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La Desolata

  • Prize
    Gold in Portraiture/Culture, 1st Place winner in Portraiture
  • Photographer
    Athanasios Maloukos, Greece
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La Desolata, is of the most poignant processions in the Christian world during Holy Week, in the village of Canosa di Puglia, Italy.

The women of "Sorrow" cover their heads and hide their faces under a large black veil. Completely dressed in total black, they intone the “Stabat Mater”, a 13th century, highly suggestive hymn, honoring the pain of Desolate Mary for the loss of Her Child, the ultimate suffering of any mother:

“…Is there one who would not weep, whelmed in miseries so deep…”

Although a Civil Engineer by profession, he turned out to be an amateur travel photographer having traveled to numerous countries around the world such as Ethiopia, India, Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Cote d'Ivoire, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bolivia, Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Mali, Benin, Haiti, Cuba etc. His main goal is to capture the uniqueness of the local cultures and the life of the people in the most remote places of our world. Recently graduated Anthropology of Religions at UCLA.

Awards His pictures have been awarded multiple awards in many prestigious photo competitions and have been published in many books and magazines.
Best New Talent of the Year, PX3
Portraiture Photographer of the Year PX3
1st place, IPA awards
Discovery of the Year, Finalist, IPA awards
1st place, Chromatic Awards
Travel Photographer of the Year, Judges Choice
Numerous Honorable Mentions, IPA awards
Masters Cup, Honorable Mentions, Nominee
Exposure Awards, Finalist
Photographer’s Forum Magazine, Finalist
ND Awards, Honorable Mention
Global Photo Travel Contest, Honorable Mentions