awards capture the great sweep of stories and cultures in the world of food.

Shortlisted; Politics Of Food
The normal of ‘eating out’ during the COVID 19 lockdown, has become ordering in, as restaurants are only allowed to be open for deliveries. Bicyclist delivery driver for the online food delivery company Deliveroo, awaits their booking. Soho, London, UK. July 14, 2020. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Technical Information

For the photographers, some background to the equipment used. The third place image (top) was shot on my Lumix S1R with a Lumix S Pro 16-35mm f4.0 lens.

The finalist image (centre) was made using my Lumix S1 and Lumix S Pro 70-200mm f4.0 lens.

The shortlisted image (bottom) was made using my Leica M10-D and Leica 35mm Summilux ASPH FLE lens.

All images were shot in raw and processed in Lightroom Classic and finished in Exposure Software’s X6.

Awards Ceremony Video

If you’d like to skip forward to the Politics Of Food section, it’s at time code 31:36.