Awarded Nominee

It is always a pleasure to be awarded in competitions! After the Spider Awards, the Chromatic awards, the Neutral density photography awards, it is the 4th nomination this season.

I have my second nomination in wildlife with an image of bears (photo above), taken in Kamchatka (Russia), which is quite something considering it was my first wildlife shoot. My work ‘the Game’ (see below) has been nominated for the 3th time in Fine Art.

Here you can read the press release.

12TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER Katti Borré FROM BELGIUM

LOS ANGELES March 12 – Professional photographer Katti Borré of Belgium was presented with the 12th Annual International Color Awards Nominee title in the category of both Fine art and wildlife at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow streamed Saturday, March 9, 2019.
The live online gala was attended by 11,829 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for color photography.
12th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Sotheby’s, New York; Benetton, Ponzano Veneto; The Art Channel, London; Kolle Rebbe, Hamburg; Droga5, New York; Preus Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Forsman & Bodenfors, Gothenburg; Wieden & Kennedy, Portland; Fox Broadcasting Network, Los Angeles; Gallery Kong, Seoul; and Phillips, New York who honored Color Masters with 761 title awards and 1,032 nominees in 37 categories.

“Winning awards is an endorsement that you are doing something right in your craft. I am delighted to win Merit of Excellence in the Food category and have another 8 nominations… a huge thank you to you and your support of photography,” said Hugh Johnson, 2nd Place Winner in Food. Leigh Miller, 1st Place Winner in Aerial added, “Wow, I’m over the moon with pride and joy at getting 1st place and honourable mention in the amateur Aerial category. I’m privileged to have my work showcased alongside such talented and creative people. Thank you International Color Awards for the chance to show our work on an international stage and big thanks to the judges for their time.”
“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,241 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Katti Borré’s “The Game” and “Cutie alarm” are exceptional images entered in the Fine art and Wildlife category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present her with the title of Nominee.”
INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS is the leading international award honouring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honours the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography.

Siena Storytelling Workshop

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Just like any other profession, a photographer needs to constantly learn. Workshops, classes, online courses, whatever is necessary to either keep up with what you are doing, or extend your knowledge.

That is what took me to Siena, to follow a week long course of story telling. With teachers like Randy Olson and Melissa Farlow, both photographers for the National Geographic Magazine, and a location such as the medeaval town of Siena, not much could go wrong.

We were 10 photographers, from all over the world, all wanting to learn more about how to tell a story with photographs. Already on the first night, even before class had started, each one of us was introduced to our local ‘resident’, whom we were supposed to follow for a day,  shooting all we could, and later telling the story of this person’s daily life. There was a priest, a pizza man, a restaurant owner, an artist,… and I had to cover a day in the life of a traditional tailor. Exciting!

First, our teachers taught us what we should shoot exactly, and on day 3 we ready to go on the road and try it out.

My tailor -Vinicio- was a lovely, sweet and funny man, even though communication was difficult, if not nonexistent. He only spoke Italian, with a heavy accent, and my Italian is quite rusty. (I don’t actually speak Italian). So apart from following him around and shooting his pictures, I had a full day of smiling and nodding, and no talking.

The shooting of the pictures was the easiest thing, bringing them back into a short story was the hardest, and that is where Randy and Melissa came in to help and teach.

Story lines, no speed bumps, no repetition, and many more tips!

Now all I must do, is bring my story telling skills into practice.

Disclosure, the exhibition on video

Many of you have visited me on my exhibition last month. It took place in the beautifully restored city palace on the Coupure in Gent, now instead of a family residence, a co-working space called Ampla House.

During 3 weekends an overview of my work was on show in the different spaces on the 3 floors, and every visitor was invited for a glass of wine in the bar.

It was a huge succes and the works looked perfect in this location.

If you want to go through the exhibition another time, check out this  video

Feel free to contact me if you want to see some of the works in real life again!

Thank you all for coming!!

World Photographic Cup 2019

 

The World Photographic Cup is a photographic competition unlike any other, comparable to what the Olympics are in sports. This year is the 6th edition, where 32 countries from 4 continents have handed in 3 photos per category (commercial/digital art illustrative/nature/portrait/reportage/ wedding), taken by several photographers, and aiming to become the best national team.

It was founded in 2013 by the FEP (Federation of European photographers) together with the PPA (Professional photographers of America). Today the UAPP (United Asian professional photographers) and the AIPP (Australian institute of professional photographers) are also taking part.

Last year the winning team was from the US. Even though Belgium has not yet won the cup, we have had several medals over the years. Martin Steenhout (silver in 2014), Koen de Langhe (gold in 2015), Ann Coppens (bronze in 2017), Evi Polak was finalist in 2018.

I am proud and honoured to have been selected as one of the photographers to represent my country in the category ‘digital art’, with this work called “The Game”.

In case you want to see “the Game” in real life, it is now on view in my exhibition “disclosure” in Ampla House Gent, this weekend and the next. And yes, it is also for sale.

 

Disclosure,

Ampla House, Coupure 88, 9000 Gent

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of November, from 11am to 6pm

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of November, from 11am to 6pm

 

 

Disclosure, the exhibition

With the book comes the exhibition. Or is the other way around?

Even though, over the past 4 years, I participated in several exhibitions, it was usually   with a limited amount of my works. Disclosure, on the other hand, is a complete overview of al my work taken since graduation, now 4 years ago. I have been  evolving -and still am, I hope-, which makes an overview extra interesting.

For this we found a perfect location in Gent, Ampla house, a beautifully restored city palace, which is now used as co-working-space. It is brand new, and was in desperate need of some art! My works fit in perfectly and the location, as well as my works, are worth a visit!

Opening was last Friday, and the first weekend has already finished off with succes. There are 2 more weekends to go, time for you to hop in and have a look. I will be present during all opening hours of the exhibition.

 

Disclosure @Ampla House, Coupure Rechts 88, 9000 Gent.                                                             Saturday the 17th and Sunday 18th of November, from 11am to 6pm                              Saturday the 24th and Sunday 25th of November, from 11am to 6pm

 

Disclosure, the book.

I have been working on this for a while now, although, it wasn’t me who did the work. Christophe Lambert, who is a great writer, write down my story, in combination with a selection of my photos. It has become a real pearl, a combination of both a pleasant read and an overview of my pictures ánd my career as a photographer.

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It’s out now! click here to look inside the book, and send me a text, email or fill in the form on this page when you want to order.

Qualified European Photographer

Yes! It’s a fact! I have received the QEP award!

Qualified European Photographer, QEP, is an official qualification system issued by the Federation of European Photographers (FEP), the European umbrella organization of professional photographers, awarding the photographer for his high professional skills. In order to be recognized, the photographer must submit a series of 12 photographs revealing his technical and creative excellence, while the photos must also have a certain ‘wow’ content. They are awarded by a five-member international jury.

In the whole Europe there are about 500 QEP photographer, and  only about 60 Belgians have received the award.  I am now one of them.

There are different categories, and I obtained the QEP for the reportage photos taken during the holi festival in India. This is a Hindu festival in which the beginning of spring, as wel as the victory of good over evil are celebrated. It’s a festival of love, friendship and a lot of colour. People go dancing in the temples, while they throw paint (called Gulal) at each other.  For this series, I joined the celebrations with my well protected cameras at hand. It was challenging, but lots of fun, after a few minutes I was already one of them, unrecognisable.

HOLI 2018 © Pascale Vandewalle_40R6608 kattiThe award was handed over to me during an official ceremony in the local town hall, by our mayor Pieter De Crem, after speeches given by several colleagues, and followed by a reception organised by the town of Aalter.

The news has made it to the paper (Nieuwsblad and Het Laatste Nieuws) and it resulted in a radio interview on Radio 2.

The original QEP images are still on view on my exhibition ‘disclosure’ in Ampla house Coupure Rechts 88 in Gent. Saturday and Sunday, 17-18th and 24-25th of November.

 

 

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Continuous exhibition in Gent

In case one might wonder, being a fine art photographer is a full time job. The carefully choosing of locations, events, weather situations is one part, the actual shoot another, probably the shortest, editing and processing the images probably takes half of my time, and printing and framing is the final part. Seeing the picture on your computer or in a real live print is quite another thing.

Choosing which one to frame is the easiest part : I just listen to my heart! When the image touches me I’m sold, I just need to chose the perfect size for that particular image and the final process of printing and framing can start.

These final art pieces can be viewed during exhibitions and fairs on different locations throughout the year, but on special request I have now also opened up a continuous show in my studio near Gent.

If you are curious to see the final result and want to see the images live, do not hesitate to contact me for an appointment, so we can meet there and discuss the images in person!

NB Contact details in ‘contact’ tab!

 

 

Let’s celebrate!

 

I dared getting out of my comfort zone, and took off, together with a fellow-photographer and 2 other ladies, to India, to shoot festivals. It was indeed quite daring, those who know or have heard of the festival are too aware of its risks and dangers. It takes place in different temples, in the streets and on squares, where people celebrate while throwing paint at each other. Yes, you read well!

There are different types of Holi, there is dry holi (dry powdered paint) and wet Holi (paint in water), there is soft Holi (where you can avoid getting too coloured) or hard Holi (where kids throw buckets of paint at you and there is no way to escape). Sometimes they ask permission, sometimes they don’t. Or you have all these things together…

Sounds like fun? Doesn’t it?

It is, actually! But only if you are well prepared!

  • Wearing only clothes that you either want to treasure as a souvenir (‘Look, I’ve played  Holi!!’) or that you don’t mind throwing away later, because yes, it will be ruined!
  • Cover your body (even parts under your clothes, it’s sticky and messy stuff) with coconut oil. (This is actually a day-after-tip by a local, it was too late for me and I was slightly coloured for the next couple or days, even weeks)
  • wrap up your camera (even your phone!) in a plastic bag or in whatever waterproof cover you can find.
  • Take brushes and scrubs and creams, whatever you think you might need to clean of sticky dirty stuff, in your suitcase. Extra plastic and covers for your camera because it gets so dirty that you can not see through it anymore so you can’t use it the 2nd day.

With all this in mind nothing can go wrong, right?

Well there I was, well prepared, or so I thought. The walk towards the temple already got us in the mood. Painted people walked in the streets, people smiled and laughed at us because (well, at least that ‘s what we thought it was) we were all clean. The crowd got bigger, and bigger, the noise got louder, and all of a sudden, there we were, at the entrance of the open square in the temple. I couldn’t be more ready! The moment I had been waiting for for months!

But just after the first step, half a dozen people came towards me with paint, putting it on my  head, throwing it on my clothes and gently rubbing it in my face. But what startled me far more then the painters, I was kind of expecting those, were the other 6 people, all  photographers with huge cameras wrapped up in plastic, taking pictures of me and shooting me! That has definitely never happened to me before, after all, I am the photographer, right? I am supposed to be at the other side!

I needed 3 seconds to recover. Maybe 10, I don’t really know. Just enough to get a full load of paint into the plastic cover of my camera, and paint all over me. I probably even had my mouth open, I am not sure. I wouldn’t know.

But what the heck! These cameras of today are all weather sealed and are suppose to weather a few storms, right?  This wasn’t much different then a storm, was it?

After the first few seconds I totally got the hang of it, a few rounds over the inner square and I knew what to shoot.  And at the same time to enjoy the unusual spectacle of dancing, throwing paint, and lots and lots of laughing and happy people!

Playing Holi in Mathura, you only know what its like when you ‘ve lived it.

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