Photo News – Photo competition winners and photo events – What’s on in London, Weekend Round Up

© Michael Grecco, Martin Scorsese

The winners in two photo competitions the 2011 Prix de la Photographie Paris and the new Masters of Photography Masterclass have been announced. While on Tuesday Toby Smith  – reportage photographer and director of Roof Unit, a collective of photographers based in East London – will be giving a talk at The Frontline Club, In the Picture: China’s New Energy Pioneers from 7pm.

Smith will be presenting his photography and discussing China’s environmental record in an event moderated by Jim Footner of Greenpeace. Covering 11 provinces, over two months, he visited “coal mines, wind farms and hydro-electric plants while capturing the landscapes and people implementing the Communist Party’s latest Five Year Plan”. See the Frontline website to book tickets. £10 for the early birds, £12.50 after

Celebrity photographer and director Michael Grecco picked up two gold awards in the 2011 Prix de la Photographie Paris photo competition Portraiture and Personality categories for his portraits Martin Scorsese on Rooftop and Steve Martin as well as two bronze awards. Now in its fifth year, “Px3 strives to promote the appreciation of photography, to discover emerging talent, and to introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris”. Winning photographs from this competition are also published in the high-quality, full-color Px3 Annual Book. Emerging and professional photographers submit their work for juried consideration in various categories. The 2012 competition will open on 1 January 2012.

© Michael Grecco, Steve Martin

Macallan single malt announced the winner of the first Masters of Photography Masterclass, in partnership with legendary Scottish photographer Albert Watson. First place went to Luke Bhothipiti from the USA for his image Waiting for the Eclipse. Luke wins a trip to Scotland, courtesy of Visit Scotland. The second, third and fourth prizes are Nikon camera equipment and an annual subscription to Digital Camera Magazine.

Members of the public uploaded photographs celebrating the theme of ‘great journeys’ either from travels or a special moment showing a passage of time. The competition not only attracted over 7,000 entries but 94,000 votes were cast by the public to select the top 20 images. These were then judged by Watson, winner of the prestigious Royal Photographic Society’s 2010 Centenary Medal, who is well known across the globe for his fashion, celebrity and art photography having shot over 200 covers for both Vogue and Rolling Stone Magazine.

© Luke Bhotopiti, Winner. A photograph of my friends standing around a fire for warmth waiting for the lunar eclipse on 12/21/2010. We all made the trip into the country for the best possible view of an event that only comes around every 460 years. This would also be the last photograph of everyone together before they would embark on their own personal journeys.

See over for the winner of second, third and fourth places in XXXX…

© Muhammad Fadl, The Raging Bull, 2nd place. Pacu Jawi, which means The Bull’s Race, is a traditional festival of West Sumatra, Indonesia. It is a celebration of the farmer for the previous harvesting season.

© John Jackson, 3rd place. ‘A motion shot of a 1948 GMCIt just shows the loneliness of being out on the open road alone in some vintage Iron, and that’s what makes it special to me.

© Rob Dallas, Dark night so cold and lonely, .4th place Not being afraid of cold weather, I stepped outside on this dark, so cold and lonely night. I found the bleakness of a winter's night and captured the real beauty of the contrast and color …leaving just the distant sign orange … warm and inviting … like a fire or hearth …winter is not just cold, it is also a place to find warmth.

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