2016 Awards - RJ Wilner

Competition: International Photography Awards

Category: Fine Art; Abstract
Award: Honorable Mention

Submission Title:  Abstracts In Ice

Artist's Statement:  Winter, for the most part, brings about a lull in my photographic activities. But the abstract qualities to be found in various ice formations are like no other offerings from Mother Nature during the other 3 seasons of the year. They represent frozen moments in time much like a photograph itself.....even if of somewhat longer duration than 1/60th of a second. But unlike a photograph, there is precious little 'permanance' to their presence. They are fleeting in nature and viewable for only brief periods of time......much like many art 'installations'. And though the 'installations' occur during the harsher portions of winter, the gentle curving lines that can often be found still offer a hint of the movement inherent to their liquid variation present during the other 3 seasons.



(Note: The following 2 awards come from the same submission entered in 2 different Categories)


Competition:  International Photography Awards

Category:  Fine Art; Landscapes
Award:  Honorable Mention

Submission Title: The Secret Lives of Trees

Artist's Statement: I've long enjoyed photographing trees.....from a single stately oak standing proud atop a hillside, to dogwoods blooming in spring, and the unabashed color party many species can offer up in fall. Despite that enjoyment and the general appreciation I'd developed for them over time, I don't think it was until I visited Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee that I truly began to 'see' both the communal and/or familial qualities that came to light in the Cypress trees found in and surrounding Reelfoot Lake. From an amorous couple not averse to displaying their affection in front of the neighbors....to a family who enjoys their privacy and distance from the hubbub of the 'mainstream'.....to a single brave young member of a community stepping boldly out into the light and breaking away from the secrets of that community, it's all there for the viewing. I'm glad to have finally opened my eyes.


Competition:  International Photography Awards
Category: Nature; Trees

Award:  Honorable Mention

Submission Title:  The Secret Lives of Trees

Artist's Statement:  I've long enjoyed photographing trees.....from a single stately oak standing proud atop a hillside, to dogwoods blooming in spring, and the unabashed color party many species can offer up in fall. Despite that enjoyment and the general appreciation I'd developed for them over time, I don't think it was until I visited Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee that I truly began to 'see' both the communal and/or familial qualities that came to light in the Cypress trees found in and surrounding Reelfoot Lake. From an amorous couple not averse to displaying their affection in front of the neighbors....to a family who enjoys their privacy and distance from the hubbub of the 'mainstream'.....to a single brave young member of a community stepping boldly out into the light and breaking away from the secrets of that community, it's all there for the viewing. I'm glad to have finally opened my eyes.

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