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International recognition for Maltese photographer

Attard’s picture of the scaffolding around the bastions.

Attard’s picture of the scaffolding around the bastions.

Maltese photographer Alex Attard recently received a number of awards from two influen-tial international photographic organisations.

Attard scooped up four awards at the International Photography Awards including the prestigious third place in the Industrial Architecture category with his photograph Service Station, just missing out on a nomination to the high profile Lucie Awards taking place in New York this month.

His picture of the scaffolding around the bastions also won an award, as did his abstract series of a local showroom. This is the second time Attard has been awarded by the IPA, having received three honours last year.

Attard was also recently presented with an Honours award in the sixth Annual Black and White Spider Awards in the Architecture category at a prestigious Nomination and Winners Photo Show watched by 40,000 online viewers who logged on from 154 countries to see the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography.

The Black and White Spider Awards honour excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event puts the spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers world-wide and honours the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography. Thousands of images were submitted for the awards from 73 countries worldwide.

The awards’ international jury included captains of the industry from the Tate Gallery, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Magnum Photos, The Armory Show, Fratelli Alinari and Phillips de Pury and Company in London who honoured Spider Fellows with 190 coveted title awards in 27 categories.

Attard was nominated in no less than three categories; architecture, portraiture and photojournalism, and he won the award for his photograph of the stairwell of the Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta.

“The Spider Awards celebrate photographers who operate at the highest levels of their craft,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards’ creative director.

“Attard’s work represents black and white photography at its finest, and we are pleased to present him with this award.”

Attard is a fine art photographer working mainly on personal projects, particularly, but not exclusively, in the field of architecture. His preference is for black and white photography.

He is currently working on an exhibition, which is due to open in November, that will include most of his award-winning photographs.

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