/ 2016 / Nature / Underwater


  • Prize
    Silver in Nature/Underwater, Silver in Nature/Water
  • Photographer
    Steffen Faisst

Water is everywhere. It flows along the line of least resistance to find its way to the
ocean, where it comes and goes in tides and waves, evaporates to the sky, and reappears as
precipitation. Water possesses no specific shape by itself, but is formed by the physical
forms and forces surrounding it.
When moving water hits an obstacle, it becomes ejected into the air, temporarily forming
incredible sculptures that are almost unperceivable by the human eye. This ejection
generally leads to inclusion of air into the water, and billions of small air bubbles will
result in a foamy aspect of the expelled water.
Although this process happens all the time at uncounted locations on our planet, no splash
will look like the other. This series intends to show the astonishing beauty of this
common phenomena, emphasizing the enormous variety of forms generated by these natural
elements and forces.

Born 1958 in Freiburg, Germany, I was educated as a biologist and worked in Research and Development in Germany, France and – for the last 16 years – Denmark. During all this time, nature photography was my predominant and private hobby. At January 2015, I decided to “go public” with my photographs, showing them at exhibitions and participating in contests.

Awards 1st prize:

Int'l Photography Awards "IPA 2016", in the category Nature-other;
"The Four Elements" by Exhibitions Without Walls (Jurors: Eric Hatch, Shyam Kannapurakkaran, and Becky Nahafi)

2nd prize:

Prix de la Photographie (PX3), Paris, 2016, in the categories Nature/Water and Nature/Underwater;

3rd prize:

Leonardo Award for Photographic Arts, Chianciano Biennale, 2015

Finalist and Nominee:

Fine Art Photography Awards (2016), in the category Abstract;
36th Annual Spring Photography Contest, 2016, Photographer's Forum magazine.
8th Pollux Awards, 2015, in the category FINE ART, The GALA Awards
35th Annual Spring Photography Contest, 2015, Photographer's Forum magazine.

Honorable mentions:

IPOTY, 2017, International Photographer of the Year, Category Seascapes;
10th Pollux Awards, 2017, in the category FINE ART, The GALA Awards;
Int'l Photography Awards "IPA 2016", in the category Fine Art;
Neutral Density Awards, 2016, in the category Fine Art
IPOTY, 2015, International Photographer of the Year, Category Fine Art;
“ALL Photography and Digital Art”; Contemporary Art Gallery Online (4th place), 2015.
Neutral Density Awards, 2015, in the category Fine Art
Int'l Photography Awards "IPA 2015", in the category Nature;
The EPSON International Pano Awards in the Open Nature / Landscapes category (Bronze Award)
"Photograph of the Year Competition 2015", 9th Better Photography Magazine,in the category "revealing nature" (Silver and Bronze);
Nature Art Competition 2015, LST Gallery ("Special Merit" and "Special Recognition" Awards);