VOUBS awarded the Best photographers of 2016

  • April 11, 2017
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Gencho Petkov - VOUBS "Photographer of the year"

Gencho Petkov was awarded the prize "Photographer of the Year"

After a long preparation, after more than 6 months of registration and two stages of voting, at an official ceremony on April 6th at "VIVACOM Art Hall" with great pleasure we awarded the grand prize, "Photographer of the Year", in the first edition of "VOUBS International Photography Awards 2016 ". Hosts of the ceremony were musical star Mariana Popova and actor Simeon Lyutakov.

The "Golden VOUBS" and a check for 5000 euro went to the winner of the special award, "Photographer of the Year", Gencho Petkov, who won in a great competition among 592 participants from around the world, with the vote of tens of thousands of users and a prestigious international jury of 9 members - Beliy Den (Russia), Pini Hamou (Israel), Eric Nathan (South Africa), Lilia Yotova (Bulgaria), Dustin Sparks (Australia), Cristina Venedict (Romania) GMB Akash (Bangladesh), João Morgado (Portugal), James Duckworth (USA).

Special guests of the ceremony were members of the jury - Beliy Den, Pini Hamou, Eric Nathan and Lilia Yotova.

"Thank you for this wonderful recognition! I am happy that my works are valued so highly by both the jury and the users of VOUBS", the lucky winner said to the audience.

Gencho Petkov is from Veliko Tarnovo. He is a professor of digital photography at the University of “St. Cyril and St. Methodius”, a member artist of the World Federation of Photographic Art (AFIAP) and co-founder of the Association of Advertising Photographers in Bulgaria. His works were presented in more than 20 countries, including Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, USA, Mexico, India, China and Lebanon.

The first place in the "Images from Bulgaria" category went to Veselin Atanasov for his amazing photography "Sentry", a beacon of Ahtopol. He was awarded the prize check for 2000 euro personally by mountaineer and “Man of the Year” Boyan Petrov.

"I accept this first cash prize in my career as compensation. A few years ago I tried to photograph the lighthouse from the rocky coast, but the stormy sea took all of my equipment," said the winner.

The first five winners in the category:

Veselin Atanasov

Sentry

Bulgaria

1st place

Photos from Bulgaria

Ivaylo Madzharov

"The Red Wall"

Bulgaria

2nd place

Photos from Bulgaria

Milan Ljubisavljević

Lighthouse in Ahtopol

Serbia

3th place

Photos from Bulgaria

Ruslan Asanov

Drowned and Lighted

Bulgaria

4th place

Photos from Bulgaria

Krasimir Matarov

Milky Way Above Lavender Field

Bulgaria

5th place

Photos from Bulgaria

 

The first place in the "Fashion" category went to advertising photographer from Slovakia Martin Krastinek. He was awarded the prize by former Miss Bulgaria Elena Tihomirova.

 

The first five winners in the category:

Martin Krystynek

High Above the Sky

Slovakia

1st place

Fashion Photography

Rashad Mehdiyev

Wedding Dress and Red Car

Azerbaijan

2nd place

Fashion Photography

Maksim Igorevich Soloviev

Pain

Russia

3th place

Fashion Photography

Gilbert Chong Ming Jin

Scarlet of the East

Malaysia

4th place

Fashion Photography

Ilona Balitskaya

The Siren

Russia

5th place

Fashion Photography

 

The award in the "Architecture" category went to Sarah Caldwell from New Zealand. To present the winner with the award, we invited the Vice-rector of the "University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (UACEG)", Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eng. Boris Tzotchev Tzankov, who told the audience at the event that “photographs beautifully embody the truth”. He added that "architecture is frozen music."

The first five winners in the category:

Sarah Caldwell

The Natural History Museum

New Zealand

1st place

Architectural Photography

Adrian Ioan Ciulea

Bramante Staircase - Vatican Museum

Romania

2nd place

Architectural Photography

Sergei Logvenkov

Shapes

Russia

3th place

Architectural Photography

Yen Sin Wong

Red Cubes

Malaysia

4th place

Architectural Photography

Gencho Petkov

Snow City

Bulgaria

5th place

Architectural Photography

 

Photographer Tanver Hassan Rohan, who was awarded 1st place in the "Reportage" category, arrived from Bangladesh specially for the ceremony. He received his award from the manager of the Bulphoto photo agency Evgeni Dimitrov.

The first five winners in the category:

Tanveer Hassan Rohan

Firefighter

Bangladesh

1st place

Reportage Photography

K M Asad

Rohingya Рefugee in Bangladesh

Bangladesh

2nd place

Reportage Photography

Fernando Famiani

Etna Explosion

Italy

3th place

Reportage Photography

Gencho Petkov

Emil Kosturkov - Royal Dixie Band

Bulgaria

4th place

Reportage Photography

Prashanta Kumar Saha

Ensure Life of the Factory

Bangladesh

5th place

Reportage Photography

 

Chef Andre Tokev awarded Mihai Penghios, the winner from Romania in the "Food photography" category, for his photograph "Sandwich with bacon".

The first five winners in the category:

Mihai Penghios

Bacon Sandwich

Romania

1st place

Food Photography

Gencho Petkov

Spaghetti Perfectо and Delicious Shade, Before ...

Bulgaria

2nd place

Food Photography

Marta Quintavalle

The Farmer's Dinner

Italy

3th place

Food Photography

Hristo Hristov

Autumn Umbrellas

Bulgaria

4th place

Food Photography

Fernando Famiani

Sicilian Cheese

Italy

5th place

Food Photography

 

The journalist Georgi Toshev gave the first place award in the "People" category to Sandra Ventura from Portugal.

The first five winners in the category:

Sandra Ventura

In the Dark

Portugal

1st place

People Photography

MD Tanveer Hassan Rohan

Fun Bath

Bangladesh

2nd place

People Photography

Yen Sin Wong

Phan Rang Fishing Net Making

Malaysia

3th place

People Photography

Tatsiana Tsyhanova

Wind

Belarus

4th place

People Photography

Martin Krystynek

Love

Slovakia

5th place

People Photography

 

Among the special guests were the actress Stefani Kocheva, singer Maria Gruncharova and Polly Paskova, journalists from various media, representatives of embassies and members of the Association of professional photographers in Bulgaria.

An exhibition with the best photographs from the competition, "VIPA International Photography Awards 2016", is open to the public until April 17th, at the exhibition space of "Vivacom Art Hall" in Sofia. The entrance is free. You are invited!

 

 

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