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A couple of days ago I received some incredible news: I am finalist at the Hasselblad Masters Awards 2014!

This is one of the most renowned photography competitions worldwide, and I could not be happier to be considered as one of the contenders for the prize.

A portfolio of three photographs from my series of giraffes in the night has been selected as one of the 10 finalists in the category wildlife. During the year 2013, the public will take part in the judging process. Finally, the winners will be announced in January 2014.

You can check my candidate portfolio here. If you really like it and think it deserves winning, it would be really appreciated if you can give it a vote! Thanks so much in advance.

Take care and great light to you all ;-)


Finalist "Wildlife"

Finalist “Wildlife”

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I am really glad to announce that 2 of my photographs, “Burning Peak” and “A window to spring” have recently got two Highly Commended awards in the Nature’s Best Windland Rice Photography Awards 2012.

The two photographs will be exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC, from next June.

Before the storm - Switzerland Burning Peak - Matterhorn, Switzerland


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I am totally thrilled to announce that 12 of my photographs have been awarded in the last IPA International Photography Awards, considered by many as “the Oscars of Photography”.

In total, I obtained 2 First Prize awards, 2 Second Prize awards, 1 Third Prize award and 7 Highly Commended photographs, placing me amongst the most awarded photographers in this year’s competition.

The IPA competition is the The 2012 International Photography Awards received nearly 18,000 submissions from 104 countries across the globe. IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, where the top three winners are announced at the annual Lucie Awards gala ceremony. The Foundation’s mission is to honor master photographers, to discover new and emerging talent and to promote the appreciation of photography. Since 2003, IPA has had the privilege and opportunity to acknowledge and recognize contemporary photographer’s accomplishments in this specialized and highly visible competition. Visit the site of the IPA to take a look at the impressive winning images in all categories!  www.photoawards.com

That being said, and even if awards are a very nice thing, the real prize is getting out there to enjoy the strong experiences and feelings Nature can offer to us. Photographs are the bonus of it, and awards the cherry on the cake!

great light to you all,

(You can click on the images the see them bigger!)

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I am extremely happy to announce that several of our photographs have been awarded in the last IPA 2011 awards! One of our images got a First Prize in the Nature Category, one portfolio a Second Prize and some other four portfolios got a Highly Commended Award. Needless to say we are quite happy with these results! Now, it is time to forget about all that buzz, get calm, get out there and photograph some more…If contests are a nice cherry on top of the cake, being out there shooting is the whole big cake indeed.

The International Photography Awards, considered by some as the Oscars of Photography, is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, and one of the most ambitious and comprehensive photography contests at the international level. Over 8,000 submissions from 90 countries were received for the 2011 International Photography Awards with over 70 jurors, the largest to date. The Foundation’s mission is to honor master photographers, discover new and emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography.

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Well, the first results of photography contests of this year are being unveiled, and the other day I was really happy to know that one of my images got a Gold Award at the 2011 Trierenberg Super Circuit in Austria. The image is “Ice Alive”, which already got a prize in Nature’s Best and was exposed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, USA, a couple of years ago. Quite good news indeed, too bad we won’t be able to attend the Awards Gala taking place in September…since we might be (if everything goes well) shooting the autumn colours above the arctic circle…More to come about this!

Here there is some information about this contest, which you might find interesting for future submissions of your work!:

“The Trierenberg Super Circuit, formerly the Austrian Super Circuit, is by far the largest salon of photography in the world. It is based in Hasselblad, Austria, and in recent years it has attracted hundreds of thousands of pictures, including some from almost every country. It is the aim of the competition run annually by the salon to exhibit the finest work in different styles, techniques and genres. The Super Circuit attracts photographers of almost every background, both amateur and professional. It has established a reputation for very high standards and is therefore respected around the world. An international panel of judges selects the very best images in each category, and awards valuable and prestigious prizes. The website of the Trierenberg Super Circuit may be visited at http://www.supercircuit.at/   ”

Take care and great light to you all ;-)

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This weekend we are attending to the “Memorial Maria Luisa” Nature and Mountain Awards in Asturias, northern Spain. We will be collecting the First Price in the category “Natural Landscapes”, and we will be quite excited to see 5 of our images in the itinerant exhibition which will be unveiled after the awards ceremony. Also, we will have the possibility of rubbing shoulders with some of the best nature photographers…It is going to be particularly great to know personally people like Bence Maté (the overal winner and also BBC 2010 overall winner), Francisco Mingorance, Oriol Alamany and some other “monsters” of the lens :):)

I know some of you will be attending to the ceremony?, I will really really be glad to meet you there!

If only I could stay longer in Asturias after the awards!!!…

Take care and see you this weekend, maybe ;-)!

Here is the link to the Video of the Winning and Finalist images:


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I am really glad to announce that one of my images has got a first prize in the Natural Landscapes category in the 2010 edition of the “Memorial Maria Luisa” international nature photography contest. Besides the winner image, 2 of my images were finalist in the categories “Mountain Landscapes”, 1 in “Wildlife”, 1 in “Vegetal World” and 1 in “Natural Landscapes” category.

Founded 19 years ago, this contest has risen incredibly in popularity in the last decade, drawing every year more tens of thousands f0 images from the best professionals in the field of nature and mountain photography of over 50 countries in the world…

If I was really humbled and happy when I got the news…even more I was when I saw the names of the other winners I was rubbing shoulders with. Just take a look at the overall winner of this MML 2010 edition…yep, Bence Máté, the overall winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010…Man, that is a good performance! bravo, Bence!

Now, it is time to get down the rush of excitement and keep on doing what I like the most…shooting out there and experiencing the natural beauty! THAT is the real prize for this job…you bet!

Winner "Natural Landscapes"

Finalist "Natural Landscapes"

Finalist "Mountain Landscapes"

Finalist "Mountain Landscapes"

Finalist "Vegetal World"

Finalist "Wildlife"

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