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.
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.
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