I am honored to announce that the image above has been chosen for inclusion in the 2016 Communication Arts Photography Annual, which will be published in the July/August 2016 issue of Communication Arts (CA). The CA Photography Annual is one of the most exclusive photography competitions anywhere. The Communication Arts Photography Annual competition has been held for the last 57 years making this one of the oldest photography competitions in the World. From the Communications Arts press release, “Of the 4,024 entries to the 57th Photography Annual, only 137 were accepted, representing the work of 127 photographers, making the Photography Annual the most exclusive major photography competition in the world.”
Also, for those not familiar with Communication Arts, here is a description from the press release of the magazine, which is more like a high-end book than a magazine: “Communication Arts is a professional journal for designers, art directors, design firms, corporate design departments, agencies, illustrators, photographers and everyone involved in visual communications. Through its editorials, feature articles and the annual competitions it sponsors, CA provides new ideas and information, while promoting the highest professional standards for the field. With a paid circulation of 34,000, CA has a rich tradition of representing the aspirations of a continually-growing and quality-conscious field of visual communications. Now in its 58th year, CA continues to showcase the current best—whether it’s from industry veterans or tomorrow’s stars—in design, advertising, photography, illustration, interactive and typography. Everything is reproduced with printing technology and attention to detail unmatched by any trade publication anywhere.”
For me personally, getting the email this morning that one of my images made it into the Photo Annual is a milestone in my career. Mentally, I was doing backflips here in my office for an hour or so after the notification came through. I have been submitting images to this photography competition for the past thirteen years and this is the first image that has made it into the Annual. I also received an email that I could announce that my image was included in the Annual, even though the July/August issue is yet to be published.
The above image was shot for Elinchrom and was widely published to promote the new Hi-Sync capabilities of the Elinchrom ELB 400, the new Skyport Plus HS and the Quadra HS flash heads. This image was created during a demo of the new Hi-Sync system in front of 80 Elinchrom employees and distributors at a local indoor skate park in Lausanne, Switzerland. It isn’t often I am doing a photo shoot in front of 80 people but, as you can see above, this one went pretty well and the capability of the Elinchrom Hi-Sync technology is obvious. This image was created using two ELB 400 strobes, a Nikon D4 with a Nikkor 70-200mm lens. The exposure was 1/8,000th second at f/3.5 and ISO 800.
My thanks to Elinchrom for bringing me over for the shoot, especially to Bram Dauw and Thiago Costa who helped put this shoot together, and also to Chris Whittle, the President of Elinchrom. Also, my sincere thanks to Communication Arts and the six jurors who chose the winning images: Patrick Barber – Timber Press, Lionel Ferreira – Ferreira Design Company, Karen Frank – ESPN The Magazine, Mark Haumersen – Periscope, Claire Rosen – photographer, and Patrick Coyne – the editor/designer of Communication Arts. And finally, thanks to Maxime Genoud, the skater in this image, who worked very hard to help us create this final image for Elinchrom.