Roman earns award at national photo event


Roman and amateur photographer Nelson Rudiak was recognized at the 12th annual International Color Awards in Los Angeles on March 9.

The image, “Sunflowers,” was taken at Rome’s own Wagner Farms last summer and won an honorable mention in the still life category.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be one of the winners in the year’s International Color Awards,” Rudiak said in a statement. “

There were so many great photographers from around the world who entered and it’s a wonderful feeling to be acknowledged and recognized as one of them,” Rudiak said.

The awards’ Creative Director, Basil O’Brien, called Rudiak’s winning an “incredible achievement.”

“Nelson Rudiak’s ‘Sunflowers,’ an exceptional image entered in the still life category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the title of
‘honorable mention,’” O’Brien added.

The International Color Awards live gala was streamed online, and 11,829 photography fans worldwide logged on to watch “the climax of the industry’s most important event for color photography,” according to a release from organizers.

Jury members for the event included “captains of the industry” from Sotheby’s in New York, Benetton in Italy, the Art Channel in London, Kolle Rebbe in Germany, the Preus Museum in Norway, the Fox Broadcasting Network, among others, according to a media announcement.

Officials presented 761 awards to 1,032 nominees in 37 categories, according to the release.

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