IPA 2013 – 6 Honorable Mentions

IPA (International Photography Award) is the most precious award in the Photo Industry (equivalent to the Oscars) and is a branch-sister of The Lucie Foundation.

A bit about the competition and the organization: The 2013 International Photography Awards received nearly 18,000 submissions from 104 countries across the globe. IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, where the top three winners are announced at the annual Lucie Awards gala ceremony. The Foundation’s mission is to honor master photographers, to discover new and emerging talent and to promote the appreciation of photography. Since 2003, IPA has had the privilege and opportunity to acknowledge and recognize contemporary photographer’s accomplishments in this specialized and highly visible competition.

I submitted 6 images for the IPA 2013 in 4 different categories: Fashion, Portraiture, Fine Art (Portrait) and Lifestyle.

All the shoots are “Outtakes” from my editorial/commercial or commissioned work. Non of them was prepared and It was just a half of a second that inspired me in the same moment to take this pictures. I call it my personal work, but I just starting to realize – it becoming my actual work and my actual passion.

All the 6 Images have received Honorable Mentions. I really want to thank everyone who have been a part of this journey, and still are a part of my current adventures and projects. Without this amazing souls around me that believes in me I don’t know if I was so motivated to do it. Creative teams, Models, Followers, Family, Friends and Sidney my amazing Fiance. All these creative souls are inspiring me everyday to create something new. Thank you. The journey is still long, and it never ends, in a different words: “Our journey, is our destination”. Always to keep the fire up and not to let go. Each step will be harder then the one we just pass, and the ups and downs are countless – hourly.

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Smashbox Studios + MOPLA Group show 2013

During MOPLA, which happened on the months April-May, There are several big curated shows, group shows and solo shows all over Los Angeles.

I had a great opportunity to be a part of the Smashbox Studios and MOPLA (Month of Photography Los Angeles) 2013 group show that was curated by The Lucie Foundation, Along side other amazing artists that inspired me and made me glad to be a part of it!

Here is a small article by the great art site FABRIK.LA that featuring my work as well. http://fabrik.la/mopla-smashbox-group-show/

Sophisticated, Benjo Arwas - Smashbox Studios, MOPLA 2013

Sophisticated, Benjo Arwas – Smashbox Studios, MOPLA 2013

The photograph is of Irina N., a Parisian Model i photographed in my trip there last year. I always looking for a random tweak I can add to my pictures if they are too boring for me. And once its affecting me,  I know it might affect another 20, 30 ,100 or 1000 people.

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I printed it 16X20 and made it float, amazing job by Glenn from Reclaimed Frame, which I got to work with several more times later, and for sure in the future! Reasonable prices and he will do what you need and what you want. (2811 W. Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, California)

Thanks for all the people that came and saw the show in person, and all the online support, and special thanks to Lucie Foundation, MOPLA and Smashbox for having me.

Cheers,

Benjo.

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