International Master Photographer of The Year
Due to time , work, and Other reasons, we haven’ been able to post this huge announcement in pour blog, not only is it important to us , but to all Spanish photography, since winning this prestigious international award, is something that no other Spanish photographer has achieved. The fact of winning SEVEN of the most important awards at the contest, is something never achieved. A historic accomplishment in global photography. Slowly but surely we will recuperate this news which for us is very important and we want to share with you.
International Master Photographer of the Year
We were invited to Master Photographer Association, MPA, one of the most prestigious photo associations in the world, to the “Awards Night Ceremony” which took place this year in the luxurious Hilton hotel in Newcastle ( United Kingdom). These awards, where considered by the European photo industry as the “Oscar Awards of Photography”, because of the great show they offer, similar to the Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles, United States, but dedicated to the national photo industry. The award giving ceremony is performed in a grand gala dinner, which is followed by a grand reunion where the most important photographers of the category come together.
Master Photographer Association, MPA is one of the most difficult and competitive contests that exist, with 3,600 photos proceeding from a large amount of countries worldwide from four continents.
The dinner of the awards couldn’t have started better , due to as soon as the gala started we were the winners of the important award: “Landscape and Travel Photographer of the Year”. An award that gives us a special pleasure due to landscape photography has became in one of our great passions, previously receiving important acknowledgements, such as the National Spanish Award, “Lux de Oro 2011”.
In the commercial section we were also finalist in various categories, with very high ratings, but our big surprise was when finalizing the categories that come in to this section, commercial, we were announced as “OS Commercial Photographer of the Year”. This Grand Award, is when picked out from all the highest placings in the Commercial section ( landscape, publicity, fashion).
At beginning of the Wedding section, it was incredible, with various photos classed as finalist and receiving the award “Contemporary Wedding Photographer of the Year”, one of the categories with the largest participation and difficulty of the contest.
Closing all the Wedding categories (photojournalism, wedding album, wedding party, and classical wedding), we were also awarded with the “OS Wedding Photographer of the Year” , in other words , the Grand Award of the Wedding category, one of the most important Awards in the contest.
The night had already been amazing for us, our first participation and to big awards, but the best was yet to come… After a quick break , to the music of a famous British singer, came the moment to present the absolute winner of the contest, The Best Grand Awards.
Our winning photo of the “Contemporary Wedding Photographer of the Year” and the “OS Wedding Photographer of the Year”, won the “OS Best Image of the Year” , which awards the best international photo of the contest, of the 3,600 photos presented. For which we were awarded a double Grand Award.
But there was still more to come, after winning the award to the best international photo of the competition, we ago received the prestigious “European Portfolio of the Year”, one of the most awaited and important awards, due to it being rated for not one photo but for a grouping of them.
All of our photos from our portfolio obtained more than 90 points!
Now, all that was left was to know who was to be the over-all winner of the competition. There was a few tense minutes, waiting for the presenter to say the name of who would officially be considered the Best Photographer of the Year 2011.
Finally the ceremony ended with one of the best moments of our lives,
WE WON !!!
Jose Luis Guardia Vazquez was chosen by unity as the “International Master Photographer of the Year” which means the overall winner of the competition and considered the best international photographer of 2011.
In this video you can see the emotion of the moment and the care of which our fellow photographer companions from other countries flattered us, even though we were the only Spanish folk there, they made us feel as if at home… even though we were so far from it. But as logic speaks we all talk the same language, the one that unites us: Photography.
After the gala dinner , and the Award Ceremony, we celebrated a reunion where we reunited with dear friends, as well as grand professional photographers from England, Ireland, Europe and from Asia. The most recognized photographers from Great Britain attended this event. It was an unforgettable night, where we lived great moments and could all do what we love the most : talk about photography.
Here we share some images with some companions which apart from being great masters of international photography, they are grand friends:
This great success in the world of photography, makes us think about the year we had last year in Las Vegas, we were chosen PHOTOGRAPHERS OF THE YEAR, by WPPI, one of the most important acknowledgements, due to it being an award to a professional international path, not an award for a punctual photograph, something never accomplished by a Spanish photographer or anglo-saxon. Recently we have once again came to win big awards in Las Vegas , which we will soon blog on here, along with other important things we haven’t had the time to tell. We will also talk about great European photographic honors, such as the Master QEP and the Fellowship, of its importance, the sense and the meaning of this honor.
Being recognized as the best international photographer in the United States as well as in Europe, is something that causes us deep joy in our hearts, but it is also a big responsibility, as the name of Spanish photography in woven to our success, and to be the reason Spain is always at the top of its class, and having given the biggest and best prizes and triumphs in all the world, where we present our photographs is without doubt , the biggest award, a thing that fills us with pride as Spanish people.