The second Place entry Bibi Heybat Mosque by Etibar Jafarov. Courtesy of TEAS.
LONDON - If you haven’t been to Azerbaijan, a new show in town will definitely make you want to go! Last night the European Azerbaijan Society Photography Competition at La Galleria gave a National Geographic-style perspective on this fascinating region, which combines ancient cultures and cutting-edge growth. Baku has become something of a destination for the cognoscenti, and Azeri culture is a fast-growing field of interest for both historians and entrepreneurs. Judges Henry Dallal and Caroline Metcalfe must have had a difficult time selecting from rich pickings – a total of 750 photographs from more than 150 photographers! The three winners were announced at the exhibition opening and a total of 100 images were exhibited. Azerbaijan through the Lens will tour Europe during late 2012, with an accompanying exhibition catalogue. To pick a favourite work would be hard, but the winning entry was especially expressive, while the images of Lahij were heavily-scented with the feel of its location.
Old Men, the winning image by Asim Talib. Courtesy of TEAS.
The third placed entry The Flames and the Needle by Faud Babayev. Courtesy of TEAS.
From left to right: Henry Dallal, Photographer and Judge; Etibar Jafarov, Second Prize Winner; Caroline Metcalfe, Picture Editor, Condé Nast Traveller and Judge; and Fuad Babayev, Third Prize Winner.