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April 20th THE PASCAL LECOCQ AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT about CREATIVE VISION 2021

This is the time of the year Michael Aw puts me under pressure since 2016 as juror for the Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year Awards  to choose between amazing pictures winner and runners up for THE PASCAL LECOCQ AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT about CREATIVE VISION, and honors me to join legendery jurors such as the late Ernie Brooks , David Doubilet, Jennifer Hayes, Eric Bettens Composer, Stan Waterman ,Valerie Taylor, Stephen Frink , Alex Mustard and others.. Coming soon… Pic from last year winner Jim Hellemn: “I imagine this amazing picture 20 or 30 feet long where you could immerse yourself in a beautiful universe that transcribes our beloved underwater world, its fragility and how we should stand for to keep it alive. I figure that the composition and the technique behind the picture have been mastered by the landscape painter… I mean the talented photographer here ! Today, I think Big, I think big is worth to praise when it is well composed and lighten, focused, and detailed as if you where on site soaring like the turtle.” Pascal Lecocq 2020
Last year winners: 2020 – http://ogpicoty.ogsociety.org/creative-vision-winners-2020/

 

July 12th, 2020 Ocean Geographic Lecture by Pascal

Counting down to see the life of Blue People Planet in the next Ocean Geographic LIVE with Pascal Lecocq PhD. Pascal Lecocq will entertain you with his blend of fine art – fun, refreshing, surrealism indulged with a unique blend of humour.
Pascal’s paintings have been exhibited worldwide in more than 250 solo exhibitions since 1977 and in museums in France and the United States;
Dive into Pascal’s planet of people on 13 July 11am (SYD), 9am (SG) / 12 July 9pm EST (NY) -
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83542263399…

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See the presentation here: https://www.facebook.com/1284303710/videos/pcb.10222940060871721/10222939996710117/

 

July 10th: Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year 2020 Pascal Award

I’ve been honored for the second year to have the Ocean Geographic Pictures of the year naming one of the categorie THE PASCAL LECOCQ AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, along side the legendaries Ernie Brooks , David Doubilet, Ron and Valerie Taylor, Stephen Frink , Alex Mustard, Michael Aw and others.
The Creative Vision – the Pascal Lecocq Award for Outstanding Achievement – looked for unique, surprising, artistic interpretations of the ocean (intertidal or from the surface, abstract or ambiguous, but has to be executed to exacting photographic techniques). We looked for a distinct, well thought out process, originality and an attempt to convey a greater understanding of our watery planet.
The competition is host by the Australian magazine Ocean Geographic .

Thanks Michael Aw, Wildlife photographer, Author, Founder Ocean Geographic, Senior Fellow International League of Conservation Photographers, Fellow – Explorers Club, www.michaelaw.com. Ocean Geographic magazine (Australia) encourages deeper appreciation of the beauty and the fragility of our ocean planet with the use of the finest imageries and passionate essays of the sea.

Last years results.

Winner CV175

I imagine this amazing picture 20 or 30 feet long where you could immerse yourself in a beautiful universe that transcribes our beloved underwater world, its fragility and how we should stand for to keep it alive. I figure that the composition and the technique behind the picture have been mastered by the landscape painter… I mean the talented photographer here ! Today, I think Big, I think big is worth to praise when it is well composed and lighten, focused, and detailed as if you where on site soaring like the turtle.

 

Suggestion. Composition is my obsession and I would have moved the central coral from the axis (to the golden section location on the right), even I’m sure the intention was to focus the viewer on the middle, lightly compensated by the dynamic position of the turtle.

 

Runner up CV 184

Going thru the mirror, from Lewis Carroll to the French poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau, is always a great metaphor of the creativity, to escape the real, even underwater world is real. Staging and creating scenes underwater are still  a powerful challenge for the imagination and the realization, particularly when you go through the frame…

 

Suggestion. Talking about frame, I would have rotated a bit the horizon (vertical!) line to a straighter direction.


Special honourable mention CV158

I’m just in awe about the skill used to create such a piece of art and

I can’t get how this artwork was done (filters? lens effects?). That is the kind of mystery that makes the difference between a snapshot with your disposable cam and a fine art photography.

 

Honourable mention CV202

Humoristic shot got by the photographer, how the cam captures the subject !!!

Suggestion: would have need a better framing of top of the picture.

 

Honourable mention CV197

This one is the best of two submissions by the same photographer, I figure,  because it’s more than a double exposure without much meaning. Here the model almost holds the reef in “her right hand” bringing herself- her mind- underwater…

Suggestion: I remember my first drawing lesson… “leave borders around the subject” so I would have found this poetic picture perfect with the top of her head and the end of the bang inside the framing.

 

May 24th THE PASCAL LECOCQ AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT about CREATIVE VISION 2020

This is the time of the year Michael Aw puts me under pressure since 2016 as juror for the Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year Awards (http://ogpicoty.ogsociety.org) to choose between amazing pictures winner and runners up for THE PASCAL LECOCQ AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT about CREATIVE VISION, and honors me to join legendery jurors such as Ernie Brooks , David Doubilet, Jennifer Hayes, Eric Bettens Composer, Stan Waterman ,Valerie Taylor, Stephen Frink , Alex Mustard and others.. Coming soon… Pic from last year winner Marc Henauer: “”Thinking of” creative vision… our winner had a creative vision, an idea he wanted to paint with the medium he used the best: underwater photography. He found the location, set the scene, used an inspirational lighting and shot the performance of the free diver. The homage to Rodin’s “Thinker” lets us think of what the inspirational light tells to the character: would it be that we need to respect Mother Nature and Mare Nostrum ?” Pascal Lecocq 2019

previous winners 2019- http://ogpicoty.ogsociety.org/creative-vision-winners-2018-2019/

 

July 10th: Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year 2019 Pascal Award

I’ve been honored for the second year to have the Ocean Geographic Pictures of the year naming one of the categorie THE PASCAL LECOCQ AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, along side the legendaries Ernie Brooks , David Doubilet, Ron and Valerie Taylor, Stephen Frink , Alex Mustard, Michael Aw and others.
The Creative Vision – the Pascal Lecocq Award for Outstanding Achievement – looked for unique, surprising, artistic interpretations of the ocean (intertidal or from the surface, abstract or ambiguous, but has to be executed to exacting photographic techniques). We looked for a distinct, well thought out process, originality and an attempt to convey a greater understanding of our watery planet.
The competition is host by the Australian magazine Ocean Geographic .

Thanks Michael Aw, Wildlife photographer, Author, Founder Ocean Geographic, Senior Fellow International League of Conservation Photographers, Fellow – Explorers Club, www.michaelaw.com. Ocean Geographic magazine (Australia) encourages deeper appreciation of the beauty and the fragility of our ocean planet with the use of the finest imageries and passionate essays of the sea.

Last year results.

Winner 2019 CV024

“Thinking of” creative vision… our winner had a creative vision, an idea he wanted to paint with the medium he used the best: underwater photography. He found the location, set the scene, used an inspirational lighting and shot the performance of the free diver. The homage to Rodin’s “Thinker” lets us think of what the inspirational light tells to the character: would it be that we need to respect Mother Nature and Mare Nostrum ?

Runner up 2019 CV021

The classic creative vision using the camera in the right spot to tell a story. No filter, no effect, no digital manipulation or post work. And you let the spectator imagine meanings like harmony of our planet, the balance of the fourth elements, the right proportion of our universe (given here by the blue starfish showing exactly what the golden ratio is) or… our lost paradise.

special mention 2019 cv025

Digital artists can play with numerous new tools today as brushes, effects, filters, 3D objects from the graphic palette and add them to underwater pictures to create visual artworks like this combination in blue. The best in this field of many applications this year.

 

April 2nd THE PASCAL LECOCQ AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT about CREATIVE VISION 2019

This is the time of the year Michael Aw puts me under pressure since 2016 as juror for the Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year Awards (http://ogpicoty.ogsociety.org) to choose between amazing pictures winner and runners up for THE PASCAL LECOCQ AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT about CREATIVE VISION, and honors me to join legendery jurors such as Ernie Brooks , David Doubilet, Jennifer Hayes, Eric Bettens Composer, Stan Waterman ,Valerie Taylor, Stephen Frink , Alex Mustard and others.. Coming soon… Pic from last year winner : “Using all effects from the lightroom doesn’t mean the pinnacle of originality, on the contrary, getting the right point of view could be able to reveal the viewer’s own creativity. “All in a bubble” could title this shot letting us connecting the microcosm and the macrocosm, saying that life, the one of those water-lilies, the one of the little insect in the middle bottom, and our life are tied to the great architecture of the universe and that we should protect it. The focus on the bubbles stuck beneath the leaves projects us in the orb given by the lens, like the great graphic artist MC.Escher would suggest as a “mise en abyme”. Don’t let our blue bubble “Earth” and Life/organic and vegetal – composed of air/the little bubble and the sky, water/clouds, earth /lilies and forest rooted in it, and fire/sun and colors – with the great contribution of this photography, burst by our fault.” Pascal Lecocq 2018

 

July 10th: Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year 2017/18 Pascal Award

I’ve been honored for the second year to have the Ocean Geographic Pictures of the year naming one of the categorie THE PASCAL LECOCQ AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, along side the legendaries Ernie Brooks , David Doubilet, Ron and Valerie Taylor, Stephen Frink , Alex Mustard, Michael Aw and others.
The Creative Vision – the Pascal Lecocq Award for Outstanding Achievement – looked for unique, surprising, artistic interpretations of the ocean (intertidal or from the surface, abstract or ambiguous, but has to be executed to exacting photographic techniques). We looked for a distinct, well thought out process, originality and an attempt to convey a greater understanding of our watery planet.
The competition is host by the Australian magazine Ocean Geographic .

Thanks Michael Aw, Wildlife photographer, Author, Founder Ocean Geographic, Senior Fellow International League of Conservation Photographers, Fellow – Explorers Club, www.michaelaw.com. Ocean Geographic magazine (Australia) encourages deeper appreciation of the beauty and the fragility of our ocean planet with the use of the finest imageries and passionate essays of the sea.

Last year results.

Winner CV020

Using all effects from the lightroom doesn’t mean the pinnacle of originality, on the contrary, getting the right point of view could be able to reveal the viewer’s own creativity. “All in a bubble” could title this shot letting us connecting the microcosm and the macrocosm, saying that life, the one of those water-lilies, the one of the little insect in the middle bottom, and our life are tied to the great architecture of the universe and that we should protect it. The focus on the bubbles stuck beneath the leaves projects us in the orb given by the lens like the great graphic artist MC.Escher would suggest as a “mise en abyme”. Don’t let our blue bubble “Earth” and Life/organic and vegetal – composed of air/the little bubble and the sky, water/clouds, earth /lilies and forest rooted in it, and fire/sun and colors – with the great contribution of this photography, burst by our fault.

 

Runner up CV047

Composition is everything, whatever you want to create an harmonious picture (best using the golden ratio or a symmetric pattern) or a well balance “painting”. A simple effect like in this “shrimps encounter” makes a huge impact just using the right layout.

 

Very Special mention CV002

Effect and composition of this “blue eye” is catching yours…Winner CV020

Using all effects from the lightroom doesn’t mean the pinnacle of originality, on the contrary, getting the right point of view could be able to reveal the viewer’s own creativity. “All in a bubble” could title this shot letting us connecting the microcosm and the macrocosm, saying that life, the one of those water-lilies, the one of the little insect in the middle bottom, and our life are tied to the great architecture of the universe and that we should protect it. The focus on the bubbles stuck beneath the leaves projects us in the orb given by the lens like the great graphic artist MC.Escher would suggest as a “mise en abyme”. Don’t let our blue bubble “Earth” and Life/organic and vegetal – composed of air/the little bubble and the sky, water/clouds, earth /lilies and forest rooted in it, and fire/sun and colors – with the great contribution of this photography, burst by our fault.

 

Runner up CV047

Composition is everything, whatever you want to create an harmonious picture (best using the golden ratio or a symmetric pattern) or a well balance “painting”. A simple effect like in this “shrimps encounter” makes a huge impact just using the right layout.

 

Very Special mention CV002

Effect and composition of this “blue eye” is catching yours…

 

March 5 THE PASCAL LECOCQ AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT about CREATIVE VISION 2018

This is the time of the year Michael Aw puts me under pressure since 2016 as juror for the Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year Awards (http://ogpicoty.ogsociety.org) to choose between amazing pictures winner and runners up for THE PASCAL LECOCQ AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT about CREATIVE VISION, and honors me to join legendery jurors such as Ernie Brooks , David Doubilet, Jennifer Hayes, Eric Bettens Composer, Stan Waterman ,Valerie Taylor, Stephen Frink , Alex Mustard and others.. Coming soon…

Pic from last year winner : “The great architecture of the universe combines the 4 elements ( fire/sun, air/sky, earth/land, up and u/w, water/drop) to enable life (algae and starfish) on our (rond and watery) planet, in a beautiful harmony (the golden ratio illustrated by the star(fish)) and composition of this outstanding creative vision of the ocean and nature.” Pascal Lecocq 2017

 

July: Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year 2016/17 Pascal Award

I’ve been honored to have the Ocean Geographic Pictures of the year naming one of the categorie THE PASCAL LECOCQ AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, along side the legendaries Ernie Brooks , David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes Undersea Images, Eric Bettens, Stan Waterman , Ron and Valerie Taylor, Stephen Frink , Alex Mustard, Michael Aw and others.
The Creative Vision – the Pascal Lecocq Award for Outstanding Achievement – looked
for unique, surprising, artistic interpretations of the ocean (intertidal or from the surface, abstract or ambiguous, but has to be executed to exacting photographic techniques). We looked for a distinct, well thought out process, originality and an attempt to convey a greater understanding of our watery planet.

Thanks Michael Aw, Wildlife photographer, Author, Founder Ocean Geographic, Senior Fellow International League of Conservation Photographers, Fellow – Explorers Club, www.michaelaw.com

More about THE PASCAL LECOCQ AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, and results.

 

July: Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year 2016/17 Pascal Award – Results

I’ve been honored to have the Ocean Geographic Pictures of the year naming one of the categorie THE PASCAL LECOCQ AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, along side the legendaries Ernie Brooks , David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes Undersea Images, Eric Bettens, Stan Waterman , Ron and Valerie Taylor, Stephen Frink , Alex Mustard, Michael Aw and others.
The Creative Vision – the Pascal Lecocq Award for Outstanding Achievement – looked
for unique, surprising, artistic interpretations of the ocean (intertidal or from the surface, abstract or ambiguous, but has to be executed to exacting photographic techniques). We looked for a distinct, well thought out process, originality and an attempt to convey a greater understanding of our watery planet.

Thanks Michael Aw, Wildlife photographer, Author, Founder Ocean Geographic, Senior Fellow International League of Conservation Photographers, Fellow – Explorers Club, www.michaelaw.com

1  Winner ,”The great architecture of the universe combines the 4 elements ( fire/sun, air/sky, earth/land, up and u/w, water/drop) to enable life (algae and starfish) on our (rond and watery) planet, in a beautiful harmony (the golden ratio illustrated by the star(fish)) and composition of this outstanding creative vision of the ocean and nature.”Pascal Lecocq 2017

2 Runner Up

“Microcosm of life reflects the macrocosm of the universe and vice versa and the light reveals the same complexity and fragility of both. A suggestion made possible by a well composed scene and the skill and artistic gift of a photographer.”Pascal Lecocq 2017

 3 and 4 couple of Honourable Mention or Special Mention.

“A colorful painting (!) pointing out the beauty offered underwater. Not agressive, dynamic, deep and perfectly composed.”Pascal Lecocq 2017
“Ice or glass sculpture, solid. fluid or gaz, nothing than water can be turned into art. Just ad the personal point of view of a photographer and the idea to rotate the picture…”Pascal Lecocq 2017

Special Mention is for a picture with a unique perspective or idea.
“A yin yang of the universe mixing space and depth in the shades of (my beloved) blue. Stars and nebulae, gaseous galaxies and liquid abstraction where spacial vessels or little fish cotoie  the super novae of life, light conecting the ocean to the whole, and how fool we humans are to destroyed such beauty, thanks to the artist suggesting such meaning.”Pascal Lecocq 2017
 
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