When I first took up photography in the late 1980s, I started entering - and occasionally winning - photo contests.  I won the top prize in photography at UC Berkeley in two of my three years of graduate school there, and my wife and I even had a week-long honeymoon in St. Bart's thanks to a prize-winning image in an Islands magazine photo contest.

In 2016 I decided to start entering photo contests again. In 2016 and 2017, I won, placed, or was a finalist / received honorable mention in sixteen international photography contests. In late 2017 I started focusing on exhibitions and since then my photos have been in exhibitions in Berlin, London, Beijing, Delhi, and Los Angeles.

Below are a summary of my awards and publications over the years.


Awards Summary

2017

Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 (TPOTY)

     Runner Up, New Talent Portfolio - Destinations

PDN World in Focus 2017

     Winner

PDN Great Outdoors 2017

     Winner

Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards

     Top 20 Finalist (two images)

Chromatic International Color Photography Contest

     Honorable Mention (six images)

Proify 2017

     Top 50 Images (two images)

International Photography Awards (ipa) 2017

     Third Place, "Amateur: Events - Other" (five images)

     Honorable Mention (four individual images)

     Honorable Mention (photo series)

Neutral Density Photography Awards

     Honorable Mention, 8 entries (2 series, 6 solo images)

Siena International Photo Awards

     Finalist (photo series)

Athens Photo Festival 2017

     Shortlisted

Photographer's Forum Photo Contest

     Finalist (two images)


2016

PDN Great Outdoors 2016

     Winner

Hotel Ranga Photo Competition

     Winner

LensCulture Exposure Awards 2017

     Early Entry Editors' Pick

Neutral Density Photography Awards

     Bronze Star Award: People/Culture

     Honorable Mention: Nature/Trees

International Photography Awards (ipa) 2016

     Honorable Mention (four images)

Photographer's FORUM "Best of Photography"

     Finalist

LensCulture Street Photography 2016

     Editor's Choice

2010

Mountain Light "Visionaries" juried show

     Winner (two images), including promotional poster image

2006

Outdoor Photographer "Colors of India" contest

     Finalist

1999

Islands Magazine photo contest

     Honorable Mention

Hemispheres Magazine photo contest

     Honorable Mention

1997

Islands Magazine photo contest

     Honorable Mention (two images)

1996

Islands Magazine photo contest

     Second place

1992

UC Berkeley Eisner Prize in Photography

     Winner (three images)

1991

UC Berkeley Eisner Prize in Photography

     Winner (single image)

Shows and Exhibitions


Travel Photographer of the Year, London Bridge City, March 30 - April 29, 2018

APA Off the Clock 2018, Santa Monica, California, April 21 - May 12, 2018

India Arch Dialogue 2018, Gallery IAQ, Delhi, February 9-25, 2018

Building Images, Sto Workstett Gallery, London, February 9 - April 27, 2018

Image+Space, Beijing, November 2017

World Architecture Festival, Arena Berlin, Germany, November 15-17, 2017

Creators Deserve to Be Seen, Chashama Gala, Times Square, New York, June 2016

Visionaries, Mountain Light Gallery, Bishop, California, January 4 - March 31, 2010


All Awards, Shows and Publications

My first-ever publication in Italy, in the April 2018 edition of Tutti Fotografi magazine.


My 2016 Burning Man images are on display at the Travel Photographer of the Year​ show, outdoors at London Bridge City​ until April 29. (You can see my images in the center of the picture above).

The TPOTY show with Tower Bridge in the background. You can see video of the show here, with my images 1:17 in.


Two of my images were selected for the American Photographic Artists (APA) Off the Clock 2018 exhibition in Los Angeles. Out of thousands of entries, only 100 images from 79 photographers were chosen for the show.

Details about the exhibition and opening night reception are here.






My work is being shown in the India Arch Dialog (IAD) 2018 show in Delhi, India from February 9 - 25, 2018.

http://fcdi.co.in/india-arch-dialogue-2018/exhibiting-architects/tom-stahl/#


Coverage of the Arcaid International Architecture Photography Awards show at Sto Werkstatt gallery in London:

https://www.wallpaper.com/architecture/sto-werkstatt-building-images-exhibition-london


Several of my images are being exhibited at the India Arch Dialogue 2018 group show in New Delhi, running February 9 - 25, 2018.


Press coverage of my Runner Up in the 2017 Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) contest:

https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/425728098/young-americans-take-all-top-honours-in-the-young-travel-photographer-of-the-year


Two of my images are being exhibited as party of the 2107 best architetural photography worldwide, at Sto Werkstatt Gallery in London from February 9 - April 27, 2018.







Six for six! All six of my entries into the 2017 Chromatic Awards International Color Photography Contest won Honorable Mention in the Amateur competition. All the images are shown below.




Fall colors reflected in Bishop Creek, CA, 2004. Honorable Mention in Abstracts.

Beijing office building, 2017. Honorable Mention in Architecture.

Hotel Ranga observatory and Aurora Borealis, Iceland, 2016. Honorable Mention in Landscapes.

Sunrise, Dolomites, 2015. Honorable Mention in Nature.

Black Rock Lighthouse Service by Jonny and Max Poynton, 2016.Honorable Mention in Travel.

Solo elephant at sunset, Masai Mara, Kenya 2016. Honorable Mention in Wildlife and Animals.


Proify 2017

Two of my images made the Top 50 in the 2017 Proify Awards. The Proify Awards are "dedicated to shining a spotlight on up and coming and undiscovered talent."

https://www.proify.com/gallery/winners-2017/







Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 (TPOTY)

The TPOTY (Travel Photographer of the Year) is one of the world's biggest and most prestigious travel photo contests. In 2017, 20,000 images were submitted in 9 categories from 126 countries, including only one category (New Talent - Destination)  for non-professionals. Very honored that I was named Runner Up in that category, for my portfolio of six images from Burning Man in 2016.

http://www.tpoty.com/winners/2017


Very honored that I received eight Honorable Mentions in the Neutral Density 2017 Photography Awards. The ND Awards is an international competition that in 2017 received 6,849 entries from 89 countries.

I received Honorable Mentions in the following categories:

People: Travel/Culture - set of five portraits from Burning Man

People: Travel/Culture - set of five landscapes from Burning Man

Nature: Trees - single image of an acacia tree in the Masai Mara

Nature: Wildlife - single image of baby elephants holding trunks

Nature: Seascapes - single image of a sandbar in The Maldives

Architecture: Buildings - single image of a Beijing office building

Architecture: Other - single image of Maldives stilt houses

Special: Night Photography - single image of cheetahs by moonlight in Kenya

Links to all of the images are above.



My image of the Black Rock Lighthouse Service was named a winner in the "Sense of Place" category of the 2017 PDN World In Focus contest.




My series "Biking Across Burning Man" received third place in the 2017 International Photography Awards (ipa), in the "Amateur: Events - Other" category. IPA is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious photo competitions. This year the competition received almost 15,000 entries from 103 countries. A third place finish is in the top 3% of all entries received.



A set of five of images of Kenya wildlife was given Honorable Mention in the 2017 International Photography Awards (ipa). IPA is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious photo competitions. This year the competition received almost 15,000 entries from 103 countries.



Four of my images were given Honorable Mention in the 2017 International Photography Awards (ipa). IPA is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious photo competitions. This year the competition received almost 15,000 entries from 103 countries.


Press coverage of the Arcaid Architectural Photography Awards:


In The Guardian.

In Lonely Planet, the world's premier travel guide/website.

In ArchDaily, "the world's most visited architectural website."

In Dezeen, the online architecture magazine.

In New Atlas, an online publication read by 5 million people per month.

In Fubiz, one of the largest online magazines in France.

In the Hindustan Times of New Delhi, India.

In Australian Photography.

In Arabian Business.



My image "Beijing Office Building" was named a Finalist (Top 20) in the "Buildings in Use" category of the 2017 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards, and will be displayed at exhibitions in Berlin, Beijing, and London.

My image "Black Rock Lighthouse Service" was named a Finalist (Top 20) in the "Sense of Place" category of the 2017 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards, and will be displayed at exhibitions in Berlin, Beijing, and London.


My image of sunlight filtered through a tree and mist in the Dolomites was named a winner in the PDN Great Outdoors 2017 contest. Second year in a row!  PDN is a 30+ year old publication covering the professional photography industry; the judges included photo editors from National Geographic and Backpacker.


"Black Rock Lighthouse Service" was named a Finalist in the 2017 Photographer's Forum Photo Contest.

"Baby and juvenile elephants hold trunks, Amboseli", was named a Finalist in the 2017 Photographer's Forum Photo Contest.


My image of bicycles crossing the playa was used as the cover image of the "Bikes" issue of The Jackrabbit Speaks, the official Burning Man publication, on July 26, 2017.

http://bit.ly/2h3Tmuj




Two of my Burning Man images, of OINK and the Icarus art car, were featured in an article in the Korean Magazine Public Art:

http://bit.ly/2tDqajz


My photo from Burning Man 2016 of Ursa Major, the bear made of 160,000 pennies, was featured in the June 7, 2017 issue of The Jackrabbit Speaks.







My set of 15 images from Burning Man 2016 was shortlisted at the 2017 Athens Photo Festival.





My image of "Black Rock Lighthouse Service, 2016" was named a Finalist in the 2017 Siena International Photography Awards.


My image of the Hotel Ranga observatory was used in a BBC travel story about Iceland and the Northern Lights:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20161220-a-rare-sighting-of-the-milky-way



Another cover of The Jackrabbit Speaks! The February 28, 2017 issue of the Burning Man newsletter featured my image of Sil-vi at the Sonic Runway.

http://bit.ly/2mpr2oh




My image of Robot Heart at sunset was used as the cover image for the February 14, 2017 issue of The Jackrabbit Speaks, the official newsletter of Burning Man.

http://bit.ly/2kwxS5O


My photo of the northern lights over the Hotel Ranga observatory, along with some night photography tips, was published in the Shutterstock article "10 Unconventional Tips for Photographing After Dark."

https://www.shutterstock.com/blog/night-photography-tips


In January 2017 a set of my images from five years at Burning Man, entitled "Return to the Playa," was published in the official Burning Man newsletter The Jackrabbit Speaks.

http://bit.ly/2jSCEeC


Two of my images were published in the 2016 Elephant Crisis Fund Annual Report. I'm proud to support their work in saving elephants from extinction.

https://wildnet.org/sites/default/files/ECF_2016_Year_End_Report.pdf


My photo "Hotel Ranga Observatory and the Aurora Borealis" was chosen as an Editors' Pick for the LensCulture Exposure Awards 2017.

http://bit.ly/2htkNMX


Neutral Density Photography Awards 2016

The Neutral Density (ND) Photography Awards is an international competition dedicated to promoting photography and photographers. Judging is performed by a panel of international judges, including gallery owners, publishers, editors and renowned photographers.

In 2016 the competition received 6,422 entries from 85 countries. One of my images, "El Rcif, Fes, Morocco, 2015", received 3rd place in the People: Travel/Culture Category, putting it in the top 3% of entries. Another image won honorable mention.






"El Rcif, Fes, Morocco, 2015" received a Bronze star award in the People: Travel/Cultures category.

http://ndawards.net/winners-gallery/nd-awards-2016/non-professional/travel-culture/424/bronze-award





"Sunrise, Dolomites, Italy, 2015" won honorable mention in the Nature: Trees category.

http://ndawards.net/winners-gallery/nd-awards-2016/non-professional/trees/hm/4165


International Photography Awards (ipa) 2016

The International Photography Awards is one of the largest and most prestigious photo competitions in the world. In 2016, the competition received 17,037 entries from 162 countries. The competition is juried by a board of professionals including curators, photo editors, gallery owners, art directors, and others from the international photography community.

I am honored to have received honorable mention for entries in four categories in the competition this year: Travel/Tourism (The Walls of Morocco), Nature/Landscapes, Nature/Trees, and Special Events (Colors of the Playa).

The winning images and links to the entries are below.

IPA Honorable Mention 2016: Series, Travel/Tourism, "The Walls of Morocco"

During the same weekend in 2015 that an American politician proposed banning all Muslim travel to the US, I traveled to the Muslim country of Morocco for the second time in a year. Counter to the claim that Muslims “hate” Americans, I found the Moroccan people warm, friendly and welcoming. As one man told me, “please remember that Islam is a religion of peace, and we are peaceful people.”The streets of the medinas in Morocco are defined by the walls. The walls do not exist to separate or divide, however. They funnel commerce, vehicles, animals, and families through the winding streets. They glow with color and light. Ancient stucco crumbles, is buttressed and scaffolded, and is then rebuilt. This series presents the Moroccan people in the streets and walls of the medinas of Fes and Marrakesh.

http://photoawards.com/winner/zoom.php?eid=8-115109-16

IPA Honorable Mention 2016: Nature/Landscapes, "Gullfoss Waterfall in Winter"

http://photoawards.com/winner/zoom.php?eid=8-115114-16

IPA Honorable Mention 2016: Nature/Trees, "Dolomite Tree at Sunrise"

Taken at sunrise in the Dolomites as the sun came over the ridge, lighting up the mist rising from the valley floor. HDR composite of three exposures, each two stops apart.

http://photoawards.com/winner/zoom.php?eid=8-110799-16

IPA Honorable Mention 2016: Series, Other/Events, "The Colors of the Playa"

Burning Man in Nevada combines bright lights, wild costumes, pirate ships, high desert, and sometimes, solemn rituals.

http://photoawards.com/winner/zoom.php?eid=8-110800-16


Honored that my photo "Sandbar in the Moonlight, Maldives, 2016" was declared a winner in the prestigious Photo District News "Great Outdoors 2016" contest. Look under Amateur: Beaches/Underwater. PDN is a 30+ year old publication covering the professional photography industry; judges included photo editors from National Geographic and Outside Magazine.


Another Photo Friday win! The challenge this week was "Flame," and I entered this photo of someone shooting fire at the Sunrise Bar at Burning Man in 2010.


One of my favorite images from the playa, featuring my wife Julie Kim at a police memorial service at the temple, was just published in the Format magazine article "11 Burning Man Photographers That Captured Playa Life."

https://www.format.com/magazine/galleries/photography/burning-man-photography


My image "Hills Outside Ronda, Spain, 2015" was selected as a Finalist in the Spring 2016 Photographer's FORUM "Best of Photography" contest.

http://pfmagazine.com/wp-content/plugins/p-gallery/index.php?level=picture&id=50823


Another Photo Friday win! The challenge was "Middle of Nowhere," and I entered my photo of the "Bicycle Graveyard" at Burning Man (probably my favorite Burning Man image).



My photo "Tribute to Joan Miro," taken in El Raval, Barcelona, made the Editor's Choice gallery in the 2016 LensCulture Street Photography competition.

https://www.lensculture.com/street-photography-awards-2016


Another Photo Friday win! This time, the challenge was "Mountainous" and I entered this photo of Montserrat, near our home in Barcelona. (Incidentally, the only photo on my website taken with my iphone.)



These two images, of the Castellers competition in Tarragona and the roof of the Encants flea market in Barcelona, were published in the article "The New Wave: Alternative views of Spain" in Escapism magazine in June 2016.


In June 2016 my photo of balloons and the Temple of Transition from Burning Man 2011 was featured in the Format magazine article "18 Photographs of Music Festivals Around the World."


My image of the northern lights in Iceland was accepted into "The Beauty of the World Collection" at the See.me "Creators Deserve to Be Seen" event, and was displayed at the Chashama Gala Event in Times Square on June 8th, 2016.

http://bit.ly/23fxF8j


Two weeks in a row on Photo Friday! This image, of El Pulpo Mechanico at Burning Man in 2011, was the top vote-getter in the "Heat" challenge in May 2016.


This image of the Hotel Ranga observatory, northern lights, and night sky won the 2016 Hotel Ranga photo contest.

http://www.hotelrangablog.is/winners-photo-competition-2015-2016/


For years I've been occasionally entering photos into the weekly Photo Friday challenge. Finally, in May 2016, this image was voted as Noteworthy in the "Dusk" challenge.


In April 2016 the online photo magazine COOPH (Cooperative of Photography) ran a "portfolio review" of eight of my travel images along with short commentary about each image:

http://www.cooph.com/magazine/features/projects/detail/article/jaw-dropping-travel-photographs-to-fuel-your-wanderlust.html


In February 2016 I was selected as a "Spotlight" photographer for Format.com, the photography website hosting company.


In April 2015 my image of the Kasbah de Telouet was used in a Trover article on "17 Reasons You Need to Visit Magical Morocco."

http://blog.trover.com/17-reasons-you-need-to-visit-magical-morocco/


Sierra juniper, Olmstead Point, Yosemite National Park, CA, 2002. 

In February 2006 this image was chosen as a finalist in the "Colors of India" photography
contest held by Outdoor Photographer magazine, the top travel and nature photography magazine in the US. (Despite the name of the contest, it was about colors, not India).


Mekoros at sunset, Chief's Island, Okavango Delta, Botswana, 1999.

This image won honorable mention in the Islands magazine national photography contest of 1999.


Snowstorm, Wutaishan Temple, China, 1994.

This image won Honorable Mention in the Hemispheres magazine national photography contest of 1999.


Playing mah-jong, Dali, Yunnan, China, 1992.

This image won honorable mention in the Islands magazine national photography competition of 1997.


Mailboxes, Shamian Island, Guangzhou, China, 1992.

This image won honorable mention in the Islands magazine national photography competition of 1997.

It was also selected for a 2010 juried show at Mountain Light, Galen Rowell's photo gallery in Bishop, CA.


Rowing to temple, Dai Lake, Yunnan Province, China, 1992.

This image won second prize in the Islands magazine national photography competition of 1996.

It was also selected for a 2010 juried show at Mountain Light, Galen Rowell's photo gallery in Bishop, CA, and was used for the promotional poster for the show.


Moon rises behind Half Dome, from North Dome, Yosemite National Park, CA, 1991.

This image was published in The South China Morning Post in 1992.


Receding wave, McClure's Beach, Point Reyes, CA, 1991.

The first of three images that together won the Eisner Prize in 1992, my second year in a row winning the award.

This image was also published in Outdoor & Travel Photography Magazine in 1992.

Couple, Point Reyes, CA, 1991.

The second of three that won the Eisner Prize in 1992.

This image was also used as the cover photo for Rip Gerber's novel The Journeyman.

Rill into the ocean, Point Reyes, CA, 1991.

The third of three that won the Eisner Prize in 1992.



Umbrella, Limantour Beach, Point Reyes, CA, 1990.

This image won the Eisner Prize, the top prize for photography at  the University of California at Berkeley, in 1991.


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