"White Horse"? ©Bev Pettit
The "Prix de la Photographie, Paris" (Px3) strives to promote the appreciation of photography, to discover emerging talent, and introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris. Paris Photography Prize (Px3) was created by the founders of International Photography Awards in 2008, since then Px3 has become one of the most important European Photography competition.
White color trilogy Photography COMPETITION: Inspired by and in tribute to Polish Filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski's 1990s"Three Colors" trilogy, Px3 is conduct a three- year, three-color themed competition. The first color was blue and this year theme is White.
The 1st Place winner: Bev Pettit for " White Horse"
United States Category: Professional
Bev Pettit is an internationally published and award winning photographer specializing in equine, landscape and western lifestyle photography. Although she has lived, traveled and worked throughout Asia, Europe and South America, she always knew that her love of horses and the life of the American cowboy would draw her back to her adopted home of Arizona. Pettits photographs have been seen in publications such as Arizona Highways, Nature Photographer, Cowboys & Indians, South African Sport Horse, Lenswork, Black and White Magazine, Business Traveller Asia and Ranch & Reata to name a few. Her prints grace the walls of private collectors worldwide.
The 2nd Place winner: Christian Bobst for " L´or blanc du Lac Rose"
Switzerland Category: Professional
Entry Description: It is hard work, much too hard. If I could, I would stop tomorrow, but I have a family to feed, says Mame Thierno Fael, one of many salt miners on Lake Retba in Senegal. The small lake is 30 kilometers outside of Dakar. Due to its peculiar color, it is also called Lac Rose. It is so strongly saturated with salt that the mineral sinks to the bottom of the lake. Anyone has the right to harvest this salt because this lake is common property. In order not to upset the delicate ecological balance, this salt has to be obtained by hand. The salt minors work with spades, baskets and boats to obtain the precious mineral from the water. They work 6 to 8 hours daily to fill one boat, which earns them the rough equivalent of 30 USD. Once the salt loaded boats have landed, the freight gets carried up the shore in plastic buckets. The salt is then piled up to form small mountains. This hard manual work at a lake with a salt-saturation of about 40% threatens the workers health. Salt attacks their skin, it dehydrates the body and dessicates the mucuous membrane. It is the intermediate trade that gains substantially from the gaining of the precious salt from the lake: the best quality is sold to gourmets in the wide world at 36 USD per kilo.
The 3rd Place winner: Troi Anderson for "Ancestral Song"
United States Category: Non-Professional
Entry Description: As a photographer I seek to understand people through the images that arise during the course of my travels. In the last several years I have focused on religious ceremony and ritual in Latin America and the Caribbean. The aim is to represent the great depth of cathartic human emotion in its desire for transcendence. In this regard, the devotional rites are always in measure to the difficult existence found in Haiti and Venezuela. Yet this adversity is at the heart with which these societies approach the sacred act. In the impoverished regions of the world survival can rely little on material wealth. Instead, the creation of an inner strength that binds the individual to the communal is served through ceremony. These cyclic processes of purification, worship and sacrifice provide a living connection with the psychic heritage of a people and place torn apart during colonial times. This lineage is the psychological groundwork that has lasted centuries of persecution. Intensely spiritual, devoted to the ancestral spirits and expressing deep belief in the elemental power of nature, these rites are a repository of moral, philosophical and spiritual knowledge that has remained in the face of violent suppression. It is this enduring trait that I see as a supreme expression of the human essence. Its vital strength and unsettling beauty rooted in the intangible mysteries it embraces.