DREW WINS IN FOUR CATEGORIES IN THE PX3 PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE 2014 COMPETITION.
Drew is extremely honored to have won two gold titles, as well as a bronze and honorable mention at the highly competitive Paris-based competition. The jury, comprised of top international decision-makers in the photography industry, selects their winners from thousands of entries submitted from over 85 countries around the world.
FIRST PRIZE – Portraiture
Omo: Expressions of a People Series
Ethiopia’s sun-baked Omo Valley, an area recognized by scientists as the cradle of humankind, is home to a rich variety of semi-nomadic ethnic groups. Diverse in many respects but linked by their shared migration paths, these groups lead a way of life that is both colorful and austere, and is a place of vibrant, age-old traditions.
Physical attractiveness is held in extremely high regard; men and women alike ornament their bodies in strikingly beautiful ways. Bracelets, necklaces, and headdresses are treasured and worn with pride. Beautification practices are encouraged as a way for an individual to establish his or her identity within the community. Rooted within such celebrations of individuality is a larger, perhaps classical, idea of beauty one that speaks to worlds beyond the immediate context of southern Ethiopia.
FIRST PRIZE – Portraiture
Omo: Expressions of a People Series Untitled 44
There is an emphasis in Omo culture on strength and physicality, as well as youth and beauty. Even at a tender age, this Suri boy conveys the confidence, self-sustainability and independent spirit that the people of this region have cherished and preserved for centuries.
THIRD PRIZE – Portraiture
Slow Road to China- Book
Slow Road To China, is a photographic study of a remote part of northwestern Nepal called Humla and the remarkable people who live there. They are a wonderful mix of grit and warmth, humility and pride, innocence and wisdom. For centuries, the Himalayas have walled them in, shaping and preserving their way of life. For this series of portraits, I found inspiration in the dialogue between these villagers physical features and their unforgiving yet beautiful natural surroundings.
Today we ascended over the Nara-Lagan pass (15,022 ft). It was raining, cold and windy at the top but there were beautiful views ahead into Tibet and of Karnali River valley far below. Little did we know that two days later this area would be buried under 3 feet of snow and our only way out (the trail cutting horizontally through the image) would be riddled by avalanches. -from Drew’s travel journal
DREW RECEIVED HONORABLE MENTIONS IN FIVE CATEGORIES AT THE 2014 IPA COMPETITION.
The 2014 International Photography Awards, an annual competition considered to be one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today, has given honorable mentions in five of their categories to several artworks from Drew’s Omo: Expressions of a People, Discovering the Horses of Sable Island and Slow Road to China collections.
This year, IPA received over 27,000 submissions from 104 countries across the globe.
DREW RECEIVES NOMINATIONS AND AN HONORABLE MENTION IN FIVE CATEGORIES AT THE 2014 BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS
Drew’s work was nominated in five categories and Untitled 9 from Omo: Expressions of a People was awarded an honorable mention at the 2014 Black and White Spider Awards. The Jury, presiding over more than more than 8500 entries from 73 countries, represented the industry’s biggest names and tastemakers including The Royal Photographic Society, FoMu Fotomuseum, FratelliAlinari, and the Stockholm City Museum.