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Silver Award in the PX3 Photography Awards 2018

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My project "Chimpanzee portraits" won the Silver Award in the "nature-Wildlife" category of the International Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3) contest.

The Paris Photography Prize (PX3) was founded in 2007, and has since become one of the most prestigious photography awards.

The winning photographs will be presented in an exhibition in Paris at the Espace Beaurepaire (28 rue beaurepaire, Paris) from Tuesday, 10th July to Saturday, 14th July, 2018; see also the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/379199022566317

"Gardens of Versailles" published at Dodho magazine

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Excited to announce that my work on the Gardens of Versailles was published by Dodho Magazine. 

Dodho.com is an international photography magazine launched in 2013 and currently has more than 750.000 annual hits and 1.600.000 pages views.

Dodho Magazine features the best of contemporary photography, bringing together diverse bodies of work by established and emerging artists from around the globe.

Have a look at my Versailles gallery over at dodho.com: https://www.dodho.com/serenity-gardens-versailles-gregoris-mentzas/

Honorable Award in IPA 2017 Competition

Pleased to announce that my series “Animal portraits” received an Honorable Award in the Nature - Wildlife category of the International Photography Awards 2017 Competition

The International Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for professional and non-professional photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today. 

This year, the International Photography Awards received 14,273 submissions from over 165 countries.

Animal portraits

Super excited to announce that I have won the overall award in the photo competition of the Attica Zoological Park and the first awards in two categories.

Many thanks to the evaluation committee and the Attica Zoological Park for organising the competition and hosting the lovely creatures who are the protagonists!

I am sharing below a gallery with the images I submitted to the contest.

Milky Way over the island of Kea

The Milky Way is a galaxy with a diameter between 100,000 and 180,000 light-years which contains 100 to 400 billion (yes, billion!) stars.

If you are in an area which is dark enough and the weather is clear, if you look towards the south you can see the milky way especially during the nights before, during or just after a new moon, when the moonlight is not strong. 

I consider myself lucky: the skies above the Kea island, where I spent my summer holidays, were dark and clear enough to make the milky way clearly visible even to the naked eye. 

So I couldn’t help myself. I am posting below the result of some nights’ work. Enjoy!

Lighting up the Milky Way

Last week I managed to shoot a photo of myself “lighting up” the milky way.

I always wanted to make such an image - I even bought a high-end LED flashlight for this reason (the Fenix PD35TAC which is mainly used for military and law enforcement purposes). 

So last week, under the new moon, I found an area with a southern orientation which had both a clear view of the milky way and relatively limited urban lights, I set up my camera and tripod and tried several versions of the photo.

The one to the right is the one I like best. 

Beware: my intention is to try various milky way images this summer, so stay tuned :-) 

(More info: Canon 5d mkIII, Samyang 14mm, 20 seconds at f/2.8, ISO 3200, the lights in the background are from Ioulis, the capital of Kea island) 

New additions in the "Window Seat" collection

I travelled quite a bit recently so I added new photos in my "Window Seat" collection.

Three Honorable Awards in the Fine Art Photography Contest

Happy to announce that I received three Honorable Awards in the “Fine Art Photography Awards” 2017. This year the contest received 6335 submissions from 89 countries around the world. Winners were selected by highly acclaimed panel of international judges, including: Tim Franco, Nadia Dias, Liza Van der Stock, Matilde Gattoni, Amélie Labourdette, Valery Klamm and Pierre Abensur. My awarded images were: