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Ceres photographer named finalist for international award

Ceres photographer named finalist for international award

Ceres photographer Edward Mendes is a finalist in the Hasselblad Masters Award competition for Landscape photography.


POSTED September 18, 2009 11:43 p.m.
Ceres photographer Edward Mendes is a finalist for the international Hasselblad Masters Award in Landscape photography.
Edward, 30, is the owner of Edward Mendes Photography, a portrait and wedding studio located outside Ceres.
The Hasselblad Masters Award is the most prestigious award in the photography industry, each year celebrating the best in both established and rising photographic talent. Awards are given in recognition of a photographer’s contribution to the art of photography and are judged on overall ability, encompassing creativity, composition, conceptual strength and technical skill.
Edward’s work is currently part of “Masters of Photography,” a traveling exhibition of photographic art. The exhibition will be traveling to Hong Kong, Copenhagen, London and New York during its run through the end of the year, after which the winners will be announced.
He submitted five color landscape images for the competition – which is now in Copenhagen, Denmark – but he’s unsure how many are being used. They include shots of Zion and Yosemite national parks and Big Sur.
“I’m very excited to be part of both the exhibition and to have been named a finalist for the Master’s Award,” said Mendes. “Some of the most noted photographers in the world have won this award. I have my fingers crossed.”
Mendes’ landscapes have been published in numerous publications.
Edward’s work is presented in galleries in California and is in numerous private collections.
In addition, Mendes teaches workshops around the state for many galleries and organizations and has started his own workshop series. He also writes for photography magazines.
Raised in Ceres and a 1997 graduate of Ceres High School, Edward got interested in photography while attending Modesto Junior College.
“I just took photography because I really stink at painting and lo and below one class turned to one and two and three classes,” he said, adding that he went on to to graduate with a degree in photography from Sacramento State University.
In the fall of 2002 he opened up his studio on Service Road between Ceres and Hughson.
“It’s a lot of fun but it’s tough right now because of the economy,” said Mendes. “With more digital cameras more people are trying to make a quick buck on the weekend ... undercutting a lot of professional photographers.”

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