Norwegian Champion 2016 🙂
In end of May I got the message I had been awarded ‘Norwegian Champion in photography’ 2016 by the association of Norwegian photo clubs (Norsk Selskap for Fotografi, NSFF). It is a great honor to achieve this recognition since the submitted works holds a very high standard, and there are many much-respected fine photographers on the list. In the previous years I have not been even close to the very top of this list.
The ‘Norwegian Champion’-title was gained after submitting 12 images into two separate rounds of judgments. In the autumn 2015 round, ten of twelve images were awarded or accepted and accordingly in the spring 2016 round, eight of twelve images were awarded or accepted. Based on the results, a total score was calculated, and my score was the highest, both in total and for each round separately 🙂 The images were submitted under different themes, both as prints and as projected digital images. The juries were from Norway, Denmark, England, Sweden and Finland.
Most of my images are portraits or nudes created in cooperation with various models. They are; Ivory Flame, Lulu Lockhart, Naiya, Julia, Ekaterina and Ola and finally one who wishes not to be named (underwater model). I hereby thank you all!
As one will notice, several of the images were created together with the talented, experienced and awesome Ivory Flame. In particular there were two very productive and creative days early 2015 in Nottingham and Manchester, and there are also even a couple from Norway in September, later the same year. See Ivory Flame’s own blogs Open Space & Brick Walls (Nottingham) and In the Bath House (Manchester).
The ten successful images from the first round, autumn 2015:
Tip of the chair – Silver medal – with Ivory Flame
Everything is submarine – Silver medal – with anonymous
Circle of feathers – Honorable mention – with Ivory Flame
Mirror – Honorable mention – with self
Lulu at Storfossen – Accepted – with Lulu Lockhart
Nude in decaying room – Accepted – with Ivory Flame
Turkish green – Accepted – with Ivory Flame
Purple skirt series – Accepted – with Ivory Flame
Discourse of the wind II – Accepted
Dancing in purple and black – Accepted
The eight successful images from the second round, spring 2016:
Nude in decaying room – Gold medal – with Ivory Flame
Under the ferns – Silver medal – with Ivory Flame
Attic light dream – Honorable mention – with Ivory Flame
Dancing with the tide – Honorable mention – with anonymous
Naiya curved spine – Accepted – With Naiya
Julia ice queen – Accepted – with Julia
Dancing in the window sill – Accepted – With Ekaterina and Ola
Evening waters – Accepted – with Ivory Fame
For the interested reader who also participates in contests, it is worth mentioning that the judges selections are sooo… different! As an example, two of the images submitted in the autumn were resubmitted in the spring round. One of these images had been rejected (“Dancing with the tide”) and the other (“Nude in decaying room”) had been accepted “only” during the first round. Since I was slightly disappointed with the result for these, in my opinion very good images, I decided to resubmit them for a second chance in the spring round. (It is allowed to resubmit an image if it is not awarded in an earlier round.) The first image now earned an “honorable mention” and the other was awarded a Gold medal(!) on its second attempt!