Kramatorsk photographer gets a gold medal in an All-Ukrainian competition between almost 1,000 photo artists. Gets exhibited at Tashkent Biennale in Uzbekistan

‘Stalker’ by Dima Alimkin received a gold medal in the black and white photograph section of the 17th competition by the National Society of Photo Artists of Ukraine

Several months back, we talked about an Eastern Ukrainian photographer from Kramatorsk, Dima Alimkin, in a post Discussing the isolation/insulation of Donbass aesthetics with an industrial photographer from Eastern Ukraine.

Alimkin’s images competed with over 900 other applications from 215 photo artists in 19 oblasts of Ukraine (Photo courtesy of the National Society of Photo Artists of Ukraine)

Today, we are on your screen to share the news about Mr Alimkin’s recent success. His image got a gold medal in the black and white photograph section of the 17th annual competition held by the National Society of Photo Artists of Ukraine (NSPAU).

This is the first gold medal for Alimkin’s hometown. “In 2010, my photograph ‘Sunlight through the dust‘ was awarded a first-grade NSPAU certificate  in the Color section,” says Dima.

Speaking form experience, he advises his colleagues not to lose hope when their entries don’t get awarded at such competitions. “Maybe it is a chance for an author to change his/her approach,” he suggests. Alimkin believes that even though the jury’s decisions may be subjective, they are a reflection of the overall level of an entrant. “Participation in such competitions is first and foremost a good opportunity for self-assesment and eventual self-improvement.”

Based on pre-selection, the National Society of Photo Artists of Ukraine exhibit took place in Kyiv. NSPAU had received 927 applications from 215 photo artists in 19 oblasts of Ukraine. One in 13 entries was selected for the exhibit. Only four of them were from Donetsk oblast.

The exhibit rules preclude the selection of commercial art. The selection jury gives preference to artistic merits of an image as well as its documentary dimension. The winners are not rewarded with monetary prizes. But the certificates and medals are a prestigious trophy for photo artists in Ukraine. This is why the competition is fierce.

Two of  Alimkin’s images were selected for the exhibit out of the allowed four that he had submitted.

Kramatorsk photographer’s work was recently featured at the 2012 Tashkent International Photo Biennale during the Art Week Style.uz-2012 in Uzbekistan

His work was recently featured at the 2012 Tashkent International Photo Biennale during the Art Week Style.uz-2012 in Uzbekistan (October 4-9).

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