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  • Prize
    Bronze in Portraiture/Personality
  • Company
    Kristina Varaksina
  • Photographer
    Kristina Varaksina
  • Credit
    Kristina Varaksina

Portraits of Yana with a cat.

Russian-born Kristina Varaksina has resided in the USA since 2010 and currently lives and works in New York.

Varaksina’s focus is to capture human emotion and the psychological impressions of her subjects' mind – permitting the characters to project their internal reality. Works undertaken are keen to explore a female and child perspective, evoking their thoughts, dreams and hopes.

Recently, Aesthetica magazine suggests ‘Varaksina's personal works are etherial, projecting the psyche onto the corners of a room... Through a conscientious attention to light and a soft palette these allegories come to life and absorb the viewer into their microcosm’.

Education:
MFA 12/2013
Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Major: Photography

Awards Communications Arts Photography Annual 2018
Int’l Photography Awards 2018 – Honorable Mention in Fine Art Portrait category
PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Paris 2018. Professional Portraiture: Children, Bronze
PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Paris 2017. Professional Portraiture: Children, Silver. Professional Portraiture: Other, Gold
Applied Arts Photography & Illustration Annual 2017
Communications Arts Photography Annual 2017
Int’l Photography Awards 2016 – Honorable Mention in Portrait, Fashion and Children categories
PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris 2015 – 1st Place Advertising
Int’l Photography Awards 2015 – 1st Place in Beauty Category
Int’l Photography Awards 2015 – 2nd Place in Children Category
APA SF Something Personal 2014 1st Place
Communications Arts Best Creatives Annual ’55
Digital Photo Pro’s 2013 The Face 1st Place
PDN Faces Contest, 1st Place in Personal category
APA National Award 2013 1st Place Student work
APA 2013 EP Education Grant Award Winner
Digital Photo Magazine the 6th Annual Your Best Shot photo contest winner
Academy of Art University Spring Show 2012 – Best in Show single image
Academy of Art University Spring Show 2013 – Best in Show Portfolio, 1st Place single image
CMYK Magazine – 100 Best Young Creatives of 2012

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