2011 Emerging Pro Winners

Digital Photo Pro Spotlights The Winners Of The
Fifth Annual Emerging Professional Photo Competition

The 5th Annual DPP Emerging Pro Competition was our best one yet. It also was our richest contest ever, with some $20,000 in cash and prizes! This year the program was sponsored by Epson, Sigma, Rogue Photographic Design and Nik Software. Without their generosity and commitment to photography, and particularly their commitment to up-and-coming photographers, this contest wouldn’t have been possible. We’re extremely grateful to all of our sponsors!

From more than 7,450 entries in the categories of Fashion & Beauty, Photojournalism & Sports and Fine Art, our distinguished judging panel determined the Grand Prize winner, as well as the First Place and Honorable Mention winners in each category. You can see the full Finalists Galleries.

The 6th Annual DPP Emerging Pro Competition is coming this fall, and we expect it to be bigger and better than ever!

Grand Prize—Fashion & Beauty
Eduardo Rezende
Eduardo Rezende
What is your age?

Where are you based?
Miami, Florida.

Where did you attend school?
I learned by trying to reproduce photos in fashion magazines. I never assisted any photographer or went to school for photography so I took the hardest way.

What equipment do you use?
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 24-105mm ƒ/4L IS USM, EF 85mm ƒ/1.2L USM, EF 50mm ƒ/1.2L USM, TS-E 90mm ƒ/2.8, Hasselblad H4D-40, 50-110mm ƒ/3.5-4.5 HC AF, 80mm ƒ/2.8 HC and 35mm ƒ/3.5 HC AF.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned either from a teacher or mentor?
In fashion, you must have a good team and know how to say no when you’re offered a “bad assignment.”

What do you think it takes to be successful in today’s challenging and competitive marketplace?
You need to have your style, choose the best magazines in your area, and say no for the things you don’t want to do even if the money is good.

About This Photograph:
It was made for a fashion editorial. The idea was to have a strong background with textures and colors to mix with the clothes and the model always interacting with strong attitudes. I got started doing tests for model agencies, which was a very good school, and it taught me to try different techniques, try everything, and don’t be afraid to dare. When the model isn’t so good or the clothes don’t help or the location isn’t what you were expecting, the inspiration isn’t the same. That’s why it’s so important to choose a good team! I never know what’s going to happen from day to day. Sometimes my inspiration comes from music, sometimes from art, sometimes from films.

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