Federation of European Photographers (FEP) winners announced and Sovereign Art Foundation call for Public Votes

© Jose Luis Guardia Peinado, The Overall Winner of the FEP-Epson European Professional Photographer of the Year 2009 is Josè Louis Peinado (Spain) who won the Social category

As we count down to the holidays, today’s post covers two award announcements, one of which is calling for a public vote.

First, the Federation of European Photographers has announced the winners of its 2009 FEP European Professional Photography Awards at a ceremony at the Photo Museum of Antwerp, Belgium. The Overall Winner of the FEP-Epson European Professional Photographer of the Year 2009 is Josè Louis Peinado (Spain) who won the Social category. The FEP – Epson European Commercial Photographer of the Year 2009 is Gerry O’Leary (Republic of Ireland), the Pictorial Photographer of the Year is Yuri Afanasiev (Russia), and the Towergate Camerasure European Fine Art Photograph of the Year 2009 is Tom Jones (Belgium).

The 2009 FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards received more than 2,000 entries from 600 photographers in 20 European countries while the Towergate Camerasure European Fine Art Photograph of the Year Award” had 550 entries. The FEP European 2009 Awards Exhibition, including the top 10 finalists from each category and the top 10 fine art images, can be seen at the Photo Museum of Antwerp until the end of the year. In 2010, the collection travels to European cities, including Madrid, Rome, Moscow and Lishui (China).

SOVEREIGN ART FOUNDATION FINALISTS’ EXHIBITION AND AUCTION
The Sovereign Art Foundation has announced the names of the artists shortlisted for its sixth annual Asian Art Prize. The public can view the top thirty and vote for their favourite by clicking here 2009 Finalists. The following photographic works will be sold during the auction:

Lot 12: Viet Lee (Cambodia) Untitled, (I Have Felt This Coming For A Long Time), From The ‘Still’ Series. Estimate US $8,000.

Lot 28: Wei Zhang (China), Temporary Actors Fairy Tales for Children No. 1. Estimate US $6,000

Lot 25: Rattana Vandy, (Cambodia) Fire of the Year. Estimate US $1,500

“The auction and final exhibition events in Hong Kong have been postponed until next year. In the meantime we are hoping to tour the paintings around the Asian region to give the finalists extra visibility and publicity. The works of the 30 finalists will be exhibited at the Rotunda, Exchange Square in Hong Kong from the 18th to the 23rd of January 2010. During the exhibition, the judges will choose the winner of the US$25,000 prize who will be announced at the gala auction on the 27 January in Hong Kong where the remaining 29 finalists will be auctioned by Sotheby’s. The proceeds will be split between the artists and the charitable work of the Foundation.”

The Sovereign European Art Prize is still open for entries and the competition will close on the 15 January 2010. Entry is by nomination only by one of the Foundation’s “network of art experts”. For more details on entry, please click here.

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