Born in 1961, French-American, Valerie Leonard has always been surrounded by a world of images. Her mother was a painter, and her father, photographer, Herman Leonard.
When she presses the shutter, she remembers the doctrine of her father: "Always tell the Truth, but in terms of Beauty". Valerie Leonard strives for her work to embody to this search for truth and beauty of human beings, whatever their origin or wealth.
Far from seeking aesthetic or false compassion, she wants to show the dignity and courage of these women and men, in particularly hostile environments.
Throughout her trips around the world she focused her work particularly on a theme that she named “Labours of Hercules”.
A series of photographs where she attempts to show with utmost respect and admiration the nobility and dignity of those living in difficult conditions.
2014 Silver Star. ND Awards.
Shortlisted Sony World Photography Awards.
Honor. Mention IPA Category People Children
2013 Finalist Travel Photographer go the Year.
Honor. Mention Best of Photography.
Honor. Mention IPA Category One shot/one world.
Nominee Nature Images Awards.
Nominee Oasis Photo Contest.
Honor. Mention. Winner of PX Paris.
2012 Honor. Mention. Wildlife IPA .
Honor. Mention. People IPA.
Bronze Medal. Art en Capital. Grand Palais. Paris.
Photographer of the month National Geographic
2011 1st Prize National Geographic. France
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