WORLD’S BEST FIGURE PHOTOGRAPHERS / MANIPULATED: BLAIR, ASL, OWENS, QUAN, ACTON, TAIMO, VARANO & RICH

Photographers from USA, Iran, Canada and China win Category 45 of the 2018 AMERICAN ART AWARDS.

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This year the American Art Awards (www.AmericanArtAwards.com), juried by the 25 Best Galleries & Museums In America (listed below), had online art images in 50 categories submitted from artists in 59 countries: Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, England, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Haiti, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela.

The 1st Place to 6th Place winners in all 50 categories have been revealed in the news about a category a day — making this one of the longest winner announcements of any art competition in the world.

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Kathryne Blair BIO.

I grew up in metro Detroit MI, and have always been interested in art, always doodling and drawing during class while growing up.I attended collage and majored in Health Science, and also attended the GIA for Gemology.

It wasn’t until 2012, when I decided to start sculpting portraits of special needs children, and became serious about art as a career. In 2016, I started working with charcoal and sketches, drawing portraits and photography. I enjoy working with people and things that are unique and offer a different perspective on the world we live in.

I continue to practice my crafts, trying to become a better version of myself every day. You never know where the road may take you, and I am ready for the ride!

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CATEGORY 45. MANIPULATED PHOTOGRAPHY — HUMANS OR ANIMALS

1ST PLACE KATHRYNE BLAIR USA Kathryneblair86@yahoo.com “Born To Be Wild” 16x20" Photography.

2ND PLACE HADI PANAHI ASL IRAN hadi.panahi.asl88@gmail.com “Inverse White” 30x70" Photography.

3RD PLACE-TIE ASHLEY PARKER OWENS USA AshleyParkerOwens.wordpress.com parker.owens@gmail.com “Cry” 11x17” Digital painting.

3RD PLACE-TIE CAROLYN QUAN USA www.CarolynQuan.com “Walking In Paradise” 45x20" Limited edition print on aluminum.

4TH PLACE DAVE ACTON CANADA www.acton4art.com “The Garburator” 1500pixel Digitally-altered photography.

5TH PLACE-TIE HADI PANAHI ASL IRAN hadi.panahi.asl88@gmail.com “Dedicated To Behrouz, My Dear” 20x80" Photography.

5TH PLACE-TIE HUANG TAIMO CHINA huangtaimo@126.com “Studio” Photography.

6TH PLACE-TIE MICAH VARANO USA https://www.facebook.com/M.D.V.Arts39/ “Pure Innocence” 24x16" Photo manipulated digitally.

6TH PLACE-TIE DEBORAH N RICH USA www.deborahnrich.com “Duke With His Christmas Present” 17.5x35"
Computer enhanced photograph.

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This year’s 25 Best Galleries & Museums asked to vote on art were:

BEST IN ALABAMA — ALABAMA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER
BEST IN ARKANSAS — FORT SMITH REGIONAL ART MUSEUM
BEST IN CALIFORNIA — REVOLVER GALLERY
BEST IN COLORADO — COLORADO FINE ARTS CENTER AT COLORADO COLLEGE
BEST IN FLORIDA — LIK FINE ART MIAMI + LIK FINE ART KEY WEST
BEST IN ILLINOIS — TRICKSTER ART GALLERY
BEST IN KANSAS — BIRGER SANDZEN MEMORIAL GALLERY
BEST IN KENTUCKY — E&S GALLERY
BEST IN LOUISIANA — NEWCOMB ART MUSEUM
BEST IN MASSACHUSETTS — BOSTON SCULPTORS GALLERY
BEST IN MISSISSIPPI — THE OHR-O’KEEFE MUSEUM OF ART
BEST IN MISSOURI — UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI MUSEUM OF ART AND ARCHEOLOGY
BEST IN NEBRASKA — KIECHEL FINE ART
BEST IN NEVADA — THE METROPOLITAN GALLERY OF LAS VEGAS ART MUSEUM
BEST IN OHIO — LEE HAYDEN GALLERY
BEST IN OKLAHOMA — JOSEPH GIEREK FINE ART
BEST IN OREGON — JORDAN SCHNITZER MUSEUM of ART
BEST IN PENNSYLVANIA — JAMES A. MICHENER ART MUSEUM
BEST IN SOUTH CAROLINA — MARY MARTIN GALLERY OF FINE ART
BEST IN SOUTH DAKOTA — SOUTH DAKOTA ART MUSEUM
BEST IN TEXAS — ART ON 5TH
BEST IN UTAH — THE LEONARDO
BEST IN WASHINGTON — MARYHILL MUSEUM OF ART
BEST IN WEST VIRGINIA — WEST VIRGINIA STATE MUSEUM
BEST IN WISCONSIN — MUSEUM OF WISCONSIN ART

Enter art at www.AmericanArtAwards.com

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