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ILAN WITTENBERG OF NEW ZEALAND WAS AWARDED HONORABLE MENTION
IN THE MONOCHROME AWARDS 2015 COMPETITION
MONOCHROME PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS ANNOUNCES WINNERS
OF MONO AWARDS 2015 COMPETITION
London, UK (30 January 2016) – Photographer Ilan Wittenberg of New Zealand was Awarded Honorable Mention in People for the winning entry Attitude at prestigious Monochrome Awards honouring Black & White Photography
The 2015 Monochrome Awards received 7212 submissions from 79 countries around the world.
Winning images were selected by panel of international judges, including: Allison Barnes, Katarina Balgavy, Claire A. Warden, Anna Filipova, Rebecca Cairns, Ted Preuss, David Fokos, Roman Loranc, David Johndrow, Stefano Brunesci, Tomasz Lazar, Dominique Bollinger, Andre Brito, Giacomo Brunelli and Martin Stavars.
After gaining a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and an MBA in Information Technology, an artist realises his passion lies elsewhere and moves into the creative realm of photography. Now an award-winning photographer whose enthusiasm stemmed from reading Time Life books and National Geographic magazine as a child, Wittenberg spends most of his time creating portraits and fine art. In 2014 Wittenberg has been given the wonderful opportunity to present three themes of photography on Auckland’s scenic waterfront. Titled Black, White and Colour, it was his first opportunity to share his creations with the public in a solo exhibition. The exhibition featured portraiture, landscape and fine art. He says it has been an invigorating experience to delve into, exploring his competence in creating abstract pieces. Wittenberg aimed to break through the clutter of the thousands of images we see daily by telling a story through his work, emphasizing the potential photography has to touch peoples’ lives. During January 2015, Wittenberg had the opportunity to pursue his true passion: documenting people in the Old City of Jerusalem. His exciting journey took him across twisted and narrow streets where merchants are proud to market their goods. Ilan’s unique eye and his ability to create quick rapport enabled him to produce a beautiful portfolio of monochrome photographs, capturing their character and atmosphere using ambient light only. Their proud portraits reflect the rich culture and turbulent history of Jerusalem. Ilan became a Fellow of the Photographic Society of New Zealand [FPSNZ] after submitting 18 prints out of this collection. Ilan went on to become a Finalist of both the Documentary category and the Portrait Classic category in the 2015 Iris Awards by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography [NZIPP]. Wittenberg then won the prestigious honour: NZIPP 2015 Auckland Photographer of the Year.
• 2015 Auckland Photographer of the Year – The New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography. • 1st place award in the Documentary Book category of 2015 Moscow International Photo Awards for Faces of Jerusalem. • Online gallery in D-Photo website featuring the Bare Truth project. • PSA Gold medal for the image ‘Skinny’ at Novi Sad First Circular Exhibition of Photography “DPW Summer Circuit 2015”. • FIAP Gold medal for the image ‘Attitude‘ at Podgorica 1st Circular Exhibition of Photography “DPW Summer Circuit 2015”. • DPA Gold medal for the image ‘Blue Eyes’ at the second International Salon of Photography” Croatia DFA Exhibition 2015″. • NZIPP Iris Awards: two Bronze awards, seven Silver awards and one Silver with Distinction award. • NZIPP Iris Awards Finalist of both the Portrait Classic category and the Documentary category. • Salon Silver Medal for the image ‘Blue Eyes’ in the 2nd Circular Exhibition of Photography “DPA International Circuit”, Serbia in the Child category. • Gold ICS medal for the image ‘My Store’ in the 2nd exhibition of photography ”BON VOYAGE 2015 – ZAJECAR” – Serbia in which received 1597 images by 403 authors from 57 countries. • Salon Silver Medal for the image ‘The Scholar‘ in the 2nd Circular Exhibition of Photography “DPA International Circuit”, Serbia in the Photojournalism category • Gold FSS medal for the image ‘The Boulders‘ in the 2nd exhibition of photography ”BON VOYAGE 2015 – ZAJECAR” – Serbia which received 1434 images by 365 authors from 58 countries. • Exhibited as part of the North Shore National Salon of Photography 2015 – Mairangi Bay Art Centre, Auckland. • Gold PSA medal for the image ‘Attitude‘ on the 1st Circular Exhibition of Photography by Photo club Kula in the category ‘Open Monochrome’
About Mono Awards:
Monochrome Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for Professional and Amateur photographers. Our mission is to celebrate monochrome visions and discover most amazing photographers from around the world.
Mr Ilan Wittenberg
Mono Awards Team