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Announcing the 2022 APA Awards Series Winners

Thu 04th Aug, 2022

By APA Admin

SEE all the 2022 APA Awards winning images from 14 individual categories.

Click VIEW GALLERY to see the winning SERIES images.

Diana Cheren Nygren wins First Place for Series​ Wins

Project: The images in "The Persistence of Family" are composites of my old family photographs, photographs I took of my children as they grew, and the New England landscapes in which they and I grew up. Generations reach for each other across time. These images are driven by a longing for connection. Though rooted in personal narratives, the pictures address a universal experience. They interrogate the way our family relationships play a role in shaping our sense of ourselves and our place in the world. They suggest that perhaps the present, in each of us, contains both the past and the future. Ultimately, "The Persistence of Family" portrays the layered process of becoming, and the complex interweaving of time, place, and identity.

Bio: Diana Cheren Nygren is a fine art photographer from Boston, Massachusetts. Her work explores they way humanity inhabits the environment, both natural and built, around it. Her photographs address serious social questions through a blend of documentary practice, invention, and humor. Diana was trained as an art historian with a focus on modern and contemporary art, and the relationship of artistic production to its socio-political context. Her emphasis on careful composition in her photographic work, as well as her subject matter, reflects this training. Her work as a photographer is the culmination of a life-long investment in the power of art and visual culture to shape and influence social change. Her project When the Trees are Gone has been featured in numerous publications, and won a number of awards including Discovery of the Year in the 2020 Tokyo International Foto Awards and 2nd place in the 2020 International Photo Awards. The Persistence of Family was awarded Best New Talent in the 2021 Prix de la Photographie de Paris.

Kremer Johnson 

Second Place, Series

Project: A satirical look at the ridiculous argument of the founding fathers of the United States considering modern tactical weapons to be used for hunting.

Bio: Neil Kremer and Cory Johnson: A duo of creators with one-half discovery, the other ingenuity, the sum greater than its parts.

Narrative-driven conceptual images & story-telling scenes are our thing, and we specialize in capturing authentic moments in even the most manufactured of settings. We're creative chameleons. We're neither boring nor one-dimensional. We like a lot of different things, so that's what we shoot. We craft the look & feel of each image to suit the story we're trying to tell. Our stylistic choices are always made to serve the image & push the narrative forward. True collaborators at heart, we formed Kremer/Johnson to explore our combined creative vision.

Ilanna Barkusky

Third Place, Series

Project: The Colour Series is an ongoing personal project that aims to explore the intersection between sport and art. With an aerial, top-down point of view, my goal has been to transform courts, tracks and community parks into surreal landscapes with various shapes and colours by capturing them from a different vantage point. Locations include Los Angeles and Borrego Springs in California and Vancouver, BC, Canada. As I have been working on this series for a couple years, for this entry, I have selected a variety of personal favourites of mine as well as the newest work.

Bio: Growing up in Vancouver, Canada, I always turned to sport as my method of creative expression. During the week, I was a dancer and figure skater; while the weekends were spent exploring the nearby outdoors through skiing and climbing. After picking up a camera in high school, I quickly discovered my passion for creative collaboration and creating sports-focused visual stories. I continue to be driven to create work that captures the spark of sport that drew me in early and shaped my path ever since. As a photographer, director and drone pilot, I aim to capture and amplify inspiring stories by all means necessary, including a heavy focus on personal work. I am always partnering with others to grow and evolve both my portfolio and trajectory as an artist, and enjoy bringing others along for the ride in ways that benefit everyone involved. 


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