Honorable Mention IPA 2014

International Photography Awards (IPA)
Honorable Mention PRO

IPA 2014 Honorable Mention
Nature : Other pro

On September 30, 2014 the International Photography Awards competition (IPA) announced Category Winners of 2014 Competition!

I am happy that my image : Follow the tracks  got rewarded with a Honorable Mention at the International Photography Awards (IPA) 2014.
I participated only with one image in Professional, Nature | Other , and although it is not amongst one of the price winning images, I am very pleased that the jury picked-out my image out of the thousands of other images.

This year, IPA received over 27.000 submissions from 104 countries across the globe

Congratulations to all the price winners and other Honorable Mentions, especially :
Marsel van Oosten, Ingrid Vekemans, Loulou Beavers, Wilco Dragt



Emptiness on the summit

– Emptiness –

Montagne des Allebasses Altitude, 1365 m. PNR Livradois Forez | Auvergne |France


The last couple of days I visited the summit of Montagne des Allebasses twice, and each time the weather conditions were totally different. This is what makes going back to the same location so interesting, it never looks the same and light conditions change very rapidly, especially when you’re on a high altitude. I just love walking into the emptiness with my snow shoes. The sound, the view of such a huge open space in-front of my eyes make me feel so small. Sometimes the overwhelming beauty of such a scenery, the emptiness around me can be difficult to capture in just one shot. It’s at that moment that I am happy to see lines in the field, or fox-tracks. I just want to follow these tracks and explore the same route this animal followed before I did. You can see the zigzag in the open field, wandering, looking for food. Following the route, it was important for me not to step into hidden holes the wetland is known to have underneath the snow. The trees on the summit were not totally covered with snow anymore, the warm temperatures had removed the heavy loads from the branches. But there was just enough left for me to capture the winter spirit.

On the second day there was a lot of wind and the sun was already very low. The summit did not only feel cold but it also looked very cold. The peaceful empty scene  of the day before had now transformed into a rough textured snow field. The wind was blowing the snow over the ground and the sunlight was changing fast with the moving clouds in the back. There was no use of putting on my tripod and because of the low angle I chose I had to be very careful not to get the full blast into the camera lens. And at one point I was not alone anymore, two people and a dog popped-up from behind, this made my ‘empty’ scene look totally different again. Summit-Montagne-des-Allebasses_12

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