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“Desert Cathedral”



International Color Awards – Winner Announcement

LOS ANGELES, March 11, 2019 – Professional photographer Torleif Lie of Norway was presented with an Honorable Mention and two Nominee titles in the 12th Annual International Color Awards at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow Saturday, March 9, 2019. 12th Annual Winners Gallery

The gala was attended by 11,829 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for color photography.

The Jury represented the industry’s biggest names and tastemakers including Sotheby’s, New York; Benetton, Ponzano Veneto; The Art Channel, London; Kolle Rebbe, Hamburg; Droga5, New York; Preus Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Forsman & Bodenfors, Gothenburg; Wieden & Kennedy, Portland; Fox Broadcasting Network, Los Angeles; Gallery Kong, Seoul; and Phillips, New York.

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,241 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. Torleif’s “Desert Cathedral,” an exceptional image entered in the Nature category, represents color photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the award.”

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography.

“I am deeply honored by being among the winners in the 12th Annual International Color Awards.  I feel privileged to have my work showcased alongside such talented and creative artists. Thank you International Color Awards for the chance to show our work on an international stage and big thank you to the incredible judges for their time.”



For thirteen years International Color Awards has been committed to bringing you world-class Juries selected from the most influential names in the industry. Annually a new jury pool is created to ensure the program’s reputation for recognizing first-movers, new emerging talent and current trends across the industry. Jury members are selected by exclusive invitation to join the international panel and sent ballots to log on, review the entries and make their nomination selections. Only by having the greatest talent from both sides of the lens do we produce the intoxicating and diverse collections of color photography the program is renowned around the globe for showcasing.


SOTHEBY’S – New York

Aimee Pflieger, Specialist, Head of Sale Photographs

Aimee Pflieger joined Sotheby’s Photographs department in 2015, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in Modern and Contemporary Photographs after more than 20 years in the art market. As a Specialist and Head of Sale, Ms. Pflieger is closely involved in providing auction estimates, cataloguing, research, and preparing fair market value, charitable donation, and insurance appraisals. Ms. Pflieger has held senior positions at a number of galleries and auction houses in Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York, working not only with photographs but also with paintings, sculpture, and prints, providing her with a far-reaching and holistic familiarity of 19th and 20th century art. She began her career at the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University, where she was responsible for the inventory of the Art Sinsabaugh and Henry Holmes Smith photographic archives. She has curated exhibitions of photographs from Chicago’s Institute of Design, early works by Ray K. Metzker, and photograms by Theodore Roszak. Over the past decade, Ms. Pflieger has lectured on the Contemporary Photography market and has appeared for several seasons as an expert appraiser of photography on the WBGH series Antiques Roadshow, for which she appraised the highest valued photographs in the programme’s history. Ms. Pflieger graduated from Indiana University with a M.A. in Art History with a specialization in the history of photography.



Tonya Douraghy, Art Director

Tonya Douraghy is based in Brooklyn and currently the Art Director of Vanity Fair magazine. Previously worked for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. Tonya studied visual communication at the University of California Davis and holds an MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been awarded by The Art Director’s Club, D&AD, The Type Director’s Club, and The Society of Publication Designers, among others.



Magda Danysz, Founder

The Magda Danysz Gallery represents the most interesting artists of her generation and by doing so has developed a strong relationship with them. The gallery’s first ambition is to support the artists work by exhibiting them and participating actively in their ambitious production projects. It is through all these exhibitions that the gallery is now able to offer the best selection of artworks for collectors. With over 20 years of existence, the gallery has expanded from its original urban art knowledge into mainstream fine art, in fields like painting, Chinese contemporary art, photography, video, sculpture, and many others. As a talent discoverer, Magda Danysz was the first to introduce in Paris, and later on Shanghai, the works of Shepard Fairey (Obey), Mark Ryden, JR, VHILS or Prune Nourry. With monthly exhibitions, Magda Danysz offers a rich program in her galleries. She is also organizing part many outside shows and supports the production of museum exhibitions for the artists she represents. Recognized as one of the most dynamic galleries on the international contemporary art scene, it always presents innovative projects and new artworks.



Eliza Osborne, Deputy Director

As Deputy Director, Eliza oversees the VIP Program, manages strategic partnerships, and further strengthens the fair’s relationships with collectors, galleries, and institutions worldwide. Eliza joined The Armory Show in May 2018. From 2014-2018, Osborne has served as the Executive Director for the Centre Pompidou Foundation, an American not-for-profit dedicated to supporting the Centre Georges Pompidou. Prior to her role at the Centre Pompidou Foundation, Osborne held executive positions at Sotheby’s in the Client Loyalty, Business Development and Bid departments in New York. Most recently, Osborne served as Vice President of Client and Business Development at Sotheby’s Los Angeles, where she successfully developed a portfolio of new West Coast clients for the auction house. Osborne holds a M.A. in French Literature from Middlebury College and a B.A. in Art History from Smith College. In 2016 she was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for her contribution to the arts in France.


BENETTON – Ponzano Veneto

Oliviero Toscani, Art Director

Oliviero Toscani, is internationally renowned as the creative force behind some of the world’s most successful brands, creating through the years corporate images and advertising campaigns for companies such as Esprit, Chanel, Fiorucci, Prenatal and many more. He collaborated as fashion photographer for international magazines like Elle, Vogue, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, Stern, Liberation and many more. From 1982 to 2000 he built the identity, corporate image, communication strategy and online presence of United Colors of Benetton transforming it into one of the world’s most recognized brands. He also created Playlife, Benetton’s sportswear line. In 1990 he conceived, created and directed Colors, the world’s first global magazine, making it a cult magazine soon to be followed by editorial and communication forefront runners from all around the world. In 1993, he invented, founded and directed Fabrica, the international center for arts and modern communication research. Japanese architect Tadao Ando was commissioned by Toscani to design the school. Fabrica, under the watchful supervision of Toscani, produced books, television programs, editorial projects and exhibitions for clients such as the United Nations, UNHCR, La Repubblica, ARTE, MTV, RAI and movies that won three jury prices at Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals. Toscani’s work has been exhibited at the Biennale of Venice, Triennale of Milan and museums of modern art in Mexico City, Helsinky, Rome, Lausanne, Frankfurt, San Paolo and other cities. He has been awarded four Lions d’Or at the Cannes Festival, the Unesco Grand Prix, two Grand Prix d’Affichage and several Art Directors Club in cities such as New York, Tokyo, Berlin, Milan. In 2007 he was praised as the Creative Hero at the Saatchi & Saatchi Cleo Hero Show. In 1999 and 2000 Toscani was the creative director of Talk Miramax in New York. Through the years he also contributed to the creation of various television programs and directed short films on social problems like anorexia, osteoporosis and juvenile violence. In 2005, after decades of innovation in editorial, advertising, film and television, Toscani founded La Sterpaia. Since 2006 the art director of ‘Music Box’, an interactive music channel, from which he also conducts ‘CAMERAOSCURA’, a unique talkshow. In 2009 he curated the exhibition ‘WORKWEAR. WORK FASHION SEDUCTION’ for the 75th anniversary of Pitti Uomo. Toscani returned as creative visionary and Art Director of Benetton 2017.



Rachel Peart, Specialist Photographs

Rachel joined Phillips in 2015 after eight years in the auction industry. She previously served as the Director of Photographs at Heritage Auctions, working with Photographs, Fine Art, and Historical collections around the United States and holding auctions in Los Angeles, Dallas, and New York. During her tenure, she brought numerous private and corporate collections to the photographs, modern, and contemporary markets. She has continued her growth in this role working closely with collectors and focusing on appraisals within the department. Most recently she managed the exhibition That Day: Laura Wilson, Pictures in the American West which was on view in New York from January – February 2017. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and previously held a position assisting the Registrar at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.



Joshua White, Founder

Joshua White is a presenter and producer on The Art Channel which films and reviews exhibitions of contemporary art. He teaches at Christie’s Education in London where he runs The London Art Course, a modern and contemporary art programme. Elsewhere, he has lectured for The Tate Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, The Design Museum and Sotheby’s Institute. Joshua is also a writer who has been published by the BBC, The FT, Christie’s and Flash Art.


AKQA – London

Oscar Wong, Creative Lead / Art Director (Nike)

A passionate and multi-disciplinary creative with over 10 years of professional experience in creative, digital, branding and advertising industries – from creating advertising and digital campaigns, to develop brand communications, art direction and photography. Currently working as Art Director at the global ideas and innovation agency AKQA. Throughout my career in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and China, I have worked with the most talented designers, photographers, advertisers and branding experts in the industry, interacting to inspire each other; I have worked for an array of international and local brands, elevating their values with my creative solutions.



Richard Yiu, Director

Art Beatus Gallery was established in Hong Kong in 1992 to promote modern and contemporary art. In 1996, we set up a second gallery space in Vancouver, Canada while re-balancing our focus mainly on contemporary art and showcasing artists of Chinese origin from around the world in China and internationally. It was at a juncture of time when the world art scene paid little attention to this group of talented artists. Our efforts was subsequently well acknowledged. In recent years, our attention has been broadened to include aspiring art practitioners from other Asian countries.



Christopher Aldgate, Head of Exhibition Design and Production

Whitechapel Gallery’s history is a history of firsts: in 1939 Picasso’s masterpiece, Guernica was displayed at the Whitechapel Gallery on its first and only visit to Britain; in 1958 the Gallery presented the first major show in Britain of American abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock; and in 1970 and 1971 the first shows of David Hockney, Gilbert & George and Richard Long were staged to great acclaim. Exhibitions in the 1980s and 90s included Donald Judd, Cy Twombly. Cindy Sherman and Lucian Freud. From 2000, the Gallery has shown Liam Gillick, Nan Goldin, Cristina Iglesias, Paul McCarthy, Mark Wallinger and Franz West.


OPIOM GALLERY – Alpes-Maritimes

Eve Janprasert, Director

Situated in the vicinity of Cannes, OPIOM Gallery brings to our scrutiny a curated selection of artists articulated through two mediums only: Photography and Sculpture. The gallery’s program oscillates between emerging and established artists, all of whom demonstrate a willingness to unravel and push forward their medium of choice. From traditional photography to digital art, from bronze mesh to forged steel, all of them have passion and authenticity for common grounds. Alongside temporary exhibitions, a dedicated floor features a display of significant new works by each represented artist, on a year-round basis.



Caroline Gentsch, Specialist Contemporary Art

Founded in 1973 by major proponent of French contemporary art Pierre Cornette de Saint Cyr and his two sons Bertrand and Arnaud, the bijou Paris auction house expanded to Brussels in 2012 and excels across categories, from Ancient Art and Old Masters, Contemporary Art, Fashion and Photography. Caroline Gentsch is a Specialist of Contemporary Art at the Brussels auction house and an independent expert for the European Commission and for the French Community of Belgium. Assessing the possibilities and benefits to consolidate their position in the field of contemporary art on a national, European and an international level, studying the practical possibilities for art professionals.


LINTAS – Lisbon

Tiago Pinto, Art Director

Tiago Pinto is an advertising creative from Lisbon, Portugal devoted to create brand experiences that place brands on people’s sweet spot. His work as an art director includes campaigns for cars to pharmaceuticals, cigarettes to liquor brands and retail, on agencies such as McCann Portugal, StrawberryFrog Amsterdam, G2 Amsterdam (Grey Group) and Duda Portugal. Tiago’s work has been awarded and recognized at Caples International Awards (NY), Golden Award of Montreux (CH) and the Portuguese Creative Club, amongst others. He’s proud to have seen his personal work hanging on the walls of galleries from Belgium to the UK and USA.



Ab Sier, Owner

As Chairman and Executive Director of BFN, the professional photographers association of the Netherlands, Ab Sier was responsible for directing the organization to a new digital platform and expansion of partnerships, donors and sponsors from 2006 to 2012. Founder of Sierbeeld Imagemakers, a commercial photography and image advisory service, Ab Sier brings thirty years of professional experience in creative photographic arts to International Color Awards Jury.



Grace K.H. Kong, Founder

Gallery KONG, located in the main Samcheong art district in Seoul, was founded by owner Grace K.H. Kong in 2005. Its principal focus is the representation of an international group of emerging and established contemporary artists, whose diverse practices include photography, installation, and new media art. The gallery represents established international artists like Erwin Olaf, Michael Kenna, Bae Bien-U, Bernard Faucon, Joel Mayerowitz, Sandy Skoglund, and Gregory Scott, along with young emerging artists like Jung Yeon Min, Nathan Harger, Ruo Bing Chen, and Hye-Jin Shin. In recognition of its outstanding contributions to the advancement of Korean contemporary photography, Gallery KONG was invited to serve as a portfolio reviewer for the first Daegu Photo Biennale in 2008. With its participation in the first Paris Photo L.A. event from April 26 to 28, 2013, Gallery KONG received rave reviews among various world-renowned galleries for the excellent selection of artwork it exhibited from artists in Asia and western countries. Art in America selected it as one of the top galleries at the event.



Sara Sandstrom Nilsson, Director

Sara Sandstrom Nilsson is one of the directors and owners of Galleri Andersson/Sandstrom, Sweden’s largest gallery with locations in Umea and in Stockholm. The gallery focuses on international and Scandinavian contemporary art and represents artists such as Tony Cragg, Maria Friberg, Antony Gormley, Eva Hild, Jaume Plensa, Ian McKeever, and Enrique Martinez Celaya. The gallery has a special interest in outdoor sculpture and public commissions and has participated at art fairs in Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Miami. Andersson and Sandstrom are the founders and part owners of the art fair MARKET in Stockholm, a fair which has been arranged since 2005. Since 1994, the gallery has been curator and organizer of the sculpture park Umedalen Skulptur, together with real estate company Balticgruppen, who owns and finances the project. Sara Sandstrom Nilsson has been the president of the Swedish Gallery Association, a member of the board of the State Arts Council, the Swedish Arts and Business Association, and is currently a board member of the Bildmuseet in Umea and the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation.


NETFLIX – Los Angeles

Tomasz Opasinski, Creative Lead/Product Imagery Innovation

Entertainment Advertising Creative Director, author and independent consultant in over 560 campaigns for Hollywood Entertainment Advertising Agencies and Movie Studios. Participant, winner and juror of numerous national and international competitions.



Lizzy Oppenheimer, Editor in Chief & Creative Director

Lizzy Oppenheimer is currently the Editor in Chief & Creative Director of NicOtiNe magazine and the Senior Photo Editor at InStyle. She was previously the Senior Photo Editor at Refinery29 and the Photo & Bookings Editor at Marie Claire.



Arnab Biswas, Creative Director

I have spent the last 15 years at some of the most creative agencies on two different continents working across disciplines, categories and touch points, every bit as diverse as those markets. Throughout my career I have been awarded at major regional and global shows including Cannes Lions, The One Show, D&AD, London International award, Eurobest, ADC (New York), ADC (Germany), Epica, New York Festival, Asia Pacific Awards, Spikes Asia Awards, Ad Star, and Goa Fest etc. I was also been featured in “Communication Arts”, the “Work”, “Ogilvy RED HOT” magazine, Luerzers archive as well as ranked as one of the “hottest creative’s in Asia in 2010” ( Source 2010 Campaign Brief Asia magazine). My judging experience includes Adstars 2018, Jury at the 12th annual show international colour awards (honouring colour photography). As Creative Director, I have led a multi-disciplinary team across a wide client base such as Samsung, Sony, Pepsi, Reebok, Vodafone, Sprite, Motorola, Perfetti Van Melle, WWF and many more national and international brands.



Andreas Panagiotopoulos, Art Director

An all-round creative who cherishes well-crafted executions and meaningful communication. Dedicated to composing brand stories for the digital era. Has a sweet tooth for detail, pixel-perfect design and problem solving. A digital-minded strategist dedicated to building and nurturing ecosystems and brand identities. Although digital at heart, currently also serving as a film director fleshing out film commercials, solving tricky productions, and directing on set. Client list includes: Volvo Cars, SCA, Mini, Zenuity, Stena Line, Scania, Sverige Radio, E.ON, Carlsberg, Volvo Trucks, JKL, SKF, Renault, The Florence Academy Of Art, Arctic Paper, The ANDYs.



Nathalie Kirsheh, Creative Director

A New York native, Nathalie is the Creative Director of both the GLAMOUR and SELF brands where she applies visual branding across multiple platforms. She has culled experience across a broad range of subjects and genres including fashion, beauty, travel, entertainment, science and business. She was previously the Design Director of DETAILS magazine. Over the past 16 years, Nathalie has worked on titles such as Details, W, Jewelry W, Seventeen and Popular Science. She has worked on assignments for David Yurman and has designed books for Rizzoli as well as American Photography. Clients also include DuJour Media, Victoria’s Secret and Entrepreneur magazine. In addition to her print and digital work, she has worked on title sequence creative direction for Hadley Productions. She is an avid member of the TDC, AIGA, ADC and SPD where she has served as President on the Board of Directors as well as Chair and Judge for competition juries. She has judged for the Advertising & Design Club of Canada and the Art Directors Club (The One Club). Nathalie Kirsheh’s awards include Design Finalist for the American Society of Magazine Editors 2012, Communication Arts for Book Design 2013, the Type Directors Club General Excellence 2007 & 2008, Communication Arts General Excellence 2003, The Society of Publication Designers Gold and Silver winner. Kirsheh has lectured and critiqued for New York University, the School of Visual Arts, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Pace University and The Graphic Arts Institute of Denmark and Norway’s magazine design conference in addition to serving on the faculty as a mentor for The Art Institute.



Hanne Holm-Johnsen, Senior Curator

Senior curator at Preus Museum, the national museum of Photography in Norway and one of Europe’s finest international historic collections of images, technical equipment and books. Hanne’s background is the History of Art from the universities of Munich and Oslo; Director of the Oslo Art Society between 1988-92; Artistic Director at the Photographers Gallery in Oslo 1992-96; and Preus Museum since 1997. She has curated exhibitions, both contemporary and historic. The latest #Me. From Self-portrait to Selfie (2.10 2016 – 12.3 2017) at Preus Museum. Her specialty is International Pictorialism and Norwegian history of photography with emphasis on photography as art after WWII. She has written several articles on photography for catalogues and books.



Angie Davey Booker, Creative Director

Eyestorm is a leading online retailer and publisher of limited edition contemporary art, offering work by both established and emerging artists. Angie Davey has been with Eyestorm since 2003. After completing a BA (hons) degree in Visual Arts where she specialised in photography, she volunteered at public galleries Fabrica (Brighton) and Chisenhale (London) and commercial dealership IAP Fine Art (London). Following this she joined online gallery Britart as they were launching and became the first member of the artist liaison team where she helped build a growing stable of artists. Angie joined the creative team at Eyestorm when the two companies merged and has been creative director since 2007. She says of her time at Eyestorm “I feel privileged to have met and worked with so many fantastic artists and photographers over the years, many of whom I studied at college and have huge respect for. I love seeing what’s coming out of the art schools every summer and having the opportunity to work in the print studio with such talented individuals to create our publications.



Marc Davila, Art Director

Marc Davila is the Art Director for Departures Magazine, Time Inc., Departures Home+Design, and Centurion. His work focuses on print and digital for publications, as well as freelance projects for branding, marketing and advertising.



Andreas Laeufer, Executive Creative Director

Andreas Laeufer is considered one of the most influential art directors in magazine publishing. For his contribution to design and publishing, ESQUIRE voted him to be one of the 50 sharpest men in the UK, with competition including Ewan McGregor, Jude Law and John Galliano and more. Born in Germany, Andreas co-founded London based TANK Magazine as a beautiful, permanent object filled with timeless ideas, shockingly original images and hitherto untold stories. Today, it is considered a bible and benchmark for the creative industry. In 2005 he moved from London to Berlin, to open a new agency, specializing in the development, design and production of communication strategies for the fashion industry. Working across a range of media from custom publishing to packaging design and communication in print and pixel for brands such as Prada, Armani, Swarovski, Levis, L’Oreal, Issey Miyake and Jean-Paul Gaultier. In 2009 he became Executive Creative Director of Leo Burnett-Laeufer an advertising and design boutique, based in the heart of Berlin. It boosts the creative volume of Leo Burnett and its clients, particularly in the areas of design and communication for products and brands, targeting the life-style segment. In 2015 Leo Burnett-Laeufer was awarded ‘RED DOT agency of the year’ after winning 16 RED DOT awards in a row. Capturing awards in nearly every major design competition, the agency was one of the highest decorated design agencies in the world in 2016.


DROGA5 – New York

Juliana Cobb, Group Creative Director

Juliana Cobb is an award-winning creative director based in Manhattan, working among a wide range of clients – from Ray Ban to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, from Lexus to Magnum ice cream, from Starbucks to GE, plus lots of work for heavy hitters like AT&T and Microsoft.



Savina Mokreva, Senior Art Director



Sara Phillips, Senior Art Director


SID LEE – Toronto

Sam Heichert, Art Director



Gwen Rodgers, Art Director, Global Creative



Phil Bates, Art Director, Film, TV & Sports


SOURCE International Color Awards

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