Photographer Victoria Balaban, from the Republic of Moldova, was the winner of Festimage 2009. Her entry is a black-and-white photograph, entitled “Black”.
Italian Daniele Cascone finished second, with a digital composition from his series “A concrete wall”.
Third prize went to photographer Benoit Rousseau, from France, with a color triptych.
Dutchman Huib Limberg finished fourth, and Ly Hoang Long, from Vietnam, was fifth.
The first prize is worth 5.000 euros. The next prizes are worth 2.500, 1.500, 1.000, 750 and 500 euros.
The Final Panel for the event comprised the following members: renowned Portuguese photographer André Brito; Claudio Pastrone, director of the Italian Author Photography Center; Juan Palmer, chairman of the Spanish Photography Confederation; Natalya Zaharova, director of the “Petersburg photoworkshops” photography school, Russia; and Bangladeshi Shahidul Alam, chairman of the “Bangladesh Photographic Society” and founder of the Pathshala – South Asian Institute of Photography.
This year’s People’s Choice Prize, worth 1.000 euros, which took place in parallel with Festimage’s official prize, as voted on by the public, was won by Frenchman Yvon Buchmann.
The fourth annual Festimage has the largest number of participants ever. A total of 2.847 people from 76 countries took part in the photography and digital art contest.
Countries with the most entries include Spain (with 454 participants), Germany (319), Russia (304), Portugal (281), Brazil (222), Argentina (211), France (142), India (137) and Italy (127).
Festimage – International Image Festival is an event promoted by the City Council of Chaves, Portugal. The entire contest is held exclusively over the Internet, at www.festimage.org
, which includes versions in seven languages.
An exhibit is to be held on 8 July, using the finalist works; this year, such an exhibit will take place outdoors, in the main square of Chaves. Some of the finalist works will also each be used for making a large-format canvas, which will be on display on the façades of several buildings in the historic center of the city.
Meet the 2009 Winners.