Portuguese photographer Filipa Scarpa has won the top prize in the FEI Solidarity World Photo Grand Prix for her stunning image of the Lusitano stallion Xisto.
Filipa Scarpa winner FEI Solidarity World Photo Grand Prix
The FEI Solidarity World Photo Grand Prix competition, aimed at uncovering photographic talent around the world in 2014, the Chinese Year of the Horse, was launched in May by the Fédération Equestre Internationale with Action Images/Thomson Reuters, asking amateur and professional photographers to submit images that capture an aspect of equestrian sport and lifestyles in a memorable and eye-catching way.
Lisbon-born Scarpa, who fell in love with photography 10 years ago, has won over 90 national and international competitons, with her images being showcased this year at the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition and on NASA’s Earth Observatory website.
She shot her FEI Solidarity World Photo Grand Prix-winning image on location at the wine producer Quinta da Lagoalva de Cima, in Portugal’s Tejo region, which also runs a stud for Lusitano horses.
Scarpa also won the Horse Portrait category of the FEI Solidarity World Photo Grand Prix, one of nine categories for which over 3,500 images were entered.
The category winners (listed below) each receive a tablet, personalised leather photography portfolio and an Action Images/Thomson Reuters master class. All winning and shortlisted entries can be viewed on Flickr here, with videos on Instagram here:
Under 16 – Briar Kate Bayes (NZL)
Instagram – Melanie Cottle-Askew (GBR)
Photography students – Fleur Louwe (NED)
Horse Portrait – Filipa Scarpa (POR)
Rider Portrait – Jeffrey Fierens (BEL)
Venue – Jana Spindler (GER)
Professional – Libby Law (NZL)
Abstract – Shannon Brinkman (USA)
Amateurs & Enthusiasts – Miriam Paulovcakova (SVK)
The international judging panel, chaired by FEI President HRH Princess Haya, included Deirdre Lyons, Co-Founder and Director of Corporate Image and Design at Alltech, title sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy;
Mark Adams, Director of Communications at the International Olympic Committee;
Bob Rosato, legendary sports photographer and COO of USA Today Sports Images;
Melissa Farlow, award-winning National Geographic photographer;
Giuseppe Della Chiesa, Chair of the FEI Eventing Committee and international course designer;
Alan Whiter, Vice President of Action Images;
Ingrid Klimke, two-time Olympic Eventing team gold medallist;
Arnd Bronkhorst, internationally renowned equestrian photographer;
Dustin Vaughn-Luma, mobile photography and visual design specialist.
The winning FEI Solidarity World Photo Grand Prix entries will be exhibited in the FEI Pavilion in the heart of the Games Village for the duration of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 from 23 August – 7 September in Normandy.
The images will also be published in FEI Focus, the official magazine of the Fédération Equestre Internationale, which is available as a free iPad application from the Apple Newsstand and online at http://www.fei.org/fei/wpgp_winners.