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International Color Awards Winners Book 2024

Winners Book 2024 showcases the year`s best color photography presented at the 16th Annual International Color Awards. Celebrating the world`s greatest contemporary photography and discovering new talent with industry-leading galleries, curators, publishers, editors, dealers and art directors. International Color Awards is committed to recognizing first-movers, new emerging talent and curated trends across the industry. Since 2005, the program has evaluated 43,000 art photographs from around the world, making it the benchmark by which color photography is rated.     “Sinfonía […]

Introducing “Stardust” – A Collaborative Masterpiece


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Allow me to take you on a mesmerizing journey through the creation of “Stardust,” a breathtaking classical music piece, a labor of love, crafted by the brilliant musical virtuoso, Simon Madsen, and my unwavering commitment to bring this unique composition to life.

Meet Simon Madsen, a true maestro hailing from the idyllic west coast of Norway. His connection with the piano began at the tender age of four, setting the stage for a lifetime of musical exploration. Proficient in both classical piano and organ, Simon’s passion for creating melodies was apparent when he composed his first classical piece at the age of ten. As the years unfolded, his musical journey expanded into the realms of jazz, gospel, and funk, infusing his repertoire with rich rhythmic influences.

Simon Madsen is more than just an accomplished musician; he is a world-class improviser, possessing the extraordinary ability to move his audience profoundly and make them truly listen.

Music transcends mere notes, rhythms, and harmonies; it speaks a unique language of the heart, expressing what words alone cannot contain. Music has the power to pluck the strings of our innermost being and transport us to another realm. – Simon Madsen

The recording of “Stardust” was a truly special endeavor, taking place in the serene surroundings of Bremnes Church, a charming wooden sanctuary nestled in the municipality of Bømlo on the captivating west coast of Norway. The magic of “Stardust” was captured on a Fazioli F278 grand piano, an instrument handcrafted to perfection in Italy from carefully selected materials. Fazioli is renowned worldwide for its exceptional dynamic range and clarity, making it the perfect match for this soul-stirring composition.

Simon Madsen’s “Stardust” delves deep into the essence of the universe’s majesty and our unique role within it. It’s a musical journey that transcends boundaries, leaving the listener with a profound sense of wonder and reflection. “Stardust” is more than a composition; it’s a bridge between the stars and our souls, recorded in the enchanting acoustics of Bremnes Church.

The title itself encapsulates the essence of this piece. It offers a reflection on the stark contrast between the vastness, grandeur, and beauty of the universe and our own fragility and transience. In the grand scale of the cosmos, we are, indeed, “Stardust.” Unlike the lifeless particles of the universe, we have the capacity to make a genuine difference during our limited time on Earth. Let us utilize our time to create beauty, balance, and harmony – Simon Madsen

As someone without formal musical training, I had the privilege of providing input and directions throughout this creative journey, collaborating closely with Simon Madsen. It has been an honor to witness the birth of “Stardust” and play a part in bringing this extraordinary piece to life. I hope you find as much joy in experiencing it as we did in crafting it. Together, we invite you to embark on this unforgettable voyage through the cosmos, led by the celestial notes of “Stardust.”



Artist Simon Madsen

Foto © Haakon Nordvik

“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,” […]

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 […]

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