/ 2021 / Fine Art / Landscape

Sublime Waste

  • Prize
    Gold in Fine Art/Landscape
  • Photographer
    Carolyn Cheng

“Sublime Waste” is a series of works that reveals the means of production for items like salt, gypsum and gold, as we are rarely exposed to how these elements are extracted from the earth for our consumption. Through the aerial perspective of large scale, remote mining operations, the viewer is connected to these unseen peripheries. An uneasy tension is created with the realization that these beautiful forms are, in effect, the environmental waste products from mining operations. “Sublime Waste” thus invites the viewer to reflect on their relationship with consumption and the environment.

Carolyn Cheng is a contemporary Canadian photographer currently living and working in Toronto, Ontario. Cheng received a Master of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an award-winning artist that has been published in National Geographic, On Landscape and Nikon’s N-Magazine. Cheng has shown at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Ryerson University’s Paul H. Crocker Gallery, Gallery 44 and the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair. Her work is also held in various private collections.

Awards 2021, Gold and Silver, Fine Art - Landscape, PX3

2021, Top 101 Photographs of the Year, International Photographer of the Year

2020, Gold, Nature - Landscape, PX3

2020, Top 101 Photographs of the Year, International Photographer of the Year

2020, 2nd Runner Up, RMG Exposed, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

2019, Silver and Bronze, Nature, PX3

2019, 5 Honourable Mentions, Aerials and Fine Art Abstract, International Photography Awards

2018, Top 101 Photographs, International Landscape Photographer of the Year