Honorable Mention / 2018 / Press / Feature Story

AMAZON QUEEN

  • Company
    www.valerieleonard.fr
  • Photographer
    VALERIE LEONARD

Iquitos, northeastern Peru. City buried in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. City cut off from the world.
It is the largest city in the world inaccessible by land.
The Peruvian road network is 400 km from here.
Belen, on the banks of the Amazon river, is the poorest and most dangerous district of Iquitos.
17,000 people live there.
There are huts on stilts and others on logs floating in the rainy season.

Gay men here do not need to hide their homosexuality, they are accepted by the community.
The family sense is very strong and Christian religion very present.

Manuel, 18, lives with his parents, uncles, aunts and cousins ​​... .16 members in the same wooden house.
His dream is to win the $ 1,000 first prize of the "Miss Amazonas Gay" contest.
He is rehearsing every day in the alleys of Belen for the big parade and the contest that will take place in September.

French-American, Valerie Leonard travels the world following her theme that she named “Labours of Hercules" where she attempts to show with utmost respect the dignity of women and men living and working in particularly hostile environments.

She takes the time to live with the people and be fully accepted before starting her work.
There is no staging, with patience and respect, she waits for the right moment, the right light to tell the truth, but in terms of beauty.
Far from seeking aesthetic or false compassion she intends to change the way we see a forgotten humanity.

Awards 2018
1st Prize Zoom Photo Festival Saguenay. Canada.
Hon.Mention PX3 Paris/ Press/ Book Documentary
Hon.Mention PX3 Paris/ Press/ Feature Story
2017
Silver Medal ND Awards/ Editorial Environment
Hon.Mention ND Awards/ General news
Winner Pollux Awards/ Documentary
Hon.Mention SDN
Hon.Mention IPA/ Environmental
2016
Bronze star Award ND Awards/ People, Travel
2nd Prize APA Awards/ Documentary Editorial
Gold Medal Documentary Book Prix PX3 Paris
Nom. Fine Art Photography Awards/ Portrait, Travel, Animals, People
2nd Prize "The Other Hundred" Educator's edition
1st Prize Florida Museum Photographic Arts/ Nature, Animals
2015
Honorable Mention IPA
Finalist 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Award 4 categories
Honorable Mention Fine Art Photography Awards
Remarkable Award Siena Photography Awards
Honorable Mention ND Awards 6 categories
2014
Silver Star. ND Awards.
Shortlisted Sony World Photography Awards.
Honor. Mention IPA Category People Children
2013
Finalist Travel Photographer go the Year.
Honor. Mention Best of Photography
Honor. Mention IPA Category One shot/one world.
Nominee Nature Images Awards
Nominee Oasis Photo Contest.
Honor. Mention. Winner of PX Paris.
2012
Honor. Mention. Wildlife IPA .
Honor. Mention. People IPA
Bronze Medal. Art en Capital. Grand Palais. Paris
Photographer of the month National Geographic French website.
2011
1st Prize National Geographic. France