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Astronauts of the Bolshaya River

Kamchatka photographer won the Grand Prix of the All-Russian competition

Frosty March. Holes in the ice, fishermen catch smelt. In a moment, a snow charge comes. Fantastic light floods the winter sky ... people tightly wrapped in sheepskin coats, freeze. Fisherman and photographer Alexander Tereshchenko snatches the camera and takes some pictures.

Astronauts of the Bolshaya River
Photo: Alexander Tereshchenko

That's how photo masterpieces are born. One of the pictures, accidentally made on that fishing trip, was awarded the Grand Prix of the All-Russian contest "I'm in the Heart of the Image" for the best work done on the Nikon technique. More than 5 thousand participants, more than 35 thousand photos sent to the court of an authoritative jury. More than 50 prizes to winners and participants. A Grand Prix in the nomination "Amateurs" was given to the Kamchatka photomaster - the Nikon D750 camera and the photo-camera in the bargain.

"In the beginning of summer there was a lot of work, so I answered Nikon's offer, rather out of respect for Japanese technology, sending some fresh photos of Kamchatka nature." In July, I was vacationing with my daughters and granddaughters in Abkhazia. August, when he came to his son in St. Petersburg, he saw congratulations on the site of the contest, "says Alexander Nikolayevich," I immediately contacted the organizers and asked them to give me a camera, as I was already eager for Kamchatka, where a trip to Tolbachik was planned. Alas , they refused me, and it turned out that I owe money to the state, a tax for a prize.

Interestingly, according to the terms of the competition, all 12 jury members had to vote for the winner's photo unanimously. If even one against - you take off. But in Internet comments to the results of the contest, I have read this about myself! What, they say, I'm no fan, once I shoot such expensive optics. But it belongs to my friend, I only use it.

- It turns out, people obzavidovalis?

- Yes, and on the Internet among themselves swear. I did not join the controversy. I flew to Kamchatka, and along with my friend, writer and journalist Mikhail Zhilin, they successfully descended and shot at Tolbachik. Surprised by the invasion of tourists to the foot of the volcano. Already at home I received an invitation to open the exhibition and award the photo contest. I bought cheap tickets for the pension program and rushed to Moscow.

- The organizers of the contest did not deceive your expectations?

- The exhibition was held in the House of Photography named after the Lumiere Brothers on the Bolotnaya Embankment. It's nice that my photo was printed in large format, in fine resolution. The award ceremony was conducted by the general director of Nikon in Russia Toshio Asakzaki, a young Japanese who speaks Russian perfectly. The awarding ceremony began with amateurs, the first to call me ...

I liked that Victor Lyagushkin, photographer National Geographics, wrote a professional summary for each prize. At the ceremony I was approached by Robert Maksimov, a well-known sports photographer in Russia. We talked about Kamchatka, where he visited, about our photo club.

By the way, for my own photo club "Kamchatka" I was bursting with pride doubly. At us this photo from fishing has taken only the second place. Is it talking about something? It's even inconvenient for me to tell my comrades about their victory-there is more abruptly me, only they are more modest ... By the way, Robert Maksimov promised to come to Kamchatka not only with the Prince of Monaco.

The jury member Viktor Lyagushkin described the winner's work as follows: "Photography is a painting. Beautiful light can create a beautiful frame from scratch, as well as ugly kill the most interesting idea. Alexander Tereshchenko managed to catch a great moment under difficult conditions. It is evident that it is very cold, but fishermen selflessly wait for prey. Grand Prix in the amateur category this frame received for a beautiful, flawless light. The setting sun and low clouds gave the scene an alien look. It seems that these are not fishermen catching fish, and astronauts lost on a distant planet are waiting for salvation. Bravo!"

Alexander Tereshchenko was born 2 March 1949 year in Tyumen. In Kamchatka from the year 1971. Member of the Union of Photo Artists of Russia and the regional photo club "Kamchatka", his personal exhibitions were held in Petropavlovsk, St. Petersburg and other cities. Repeatedly becomes the prize-winner and the winner of the All-Russian photo contests.

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