competition

Landskonkurransen 2016 NFF

This year I entered with 4 photos as usual, and I received 3 Honorable Mentions/diplomas. In competition with 181 other Professional photographers inculding 716 other photos, I am fairly satisfied with receiving these, even if my competitive instinct always want victory!

Here are my entries for 2016

Kick-Ass Rescue Chick – Honorable Mention
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Victorious – Honorable mention
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Eyeliner – Honorable Mention
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Resurrection – no prize
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The story behind “Mercy”

Written in 2011, this is how a simple shot (and this was just a test shot really) can transform into a prize winning image!

Today I feel I created something special, not just because the three wonderful kids are my family. But because the moment I was finished, I was filled with a certain sentiment.
The photo made me feel something…and I thought I could share how I accomplished the finished result.
The light was set up by 4 lights:
– 1 on the white background
– 1 main light (deep octa)
– 2 softboxes as backlights from each side
This is straight from raw (1/160 f8)

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Step one was of course twisting the raw file, reducing saturation and adjusting temperature/exposure/fill light/recovery/blacks until I was happy with my vision.
After converting, croping was necessary to get rid of the elements that had nothing to do with the essentials of this photo. After all, this is all about their faces and expressions, as well as the great work by stylist Vidar Graven.
A little softing was applied, but not much as these are children. Too much would just look unnatural.
The fun part was experimenting with textures, and I used two different ones, which I have used several times before:
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I played around with these, adjusting tones, opactiy and applied gaussian blur to all, and ended up with one layer of the “old paper” set to soft light, and two layers of the “grunge” texture, also set to soft light.
When happy with the transitions, I flattened the image, and started working in a color software, adding several layers of “low key” toning, as well as lighting the center/darkening the surroundings. This is a test of patience, as you never get totally happy…but in the end I just had to save and see what happened.
And this is when I realized I had something here! Slowly working the edges, adding some contrast, and then removing some, I got to the final stage of color adjustment. This is where I finished, and got this:
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And finally, the awards

  • Bronze NFF Landskonkurranse 2013
  • Photography Masters Cup Nominee 2013 – Fashion
  • Silver NFF Laugskonkurranse 2012

Laugskonkurransen 2015

Great! I managed 317 points in the regional competition for preofessional photographers in Trøndelag/Norway!!
All 4 photos received prizes, 3 honorable mention (just below bronze score) and 1 bronze. Here are the photographs, with a little story of how they came to life:

Eyeliner
Eyeliner

This is Ingvild, a former collegue, who dared to test the cool waters this spring. The idea was to make her be totally still, with her eye very close to the surface. I am not a master of black and white, but this just had to be…

Kick-Ass Rescue Chick

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My sweet Isabella, originally modeling here for NTNU posing as “energy girl”; this is a spin-off as I liked her home made superhero costume (thus KickAss like the movie). The background is shot on the roof of St. Olavs hospital in Trondheim.

Victorious
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A marvelous wedding day just a month ago, featuring Therese & Alex. This setting was planned, as we brought loads of bottles with soap, passing them out to strangers in the streets of Trondheim. As always, Alex shows a lot of energy and emotion! Just loved the shot, which also had to be black and white.

Inflight
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This is actually from a few years ago, and something I have considered for competition many times. Earlier I have produced an image called “outflight”, so this is the reverse version, themewise. The model is styled by Silje Denstad, a local hairdresser.

Thanks a million for support and hopefully I will produce more for later competitions!!

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NFF Landskonkurranse 2015

This year I reached nr 6 in the annual national championship for professional photographers in Norway (NFF)!
Entering with 4 photos, I had all 4 winning prizes (honorable mention). Only 8 photographers managed to get all 4 above 70 points (which is the minimum score for winning prizes) this year, and although I didn´t receive any medals I am happy with the result.
Here are my photos for 2015.

FEP Award 2015

A little unexpected, but truly amazing, I received a message I was a finalist in the FEP 2015 competition, portrait category!! A little later, I discovered one of my entries made it to an “Excellence Award”. This means a score of 90-100, and equals “gold”.
I entered with 3 photos, and “human wrecking ball” made it to the top!
This is an annual European competition «Photographer of the Year Awards» by FEP (Federation of European Photographer). The awards represents over 50000 professional photograpers in Europe. This year, the ceremony took place late Sunday (March 1sst) in Teatro Verdi i Trieste, Italia. I could not be there, but representatives from Norway received the award in my place.
More on this in Adressa.

Attached to this post, are the awards and the winning photograph.
Here is the FEP page, with my other entries as well!

Laugskonkurranse Trøndelag 2014

I helga mottok jeg prisen for “Årets Fotograf” i Trøndelag, etter å ha fått 320 poeng i laugskonkurransen 2014. Med 4 premierte bilder var det likevel jevnt, da Dag Asle Langø hadde 320 poeng.
Bildene fikk følgende poengsummer:
“Powergirl” – 75 poeng (hederig omtale)
“Human Wrecking Ball” – 80 poeng (bronse)
“Big Kiss” – 80 poeng (bronse)
“Comeback Kid” – 88 poeng (sølv)
Bildene presenteres i galleri her!
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This weekend I received the title as “Photographer of the year 2014” in the annual regional competition in Trøndelag. I entered with (the maximum) of 4 photos, resulting in 320 points.
The score was tight however, as Dag Asle Langø had 320 points…

www.phokus.no
Fotograf i Trondheim

Photography Masters Cup

Again, I got some awards from “Photography Masters Cup” or “Color Awards”, as some call it. This is an international competition with a wide range of participation. A couple of years back, I managed to win a 3rd place in Fashion. Last year, I was nominated with 4 images. This year, I was nominated with 5;
– 3 in Fashion
– 1 in Fine Art
– 1 in Portrait

 

Landskonkurransen 2013 – happy nr 8!

Okay, so the result is official – I placed 8th!
For this competition, 163 photographers entered with a total of 673 photographs.  3 of mine reached 70 points or more, thus counting for the overall place, which in 2013 was 8! Included here were 2 honorable mention (70 p and 74 p, and 1 bronze (83 p).
For the first time the jury were viewing digital files, and I am sure this was challenging both for jury and photographers…when I discussed with myself (and a selected few) which photos to enter, several were rejected because of digital noise/faults, so following this I will pay even more attention to my files in editing.
Congratulations to the winner, Jens Edgar Haugen, who won for the 4th year in a row! Outstanding!
Finally, here are my photographs

winners

And, this one was rejected, getting 69 points (one point from honorable mention).

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