WINNERS OF 2023
Jazz World Photo 2023
Hervé Escario / FR
Two magical discoveries changed Hervé’s sensitive universe: Archie Shepp at the age of 12 and Josef Koudelka at 20. The photography, mainly in black and white, of jazz musicians but also of circus and dance artists became obvious. In conjunction with his job as a physical education and sports teacher, Hervé regularly collaborates with artists to illustrate their website, album cover and press photos. He is also one of the official photographers of the Tourcoing Jazz Festival, Dunkerque Jazz Club and Jazz en Nord Festival.
Dariusz Kwapisiewicz / PL
I live in the centre of Poland in Tomaszów Mazowiecki. A city surrounded by forests, situated on the banks of five rivers, a city with which the famous Polish photographer specialising in pictures of jazz musicians – Marek Karewicz – was connected. My love of photography was born out of my love of nature. It was nature that was the main subject of my photographs. I discovered jazz photography thanks to the “Love Polish Jazz Festival”, which has been taking place in my town for several years now. It is thanks to this festival that once a year I can capture the unbridled expression of jazz musicians performing on stage. And I don’t know what gives me more pleasure, taking photos or listening to live music. Probably both.
Dragoslav Nedici / RO
I am born in Timisoara, Romania. I start to shoot in 2008 but pure amateurly, in 2010 I am buying my first DSLR and I start to be second photographer toghether with my friend, theacher and mentor Liviu Tulbure who was in that time oficial photographer in Garana Jazz Festival… and easily I starting to be adicted for this new passion…in 2014 I am going first time like accredited photographer in Serbia, at Belgrade Jazz Festival and there I meet a group of foreing journalists and photographers who accept me like a real pro… what I not was…but I liked that very much and I become part of that gang. We are now very good friends and we are seeng each other in bunch of festivals in Europe. So I can tell that from 2014 I am staring to do this more seriously ,more demanding. Now I am oficial photographer for Garana Jazz Festiva in Romania and for Pancevo Jazz Festival in Serbia, I colaborate wit some magazines , jazz portals and sites, I have bunch of photos in some books of jazz muzicians interviews writen by Adriana Carcu and Vojislav Pantic, lot of exhibition,colectiv and personal in Romania,Serbia, Rusia, in 2018 I was lucky and my photo was againe selected in 30 finalist of this contests with my photo of Mazz Swift , in 2020 my photo of Jazzmei Horn was selected from Jazz Journalist Associasions from USA to be photo of the year, and from 2022 I become full member of Jazz Journalists Associasion in USA.
Jazz World Photo Competition
The world competition for jazz photographers JAZZ WORLD PHOTO had its beginnings in 2013, being organized by photographer Patrick Marek and his friends – promoter Tomáš Katschner and photographer Ivan Prokop. In its first year, the competition was attended by many photographers from all over the world – 134 participants from 29 countries. International jury picked 3 winners, who accepted their prizes in person – 1st prize was awarded to Didier Jallais (France), 2nd prize to Rainer Rygalyk (Austria) and 3rd prize went to Miroslav Novotný (Czech Republic). Thirty selected photographs became the body of well received traveling exhibition. During the following year, this exhibition was shown to great applause at many festivals and in art galleries throughout Czech Republic, Slovakia and Belgium. In the second year, JAZZ WORLD PHOTO participation increased by 40% – to 187 photographers from 27 countries. The increase was unexpected – in the second year, the rules had changed, and the photographers were allowed to send in only pictures taken in that year. And the final result was surprising even for the independent Jury that evaluated the photographs anonymously. All three principal prizes went to authors from one country – Italy. The Jury awarded the 1st place to Andrea Rotili, 2nd place to Andrea Palmucci, and 3rd place to Fabio Orlando. The collection of 30 best photographs again forms traveling exhibition that is in high demand. Every year, the exhibition is accompanied by full printed catalogue. Jazz World Photo is a not-for-profit project aiming to promote jazz and jazz photography in the context of related genres like blues, funk, world music etc. Every year, the winners and jurors meet during the main concert at the international festival Jazzinec in Trutnov, Czech Republic. Both years of the competition were included in the events of the International Jazz Day sponsored by UNESCO. Last year’s prizes were created by well known Czech art designer Jan Činčera, who is already working on the prizes for the next year.