FEP Awards 2009 results

The Federation of European Photographers announces the overall winners of the 2009 FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Award and the FEP - Towergate Fine Art Photographer of the Year Award

FEP Professional Photographer of the Year 2009:



Josè Luis Guardia Peinado, Spain

Also winnner of the social category of the competition. Josè Louis lives and works in Granada, Spain.


FEP President Neil Warner, J.L. Guardia Peinado, J.L. Guardia Jr.
and Claes Jepsson, representative of Epson Europe.

FEP - Towergate Fine Art Photograph of the Year 2009:



Tom Jones, Belgium


Tom Jones was presented with his award by the Towergate Camerasure representative Stuart Grieb, while Epson awarded the winner membership of the Digigraphie® Collection which represents a world standard in fine art printing.


FEP President Neil Warner, Towergate Camesure representative
Stuart Grieb, Tom and Sylvia Jones.


The Federation of European Photographers announces the category winners and the finalist images of the 2009 FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards


The "2009 FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards" which is supported by Epson has just closed, and more than 2,000 entries from 600 photographers in 20 European countries have been evaluated by the international FEP jury with an online vote. The "FEP - Towergate Camerasure European Fine Art Photograph of the Year Award" had 550 entries.

The international Judges worked to select the FEP European Professional Social, Commercial and Pictorial Photographers of the Year, as well as the FEP – Towergate Camerasure Fine Art Photograph of the Year.

The category winners are listed below. The FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year was selected from one of the category winners (see article above).

The winners were awarded at a special ceremony which took place at the Photo Museum of Antwerp, Belgium, Waalsekaai 47, on Thursday December 17th, 2009. The overall FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year and the FEP - Towergate Camerasure European Fine Art Photograph of the Year Award was announced during the ceremony.

The awards consist of certificates and a magnificent cut glass trophy. Epson printed the finalist images for inclusion in the award collection. The FEP European 2009 Awards Exhibition will be open to the public at the Photo Museum of Antwerp, first floor, from December 15th up to the end of the year. The collection will consist of the top 10 finalists from each category and the top 10 fine art images.

The collection will then be exhibited throughout the year in several European locations, including Madrid, Milan, Lissabon, Moscow, ...

As an acknowledgement of the historic standards reached in the FEP - Towergate Camerasure European Fine Art Photograph of the Year Award, Epson awards the winner membership of the Digigraphie® program which represents a world standard in digital fine art printing. The 10 finalist images will be - upon artist agreement - part of a special Digigraphie collection for the FEP 2009 Awards, and as such all the work displayed at the Photo Museum of Antwerp is Digigraphie certified as well.

Epson officially supports the "FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards".

Epson has the right to use the photographs for promotional purposes for one year, publishing the name of the author and the event together with the winning images.


The "FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards", supported by Epson


Social category

Category Winner and
FEP Professional Photographer of the Year 2009:


José Luis Guardia Peinado, Granada, Spain


© José Luis Guardia Peinado


Finalists (selected for the collection):


Andy Gotts, United Kingdom
José Juliàn Ochoa Martinez, Spain
Filip Santens, Belgium
Luigi Rota, Italy
José Juliàn Ochoa Martinez, Spain
Enrique Oliver, Spain
Eugenio Hernandez Guadilla, Spain
José Juliàn Ochoa Martinez, Spain
Carl Lapeirre, Belgium
Edward Van Hees, The Netherlands

© Daniel Fuertes© Luigi Rota© Enrique Oliver
© J.J. Ochoa© J.J. Ochoa© J.J. Ochoa
© Filip Santens© Andy Gotts© Eugenio Hernandez


Commercial category

Category Winner:


Gerry O’Leary, Dublin, Ireland


© Gerry O'Leary


© Johan Brouwers
FEP President Neil Warner, Gerry O'Leary and Epson
representative Claes Jepsson.


Finalists (selected for the collection):


Jan Miskovic, Slovak Republic
David Taylor, United Kingdom
Michael Hall, United Kingdom
Alexei Babaev, Russia
Sergio Mantello, Italy
Gerry O’Leary, Ireland
James Newton, United Kingdom
Sergio Mantello, Italy
Danny Migalski, Belgium
Kurt Vansteelant, Belgium
Wiliam Long, United Kingdom
David Cantwell, Ireland
Alexander Korobov, Russia

© Alexei Babaev© James Newton
© David Cantwell© David Taylor© Kurt Vansteelant
© Jan Miskovic© Michael Hall
© Danny Migalski© Sergio Mantello
© Gerry O'Leary© Wiliam Long


Pictorial category

Category winner:


Yuri Afanasiev, Moscow, Russia


© Yuri Afanasiev


Finalists (selected for the collection):


Andrè Boto, Portugal
Denis Molinari, Italy
Ivan Caniga, Slovak Republic
José Luis Guardia Peinado, Spain
Yuri Afanasiev, Russia
Tom Jones, Belgium
Andrè Boto, Portugal
Andrè Boto, Portugal
Andrè Boto, Portugal
Mauricio Abreu, Portugal
Martin Vrabko, Slovak Republic

© Andre Boto© Andre Boto© Andre Boto
© Andre Boto© Denis Molinari© Tom Jones
© J.L. Guardia Vazquez© Mauricio Abreu© Ivan Caniga
© Yuri Afanasiev© Martin Vrabko


"FEP European Fine Art Photograph of the Year Award", sponsored by Towergate Camerasure


FEP - Towergate Fine Art Photograph of the Year 2009


Tom Jones, Knokke, Belgium

© Tom Jones


Finalists (selected for the collection):


Gio Versyck, Belgium
Lucille Feremans, Belgium
Martin Vrabko, Slovak Republic
Jan Darthet, Belgium
Yuri Afanasiev, Russia
Tom Jones, Belgium
Ingrid Van Heteren, The Netherlands
Johan Brouwers, Belgium
Ana Struharova, Slovak Republic
Marko Dutka, United Kingdom


© Jan Darthet© Johan Brouwers© Gio Versyck
© Lucille Feremans© Martin Vrabko© Tom Jones
©  Yuri Afanasiev© Marko Dutka© Ana Struharova
© Ingrid Van Heteren


View all the award winning images from the  FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards

© Johan Brouwers
The 9 Belgian finalists:
Tom & Sylvia Jones, Filip Santens, Johan Brouwers, Danny Migalski,
Kurt Vansteelant, Bruno Vetters (Assoc. President), Nikki Huts
(Assoc. Gen Secretary), Gio Versyck, Jan Darthet, Lucille Feremans
and Carl Lapeirre.

All group pictures © Johan Brouwers, FEP webmaster