Team Calumet took Pixel Trade Awards 2016 by storm!

Left to right: Marc Puertolas (Calumet Web team, Andy Hoang Bristol store manager, Jorge Mendes Web team)

Earlier this year, a few members of the Calumet Photographic team entered the prestigious Pixel Trade Awards 2016 competition and took it by storm!

For the first time in twelve years the Pixel Awards were extended to photographers working in the background of the photographic business. Photographs could have been submitted in five categories: Landscape, Fashion, Wildlife, Street Photography and Monochrome.

The award ceremony took place on Friday, 2nd December, at the Grange City Hotel in Tower Hill, London. The night started slowly with a lot of excitement in the air, after a champagne reception and a lovely dinner, the long awaited moment had come and, one by one, the awarded photographers were revealed.

We are excited to announce that, our team members managed to secure winning positions in 3 out of 5 categories!

Our Bristol camera store manager, Andy Hoang, won in the Fashion category, and two members of our web team, Jorge Mendes and Mark Puertolas, won in the Wildlife and Monochrome categories.

Congratulations to the winners. The Calumet Photographic team couldn’t be prouder!


Jorge Mendes – Omen

‘My picture was the result of a short trip to the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey to test a few L series Canon lenses. The equipment used in this picture was a Canon 5D MK III and an EF 200-400mm L series lens.

It was a gloomy morning but that helped to achieve the golden glow of the sky in the image, using a slightly warmer camera setup. This was one of my first experiences photographing wildlife and I was fascinated by the results; the way you can play with the tones and the background, and adapt what you see to the focus of your attention. Overall it was a very enriching experience with great results.’


Andy Hoang – California Dreaming

‘I was kindly given permission to shoot at the Portishead Lido and we were lucky to have clear skies and beaming sun on the day. This was day one of six for a fashion editorial we had planned for a magazine cover shoot. I took the shot with the trusted Canon EOS 5D Mark III and EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens.

We were lucky enough to shoot on a day where the sun was shining bright and the skies were clear which gave the photo quite a harsh look, and made the model’s black skin shine. I used a Profoto B1 with an OCF white beauty dish as a fill light to give it more pop. I wanted to show her strength and beauty so decided to shoot low and up to emphasise her height (she was already 6ft!). The result was more than I could have hoped for, and we even got a sense of movement with the garment to give it that extra dimension.’


Marc Puertolas – Big Brother

‘The image itself is one in a series of long exposure shots I have taken in and around London. I have been interested in, and love, long exposure photography. I like the dreamlike, cold feeling it produces.

The image was taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM lens at 34mm. It was a twenty-six-minute exposure with 15 stop ND filters (Cokin Nuances) and polarizer at ISO 100, F8.0. I converted it into monochrome in Photoshop using the Nic silver effects filter.’

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