Rafael Podobnik, MFZS, EFIAP/p – Slovenia
The Slovene expressive photographer Rafael Podobnik, who was born in 1942 and now lives in Nova Gorica, is a retired dentist, specialist orthodontist, known for his Master of Photography title, which he received from the Photographic Federation of Slovenia and the Excellence FIAP Platinum title he was honored with by the International Federation of Photographic Art (EFIAP/p).
He got involved in photography in 1958 when he joined a photography class by Vali Treven at the Idrija grammar school. His first shots were accepted for an exhibition under FIAP’s patronage in 1972. He organized over 110 personal exhibitions, co-exhibited at more than 600 joint exhibitions and received over 180 awards. During the 60 years, he spent as a photographer he created a number of sets and over 25 longer cycles. In the 70s he made a series of screen printings. His most remarkable monographs are Osojna Primorska (1989, 1997), Obrusnice (1998), Rafael Podobnik (2002), Let v lunino senco (2006). His work is characterized by light and color shading and his love for nature and human, especially female figures. He loves experimenting and staging and dedicates a lot of his time to mentoring, writing critics and journalism. He is steadfastly convinced that the most important scale in expressive photography is the artistic power of photographic recording. Upon the independence of Slovenia, he changed the Photo Cinema Federation of Slovenia to Photographic Federation of Slovenia, worked as its Chairman from 1991 to 1996 and helped the Federation join FIAP in 1993.
Istvan Kerekes, EFIAP/d2 – Hungary
Istvan Kerekes was born in 1977 in Marosvásárhely. He lives in Mosonmagyaróvár – western Hungary. His pictures have been shown in more than 65 countries, on 6 continents, and he won over 1300 prizes and awards, in international and national photo contests. From 2012 he takes part continuously in different international and national photo contests like jury member or like the president of the jury. With his most valuable photo, Yelena he won 300 prizes in 43 countries / 6 continents.
From 2017 holder of the EFIAP/diamond2 distinction
– from 2016 holder of the EFIAP/diamond1 distinction
– the FIRST Hungarian who received the EFIAP/platinum distinction (2012) and A-MAFOSZ/platina distinction (2016)
– World’s youngest photographer holder of the EFIAP/p., EFIAP/d1. and EFIAP/d2.
He is am member of MAFOSZ – www.mafosz.hu
His personal web page: http://kerekesistvan.com/menu-page/
Miljenko Marotti, EFIAP/p- Croatia
Miljenko Marotti was born on 27 February 1948 in Rijeka. He finished his studies and specialized in medicine at the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb.
He became interested in photography as a student, but only later on, when he joined Fotoclub Zagreb in 2002, he seriously devoted himself to photography. That was also the time he started exhibiting his work. He is now known as one of Fotoclub Zagreb’s most successful members, who took a leading role in the expansionary development of artistic (exhibition, authorial, unconventional) photography.
His 600 photographs have been accepted to the Salon of Photography under FIAP’s patronage 1700-times and so far he has received 85 awards for his amazing work.
Marotti was also honored with the Excellence FIAP Platinum title by the International Federation of Photographic Art (EFIAP/p) and the 1st order Master title by the Croatian Photographic Union. Besides, he is Fotoclub Zagreb’s most successful author and the winner of the “Tošo Dabac” prestigious award bestowed by Fotoclub Zagreb.