Two Reunion photographers awarded Vidéastes de France awards

Two Reunion photographers awarded Vidéastes de France awards
Two Reunion photographers awarded Vidéastes de France awards

First edition and first medals for Reunion. The French Federation of Photography and Image Professions organized this year the first Videographers of France competition, awarding the title to the winners. This qualification honors the most artistically and technically developed professionals.
Among more than 80 candidates from all over France, Marie Cavelier and Frédéric Damour. These two professionals, based in the West of the island, were surprised to be titled, alongside 18 other photographers. “It’s a little pride and a sign of seriousness. This title now makes me want to go further by aiming for the Honor and Excellence titles (given to five candidates)shares the 26-year-old photographer. “It’s quite a recognition. I am keen to convey the emotion of what I film and to offer a poignant video. It works!”confides his colleague, aged 44.
More than an individual reward, these titles are, for candidates, a means of “give credit to the profession” in the words of the medalist. “Often, we have the image that it’s easy to be a videographer and that you can train as a self-taught person. We sometimes even confuse a videographer and a YouTuber”, argues Marie Cavelier, who is all the more delighted to obtain this qualification, having in mind becoming a trainer one day. “It’s great to have received feedback from a jury made up of professionals even more qualified than me. It’s an exchange within the profession”adds his award-winning counterpart.

THREE VIDEOS AS A SHOWCASE

To defend themselves, professionals had to register in one of four categories offered and present three videos of a defined time. Frédéric Damour, candidate in the wedding category, selected three teasers that he produced last year. “I didn’t shoot anything especially for the competition because the goal was to show my work. I wasn’t going to change my style, he explains. You recognize my touch and my sensitivity. I just varied the montages to present a broader technique.” It was essential for the self-taught photographer that the jury could appreciate know-how beyond talent.
Marie Cavelier chose videos with very different tones, symbols of her professional range. One focuses on an entrepreneur offering therapeutic baby baths and maternal care, another focuses on the daily life of a family and, finally, a last one on the introspection of a 24-year-old young man. “I chose the reporting category, since that’s what I mainly do, in addition to weddings. I was initially supposed to offer a birth video, my specialty, but that wasn’t possible, says the videographer. I had filmed the mother’s labor in the birthing center, but she was then transported to CHOR so I couldn’t finish this video.” Neither one nor two, the professional turns around and finds another subject linked to parenthood, through her portrait of an entrepreneur.
Reunion can thus boast of its talents, whose videos show the present in a moving way. Enough to convince young and old to let themselves be accompanied in intimate moments, from everyday life to birth, to always remember the beauty of life.

Léa Delaplace


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