Three photographers from Beauce win several prizes

Three photographers from Beauce win several prizes
Three photographers from Beauce win several prizes

Three photographers from Beauce, Liette Gilbert, Ariane Desbiens and Danielle Robinson stood out by winning a total of fourteen trophies as part of the Umencia international competition.

The awards ceremony took place during a special gala on May 4 at the Hôtel le Dauphin in Drummondville.

Liette Gilbert

Professional photographer Liette Gilbert, from Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce, was named photographer of the year and received the red diamond trophy. She is also the recipient of the yellow diamond trophy in the Artist category in digital painting and four other green diamond trophies in portrait, Fine Arts-Architecture and digital painting. She thus accumulates four gold medals, two silver and two bronze.

In addition, five of his images, among the 40 best in the competition, were selected to be part of the permanent collection. “ Although recently retired, I will still remain as passionate about photography and I intend to continue to get involved in competition. I am overwhelmed and grateful for all the awards received. The results of the 2024 Umencia competition are proving to be a big blessing to accompany my end of career! », mentioned the artist.

Ariane Desbiens

Professional photographer Ariane Desbiens from Saint-Georges – known as Ariann Photographe – was named Commercial Photographer of the Year (red diamond trophy) as well as recipient of a trophy in the main Commercial category (yellow diamond trophy). It also obtained three first places in the commercial categories – Beauty/Fashion, product and Vehicle (green diamond trophies – gold medals). She also won 3rd place in the Conceptual Illustration category and two of her images were chosen for the permanent collection.

She who always loves training, she simply thought of participating in the conferences given by Umencia, and “ didn’t expect to win so many awards at all. This is so amazing and a great learning opportunity “.

Danielle Robinson

Visual artist Danielle Robinson, from St-Joseph-de-Beauce, was participating in a photo competition for the first time. She won two gold medals and two green diamond trophies, in the Fine Arts-Landscape and Abstract categories; as well as a bronze medal in Conceptual Illustration; as a result, she obtained the yellow diamond trophy as winner of the Artist in Fine Arts category. Additionally, two of his images were selected to be part of the permanent collection.

She was surprised to be nominated, but is delighted with the awards received; especially since the jury is made up of photographers whose reputation is internationally recognized. “ I am overwhelmed with the awards given to me and grateful for the generosity of the speakers we met. This makes me want to invest more. I want to put into practice the lessons we have received », underlined Ms. Robinson.

What is Umencia?

The Umencia Congress, which took place on May 3-4 and 5, included conferences from various fields of photography, a photo critique allowing participants to improve for the next year, as well as the competition awards gala.

This is the first year for this photography competition which recognizes the talent and skill of professional and amateur photographers around the world. Photographers could submit four images for each of the three major categories, namely Portrait, Commercial and Artist, which are also divided into several subcategories. Founded by photographic artist Christine Giroux, the competition believes in the power of photography to transcend borders, broaden perspectives and promote cross-cultural understanding.

All photographs were evaluated by world-renowned judges based on five criteria: composition, creativity, lighting, story and technique.

The competition is also renewed and registrations for the portrait category have started and are accessible on the competition website.

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