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About Me




Irina Petrova Adamatzky is an internationally published and award winning photographer and artist. She specializes in wildlife micro-photography and science fiction inspired installations organically integrating living and artificial entities. A unique feature of her work is she mostly uses retro manual focus lenses to share the wonders of the world. She has won a substantial number of awards and prizes, including MUSE Photography Awards 2022 and 2021, BIFA 2021 and BIFA 2020, New York Photography Awards 2021, winner of FEP Awards 2021 Nature Golden Camera and ND Discovery of the Year in category Nature 2019. She is also a member of the committee of the Royal Photographic Society Women in Photography group.


AWARDS


2022


2022   1st place in "Insects and Spiders” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2022   2nd place in "Insects and Spiders” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2022   2nd place (Judge choice) in "Toys” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2022   3rd place in "Sweets” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2022   3rd place (Judge choice) in "Textures” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2022   BBC Wildlife magazine  Runner-Up;

2022   Adaptalux macro challenge Runner-Up;

2022   3rd place (Judge choice) in "Fireworks Close-Up” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2022   3rd place in "Flowers with Creative Editing Effects” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2022   Silver award WPE 2022 (Horsefly);

2022   Silver award WPE 2022 (Arctia caja);

2022   Silver award WPE 2022 (Aporia crataegi);

2022   Platinum Winner of London Photography Awards 2022, Nature-Macro;

2022   Quality image on Wikipedia (Wikimedia has 82,638,786 photos and images in its library and only 0.355% become recognized as the best and are featured);

2022   1st place in "The Occult” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2022   3rd place in "A Single Variety of Spring Flowers (in colour)” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2022  MUSE Photography Awards Silver Winner in Nature - Plants and Fungi;

2022   Quality image on Wikipedia (Wikimedia has 82,006,301 photos and images in its library and only 0.356% become recognized as the best and are featured);

2022   Quality image on Wikipedia (Wikimedia has 81,624,736 photos and images in its library and only 0.356% become recognized as the best and are featured);

2022   International Photo Salon Numismatics Awards 2022 Salon Bronze medal in Section Monochrome;

2022   1st place in "Insects in Macro and Close-Up” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2022   Quality image on Wikipedia (Wikimedia has 81,624,736 photos and images in its library and only 0.356% become recognized as the best and are featured);

2022   3rd place in "Flowers or Plants on People's Head” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2022   The International Color Awards Honorable Mention in Wildlife;

2022   1st place in "Monsters from the Movies” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2022   3rd place in "Monsters from the Movies” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2022   1st place in "Toy Photography” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2022   2nd place in "Toy Photography” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2022  MUSE Photography Awards Gold Winner in Commercial Photography - Commercial / Other;

2022  MUSE Photography Awards Silver Winner in Commercial Photography - Food & Beverage;

2022   3rd place in "Pink” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2022   Bronze in Behaviour - Invertebrates, World Nature Photography Awards; 

2022   1st, 3rd, 11th and 21th places from the category Nature over the last seven years of the FEP Awards.


2021


2021   1st place Category Winner of New York Photography Awards 2021, Nature;

2021   Gold Winner of New York Photography Awards 2021, Nature-Macro;

2021   1st place Category Winner of BIFA 2021, Science;

2021   1st place winner of BIFA 2021, Science/Other;

2021   2nd place,UK Fungus Day Photo Competition, 2021;

2021   Chromatic Awards Honorable mention in Photomanipulation;

2021   Chromatic Awards Honorable mention in Fine Art;

2021   Chromatic Awards Honorable mention in StillLife;

2021   2 x TIFA 2021 Official Selection;

2021   Honorable mention in PORTRAIT & BODY (PSA PID Color), WONDERS OF THE WORLD;

2021   THUMBS UP Certificate for the high score/s image/s in 2021 WONDERS OF THE WORLD;

2021   ND Awards the 3rd place winner and Bronze Star Award in NATURE: MACRO category;

2021   ND Awards Honorable Mention in Fine Art: Conceptual category;

2021   ND Awards Honorable Mention in Fine Art: Conceptual category;

2021   3rd place in "The Game of Chess” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   Honorable mention IPA 2021 NATURE/MACRO;

2021   Honorable mention IPA 2021 NATURE/MACRO;

2021   3rd place in "Beautiful Creations with Artistic Effects” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   1st place in "Woodlice and Other Isopods” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   Artisan (A.APS) Distinction Award (Agile Photographic Society);

2021   Genius (G.APS) Distinction Award (Agile Photographic Society);

2021   1st place in "Macro wildlife” Photo Contest on Photocrowd (In association with Photocrowd);

2021   2nd place in "Macro wildlife” Photo Contest on Photocrowd (In association with Photocrowd);

2021   RISE OF THE EARTH International Photo Awards 2021 PSA GOLD in PORTRAIT & BODY (PSA PID Color);

2021   MUSE Photography Awards Platinum Winner in Nature Photography - Macro;

2021   MUSE Photography Awards Gold Winner in Nature Photography - Nature / Other;

2021   3rd place (Judge choice) in "Action Figures in Action” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

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

2021   1st place in "Macro Magic” Photo Contest on Photocrowd (In association with Digital Photographer);

2021   2nd place in "Macro Magic” Photo Contest on Photocrowd (In association with Digital Photographer);

2021   3rd place in "Macro Magic” Photo Contest on Photocrowd (In association with Digital Photographer);

2021   BOISHAKHI PHOTO AWARDS 2021 GPU RIBBON in NATURE (PSA ND);

2021   1st place in "Spring flowers” Photo Contest on Photocrowd (In association with Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year);

2021   1st place in "Chess Pieces” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

2021   3rd place winner of the scientific photo contest by Wikipedia associated with Wikimedia and Russian tv-channel Nauka.tv “Take scientific photos for Wikipedia”;

2021   3 x Expert Choice in "Spring sunshine” Photo Contest on Photocrowd;

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


2022


2022   The group exhibition "London Photography Awards Winners Exhibition" in London, UK;

2022   5th Chania International Photo Festival 2021 in Chania, Greece;

2022   The group exhibition "THE WHERE ARE WE NOW EXHIBITION" in California, USA;

2022   The group exhibition "NY Photography Awards Winners Exhibition" in New York, USA;

2022   The group exhibition "BIFA 2021 Winners Exhibition" in Budapest, Hungary;

2022   The group exhibition "Elements of Science - 2022" at the Center for Cultural Development in Pushchino.


2021


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

2021   The group exhibition "The Photography Show" at Birmingham NEC, The United Kingdom;

2021   MUSE Photography Virtual Exhibition;

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

2021   The group exhibition "BIFA 2020 Winners Exhibition" in Budapest, Hungary;

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.


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.



PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT



CAMERA MODEL:  Sony ILCE-7RM4, Sony Alpha 6300.

LENSES:  Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO, Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro, 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.

SPEEDLIGHTS: 3 x Godox TT600, Godox TT685s, Godox V850II, Godox V860II.



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.



BOOKS


2022


January   Juxtaposition, Luniver Press, Amazon. 


TALKS


2022


March   Fungal Architectures – an artist’s perspective by British Mycological Society.


2021


June   FEP Nature Golden Camera Winners.



COLLABORATIONS


2022


2022 Curator of an exhibition "POST-APOCALYPTIC COMPUTING AND TECHNOLOGY" by UWE, Bristol, UK;

2022 Curator of an exhibition "Selfies" by Royal Photographic Society Women in Photography group;

2022 Social Media Manager of Royal Photographic Society Women in Photography group;

2022 The member of committee of Royal Photographic Society Women in Photography group;

2022 An affiliated artist at the Unconventional Computing Lab (Bristol, UK).


2021


2021 Curator of an exhibition "Fungal Architectures" by UWE, Bristol;

2021 Judge in "Swedish National Championships in Wildlife Photography 2021" in Sweden;

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).