Honorable Mention / 2018 / Fine Art / Digitally Enhanced

Unexpected Geology

  • Photographer
    Ellen Jantzen

Unexpected Geology


In this series I am exploring the realm of one’s environmental
surroundings, how that is absorbed into one’s psyche and how
this changes through relocations.
My move from the relatively flat Midwest (my place of birth) to
the mountainous West (New Mexico, specifically) needed some
adjustments in my way of working and seeing. Initially I was
stymied by this landscape that is so fraught with cliché. But, I
soon found myself aspiring to bring my new home into focus, to
make it my own.

I stand back and take it all in. I have always been intrigued with
mountains, their formation, evolution and beauty. I find the
history of geology fascinating, the ebb and flow of minerals,
deposits and formations. I am intrigued with how small rocks
and stones are, essentially, mountains except for size. They are
made of the same materials and minerals. Ratio, proportion,
relative size, all plays

I don’t consider myself a "photographer" but an image-maker, as I create work that bridges the world of photography, prints and collage. As digital cameras began producing excellent resolution, I found my perfect medium. It was a true confluence of technical advancements and creative desire that culminated in my current explorations in photo-inspired art using both a camera to capture imagery and a computer to alter, combine and manipulate the pieces.
My work has been shown in galleries and museums world-wide as well as numerous web-based sites.

Awards 2019
FIRST PLACE WINNER - 14th Pollux Award, Professional for my series "Mid+West"
CRITICAL MASS 2019 FINALIST - Top 200 chosen.
12th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS - Honorable Mention
BRONZE AWARD in the Fine Arts Special Effects category at the Tokyo International FotoAwards for my series "Unexpected Geology"
2018
HONORABLE MENTION in the Chromatic Awards
FINALIST in One Eyeland's "Top 10 Landscape Photographers 2018"
HONORABLE MENTION in the International Photo Awards
BEST SERIES - L.A. Photo Curator “Serenity”
SECOND PLACE - L.A. Photo Curator “The Pictorialist Photo”
FINE ART WINNER - Rangefinders 2018 Photography Awards
THE PHOTOGRAPHY GALA AWARDS
GOLD WINNER in the ANNUAL TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FOTO AWARDS
SECOND PLACE WINNER in the ANNUAL TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FOTO AWARDS
HONORABLE MENTION in the 11th Julia Margaret Cameron Award
HONORABLE MENTION PX3, Prix de la Photographie, Paris
RUNNER UP in the 11TH POLLUX AWARDS (Digital Manipulation & Collage)
11th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS - Honorable Mention
SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
2017
SPECIAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR in the International Photography Awards.
1ST PLACE WINNER in the International Photography Awards
3RD PLACE WINNER in the International Chromatic Awards
HONORABLE MENTIONS for two series 10th Annual Pollux Awards
HONORABLE MENTION for one series (Fine Arts Category 10th Annual Pollux Awards
RUNNER UP in the 10th Julia Margaret Cameron Award
SHORT LISTED Art Gemini PhotoX Award, exhibition in London, June
2nd PLACE NYC4PA Liquid 2017 Award, juror Debra Klomp Ching
2016
HONORABLE MENTION (Photomanipulation)
ND Awards (Neutral Density Photography Awards)
BRONZE AWARD WINNER 1st Tokyo International Foto Awards
FIRST PLACE WINNER Moscow International Foto Awards
LONGLISTED for the Aesthetica Art Prize (exhibited 04/14 - 05/29)
HONORABLE MENTION International Color Awards, 9th Annual
2015
WINNER of the 8th Julia Margaret Cameron Award honoring women