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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2011 International Photography Awards announces winners of the competition Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten won 1st Prize in the Nature - Wildlife category for his series "Japanese macaques", for which he was also awarded the title Nature Photographer of the Year 2011. In addition, he won 2nd place in the People - Culture category for his winning entry "Libya", and he received a total of seven Honorable Mentions. As a main category winner, Van Oosten will compete for IPA's top award of International Photographer of the Year. The finalists will be invited to attend the Lucie Awards at the Lincoln Center, New York, where one photographer will be announced as the grand winner, earning the coveted Lucie Statue and a cash prize of $10,000.

About the winner: Marsel van Oosten is a professional nature photographer from The Netherlands. His images are most known for composition, lighting, color and perspective. In his work he tries to simplify, to get rid of the extraneous: Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. In addition to winning the title Nature Photographer of the Year, his awards include three First Prizes in previous editions of the International Photography Awards, First Prize in the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, First Prize in Natures Best International Photography Awards, and Second Prize in the Travel Photographer of the Year competition.


His images are used worldwide in advertising, design, and magazines such as National Geographic. Van Oosten lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with producer and videographer DaniĂŤlla Sibbing. Together they organize specialized wildlife and landscape photography tours and workshops for small groups to spectacular destinations all over the planet. About IPA: The annual International Photography Awards is one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today. The awards event will be held at the Lincoln Center in New York on October 24, 2011, before returning to Los Angeles in 2012 in celebration of the 10-year anniversary. Over 8,000 submissions from 90 countries were received for the 2011 International Photography Awards with over 70 jurors, the largest to date. The Foundation's mission is to honor master photographers, discover new and emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography. IPA is dedicated to recognizing contemporary photographers' accomplishments in this specialized and highly visible competition. Visit www.photoawards.com for more details. BEST OF SHOW EXHIBITION: Each year, the IPA will invite an established curator to select 40-50 images from both the professional and non-professional pools of first, second, and third place winners to be exhibited in an exclusive show in New York City, during the week leading up to the Lucie Awards gala. The Best of Show will then travel to various countries to be included in photo festivals, galleries, and other photography related events. Annual IPA Awards Book Publication & Gallery Exhibits Award-winning entries will be published in the high-quality, full-color, hardcover Annual International Photography Awards Book, distributed throughout the international professional community and exhibited in some of the most prestigious galleries and bookstores. Contact: Marsel van Oosten Photographer marsel@squiver.com www.squiver.com IPA Contact: Jade Tran Competition Director International Photography Awards jtran@iawardsinc.com


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