Going through my email the other day, I was pleasantly surprised to learn I had placed in the 9th Annual Black and White Spider Awards. With the esteemed panel of jurors the awards had, I thought the chances of receiving one of the awards would be difficult at best when I entered it earlier this year.
I must say it has been a good year. Earlier this year one of my photos was selected by Britt Salvesen, curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as part of a fine art photography collection entitled Off the Clock. The work opened at a gallery in Culver City on April 26, 2014, and is currently on tour. It will end up at the Los Angeles Convention Center for photola in Jan 2015. The Off The Clock Exhibit was created by the Los Angeles Chapter of American Photographic Artists.
The press release issued by the Spider Awards is below:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER MARK STOUT FROM DENVER, COLORADO USA
LOS ANGELES 24 October 2014 – Professional photographer, Mark Stout, of Denver, Colorado USA was presented with the 9th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Nominee in the category of Portrait at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow webcast Saturday, October 18, 2014.
The live online gala was attended by photography fans around the globe who logged on to see the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography.
The awards international Jury included captains of the industry from The Royal Photographic Society, FoMu Fotomuseum, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Torch Gallery, Stockholm City Museum to Fratelli Alinari in Florence who honored Spider Fellows with 298 coveted title awards and 957 nominees in 14 categories.
“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 8,508 entries from 73 countries that we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Mark Stout’s “Animal Magnetism,” an exceptional image entered in the Portrait category, represents black and white photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the title of Nominee.”
You can view the 9th Annual Winners Gallery at www.thespiderawards.com/gallery/9th
BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography.