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Cementerio de la Recoleta | Recoleta Cemetery
10th February 2015 - 0 comments
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The Recoleta Cemetery is only a few blocks from our rented apartment, which made it really convenient for us to go and photograph this intriguing place. Located in the middle of the Recoleta neighbourhood, this cemetery is listed as one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. We made several trips to the cemetery and each visit seemed to uncover a different layer of this amazing city of the dead. A fascinating combination of well maintained and elaborate marbled vaults and statues, as well as others that have fallen in state of disrepair and neglect.

The cemetery hold the remains of the rich and famous including past presidents, military heroes, influential politicians and, of course, probably the most visited - the mausoleum of Evita Peron. Each time we were there, someone approached us to ask for direction to Evita's tomb.

What's eerie about the cemetery is that in many cases, you can see the caskets through the glass doors or open doors of the mausoleums. It is a bit unsettling at first, but you get used to it eventually and you actually start admiring the elaborate work done on the wood and intricate hardware of the caskets. This is a city within the city and it is laid out in sections like city blocks, with wide tree-lined main walkways branching into little side streets.

I created a series of photographs while walking around the little streets of Recoleta cemetery. It may seem a little macabre at first, but I hope you find the images interesting, including one of the many feral cats that roam around the concrete corridors.























Getting Settled in Buenos Aires
26th January 2015 - 0 comments
In: Travel
It's been a week since my wife and I arrived in this vibrant city of Buenos Aires, and yet we feel that we have not even scratched the surface of what you can see and do in this city. It's a good thing that we planned to stay here for a month.

We have a high level plan of what we want to see in Buenos Aires, and we're always open to the joy of being "lost" in the city. We're always mindful, of course, of the dangerous areas to avoid and we take the usual precaution we would take in any other large city, but exploring areas that are a little off the beaten tracks can bring unexpected surprises, especially for photographers. There is an advantage to not completely planning your itinerary for each day and each hour ahead of time. For us, not planning everything and allowing ourselves to wander allows for spontaneity as well as the opportunity to follow recommendations by locals and other travellers. It makes for a more exciting vacation. Of course, it is easier to have a loose agenda as we plan to be here for a longer period of time.

We like to settle in one area for an extended period to really understand and experience the culture of the place we are visiting. The If-it's-Tuesday-this-must-be-Belgium kind of vacation is something that does not appeal to us. To authentically experience the everyday life of the people - the good and the bad - can be very rewarding. We like to settle into an apartment in an area where locals would live, and then we try to live as a local. We can learn a lot about the culture by going about and doing everyday mundane things that locals do.
One thing that we do to experience what it's like to be a local or in this case, Porteños (Spanish for someone who lives in the port city of Buenos Aires), is to take the local buses around the city. Buenos Aires has an amazing network of buses and subways that can quickly get you around the city. Taking the local buses exposes you to the public that no rented car, organized tour, or taxi can do. There are many similarities between commuters here and North American cities; many of them have their earphones on listening to music , as well as either texting or browsing social media. Not to mention talking on their cell phone loud enough for others to hear. But one thing I noticed is that some makes the sign of the cross when we pass in front of a church. This gave me a flashback of my childhood in Manila where almost everyone does this.

Having coffee with the locals at one of the many cafes is always a great experience. We have not been disappointed by the Italian-style coffee served everywhere here. Although mate is the official national drink (prepared by steeping dried leaves of yerba mate), most of the people I've seen in here drink coffee - probably true to Argentina's celebrated Italian heritage. As in many Latin American countries, flan (my favourite) is available in most cafes and restaurants and goes well with cafe con leche. It is usually serve with dulce de leche or whipped cream. A close second is Budin de Pan, or bread pudding. The Argentine version is a smooth dessert (no chunks of bread) and is also served with dulce de leche or whipped cream on the side. Other pastries we also tried and really liked are medialuna (croissants but sweeter than we're used to) and Alfajores de Maicena, which is basically a two cookie sandwich with dulce de leche in the middle. Really loving dulce de leche!

Here are some images of the places we've been to this week. A couple of surprises we've encountered while wandering the streets: as an antique bookstore in a beautiful art deco building, and a commercial gallery called Galería Güemes.

La Calesita






Galería Güemes






La librería El Ateneo



Cafe Tortoni

Recent Awards
25th January 2015 - 0 comments
In: Awards
2014 Juried Fine Art Photography: Darkroom Gallery
2013 PHOTOcentric 2013: First Place (Architecture)
2013 IPA: HM (People - Portrait)
2013 IPA: HM (Nature - Landscapes)
2013 IPA: HM (Special Category)
2013 Prix de la Photographie de Paris: Nominated (Architecture))
2012 Prix de la Photographie de Paris: Bronze, Fine Art Portrait
2012 International Photography Award: HM (Fine Art - Portrait
2012 International Photography Award: HM (People - Portrait)
2012 International Photography Award: HM (Fine Art - Self Portrait)
2012 International Photography Award: HM(People - Self Portrait)
2012 International Photography Award: HM (Architecture)
2011 Prix de la Photographie de Paris: HM Book Proposal Series
2011 Prix de la Photographie de Paris: Selected as official entry
2011 Focus Project Competition: Selected as featured photographer
Exchanging Currency is a Covert Affair in Buenos Aires
20th January 2015 - 0 comments
In: Travel
The financial crisis is Argentina and the government's restrictions on the purchase of US dollars have created an alternative or parallel black market exchange called "blue rate". The blue rate is at least 50% more than the official exchange rate which makes your money go a longer way when paying for hotels, restaurants or goods. This is a boon for tourists travelling to the country, if you are carrying physical green bucks. In order to get the blue rate, you need to go to an underground "cueva" to change your dollars to pesos. Going through the cueva can be a daunting experience almost like going through a covert mission .

My experience (may have been slightly exaggerated):

I have a contact in Buenos Aires. His name is Rodrigo (name changed to protect his identity). He sent me a message after arriving at my rented condo to go to a cueva address to meet a guy to exchange our money. The cueva was on a busy part of Recoleta district, only a few blocks away so I didn't feel that I'm in any danger. After walking the uneven sidewalks and avoiding a few doggie doos (it appears that poop & scoop is not mandatory here), I arrived at the address and realized that it was an art store. I was confused and double checked the address . After verifying that it was the correct, I looked inside the store and saw only a couple of paintings hanging on the wall. It looked bare for an art store. I tried to open the door, but it was locked. There was a buzzer on the right side of the door and I hesitantly pressed it. No answer. I looked up and noticed a camera pointed in my direction. I pressed the buzzer again and I still did not get an answer. After the third try, I gave up. I feel I've been compromised that's why I was not let in.

I texted Rodrigo about my failed mission and he sent me back another address. He said to ask for Nadia (I figured she must be Russian), and I have to be there before 4:00 pm. I looked at my watch. I had less than half an hour to go to the cueva, which was fifteen blocks away. I started walking fast, almost running. I got there with a few minutes to spare. The cueva is a small women's clothing store, but this time, I was not surprised to find a business fronting the cueva. There was an old man sitting by the door and I nodded to him. He gave me a suspicious look as I went inside. A lady approached me and I said that I'm looking for Nadia. She led me to the back of the store and signaled me to go through a black door that looked like a change room. I pulled the door but it was locked. A moment later, I heard a buzzer and the door was unlocked. I went inside . The room was painted black and only big enough for one person. It was dark except for a small window which was protected by glass. A woman was standing behind the glass and did not look friendly. I pulled out hundred dollar bills and counted them in front of her. I slid them under a small opening in the window. She quickly grabbed the cash and started punching numbers in her small calculator. She showed me the numbers on the display screen, and I nodded okay. She disappeared to the back of the room with my cash and for a minute, I wasn't sure if she'd be back. The small dark room was hot and I could feel sweat beading on my forehead. I took a deep breath and wiped the sweat off with my sleeve. She showed up after a couple of minutes (although it felt like an eternity) and started counting the pesos in front of me. I smiled as I put the money in my pocket and was buzzed out of the small room. The store was closed by then and the old man unlocked the door to let me out. I felt relieved as I smelled the fresh air outside, feeling the pesos in my pocket and hoping not to get robbed on my way home.
2011 Winner of PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris
20th July 2011 - 0 comments
In: Awards
HONORABLE MENTION WINNER OF PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris

Henry Fernando of Canada was Awarded in the PX3 2011 Competition.
Paris, France
Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3) announces winners of PX3 2011 competition.

Henry Fernando of Canada was Awarded in category for the entry entitled, " Scar Project ." The jury selected winners from thousands of photography entries from over 85 countries.

Px3 is juried by top international decision-makers in the photography industry: Carol Johnson, Curator of Photography of Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; Gilles Raynaldy, Director of Purpose, Paris; Viviene Esders, Expert près la Cour d'Appel de Paris; Mark Heflin, Director of American Illustration + American Photography, New York; Sara Rumens, Lifestyle Photo Editor of Grazia Magazine, London; Françoise Paviot, Director of Galerie Françoise Paviot, Paris; Chrisitine Ollier, Art Director of Filles du Calvaire, Paris; Natalie Johnson, Features Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine, London; Natalie Belayche, Director of Visual Delight, Paris; Kenan Aktulun, VP/Creative Director of Digitas, New York; Chiara Mariani, Photo Editor of Corriere della Sera Magazine, Italy; Arnaud Adida, Director of Acte 2 Gallery/Agency, Paris; Jeannette Mariani, Director of 13 Sévigné Gallery, Paris; Bernard Utudjian, Director of Galerie Polaris, Paris; Agnès Voltz, Director of Chambre Avec Vues, Paris; and Alice Gabriner, World Picture Editor of Time Magazine, New York.


ABOUT Px3:
The "Prix de la Photographie Paris" (Px3) strives to promote the appreciation of photography, to discover emerging talent, and introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris. Winning photographs from this competition are exhibited in a high-profile gallery in Paris and published in the high-quality, full-color Px3 Annual Book.
Visit http://px3.fr

For Press Inquiries, Contact:
info@px3.fr

About the Winner:

Contact Henry Fernando:
efernando@rogers.com
http://www.henryfernando.com
Winner of 2010 International Masters Cup - HM
14th September 2010 - 0 comments
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CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY HONOR CANADIAN PHOTOGRAPHER HENRY FERNANDO AT 4TH ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERS CUP

LONDON, August 16, 2010 - Photographer Henry Fernando of Canada was presented with the 4th Annual Photography Masters Cup Honorable Mention in the category of Portrait at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photo Show attended by over 40,000 online viewers who logged on live from 154 countries to see the climax of the industry's most important event for color photography.

The awards international Jury included captains of the industry ranging from Christie's in New York, National Geographic Channel, Fox Broadcasting Company, Amsterdam Worldwide, Kodak USA to Esquire in London who honored Color Masters with 235 coveted title awards in 31 categories. The judges reviewed thousands of images submitted from every corner of the globe online for eight weeks before making their final nominations and Henry Fernando's "Chigbo"nan exceptional image entered in the Portrait category, received a high percentage of votes overall.

"The Masters Cup celebrates photographers who operate at the highest levels of their craft," said Basil O'Brien, the awards Creative Director. "Henry's work represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we're pleased to present him with the award."

See the 4th Annual Winners at http://www.thecolorawards.com/gallery/

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERS CUP is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography.
2010 Trierenberg Super Circuit
15th July 2010 - 0 comments
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I am lucky enough to be on the List of Accepted Authors for the 2010 Trierenberg Super Circuit. All four of my submissions were accepted and one of the photos is published in the coffee book 2010 edition.
2010 Winner of Black & White Spider Award
24th February 2010 - 0 comments
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BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER HENRY FERNANDO FROM CANADA.

LONDON February 24, 2010 - Photographer Henry Fernando of Canada was presented with the 5th Annual Black and White Spider Awards second Prize - Merit of Excellence in the category of Portrait at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photo Show attended by 35,000 online viewers who logged on live from 154 countries to see the climax of the industry's most important event for black and white photography.

Thousands of images were received from 68 countries worldwide. The awards international Jury included captains of the industry from Magnum Photos, The Armory Show, Fratelli Alinari, Contrasto to Tate and Hamiltons in London who honored Spider Fellows with 84 coveted title awards in 28 categories. The judges reviewed the entries online for eight weeks before making their final nominations and Henry Fernando's "Chigbo" an exceptional image entered in the Portrait category, received a high percentage of votes overall.

"The Spider Awards celebrates photographers who operate at the highest levels of their craft," said Basil O'Brien, the awards Creative Director. Henry Fernando's work represents black and white photography at its finest, and we're pleased to present him with the Second Place - Merit of Excellence."

You can view the 5th Annual Winners Gallery at www.thespiderawards.com/gallery5

BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography.
2009 RA's Photographer of the Year
17th October 2009 - 0 comments
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I was awarded The R.A. Photo Club's Photographer of the Year Award at the Club's Annual Banquet last May 2009. The award is presented to the member who achieves the highest total score for the best six competition entries.
2009 Winner of PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris
14th July 2009 - 0 comments
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Px3 Photo Prize


WINNER OF PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris
Henry Fernando of Canada was Awarded Third Prize in the PX3 2009 Competition.
Paris, France
Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3) announces winners of PX3 2009 competition.

Henry Fernando of Canada was Awarded: Third Prize in category Fine Art for the entry entitled, " Chigbo ." The jury selected PX3 2009’s winners from thousands of photography entries from over 85 countries.

Px3 is juried by top international decision-makers in the photography industry: Carol Johnson, Curator of Photography of Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; Gilles Raynaldy, Director of Purpose, Paris; Viviene Esders, Expert près la Cour d'Appel de Paris; Mark Heflin, Director of American Illustration + American Photography, New York; Sara Rumens, Lifestyle Photo Editor of Grazia Magazine, London; Françoise Paviot, Director of Galerie Françoise Paviot, Paris; Chrisitine Ollier, Art Director of Filles du Calvaire, Paris; Natalie Johnson, Features Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine, London; Natalie Belayche, Director of Visual Delight, Paris; Kenan Aktulun, VP/Creative Director of Digitas, New York; Chiara Mariani, Photo Editor of Corriere della Sera Magazine, Italy; Arnaud Adida, Director of Acte 2 Gallery/Agency, Paris; Jeannette Mariani, Director of 13 Sévigné Gallery, Paris; Bernard Utudjian, Director of Galerie Polaris, Paris; Agnès Voltz, Director of Chambre Avec Vues, Paris; and Alice Gabriner, World Picture Editor of Time Magazine, New York.


ABOUT Px3:
The "Prix de la Photographie Paris" (Px3) strives to promote the appreciation of photography, to discover emerging talent, and introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris. Winning photographs from this competition are exhibited in a high-profile gallery in Paris and published in the high-quality, full-color Px3 Annual Book.
Visit http://px3.fr

For Press Inquiries, Contact:
info@px3.fr

About the Winner:

Contact Henry Fernando:
efernando@rogers.com
http://www.henryfernando.com
2009 International Photography Awards
09th January 2009 - 0 comments
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2009 International Photography Awards Announces Winners of the Competition




Henry Fernando was awarded in the International Photography Awards Competition. International Photography Awards (IPA) has announced the winners of 2009's competition.

Henry Fernando was Awarded: Honorable Mention in Fine Art - Nudes category for the winning entry "Nude in Motel."

ABOUT IPA:
The 2009 International Photography Awards received nearly 18,000 submissions from 104 countries across the globe. IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, where the top three winners are announced at the annual Lucie Awards gala ceremony. The Foundation's mission is to honor master photographers, to discover new and emerging talent and to promote the appreciation of photography. Since 2003, IPA has had the privilege and opportunity to acknowledge and recognize contemporary photographer's accomplishments in this specialized and highly visible competition. Visit www.photoawards.com
2008 International Photography Award - First Place
06th September 2008 - 0 comments
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My photo series of Foggy Day in Ottawa won First Place in the 2008 International Photography Awards (Seasons Category)

This year’s competition was the largest it has ever been – generating nearly 24,000 entries from over 120 countries! For a complete list of winners, please visit www.photoawards.com

The winning images will be included in the 2008 Lucie Awards coffee table book.
NAVA News Quarterly
23rd January 2008 - 0 comments
In: Awards
Three of my photos of flags reflected on droplets of water (Albania, Brazil & the U.S.) are in the cover of the North American Vexillological Association Quarterly magazine (October to December 2007).
2007 International Photography Awards (First Place)
17th August 2007 - 0 comments
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My photo of Alexandra Bridge won First Place in the 2207 International Photography Awards (Architecture - Bridges category).

I'm extremely happy as this year’s competition was the largest it has ever been – generating nearly 20,000 entries from over 90 countries! For a complete list of jurors, please visit www.photoawards.com

My winning image will be included in the 2007 Lucie Awards coffee table book.
Photographer of the Year 2nd Place Finalist (Popular Photography)
01st July 2006 - 0 comments
In: Awards
FROM POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY WEBSITE:

Presenting the three finalists for Photographer of the Year 2006
Who's going to be named "The Best Shooter on the Planet"?
By Pop Photo Staff
June 2006

Out of thousands of entries, our editors picked 10 semifinalists. The work of these photographers were posted on our web site from April 17 until May 30, where readers viewed the photos and voted for their favorite. Now the results are in! Here are the three lucky finalists who will be coming to New York City in July for the grueling 4-day Shoot-Out to determine who is The Best Shooter on the Planet. The winner will take home the $5,000 Grand Prize, along with the opportunity to shoot the December 2006 cover of Popular Photography & Imaging.

1st Place Finalist
Roberto Gomes
Rio di Janeiro
Brazil


2nd Place Finalist
Henry Fernando
Kanata, Ontario
Canada


3rd Place Finalist
Paul Kline
Gaithersburg, MD
USA
RA Photo Clubs Photographer of the Year 2006
01st May 2006 - 0 comments
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I was awarded The R.A. Photo Club's Photographer of the Year Award at the Club's Annual Banquet on May 16, 2006. The award is presented to the member who achieves the highest total score for the best six competition entries.
Photographer of the Year Semifinalist (Popular Photography)
19th April 2006 - 0 comments
I was selected as one of the semifinalists out of hundreds of entries from around the world in Popular Photography & Imaging’s Photographer of the Year 2006 Competition. The competitors were asked to submit four photos: People, Action, Product and one shot of anything. The semi-finalists work are posted on Popular Photography’s website(http://www.popphoto.com/article.asp?section_id=5&article_id=1976) where readers can see the photos and vote for their favourite until May 30. The top three finishers in this voting will be invited to New York City for a four-day Shoot-Out in July to determine the winner.

If you like to vote for me, I am Photographer 2 with photo of a child with candle shown on the website. The names of the photographers are not displayed. Only the images are posted without any details on the photographers to let the work speak for itself.

VOTE FOR ME!!
Popular Photography Winning Photo
01st March 2006 - 0 comments
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This photo won 3rd place in Popular Photography's International Competition - Action category. The photo was published in the January 2006 edition.