/ 2020 / Fine Art / Landscape

Torii

  • Prize
    Bronze in Fine Art/Landscape
  • Company
    Håggard Photography
  • Photographer
    Ronny Behnert

A torii is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the mundane to the sacred. The presence of a torii is usually the simplest way to identify Shinto shrines.
They are everywhere in Japan, even on the highest mountains and the darkest forests. But the most interesting torii are these ones, who are not easy to find because they stand in the middle of the ocean at the coast of Japan. These hidden torii are the main objects in my series, which I created during my last trip to Japan in 2019.

Ronny Behnert was born in Luckenwalde, a small city in the south of Berlin, Germany. Since 1989 he lives and works in Berlin but during this time he had his second home in Frankfurt am Main and on the island of Sylt too, where he spent two years. 
He has been actively working on photography since January 2007. The award winning photographer founded in 2010 his project “Håggard Photography” and works for various newspapers and magazines but while continuously developing his skills and knowledge, Ronny never wants to give up his amateur spirit. To find himself back in his artworks he tries to spend as much time as it`s possible to explore the world. His recent series and photos from Iceland, United Arab Emirates, Denmark, Sweden and Venice have already been published in prestigious photo magazines.

Awards 2020
- Nominee, 13th International Color Awards, Los Angeles, Category: Fine Art (Professional)
- 1st place, Photographer of the year 2020, DigitalPHOTO, Germany, Category: Architecture
- Finalist, Sony World Photography Awards, UK, Categorie: Landscape (Professional)

2019
- 1st place, International Photo Awards, USA, Category: Professional Fine Art / Landscape
- Nominee, 13. Black & White Spider Awards, Category: Architectural / Fine Art
- Silver Award, Tokyo International Photo Awards, Japan, Category: Fine Art

2018
- Nominee, 4. Fine Art Photography Awards, London, Category: Architecture / Fine Art (Professional)
- 2nd place „Picture of the year 2017“, Foto Meyer, Germany

2017
- Shortlist, Felix Schoeller Photoaward 2017, Germany, Category: Landscape / Nature
- 2nd place, Photographer of the year 2017, DigitalPHOTO, Germany, Category: Landscape
- 1st place, Photographer of the year 2016, Monochrome Awards, London, Category: Architecture

2016
- Nominee, 11. Black & White Spider Awards, Category: Architecture
- Silver Award, Epson Pano Awards, Australia, Category: Open Built Environment
- Nominee, Fine Art Photography Awards, London, Category: Architecture / Panorama photography
- 1st place, Picture of the year 2015, Foto Meyer / Sony, Germany

2015
- 1st place, Photographer of the year 2015, DigitalPHOTO, Germany
- 2nd place, Photographer of the year 2015, DigitalPHOTO, Germany, Category: Architecture
- Finalist, European professional photographer of the year award 2015, FEP

2014
- 1st place / Gold Star Award, ND Awards, Category: Architecture / Buildings
- Nominee, 9. Black & White Spider Awards, Category: Architecture / Fine Art
- 1st place, Photographer of the year 2014, DigitalPHOTO, Germany, Category: Black & White
- Gold medal, Trierenberg Super Circuit, Austria, Category: Architecture

2012
- 3rd place, Vanguard photo competition, Category: Long exposure
- 1st place, Brennpunkt Magazin, Germany, Cate