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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.

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

Travel Photographer Of The Year 2020 Finalist

Extremely happy to share that seven of my images have made it to the finals of the prestigious Travel Photographer Of The Year 2020!

Huge thanks to all the judges and organisers of the awards and many congratulations to the finalist photographers. Results will be announced in January 2021.

My portfolio of four images is a finalist in the People of the World category.

A couple look out into the bay. The Great South Wall, Dublin Bay, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. January 18, 2020. Photo: Edmond Terakopian. Sigma fp and Leica 50mm APO-Summicron SL lens.
Brighton beach, as one 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. Lumix G9 and Leica DG 50-200mm f2.8-4.0 lens.
Colourful, lit up balloon sellers on the bridge. Kyiv, Ukraine. October 23, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian. Lumix G9 and Leica DG 10-25mm f1.7.
A 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. Sigma fp and Leica 35mm APO-Summicron SL lens.

The following three photographs are finalists in the Close to Home category.

Matching face mask and outfit to one’s surrounds as the lockdown comes to an end. Knightsbridge, London, UK. June 14, 2020. Photo: Edmond Terakopian. Lumix S1 and Lumix S Pro 70-200mm f4.0 lens.
Penelope and Dolly during the first Coronavirus lockdown. London, UK. March 27, 2020. Photo: Edmond Terakopian. Lumix S1R and Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f2.8 lens.
Deserted London town following the COVID 19 pandemic and the first month of the coronavirus lockdown. London, UK. April 23, 2020. Photo: Edmond Terakopian. Lumix S1R and Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f2.8 lens.

All the raw images were processed in Adobe LightRoom CC and finished in Exposure Software’s X5 and X6 plugin.

15th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Successes

An Honourable Mention & Seven Nominations

Happy to share some pleasant news from the 15th B&W Spider Awards. The judges have kindly given a Fashion Category Honourable Mention to my backstage photograph, taken at Joshua Kane‘s fantastically creative Mythical Creatures fashion show.

Honourable Mention in Fashion. Model Seraphina Westcott gets makeup applied for her role as “The Pegasus”. Behind the scenes at Mythical Creatures, a fashion show by British designer Joshua Kane. Wardrobe, hair and makeup. The Royal Exchange, London, UK. November 08, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian. Shot on a Lumix S1 and a Lumix S Pro 50mm f1.4 lens.

From the 6,378 entries, from 69 countries, these seven images were also nominated in their categories too.

Nominee in People. Italian Alpine (Mountain Troop) soldiers at the top of Kronplatz mountain. Plan de Corones, South Tyrolean Mountains and Dolomites, Italy. July 20, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian. Shot on a Lumix S1R and Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f2.8 lens.
Nominee in Photojournalism. Wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial khachkar (a carved Armenian Stone Cross memorial sculpture) took place after a remembrance service and prayer of intercession, to commemorate the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of April 24th, 1915, when 1.5 Million Armenians were massacred by the Ottoman Empire. A member of the clergy swings a censer (a type of thurible) of incense. The usual wreath laying ceremony at The Cenotaph, attended by hundreds, was cancelled this year due to the COVID 19 lockdown and instead took place on church grounds. St. Yeghiche Armenian Church, Cranley Gardens, South Kensington, London, UK. April 24, 2020. Photo: Edmond Terakopian. Shot on a Lumix S1 and Lumix S Pro 16-35mm f4.0 lens.
Nominee in People. (L-R) Rebekah Jones (as The Grand Duchess) and Jessica Cale (as Susan) getting ready in the dressing room. Bernstein and Berkeley Double Bill by the Royal College of Music Opera Studio. Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London, UK. July 01, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian. Shot on a Lumix G9 and Leica DG 10-25mm Vario-Summilux lens.
Nominee in Portrait. Eunsley Park, award-winning British, South Korean violinist, with a Lorenzo Storioni violin, from the 1800s (from the Beare’s International Violin Society). Walkway by a construction site, Ealing, London, UK. July 29, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian. Shot on a Lumix S1 and Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f2.8 lens.
Nominee in Portrait. Fashion designer and independent British luxury brand, Joshua Kane, in his flagship store at 68 Great Portland Street, London, UK. July 23, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian. Shot on a Lumix S1R and Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f2.8.
Nominee in Sport. The horses are cooled down with water after the match. King Power Gold Cup polo match between Emlor and Murus Sanctus. Cowdray Park Polo Club, Ambersham & Brooks Field Grounds, Selham, West Sussex. July 10, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian. Shot on a Lumix S1R and Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f2.8 lens.
Nominee in Sport. Members of Team GB Fencing and other athletes training at the Leon Paul Fencing Centre, 19 Garrick Industrial Centre, Irving Way, London, UK. November 05, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian. Shot on a Lumix S1R and Lumix S Pro 50mm f1.4 lens.

All the photographs were naturally shot in raw format. These Lumix RW2 files (from the S1, S1R and G9) were then edited, captioned and processed in Adobe Lightroom. The monochrome conversions were then finished in Exposure Software‘s Exposure X5.

NOIR Winning Image

The Club of Black and White Photography and NOIR the best of The Club of Black and White Photography curators have very kindly bestowed an award for best image of the month of August to one of my images.

The international group is comprised of 68,977 photographer members, so it’s nice to have an image chosen from such a talented and large group of people.

The image was shot as part of my reportage on the COVID 19 lockdown. It was made on my Panasonic Lumix G9 and an Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm f1.8 lens.

Lockdown Alfresco Coolness. A gentleman enjoys an outdoor drink in Soho, alfresco style, to keep within social distancing guidelines, during the relaxation of the COVID 19 lockdown. London, UK. August 09, 2020. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian