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“Lumen Fidei” & “Lion City” awarded Honorable Mention in the IPA 2023

INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS™ OUR MISSION: TO SALUTE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE WORLD’S FINEST PHOTOGRAPHERS, TO DISCOVER NEW AND EMERGING TALENT, AND TO PROMOTE THE APPRECIATION OF PHOTOGRAPHY. The International Photography Awards™ conducts an annual competition for professional, amateur, and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today. IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, 501(c) 3 non-profit, charitable foundation whose mission is to honor master photographers, discover […]

Art Exhibition Gallery HERVOLD

Gallery HERVOLD ​ Welcome to Gallery HERVOLD, a new art gallery conveniently located in the heart of Stavanger. At Gallery HERVOLD, our focus is on showcasing national and international contemporary art from esteemed established artists, as well as emerging talents who hold relevance in our time. Our diverse collection includes visual art, paintings, graphics, sculptures, installations, ceramics, drawings, photography, and other contemporary art forms. We firmly believe that owning art can greatly enhance one’s lifestyle, providing immense satisfaction and enrichment. […]

16th Annual International Color Awards

  “Sinfonía de Luces” – Honorable mention – Architecture -> Visit Winners Gallery Aquire “Sinfonía de Luces” ->   International Color Awards – Winner Announcement Winners for the 16th Annual International Color Awards were announced at a prestigious online Winners & Nominee Photoshow streamed live Saturday, April 29, 2023.  The Gala Ceremony was attended by industry leaders and the photography community from around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the world’s premier event for color photography. […]

Instruments For Creative Expression

Artist Comments “My intransigent devotion to artistic craftsmanship and creative vision requires the ultimate instruments for creative expression. The XF IQ4 150MP Camera System utilizes the highest resolution full frame medium format sensor available in the world. Phase One is pushing the limits of what is possible by providing image quality and resolution that exceeds the needs of today, securing longevity well into the future. The XF IQ4 150MP, combined with the world’s most exquisite art mediums, ensures the highest […]

World Photographic Cup 2023

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER GIUSEPPE SCOZZI STATEMENT The quality of images entered from teams around the world gets stronger every year. The WPC is the only Olympics style event in the world for Photography. WPC Chief Executive Officer Giuseppe Scozzi, who led the ceremony, said “Over the past ten years the competition has grown and with it the standard of entries. WPC truly showcases the best in photography from across the world. Those who do succeed can truly claim to have created the […]

Team Norway to Compete for the 2023 World Photographic Cup

The gallery for the 2023 WPC entries are now online. See this year`s entries!   World Photographic Cup The World Photographic Cup was founded in 2013 as a cooperative effort by The Federation of European Photographers (FEP) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Its singular goal is to unite photographers in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. A Governing Committee has been created to conduct the ongoing affairs of the competition, also supported by UAPP (United Asian Professional Photography). The […]

“Sinfonía de Luces” – IPA One Shot Color Best of Show Collection

Click here to see all the Best of Show photographs Click here to explore the IPA 2022 OneShot Color eBook   CURATOR STATEMENT “We live in a world of color – it dictates our day, our mood, our sense of well-being or our ominous thoughts. As Oscar Wilde said, “Mere color can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.” I’ve been very fortunate to curate a remarkable show for the 2022 Edition of IPA OneShot, images of “Color,” […]

“Sinfonía de Luces” accepted in the IPA One Shot Photo Contest Official Selection

IPA ONE SHOT PHOTO CONTEST – COLOR Color is a medium through which artists can express their internal processes, and it is also a universal language through which emotions and feelings can be communicated and understood. There is no doubt that we have gone through some dark times, but color and light are always present in our world, shining even more brightly against the backdrop of our struggles. So we turn our focus—and our cameras—on all that is bright and […]

1st Place Category Winner in the Norwegian Professional Photography Awards

Artist Comments “The Norwegian Professional Photography Awards (Landskonkurransen) is the country’s most prestigious photography awards. The awards in the National Competition form the basis for selection of the national team in photography, participating in the World Photographic Cup – the World Cup in Photography. I am truly honored to have been awarded 1st place in the Fine Art Category (“Åpen Klasse”), in Landskonkurransen 2022. Being ranked number three across all categories is incredibly humbling. I feel privileged to have my work […]

Interview with Torleif Lie BIFA 2020 Winner, 1st Place, Professional Nature category



Torleif Lie

Interview with Torleif Lie
BIFA 2020 Winner, 1st Place, Professional Nature category – How We Bleed The Earth, Our Guilt and Shame

Q: Tell us a little bit about your background? 

Technology has been my past and it allowed me to see and record the world in ways that others do not. Art then became my obsession and Photography allows me to show the beauty, fragility and destruction of the world that I have seen during my travels and professions. I seek the beauty of all things, places and humans, even when beauty is found in destruction.

Q: What was your last work and what inspired you to do it? 

My last project was an underwater study, “Birth, Death and Resurrection”, as a symbol of hope and renewal in a time when humanity was facing extreme global challenges due to the pandemic. Bringing together the primordial element of water with a human body were the only way for me to convey this symbolism.  

Q: What genre of photography do you enjoy most?

My background in aviation and the subsea industry have enabled me access to creating images of the immense natural beauty found in our fragile planet from above and below, expanding our limited physical views of our world and exposing what could easily be lost or destroyed within a few decades.

Q: Your work, “How We Bleed the Earth, Our Guilt and Shame”, is powerful as well as sad. Do you believe there is hope that humans can change and save the world instead of destroying it?

Hope is eternal, but as humans we are now facing our uninformed naivety and greed squarely, and as we approach a looming climate / human disaster, the radical changes needed by our societies to survive this global challenge are likely to be very slow, hard and conflict driven.

Q: You won the Nature Photographer of the Year 2020 title. What does winning this award mean to you?

Winning this award was truly a humble experience. Being able to reach such a large audience with a crucially important message is incredibly valuable. My photography carries an environmental reminder that our world, and ourselves are at a crossroads.

Q: You must have travelled a lot to shoot nature photographs. What are the most outstanding or significant places that you have visited, and why?

Some of the most memorable experiences I have had were the aerial photography project over the Rio Tinto Mines, freediving in Bahamas photographing wild dolphins and photographing two local landmarks in Norway in divine light: Kjerag & Preikestolen (“Zeus” & “Valhalla Rising”). These images all convey the fragility and beauty of our planet and what’s at stake.

Q: What would be your dream project in photography if there would be no budget limits and you could travel anywhere, photograph anything/anyone? 

Photographing our beautiful planet from space.

Q: What would be the one advice you would give to photographers just starting out? 

Focus on the message you desire to convey, instead of camera and technique. Photographs are important messages, be careful what you say with them.

Q: Are you working on something new right now? Can you tell us a little bit about it? 

I have several projects always tugging at me and they will rise in due time, but all within the fluid life of being a full-time artist in our complex world.

Acquire Torlief Lie’s winning work here.


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