I got nominated!

Blue lines, surfing and temples in Bali. My contributions to International Photoawards, IPA
One of the photos I submitted to International Photo Awards contest 2022, which illustrates how the blue lines from the sea are coming in towards the temple in Jl Batu Bolong. And of course, there’s surfing too.

I couldn’t believe it when I got the email, that’s why I haven’t posted it here but, my contribution to International Photo Awards 2022, IPA, got nominated. It’s a series of photos I took one morning during maybe two hours at Batu Bolong in Canggu, Bali. I was, and still am, so fascinated by the temple, surfing and the sea, I tried to put all three in my photos and basically that are the photos I submitted. Think it was a good opportunity for me to submit a series of photos which are centered around one, or three, theme. And I didn’t win, but that really doesn’t matter. Or, of course it would have been super nice and a big opportunity for me. But, my photos got seen and I got to show how I see the world and maybe some people have discovered the beauty of the sea, surfing and the temples of Bali.

So I will continue to submit photos to contests and exhibitions, it’s easier when you already have a couple of sets of images which are ready. I’ve read that you have to continue to try, and enter contest, and you can submit the same images to many places. What I’ve noticed it’s that different organisations prioritise different kind of styles. And it’s not that my images are not good, it’s just that they don’t suit the contest of are in fashion at the moment. It’s ok. And I think it’s better to develop your own style than to try and fit into what’s fashionable at the moment.


The official contribution to the contest. And below are my official badges. When I was looking at Instagram and I saw other people posting these, and still was in doubt if I had been nominated, when I finally found them on Photoawards site I got assured that it was actually true.

So yes, I will continue to enter contests. And, by doing so I learn a lot not just about entering contest but also about what kind of photos I like to take and it’s an opportunity to spend more time with my photos and look at them as a set, a body of work. Having a body of work sounds super pretentious I know, but it’s actually true. And makes me proud, it’s not just a “nice click” it’s photographs.

  1. hi…very nice of you to be nominated and this is really very important. and the main thing is that you photograph what you feel and look and see. continue and always be you and your gaze.my hug.

    1. Thank you! Yes it’s true and, I’ve realised I’ve become so much more confident in my photography and want my photos to be shown to the world and not hiding them in my computer anymore. So, more contest and hopefully an exhibition somewhere ๐Ÿคž

  2. Grattis till nomineringen med dina fina surffoton! Nu sรฅg jag ditt efternamn, jag som gick skolan i Kiruna, kul.

  3. “What Iโ€™ve noticed itโ€™s that different organisations prioritise different kind of styles. And itโ€™s not that my images are not good, itโ€™s just that they donโ€™t suit the contest of are in fashion at the moment. Itโ€™s ok. And I think itโ€™s better to develop your own style than to try and fit into whatโ€™s fashionable at the moment”

    Congratulations to you for being nominated ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™Œ. Those are very wise words — the fact that you were nominated at all is quite the feat and honour in of itself, even though you’re not trying to be too competitive and is mainly just doing what you love ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ™Œ.

      1. You are welcome ๐Ÿ™.

        You are doing what makes you happy and still participating in contests to spread awareness and the word about some of these wonderful areas and locations that you’ve been too, which is super admirable โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡.

      2. Once again ๐Ÿ™ hope I get to travel to some more wonderful areas in the future although I’m very happy I’ve been able to travel during this part of the pandemic.

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