Emma Livingston, winner of the series category in Landscape 2, is a self-taught photographer who has been taking photographs since she was eight. Since then, photography has always been a passion and hobby, one which Emma made her profession in 2002. Nature has always the main subject and inspiration in Emma’s photography. I hope to extend the winning project
beyond borders and across this beautiful and fragile planet”, she says of the winning series. Emma’s ambition is travel and to take photographs for a living. She has had her work published in a couple of European magazines (ICON – a Swiss magazine - and NUKE – a Paris culture and arts magazine) as well as a couple in Argentina. She has lived in Buenos Aires since 2005.
The images which won series gold in Landscape 2 series are part of a larger series of 15 or so photographs of the Northwest of Argentina, specifically the high pre-Andean plains (known as the Puna). They sit at an average altitude of 4000m in the Provinces of Salta, Jujuy and Catamarca. Emma Livingston explains her relationship with this region:
“I am British, but my mother is Argentine, so I have quite a strong connection with Argentina. I discovered the Puna in 2004, and fell completely in love with them and decided instantaneously that I wanted to do a photographic project of them.”
Emma had an exhibition in her hometown of Buenos Aires in 2006 as part of the Festival de la Luz, which is the area’s Photography Month. She has another forthcoming exhibition there in October, for which she has just been on another trip to the Puna. The winning series of images has also won the Px3 Paris Photography Competition.
“I am thrilled about winning these prizes,” Emma says. “The internet is a wonderful tool for promoting a photographer's work and allows one to find out about and enter competitions worldwide.”