If you’re into photography, you are probably aware of the yearly World Press Photo awards and subsequent exhibitions.
The 2009 winners gallery has recently been published and I’m glad to see a few Polish photographers made it to the top 3 in a few categories. Wojciech Grzedzinski’s picture of the Georgian Conflict or Tomasz Gudzowaty’s Mongolian Child Jockey are some of the 104 Polish entries this year which got noticed by the jury. (I won’t reproduce them here for copyright reasons, hence the links to the WPF website).
When you look at the amazing quality of the pictures submitted by the finest photographers from around the world, it’s actually quite a fantastic achievement to get noticed in five different categories.
One of the less immediately obvious winners (he was a runner-up in the Daily Life category, to be precise) was Tomasz Wiech and his study of life in large corporations based in Kraków in Poland.
When seen separately they look like casual office snaps uploaded to Flickr, but when studied together they paint a rather bleak picture of life in a large international corporation: open-plan offices, bland interiors, bored faces in meetings, desperate attempts to enliven dead spaces on the outskirts of a culturally rich and vibrant city.
As a budding photographer all I can say I wish one day I could get noticed too….
Image © Binder.donedat via Flickr used under CC licence