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In the spring of 2018, I vacationed in Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Tofino is very popular with surfers because of its many sandy beaches. Most mornings I started the day with a long beach walk. Chesterman beach was my favourite with its rugged raw beauty and the sea mist coming from the pacific ocean. There were always surfers on the long part of the beach but this particular morning they tried their luck on this rocky wild corner, and I was lucky to be there and to take this photograph.
I am a self taught photographer inspired by the different places where I grew up . Born in the Netherlands, I moved every three years, and when I was 12 years old, I lived on Curaçao, an island in the Caribbean, where I bought my first camera and from that time on photography has always been a part of me.
I try to take photographs that call attention to daily things that other people overlook; my goal is to share my ‘eye’ and to show how everything we take for granted can actually become exceptional, which elevates the spirit, emotion, and thought.
In 2004 I moved to Kingston, Canada.
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WINNER OF PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris
IRIS VAN LOON OF CANADA WAS AWARDED THIRD PRIZE IN THE PX3 2015 COMPETITION.
PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS (PX3) ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF PX3 2015 COMPETITION.
Iris van Loon of Canada was Awarded: Third Prize in category Portraiture for the entry entitled, " The Wool Dyer ." The jury selected PX3 2015’s winners from thousands of photography entries from over 85 countries.
Px3 is juried by top international decision-makers in the photography industry: Carol Johnson, Curator of Photography of Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; Gilles Raynaldy, Director of Purpose, Paris; Viviene Esders, Expert près la Cour d'Appel de Paris; Mark Heflin, Director of American Illustration + American Photography, New York; Sara Rumens, Lifestyle Photo Editor of Grazia Magazine, London; Françoise Paviot, ; Chrisitine Ollier, Art Director of Filles du Calvaire, Paris; Natalie Johnson, Features Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine, London; Natalie Belayche, Director of Visual Delight, Paris; Kenan Aktulun, VP/Creative Director of Digitas, New York; Chiara Mariani, Photo Editor of Corriere della Sera Magazine, Italy; Arnaud Adida, Director of Acte 2 Gallery/Agency, Paris; Jeannette Mariani, Director of 13 Sévigné Gallery, Paris; Bernard Utudjian, Director of Galerie Polaris, Paris; Agnès Voltz, Director of Chambre Avec Vues, Paris; and Alice Gabriner, World Picture Editor of Time Magazine, New York.
The "Prix de la Photographie Paris" (Px3) strives to promote the appreciation of photography, to discover emerging talent, and introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris. Winning photographs from this competition are exhibited in a high-profile gallery in Paris and published in the high-quality, full-color Px3 Annual Book.
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