Wednesday, August 18, 2010

It's An Honor Just to be Nominated

Friends, I am so thrilled to share the exciting news with you that I have once again been recognized in the photo industry! This time with a nomination in the People Category at the 4th Annual Photography Masters Cup - The International Award Honoring Color Photography.

What humbles me the most is the prestigious group of jurors reviewing the thousands and thousands of entries. As the website states, "Photography Masters Cup has been committed to bringing world-class juries selected from the most influential names in the industry. Today it is recognized around the world as the most renowned body of its kind, dedicated to honoring the highest achievements in color photography. All Jury members review and vote on the entries and judge the images based on artistic merit, originality, subject, style and ultimately decide the winners." They are literally some of the greatest names in photography, publishing and advertising. While you can see the entire list here, the jurors include, among others, the Directors of Photography from Vogue UK, Getty Images, National Geographic, Christie's, Kodak and the National Museum of Singapore and Editors from Esquire, ParisArt and Taschen. I honestly have no words.

This is the image that garnered the nomination and here are a few words that I wrote to accompany it:

Working It

I take pictures because I love to hold on to memories. I think that the world exists beyond the bounds of what we can see and I am always searching for those moments that may be familiar but are also unexpected. I take my camera with me every where I go. My choice of what to photograph comes from an intuitive place and it’s fueled by a truly insatiable curiosity to take part in the stories that unfold around me.

I took this photograph in the French Quarter in post-Katrina New Orleans while I was down were there for Jazz Fest. One morning before the festival I decided to go for a walk with my camera. It was before lunch and I turned down a random street that was seemingly abandoned when I came upon this woman in the doorway of a club. I was struck by how comfortable she seemed sitting in broad daylight, relatively early in the day in her neon outfit and dancing shoes but the way she held her hand to her face evoked such sadness. I felt sorry for her and intrigued by her at the same time. I imagined many stories about this woman who looked to be about my age. I still think about her and how her life might be.


And here's a copy of the Press Release.



LONDON August 16, 2010 - Professional photographer Monica L. Shulman of the United States was presented with the 4th Annual Photography Masters Cup Nominee title in the category of "People" at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photo Show attended by over 40,000 online viewers who logged on live from 154 countries to see the climax of the industry's most important event for color photography.

The awards international Jury included captains of the industry ranging from Christie's in New York, National Geographic Channel, Fox Broadcasting Company, Amsterdam Worldwide, Kodak USA to Esquire in London who honored Color Masters with 235 coveted title awards in 31 categories. The judges reviewed thousands of images submitted from every corner of the globe online for eight weeks before making their final nominations and Monica L. Shulman's "Working It," an exceptional image entered in the "People" category, received a high percentage of votes overall.

"The Masters Cup celebrates photographers who operate at the highest levels of their craft," said Basil O'Brien, the awards Creative Director. "Monica Shulman's work represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we're pleased to present her with the title of Nominee."

See the 4th Annual Winners & Nominees at

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERS CUP is the leading international award honoring excellence in color 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 color photography.

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