And the World Photographic Cup 2016 goes to… Portugal!
Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal, March 14th, 2016
The World Photographic Cup 2016 winners announced
After achieving the third place in 2014, and the second place in 2015, ….with a total of 55 points…..four medals and 4 top-10 finishes…. …the winner of the 2016 World Photographic Cup, is homeland Team Portugal !
The second place goes to team Russia, with Slovakia in the third place.
Individual gold medals go to Finland, Slovakia, Spain, Mexico, Russia and Portugal.
Individual winners and the Cup winning Team of the 2016 World Photographic Cup (WPC), sponsored by the FEP – Federation of European Professional Photographers, PPA – Professional Photographers of America, the UAPP – United Asian Professional Photography and the AIPP – Australian Institute of Professional Photography, has been finally announced on March 14th, in Villa da Feira, Portugal, aside Expofoto, organized by the national Portuguese professional association (APPImagem).
27 national photographic teams entered the third edition of this unique, one of a kind Olympics-styled competition, from 4 continents (16 from Europe, 6 from Asia, 3 from North America and 2 from Oceania).
The Golden medals in the six categories went to:
Diamantino Jesus, Portugal for commercial category (Diamantino also got a silver medal in the illustrative category!)
Jesús Miguel Muel de Dios (Spain), for Illustrative category.
Dušan Beňo (Slovakia), for Nature (Landscape and wildlife).
Onni Wiljami Kinnunen (Finland) for the portait (which also got a bronze medal in the commercial category)
Gonzalo Vargas Acosta, Mexico for Reportage/Photo Journalism.
Igor Bulgak (Russia) for Wedding.
Also appears in the medals table: Hannes Kutzler, Austria, Silver Medal for commercial; Ben Shirk , Team USA Bronze Medal in Illustrative; Nick Melidonis, Australia, Silver Medal and Otakar Metlicka, Czech Republic, Bronze Medal for Nature; Igor Saharov, Russia, silver medal and Peter Rossi, Australia, Bronze medalist for portrait; Yeray Menéndez López , Spain , Silver Medal and Jorge Bacelar, Portugal, Bronze Medalin Reportage/Photojournalism; and finally Bai Chen, Team China, Silver Medal and Helder Couto, Portugal, Bronze Medal in Wedding
While gold, silver, and bronze medals have been awarded to the individual creators in each category, teams were awarded points for top ten finishes. They received 10 points for gold, 9 for silver, 8 bronze and that follows to the tenth top image. The top ten positions were decided literally on decimal points which suggests a very, very tight team competition.
Czech Republic team finished the competition in 10th place. China got the 9th place, and Finland the 8thplace. They finished in a two-way tie in 6th place Australia and Austria. All alone in an amazing 5th place, Mexico (new entry team for the competition). In the 4th place, just close to the podium, Spain confirmed the place achieved in 2015.
The third place trophy, with 1 golden medal and 5 top-ten finishes, 34,5 points, went to Team Slovakia.
The second place trophy, with 2 medals and 6 top-ten finishes, 46,5 points went to Team Russia (another amazing new entry!).
And the winner of the 2016 World Photographic Cup also with 2 medals and 6 top-ten finishes, and 55 points, was Team Portugal.
“Congratulations to Team Portugal and all the winners. An incredibly close competition, with a huge variety of winners is exactly what the WPC committee could hope for”, commented the Chairman of WPC Judging Committee Jorgen Brandt, who also tanked the 27 team coordinators and the 21 international judges for their amazing job.. “All teams having great entries and all countries competing by a very narrow margin to determine the winner. It has been exciting to see such a beautiful images coming from around the globe, and really hard to judge them! “
“It’s a unique feeling coming out from a unique competition” – added Giuseppe Scozzi, WPC Chief Executive. “Representing their homeland at any level is an amazing opportunity and there has never been a program that involves photography like this. Now we have it in the World Photographic Cup. We really experienced the groundswell of enthusiasm from photographers to create the finest they can in the hope of representing their country!.”
The WPC CEO also announced that after the celebration made in USA in 2014, France in 2015, and Portugal this year, the next hosting countries will be Japan in 2017 and Australia in 2018.
He finally thanked the 2 important companies related to the photographic market, CHROMALUXE and KOYLAB for their support to the project and to the professional photographers around the globe.
The WPC 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.
The WPC is governed by an international committee, formed by Dennis Craft (USA), Don Dickson (USA), Kylie Lyons (Australia), Don MacGregor (Canada), Noboru Okamoto (Japan), Martin Vrabko (Slovakia), Bruno Vetters (Belgium), and, Jørgen Brandt (Denmark) as the Chairman of the 2016 Judging panel.
Each country can only be represented by one team, which is created by a national association comprised of professional photographers. Each team picks its own photographers and images to enter, and is entitled to nominate a judge.
Teams submit up to three images in each of six categories: Portrait, Wedding, Commercial (including advertising, architecture, industrial, fashion), Illustrative/Digital art, Reportage/Photojournalistic and Nature (Landscape/Wildlife). Teams may choose to enter the images of a single photographer in multiple categories. However, no single photographer may have multiple images entered into a single category
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Medal winners and Finalists/top 10 finishes)
Diamantino Jesus Portugal Gold Medal
Hannes Kutzler Austria Silver Medal
Onni Wiljami Kinnunen Finland Bronze Medal
André Boto Portugal 4th Place
Yuri Afanasiev Russia 5th Place
Bree Corn Austria 6th Place
Vlado Veverka Slovakia 7th Place
Andrey Kezzyn Russia 8th Place
Lisa Saad Australia 9th Place
Dag Asle Langø Norway 10th Place
Jesús Miguel Muel de Dios Spain Gold Medal
Diamantino Jesus Portugal Silver Medal
Ben Shirk USA Bronze Medal
Natália Benčicová Slovakia 4th Place
Álvaro José Ruiz Nogues Spain 5th Place
Sylvie Lezier France 6th Place
Suellen Cook Australia 7th Place
José D’Almeida Portugal 8th Place
Onni Wiljami Kinnunen Finland 9th Place
Xie Dacai China 10th Place
Helge Kirchberger Austria 10th Place
Dušan Beňo Slovakia Gold Medal
Nick Melidonis Australia Silver Medal
Otakar Metlička Czech Republic Bronze Medal
José Askenazi Cohen Mexico 4th Place
Matej Michalík Slovakia 5th Place
Václav Sojka Czech Republic 6th Place
Edwin Martinez Philippines 7th Place
Li Xin China 8th Place
Xie Dacai China 9th Place
Park Eung Tae South Korea 9th Place
Onni Wiljami Kinnunen Finland Gold medal
Igor Sakharov Russia silver medal
Peter Rossi Australia Bronze medal
Vicente Esteban Abad Spain 4th place
Eric Bernatets France 5th place
André Brito Portugal 6th place
Francesco Ridolfi Italy 7th place
Vladimir Shukin Russia 8th place
Helge Kirchberger Austria 8th place
Vlado Veverka Slovakia 10th place
Piotr Pietryga Poland 10th place
Gonzalo Vargas Acosta Mexico Gold Medal
Yeray Menéndez López Spain Silver Medal
Jorge Bacelar Portugal Bronze Medal
Dmitri Zverev Russia 4th Place
Anuar Patjane Floriuk Mexico 5th Place
Joel Santos Portugal 6th Place
Phanh Tram Canada 7th Place
Paul Wright Canada 8th Place
Xie Dacai China 9th Place
Des Harris Ireland 10th Place
Igor Bulgak Russia Gold Medal
Bai Chen China Silver Medal
Helder Couto Portugal Bronze Medal
Peter Čakovský Slovakia 4th Place
Hermann Fuchsluger Austria 5th Place
Katya Rashkevich Russia 6th Place
Gennandy Granin Russia 7th Place
Citlalli Rico Mexico 8th Place
Gao Tiejun China 9th Place
Bruno Mayor France 9th Place
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