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About Me




Irina Petrova is an internationally published and award winning photographer and artist. She specializes in wild life micro-photography and science fiction inspired installations organically integrating living and artificial entities. A unique feature of her work is she only uses retro manual focus lenses to share the wonders of the world. She has won a substantial number of awards and prizes, including 5 recent awards in MIFA 2020, winner in an international photo contest FotoRoomOPEN.

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AWARDS


2021


2021   1st place in "Realistic Toy Photography” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   1st place (Judge choice) in "Action Figures in Action” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   1st place in "Action Figures in Action” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   2nd place in "Action Figures in Action” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   3rd place in "Action Figures in Action” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   1st place in “Built with Mini Blocks” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   3rd place in “Built with Mini Blocks” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   FEP Awards 2021 Nature Golden Camera;

2021   FEP Awards 2021 European Nature Excellence Award for a microcosmic portrait of a horsefly;

2021   FEP Awards 2021 European Nature Excellence Award for a microcosmic portrait of a butterfly;

2021   FEP Awards 2021 European Nature Distinction Award for a microcosmic portrait of a garden tiger moth;

2021   FEP Awards 2021 European Nature Distinction Award for a microcosmic portrait of a locust;

2021   FEP Awards 2021 European Nature Distinction Award for a microcosmic portrait of a caterpillar of a garden tiger moth;

2021   FAPA 2021 Nominee in Open Theme;

2021   FAPA 2021 Nominee in Fine Art;

2021   FAPA 2021 Nominee in Open Theme;

2021   Expert choice in “Self-portrait” (In association with SheClicks) Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   2nd place (Judge choice) in “Tell a Story with Toys” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   3rd place (Judge choice) in “Tell a Story with Toys” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   1st place in “Creative Portraits of One Person” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   3rd place (Judge choice) in “Interesting T-Shirts and Sweaters” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   Judge of the week on CrowningArts;

2021   1st place in “Very Small Living Creatures (in colour)” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   2nd place in “Very Small Living Creatures (in colour)” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   1st place in “Fascinating insects” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   1st place winner of TIFA 2020, Science/Other;

2021   3rd place winner of TIFA 2020, Science/Medicine;

2021   1st place winner of TIFA 2020, Science/Other;

2021  TIFA 2020 Honorable mention in Fine Art / Collage;

2021  TIFA 2020 Honorable mention in Nature / Flowers;

2021   DHAKA INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS Honorable mention in NATURE (PSA ND);

2021   3rd place (Judge choice) in “Nature in Close-Up and Macro” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   1st place (Judge choice) in “Nature in Close-Up and Macro” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   2nd place in “LEGO” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   1st place in “LEGO” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   1st place in “Board Games” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   1st place in “Design a 2021 Calendar Page” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   International Photo Salon Numismatics Awards 2020 Salon Silver medal in Section Open Color;

2021   People's Choice in "Gothic Portraiture" Photo Challenge on Viewbug;

2021   Winner in "Electronics close up" Photo Challenge on Viewbug;

2021   3rd place (Judge choice) in “Something You Find Interesting” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   Monochrome Awards 2020 Honorable mention in Wildlife;

2021   GPU Gold Medal in Portrait of the 2nd GCPA International Awards 2020;

2021   Winner in the SPECIALIST Category of the Cotient World Photographic Awards 2020;

2021   7th place overall winner of the Cotient World Photographic Awards 2020.


2020


2020   2nd place winner of Chromatic Awards in Conceptual;

2020   Chromatic Awards Honorable mention in Conceptual;

2020   Chromatic Awards Honorable mention in Wildlife and Animals;

2020   1st place in “Winter Wild Flowers (in colour)” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2020   RISE OF THE EARTH International Photo Awards 2020 GPU RIBBON in NATURE (PSA ND);

2020   RISE OF THE EARTH International Photo Awards 2020 Honorable mention in CREATIVE (PSA PID Color);

2020   RISE OF THE EARTH International Photo Awards 2020 Honorable mention in CREATIVE (PSA PID Color);

2020   People's Choice in "Manufactured Ghosts!" Photo Challenge on Viewbug;

2020   Winner in "Themed Photos" Photo Challenge on Viewbug;

2020   2nd place in “Furniture Legs” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2020   1st place Category Winner of BIFA 2020, Science;

2020   1st place winner of BIFA 2020, Science/Other;

2020   3rd place winner of BIFA 2020, Science/Medicine;

2020   3rd place winner of BIFA 2020, Nature/Flowers;

2020   1st place in “Design A Concert Tour Poster” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2020   3rd place in “Design A Concert Tour Poster” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2020   1st place in “The Wonderful World of Macro” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2020   2nd place in “The Wonderful World of Macro” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2020   Honorable mention ND Awards 2020 NATURE/FLOWERS;

2020   1st place in “The Negative Image” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2020   1st place in “Magical Nature in Macro and Close-Up (in colour)” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2020   2nd place in “Magical Nature in Macro and Close-Up (in colour)” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2020   3rd place in “Magical Nature in Macro and Close-Up (in colour)” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2020   3rd place in “Composites” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2020   3rd place in “Spooky Portraits (people only)” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2020   Winner in “Spooky” Premium Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2020   Winner in “Mums” Photo Challenge on Viewbug;

2020   2nd place winner of SONY european community photo contest "Holes";

2020   Honorable mention IPA 2020 NATURE/FLOWERS;

2020   Honorable mention IPA 2020 NATURE/MACRO;

2020   Gwacheon Bio-Art International Contest Runner-Up;

2020   Quantic International Photo Awards 2020 Honorable mention in OPEN COLOR (PSA PID Color);

2020   1st place winner of Le Prix de la Photographie de Paris ( PX3 ), Nature/Other;

2020   3rd place winner of the scientific photo contest by Wikipedia associated with Wikimedia and Russian tv-channel Nauka.tv “Take scientific photos for Wikipedia”;

2020   1st place winner of MIFA 2020, Nature-Flowers;

2020   2nd place winner of MIFA 2020, Nature-Pets;

2020   1st place winner of MIFA 2020, Nature-Flowers;

2020   MIFA 2020 Honorable mention in Science-Medicine;

2020   MIFA 2020 Honorable mention in Science-Other;

2020   Winner in an international photo contest FotoRoomOPEN | ACN edition for women photographers in the Single Images category;

2020   3rd Chania International Photo Festival 2020 Winner;

2020   FAPA 2020 Nominee in WildLife/Animals;

2020   Featured on Wikipedia (Wikimedia has 58,692,616 photos and images in its library and only 0,022% become recognized as the best and are featured);

2020   APA 2019 Honorable mention in WildLife.


2019


2019   3rd place winner of TIFA 2019, Science-Other;

2019   1st place winner of Chromatic Awards in Wildlife and Animals;

2019   ND Awards: ND NATURE DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR 2019;

2019   ND Awards the 1st place winner and Gold Star Award in NATURE: MACRO category;

2019   Winner of "American Horror Week" illustration contest by The American Cultural Center in Russia;

2019   2nd place winner of IPA 2019, NATURE/MACRO;

2019   3rd place winner of SONY european community photo contest "Bugs";

2019   1st place winner of the scientific photo contest by Wikipedia associated with Wikimedia and Russian tv-channel Nauka.tv “Take scientific photos for Wikipedia”;

2019   Grand Jury winner of the photo contest "Elements of Science - 2019".


2018


2018   2nd place winner of SONY european community photo contest "Yellow";

2018   1st place winner of the scientific photo contest by Wikipedia associated with Wikimedia and Russian tv-channel Nauka.tv “Take scientific photos for Wikipedia”;

2018   Winner in “Last November's Favorite” Photo Challenge on Viewbug;

2018   Winner in “Out Side Reality's Grasp” Photo Challenge on Viewbug;

2018   Winner in “Halloween Costumes” Photo Challenge on Viewbug;

2018   People's Choice in“Harmonious Colors” Photo Challenge on Viewbug.


2017


2017   Winner in “The macro textures” Photo Challenge on Viewbug;

2017   Winner in “..be alive” Photo Challenge on Viewbug;

2017   Winner in “Where Phantasy is born” Photo Challenge on Viewbug;

2017   Amatuer Winner in "Feline Beauty" photo contest on Viewbug;

2017   #CyberSummer Lookbook contest Winner.


2016


2016   #BMSpookbook2016 Halloween Contest Winner.



EXHIBITIONS


2021


2021   4th Chania International Photo Festival 2020 in Chania, Greece;

2021   The group exhibition "restART the planet" in London, The United Kingdom;

2021   The group exhibition "International Photo Salon Numismatics Awards 2020" in St.Petersburg, Russia;

2021   The group exhibition "Elements of Science - 2021" at the Center for Cultural Development in Pushchino, Russia;

2021   The group exhibition "White" of Blank Wall Gallery in Athens, Greece;

2021   The group exhibition "Fungal Architectures" of The Island in Bristol, The United Kingdom.


2020


2020   The 8th Gwacheon Bio-Art International Contest "Virus and Human" International Exhibition in Gwacheon, South Korea ;

2020   "The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish", @Serpentineuk's free online Art & Ecology festival, The United Kingdom;

2020   The virtual exhibition "restART the planet" in London, The United Kingdom;

2020   The virtual group exhibition "Take scientific photos" in Moscow, Russia;

2020   The virtual solo exhibition "The Industrial Wonderland" in Santa Ana, The United States of America;

2020   The group exhibition "The Performer" of the Loosen Art Gallery in Rome, Italy;

2020   Trieste Photo Days 2020 festival in Trieste, Italy;

2020   3rd Chania International Photo Festival 2020 in Chania, Greece;

2020   The group exhibition "The International Exhibition" of The Glasgow Gallery of Photography in Glasgow, The United Kingdom;

2020   The group exhibition "Power of colour" of The Glasgow Gallery of Photography in Glasgow, The United Kingdom;

2020   The group exhibition "#ДОМНЕКЛЕТКА" in The State Darwin Museum in Moscow, Russia;

2020   The virtual group exhibition "Russia Day";

2020   The group exhibition "Emergence" of The Glasgow Gallery of Photography in Glasgow, The United Kingdom.


2019


2019   The group exhibition "About The Future" of the Loosen Art Gallery in Rome, Italy;

2019   The group exhibition "Game" of the Loosen Art Gallery in Rome, Italy;

2019   The group exhibition "Take scientific photos" in Novosibirsk, Chita, Tver, Rostov, Krasnoyarsk, Kursk and Nizhny Novgorod (Russia);

2019   The group exhibition "Take scientific photos" in the Muzeon Park of Arts in Moscow, Russia;

2019   The group exhibition "Moustaches and Beards" in The State Darwin Museum in Moscow, Russia;

2019   The group exhibition "Elements of Science - 2019" at the Center for Cultural Development in Pushchino, Russia.


2017


2017   "Summer in July" group art show in Melbourne, Australia.



COLLABORATIONS



2021


2021   Judge in Agile Photographic Society's Salon "LEGENDS OF FUTURE 2021" in Bangladesh;

2021   An affiliated artist at the Unconventional Computing Lab (Bristol, UK).


2020


2020   Visual of the GSP Global Assessment of Soil Biodiversity (Microcosmic portrait of an ant);

2020   Judge on CrowningArts.com;

2020   An affiliated artist at the Unconventional Computing Lab (Bristol, UK).



PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT



CAMERA MODEL:  Sony Alpha NEX-6.

LENSES:  MC Jupiter-37A, Industar-50-2 50mm f/3,5, Industar 61L/Z, ZENITAR-M, Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 50mm f/1.4, MC 3M-5CA, Pentakta 30 mm f/ 2.8, SMC Takumar 200mm f/4, Canon FD 4/70-210.



SOFTWARE KNOWLEDGE



Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Flash, Camera RAW, Helicon Focus, Zerene Stacker.



OTHER SKILLS


Drawing with markers and felt-tip pens, sculpting and modeling, creation of props for photo shoots, blogging, copywriting, social media marketing.



KNOWLEDGE OF LANGUAGES



Russian, English.