Honorable Mention: Environmental Portrait
by Anna Ajtner, Netherlands.

Anna Ajtner

Award-winning photography by Anna Ajtner

AJTNER FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY & AJTNER FINE ART GALLERY Founder - “Through a Mother’s & Father’s Eyes” - Photo contest & Photo Festival Europaweg 38 7742PR Vieghuis Coevorden KvK 68660642 BTW NL448038092B01 ajtnerfineart@gmail.com +31623809932 www.ajtnerfineart.com I started my education in this field in the years 1989 – 1993 at the State High School of Fine Arts in Bydgoszcz (Poland) and I gained there the title of technician of art, with the specialty of arranging exhibitions. In the years 1993 – 1998 I studied artistic pedagogy at the Fine Arts Faculty of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun (Poland). There I graduated and I got my Master’s Degree in painting in 1998. After the graduation I developed my artistic activity in the fields of painting, photography and video. Important Exhibitions: 2012 - BWA Bydgoszcz Poligonum/Poland 2012 - Polish Art Festival Limerick/Ireland 2012 - FineLife Warszawa/Poland 2012 - Galeria ZPAF Warszawa/Poland 2013 - Series exhibitions : Through a Mother’s Eyes /Poland 2015 -2016 Fotofever Paris/France 2017 - Silver Medal and Expo on International Photo Festiwal in Overpelt/Belgie 2017 - Exhibition in Paris/France 2017 - Exhibition in Amsterdam/Netherlands 2017 - GUP Magazine - Exhibition Dutch Photo Talent 2018 - Amsterdam/Netherlands 2019 - F R E S H E Y E S Book - The First European Photography Talent Book /first edition!/ Photo Basel & Photo-festival at Arles - France 2019 - Amsterdam International Art Fair Contests: ScanDisk, Panasonic, National Geographic. Publications: The Imaginatium, FullFrame, LensFolio, PhotoVogue, Adore Noir Magazine, SHOT Magazine, Child Photo Competition - winner 1st place 2014 Child Photo Competition winner 1st & 3th place 2016 ToDobryKurs - winner 1st place 2017 Silver Medal and Expo on International Photo Festiwal in Overpelt/Belgie Books: WERKDRUCK No. 43 - Anna Ajtner Editor: Jock Sturges, Galerie Vevais - Berlin - Publisher - Alexander Scholz New Dutch Photo Talent Book 2018 2019 - F R E S H E Y E S Book - The First European Photography Talent Book /first edition!/ Photo Basel & Photo-festival at Arles - France MAD WORLD MOVIE - Publisher & Editor: Karsten Wolf 2018 Work: AJTNER FINE ART GALLERY /2016, 2017, 2018, 2019/ - arranging workshops & exhibition/ session - portret photo’s The Rosinenbomber - Rosinenbomber Publishing /2017, 2018, 2019 / - Rosinenbomber Production -/MAD WORLD MOVIE & Book/ Design, Art Director, Photography cover CD, movie, videoclip, portret photography, social media, product photo’s, webshop/ https://shop.the-rosinenbomber.de Candy Productions 2018/2019 - cover CD, movie, videoclip, portret photography, social media, product photo’s FOOTY.NL /2017,2018,2019/ - sport photography FOTOWORKSHOPS for Paulina Duczman -/2018/ - host, portret photography Through a Mother’s Eyes - Founder - Contests & Photo Festival /Arranging photofestival, exhibitions & photo competitions - Through a Mother's & Father’s Eyes Photography - jury, host, promotions, social media,/ 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018,2019/ "Through a mother's eyes photography" The title of this exhibition comes from the name of an international photo group. The group was established 2013 and is still growing. It was created for the purpose of an exhibition which travelled Poland. The creator and curator of the exhibition was Anna Ajtner and of course the mothers who contributed their photographs. Since its beginning the group has been exclusively represented by photographing mothers who record and interpret their child's childhood. The authors are often the winners of prestigious photographic prizes. There are over 3000 (!) active photographers from all over the world at "Through a mother's eyes photography". links/portfolio: https://www.ajtnerfineart.com https://www.facebook.com/anna.ajtner.1 https://www.facebook.com/Anna-Ajtner-Photography-151411741605488/ http://galerievevais.de/products/item.werkdruck_43.html https://photovogue.artandcommerce.com/artist-detail.php?artist_id=459 http://www.vogue.it/photovogue/portfolio/?id=47 https://www.lensculture.com/anna-ajtner-2 https://childphotocompetition.com/interview-anna-ajtner/ http://www.internetgazet.be/overpelt/internationaal-fotofestival-geopend.aspx http://www.equilifeworld.com/lifestyle/annas-daughter-anna-ajtners-photography/ http://fotostudio- eindhoven.nl/2017/03/13/workshops-anna-ajtner-fotografie-bijfotostudio-eindhoven-nl/ https://www.dodho.com/sandra-by-anna-ajtner/ http://www.imagenation.it/paris "...One of the things that draws me to a new artist is evidence of something I think of as creative frenzy. An artist thus engaged resembles nothing quite so much as a potvigorously boiling over. When this is evident over a long time-span it becomes clear that the work owns the artist as opposed to the artist being in control. In the worst of cases this phenomenon can be exhausting and pernicious, but, in the best, transcendent and joyful. What’s most important though is that in such cases the sheer volume of the work so practices the hand and the eye and heart behind, that the work inevitably becomes more and more refined. This elevates the effort to a rare degree. Anna is such a one – joyful and passionate. I’ve been aware of her work for several years now and I realised early on that her photography owned her completely. She produces new images in volume almost every single day and often posts them only lightly edited. Thus the structure of her shoots and the thought processes behind them and the models’ evolving participation in each of them are there to see – interesting reading in every case. Anna was educated in the State High School of Fine Arts in Bydgoszcz, Poland with an emphasis on curatorial sciences. She went on to receive a masters degree in painting at the Fine Arts Faculty of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. She has since pursued a career organising and curating art exhibits (including her own) and teaching art and photography to all ages of children. Importantly, three years after the birth of her second child, the family moved to a very rural area in central western Poland. This pastoral context was perfect for raising children and for photographing them as well. It is thus no surprise that in a number of her pictures we see her daughter appearing to have sunk into and almost become part of the earth. Her beauty and the natural world that surrounds and supports her resonate with an other-worldly harmony. Annaʼs images are intimate, playful, passionate and relentlessly beautiful – as fine a collaboration as I have seen in some time. I have every suspicion that this small book is just the first in a continuing series. Here the story begins but there is so much more to come." Jock Sturges Antwerpen, 2014 http://www.galerievevais.de/products/item.werkdruck_43.html daughter Sandra wearing those old fashioned Halcyon (TM) goggles. It fit very well to the retro sound of the band and that particular song. So I asked Anna for permission to use the photo for the cover, and when the CD was publis- hed, “MAD WORLD MOVIE started with just one photograph. In summer 2016 we had recorded the song „Mad World“ with The Rosinenbomber. Looking for a cover photo for the CD, I came across that black & white photograph from Anna Ajtner showing her mother and daughter liked it, and so did our fans. After New Year 2017 we spoke with Sandra’s Mama about making a music video together with Sandra where she would play those parts in the song about children, school and dreams. None of us had done such a project before, so one can say it was a „start-up“ for both sides. The script of the movie (as we called the video from now on) was rather rough with a lot of space, and in Febru- ary we started filming the school, birthday and toy plane scenes in Holland. Then followed a se- ries of pictures in the photo studio with the goggles and toy planes, which were to become key elements in the movie. Those photographs were later also featured on and inside the CD sleeve. In April we went to the legendary Can-Studio at Deutsches Rock’n Popmuseum Gronau and filmed the scenes with the band. For Sandra it was the first time she went to a music studio. We did not record anything at that session but had a chance to do some rehearsal together. Anna documented it in the photographs reproduced in this book. Since the original ending of the script with Sandra taking part in a live concert in May was not meant to be, we had to come up with a new ending. So we decided to continue the musical work and went to Fox Music Studios (Germany) in July. This time we not only filmed but actually recor- ded some music. We created vocal overdubs for „Mad World“ as well as „Sad Song“, which was to become Sandra’s debut song. CD and movie were released in October 2017. The CD cover features the photograph „The bird“, taken about the same time the band did the initial recordings in summer 2016. The DVD cover shows „To half“, which was taken summer 2017 right after the end of the production. The idea of a picture book was already there at the very first meeting, but it was not before the end of 2017 that we could actually put it all together. In the exclusive box it now contains the whole project. There are no words for me to express the joy, honor and gratitude I feel about creating this project together with Anna and Sandra. So let this project, which by the way is a true Polish-Ger- man cooperation, speak for itself! Share the creativity and good vibes we were to receive in the making of it.” Karsten Wolff ,Amsterdam, 20147

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