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June 2024
LOS ANGELES, CA, Release: June 1, 2024. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Presents the Winner of the June 2024 Solo Exhibition

© Attila Ataner

All About Photo is pleased to present ‘Reimagined Landscapes: Iceland’ by Attila Ataner

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of June 2024 and includes thirteen photographs from the series ‘Reimagined Landscapes: Iceland’

Reimagined Landscapes: Iceland

I visited Iceland over the course of August and September of 2006, at a pivotal time in my life. My memories of this enchanted place are bound up with its landscapes. Iceland consists of many incredible vistas … vast open spaces, open skies, mountains, streams and ponds, barren black rocks, volcanic sands, mossy stones, crashing ocean waves … soft misty light on some days, harsh sunny contrasts on others. All of these have now melded together in me. Everything I remember and feel about Iceland is now refracted through time and distance. As such, I reimagined and re-edited the photos from my trip in ways that now feel more authentic. These images embody my memories; this is how Iceland sits in my mind and heart today. Remarkably, I still return to Iceland in my dreams, and this is how I see things, more or less, as I dream.

In order to make these final images, I paired and grafted together various sets of photos from my trip. I also re-framed them in a 1:2 aspect ratio, in keeping with traditional Asian scroll paintings … an aspect ratio that is meant to emphasize the conjointment of Earth and Sky.

May 2024
LOS ANGELES, CA, Release: May 14, 2024. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #39 - SHADOWS CONTEST

© Shinji Ichikawa

Celebrating Excellence in Photography: Winners Announced for AAP Magazine #39: Shadows

We are thrilled to unveil the names of the 25 exceptionally talented photographers who have been selected as the winners of "AAP Magazine #39: Shadows." Representing 16 diverse countries spanning 5 continents, these artists have captivated us with their remarkable vision and mastery of light and shadow.

Renowned photographer Diane Arbus once wrote, "Photography is not about the things we see, but the shadows they cast." Indeed, mastering the interplay of shadows in photography is an art form suffused with mystery, magic, and timeless allure. It evokes a sense of nostalgia, weaving narratives that are as unique as they are compelling.

In this 39th edition of AAP Magazine, our quest was to explore both the poetry and power of shadows, and the twenty-five selected photographers have eloquently captured these nuances in their work.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 39 Shadows is Shinji Ichikawa (Japan) with the series "The Old Man With an Umbrella”
The Second Place Winner is Fabien Dendiével (France) with the series "Monte Amiata Complex”
The Third Place Winner is Tommi Viitala (Finland) with the series "Hunting Shadows"

In addition to our top three winners, we are proud to showcase the outstanding work of our Merit Award recipients: Natalie Christensen (United States), Jonathan Jasberg (United States), Luca Regoli (Italy), Bernice Williams (United States), Jo Ann Chaus (United States), Robbe Maes (Belgium), Giancarlo Zuccarone (Italy), Elina Abdrakhmanova (Dutch), Michael McIlvaney (United Kingdom), Pawel Pilch (Poland/USA), Asako Naruto (Japan), Mariana Basurto (Mexico), Julio Marchamalo Amado (Spain), Tebani Slade (Australia), Andrew Keedle (United Kingdom), Mahendra Bakle (India), Liliane Schwab (Switzerland/Canada), Martina Pavloska (Macedonia), Julia Nathanson (Canada), Clarice Barbato-Dunn (United States), Nirav Solanki (United States)and lorenzo vitali (Italy)

The top three winners will receive a prize of $1,000, and all winning photographs will be prominently featured in the All About Photo Winners Gallery and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #39: Shadows.
May 2024
LOS ANGELES, CA, Release: May 1, 2024. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Presents the Winner of the May 2024 Solo Exhibition

© Sarah Ketelaars

All About Photo is pleased to present ‘The 544’ by Sarah Ketelaars
Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of May 2024 and includes twenty photographs from the series ‘The 544’

The 544

This ongoing project is a memorial to 544 psychiatric patients murdered by the Nazis in 1941 in Latvia. The figurative images I’ve made are all cyanotypes. Eventually there will one for each man, woman and child killed.

My grandmother was working at the hospital from where the patients were taken. I have visited the hospital and found that although the story is known no memorial exists. The only official record seems to be a short paragraph in the Nuremberg report. So far I have found no record of the names. Using a historic photographic process feels fitting for a project examining a historical event. An ancient pagan Latvian folk symbol is drawn on by hand in gold ink to each piece.

It is impossible for me to look at these images without thinking about how the lives of these people ended. However, the project is primarily intended as a memorial. I wanted the images to hint at some more celebratory moments, to remember the lives lived before these people entered the hospital; before they died. Not knowing anything about the the identities of the dead, I have tried to imagine each one as a unique, precious being, and give each back a little of the character stripped from them when they were murdered and reduced by history to a number on a list of nameless victims.

The project is the second in a trilogy looking at my family history, examining themes of cultural inheritance, identity and intergenerational trauma.
April 2024
LOS ANGELES, CA, Release: April 30, 2024. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the All About Photo Awards 2024

© Roberta Vagliani

All About Photo is delighted to announce this year's winners of All About Photo Awards 2024, recognizing the best single images from photographers around the world.

Visionary photographers, both professional and amateur, shared their unique perspectives and competed for international recognition as the next "Photographer of the Year," $10,000 in cash prizes and publication in the printed magazine “Special Edition All About Photo Awards 2024’

A panel of 6 expert jurors, including Clare Freestone, Curator of the Photography Department at the National Portrait Gallery, London, UK; Ann Jastrab, Executive Director of the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA; Klavdij Sluban, Photographer and Founder of Le Masterclass; Dewi Lewis, Publisher and Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society; Priyo Widdi, Photographer and Winner of the All About Photo Awards 2023; and Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, Photographer and Founder & Editor of All About Photo, faced the challenging task of evaluating thousands of entries.

Now in its 9th year, All About Photo Awards - The Mind’s Eye has become a reference for discovering new talents and celebrating outstanding photographers. The jurors selected 48 winners who come from 22 different countries and across 3 continents.

The winner and Photographer of the Year 2024 is Roberta Vagliani (Italy) with his image “The right to know”
The second-place winner is Véronique de Viguerie (France), the third-place winner is Lieven Neirinck (Belgium), the fourth-place winner Joseph-Philippe Bevillard (USA/France) and the fifth-place winner is Victor Wong (Hong Kong SAR China).

The other winning photographers are:
John Francis (USA), Emily Fisher (USA), Emeric Lhuisset (France), Manuel Besse (France), Andre Hidayat (Indonesia), Elaine Klein (Israel), Fabien Dendiével (France), Ilaria Miani (Italy), Giovanni Diffidenti (Italy), Andrea Peruzzi (Italy), Zhenhuan Zhou (China), Jennifer Carlos (France), Md Tanveer Rohan (Bangladesh), Guillaume Petermann (France), Beamie Young (USA), Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra (Spain), Silvia Alessi (Italy), Andreas Kanellopoulos (Greece), Mauro De Bettio (Italy), Alain Schroeder (Belgium), Maria Bratan (Moldavia), Gouguenheim Yannick (France), Dejan Mijovic (Slovenia), Martina Holmberg (Sweden), Achilleas Chiras (Greece), Georgi Georgiev (Bulgaria), Kazutoshi Kawakami (Japan), Daniel Sackheim (USA), Damian Lemański (Poland), Emily Marie Wilson (USA), Eric Davidove (USA), Deba Prasad Roy (India), Ares Jonekson (Indonesia), Sandro Maddalena (Italy), Jabin Botsford (USA), Mahmoud Hams (Palestine), John T. Pedersen (Norway), Gerdie Nurhadi (Indonesia), Francesco junior Mura (Italy), Alessandro Deluigi (Italy), Ahmed El Hanjoul (Germany), Zay Yar Lin (Myanmar) and Rémi Vinas (France).

The top 5 winners will be awarded $10,000.

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April 2024
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: April, 2024. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the April 2024 Solo Exhibition

© Hana Peskova

All About Photo is pleased to present 'Child Labour' by Hana Peskova

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of April 2024 and includes twenty photographs from the series ‘Child Labour’

Child Labour

The collection has been gradually forming since 2018, when I first visited Bangladesh and saw child labour with my own eyes. Child labour is common worldwide, with an estimated 170 million children working across our planet, most notably in Asia. This isn't just about occasional help for parents, but in some countries, it's about consistent, everyday, often hard work.

Child labour is defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, potential, and dignity, and that is harmful to their physical and mental development. The sight of hard-working children who are proud to help their parents is often pitiful. Instead of play, they only know hard toil; instead of attending school, they have working hours. They can still play and laugh, but more often, sadness is seen in their eyes.

In this collection, I wanted to show the work of children from various perspectives, not just the hard labour, but also the common work, which is also an integral part of their childhood world. Some forms of work may at first glance be mistaken for begging or acrobatics, but the children have no choice, contributing significantly to the family budget.

The photographs are from Asia - Bangladesh, India, Kyrgyzstan, and Iran. Finally, it's worth mentioning that June 12 is World Day Against Child Labour.
March 2024
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: March 28, 2024. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #38 - WOMEN CONTEST

© Lydia Panas

AAP Magazine 38 Women: Celebrating Women's Impact in Photography

AAP Magazine proudly announces the results of its latest edition, AAP Magazine 38 Women, a dynamic celebration of women's contributions to the world of photography. With a blend of historical reflection and contemporary insight, this edition explores the multifaceted roles of women as both photographers and subjects, transcending traditional boundaries and reshaping narratives.

In the early days of photography, women faced significant underrepresentation, with the field dominated by male practitioners. Yet, paradoxically, they frequently found themselves as subjects, often portrayed through the lens of male photographers, reinforcing societal norms and gender roles.

However, as the late 19th and early 20th centuries unfolded, a gradual shift occurred. With photography becoming more accessible, women began to embrace it as a means of self-expression and documentation. Despite facing barriers and biases such as discrimination and limited access to resources, many women photographers emerged, challenging stereotypes and depicting women in diverse and empowering ways.

AAP Magazine 38 Women also reflects on the changing perception of women as subjects over time. From being confined to roles as models or assistants, women have evolved into agents of societal change, transcending predefined roles as mothers and wives. This edition pays homage to their resilience, strength, and artistic talent, showcasing a curated selection of images that challenge and inspire.

This year's edition of AAP Magazine Women boasts an impressive international flair, with the 25 winners hailing from 14 different countries. Among the winners, there are six male photographers and an inspiring nineteen women photographers, further highlighting the diverse representation and global reach of women's impact in photography.

AAP Magazine 38 not only acknowledges the past struggles and triumphs of women in photography but also looks forward to a future of increased diversity and representation in the field. It stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of women, both behind and in front of the camera, and their profound influence on visual storytelling.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 38 Women is Lydia Panas (United States) with the series "Hidden Forest"
The Second Place Winner is Victoria Ushkanova (Chechen Republic/Netherlands) with the series ????
The Third Place Winner is Rachel Nixon (United Kingdom/Canada) with the series 'The Garden of Maggie Victoria'

The other winners featured in the Merit Award's Gallery are: Nicola Ducati (Italy), Izabella Sapuła (Poland), Susanne Middelberg (Germany/The Netherlands), Giandomenico Veneziani (Italy), Annette LeMay Burke (USA), Sheinina Raj (USA), Chiara Doveri (Italy), Carrie Jones (Australia), Amy Heller (USA), Thibault Gerbaldi (France/USA), John Martinez (Canada), Taralynn Disher (Canada), Joaquin Gomez Sastre (Spain), Paula Aranoa (Argentina), Patty Carroll (USA), Ron Cooper (USA), Fira Kwan (Indonesia), Hana Pešková (Czech Republic), Constance Jaeggi (Switzerland), Elisa Miller (France/ United Kingdom), Linda Hollinger (USA), Aljohara Jeje (The Netherlands/Saoudi Aarabia)

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #38 Women
March 2024
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: March 1, 2024. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the March 2024 Solo Exhibition

© Meg McKenzie Ryan

All About Photo is pleased to present 'The Lives of Others' by Meg McKenzie Ryan

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of March 2024 and includes twenty photographs from the series ‘The Lives of Others’

The Lives of Others

Producing a round photograph can be a little troubling for some viewers. People are not used to that shape. Please let us explain how that shape happened.

There are photographers who focus closely on the person or people they are shooting, such as Richard Avedon, a great photographer. Since he used a large format camera, and he made large prints, every detail is quite clear. He used a plain white background. Freckled faces, a spot on a shirt from a recent meal, wrinkles, etc. contribute to the fascination viewers can experience.

However, Meg is trying for something different.

Meg shoots an 8" x 10" format field camera. Instead of using a lens for an 8" x 10" camera, she uses a 4" x 5" lens. Since the small lens doesn't cover the entire sheet of film, and the lens is round, the resulting images are round and very wide angle.

The reason for this choice is she wanted to try to understand the culture. She believes that people are at least partially influenced by their environment. Small things such as a roll of toilet paper sitting on a television in an otherwise perfectly neat living room says the bathroom is not under the same roof. Children crowd around a shoot watching the action, but they become part of the action. Mothers supervise the shoot which also makes them part of the action since they are at the edge of the photos.

Meg chose to shoot in the poorer neighborhoods of Mexicali, Mexico, the capital city of the state of Baja California. With over a million residents, the possibilities were enormous. Residents hardships were visible. Meg lived a few miles north of the Mexicali border in the lower desert of California, USA. The summers there last roughly seven months, and daytime temperatures during several of those months are almost always over 115 degrees F. Nights get down to 90-plus degrees F. In addition, major earthquake faults run through the area, and roughly every ten years or so, a large earthquake hits causing some buildings to crack or even crumble.

Meg would drive to a neighborhood in Mexicali, stop near some action going on, take her fully-open camera (bellows pulled out), and ask if it would be OK if she shot a picture. People never turned her down. Meg's Spanish was very limited, and this made it easy to let people choose who and/or what would be in the picture. Babies were a common choice. Dads hugging their sons. Friends smiling. A much-loved dog was a priority of one young boy.

The photos edges are just as important as the central subject. This is where mothers would stand, arms crossed (sometimes sternly), supervising. Children not chosen by their parents to be in the photo are standing nearby watching. Major cracks in the stucco of some homes, or wood shoring up a patio or home, beds just inside the front door, are all interesting and contribute to the overall photo. The excessive heat in the summer was the hardest time of year for Mexicali residents. Some, not all, had swamp or evaporative coolers which helped a little, especially if it wasn't humid.

The details make the photos rich with information and meaning. And they require a good long look to experience the full impact of them. Hopefully viewers will take a good long look.

February 2024
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: February 1, 2024. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the February 2024 Solo Exhibition

© Asiya Al. Sharabi

All About Photo is pleased to present ‘My Mother's Tender Script’ by Asiya Al. Sharabi

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of February 2024 and includes twenty photographs from the series ‘My Mother's Tender Script'

My Mother's Tender Script

In 'My Mother's Tender Script,' series I delve into the poignant narrative woven by my late mother through her humble phone notebook. Born into a world that allowed her no childhood, she married at the tender age of 11, bereaved by widowhood at 15, and remarried my father at 17. Her story, shaped by hardship and early responsibilities, echoes resilience and determination.

Despite a lack of formal education, my mother found solace and expression in the kitchen, where she passionately honed her culinary skills, particularly in making bread. It was amidst the warmth of the hearth and the kneading of dough that her early story unfolded.

In contrast, my father, an erudite writer and journalist, led a life adorned with education and cultural experiences. A world away from my mother's, his path was adorned with receptions, travels around the globe, and literary engagements. Perhaps my mother sought a convergence, a meeting at a crossroads. She meticulously maintained her phone notebook, her personal treasure trove of contacts and thoughts. She adorned herself with fashionable attire and practiced writing and drawings in her notebook, expressing her longing for connection.

In making "My Mother! 's Tender Script," I transformed a black-and-white print from the late 1970s into an enlarged negative. I infused her delicate drawings and writings from the phone notebook, seamlessly incorporating them before employing the resino-pigmentype technique, invented in the mid-nineteenth century.

This creative endeavor isn't merely about replicating the past; it's a tribute to the resilience, struggles, and enduring legacy of my mother's indomitable spirit.

January 2024
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: January 19, 2024. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #37 - TRAVELS CONTEST

© Mahendra Bakle

We’re delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won “AAP Magazine #37: Travels”

Out of thousands of entries, these remarkable photographers come from around the world, with 13 countries being represented from 5 continents.

Each month All About Photo offers the opportunity to dedicated and passionate artists to showcase their work in our printed edition “AAP Magazine”. For this 37th edition we were looking for travel photographs, near and far, to the edge of the earth and to the places perhaps known only to a few.

There’s a world out there to explore and each winning photographer shows us a glimpse of the diversity of our planet.
From a horseman in Indonesia to another in Peru, from a tribe in Ecuador to an expedition in Alaska, we virtually travel to the four corners of the Earth. Mongolia, India, Malaysia, Russia, Kenya, Antigua, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Peru, Solomon Islands, Angola, Morocco, Iceland, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Ecuador, and the United States are among the countries you will be able to discover in the 37th edition of AAP Magazine.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 37 Travels is Mahendra Bakle (India) with the series Riders of the Volcano
The Second Place Winner is Callie Eh (Malaysia) with the series Simplicity of Life
The Third Place Winner is Julie-Anne Davies (Canada) with the series Women of Ladakh

The other winners featured in the Merit Award’s Gallery are: Alessandro Malaguti (Italy), Mauro De Bettio (Italy), France Leclerc (Canada), Terry Wild (United States), Hoang Long Ly (Vietnam), Daniel Haeker (Germany), Ivan Ferrer (Israel), Nicolas Castermans (France), Pavlos Evangelidis (Greece), Jacopo Maria Della Valle (Italy), Eric van den Brulle (United States), David Saxe (United States), Prescott Lassman (United States), Carrie Jones (Australia), Chiara Felmini (Italy), Pawel Pilch (Poland/United States), Héctor Ruiz Golobart (Spain), Michel Daumergue (France), Carole Glauber (Israel/United States), Susanne Grether (Germany), Demetrio Jereissati (Brazil) and Aga Szydlik (United States).

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #37 Travels.
January 2024
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: January 1, 2024. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the January 2024 Solo Exhibition

© Manuela Federl

All About Photo is pleased to present ‘The Roma Princesses’ by Manuela Federl

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of January 2024 and includes twenty photographs from the series ‘The Roma Princesses'

The Roma Princesses
''Once upon a time there was a princess in the Roma ghetto. Society's racism and discrimination trapped her in the slum. Nevertheless, a brave prince tried to free her from the clutches of poverty and place the world at her feet.'' A dream that many girls in the Roma settlements probably have.

The girl from this fairy tale lives in Trebišov, one of the largest Roma ghettos in Slovakia. Around 7,000 people live here under precarious conditions in cobbled-together barracks or run-down tenements. Most apartments have no sewage system, no showers, no toilets and no kitchen. There is one single well for all residents. Trebišov, in eastern Slovakia, is one of around 800 settlements that exist, according to the 2019 Atlas of Roma Communities.

Around 450,000 Roma live in Slovakia. At around ten per cent, they are the largest minority in the country. But already children have a difficult start. According to a 2022 study by the European Union, 2/3 of Roma children go to schools where only Roma are taught. The girl from the fairy tale also attends an all-Roma school in the settlement. The children often speak Romani, the language of the Roma, with their parents at home. Since there are no kindergartens for them, their Slovak language is often poor when they start school. They are enrolled in special schools that only Roma attend. The school material in nine years corresponds to the content that Slovak children learn in four years. Because of this, attending secondary school is almost impossible.

Discrimination and poor access to education prevent young Roma from breaking the vicious circle of poverty. According to the Slovak Interior Ministry, 48 per cent of Roma are unemployed. Mostly they get day labour jobs. They have no regular routine and no hope for improvement. These prospects make life difficult to bear. Hopelessness has led many young people to become addicted to alcohol or drugs. No population group in Europe has to live in more inhumane conditions. On average, they die ten years earlier than other Slovaks.

The bitter truth for the girls in the Trebišov Roma ghetto is that most princesses do not have a high school diploma, they have their first child before they are of age, they never leave the settlement and struggle to survive their entire lives.
December 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: December 4, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #36 -STREET CONTEST

© Toby Binder

We’re delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won AAP Magazine #36: Street. They come from 14 different countries and 5 continents!

Steve McCurry wrote ''I believe that street photography is about capturing a moment in time that may never happen again, and yet, it tells a story that is timeless. It's a dance between light and shadow, chaos and order, where the streets become a stage for the human experience. In every frame, there's a narrative waiting to be discovered, a slice of life frozen in the perpetual motion of the urban ballet.''

The exceptional street images selected convey profound messages about existence, establishing a connection with viewers and eliciting emotions. The abundance of outstanding submissions lived up to our expectations in this regard.

The chosen images mirror the diverse backgrounds and approaches of the photographers to street photography. These twenty-five selected photographers possess a multitude of talents, demonstrating a keen eye for detail, light, and composition. Through their ability to capture decisive moments, they invite us to join them on their journeys and observe human behavior with a sense of curiosity.

Selecting the winners was undoubtedly a challenging endeavor, given the plethora of incredible shots from around the world. Nonetheless, we sincerely trust that this selection serves as the inspiration you've been seeking for creative and captivating stolen moments.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 35 Colors is Toby Binder (Germany) with the series Wee Mcukers – Youth of Belfast
The Second Place Winner is Julia Dean (United States) with the series L.A. Street Photography
The Third Place winner is Brice Gelot (France) with the series Straight out the hood

The other winners featured in the Merit Award’s Gallery are:
Benoit Segalen (France), Prescott Lassman (United states), Anna Biret (Poland/France), Tony Le (United States), Chenglong Zhang (China), Carl Young (United States), Gavin Libotte (Australia), Jaejoon Ha (South Korea), Luca Regoli (Italy), Paul Kessel (United States), Federico Borobio (Argentina), Candy Lopesino (Spain), Argus Paul Estabrook (United States), Tommi Viitala (Finland), Gianluca Mortarotti (Italy/UK), Marina Nota (Greece), Gerhard Wagner (Austria), Joaquín Pastor Genzor (Spain), Holger Goehler (Germany), Ivan Ferrer (Israel), Joanna Madloch (United States) and Matthew Steaffens (United States).

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #36 Street.
December 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: December 1, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the December 2023 Solo Exhibition

© Jaume Llorens

All About Photo is pleased to present ‘GAIA’ by Jaume Llorens

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of December 2023 and includes twenty photographs from the series ‘GAIA’

GAIA
This ongoing series takes its name from a hypothesis by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis that describes Earth as a single superorganism in which living beings and the rest of the planet establish a self-regulating equilibrium that ensures the survival of the whole.

The series consists of diptychs created by juxtaposing two photographs of natural elements found in my local environment. These elements generate a third image that combines the two photographs into a harmonious whole, which differs from the simple sum of its parts as described by Ralph Gibson in his concept of the “Overtone.” New and balanced realities can be created from this simple juxtaposition.

Gaia aims to reflect on the need to re-establish our connection with nature that has been neglected for too long, and to feel like a responsible part of this marvellous system once again to ensure the survival of our planet.
November 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: November 1, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the November 2023 Solo Exhibition

© Grace Weston

All About Photo is pleased to present ‘RECLAIMING THE MUSE’ by Grace Weston

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of November 2023 and includes twelve photographs from the series ‘RECLAIMING THE MUSE’

Curator: Ann Jastrab, Executive Director, Center for Photographic Art

RECLAIMING THE MUSE
Patriarchy has controlled the narrative for 10,000 years. My staged miniature photography series, RECLAIMING THE MUSE, reframes historic artworks and stories in contemporary terms. In centering women, historically cast as objects of beauty or scorn, I strive to revitalize the muse with agency, furthering the issues important to me as a contemporary female artist.

Mythos, power dynamics, gender roles, liberation, empowerment, and self-preservation are explored in this series, all with a deceptively playful overlay. Although I never depict actual people in my photographs, the human psyche is undeniably at the center of my work. I am fascinated by the psychological landscape, our search for meaning and the contradictions of human existence. So many stories, myths and artworks throughout history address these same concerns. I have found much rich source material to inspire my own interpretations for this series.

In my research, time and time again, the women in myths, folk tales, the Bible, and elsewhere are held responsible for causing both the world’s ills and the failings of men. This includes their own rapes, which are recounted in mythology with shocking frequency, and are always deemed the woman’s fault, justifying her inevitable punishment. Of course, creating variations and reinterpretations of past tales and depictions is not a novel idea, but rather an age-old tradition, practiced throughout art history. My muses take back their power and tell their own stories. There is a rich well to draw upon from historical representations. We must remember, the old tales are fiction, and it is far past time for the retelling.

This series is ongoing.
October 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: October 28, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #35 -COLORS CONTEST

© Kyla Rys

We’re delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won AAP Magazine #35: Colors.

The world is a rich tapestry of colors, stretching from the lush green of the grass beneath our feet to the endless expanse of the blue sky above. Our reality is far from a mere dichotomy of black and white. Can you fathom a world stripped of its vibrant hues?

Colors constitute a ubiquitous presence in our daily existence, exerting their influence often imperceptibly. Numerous studies have demonstrated the capacity of colors to express a wide range of emotions, moods, and cognitive processes. Notably, photographers are captivated by the multifaceted realm of colors.

In the 35th edition of AAP Magazine, we sought to exalt the vivid spectrum of colors. Ultimately, we selected twenty-five photographers, with a majority being women, hailing from nine distinct countries across three continents. Their choice of colors spans the gamut, encompassing audacious and lively hues, subtle pastels, and even monochromatic tones. Yet, each selection reflects a deliberate aesthetic decision that enhances the photograph's visual allure and evokes sensory delight.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 35 Colors is Kyla Rys (USA) with her series Thinking of Guy Bourdin
The Second Place Winner is Natalie Strohmaier (Germany) with her series Unattainable Beauty
The Third Place winner is Ellen Stern (USA) with her series Paris Metro

The other winners featured in the Merit Award’s Gallery are:
Jyotsna Bhamidipati (USA), Eric Seidner (USA), Pelin Guven (Turkey), Marlène Delcambre (France), Fabien Dendiével (France), Melanie Schoeniger (Germany), Sebastian Piórek (Poland), Jaroslav Mares (Czech), Aline Taieb (Austria), Joseph Podlesnik (USA), Mateusz Zurowski (Poland), Rohina Hoffman (USA), Emily Fisher (USA), Klaus Lenzen (Germany), Carolyn Silvernail (USA), Joyce P. Lopez (USA), Marco Cajazzo (Italy), Till Britze (Germany), Myrta Köhler (Austria), Alessandro Gallo (Italy), Pawel Pilch (Poland/USA) and Martina Holmberg (Sweden)

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #35 Colors.
October 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: October 1, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the October 2023 Solo Exhibition

© Emmanuel Monzon

All About Photo is pleased to present 'URBAN SPRAWL - Emptiness’ by Emmanuel Monzon

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of October 2023 and includes twenty photographs from the series ‘URBAN SPRAWL - Emptiness’

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel , is the curator for this month's show.


URBAN SPRAWL - Emptiness

I don't want to go where I'm going I just want to leave where I am.
Around Wendover and Bonneville salt flats. UTAH.
Through my urban sprawl series I am asking myself : am I leaving a city or entering a new environment?
I like to play/'mix' two approaches: The codes of the new topographics and the concept of "in between-two states" inspired by the anthropologist Marc Auge under the name of non-places. I like transitional places, like intersections or passages from one world to another, such as from a residential area to an industrial area. I also like the tourist places altered by the human trace. We often find this feeling of emptiness, of visual paradox by travelling throughout the United States. The transition from one site to the next: You have arrived and at the same time you have never left. I believe that the expansion of the urban or industrial landscape in the American natural landscape has redefined this space and has become itself a "non-place."
In my artwork there is no judgment, no denunciation, only the picture itself. If I could sum up the common theme of my photos, it would be about emptiness, about silence. My pictures try to extract from the mundane urban landscape a form of estheticism. Where most people only pass through, I stop and look for some form of poetic beauty. I like repetition, I like series, and I like driving around.
September 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: September 26, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #34 -SHAPES CONTEST

© Fabien Dendiéval

We’re delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won AAP Magazine #34: Shapes.

In the 34th edition of AAP Magazine, we sought submissions that delve into the realms of composition and form as integral elements of photographic aesthetics. Whether embracing pure visual formalism or in service of a thematic narrative, we were eager to discover artworks that embraced these fundamental aspects.

The appreciation of shape and form stands as a cornerstone in the realm of photographic composition. It possesses the transformative power to elevate even the most ordinary subject into a masterpiece. Whether embracing geometric precision, organic fl uidity, positive vitality, or negative space, the interplay of shapes enriches a photograph’s overall aesthetics and evokes its unique vibes. We chose twenty-fi ve photographers for their diff erent approach to the idea of Shapes. They come from twelve diff erent countries and four continents. Their work is diverse: architecture, mixed-media, still life, abstractions... and use diff erent techniques & perspectives but each one showcases a unique point of view.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 34 Shapes is Fabien Dendiéval (France) with the project La Muralla Roja
The Second Place Winner is Shinji Ichikawa (Japan) with the project Symbols for Rhythm
The Third Place Winner is Mieke Dalle (Belgium) with the project Egg-serie

The other winners featured in the Merit Award's Gallery are:
Gjert Rognli (Norway), Fern Nesson (United States), Stuart Neil (Australia), Gavin Libotte (Australia), Derrick Whaley (United States), Walter Colley (United States), Vladimir Antaki (France/Lebanon/Canada), Liliane Schwab (Canada), Junichi Wajda (Japan), Giuliano Ottaviani (Italy), Thomas Hofmann (Germany), Kevin Kinner (United States), Michel Daumergue (France), Jo Fields (United States), Emmanuelle Becker (France/United States), Lisa Thomas (United States), Marcel van Balken (Netherlands), Nadide Goksun (Turkey/United States), Don Jacobson (United States), Sander Vos (United Kingdom), Klaus Lenzen (Germany) and Matt Coughlin (United States)

Through our monthly photo competition and magazine, we are committed to giving emerging and established artists the space and freedom to unleash their creativity and offer photographers the opportunity to share their work with an international audience.

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #34 Shapes.
September 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: September 1, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the September 2023 Solo Exhibition

© Tebani Slade

All About Photo is pleased to present 'Bangla Road, Life After Dark’ by Tebani Slade

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of September 2023 and includes twenty photographs from the series ‘Bangla Road, Life After Dark’

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel , is the curator for this month's show.


Bangla Road, Life After Dark

Bangla Road on the island of Phuket in Thailand is a place of two worlds. During the day it is like any other street but after sunset, this 400-meter stretch of road transforms into a lively almost forbidden world. During the day, the girls remain hidden, but at night they come out to work.

Initially, you might feel uneasy or offended, but as you spend more time there, you start to realise that this is a normal way of life for them. Performing and showcasing themselves to attract tourists to buy drinks or pay for them to perform. They are self-assured and confident, and take pride in their identity and work. Many people would shun this type of place, but it gave me a feeling of resilience and strength. It’s almost like their confidence had a contagious effect on me.
August 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: August 28, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #33 -NATURE CONTEST

© Thomas Vijayan

We’re delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won “AAP Magazine #33: Nature”.

Predominantly women photographers, they come from 11 different countries and 3 continents.

For this new edition of All About Photo Magazine we chose to feature projects that beautifully capture the essence of nature, highlighting the magnificence of landscapes, wildlife, and flora & fauna. Nature photography is a captivating genre that explores and captures the breathtaking beauty of the natural world.

Nature photography not only celebrates the earth’s majesty but also serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of conservation and our responsibility to protect our planet for future generations.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 33 is Thomas Vijayan (Canada) with the image 'Golden Headed Langur'
The Second Place Winner is Teri Figliuzzi (United States) with the series 'Gathering'
The Third Place Winner is Christina Mcfaul (United States) with the series 'Sanctuary in the Wild'

The other winners featured in the Merit Award's Gallery are:
Diana Bloomfield (United States), Gulgun Gunal (France), Ahmet Turgay Uzer (Turkey/France), Alexej Sachov (Ukraine), Pablo Trilles Farrington (Spain), Stéphane Garnavault (Switzerland), Olivier Unio (Morocco/France), Thaddäus Biberauer (Austria), Paolo Ameli (Italy), Nathan Rochefort (United States), Diane Hemingway (United States), Jo Fields (United States), Torrance York (United States), Carmen Villar (Spain), Jacqui Turner (United States), Myrtie Cope (United States), Lev L Spiro (United States), Calli McCaw (United States), Kelly Sotolongo (United States), Jean Karotkin (United States) and Francisco Gonzalez Camacho (Finland)

Through our monthly photo competition and magazine, we are committed to giving emerging and established artists the space and freedom to unleash their creativity and offer photographers the opportunity to share their work with an international audience.

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #33 Nature.
August 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: August 1, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the August 2023 Solo Exhibition

© Lisa McCord

All About Photo is pleased to present 'Rotan Switch’ by Lisa McCord

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of August 2023 and includes twenty photographs from the series ‘Rotan Switch’

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel , is the curator for this month's show.


Rotan Switch
I began documenting life on my grandparents’ cotton farm in 1978, when I was twenty-one years old. I developed close relationships with the people who worked on the farm. They welcomed me into their homes; I’d hang out with them at the juke joints where they relaxed at the end of a hard week of work. We’d share fried chicken and black-eyed peas. We’d sing “Sweet Jesus, Carry Me Home” at St. John Missionary Baptist Church.

I have lived in many places, but my idea of home remains firmly rooted in the Arkansas land and people. After forty years, I have come to realize that all the photographs I made at Rotan are explorations of home. I’ve also come to realize that the place I call home is not perfect. Rotan Switch takes its name from the community’s central landmark—the railroad switch where farmers loaded their cotton bales onto trains headed out of the Delta. Although it hasn’t been used in years, it remains a potent symbol of the complex intersections of industry and agriculture, of race and injustice.

These photographs are complicated; they exist in the context of the socioeconomic structures of the rural South. Although the subjects are family to me, as a white photographer and the granddaughter of a landowner, my photographs of the Black community implicate my own role in reinforcing these power structures. In a community in which most people spend their time working or caring for children, my ability to observe and document in itself has been a position of privilege.

The images are coupled with my own memories as well as reflections by the people in the photographs. These images are a record of my story of Rotan and the Arkansas Delta, a story that is specific to me and my family’s role in a place where inequities exist to this day. I have done my best to acknowledge this complicated history.
July 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: Junly 4, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #32 -B&W CONTEST

© Alain Schroeder

We're delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won AAP Magazine #32: B&W

These incredible photographers hail from 15 countries across 5 continents, and their photography reflects their distinct artistic style and individual approach to capturing the essence of black and white imagery. It was an incredible experience to explore their impressive collections and captivating photographs. Undeniably, black and white photography continues to hold a significant position in our hearts and imaginations.

Black and white photographs possess a poetic quality that is truly remarkable. Timeless in nature, the nuanced tonal scale of black and white photography accentuates its subjects and enhances the interplay of light, resulting in a sublime visual presentation. Its classical and often nostalgic allure encapsulates genuine beauty, allowing for a stark clarity that reveals the true essence and identity of the subject. As aptly stated by Canadian photojournalist Ted Grant, "When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!"

The diversity of their work spans from visual storytelling to capturing the serene beauty of tranquil landscapes, as well as evocative portraits that delve deep into the soul of the subject. Each selected portfolio showcases a distinct approach to the unifying theme of black and white photography. Whether employing film or digital techniques, embracing deep blacks or subtle grays, every photographer presents a unique perspective that sets them apart.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 32 is Alain Schroeder (Belgium) with the series Kim City
The Second place winner is Anastasia Pagonas (United States) with the image Cozette
The Third place winner is Fenqiang Liu (United States) with the series Secret Garden

The other winners featured in the Merit Award's Gallery are :
Eric Kunsman (United States), Beamie Young (United States), Andre Bogaert (United Kingdom), Hioe Jason (Indonesia), Andrea Bettancini (Italy), Jaejoon Ha (South Korea), Gavin Libotte (Australia), Paul Gibert (United States/Spain), Gerald Assouline (France), Johan Willems (Belgium), Jonas Scheck (Netherlands), Abdulrahman Adi (Syria/Germany), Joan Morse (United States), Manuel Besse (France), Klaus Lenzen (Germany), Kevin Lyle (United States), Martin Miklas (Portugal), Max Marienko (United States), Pelin Guven (China), Mitchell Anolik (United States), Carl Young (United States) and Demetrio Jereissati (Brazil)

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #32 B&EW
July 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: July 1, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the July 2023 Solo Exhibition

© Diana Cheren Nygren

All About Photo is pleased to present 'Mother Earth’ by Diana Cheren Nygren

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of July 2023 and includes twenty photographs from the series ‘Mother Earth’

Phil Zheng Cai , is the curator for this month's show.


Mother Earth
Nevertheless She Persisted

A city girl and skeptic to my core, I feel an overwhelming sense of awe in the face of a desert spread before me or the expanse of the ocean. Within these magnificent landscapes, humanity seems small and insignificant. Geologic eras are etched into layers of rock and our time on earth seems short in contrast. So far there have been thirty-seven epochs in the history of this planet. Humans have been on Earth for less than two of these, though our impact on the shape of the planet has been tremendously outsized. What will the next epoch look like?

I have mounted scenes of human habitation behind acrylic, plastic walls that we imagine can safely separate the things we do from having an impact on the natural world. I have then affixed these scenes onto and within sweeping landscapes. I am presenting this work without glass. The constructed world behind the acrylic is literally protected, while the landscapes remain exposed and vulnerable. A continuity of line and color between these two parts of the work hints at their interconnectedness. I use the desert southwest of the United States as a stand-in for what the majority of the land on our planet might look like as it continues to be shaped by rising temperatures, drought, and fires. Ultimately, I present these multi-layered images in hand-painted wooden frames, alluding to the next chapter in the planet's history. As the image pushes beyond its edges, the story continues to evolve.

In spite of human activity, the Earth continues to transform and reinvent itself. The Earth is not coming to an end. Its inhabitants cannot escape its permanence, and the power it has to shape their existence. The question remains, as nature reinvents itself, can we adapt with it? Will we be part of that next chapter?

June 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: June 6, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #31 -PORTRAIT CONTEST

© Nanda Hagenaars

We're delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won "AAP Magazine #31: Portrait". They come from 14 different countries and 4 continents

Henry Cartier-Bresson wrote: “The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.''

Portrait photography is strengthened by a wide variety of forms and methods, ranging from identifying to the most sensitive approach of capturing emotions (including its potential to heighten the model or educate the audience). It goes beyond set studio photographs or ordinary family portraits to become a genre in its own right, allowing photographers to express their full creative potential..

A portrait can elicit a variety of responses, including those that describe, reveal, embellish, question, and unsettle. However, if a portrait has a thousand faces, we could only display a few of them, thus in this new issue of AAP Magazine, 25 photographers from 11 different countries and four continents share their perspectives..

Each one of them reveals their personal narrative and different approach to the Portrait Photography. .

The Winner of AAP Magazine 31 Portrait is Nanda Hagenaars (Netherland) with the series ‘Perspective’
The Second Place Winner are Anna Hayat and Slava Pirsky (Israel) with the series ‘Alex’
The Third Place Winner is Matt Findley (USA) with the series ‘Anomium’

The other winners featured in the Merit Award's Gallery are :
Lisa McCord (USA), Alain Schroeder (Belgium), Erberto Zani (Switzerland), Lori Pond (USA), Frank Baudino (USA), Charles Shotwell (USA), Roberta Vagliani (Italy), Hugo Thomassen (Netherlands), Annemarie Jung (Luxembourg), Ian McFarlane (USA), Nicola Ducati (Italy), Prescott Lassman (USA), David Dhaen (Belgium), Emily Fisher (USA), Laurie Freitag (USA), Marc Gaillot (France), Joseph-Philippe Bevillard (Ireland), Stephen Hoffman (USA), Christian Bobst (Switzerland), Rossi Fang (Taiwan), Eliane Band (Brazil) and Stephanie Eley (USA)

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #31 Portrait.
June 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: June 1, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the June 2023 Solo Exhibition

© Steff Gruber

All About Photo is pleased to present 'Railway Community’ by Steff Gruber

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of June 2023 and includes twenty photographs from the series ‘Railway Community’

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel , is the curator for this month's show.

Railway Community, Cambodia, Phom Penh 2022

Over 300 cambodian families live in Phnom Penh's “Kilometer 6” commune, which is located alongside railway tracks that stretch from the districts of Tuol Kork to Daun Penh and Russey Keo (hence their name, the Railway Community). The families live in self-built shacks, usually consisting of a single room. The people here – some of the poorest people in the city – often run small businesses, in the form of mini-kiosks, in their community. They arrange individual products on cloths in front of their houses.

Because of the lack of space, the residents spread out over the train tracks during the day. Every time they hear the train horns, they quickly gather up their cooking utensils, chairs, sunshades and children to clear the track. Just seconds after the freight trains have passed, the railway track once again becomes the center of life. Like many Phnom Penh families before them, the Railway Community faces eviction. According to a 2020 report by the land rights group Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT), over 50 communities consisting of 40,000 people have been driven out of Phnom Penh since the 1980s, usually without adequate compensation. The reason why they are being threatened with displacement is that the Phnom Penh authorities are planning to build a 12-meter-wide concrete road and drainage system along the railway line. Ownership of the land has been disputed ever since.

For a decade now, members of the community and activists have been campaigning for their right to land and adequate housing. In early August 2022, 320 families accepted offers of 4 x 15-meter plots of land in a nearby area, albeit without any monetary compensation. But at the end of 2022, none of the families had relocated because the new resettlement site was still not ready. There is neither clean water nor electricity, nor is the site connected to a proper road. The families are also calling for money to pay for the transportation of building materials, construction costs and access to land titles. Steff Gruber’s documentation of the lives of the Railway Community is a long-term project that began in 2019.
May 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: April 28, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #30 - SHADOWS CONTEST

© Anna Biret

We're delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won "AAP Magazine #30: Shadows". They come from 12 different countries and 5 continents

Scott Bourne wrote: “Where light and shadow fall on your subject - that is the essence of expression and art through photography''

Mysterious, magical, intense, timeless, sometimes nostalgic... mastering the shadows in photography is an art in itself. It is a story in its own right, a unique form of expression.

For this 30th edition of AAP Magazine, we were looking for the poetry as well as the power of shadows and the twenty-five winning photographers did just that!

The winning portfolios are diverse and imaginative in their approach to the theme. Each image has a story to tell and reflects a unique form of expression.

Selecting the winners was certainly not an easy task, but in the end we hope you will all enjoy this collection of stated or implied, literal or metaphorical shadows

The Winner of AAP Magazine 30 Shadows is Anna Biret (Poland/France) with the series "The Shadows of the Imagination”
The Second Place Winner is Gianluca Mortarotti (Italy/UK) with the series "Distorsions”
The Third Place Winner is Souhayl A (Morocco) with the series "Walking Paris with Love"

The other winners featured in the Merit Award's Gallery are :
Leonor Benito de la lastra (Spain), Christina Carson (USA), Jonathan Banks (UK), Sonia Melnikova-Raich (USA), Omar Ghrayeb (USA), Luca Bernardini (Italy), Nicola Fioravanti (Italy/France), Randall Romano (Canada), Vincenzo Barone (Italy), Ryan Bakerink (USA), Frankie Perez (Canada), Joydeep Deb (India), Wendy Symons (Netherlands), Stig Weston (Canada), Hsuan Chung (USA), Joanne Rojcewicz (USA), Michel Kharoubi (France), George Mayer (Russia), Holger Goehler (Germany), Miguel Ángel Cruz Sanchez (Spain), Patricia Beary (USA) and Mario Baptista (Brazil).

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #30 Shadows.
May 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: May 1, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the May 2023 Solo Exhibition

© Christian Bobst

All About Photo is pleased to present ‘The Sufi Brotherhoods of Senegal’ by Christian Bobst

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of May 2023 and includes twenty photographs from the series ‘The Sufi Brotherhoods of Senegal’

Christy Karpinski , is the curator for this month's show.

The Sufi Brotherhoods of Senegal

The photographs in this series are part of a long-term project that began in 2012 and was last updated with new pictures in March 2023. The aim is to provide a broader audience with an insight into an Islamic society that is in many ways very different from those commonly known from the Arab world. The series explores the spiritual practices and rituals of the Sufi brotherhoods and how they shape everyday life in Senegal. It also shows how they maintain peace and stability in the country, as well as their own power and wealth, by promoting a tolerant form of Islam rather than dogmatic rules and oppression.

In Senegal, 95 percent of the population is Muslim and belongs to a Sufi brotherhood, more than any other Muslim population in the world. These brotherhoods, also known as tariqas, are spiritual orders that combine elements of Islam with traditional African beliefs and practices. Their teachings emphasize the importance of non-violence, tolerance, and respect for others.

Although Senegal has a secular form of government, Islam is much more than a religion in the country. It is a way of life that permeates the entire society. The marabouts, or spiritual leaders of the brotherhoods, are highly respected and influential figures in Senegalese society. The Senegalese even practice a strong personality cult around the founders of the Sufi brotherhoods and their descendants. Their names and portraits can be found on countless murals, on the lettering of colorfully painted buses, as posters in shopping malls and textile factories, and on almost all taxis.

There are several major Sufi brotherhoods in Senegal, each with its own unique teachings and practices. The most prominent of these are the Tijaniyya, the Muridiyya, the Qadiriyya and the Layene. These brotherhoods have millions of followers in Senegal and around the world. Many of their followers are involved in various economic activities, such as agriculture and trade, that contribute to the overall economic development of the country.

But where there is light, there must be shadow. Some accuse the brotherhoods of mafia-like structures and shady business dealings. There is also frequent criticism of the contributions that the faithful must pay to the spiritual leaders and the brotherhoods. And last but not least, there are those who say that the brotherhoods are in the pockets of politicians and prevent important reforms that hinder the country's progress.

Nevertheless, it's undeniable that the brotherhoods promote social cohesion and unity among different ethnic and religious groups. Perhaps because of this, Senegal has never experienced a terrorist attack and is considered an anchor of stability in West Africa.
April 2023
LOS ANGELES, CA, Release: April 9, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the All About Photo Awards 2023

© Priyo Widdi

All About Photo is delighted to announce this year's winners of All About Photo Awards 2023, recognizing the best single images from photographers around the world.

Visionary photographers from around the world, both professional and amateur, shared their unique perspectives and competed for international recognition as the next "Photographer of the Year," $10,000 in cash prizes and publication in the printed magazine “Special Edition All About Photo Awards 2023’

A panel of 8 expert jurors, including Lisa Kristine (Humanitarian Photographer), Harvey Stein (Photographer, Teacher, Lecturer, Author and Curator), Ann Jastrab (Executive Director, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA), Balwin Lee (Photographer, Teacher), Marcus Yam (Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent and staff photographer, Winner All About Photo Awards 2022), Francesca Hummler (Photographer, Community Manager at Der Greif Magazine), Kenneth Dickerman (Photographer, Photo Assignment Editor for the Washington Post) and Sandrine Hermand-Grisel (Photographer, Founder & Editor of All About Photo) have evaluated thousands of entries from all over the world. Now in its 8th year, All About Photo Awards - The Mind’s Eye has become a reference for discovering new talents and celebrating outstanding photographers. The jurors selected 39 winners who come from 18 different countries and across 5 continents.

Most of this year's submissions were in color as are four of the five winning images. Many submitted images to this year’s competition reflected on the catastrophic events happening in the world, including the war in Ukraine, but in the end, only two images out of the 45 selected are about the conflict. It seems that the jurors were drawn to lighter images. Overall, this year’s selection seems less emotional and focuses more heavily on strong aesthetics.

The winning image by Indonesian photographer Priyo Widiyanto feature the Indonesian National Wheelchair Basketball Team in the middle of an intense match where the decisive and winning shot is about to be thrown. In a dynamic composition where the action is frozen by the photographer, two opponents, almost symmetrical to one another, are lifting their wheelchairs with all their might in an attempt to stop the shot. It is a powerful image of resilience.

The other four winning images are also very dynamic in their composition. The image by Haikun Liang shows a man running away from an explosion. Raul Cacho Oses captured cavaliers galloping while performing a Tbourida in Morocco. Andrea Bettancini photographed children running and diving into the port of Stone Town (Zanzibar, Tanzania) while Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra created an almost unbelievable shot of a diver in the sky in front of the Guggenheim Museum during the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Bilbao (Spain).

The winner and Photographer of the Year 2023 is Priyo Widiyanto (Indonesia) with his image “The Winning Shoot”

The second-place winner is Haikun Liang (China), the third-place winner is Raul Cacho Oses (Spain), the fourth-place winner Andrea Bettancini (Italy) and the fifth-place winner is Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra (Spain).

The other winning photographers are: Deba Prasad Roy (India), Joseph-Philippe Bevillard (Ireland), Laurie Freitag (United States), Mateusz Zurowski (Poland), Gavin Libotte (Australia), Tony Law (Australia), Tariq Zaidi (United Kingdom), Tommaso Vecchi (Italy), Matt McClain (United States), Emily Fisher (United States), Patricia McElroy (United States), Stefano Rosselli (Italy), Maria Bratan (Republic of Moldova), Alejandro Martinez Velez (Spain), Guy Chapellier (France), Ingmar Björn Nolting (Germany), Mauro De Bettio (Italy), Supratim Bhattacharjee (India), Azim Khan Ronnie (Bangladesh), Rico X. (Grenada/United Arab Emirates), Rebecca Moseman (United States), Pedro Jarque Krebs (Peru), Baptiste Hugnet (France), Natalya Saprunova (Russia/France), Mitchell Anolik (United States), Wendy Stone (United States), Wen Hua Chen (Taiwan), Muhammad Amdad Hossain (Bangladesh), Klaus Lenzen (Germany), Shahriar Farzana (Bangladesh), Frank Machalowski (Germany), Susanne Middelberg (Netherlands), Huaifeng Li (China) and Whitney Dafoe (United States)

The top 5 winners will be awarded $10,000.

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April 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: April 1, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the April 2023 Solo Exhibition

© Daniel Sackheim

All About Photo is pleased to present ‘UNSEEN’ by Daniel Sackheim

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of April 2023 and includes twenty photographs from the series ‘Unseen’

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, is the curator for this month's show.

UNSEEN

As a child, I had an unbearable fear of the dark. So terrified was I of imagined creatures hiding under my bed, or lurking within the dark recesses of the closet, that I frequently slept with the lights on. The irony is not lost on me that I now find myself inextricably drawn to late night explorations of pitch-dark alleys and fog shrouded streets of anonymous cities, my anxieties held in check by an obsessive inquisitiveness. This curiosity is rooted in a need to discover what lies just beneath the surface, unseen. Inspired by the visual esthetic of Film Noir, this body of work explores isolated fragments of subjects once there but now gone, as a means of shining a light on what is hidden, if only for an instant.
March 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: March 1, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the March 2023 Solo Exhibition

© Laurent Baheux

All About Photo is pleased to present ‘AFRICA’ by Laurent Baheux

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of March 2023 and includes twenty photographs from the series ‘Africa’

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, is the curator for this month's show.

AFRICA

When Laurent Baheux photographs animals, he becomes a portrait photographer who seeks to capture the originality of his subject. ''I photograph instinctively, with my guts. For me, all that matters is the encounter'', says the man who has been traveling through wild territories for more than 20 years and as close as possible to wild animals in their own environment.

With his dense and contrasted use of black and white, Laurent plays with shadow and light and centers his attention on posture, composition, material or texture. His settings are snapshots of life, simple and tender photographs of the daily lives of animals. ''I am not a naturalist or a behaviorist. I react on instinct and I work with my gut. If I choose to take a photo, it is first of all because the scene prompted a spark, an emotion. ''

Elephants' silhouettes, a contemplative lion, a lazy leopard, a laughing hyena or a hippopotamus hidden under the aquatic grasses, his images are first and foremost the reflection of an incarnation. Through his singular approach entirely devoted to the subject's personality, Laurent brings us closer to animals in spite of ourselves because he allows us to see them as sensitive individuals; entirely focused towards their survival and that of their species, inevitably confronted with the greatest extinction of our history, undeniable consequence of the madness of men.
February 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: February 8, 2022. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #29 - WOMEN CONTEST

© Frieke Janssens

The oversight of women in the history of photography comes from a long tradition of undermining their status. They were acknowledged as models or assistants, not so much as talented artists.

Even the 'Kodak Girl' commercials, confined women's use of a camera to a hobby as it was their duty to be the memory keepers of the family.They were not to experiment with photography as a tool of documentation or a space of self-expression.

The perception of women as a subject has also changed over time. Up until the 1960s and 70s society saw women only as mothers and wives, confined to a very specific role.

Yet, since the dawn of time, they never ceased to transfigure - through their actions or words - our society. From the very beginning of photography, they never relented escaping from the societal norms to question and document the world.

This 29th edition of AAP Magazine sought, not only to acknowledge the strength, beauty and resilience of women, but also their artistic poetry and talent as demonstrated by the 16 women photographers selected. The 24 artists featured in this edition, regardless of gender, gave us - through their different approaches and techniques - a powerful tribute to women.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 29 Women is is Frieke Janssens (Belgium) with the series ‘Dianas’
The Second Place Winner is Diana Cheren Nygren (USA) with the series The Persistence of Family
The Third Place Winner is Norma Córdova (aka, shesaidred) (USA) with the the series ‘Red is the Color of…’

The other winners featured in the Merit Award’s Gallery are: Vytenis Jankunas (USA), Xavier Blondeau (France), France Leclerc (USA), Domenico Iannantuono (Italy), Jaclyn Cori (USA), Osama Elolemy (United Arab Emirates), Lisa Murray (Australia), Praveen Emmanuel (India), Landry Major (USA), Ruth Lauer-Manenti (USA), Cara Weston (USA), Mark Chew (Australia), Stéphanie Probst (Switzerland), Orna Naor (Israel), Ilaria Miani (Italy), Susanne Middelberg (Netherlands), Julien Sunye (Netherlands), Lynn Gilbert (USA), Joseph-Philippe Bevillard (Ireland), Lynne Breitfeller (USA), Jacque Rupp (USA).

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine#29 Women.
February 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: February 1, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the February 2023 Solo Exhibition

© Harvey Castro

All About Photo is pleased to present ‘Los Olvidados, Guatemala’ by Harvey Castro

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of February 2023 and includes twenty photographs from the series ‘Los Olvidados, Guatemala’

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, is the curator for this month's show.

LOS OLVIDADOS, GUATEMALA

My project, Los Olvidados Guatemala, is a poignant examination of the communities that are marginalized and left behind by natural disasters. On November 5, 2020, the village of Queja was destroyed by a landslide caused by Hurricane Eta, leaving 58 people dead and the survivors with nothing.

This tragedy is not unique to Queja, but it is a familiar story for many communities in Guatemala, particularly those in the highlands, where poor infrastructure and inadequate resources leave them highly vulnerable. The destruction of crops and homes leads many to migrate for survival, often at great risk. In 2018, I photographed the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico, where an estimated 135,000+ climate refugees relocated to the United States in the first six months after the storm.

When I arrived in Guatemala a few days before the bicentennial anniversary of independence from Spanish rule, I saw parallels to what I had experienced in Puerto Rico, where marginalized communities were left without agency and forgotten.

Representation is crucial to my work as a documentary photographer and immigrant of color. Through my photographs, I hope to bring attention to these communities’ resilience and struggle and ensure that they are not forgotten.
January 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: July 1, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the July 2023 Solo Exhibition

© Diana Cheren Nygren

All About Photo is pleased to present 'Mother Earth’ by Diana Cheren Nygren

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of July 2023 and includes twenty photographs from the series ‘Mother Earth’

Phil Zheng Cai , is the curator for this month's show.

Mother Earth

Nevertheless She Persisted

A city girl and skeptic to my core, I feel an overwhelming sense of awe in the face of a desert spread before me or the expanse of the ocean. Within these magnificent landscapes, humanity seems small and insignificant. Geologic eras are etched into layers of rock and our time on earth seems short in contrast. So far there have been thirty-seven epochs in the history of this planet. Humans have been on Earth for less than two of these, though our impact on the shape of the planet has been tremendously outsized. What will the next epoch look like?

I have mounted scenes of human habitation behind acrylic, plastic walls that we imagine can safely separate the things we do from having an impact on the natural world. I have then affixed these scenes onto and within sweeping landscapes. I am presenting this work without glass. The constructed world behind the acrylic is literally protected, while the landscapes remain exposed and vulnerable. A continuity of line and color between these two parts of the work hints at their interconnectedness. I use the desert southwest of the United States as a stand-in for what the majority of the land on our planet might look like as it continues to be shaped by rising temperatures, drought, and fires. Ultimately, I present these multi-layered images in hand-painted wooden frames, alluding to the next chapter in the planet's history. As the image pushes beyond its edges, the story continues to evolve.

In spite of human activity, the Earth continues to transform and reinvent itself. The Earth is not coming to an end. Its inhabitants cannot escape its permanence, and the power it has to shape their existence. The question remains, as nature reinvents itself, can we adapt with it? Will we be part of that next chapter?

January 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: July 1, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the July 2023 Solo Exhibition

© Diana Cheren Nygren

All About Photo is pleased to present 'Mother Earth’ by Diana Cheren Nygren

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of July 2023 and includes twenty photographs from the series ‘Mother Earth’

Phil Zheng Cai , is the curator for this month's show.

Mother Earth

Nevertheless She Persisted

A city girl and skeptic to my core, I feel an overwhelming sense of awe in the face of a desert spread before me or the expanse of the ocean. Within these magnificent landscapes, humanity seems small and insignificant. Geologic eras are etched into layers of rock and our time on earth seems short in contrast. So far there have been thirty-seven epochs in the history of this planet. Humans have been on Earth for less than two of these, though our impact on the shape of the planet has been tremendously outsized. What will the next epoch look like?

I have mounted scenes of human habitation behind acrylic, plastic walls that we imagine can safely separate the things we do from having an impact on the natural world. I have then affixed these scenes onto and within sweeping landscapes. I am presenting this work without glass. The constructed world behind the acrylic is literally protected, while the landscapes remain exposed and vulnerable. A continuity of line and color between these two parts of the work hints at their interconnectedness. I use the desert southwest of the United States as a stand-in for what the majority of the land on our planet might look like as it continues to be shaped by rising temperatures, drought, and fires. Ultimately, I present these multi-layered images in hand-painted wooden frames, alluding to the next chapter in the planet's history. As the image pushes beyond its edges, the story continues to evolve.

In spite of human activity, the Earth continues to transform and reinvent itself. The Earth is not coming to an end. Its inhabitants cannot escape its permanence, and the power it has to shape their existence. The question remains, as nature reinvents itself, can we adapt with it? Will we be part of that next chapter?

January 2023
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: January 1, 2023. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the January 2023 Solo Exhibition

© Bram Coppens

All About Photo is pleased to present 'Bombay Beach' by Bram Coppens

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of January 2023 and includes 17 photographs from the series 'Bombay Beach'

Bombay Beach

Bombay Beach is a place in Imperial County, California, USA. The population was 231 at the 2020 census. It is located on the Salton Sea, and is the lowest community in the United States, located 223 feet (68 m) below sea level.

Once a popular getaway for beachgoers until the 1980s, when the draining and increasing salinity of the Salton Sea destroyed the lake's ecosystem and drove businesses and private landowners out of the area, rendering Bombay Beach a ghost town. Despite this, by 2018, a number of people had moved into the area, and the town's many abandoned structures and features from its past have drawn visitors back in. Bombay Beach was "enjoying a rebirth of sorts with an influx of artists, intellectuals and hipsters who have turned it into a bohemian playground." The Bombay Beach Biennale, an annual art festival, is held here.

Living In Los Angeles at that time I knew Salton Sea so it was on my list to visit for years. Hearing that it was turning into some sort of artist micro community triggered me to finally do that road trip and go.

Arriving there and while waiting for the perfect light situation, I was drawn by the atmosphere and the artistic community, but above all drawn by the desolate vibes.

As I wanted to translate this desolate vibe into a visually driven language and capture the authentic look and feel of the moment, I tried to steer away from any obvious new art installation and tried to focus on the dead Salton Sea part, the ghost part of the town.

The series was shot in Bombay Beach California in 2019 on Medium format analogue 6x6 film.
December 2022
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: December 4, 2022. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #28 - STREETS CONTEST

© Olga Karlovac

We're delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won ''AAP Magazine #28: Streets''

Robert Doisneau wrote "The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street."

And we where not disappointed by all the wonderful images that we received!

For this 28th edition of AAP Magazine, we were looking for the heart and soul of a society and its people. Whether photographed in the countryside, or in an urban setting, the images we chose reflect the diversity of the photographers background and approach to street photography. The twenty-five selected photographers have many talents, an eye for detail, light and composition. Thanks to their ability to grasp decisive moments, they allowed us to become a spectator of their wanderings, a curious observer of people's behavior.

Selecting the winners was certainly not an easy task, there were so many incredible single shots from around the world, but in the end we hope you will all enjoy this collection of weird and wonderful stolen moments.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 28 Streets is Olga Karlovac (Croatia) with her series "Escape"

The Second Place Winner is Argus Paul Estabrook (United States) with his series "Fare Adjustment"

The Third Place Winner is Anna Biret (France) with the image "Electric Girl"

The other winners featured in the Merit Award's Gallery are : Vincent Soyez (France/United States), Hans Severin (Germany), Elena Phillips (Spain), Antonio Denti (Italy), Pelin Guven (China), Carol Foote (Australia), Luning Cao (China), Elmira Sturki (Ukraine), Orna Naor (Israel), Henk Kosche (Germany), Joseph-Philippe Bevillard (Ireland), Margo MacArthur (United States), Carl Young (United States), Lukasz Korulczyk (Poland), Dominik Schulze (Germany), Massimo Giordano (Italy), Daniel Dorko (Hungary), Julien Schoener (Germany), Liza Botkin (United States), Rodrigo Paredes (Argentina), Eric Davidove (United States) and Jon Wollenhaupt (United States).

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #28 Streets.
December 2022
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: December 1, 2022. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the December 2022 Solo Exhibition

© Ann Prochilo

All About Photo is pleased to present 'This is Water' by Ann Prochilo

Anna Van Lenten, is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of December 2022 and includes 18 photographs from the series 'This is Water'

This is Water

This Is Water explores self-awareness and its nemeses: blind certitude and unconsciousness.

It is inspired by a story shared by David Foster Wallace in a commencement speech: “There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, 'Morning, boys. How's the water?' And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, 'What the hell is water?'”

I love this parable and its reminder that essential things are all around us, hidden in plain sight. This project examines what is above and below the surface, shifting mediums and bending light. It seeks to illuminate the malleable foundations upon which we make meaning and take actions that impact ourselves, others, and the environment around us.

I use water to depict transitional moments that precede transformation - those potent and vulnerable moments before something emerges, or does not. Water reveals and water hides. It points to ways in which we are ego-deluded and dissociated from ourselves - drawn, as to a siren's call, to an anesthetized oblivion.

While it is possible to correct for optical distortions caused by light passing through water, I choose not to. I embrace refraction, diffusion, and reflection in service to illusion. To the extent that dissonance is an uncomfortable, but necessary starting place for self-awareness, it is my thesis (and fervent prayer) that grappling with ambiguities is a powerful tool for awakening.

Just as the struggle for transformation defines my quest, it defines each person's journey between unconsciousness and self-awareness. I believe our task as human beings is to wake to ourselves and the waters in which we swim so that we may choose right action in the world. For me, that means not foundering in a sea of willful ignorance or being rendered mute by those who would drown my voice. And like our two young fish, it means swimming along, constantly reminding myself that ''this... is water.''

November 2022
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: November 4, 2022. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #27 - COLORS CONTEST

© Christine Fitzgerald

We're delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won ''AAP Magazine #27: Colors''

Everything around us is an array of colors, from the green grass we walk on to the blue sky above. The world we see is anything but black and white. What would our world be like if we could not see color?

Colors are one of the many things that play a part in our daily lives, whether we know it or not. In fact, research has shown that colors can portray many different feelings, moods, and even thinking. No wonder photographers are fascinated by colors.

For this 27th edition of AAP Magazine, we were looking for work that would celebrate colors. In the end, we chose twenty-five photographers (as it happens a majority of women!) from 15 different countries and 5 continents. Their color palette is diverse: bold, vibrant as well as pastel, or even monochromatic but each time their conscious choice adds to the photograph's esthetic appeal and conveys sensory pleasure.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 27 Colors is Christine Fitzgerald (Canada) with her project “Captive”

The Second Place Winner is Edita Bizova (Czech Republic) with her project “Essence of Beauty”

The Third Place Winner is Thaddäus "hozzography" Biberauer (Austria) with his series “Dreamscapes”

The other winners featured in the Merit Award’s Gallery are: Callie Eh (Switzerland), Kelly-Ann Bobb (Trinidad & Tobago), Fabrizio Alzati (Italy), Gavin Libotte (Australia), Anne-Claire Vimal du Monteil (Canada), ​​Mona Singh (India), Joanna Madloch (United States), Hardijanto Budiman (Indonesia), Joseph-Philippe Bevillard (Ireland), Carol Foote (Australia), Klaus Lenzen (Germany), Marek Boguszak (Czech Republic), Damian Lemański (Poland), Michelle Simmons (United States), Wendy Stone (United States), Joe Buergi (Switzerland), Benjamin Pawlowski (Germany), Yves Léonard (Belgium), Virginia Hines (United States), Svetlin Yosifov (Bulgaria), Sandra Frankel (United States) and Cynthia Dickinson (United States).

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #27 Colors.
November 2022
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: November 1, 2022. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the November 2022 Solo Exhibition

© Eric Kunsman

All About Photo is pleased to present 'Felicific Calculus: Technology as a Social Marker of Class, Race, & Economics in Rochester, NY' by Eric Kunsman

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of November 2022 and includes twenty photographs from the series 'Felicific Calculus: Technology as a Social Marker of Class, Race, & Economics in Rochester, NY'

Felicific Calculus: Technology as a Social Marker of Class, Race, & Economics in Rochester, NY

In the later 18th century, as the U.S. and French Revolutions captured the attention of Europe, reformer and Utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832) proposed an algorithm to help determine the moral rightness of an action by balancing the probable pleasures and pains that it would produce.

Bentham recognized that neither individuals nor society could strictly follow the calculation he described, but he believed it could serve as a model of an ideal calculation – that the closer the decision-making involved in determining a policy or choice adhered to the calculation, the closer the resulting choice would be to an exact determination. In the 1940s, social reformers revisited Bentham's algorithm, naming it the Felicific Calculus.

Payphones?

In 2017, when I decided to relocate my studio to a different part of Rochester, NY, colleagues immediately questioned my choice of locations, making comments along the lines of: “...that area's a war zone.” My experience with my new neighborhood had been consistently positive, so I wondered what gave them the impression that this neighborhood was especially dangerous.

People seemed to focus on how the neighborhood looked when they tried to describe what gave them the impression that the location was particularly dangerous. Several visual cues were mentioned: abandoned buildings, garbage, people loitering. But one factor mentioned by a number of people caught me by surprise. They were disturbed by the number of payphones that still remained in this neighborhood, inferring that only criminals use payphones these days.

It turns out there were an unusually high number of payphones in the new neighborhood. Curious, I began photographing and testing them. The vast majority of these public payphones were working. And I soon learned that far from being used by criminals, these phones were providing a lifeline for some of the poorest residents in the area.

The reactions of my colleagues drove me to start educating myself. I wanted to know what led these individuals to form these perceived ideas of a location they never visited. I photographed payphones and began mapping their locations, then overlaid them with census maps showing economic status, ethnicity, age and sex, and the city's crime map. What became immediately apparent was the direct correlation between poverty level and the location of the payphones. Areas with the most payphones coincided with Rochester neighborhoods where the average family incomes are lower than $20,000 annually. A December, 2013 article in Rochester's Democrat & Chronicle investigated the decline of the city's payphones and reported how they serve as a lifeline for many individuals in these poorer communities. The 3,055 payphones in the Rochester area are being used on average once every four days. And although the crime maps show small pockets of crime in the poorest neighborhoods, there was no direct correlation between location of payphones and incidents of crime.

I learned that the working payphones in the Greater Rochester communities reflected an unusually altruistic felicific calculus on the part of Frontier Communications, the local telecommunications provider. Instead of focusing on profits the company chose to leave and maintain the payphones in the areas where they are most heavily needed. This choice by Frontier is not the typical profit-driven decision usually seen in corporate America (with an average payphone use of once every four days, there's clearly no profit center for the corporation) but it is one of community service.

Bigger Picture

Change in technology has accelerated rapidly in recent years, and in many areas, it has outpaced the ability of policy makers to make those advances equally available to socially and economically vulnerable citizens. There also appear to be unconscious biases that come into play, judgements that are formed about people who aren't able to access contemporary technologies in their daily lives, and who continue to depend on technologies and systems that just a decade or so ago were accepted as “normal.” Those unacknowledged biases, those judgements that are made without basis in fact, can unfortunately lead to ignorant assumptions that incorrectly mislabel a neighborhood or community; or may even lead to dangerous situations when employed by policy makers.

I've found that payphones are a case in point. In Detroit, Michigan, for example, politicians decided to have all public payphones removed without studying or surveying their actual use. They simply assumed the criminal connection. This decision was based on a further assumption that everyone today must own a mobile phone. Decision-makers lacking facts or any real understanding of issues facing citizens from a different economic class just acted on a misperception.

Through Felicific Calculus I hope to challenge negative perceptions of these social markers that lead people to conflate poverty with crime. I hope the juxtaposition of the images and the mapping overlays may engage viewers in examining their own gut perceptions of social markers, like payphones and payphone use, and to explore the gaps between their prejudgments and the reality of how those phones actually serve individuals who may be less privileged. Though they are relics to most of us, payphones remain important for residents trapped in lower economic circumstances.

October 2022
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: October 9, 2022. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #26 - SHAPES CONTEST

© Mike Baker

We're delighted to reveal the names of the 24 talented photographers who won ''AAP Magazine #26: Shapes''

For this 26th edition of AAP Magazine, we were looking for submissions of works of art that explore composition and form as a fundamental aspect of the photographic aesthetic, be it pure visual formalism or in support of a thematic objective. Understanding shape and form is one of the pillars of photography composition, and it can make even the most common object become a work of art. Geometric, organic, positive or negative, shapes contribute to a photograph’s overall esthetics and vibes.

We chose twenty-four photographers for their different approach to the idea of Shapes. Their work is diverse: architecture, mixed- media, still life, abstractions... and use different techniques & perspectives but each one showcases a unique point of view.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 26 Shapes is Mike Baker (USA) with his project “Urban Architectural Shapes”

The Second Place Winner is Maura Allen (USA) with her project “The West Takes Shape”

The Third Place Winner is Guillermo Espinosa (Germany) with his series “Visual Rhymes”

The other winners featured in the Merit Award’s Gallery are: Wayne Swanson (USA), Florian W. Mueller (Germany), Barbara Hazen (USA), Ray Knox (UK), Tom Schifanella (USA), Gregory Spaid (USA), Klaus Lenzen (Germany), Stephen Albair (USA), Beth Galton (USA), Mitchell Anolik (USA), Francesco Pace Rizzi (Italy), Shesaidred (USA), Ellen Konar and Steve Goldband (USA), Jacqueline Walters (USA), Jaroslav Mares (Czech Republic), Tetiana Shcheglova (Ukraine), Torrance York (USA), Ernie Luppi (USA), MG Vander Elst (USA), Golnaz Abdoli (USA) and Claudia Tombini (Italy).

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #26 Shapes.
October 2022
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: October 1, 2022. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the October 2022 Solo Exhibition

© Debe Arlook

All About Photo is pleased to present 'One, One thousand…' by Debe Arlook

Harvey Stein, is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of October 2022 and includes twenty photographs from the series 'One, One thousand…'

ONE, ONE THOUSAND...

''I suppose you have received many letters from desperate mothers. Here is mine.'' My sister wrote these words to a neurologist in 1997 when my nephew was two years old.

one, one thousand... is an unconventional documentary exposing the impact a rare and incurable form of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, has on a mother and son's experience of life-long care. At 28, David is nonverbal, experiences daily seizures, has scoliosis, severe autism, and requires 24-hour care. After years of pursuing conventional approaches to stop my nephew's seizures, Lori turned to nonconventional healers, working in energetic and mystical realms. Her love for David and seeing beyond their circumstances fuels her dedication to his care and her own personal growth. These photographs witness Lori's everyday challenges as a single parent and devoted caregiver while giving David a voice.

With David's minimal communication, I've always wondered what he sees, thinks and feels. His personality is sweet and he seems to have a good sense of humor but, we don't know his internal experience. Multiple artistic interpretations are used to convey David's unknown perception of the world and Lori's spiritual practice. Herein lies the intersection between what is ''real'' and what is outside our realm of understanding. Color references the possibility he experiences synesthesia, a condition in which one sense is experienced through another, such as seeing color when hearing a sound. Photographs include Lori's handwritten narrative.

one, one thousand... refers to Lori counting how long each seizure lasts and is a different kind of love story. When I asked David's permission to make this project, I did not know if he would respond. In a rare and astonishing gesture, he leaned toward me with sustained eye contact. I got my ''yes.''

September 2022
LOS ANGELES CA, Release: September 1, 2022. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the September 2022 Solo Exhibition

© Debra Achen

All About Photo is pleased to present 'Folding and Mending' by Debra Achen

Christy Karpinski, is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of September 2022 and includes seventeen photographs from the series 'Folding and Mending'

FOLDING AND MENDING

The hand-folded, burned, and stitched prints in my “Folding and Mending” series are a way of expressing “the world folding in on itself.” We are so focused on our daily tasks and routines that we are neglecting the environment on which our very survival depends. We have created an imbalance in which our world is collapsing. As record storms and wildfires wreak havoc on our forests and communities, our ecosystems are unraveling at an alarming rate. My hand-manipulated photographs allude to the results of our climate crisis. Coastlines erode and submerge as sea levels rise. Trees and forests, stressed from years of drought, succumb to disease and fire. Golden hills crack and crumble. All at the hand of mankind.

While large, complex solutions are needed to fix the damage, there are small things each of us can do to help slow the erosion, clear the air, mend the cracks, and hold our planet together. The stitching in my images is a metaphor for the mending and rebuilding we must do to make our world whole again.

So far in the Anthropocene, we have not proven ourselves to be worthy stewards of our planet. But nature is resilient and our impacts can be reversed. Do we have the resolve to make change happen? Some of the “Folding and Mending” pieces are more deconstructive in nature. Multiple prints are collaged in layers, torn and scorched on the edges. Bits and patches extend beyond the image border, some held in place by threads… as if we dangle at the precipice.
August 2022
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: August 4, 2022. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #25 - B&W CONTEST

© Marjolein Martinot

We're delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won ''AAP Magazine #25: B&W''

These amazing photographers come from 11 different countries, their work reflect the large variety black and white photography can offer. Documentary, portrait, travel, street, wildlife, abstract and fine art are all represented in the winning portfolios.

Regardless of the genre of photography, the selected projects all have different approaches to the unifying theme of black and white.

Using film, analog or digital photography, deep blacks or light grays, each photographer showcases a unique point of view. The chosen work successfully incorporates the literal and metaphorical dichotomy of black and white.

Mysterious, intense, timeless, at times nostalgic, black and white is magical for anyone who loves photography. Clearly black and white photography continues to hold a prominent place in our hearts and imaginations!

Selecting the winners was certainly not an easy task, but in the end we hope you will all enjoy this collection of photographs.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 25 B&W is Marjolein Martinot (Netherlands) with her image “Girl On Slide, Indre 2021” from the series “Riverland”.

The Second Place Winner is Rico X. (United Arab Emirates) with his image "The Stubborn Boys" from the series of the same name.

The Third Place Winner is Radoslaw Lowick (Poland) with his untitled image from the series 'Animals"

The other winners featured in the Merit Award's Gallery are: Orna Naor (Israel), Jo Fields (United States), Oliver Raschka (Germany), Damian Lemański (Poland), Janice Milhem (United States), Rajan Dosaj (United States), Svet Jacqueline Goldmeier (United States), Eric Davidove (United States), Saul Bromberger and Sandra Hoover (United States), Cuneyt Gumushaneli (Turkey), Swen Bernitz (Germany), Prescott Lassman (United States), Kohei Ueno (Japan), Ashley Suszczynski (United States), Lesia Maruschak (Canada), David Gray (Canada), Francesco Luongo (Italy), Victor Kataev (Germany), Lynn Savarese (United States), Radana Kuchařová (Czech Republic), Anna Grevenitis (United States) and Steve Toole (United States) The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000. All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #25 B&W.
July 2022
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: July 1st, 2022. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the July & August 2022 Solo Exhibition

© Steve Hoffman

All About Photo is pleased to present 'Coney Island Beyond the Boardwalk' by Steve Hoffman

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of July & August 2022 and includes twenty photographs from the series 'Coney Island Beyond the Boardwalk'

CONEY ISLAND BEYOND THE BOARDWALK

Coney Island Beyond the boardwalk is the title of this project. I am a documentary photographer who has who spent the last dozen years working with and photographing the people that live the housing projects in Coney Island. I mainly like to record people in their homes and places of worship. I give each person a copy of their picture. When I started this project, I worked with film and would come on Saturday morning with a group of pictures and people would line at the basketball court on 24th street to see if I had their photo. Many times, a mother or a sister would say that's my brother or my grandma and I would give them the picture. The projects are like one enormous family. Everyone knows everyone else. Even though I now work with digital I still make photos to give out. My greatest thrill is to go to someone's apartment and see my photos hanging on the wall.
June 2022
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: June 7, 2022. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #24 - PORTRAIT CONTEST

© Ryotaro Horiuchi

We're delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won AAP Magazine #24: Portrait

The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt. -Henry Cartier-Bresson

The most common definition of portrait photography: from identifying, to the most sensitive approach of capturing emotions, (including its ability to heighten the model or to educate the viewer) portrait photography is strengthened by a wide variety of forms and practices. It transcends the posed studio shots or the common family portraits to become a genre in its own right that allows photographers to express their full creativity.

Describe, reveal, embellish, question, disturb... a portrait can inspire many different reactions. But if there are indeed a thousand faces to a photograph, we could only showcase some of them, and this new edition of AAP Magazine focuses on the vision of 25 photographers from 14 different countries and 4 continents!.

Each one of them reveals their personal narrative and different approach to the Portrait Photography.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 24 Portrait is Ryotaro Horiuchi (Japan) with the series 'Descendants of Samurai'

The Second Place Winner is Colby Sadeghi (United States) with the series 'Reflection'

The Third Place Winner is Bharat Patel (United Kingdom) with the series 'Portraits from Remote Angola'

The other winners featured in the Merit Award's Gallery are: Erberto Zani (Switzerland), Joseph-Philippe Bevillard (Ireland), Damian Lemański (Poland), Menghan Tsai (China), Marco Mignani (Italy), Lilian Caruana (United States), Caesar Lima (United States), Carol Foote (Australia), Bruce Morton (United States), Anne Berry (United States), Claudio Allia (Italy), Cheryl Clegg (United States), Liliroze (France), Alireza Sahebi (Iran), Luke Stambouliah (Australia), Ingetje Tadros (New Zealand), JK Lavin (United States), Maureen Ruddy Burkhart (United States), Foteini Zaglara (Greece), Diane Fenster (United States), Sandra Chen Weinstein (United States) and Alex Cao (Vietnam)
June 2022
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: June 1st, 2022. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the June 2022 Solo Exhibition

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All About Photo is pleased to present 'Muay Thai Kids' by Alain Schroeder

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of June 2022 and includes sicteen photographs from the series 'Muay Thai Kids'

MUAY THAI KIDS

Far from Thailand's iconic tourist destinations, Isan, the kingdom's largest region, reaches north and east to the borders of Laos and Cambodia. Poverty forces many residents to seek work in Bangkok, but fearing the temptations of city life (drugs, gangs, sex trade…), children are often left behind under the care of grandparents.

To keep them out of trouble, and with the prospect of earning money to support the family, kids are enrolled in Muay Thai (the traditional martial art of Thai boxing that is the country's national sport) as early as 5, and can be competing by 6-7 years old.

Training camps (2500 in Isaan and 1200 in Bangkok) are schools of life filled with deprivation, discipline and respect for fellow combatants. Every story is similar, the kids dream of one day fighting on TV, building a house for their parents and defending the pride of their community, while gym owners, trainers and families rely heavily on their earnings.

Betting is fierce and the pressure on the children is palpable. Few will become champions, but for poor kids with limited options, Muay Thai is a way to meet the cultural expectation of helping their families and a chance at a better life.

In July 2021, the IOC recognized Muay Thai as an Olympic sport. It promises to be a baptism by fire at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games for many young fighters who are now starting to dream not only of money, but also of medals and glory.
May 2022
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: May 16th, 2022. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the All About Photo Awards 2022

© Marcus Yam

All About Photo is delighted to announce this year's winners of All About Photo Awards 2022, recognizing the best single images from photographers around the world.

Visionary photographers from around the world, both professional and amateur, shared their unique perspectives and competed for international recognition as the next "Photographer of the Year," $10,000 in cash prizes and publication in the printed magazine “Special Edition All About Photo Awards 2022’

A panel of 7 expert jurors, including Ian Berry (Photographer, Magnum Photos), Paula Tognarelli (Executive Director and Curator Griffin Museum of Photography), Ann Jastrab (Executive Director, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA), Manfred Baumann (Leica Photographer), Tom Price (Photographer, Winner All About Photo Awards 2021), Giuseppe Oliverio (Founder and Director PHmuseum) , and Sandrine Hermand-Grisel (Photographer, Founder & Editor of All About Photo) have evaluated thousands of entries from all over the world.

Now in its 7th year, All About Photo Awards - The Mind’s Eye has become a reference for discovering new talents and celebrating outstanding photographers. The jurors selected 41 winners who come from 21 different countries and across 4 continents.

The final selection reflects images documenting events and highlighting current issues; however, unlike 2021, this year’s submissions overall seem less emotional and more focused on aesthetics. Both winning images by Marcus Yam and Konstantinos Tsakalidis are of conflict and unrest, but many of the other scenes seem almost idyllic, though often times when you look closer, there was something else happening in the frame that was anything but perfect.

The winner and Photographer of the Year 2022 is Marcus Yam (USA) with his image “Afghanistan’s air force is a rare U.S.-backed success story. It may soon fail.”

The second-place winner is Debdatta Chakraborty (India), the third-place winner is Konstantinos Tsakalidis (Greece), the fourth-place winner Landry Major (United States) and the fifth-place winner is Rebecca Moseman (United States).

The other winning photographers are: Joseph-Philippe Bevillard (Ireland), Antonio Denti (Italy), Eric Seidner (China), Fenqiang Frank Liu (United States), Luca Rotondo (Italy), Paolo Nigris (Switzerland), George Tatakis (Greece), Tariq Zaidi (United Kingdom), Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra (Spain), Alain Schroeder (Belgium), Daria Troitskaia (Italy), Pedro Jarque Krebs (Peru), Hardijanto Budiman (Indonesia), Andi Abdul Halil (Indonesia), Anindita Roy (Bangladesh), Annette LeMay Burke (United States), Alessandro Malaguti (Italy), Susan Weiss (United States), Kin Wing Edas Wong (Hong King), Arthur Bauer (Germany), Mauro De Bettio (Italy), Trung Pham Huy (Vietnam), Dovlet Annayev (Germany), Aline Smithson (United States), Assaf Sharon (Israel), Kelly-Ann Bobb (Trinidad and Tobago), Bruno Araluce Courballee-Thevenin (Spain), Diana Cheren Nygren (United States), Eric Kunsman (United States), Mark Duffy (Canada), Paolo Quadrini (Italy), Javier Arcenillas (Spain), Deb Leal (United States), Roland Blum (Liechtenstein), Philip Coburn (United Kingdom) and David Baghdasaryan (France).

The top 5 winners will be awarded $10,000.

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May 2022
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: May 1st, 2022. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the May 2022 Solo Exhibition

© Sebastian Sardi

All About Photo is pleased to present 'Black Diamond' by Sebastian Sardi

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the month of May 2022 and includes eighteen photographs from the series 'Black Diamond'

BLACK DIAMOND

It is an apocalyptic landscape. There are huge man-made craters everywhere that make up the visible landscape, the ground is burning, and a vast area is oozing with toxic gases, fire and smoke. Amongst all of this, there are men, woman and children digging in the soil with their bare hands. Coal is mined everywhere in Jharkhand, India, and large parts of it is sorted by hand. The locals call it; Kalaheera; or ”Black Diamond”.
Energy produced by the burning of coal is the single biggest contributor to the man-generated carbon dioxide emissions on this planet. Coal is a major part in the issue of global warming. In Jharkhand many people have been forced away from their lands when companies and authorities recognised the richness that hides in the ground. Underground fires force people to relocate. The mining companies claim they are unable to put out the fires, while the locals blame the companies for letting the fires burn so the coal can be reached and excavated from underneath their villages.



There is a fragile balance between nature and mankind. A sense of discomfort is felt in the slow but seemingly unavoidable struggle towards the collapse of nature. The human inability to break patterns is painstakingly visible in these photographs, as we knowingly keep on extracting the ground beneath our own feet. Black Diamond is a close (self-)portrait of the people who work with extracting coal from the ground to supply the ever growing demands.


March 2022
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: March 1st, 2022. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the March & April 2022 Solo Exhibition

© Jan Grarup

All About Photo is pleased to present 'The Country that Drowned' by Jan Grarup

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the months of March and April 2022 and includes twenty photographs from the series 'The Country that Drowned'

THE COUNTRY THAT DROWNED

The climate crisis is no longer just the future It takes place now and here. It demands human life and it destroys the future of children. South Sudan is experiencing severe floods in its fourth year, which is a direct consequence of climate change. 800,000 people have lost their homes to the water masses, and every day that number is getting bigger. The roads are washed away along with crops, cattle, clean water and toilets. Emergency aid in the form of food and medicine cannot emerge and people are fighting across the dry land against poisonous snakes and crocodiles. The stagnant water has caused the mosquito population to explode - and with them also the cases of malaria. South Sudan is a country that is moving towards a death sentence if we do not act now. The people, and especially the children, are in dire need of a helping hand that comes with clean water, food, medicine and toilets.

February 2022
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: February 1st, 2022. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the February 2022 Solo Exhibition

© Aya Okawa

All About Photo is pleased to present 'The Systems That Shape Us' by Aya Okawa

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the months of February 2022 and includes seventeeb photographs from the series 'The Systems That Shape Us'

THE SYSTEMS THAT SHAPE US

We may tune out - or stop noticing - the infrastructure and systems that most deeply shape our lives as individuals and societies. As we go about our daily routines, do we consider the structures in place that put power in our electrical sockets, food in our grocery stores, plastic in our consumables, or salts in our batteries?

As a photographer & visual anthropologist, when I started flying in small planes I was struck by how tiny our all-important lives actually looked from above, when moments ago the concerns of the terrestrial life had seemed so all encompassing. Flying above my own town, I was duly shocked by how little I actually knew about the area that I had lived in for years - I drove around and explored on foot (or so I thought) - only to realize that all it took to keep a site out of view was something as insignificant as a 6 foot tall fence, a gate, or even nothing at all, in many cases. From above, I could see massive caverns gauged into the earth by bulldozers, vast stretches of electrical lines and transformer stations, landfills sprawling across hilltops, and industrial plants belching into water sources. Much of this I had never noticed or given much thought to.

I became fascinated by capturing and studying images of the infrastructure around my community, and those of communities globally - visually investigating the infrastructure that we may not heed in our everyday lives, and exploring the human-made systems that define the foundations of our societies, cultures and economies. In this exploration I was mesmerizee by the beauty in the patterns that emerged - in both the human-made & natural ecosystems - and my goal is to share this sense of awe and curiosity with others through this series. These photos were made in cities throughout the United States, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, & Belgium.
January 2022
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: January 21, 2022. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #23 - WOMEN CONTEST

© Susanne Middelberg

The oversight of women in the history of photography comes from a long tradition of undermining their status. They were acknowledged as models or assistants, not so much as talented artists.

Even the 'Kodak Girl' commercials, confined women's use of a camera to a hobby as it was their duty to be the memory keepers of the family.They were not to experiment with photography as a tool of documentation or a space of self-expression.

The perception of women as a subject has also changed over time. Up until the 1960s and 70s society saw women only as mothers and wives, confined to a very specific role.

Yet, since the dawn of time, they never ceased to transfigure - through their actions or words - our society. From the very beginning of photography, they never relented escaping from the societal norms to question and document the world.

This 23rd edition of AAP Magazine sought, not only to acknowledge the strength, beauty and resilience of women around the world, but also their artistic poetry and talent as demonstrated by the 19 women photographers selected.

The 25 artists chosen for this edition, regardless of gender, gave us - though their different approaches and techniques - a powerful tribute to women.

Selecting the winners was certainly not an easy task, but overall, we hope you will all enjoy this beautiful collection of amazing images of women.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 23 Women is Susanne Middelberg (Netherlands) with the series Daylight
The Second Place Winner is Aline Smithson (USA) with the series Arrangement in Green and Black
The Third Place Winner is Maura Allen with the image Ranch Sage from the series Natural Order

The other winners featured in the Merit Award’s Gallery are: Aaron Deppe (Germany), Anna Lazareva (Romania), Lenka Klicperov  (Czech Republic), Andrea Torrei (Italy), Anne Berry (United States), Joan-Ramon Manchado (Spain), Prescott Lassman (United States), Silvia Alessi (Italy), Julie Fowells (United States), Francis Willey (Canada), Jo Ann Chaus (United States), Giuseppe Cardoni (Italy), Sandra Klein (United States), Vicky Martin (United Kingdom), Pat Rose (United States), B Jane Levine (United States), Marna Clarke (United States), Marsha Guggenheim (United States), Frank Herfort (Germany), Lisen Stibeck (Sweden), Monica Testa (Italy), Constance Jaeggi (United States).

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine#23 Women.
January 2022
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: January 1st, 2022. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the January 2022 Solo Exhibition

© Charles Muir Lovell

All About Photo is pleased to present 'Back When The Good Times Rolled, 2009 to 2020' by Charles Muir Lovell

Aline Smithson, is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the months of January 2022 and includes twenty photographs from the series 'Back When The Good Times Rolled, 2009 to 2020'

BACK WHEN THE GOOD TIMES ROLLED, 2009 TO 2020

Since moving to New Orleans in 2008, I have documented and preserved a record of New Orleans' "second line" parades, thereby capturing for posterity images of a unique and vital part of New Orleans' Black cultural heritage. Although the term "second line" comes from dancing and strutting followers of a parading brass band, it encompasses the entire parade—the brass band (the "first line," or "main line,") and its followers (the "second line".) I have taken tens of thousands of color photographs of the second lines by following the weekly parade schedule, which runs most of the year, except for holidays, Jazz Fest, and the hottest part of summer—which this past year were cancelled because of coronavirus when the good times ceased rolling. I have formed relationships with some of the social aid and pleasure clubs that sponsor the parades, allowing greater access and ease of navigation, resulting in varied and distinctive photographs that vividly capture the paraders' elaborate custom designed,hand-sewn costumes and parasols, and the hundreds of dancing second line followers. The parades, rich in ceremony and ritual, exuberantly express the right of Black Americans to publicly parade, not always a given in the American South when parading began in the late 1800's. As paraders move through New Orleans neighborhoods, they are carrying on a vibrant cultural and artistic tradition. My photographs reveal the festive mood of these sacred moments of cultural celebration and seek to transmit through the art of photography the joy and vibrancy of the second lines.
December 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: December 10, 2021. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #22 - STREETS CONTEST

© Denis Karasev

We're delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won “AAP Magazine #22: Streets”

They come from 14 different countries and 4 continents!

John Maloof wrote " A good street photographer must be possessed of many talents: an eye for detail, light and composition, impeccable timing, a populist or humanitarian outlook and a tireless ability to constantly shoot, shoot, shoot and never miss a moment."

The twenty-five winning photographers did just that and captured life in towns and cities around the world.

For this 22nd edition of AAP Magazine, we were looking for the heart and soul of a society and its people. Whether photographed in the countryside, or in an urban setting, the images we chose reflect the diversity of the photographers background and approach to street photography. Thanks to their ability to grasp decisive moments, they allow us to become a spectator of their wanderings, a curious observer of people's behavior.

Selecting the winners was certainly not an easy task, but in the end we hope you will all enjoy this collection of weird and wonderful stolen moments.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 22 Streets is Denis Karasev (Russian Federation) with his image "The Dragon"
The Second Place Winner is Annette Lang (France) with the series "Whimsical Street"
The Third Place Winner is Joseph-Philippe Bevillard (Ireland) with the series "Irish Travellers"

The other winners featured in the Merit Award's Gallery are: Marco Gualazzini (Italy), Anna Biret (France), Alain Schroeder (Belgium), Jonathan Jasberg (USA), Laura Zito (Ireland), Paul Kessel (USA), Guillermo Espinosa (Germany), Brad Jones (USA), Luning Cao (China), Susan Weiss (USA), Marci Lindsay (USA), Jose Ney Mila Espinosa (USA), Sakulchai Sikitikul (Thailand), Dan Fenstermacher (USA), Eric Kunsman (USA), Amir Appel (Israel), Candy Lopesino (Spain), Phil Duval (Australia), Stefano Carotenuto (Italy), Susanna Knyphausen (Sweden), Jason Au (Hong Kong) and Kevin Lyle (USA)

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #22 Streets.
December 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: December 1st, 2021. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the December Solo Exhibition

© Diana Cheren Nguyen

All About Photo is pleased to present 'When the Trees Are Gone' by Diana Cheren Nguyen

Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully, are the curators for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the months of December 2021 and includes eighteen photographs from the series 'When the Trees Are Gone'

WHEN THE TREES ARE GONE

Surroundings play a dominant role in shaping experience. Each image in this series is a composite of three separate original images: one of someone enjoying leisure at the beach, a cityscape, and a photograph of dramatic weather as seen from my back porch. Separately, they are subjects I love to photograph for their beauty and the awe they inspire in me. Together they tell a story of city dwellers searching for moments of relief in a world shaped by climate change, and the struggle to find a balance between an environment in crisis and manmade structures.

My work as a photographer is the culmination of a life-long investment in the power of art and visual culture to shape and influence social change. The power of photography that has been manipulated lies in our inclination to believe what we see in the image as a reality. These images make concrete neither reality nor the future, but one possible future. While they have an apocalyptic tone, they are inspired also by humor. Ultimately, this work is not pessimistic. I am hopeful that, as many urban planners and landscape architects are already doing, we can develop more sustainable and resilient community oriented cities.
November 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: November 4, 2021. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #21 - COLORS CONTEST

© Vitaly Golovatyuk

We're delighted to reveal the names of the 24 talented photographers who won “AAP Magazine #21: Colors”

Life is a stream of colors. Red, blue, yellow, and all the possible combinations in between surround us everywhere.

For this 21st edition of AAP Magazine, we were looking for submissions of works of art in which the only limit to creativity was the photographer's imagination.

We chose twenty-four photographers (from 12 different countries and 4 continents) for their different approach to color photography. Their color palette is diverse: bold, vibrant as well as pastel, or even monochromatic but each time their conscious choice adds to the photograph's esthetic appeal and convey sensory pleasure.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 22 Colors is Vitaly Golovatyuk (Russian Federation) with his image "Hidden gem of Moscow"

The Second Place Winner is Jerry Takigawa (United States) with his series "False Food"

The Third Place Winner is Amy Anderson (United States) with her series "Rose Kaprelian"

The other winners featured in the Merit Award's Gallery are : Miloš Nejezchleb (Czech republic), Xavier Blondeau (France), Judi Iranyi (United States), Trung Pham Huy (Vietnam), Klaus Lenzen (Germany), Guido Klumpe (Germany), Lello Fargione (Italy), Kyle Everett Smith (United States), Max van der Wal (Netherlands), Bootsy Holler (United States), Joseph-Philippe Bevillard (Ireland), Pat Rose (United States), Shira Gold (Canada), Joan Haseltine (United States), Diana Cheren Nygren (United States), Graham Earnshaw (Australia), Natalia Koshevova (Russian Federation), Joanna Borowiec (Poland), Paul Gravett (Canada), Nicoletta Cerasomma (Italy) and Robert Koss (United States).

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #21 Colors.
November 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: November 1st, 2021. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the November Solo Exhibition

© Lenka Klicperová

All About Photo is pleased to present 'Lost War' by Lenka Klicperová

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the months of November 2021 and includes twenty photographs from the series 'Lost War'.

LOST WAR

At the end of September 2020, Azerbaijan attacked the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, administered until then by Armenia. What had been a somewhat frozen conflict flared up again. I immediately went there with my colleague and friend Marketa Kutilova. We didn't know how we would get there, as Covid restrictions were stringent everywhere. But we knew we would somehow.

The fighting broke out with incredible fierceness and cruelty. Azerbaijan was well prepared and armed for the war, enjoying support mainly from allied Turkey, which armed it with modern drones. The Armenians arrived in Karabakh with forty-year-old equipment. Though the young Armenian soldiers, who had spent only a few months in training, could just barely use Kalashnikovs, they could not operate advanced weapon systems. Dozens of Azerbaijani drones slaughtered them. But Armenian rockets also landed in Azerbaijani territory. The war ended with a truce on the night of November 9-10. The Armenians were left with only a fraction of the territory they had conquered in the previous war. Armenians had to leave their homes. Most of them had settled down there thirty years ago after Armenia had won the previous war. Now they were given a few days to pack their things and leave. Some of them set fire to their houses so they would not fall into the hands of the Azeris. They became homeless refugees. Many of them also lost loved ones. The exact numbers of the dead are unknown. There are still missing Armenian soldiers whose bodies have not been found. The truce was brokered by the Russians, whose peacekeeping forces occupied Nagorno Karabakh. Now the Russians control the part of the territory retained by Armenia. The Armenians have lost thousands of young soldiers and territory, and hostilities with the Azeris continue to this day.

October 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: October 1st, 2021. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the October Solo Exhibition

© Michael Ruggiero

All About Photo is pleased to present 'Anonymous Citizens' by Michael Ruggiero

Harvey Stein, is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the months of Octoberr 2021 and includes twenty photographs from the series 'Anonymous Citizens'.

ANONYMOUS CITIZENS

As a photographer, I use a camera lens to look at the world I see around me constructing images of everyday life in the social landscape that shape our collective identity. My subjects can be described as anonymous, yet it is in the total sense they are held in suspension. My typical subject matter is the humbled everyday person familiar to us all who happens to be walking along just as well as the rest of us. Through the exploration of contemporary life in all its variety my images reveal much about my journey through discovery.
Everyone and everything has significance in itself and in relationship to its surroundings. My photographs are about the dignity, strength of character, and fortitude of the human spirit.
My long term objective is to develop and widen the work I have already done; photographing compassion and humor in the urban streets and cities of where ever I may travel, their surrounding landscapes and anonymous citizens.

In this moment of great uncertainty and turmoil, these online Solo Exhibitions aim to continue to connect audiences and artists, building on our beliefs that access to art and culture is a right and not a privilege and that artists' voices should be heard. It is a platform to help photographers pursue their visions, their dreams and their projects.
With our new online showroom space, we've placed All About Photo's role as a supporter and amplifier of creative ideas.
September 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: September 22, 2021. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #20 - TRAVELS CONTEST

© Yulia Nevskaya

We’re delighted to reveal the names of the 26 talented photographers who won “AAP Magazine #20: Travels”

The many mind-blowing entries come from talented photographers who traveled around the world.

Each month All About Photo offers the opportunity to dedicated and passionate artists to showcase their work in our printed edition "AAP Magazine". For this 20th edition we were looking for travel photographs, near and far, to the edge of the earth and to the places perhaps known only to a few.

There's a world out there to explore and each winning photographer shows us a glimpse of the diversity of our planet.

From Nomads in Northen Russia or Sahel, to a church in Ethiopia or wild landscapes in Australia, we virtually travel to the four corners of the earth. Kyrgyzstan, Soviet Union, Tibet, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Israel, Armenia, South Sudan, Benin, Bangladesh, Peru, The Arctic circle, Ethiopia, France, India, Greenland, Finland, Japan and the United States are amongst the countries you will be able to discover in the 20th edition of AAP Magazine.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 20 Travels is Yulia Nevskaya (Russian Federation) with her series "People of Tundra"

The Second Place Winner is Alain Schroeder (Belgium) with his series "Dead Goat Polo"

The Third Place Winner is Paul B Goode (United States) from his series "The Soviet Union"

The other winners featured in the Merit Award’s Gallery are :

Larry Snider (United States), Nicola Ducati (Italy), France Leclerc (United States), Hoang Long Ly (Vietnam), Jordi Cohen (Spain), Ted and Nune ( United States), Kimmo Sahakangas (United States), Johan Gerrits ( Netherlands), Monica Testa (Italy), Sujon Adhikary (Bangladesh), Animesh Ray (United States), Dede Pickering (United States), Matty Karp (Israel), Julien Coomans (Belgium), Jim Esposito (United States), Barry Guthertz (United States), Robi Chakraborty (India/United States), Antoine Buttafoghi (France), Carole Glauber (Israel), Trevor Messersmith (United States), Melissa Stewart (Australia), Debbie Smyth (United Kingdom) and Don Jacobson (United States)

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #20 Travels.
September 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: September 1st, 2021. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the September Solo Exhibition

© Saul Bromberger

All About Photo is pleased to present American Portraits: 1978-2006 by Saul Bromberger

Ann Jastrab, is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the months of September 2021 and includes twenty photographs from the series 'American Portraits: 1978-2006'.

AMERICAN PORTRAITS 1978-2006

Many years later now that I am 63 years old, I have learned that it was in my early 20's when I had found my voice. It was then that I realized that my point of view had value and that I had something important to say and share with the world. I was capturing poignant scenes in our communities that I felt were significant for how they described the American culture, moments that captured American as well as universal sensibilities. Scenes that captured essential truths about people's hopes and their successes, their challenges and despair, their individuality and their relationships, during their day to day lives in our American communities. Scenes that defined an American way of life for me.

Over the 28 years of this documentary project, from 1978-2006, this is what drove me to create a portrait of America that I had observed as an outsider, because of my experiences as an immigrant where I never really fit into American society. I was born in Israel in 1957, immigrated to America as a 9-year-old with my family in 1967, and as a teenager I helped my parents run our restaurant, while in high school I barely said a word in 4-years.

It was through photography then that I found myself, as I discovered over time that I could connect with people, reveal my personality, express my opinion, interpret what I saw and felt, and be recognized and honored for my way of seeing.

Starting in the late 1970's, I found myself gravitating to scenes that pulsated with American themes and values. I had become a photo-journalist working for several newspaper photography staffs in California and Washington State, and oftentimes during my assignments I also captured these scenes in social gatherings, parades, business events, political receptions, at county fairs, and much more, scenes that excited me for how they captured an America that I was beginning to understand. Scenes where many people, often white and wealthy, have a life of excess and privilege, while many other people struggle just to survive. People who live in small rural towns and in the larger cities, each group with its own pace of life and traditions, with American values that are vastly different from one another.

An America that I found fascinating and perplexing, that I was documenting from an outsider's point of view.


In this moment of great uncertainty and turmoil, these online Solo Exhibitions aim to continue to connect audiences and artists, building on our beliefs that access to art and culture is a right and not a privilege and that artists' voices should be heard. It is a platform to help photographers pursue their visions, their dreams and their projects.
With our new online showroom space, we've placed All About Photo's role as a supporter and amplifier of creative ideas.
August 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: August 23, 2021. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #19 - SHAPES CONTEST

© Hsin Ya Lin

We're delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won "AAP Magazine #19: SHAPES"

For this 19th edition of AAP Magazine, we were looking for submissions of works of art that explore composition and form as a fundamental aspect of the photographic aesthetic, be it pure visual formalism or in support of a thematic objective.

In the end we chose twenty-five photographers (from 13 different countries) for their different approach to the theme.

Understanding shape and form is one of the pillars of photography composition, and it can make even the most mundane objects become an object of art in its own right. Geometric, organic, positive or negative, shapes influence the degree of aesthetic beauty perceived when we first look at a photograph.

Long regarded as a simple means of duplicating reality, photography, now offer unlimited possibilities to reject traditional modes of representation and in this new edition of Shapes we received a record number of submissions created by new technologies.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 19 Shapes is Hsin Ya Lin (Taiwan) with his series "Sand Dunes".

The Second Place Winner is Klaus Lenzen (Germany) with his series "Car Park"

The Third Place Winner is Martine Lemarchand (France) with her series "A Close Distant"

The other winners featured in the Merit Award's Gallery are:

Camilla Gorini (Italy), Marlou Pulles (Netherlands), Jacqueline Walters (United States), Roland Blum (Liechtenstein), Ragnar B. Varga (Norway), Annette LeMay Burke (United States), Sharon Tribelsky (Israel), Elio Ruscetta (United Kingdom), Anna Försterling (Germany), Matt Gold (United States), Hyeonmin Cho (Korea), Dale Odell (United States), Zoltan Gerliczki (United States), Dede Pickering (United States), Suzanne Engelberg (United States), Colin Page (United Kingdom), Maja Strgar Kurecic (Croatia), Attila Ataner (Canada), Lauren Murphy (United Kingdom), Jacqui Turner (United States) and Dean Forbes (United States).

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #19 Shapes.
July 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: July 8, 2021. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #18 - B&W CONTEST

© Donald Graham

We're delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won "AAP Magazine #18: B&W"

These amazing photographers come from 13 different countries, their work reflects their personal aesthetic and unique approach to black and white photography. It was wonderful to discover so many great works and compelling pictures. Clearly black and white photography continues to hold a prominent place in our hearts and imaginations!

Black and white images can be like remarkable poetry. Timeless, the black and white tonal scale has nuances that highlight its subjects and enhances the light for a sublime rendering. Its classical and often nostalgic feel contains true beauty, allowing for a stark clarity or reality of the subject to be seen and identified. As the Canadian photojournalist Ted Grant said, "When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!"

The diversity of work ranges from the visual narrative to the simple contemplative beauty of quiet landscapes and to portraits that tell a story deep within the eyes of their subject. The selected portfolios all have different approaches to the unifying theme of black and white photography. Using film or digital photography, deep blacks or light grays, each photographer showcases a unique point of view.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 18 B&W is Donald Graham (United States) with his image "Foxy, Los Angeles, California" from the series "One Of A Kind".

The Second Place Winner is Angelika Kollin (United States) with her image "God gives and God takes away" from the series "You are my mother"

The Third Place Winner is Andrea Borgarello (Italy) with his image "Making Plans for 'l'Aventure'" or "the Backway" from the series "Notes on Migration"

The other winners featured in the Merit Award's Gallery are:

Erberto Zani (Switzerland), Klaus Lenzen (Germany), Ingetje Tadros (New Zealand), Emmanuel Monzon (United States), Tuan Nguyen Tan (Vietnam), Dirk Roseport (Belgium), Joseph-Philippe Bevillard (Ireland), Peter Eleveld (Netherlands), Emmanuelle Becker (France), David Dhaen (Belgium), Tatiana Ilina (United States), Michael Ruggiero (United States), Jacque Rupp (United States), Jefferson Lankford (United States), Eric Elmore (United States), Pierre Delaunay (France), Alexej Sachov (Ukraine), Terese Conway (United States), Ivan Ferrer (Israel), Jon Wollenhaupt (United States), Ari Jaaksi (Findland) and Stephen Hoffman (United States)

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #18 B&W.
July 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: July 1st, 2021. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the July & August 2021 Solo Exhibition

© Istvan Kerekes

All About Photo is pleased to present Shepherds from Transylvania by Istvan Kerekes

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the months of July and August 2021 and includes twenty photographs from the series Shepherds from Transylvania.

SHEPHERDS FROM TRANSYLVANIA

I have spent the last fifteen years capturing the lives of shepherds in the historical region of Transylvania in Central Romania. I am interested in the singular shepherd's lives and destinies, both in the plains and in the Carpathians Mountains.
The region of Transylvania is known for the scenery of its Carpathian landscape and its rich history. The Western world commonly associates Transylvania with vampires because of the influence of Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula" and the many films the tale inspired.
This series focuses on shepherds in this region. When walking in some parts of Transylvania one would often feel that you have traveled back in time. There is hardly any sign of modern technology here, it is as if time had stopped, while beauty and nature are preserved. Sheep farming has been a tradition in this region for centuries.

In this moment of great uncertainty and turmoil, these online Solo Exhibitions aim to continue to connect audiences and artists, building on our beliefs that access to art and culture is a right and not a privilege and that artists' voices should be heard. It is a platform to help photographers pursue their visions, their dreams and their projects.

With our new online showroom space, we've placed All About Photo's role as a supporter and amplifier of creative ideas.
June 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: June 1st, 2021. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the June 2021 Solo Exhibition

© Ruth Lauer-Manenti

All About Photo is pleased to present Since Seeing You by Ruth Lauer-Manenti

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the entire month of June 2021 and includes twenty photographs from the series Since Seeing You.

SINCE SEEING YOU

Since Seeing You is an observation of the lingering experience of the final week of my mother's life. She rarely let me photograph her, except in those last days when she changed her mind and without any hesitation, gave her permission and blessing. During that time there was a quality of acceptance and ease within and around her. After she passed the nurses seemed in a rush to cover her body and take her away. I wondered why. It seemed so natural that I would want to stay with her for a while. Since that final time, I have taken a lot of photographs in nature; immersed in its aliveness, decay and wild beauty. I feel her spirit in the tilting trees or when there is a light rain. At times, the memories of her gently fade out and blur, only to return as a wind that changes direction, in a wave of strong emotions.The pictures on view are a selection of what I hope to have published as a book. Because of the ephemeral feeling in the imagery, I imagine that the solidity of a book would balance this transient quality by giving it a structure and pace that would be tangible.

In this moment of great uncertainty and turmoil, these online Solo Exhibitions aim to continue to connect audiences and artists, building on our beliefs that access to art and culture is a right and not a privilege and that artists' voices should be heard. It is a platform to help photographers pursue their visions, their dreams and their projects.

With our new online showroom space, we've placed All About Photo's role as a supporter and amplifier of creative ideas.
May 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: May 18, 2021. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #17 - PORTRAIT CONTEST

© Joseph-Philippe Bevillard

We're delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won "AAP Magazine #17: Portrait"

These amazing photographers come from 12 different countries, their work reflects their personal aesthetic and unique approach to portrait photography.

Portraits have never ceased to inspire photographers since the invention of photography in 1839 but it was at first a mere replica of the paintings' aesthetics for the sole privilege of the upper class. Since then, portraits have become an ordinary object present in every household but it also became a photographic genre at the crossroads of the artist's sensibility and technical approach. Portrait photography is both a celebration of the subject and an art in itself and all the submitted worked proved just that.

A portrait is much more than just a physical representation of a person or its face. A good portrait must capture a privileged moment, when alchemy happens, allowing the photographer to capture the personality of the subject. The selected photographers showcase innovative approaches to portraiture alongside striking traditional work.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 17 Portrait is Joseph-Philippe Bevillard (Ireland) with his image Paddy, Galway, Ireland 2019 from the series Irish Travellers 'Mincéirs'.
The Second Place Winner is Erberto Zani (Switzerland) with his image Neetu from the series "Survivors"
The Third Place Winner is Nadide Goksun (United States) with her image "Nedret, Portrait of a Painter” from the series "The Man and the Sea"

The other winners featured in the Merit Award's Gallery are:
Madison Casagranda (USA), Jeffrey Kellner (USA), Jacopo Maria Della Valle (Italy), Joe Buergi (Switzerland), Gabriella Aragon (USA), Diane Fenster (USA), Jolana Havelková (Czech Republic), Arne Wesenberg (Germany), Peter Caton (United Kingdom), Susanne Middelberg (Netherlands), Randy Bacon (USA), Frank Lynch (Switzerland), Michael Joseph (USA), Emil Lombardo (United Kingdom), Chiara Felmini (Italy), Wednesday Aja (USA), Laurent de Gebhardt (Réunion Island), Vincent Karcher (Canada), Gail Just (USA), Antoine Janot (France), Istvan Kerekes (Hungary) and William Ropp (France)

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #17 Portrait.
May 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: May 1, 2021. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the May 2021 Solo Exhibition

© Madison Casagrande

All About Photo is pleased to present The Black Stories Project by Madison Casagranda

Brooke Shaden, is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the entire month of May 2021 and includes twenty photographs from the The Black Stories Project.

THE BLACK STORIES PROJECT

The wet plate collodion tintype process was first invented in the 1850s and became a primary photographic practice in the 1860s and 1870s, documenting much of the Civil War. The tintypes of the Black Stories Project embody the history of photography and the history of racial inequity in the United States and more specifically in the state of Utah. They draw a connection between the history of racism and the dialogue about race today. In a state where the black population is less than two percent and a dominant religious culture presents a unique and complicated narrative of the past and present, we can only address the current issues of systemic inequality while acknowledging and grappling with the history behind them. This project is a study about how the weight of our state's history and the lens through which it is told, affects how black individuals experience life here today. The Black Stories Project is made up of the portraits and voices of members of the black community here in Utah, and stands as an effort towards opening the conversation, understanding the past and changing the future narrative of our history.

In this moment of great uncertainty and turmoil, these online Solo Exhibitions aim to continue to connect audiences and artists, building on our beliefs that access to art and culture is a right and not a privilege and that artists' voices should be heard. It is a platform to help photographers pursue their visions, their dreams and their projects.

With our new online showroom space, we've placed All About Photo's role as a supporter and amplifier of creative ideas.
April 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: April 19, 2021. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the All About Photo Awards 2021

© Tom Price

The prestigious photo competition, All About Photo Awards - The Mind's Eye, organized by All About Photo is pleased to reveal the winning photographers of 2021.

A panel of 10 expert jurors including: Keith Cullen (Founder Setanta Books), Denis Dailleux (Photographer, Agency VU'), Stefano De Luigi (Photographer, VII Agency), Monica Denevan (Photographer, Winner All About Photo Awards 2020), Claudine Doury (Photographer, Agency VU'), Ann Jastrab (Executive Director, Center for Photographic Art), Sandrine Hermand-Grisel (Photographer, Founder All About Photo), Stephan Vanfleteren (Photographer, Writer & Art-director of Hannibal Books), Hiroshi Watanabe (Photographer) and Alison Wright (Photographer & Author) have selected the 40 winning photographs.

The 6th annual competition attracted an extremely high caliber of photographers from around the world. The winners come from 23 different countries and 5 continents.

2020 was a peculiar year with the COVID-19 pandemic, of course, but also with the Australian and US West Coast Wildfires, the popular uprisings in Hong Kong, Columbia, Chile and Venezuela, The Black Live Matters protests, the explosion in Beirut... Yet the idealism of past years has not been completely tarnished and the images submitted show the rich diversity of our planet, with photographs ranging from a Porter in Kolkata to the human cost of COVID-19 in Indonesia. From underwater life in Japan to Irish Travelers. Or from a detention center in Latin-America to a fishing boat in Vietnam... Crossing borders, spanning cultures, and traversing the most remote corners of the world, the featured photographers all captured life in its most vivid forms.

The winner and Photographer of the Year 2021 is Tom Price (UK) with his image "Porter" taken from a series of surreal portraits, featuring 'relocated' porters from Kolkata, as a reflection on the experience of migrant workers.

The second-place winner is Joshua Irwandi (Indonesia), the third-place winner is Joseph-Philippe Bevillard (Ireland), the fourth-place winner Javier Arcenillas (Spain) and the fifth-place winner is Javier Vergara (Chile).

The other winning photographers are: Constanza Portnoy (Argentina), Peter Caton (UK), Reiko Takahashi (Japan), Isabeau de Rouffignac (France), Karoline Schneider (Germany), Manuello Paganelli (USA), Phuoc Hoai Nguyen (Vietnam), Julia Fullerton-Batten (UK), Umberto Verdoliva (Italy), Younes Mohammad (Iraq), Simon Moricz-Sabjan (Hungary), Susan Borowitz (USA), Natalia Kepesz (Germany), Hilary Hurt (Kenya), Alain Schroeder (Belgium), Fattah Zinouri (USA), Sujon Adhikary (Bangladesh), Chin Leong Teo (Japan), Pedro Jarque (Peru), Jordi Cohen (Spain), Aurélien Morissard (France), Amanuel Sileshi (Ethiopia), Hardijanto Budiman (Indonesia), Daniel Skwarna (Canada), Lucas Barioulet (France), Donell Gumiran (United Arab Emirates), Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra (Spain), Robert Sturman (USA), Paul Kessel (USA), Azim Khan Ronnie (Bangladesh), Andrea Torrei (Italy), Ab Rashid (Bangladesh), Jakub Wawrzak (Poland) and Hugo Thomassen (The Netherlands)

The top 5 winners will be awarded $10,000.

All winners will have their work showcased via Daylighted's digital platform with an online exhibition traveling worldwide. They will also be featured on All About Photo Winners Gallery and showcased in the printed issue of AAP Magazine "Special Edition All About Photo Awards 2021". In addition, a selection of entrants of particular merit will be invited to display their portfolio on All About Photo.

Thank you to our partners:
Hannibal Books
Setanta Book
Photo L.A
Center for Photographic Art
April 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: April 6, 2021. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #16 - SHADOWS CONTEST

© Oliver Stegmann

We're delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won "AAP Magazine #16: Shadows". They come from 12 different countries and 3 continents!

Scott Bourne wrote: “Where light and shadow fall on your subject - that is the essence of expression and art through photography."

Mysterious, magical, intense, timeless, sometimes nostalgic... mastering the shadows in photography is an art in itself. It is a story in its own right, a unique form of expression.

For this 16th edition of AAP Magazine, we were looking for the poetry as well as the power of shadows and the twenty-five winning photographers did just that!

The winning portfolios are diverse and imaginative in their approach to the theme. Each image has a story to tell and reflects a unique form of expression.

Selecting the winners was certainly not an easy task, but in the end we hope you will all enjoy this collection of stated or implied, literal or metaphorical shadows.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 16 Shadows is Oliver Stegmann (Switzerland) with his series "Circus Noir"
The Second Place Winner is George Mayer (Russian Federation) with his series "Anima"
The Third Place Winner is Guido Klumpe (Germany) with his image "Puddle Man"

The other winners featured in the Merit Award's Gallery are : Shawna Gibbs (USA), Ursula Ferrara (Italy), Paul Gibert (USA), Aljohara Jeje (Saudi Arabia), Andrea Künstle (Germany), Yelena Zhavoronkova (USA), Olivier Corneloup (France), Mireia Vilaplana (United Arab Emirates), Aashish Kaul (USA), Arnaud Gaertner (France), Nicola Ducati (Italy), Marcel van Balken (The Netherlands), Dean Forbes (USA), Ernie Luppi (USA), Patrick Cicalo (USA), Wendy Stone (USA), Abdulla AL-Mushaifri (Qatar), Cuneyt Gumushaneli (Turkey), Antoine Buttafoghi (France), Ave Pildas (USA), Leona Bažant Telínová (Czech Republic) and Kay Erickson (USA)

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #16 Shadows.
April 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: April 1, 2021. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the April 2021 Solo Exhibition

© Robert Virga

All About Photo is pleased to present In the Street: An Expression of Faith by Robert Virga.

Trevor Cole, is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the entire month of April 2021 and includes nineteen photographs from the project In the Street: An Expression of Faith..

IN THE STREET; AN EXPRESSION OF FAITH

A humanist portrayal of New York City's social landscape of religious faith. Candid and without comment or sentimentality, unselfconscious in its theatricality and self-presentation. Displaying ourselves with grace and a sense of timelessness. Our lives, in a matter of seconds, are caught in the act... where the obvious and mundane transition into something more powerful and provocative.

Though not from a religious background, I couldn't help but notice how much daily, informal faith-based expression took place in the street outside the strictures and formal confines of organized religion…churches, temples and mosques.

Despite the inordinate stresses of daily life in a large city, people of all faiths were able to hold on to their deeply held religious beliefs. It is this quality of the human condition I've always attempted to capture in my photography.

To paraphrase Dorothea Lange "... We see not only with our eyes but with all that we are and all that our culture is..."

While trying not to be too obvious in what I'm photographing... leaving room for the viewer to fill in the blanks, these images were taken at an emotional distance with no interaction with the subject so as not to create a moral position. Photographing people in these intimate moments could be seen as violating them...by seeing them as they never see themselves.

In this moment of great uncertainty and turmoil, these online Solo Exhibitions aim to continue to connect audiences and artists, building on our beliefs that access to art and culture is a right and not a privilege and that artists' voices should be heard. It is a platform to help photographers pursue their visions, their dreams and their projects.

With our new online showroom space, we've placed All About Photo's role as a supporter and amplifier of creative ideas.
March 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: March 1, 2021. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the March 2021 Solo Exhibition

© Eddy Verloes

All About Photo is pleased to present Losing our Minds by Eddy Verloes.

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, Founder & Editor of All About Photo is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the entire month of March 2021 and includes eleven photographs from the project Losing our Minds.

LOSING OUR MINDS

My series "Losing our minds" was taken at the beginning of the corona crisis 2020: a bizarre, but extremely fascinating period. Man loses his mind because a stormy situation presents itself that is new and challenging for him. Fear tries to overpower him, he freezes, starts to reflect on the world and on the punishment that Mother Nature seems to send us. We have treated our Mother Earth too lightly, demanded too much of her in our egoism. Reflection is necessary.

I want this poetic-philosophical reflection to speak through my images in these corona times. In my series "Losing our minds" I consciously show only young people who are looking for themselves, for the meaning of life and the relationship between man and nature. It is sometimes difficult to draw the line between realism and surrealism, between reality and madness. Are those figures real or staged in my photos? Sometimes we as a layman have the same reaction: is this the real world in which we live or is this madness / surrealism? These are photos of Hassidic Jews who can enjoy their freedom in an unorthodox way in the storm (of their lives) and escape the lockdown.

My images however try to transcend the anecdotal and in that sense they not only reflect what is going on with the corona crisis in 2020, but they try to be a universal expression. They could take place anywhere in the world and not just on the Belgian coast where these photos were taken in one day and within one hour. The young people in my photos are of course a symbol of change / revolution / going against the tide. They symbolize spring that starts anew every year. Within these young people you see in my images "Einzelgänger", those who only try to compete against society. Some idealists throw themselves completely and don't care about anything. Their slogan is straightforward. More than ever we realize through this crisis that man is a social animal and it is difficult to stay in his room. In group we are strong, we go for it and we climb the highest mountains. In this case: dunes of course.

Ultimately, we are so dependent on the forces of nature that we cannot help but be guided by the flow. I consciously placed "Statues in the storm" (photo 11) last because I think the symbolism is the greatest: people become statues, as it were, puny - sometimes pathetic - beings in the universe. The wandering man looking for his own way, reflecting how to deal with himself, the others and the earth.

In this moment of great uncertainty and turmoil, these online Solo Exhibitions aim to continue to connect audiences and artists, building on our beliefs that access to art and culture is a right and not a privilege and that artists' voices should be heard. It is a platform to help photographers pursue their visions, their dreams and their projects.

With our new online showroom space, we've placed All About Photo's role as a supporter and amplifier of creative ideas.
February 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: February 1, 2021. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the February 2021 Solo Exhibition

© Daniel Skwarna

All About Photo is pleased to present Desert Dweller by Daniel Skwarna.

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, Founder & Editor of All About Photo is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the entire month of February 2021 and includes twenty photographs from the project Desert Dweller.

DESERT DWELLER

Slab City sits on the leftover infrastructure of Camp Dunlap, a WWII marine base activated in 1942 as a training camp for action in North Africa. The base also provided training areas for army troops under General Patton, a bombing range for planes from a nearby Marine Air Station, and a staging area for smaller Marine groups. It was deactivated in 1945. When the land was returned to the State, only the concrete slab foundations remained to float on the shifting sands. Slabbers have been shifting with these sand for decades; building, scrapping, repurposing, surviving, dying. They’re a motley crew, as varied as anywhere else. The year-round population is modest. Roughy fifty stay through July and August when temperatures are mercurial and even rattlesnakes seek the shade of campers. Their ability to endure inhuman conditions year after year is matched only by a shared distaste for the gridded boiler plate of city life. Many are on SSI, SSDI, or just plain broke. Modern American pioneers, claiming their slab and declaring themselves master. A free range society of feral folks occupying a chunk of desert in Southern California. Slabbers have different reasons for coming here and staying. Many are transient, coming for the warmth in winter. Some seek anonymity, others to forego the rat race. Veterans with PTSD neighbour hippies, meth heads, and Oxycontin addicts. Survivalists and religious men come to the desert to test themselves as their forefathers have for millennia. Felons hide deep in the Slabs under cover of creosote to evade the authorities. Average American families that never recovered from the Great Recession or want to stretch their retirement funds. Artists, musicians, philosophers. Few of them enjoy the conveniences we take for granted. There is no free drinkable water, no tap to turn. Slabbers can filter the East High Line canal, brown with farm runoff, or take from the faster moving Coachella Canal feeding Palm Springs and Los Angeles. Otherwise, you pay local suppliers. Garbage is either kept by Slabbers (for future reuse) or dumped for lack of municipal pick-up. Solar panels and deep cycle batteries provide power to run fans and swamp coolers in the hottest months. Sanitation varies from rvs to composting toilets and gopher holes. To each his own. There is a cost to living free.

In this moment of great uncertainty and turmoil, these online Solo Exhibitions aim to continue to connect audiences and artists, building on our beliefs that access to art and culture is a right and not a privilege and that artists' voices should be heard. It is a platform to help photographers pursue their visions, their dreams and their projects.

With our new online showroom space, we've placed All About Photo's role as a supporter and amplifier of creative ideas.
January 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: January 5, 2021. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #15 - STREETS CONTEST

© Francesco Gioia

We're delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won "AAP Magazine #15: Streets"". They come from 12 different countries and 4 continents!

John Maloof wrote " A good street photographer must be possessed of many talents: an eye for detail, light and composition, impeccable timing, a populist or humanitarian outlook and a tireless ability to constantly shoot, shoot, shoot and never miss a moment."

The twenty-five winning photographers did just that and captured life in towns and cities around the world.

For this 15th edition of AAP Magazine, we were looking for the heart and soul of a society and its people. Whether photographed in the countryside, or in an urban setting, the images we chose reflect the diversity of the photographers background and approach to street photography. Thanks to their ability to grasp decisive moments, they allow us to become a spectator of their wanderings, a curious observer of people's behavior.

Selecting the winners was certainly not an easy task, but in the end we hope you will all enjoy this collection of weird and wonderful stolen moments.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 15 Streets is Francesco Gioia (United Kingdom) with his series "Wake up in London"
The Second Place Winner is Paul Kessel (USA) with his series "NYC Subways"
The Third Place Winner is Robert Virga (USA) with his series "In the Street: A Humanist Landscape"

The other winners featured in the Merit Award's Gallery are : Anne Biret (France), Christine Albertson (USA), Robert Bonk (USA), Alexandra Avlonitis (USA), Mohammad Mohsenifar (Iran), Forrest Walker (USA), Peter Devenyi (Canada), Alessandro Deluigi (Italy), Masis Usenmez (France), Thomas Hackenberg (Germany), Daniele Esposito (Belgium), Shahar Tishler (Israël), Ivan Ferrer (Israël), Giuseppe Cardoni (Italy), Yago Daniel Ruiz Rizaldos (United Kingdom), Sonia Costa (Italy), Stephen Hoffman (USA), Phil Duval (Australia), Ignasi Raventos (Spain), Giedo van der Zwan (The Netherlands), Michael Ruggiero (USA) and Francesco Cremonese (Italy)

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #15 Streets.
January 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: January 1, 2021. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the January 2021 Solo Exhibition

© Anne Berry

All About Photo is pleased to present Behind Glassby Anne Berry.

Harvey Stein a professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, author and curator based in New York City is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the entire month of January 2021 and includes Twenty photographs from the project Behind Glass.

Behind Glass

Behind Glass is a series of portraits of primates made in small zoos throughout Europe. Alone, patient and silent, in these monkey houses I establish a more than passing connection with my subjects. I makes portraits that reveal the unique personality of each of these animals; it is clear that they are posing for me and that there exists a human-primate bond. My goal is to motivate people to feel compassion for primates and an obligation to protect them. Most of the primates I photograph qualify as endangered, and all of them are facing stress from loss of habitat and human activity. The plight of primates on earth is urgent; our indifference will condemn them to extinction, and we will follow. My work with primates has resulted in numerous international exhibitions and two limited edition artist books, Through Glass (North Light Press, 2014) and Primates (21st Editions, 2017), which is in the permanent collection of The National Gallery of Art Special Collections. Around 2015 I began to put this project aside in order to create new work. But the primates keep calling to me. I feel a responsibility towards these animals, and I have seen the emotional responses my photographs evoke. My goal is to work with foundations that improve primate welfare to use this project to broaden their advocacy and support their mission. To facilitate this mission I will publish a book of this project in the summer of 2021.

With our new online showroom space, we've placed All About Photo's role as a supporter and amplifier of creative ideas.
December 2020
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: December 5, 2020. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Launches ALL ABOUT PHOTO AWARDS 2021

© Monica Denevan - Photographer of the Year 2020

All About Photo invites photographers from around the world to enter the All About Photo Awards 2021 - The Mind's Eye photography contest. In reference to Henri Cartier-Bresson's photo essay, the 6th edition All About Photo Awards 2021, The Mind's Eye, investigates the depth and thoughts behind each image.

The competition is open to all individuals age 18 and older. It is open to professional and amateur photographers alike. All genres and subject matter will be considered. All types of photography, from digital to analog to alternative processes and beyond are encouraged to enter. All works must be original.

Winners will receive $10,000 in cash awards, extensive press coverage and global recognition.
The grand prize is $5,000, the 2nd prize is $2,000, the 3rd prize is $1,500, the 4th prize is $1,000 and the 5th prize is $500!

All winners will have their work published/showcased on Daylighted's digital traveling exhibition worldwide, All About Photo Winners Gallery and featured in the printed issue of AAP Magazine Special Edition All About Photo Awards 2021.
In addition, a selection of entrants of particular merit will be invited to display their portfolio on the website www.all-about-photo.com.

2021 Jurors

Keith Cullen: Founder Setanta Books
Denis Dailleux: Photographer, Agency VU'
Stefano De Luigi: Photographer, VII Agency
Monica Denevan: Photographer, Winner All About Photo Awards 2020
Claudine Doury: Photographer, Agency VU'
Ann Jastrab: Executive Director, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA.
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel: Photographer, Founder & Editor of All About Photo
Stephan Vanfleteren: Photographer, Writer & Art-director of Hannibal Books
Hiroshi Watanabe: Photographer
Alison Wright: Photographer & Author, Founder Faces of Hope
December 2020
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: December 1, 2020. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the December 2020 Solo Exhibition

© Hannah Altman

All About Photo is pleased to present Kanava by Hannah Altman.

Juli Lowe, Director of Catherine Edelman Gallery is the curator for this month's show.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the entire month of December 2020 and includes fourteen photographs from the project published this year by Kris Graves Projects.

Kavana

Jewish thought suggests that the memory of an action is as primary as the action itself. This is to say that when my hand is wounded, I remember other hands. I trace ache back to other aches - my mother grabbing my wrist pulling me across the intersection, my great-grandmother's fingers numb on the ship headed towards Cuba fleeing the Nazis, Miriam's palms pouring water for the Hebrews in the desert - this is how a Jew understands action. Because no physical space is a given for the Jewish diaspora, time and the rituals that steep into it are centered as a mode of carrying on. The bloodline of a folktale, an object, a ritual, pulses through interpretation and enactment. In this work I explore notions of Jewish memory, narrative heirlooms, and image making; the works position themselves in the past as memories, in the present as stories being told, and in the future as actions to interpret and repeat. To approach an image in this way is not only to ask what it looks like but asks: what does it remember like?
- Hannah Altman

In this moment of great uncertainty and turmoil, these online Solo Exhibitions aim to continue to connect audiences and artists, building on our beliefs that access to art and culture is a right and not a privilege and that artists' voices should be heard. It is a platform to help photographers pursue their visions, their dreams and their projects.

With our new online showroom space, we've placed All About Photo's role as a supporter and amplifier of creative ideas.
November 2020
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: November 10, 2020. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of AAP the MAGAZINE #14 - COLORS CONTEST

© Paul Brouns

We're delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won "AAP Magazine #14: Colors".

Life is a stream of colors. Red, blue, yellow, and all the possible combinations in between surround us everywhere.

For this 14th edition of AAP Magazine, we were looking for submissions of works of art in which the only limit to creativity was the photographer's imagination.

We chose twenty-five photographers (from 11 different countries and 3 continents) for their different approach to color photography. Their color palette is diverse: bold, vibrant as well as pastel, or even monochromatic but each time their conscious choice adds to the photograph's esthetic appeal and convey sensory pleasure.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 14 Colors is Paul Brouns (The Netherlands) with his project "Urban Tapestries"
The Second Place Winner is Forrest Walker (USA) with his project "In Living Color"
The Third Place Winner is Frank Herfort (Germany) with his project "Soviet Metro"

The other winners featured in the Merit Award's Gallery are : Fran Forman (USA), Jozef Macak (Slovakia), Cao Luning (China), Craig Bill (USA), William Ropp (France), Sujon Adhikary (Bangladesh), Joan Haseltine (USA), Betty Press (USA), Vittorio Sancipriano (Italy), Jacqueline Walters (USA), Yas Crawford (United Kingdom), Savas Onur Sen (Turkey), Marco Jongsma (The Netherlands), Nicoletta Cerasomma (Italy), Azim Khan Ronnie (Bangladesh), Maja Strgar Kurecic (Croatia), Olivia Milani (United Kingdom), Richard Dweck (USA), Olivier Jarry-Lacombe (France), Mariëtte Aernoudts (The Netherlands), Andrea Torrei (Italy) and Susanne Middelberg (The Netherlands)

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #14 Colors.
November 2020
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: November 1, 2020. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the November 2020 Solo Exhibition

© Astrid Reischwitz

All About Photo is thrilled to present Spin Club Tapestry by the German photographer Astrid Reischwitz.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the entire month of November 2020 and includes nineteen photographs from the project Spin Club Tapestry which showcase archival pigment print with unique embroidery by Astrid Reischwitz.

Ann Jastrab, the Executive Director at the Center for Photographic Art (CPA) in Carmel, California. was the curator for this month exhibition.

Spin Club Tapestry
An exploration of memory


"I grew up in a small farming village in Northern Germany. A village that is bound to its history and that stands out through its traditions even today. Long ago, village women met regularly in "Spinneklumps" (Spin Clubs) to spin wool, embroider, and stitch fabrics for their homes. I imagine their conversations as they worked, the beautiful stories that lifted their spirits, as well as the stories of sadness, sorrow and loss. In modern times, village women continued to meet in this tradition, but shared stories over coffee and cake instead of needlework. These close-knit groups of women often stayed together until their death. In this series, my composite images take the form of tapestries, combining images of embroidered Spin Club fabrics with new and old photographs from the village. I connect the present and the past by re-creating and re-imagining pieces of the embroidery. Spin Club tablecloths, napkins and wall hangings (some dating back to 1799) have been passed down from generation to generation. By following the stitches in these fabrics, I follow a path through the lives of my ancestors - their layout of a perfect pattern and the mistakes they made. Along the way, I add my own mistakes. The fabrics also reveal the passage of time, stained and distorted after sometimes decades of use. The patterns I have stitched myself into the paper are only abstractions of the original Spin Club designs, fragments of memory. After all, memory is fleeting, and changed forever in the act of recollection. Sometimes the stitching is incomplete, creating an invitation for future generations. Every decision we make is influenced by our history, our environment, and the society we live in. The tapestry of my life belongs to me but is stitched through with the beauty and heartache of past generations." - Astrid Reischwittz

In this moment of great uncertainty and turmoil, these online Solo Exhibitions aim to continue to connect audiences and artists, building on our beliefs that access to art and culture is a right and not a privilege and that artists' voices should be heard. It is a platform to help photographers pursue their visions, their dreams and their projects.

With our new online showroom space, we've placed All About Photo's role as a supporter and amplifier of creative ideas.
October 2020
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: OCTOBER 6, 2020. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #13 - SHAPES CONTEST

© JP Terlizzi

We're delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won "AAP Magazine #13: Shapes"

For this 13th edition of AAP Magazine, we were looking for submissions of works of art that explore composition and form as a fundamental aspect of the photographic aesthetic, be it pure visual formalism or in support of a thematic objective.

We chose twenty-five photographers (from 11 different countries) for their different approach to the idea of Shapes. Their work is diverse: documentary, architecture, nudes, still life, abstractions... and use different techniques & perspectives but each one showcases a unique point of view.

Selecting the winners was certainly not an easy task, but in the end we hope you will all enjoy this collection of photographs.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 13 Shapes is JP Terlizzi (USA) with his project "The Good Dishes"
The Second Place Winner is Wendel Wirth (USA) with her series project "This is the Land"
The Third Place Winner is Klaus Lenzen (Belgium) with his series "Architecture Minimal"

The other winners featured in the Merit Award's Gallery are : Maureen Ruddy Burkhart (USA), Zak van Biljon (Switzerland), Hyun De Grande (Belgium), Hans Wichmann (Germany), Steven Raskin (USA), Fabrizio Spucches (Italy), Deborah Bay (USA), Donell Gumiran (United Arab Emirates), Marcus Trappaud Bjørn (Denmark), Kevin Lyle (USA), Songyuan Ge (China), Nicola Ducati (Italy), Axel Breutigam (Canada), Frank Lynch (Switzerland), Barry Guthertz (USA), Karine Coll (France), Francesco Pace Rizzi (Italy), Abdulla AL-Mushaifri (Qatar), Rosario Civello (Italy), Ursula Reinke (Germany), Golnaz Abdoli (USA) and Don Jacobson (USA).

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #13 Shapes.
October 2020
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: October 1, 2020. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winner of the October 2020 Solo Exhibition

© Yukari Chikura

All About Photo is thrilled to present Zaido by the Japanese photographer Yukari Chikura.

Part of the exclusive online showroom developed by All About Photo, this exhibition is on view for the entire month of October 2020 and includes twenty photographs from the project published this year by Steidl.

This project is Yukari Chikura's preservation of the 1300-year-old Japanese ritual festivity "Zaido." Following a series of tragedies, including her father's sudden death, her own critical accident, and the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Chikura recalls how her father came to her in a dream with the words: "Go to the village hidden deep in the snow where I lived a long time ago." And so with a camera in hand, she set off on a restorative pilgrimage to northeast Japan (the first of numerous journeys), which resulted in the creation of her book.

Chikura arrived at the village, surreally silver in the snow and mist, and there discovered Zaido, where inhabitants from different villages gather on the second day of each new year and conduct a ritual dance to induce good fortune. The performers dedicate their sacred dance to the gods and undergo severe purifications. Combining photographs of snowscapes that border on abstraction with images of the intricate masks and costumes of Zaido, Chikura depicts the cultural diversity of the participants as well as their common bond in creating collective memory and ensuring the survival of this ritual.

In this moment of great uncertainty and turmoil, these online Solo Exhibitions aim to continue to connect audiences and artists, building on our beliefs that access to art and culture is a right and not a privilege and that artists’ voices should be heard. It is a platform to help photographers pursue their visions, their dreams and their projects.

With our new online showroom space, we’ve placed All About Photo’s role as a supporter and amplifier of creative ideas.
September 2020
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: September 28, 2020. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Launches AAP MAGAZINE #14 - COLORS

© Pelle Stern Merit Gallery Winner AAP Magazine #5 Colors

Life is a stream of colors. Red, blue, yellow, and all the possible combinations in between these primary colors without forgetting black and white surround us everywhere.

Send us your images - preferably a cohesive body of work or portfolio - both where colors may not just influence the pictures, but where it may also be the subject solely. The contest is open to any color photography interpretation, from photojournalism, street photography, artistic photography, portrait, nude, landscapes, nature, wildlife, urban, architecture, fashion, fine art or documentary photography.

Winners will receive $1,000 in cash awards, their winning image(s) or full portfolio published in AAP Magazine #14, extensive press coverage and global recognition.

All winners will have their work published in the 14th printed issue of AAP Magazine, a free copy of the magazine and their portfolio showcased in the Winners Gallery of www.all-about-photo.com.

Why enter All About Photo Competitions?

Elevate your career!
All it takes is one industry insider to change the course of your career. Share your work with our audience of editors, book publishers, gallery owners, festival directors, creative directors, curators, and online media publishers!

Permanent Exhibition on All About Photo online gallery
All About Photo is a leading platform in the photography industry showcasing the work of famous photographers as well as new talents. Don't miss the opportunity to be featured in our online gallery

International Press Exposure
Share your work with the world and catch the attention of diverse media outlets. We will promote each selected photographer on our website and on our social profiles.

Applications will be assessed on three criteria: creativity, originality, and the visual/emotional impact of the image.
The winners will be announced on All About Photo and social media.
Images that were previously published in AAP Magazine cannot be submitted again
August 2020
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: August 18, 2020. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Launches AAP MAGAZINE #13 - SHAPES

© Monica Denevan - Winner AAP Magazine #4 Shapes

Reveal us the elements that abstract into light, texture, shape and shadow.

The rhythm of surfaces, lines, and values is for me the essence of photography; composition should be a constant of preoccupation... an organic coordination of visual elements.
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Send us your images - preferably a cohesive body of work or portfolio - both where shapes may not just influence the pictures, but where it may also be the subject solely.
Whether in portrait, landscape, nude, street or any other form of photography - classic or experimental: we're open to all genres and we want to discover the best and most interesting photography from all over the world.

Winners will receive $1,000 in cash awards, their winning image(s) or full portfolio published in AAP Magazine #13, extensive press coverage and global recognition.

All winners will have their work published in the 13th printed issue of AAP Magazine, a free copy of the magazine and their portfolio showcased in the Winners Gallery of www.all-about-photo.com.

Why enter All About Photo Competitions?

Elevate your career!
All it takes is one industry insider to change the course of your career. Share your work with our audience of editors, book publishers, gallery owners, festival directors, creative directors, curators, and online media publishers!

Permanent Exhibition on All About Photo online gallery
All About Photo is a leading platform in the photography industry showcasing the work of famous photographers as well as new talents. Don't miss the opportunity to be featured in our online gallery

International Press Exposure
Share your work with the world and catch the attention of diverse media outlets. We will promote each selected photographer on our website and on our social profiles.

Applications will be assessed on three criteria: creativity, originality, and the visual/emotional impact of the image.
The winners will be announced on All About Photo and social media.
Images that were previously published in AAP Magazine cannot be submitted again
August 2020
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: August, 11, 2020. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Launches the Online Solo Exhibition  Contest

© Alain Schroeder

We want to showcase incredible work. Photography that awakens our imagination, transforms our way of thinking, or simply resonates with who we are.

The Solo Exhibition enables you to reach a wider audience through our independent magazine that has become one of the most vibrant portals of photography on the web.

The Solo Exhibition competition is open to any category of photography or subject matter. Photojournalism, street photography, artistic photography, portrait, nudes, landscapes, nature, wildlife, urban, architecture, fashion, fine art, or documentary photography, the subject doesn't matter, unleash your creativity!

Please send us a cohesive body of work or portfolio. Only a unified group of photos will be published as a solo exhibition.
Make your online photo gallery stand out. Submit one project or a body of work that showcases unity.

Whether you are a professional photographer or a photography enthusiast, All About Photo connects you directly with industry experts from around the world. Seek this new opportunity to reach a broader audience on a global scale!

Why enter the Solo Exhibition Competition?

Win a Featured Solo Online Exhibition from October 1st to October 31st, 2020
Your Solo Exhibition will be featured in our Competition Gallery and in the New Showroom pages, the Home Page, our 'Top Stories', as well as in our 'Featured Photographer', 'Photo Exhibitions' and 'Article' pages.

Sell your work online with no commission fees!
Want to sell your work? No problem! In today's economy almost 50% of sales come online! Don't miss this opportunity and skip the middleman, All About Photo won't charge any commissions if you make a sale. We will just put you directly in contact with the buyer.

Permanent Exhibition on All About Photo Online Gallery
Your solo exhibition will be permanently accessible in our past exhibitions as well as in our Article directory. You will also have a permanent page showcasing 20 images of your work in our Photographers Directory.

Your work Showcased to our Social Media Community
Gain International Visibility and Press Coverage by publishing your work across all of our online channels.
The winning photographer will be profiled via our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
His Solo Exhibition will also be featured in our Newsletter!

International Visibility and Press exposure
The winning photographer will receive press coverage from publications and media outlets around the world. Past winners from All About Photo Competitions have been featured in major publications including The Times UK, National Geographic Espana, The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Eye of Photography, Digital Camera, and Competences Photo.
The Solo Exhibition will also be promoted on Art.Base.Co, Private Photo Review, and Visura.

The Solo Exhibition is simply an amazing promotional tool designed to showcase your work worldwide! All About Photo wants to help photographers make a living doing what they love and allow anyone who loves photography to discover new talents. All About Photo wants to help photographers make a living doing what they love and allow anyone who loves photography to discover new talents.

August 2020
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: AUGUST 4, 2020. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #12 - B&W Contest

© Jacopo Maria Della Valle

We're delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won "AAP Magazine #12: B&W"

For this 12th edition of AAP Magazine, we received a record number of submissions from all over the world. The winning photographers come from 11 different countries and 4 continents.

Their work reflect the large variety black and white photography can offer. Documentary, portrait, travel, street, wildlife, abstract and fine art are all represented in the winning portfolios.

Regardless of the genre of photography, the selected projects all have different approaches to the unifying theme of black and white. Using film, analog or digital photography, deep blacks or light grays, each photographer showcases a unique point of view. The chosen work successfully incorporates the literal and metaphorical dichotomy of black and white.

Mysterious, intense, timeless, at times nostalgic, black and white is magical for anyone who loves photography. Clearly black and white photography continues to hold a prominent place in our hearts and imaginations!

Selecting the winners was certainly not an easy task, but in the end we hope you will all enjoy this collection of photographs.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 12 B&W is Jacopo Maria Della Valle (Italy) with his image Ukuli from the Hamer Tribe series.
The Second Place Winner is Jean-Michel Clajot (Belgium) with his series "Coronavirus crisis in Belgium""
The Third Place Winner is Thomas Vijayan (Canada) with his image "Wild Swing”

The other winners featured in the Merit Award's Gallery are : Jacque Rupp (USA), Richard Dweck (USA), Frank Lynch (Switzerland), Eddy Verloes (Belgium), Eric Lee (USA), Iris Stevens (USA), Giuseppe Cardoni (Italy), James Peaslee (USA), Frank Machalowski (Germany), Giorgio Negro (Switzerland), Jennifer Shaw (USA), Klaus Lenzen (Germany), Eric Kunsman (USA), Alexandro Pelaez (United Kingdom), Susanne Middelberg (The Netherlands), Axel Breutigam (Canada), Dilla Djalil Daniel (Indonesia), Bruce Haswell (Australia), Graeme Purdy (United Kingdom), Diane Fenster (USA), Xiaowen Huang (China) and Julien De Wilde (Belgium)

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #12 B&W.
June 2020
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: JUNE 2, 2020. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #11 - Travels Contest

© Mauro De Bettio

We're delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won "AAP Magazine #11: Travels"

Out of thousands of entries, these remarkable photographers come from around the world with 17 different countries being represented.

Their work allows us to escape for a few moments in these difficult times to other beautiful places around the world, allowing us to dream of a better future.

From Ethiopa's church in the sky, to the misty mornings of China or the streets of Nizhneangarsk in Russia, we virtually travel to the four corners of the earth.
Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Japan, China, Saigon, Mauritania, Russia, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Azerbaijan, Mali, Benin, Vietnam, Peru, Australia, Chad and the United States are amongst the countries you will be able to discover in the 11th edition of AAP Magazine.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 11 Travels is Mauro De Bettio (Spain) with his image Closer to Heaven.
The Second Place Winner is Philippe Fatin (France) with his series “In the Mounts of the Moon”
The Third Place Winner is Natalya Saprunova (Russia/France) with her series Isolated: life around Baikal lake

The other winners featured in the Merit Award’s Gallery are : Alain Schroeder (Belgium), Jean-Mathieu Saponaro (France), Tuan Nguyen Tan (Vietnam), Samuel Devantery (Switzerland), Chin Leong Teo (Japan), Trun Pham Huy (Vietnam), Enrico Pescantini (Italy), Guy Peterson (United Kingdom), Enrique López-Tapia (Spain), Zay Yar Lin (Myanmar), Volodymyr Kutsey (Ukraine), Sergey Zubov (Russia), Théo Saffroy (France), France Leclerc (USA), Melissa Stewart (Australia), Maynard Switzer (Canada), Robi Chakraborty (USA/India), Terri Gold (USA), Maureen Ruddy Burkhart (USA), Elizabeth Bourne (Norway), Abdulla AL-Mushaifri (Qatar) and Attila Balagh (Hungary)

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #11 Travels.
April 2020
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: April 28, 2020. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces the Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #10 - Portrait Contest

© Trevor Cole

We're delighted to reveal the names of the 24 talented photographers who won "AAP Magazine #10: Portrait"

These amazing photographers come from 14 different countries, their work reflects their personal aesthetic and unique approach to portrait photography.

After spending a lot of time looking at hundreds of submissions, Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, Editor of All About Photo, considered multiple unique and timely work. Many projects were worthy of winning, but in the end she chose to showcase innovative approaches to portraiture alongside striking traditional work. She was amazed by the quality and the wide range of work submitted.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 10 Portrait is Trevor Cole (Ireland) with his series "Tribal traits and traditions in Africa"

The Second Place Winner is Tim Franco a French/Polish photographer living in South Korea with his series "Illicit Ink"

The Third Place Winner is Harvey Stein (United States) with his series "Projected Memories"

The other winners featured in the Merit Award's Gallery are : Isabelle Chapuis (France), Karoline Schneider (Germany), Matt Carr (United Kingdom), Ron Cooper (USA), Terry Wild (USA), Tom Chambers (USA), Avarino Caraco (Italy), Yoni Blau (Israel), Sebastian Copeland (Germany), Kaat Stieber (Netherlands), Federico Tisa (Italy), Szymon Brodziak (Poland), Gela Megrelidze (Germany), Rosa Mariniello (Italy), Michele Zousmer (USA) Alain Schroeder (Belgium), Peyman Naderi (Iran), Istvan Kerekes (Hungary), Ada Trillo (USA), Bob Newman (USA) and Lynn Karlin (USA)

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.

All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #10 Portrait.
April 2020
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: April 7, 2020. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces The Winners of All About Photo Awards 2020

© Monica Denevan - 1st Place Winner / Photographer of the Year 2020

The prestigious photo competition, All About Photo Awards - The Mind's Eye, organized by All About Photo is pleased to reveal the winning photographers of 2020.

A panel of 7 expert jurors including Elizabeth Avedon (Photography book and exhibition designer, independent curator and writer), Laurent Baheux (Photographer, UN Ambassador for the environment and active protector of wildlife), Alex Cammarano (Founder and CEO of Daylighted), Julia Dean (Photographer, Educator, Writer, and Executive Director/ Founder of the Los Angeles Center of Photography - LACP), Sandrine Hermand-Grisel (Photographer, Founder & Editor of All About Photo), Ann Jastrab (Executive Director, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA), and Juli Lowe (Director, Catherine Edelman Gallery) selected the 40 winning photographs.

The 5th annual competition attracted an extremely high caliber of photographs from around the world.

The majority of this year's submissions were color photographs and yet 4 of the 5 first place images are B&W. Unlike previous years, it also seems that the jurors were more attracted to beautiful and soothing images rather than violent and unsettling ones. Perhaps a subconscious need has arisen in each one of us to escape the terrible events that are happening in the world right now. It is also worth noting that photography is often perceived as an art form still dominated by men, but this edition proves the contrary! Four out of the top five prizes have been won by women photographers!

The winner and Photographer of the Year 2020 is Monica Denevan (USA) with her image "Across the River, Burma" from the series "Songs of the River: Portraits from Burma."

The second-place winner is Gabriele Galimberti (Italy), the third-place winner is Rebecca Moseman (USA), the fourth-place winner Nadia De Lange (Switzerland) and the fifth-place winner is Nicole Cambre (Belgium).

Beverly Conley (USA), Anne Berry (USA), Lori Hawkins (USA), Deb Young (USA), Lynzy Billing(Philippines),Margaret McCarthy (USA), Jo Ann Chaus (USA), Brooke Shaden (USA), Jennifer Garza-Cuen (USA) and Elena Paraskeva (Cyprus) are also amongst the winners.

Which doesn't undermine the incredible work by: Marcel van Balken (Netherlands), Alain Schroeder (Belgium), Rory Doyle (USA), Azim Khan Ronnie (Bangladesh), Tomas Neuwirth (Czech Republic), Trung Pham Huy (Vietnam), Tony Law (Australia), Matthew Portch (Australia), Amos Chapple (New Zealand), Mustafa AbdulHadi (Bahrain), Francisco Diaz (USA), Kosuke Kitajima (Japan), Xiangli Zhang (China), Chin Leong Teo (Japan), Donell Gumiran (United Arab Emirates), Andre Fonseca (USA), Francesco Pace Rizzi (Italy), Peyman Naderi (Iran), Yoni Blau (Israel), Zay Yar Lin (Myanmar), Anuar Patjane (Mexico), Hardijanto Budiman (Indonesia), Svetlin Yosifov (Bulgaria), Dotan Saguy (USA), Kohei Ueno (Japan) and Go Nakamura (USA)

The top 5 winners will be awarded $10,000.

All winners will have their work published/showcased on the websites Lenscratch, Daylighted's digital traveling exhibition worldwide, All About Photo Winners Gallery, and featured in the printed issue of AAP Magazine "Special Edition All About Photo Awards 2020". In addition, a selection of entrants of particular merit will be invited to display their portfolio on All About Photo.

Thank you to our partners:
Catherine Edelman Gallery
Center for Photographic Art
Daylighted
Lenscratch
Los Angeles Center of Photography
Photo L.A

You can download the images here: https://bit.ly/39L9TcD
December 2019
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: November 18, 2019. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #9 - Shadows Contest

© Svetlin Yosifov - 1st Place Winner AAP Magazine #9 SHADOWS

A stunning photo, titled "Woman Mursi" captured by Svetlin Yosifov (Bulgaria) has been selected over thousands of submissions to be the cover image of the next AAP Magazine #9 SHADOWS. Norma Córdova (United States) won the second place and Lara Wilde (Germany) won the third.
December 2019
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: December 5, 2019. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Launches ALL ABOUT PHOTO AWARDS 2020

© Christian Vizl - 2nd Place Winner All About Photo Awards 2019

All About Photo invites photographers from around the world to enter the All About Photo Awards 2020 photography contest. In reference to Henri Cartier-Bresson's photo essay, the 5th edition All About Photo Awards 2020, The Mind's Eye, investigates the depth and thoughts behind each image.

The competition is open to all individuals age 18 and older. It is open to professional and amateur photographers alike. All genres and subject matter will be considered. All types of photography, from digital to analog to alternative processes and beyond are encouraged to enter. All works must be original.

Winners will receive $10,000 in cash awards, extensive press coverage and global recognition.
The grand prize is $5,000, the 2nd prize is $2,000, the 3rd prize is $1,500, the 4th prize is $1,000 and the 5th prize is $500!

All winners will have their work published/showcased on the websites Lenscratch, Daylighted's digital traveling exhibition worldwide, All About Photo Winners Gallery and featured in the printed issue of AAP Magazine "Special Edition All About Photo Awards 2020".
In addition, a selection of entrants of particular merit will be invited to display their portfolio on the website www.all-about-photo.com.
November 2019
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: November 18, 2019. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #8 - Street Contest

© Giedo van der Zwan - 1st Place Winner AAP Magazine #8 STREET

A stunning photo, titled "Just British" captured by Giedo van der Zwan (Netherland) has been selected over thousands of submissions to be the cover image of the next AAP Magazine #8 STREET. Anais Perry (Germany) won the second place and Francis Malapris (France) won the third.
October 2019
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: October 27, 2019. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Launches AAP MAGAZINE #9 - SHADOWS

© William Nourse - Merit Award AAP Magazine #1 LIGHT

All About Photo is launching its AAP Magazine #9 photo contest. The eighth printed issue of AAP Magazine will feature the best projects capturing the poetry and the power of shadows.

Winners will receive $1,000 in cash awards, their winning portfolio published in AAP Magazine#9, extensive press coverage and global recognition.

All winners will have their work published in the 9th printed issue of AAP Magazine, a free copy of the magazine and their portfolio showcased in the Winners Gallery of www.all-about-photo.com.
September 2019
SAN DIEGO, CA, Release: September 18, 2019. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Launches AAP MAGAZINE #8 - STREET

© Jenna Mulhall-Brereton - Merit Award AAP Magazine #6 B&W

All About Photo is launching its AAP Magazine #8 photo contest. The eighth printed issue of AAP Magazine will feature the best projects showcasing the theme "Street". The contest invites everyone with a creative spirit to send photographs - series preferably - capturing the essence of the urban lifestyle.

The contest is open to any capture method or process, whether digital or analog, including monochromatic toning.

Encyclopedia Britannica defines Street photography has "a genre that records everyday life in a public place."
May 2019
MIAMI, FL, Release: May 18, 2019. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #7 - Wild Contest

© Anup Shah - 1st Place Winner AAP Magazine #7 WILD

A stunning photo, titled "The Wild Mara" captured by Anup Shah (United Kingdom) has been selected over thousands of submissions to be the cover image of the next AAP Magazine #7 WILD.

Anup spent his entire childhood in Kenya at a time when wildlife was on his doorstep. There, he got enchanted by the wide open spaces where you can almost touch the sky. Quickly, he got fascinated by animals living free and wild in these pristine landscapes. As he grew up, his compulsion to photograph wild animals in their space became stronger and stronger. Came the tipping point and he had made the transition to become a full time wildlife photographer.

He received the National Geographic call that most photographers dream of for his first assignment for the magazine in 2003. This was followed by seven more full length stories and having nearly 100 features in every major magazine in the world.

The photographs featured here are from his book called The Mara, published by The Natural History Museum (London). It is an attempt to have the viewer feel what it is like to be intimate with wild animals and thereby feel a primeval connection. The distinctive style of photography is characterized by an unusual perspective that serves to impart immediacy, intimacy, involvement and inclusion. The viewer might as well be immersed in the private space of a wild animal, mentally, emotionally, and intellectually, breathing the special air of the wild.

Anup was featured in The World's Top Wildlife Photographers book (Rotovision) and in Horzu magazine as one of the five best wildlife photographers in the world. He is one of the ten 'Masters' featured in the book, Masters of Nature Photography (Natural History Museum).

Melvin Pirard (Belgium) won the second place and Pedro Jarque (Peru) won the third.
May 2019
MIAMI, FL, Release: May 10, 2019. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces Winners of the All About Photo Awards 2019

© Mustafa Hassona - 1st Place Winner / Photographer of the Year 2019

The fourth edition of All About Photo Awards welcomed submissions from all over the world. The winning images were selected by John Rankin, Elisabeth Avedon, Henry Horenstein, Laura Geiser, Tariq Zaidi, Anna Van Lenten, Maxim Panés, Ann Jastrab, Alex Cammarano and Sandrine Hermand-Grisel.

Over thousands of amazing submissions, Mustafa Hassona (Palestine) has been nominated 'All About Photo Awards Photographer of the Year 2019', with a stunning photo titled "Popular Resistance Icon". Christian Vizl (Mexico) won the second place, Frank Machalowski (Germany) won the third, Marco Gualazzini (Italy) won the fourth and Nando Morales (Spain) won the fifth.
April 2019
MIAMI, FL, Release: April 10, 2019. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Launches AAP MAGAZINE #7 - WILD

© Don Jacobson - Merit Award AAP Magazine #5 Colors

All About Photo is launching its AAP Magazine #7 photo contest. The seventh printed issue of AAP Magazine will feature the best projects showcasing the theme "Wild". The contest invites everyone with a creative spirit to send photographs - series preferably - illustrating their understanding of the theme: Wild animals, inhabited lands, unruly emotions or behavior, stormy weather... the definitions of wild are broad and can relate to animal, vegetable or mineral images.

The contest is open to any capture method or process, whether digital or analog, including monochromatic toning.
April 2019
MIAMI, FL, Release: April 5, 2019. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #6 - B&W Contest

© Jackson Patterson - 1st Place Winner AAP Magazine #6 - B&W

A stunning photo, titled "Recollected Memories" captured by Jackson Patterson (United States) has been selected over thousands of submissions to be the cover image of the next AAP Magazine #6 B&W.

Chicago based artist Jackson Patterson began his process in Arizona where he grew up. Exposed to the expansive landscapes throughout the West Jackson laid foundation for his appreciation for the land and the human story within it. Patterson's images breathe insight into representation, fabrication, visual language, as well as family and the relationship of people and the earth.

Jackson has been exhibiting his unique photomontages and photographs throughout the US, Asia, and Europe since 2000. His work is in various private collections and in the Paul Sack Collection at the SFMOMA. He was recently awarded the Renaissance Photography Prize 2013 for best single image, was a Photo Lucida Critical Mass top 50 photographer in 2015, and All About Photo Awards 2nd place winner in 2016. Jackson's work is currently represented by Jules Maeght Gallery in San Francisco, and Galerie Bessieres in Paris, France.)

Ron Cooper (United States) won the second place and Takeo Hirose (Japan) won the third.
March 2019
MIAMI, FL, Release: March 1, 2019. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Launches AAP MAGAZINE #6 - B&W

© Joshua Sariñana - Merit Award AAP Magazine #4 Shapes

All About Photo is launching its AAP Magazine #6 photo contest. The seventh printed issue of AAP Magazine will feature the best projects showcasing the theme "Black & White". The contest invites everyone with a creative spirit to send photographs - series preferably - illustrating their understanding of the theme: Black and white photography evokes poetry, nostalgia. The timelessness of black and white images focuses on its subjects, highlights contrasts, lines and enhances the power of light.

The contest is open to any B&W photography interpretation, from photojournalism, street photography, artistic photography, portrait, nude, landscapes, nature, wildlife, urban, architecture, fashion, fine art or documentary photography.
October 2018
MIAMI, FL, Release: October 20, 2018. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Launches ALL ABOUT PHOTO AWARDS 2019

© Tariq Zaidi - 1st Place Winner / Photographer of the Year 2018

All About Photo invites photographers from around the world to enter the All About Photo Awards 2019, The Mind's Eye. In reference to Henri Cartier-Bresson's photo essay, The Mind's Eye competition which is in it's 4th year, investigates the depth and thoughts behind each image. Five winners will receive $10,000 in cash awards, extensive press coverage and global recognition.

All winners will have their work published/showcased on the website Dodho Magazine, Be-Art Magazine, Daylighted, All About Photo Winners Gallery and AAP Magazine "Special Edition All About Photo Awards 2019". In addition, a selection of entrants of particular merit will be invited to display their portfolio on the All About Photo website.

The entrant photographs will be evaluated by a panel of world-renowned jurors composed of 10 photographers and industry professionals: John Rankin, Elisabeth Avedon, Henry Horenstein, Laura Geiser, Alex Cammarano, Anna Van Lenten, Tariq Zaidi, Ann Jastrab, Maxim Panés and Sandrine Hermand-Grisel.

Eligible contestants can visit www.all-about-photo.com to submit photographs. The contest will accept photo submissions from November 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019, at 12 p.m. EST (U.S.). Entries must be in digital format and must be submitted electronically.

"To take photographs means to recognize - simultaneously and within a fraction of a second - both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson
September 2018
MIAMI, FL, Release: September 30, 2018. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Launches AAP MAGAZINE #5 - COLORS

© MdTanveer Rohan - Merit Award AAP Magazine #3 Travels

All About Photo is launching its AAP Magazine #5 photo contest. The fifth printed issue of AAP Magazine will feature the best projects showcasing the theme "Colors". The contest invites everyone with a creative spirit to send photographs - series preferably - both where colors may not just influence the pictures, but where it may also be the subject solely.

The contest is open to any color photography interpretation, from photojournalism, street photography, artistic photography, portrait, nude, landscapes, nature, wildlife, urban, architecture, fashion, fine art or documentary photography.

"Life is a stream of colors. Red, blue, yellow, and all the possible combinations in between these primary colors without forgetting black and white surround us everywhere."
September 2018
MIAMI, FL, Release: September 18, 2018. For Immediate Release.
All About Photo Announces Winners of the AAP MAGAZINE #3 - TRAVELS CONTEST

© Valerio Nicolosi - 1st Place Winner AAP Magazine #3 Travels

A stunning photo, titled "Waiting for..." captured by Valerio Nicolosi of Italy has been selected over thousands of submissions to be the cover image of the next AAP Magazine #3 Travels.

Vladimir Nosalskiy of Russian Federation won the second place and Paolo Nigris of United States won the third.