The 1st LAPA selected 6 stills for its inaugural edition of October 2017. The finalists were Robin Yong (Australia) and Bart Slawinski (Poland). The winner is : Robin Yong, with FLOWERS OF ETHIOPIA.
FLOWERS OF ETHIOPIA :
Robin Yong is one of Australia’s newest emerging Travel Photographer who is taking the world by storm with its already multi-award winning Travel Portraits. His best known work to date is ‘Flowers of Ethiopia’, a huge series of 200+ photos depicting the Surma Tribe of the Omo Valley, Ethiopia.
About the series :
” The Surma tribe of the Omo Valley, Ethiopia…a place where mankind (and fashion) probably began. The children and teens appear innocent and beautiful, with their ornate body paint work and exotic head decorations made of flowers. The place appears peaceful and untouched, but in reality, life here is harsh with the tribespeople at frequent wars with neighbouring tribes over cattle grazing rights. The line between peace and war is very fine and very blurred. They can be so near to each other, yet at times appear so far from each other… “
Robin earns the Gold LAPA Label for his win.
Following the first round of votes by our Judges, the finalists were :
Bart Slawinski, with THE SHARK’S TOOTH :
Bart Slawinski is a Poland native, and Los Angeles based artist who likes to introduce audience to the natural world.
About the photograph :
” This is an image that almost didn’t happen. It was a so, so day in terms of luck, the weather was gloomy, and any hopes for aurora were slim to none. On top of that, my all time favorite hiking boots started to fall apart, and a possibility of losing my vibram sole (which happened later anyway) looked real. Combine that with a solo trip over slippery rocks, mud, streams and bushes in the middle of the dark night, and I was close to say no. Luckily, as I was deciding I am going to shoot by my tent, my buddy appeared out of nowhere, and decisively told me “Man, if you go I guarantee you will get the shot”.
This was enough. Not for the faint of heart, through difficult terrain I went in dark alone, avoiding bears, getting wet and breaking legs. 30 minutes later I heard voices by the shore and I knew I was safe. The aurora was nice, but short of spectacular, then around 2am the aurora storm came, and all the green hell broke loose. Screams around sounded bizarre in this quiet, God-forgotten territory, and the shutters of cameras went crazy when the mountain came alive under surreal glow. It was a spectacle not to forget, and I knew I had a keeper. Thanks and enjoy “The Shark’s Tooth”! “
Bart earns the Silver label for his win.