Personal blog of Derek and Margaret, now living in Dominica, W.I., founders of Ozone Zone – an Independent Canadian book publisher specializing in coffee table books of architectural treasures and lush gardens. We also promote fine artistic photography. This blog contains unofficial reports and comments from our various trips, photo sessions and jobs – an unofficial scrapbook of our travels, explorations and photo-related work. See “about” for more.

Good news once again!

It was a nice surprise this morning, when i received email from England informing that winners of International Photo Competition “4 Seasons: Monochrome” are already announced.

When Lex Nowak, our friend and Ozone Zone partner-photographer entered this competition with his fine infra-red image, I told him chances of winning are small because this is the same large and prestigious competition as IGPOTY (International Garden Photographer Of The Year), just a different “wing” of it organizing seasonal themes. For each theme they receive well over thousand entries from fine photographers  world-wide.

This is what I told him – but as he entered, I decided to enter at the very last day too, just to keep him company.

Today, when I opened the Monochrome 2011 finalists’ page – I found Lex and myself to be among top 23 selected winners! You can see my green monochrome photo, and Lex’s intriguing infra-red photo which looks like a black and white, but with twisted light balance. (It is because palms absorbed sun heat, and infra-red technique shows warmer subjects as brighter ones.) Interesting  and rather difficult technique,  but it gives very impressive results when well used.

(Please note, Lex used his Polish name Leszek, and you can see his image being on bottom of the winners’ page). By the way – I find all these winning images definitely fine, and we both feel honoured to win. For me it is specially nice, as I just recently won IGPOTY main competition for 2010 with another image!

So, you are first to know as I am sharing the news with you right away! Cheers!
Thanks a lot, and until next time!

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