Thursday, May 13, 2010

Exercise Your Right

On a wing and a prayer I entered the KL Photo Awards, and out of nearly 1,700 submissions from 38 countries one of my portraits from India was selected as a Top 40 finalist. I can't quit pinching myself!

Technicolor Dreamcoat [Jaisalmer, Rajasthan]
Entry No. 3

India is unquestionably rich with endless photo ops, and I beamed watching clothes and skin morph into technicolor dreamcoats. I spent every second in awe of the vivid people and their undeniably unique personas.

Everyone seemed beautiful and interesting enough to warrant a portrait of his or her own, and I can only hope my efforts would make this woman proud. I've had a few people ask whether or not she granted permission of this photo. I use eye contact and communication—often gestural due to language barriers—to consciously know I have complete consent in every click. Otherwise my Catholic guilt would ride me till eternity!

The judges will soon announce the winners, but entries are also subjected to a People's Choice vote à la American Idol. This is such an exciting category, so please support the artists by taking a few seconds to vote for your favorite [once per computer, but smart phones give double the ammo!]. Polls close this Sunday, May 16th and the top three contenders, myself included, are neck and neck — it really is anyone's shot.

[Update: My photo will be on display at The Annexe Gallery in Kuala Lumpur through June 6th, 2010. I was awarded the People's Choice Award and want to thank everyone for their support!]

13 comments:

Cajun (Expat) Malaysians said...

We are all soooo proud of you... Please everyone help out by voting. It only takes a second. You do not have to sign in or anything. Help us help a fellow expat and Loo Zee Anna girl!! We are all so proud of you.... We love you girl.....
Team Vondey!!! xx

The Lil Bee said...

Congratulations, Courtney! That is such an honor and your photo is beautiful. I will be rooting for you!! xo

Yoli said...

Congratulations!!! I voted for you and as of now you are still in the lead!

Courtney said...

Thanks guys :)

sashyjane said...

Wow!! That is absolutely gorgeous!

Cajun (Expat) Malaysians said...

COME ON GUYS VOTE VOTE VOTE, WE NEED TO GET COURT A BETTER LEAD!!!!!!

Heather said...

What a lovely photo. It's so interesting in India how people don't like to smile for the cameras. When I was there people would be laughing and having a great time, then when you asked to take their photo they would put on a very serious, respectable face. The colors and people everywhere are just divine, but you've done an exceptional job here capturing the colors of her outfit with the contrast of the script in the background. Just lovely!

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Frau said...

Amazing photo....off to vote!

Jessica said...

Congrats Courtney!

Rachael said...

YAY! You've made it...!! Congratulations on winning!! :-D Now I can't wait to see you tote around that Billingham bag! ;-)

Courtney said...

You guys, rock. We did it!!!! Love to you all. xx

Lauren said...

Congrats!! Yours really was my favorite!

ticklishfromadistance said...

This is gorgeous.