Andrea Obzerova of ABO Photography Ltd. announced winner of the PPOTY 2014 competition in Portfolio of 3 category.
Last Thursday (6th November) the team at Professional Photographer magazine, as well as the sponsors, judges, contributors, winners and runners up, had a wonderful time celebrating at the PPOTY 2014 Awards (Professional Photographer of the Year). The celebratory evening, held to showcase the very best of photography in the industry, was held at the beautiful venue of Manor by the Lake, Cheltenham.
I had the honour to be shortlisted in 3 categories this year. They were: Wedding, In studio and Portfolio of 3. And I was chosen as WINNER of the PORTFOLIO OF 3 category with series titled FOREVER.
With nearly 5500 entries from more than 40 countries, I consider this as a great achievement.
Images in my winning series were shot in May 2014 in Slovakia, The country I was born in. I was asked by my grandparents to take a few photographs of them, so my family would have something to remember them by. Unfortunately they reached the age (mid 80’s) where they feel, they might not be with us for much longer, mainly due to poor health.
On the day of the photo shoot, I was given 4-5 minutes to take their portraits. It was late afternoon, the light was sparse. My grandparents sat down on their couch, started interacting with each other and I started shooting. I didn’t want to stop, because they were so affectionate, loving and real. It was a beautiful moment. I will never forget it. After we finished, the rest of my family joined us and we took some 4 generation images.
The reason I chose to submit these particular photos to the competition is the impact they have on people in my circle and their reactions and comments. Every time I look at these images, I feel warm inside and a little teary to be honest. It is great to see that even after 60 years of marriage you can be IN LOVE.
Being shortlisted in 3 categories, and of course winning in one of them is a great honour. I started taking photographs about two and a half years ago, when my husband infected me with his passion for photography. He has been my teacher and mentor ever since, all I know is thanks to him. Winning this title is a tribute to his patience and teaching skills.
To view more images from the Awards night, please click the link below: