Honorable Mention / 2020 / Fine Art / Still Life

Corona Botanics

"Corona Botanics" series was made during the strict lockdown in Poland.
I combined everyday objects (and those connected with COVID-19 pandemic) from my home with garden flowers.

My idea was to use this configuration as a metaphor for coping mechanisms. I mainly based on the positive aspect of emotion-focused coping, which is what plants stand for in this project. Optimism, humor, gratefulness, and kindness - have become crucial for maintaining good mental health in a world of restraints and restrictions.

Marta Wapiennik was born in 1988, lives and works in Cracow, Poland. She graduated from the Graphic Department at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. In January 2019, she had her solo exhibition in New York. Wapiennik's artworks are frequently exhibited across Europe and the USA.

"I create principally in two areas of art, digital photography, and oil painting. While painting, I feel like I have full freedom to express my inner world of emotions. I reach for a brush whenever I want to escape from everyday life. It's a meditation process that lets me release tension and stress."


Honorable Mention/ New York Center for the Photographic Arts (USA)/ From the Seed/ Juror: Aline Smithson (from Lenscratch)/ 2020

Second place award in Photography category, Arts in Harmony International Juried Art Exhibition, Hopkins Center for the Arts/USA/2019

2 Honorable Mentions/Neutral Density Awards/Category: Professional-FineArt-Conceptual/2017

Juror First Award and Honorable Mention/GLASS/Traer Scott/New York Center for Photography/NY/USA/2017

Finalist/NanoArt International Competition/Roi Dore Gallerie/Paris/France/2017

2 Honorable Mentions/ND Awards/Neutral Density Awards/USA/2016

Second Place/Silver Glass/People Category/Open Photographic Championship Olsztyn/PL/2016

Honorable Mention/IPA/International Photography Awards/Los Angeles/USA/2016

Finalist/ International Competition Art Kudos/2016

Honorable Mention/Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA)/Russia/2016

Silver Award Winner/photography/Art Forward contest#5/Show and Sell/NY/USA/2016

Honorable Mention/FAUX//Juror: Louise Clements/The Center for Fine Art Photography/CO/USA/2016

Honorable Mention/ND Awards - Neutral Density Awards/ USA/2015

Honorable Mention/Moscow International Photography Award (MIFA)/Russia/2015

Honorable Mention/PHOTO15/Juror: Johannes DeYoung|Yale MFA Professor/FRONT art space/NY/USA/2015

finalist of the international competition/Art of contemplation/Rome/ Italy/2015

Honorable Mention/IPA - International Photography Awards/Los Angeles/USA/2015

Honorable Mention/Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA)/Russia/2014

Nomination for an award/XXIV National Artistic Photography Salon Żary/PL/2014

Distinction/TIFF Festival/PL/2014


Winner/poster competition for the Red Cross/Venezuela/2013