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Cuejdel – A Tale from the Carpathian Wilderness

  • Prize
    Silver in Book/Nature
  • Photographer
    Gheorghe Popa
  • Studio
    Gphoto Gallery S.R.L.
  • Website
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The first major book of the award-winning photographer Gheorghe Popa is an ode to a unique nature reserve at Cuejdel, a lake hidden in the heart of the old-growth Carpathian forests in Europe. Cuejdel, the largest natural dam lake in the region, has a great ecological value.
With his rare ability to engage meticulously with a place on a long term, Popa’s photographs allow the viewer to visualize a variety of unnoticed small details that lie within the untouched beauty of this place.
The photographs and essay are accompanied by a foreword written by dutch nature photographer Theo Bosboom.

Gheorghe Popa is a pharmacist and a nature photographer by trade. He was born in 1982 in Aiud, a small town from Transylvania, Romania. Popa’s unique ability is his consistency to meticulously engage in his long-term projects, with environments and landscapes, often left unnoticed at first glance. His photographs create a monument to unique beauty that lies within untouched nature. Popa’s aim is to bring responsibility and attention to his viewers and encourage them to cherish and protect these environments.

His imaginative photos of Cuejdel and Geamăna lakes gained him widespread recognition

Awards - 2021 GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 Highly commended with the photographs Ice Cell and Nature Against Poison in the category Nature's Studio

- 2021 Nature Photographer Of The Year Ice Cell wins the Category Nature Art and Yin and Yang was the runner-up Category Black and White

- 2021 - Epson Pano Awards - Gold medal, Second place winner in Open Category and Special Award (Highest Scoring Aerial Image) with Poison Madness photo, one silver with Toxic design (Poison River), and two bronze medals with Autumn Mood and Nature Against Poison

- 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Toxic design (Poison River) Highly commended in Natural Artistry category

- 2021 MontPhoto 1st place in the Art in Nature category with the photograph Yin and Yang. Honor Award in the category Environmental Report with the photograph Human traces and another Honor Award in the category Plant Life with the photograph Surrounded

- 2021 Drone Awards - Poison river wins the Abstract category and Ice anatomy is Highly Commended in Series category.

- 2021 Siena International Photo Awards - Honorable Mention - In The beauty of nature category with Nature Against Poison

- 2021 Memorial Maria Luisa (Spain) - International Mountain, Nature and Adventure Photo and Video Contest - Yin and Yang winner of - Natural landscapes category.

- 2020 ILPOTY (The International Landscape Photographer of the Year Award) – The Amazing Aerial Award with the photograph Yin and Yang and another photo was included in the top 101 (Burning feathers)

- 2020 GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 Second place with the photograph Blue River in the category Nature's Studio

- Monochrome Awards 2020 - 1st Place Winner - Abstract Photographer of the Year 2020 - with the photograph Yin and Yang

- 2020 MontPhoto second place with the photograph Blue hour at Dyrhólaey in the Landscape category.