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|Member Since||October 1, 2020|
|Branch Affiliation||Metro Vancouver (includes Victoria)|
|Bio||Gabor Gasztonyi BA, MPA A professional photographer and author Gabor Gasztonyi lives in New Westminster with his wife, artist Judith Copland, where they operate a photographic studio and art gallery. They also live part of the year in Budapest Hungary, where he was born. His book “A Room in the City” published by Anvil Press, 2010 with a forward by Dr Gabor Mate, was a finalist for the George Ryga Award for Social Justice in Literature as well as the Alcuin Award for book design. The book is a photographic journey in the hotel rooms of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. The book contains Gabor’s diary and selected poems. Gabor has had numerous exhibits of his photographic work in Canada and Europe. In 2006 he was awarded the Nikon Prize for photojournalism in BC and the Sony Press Award in 2015 from the Professional Photographers of Canada, as well as the Award of Excellence, Society of Canadian Artists, Montreal. In 2017, he also represented Canada in the World Photographic Cup in photojournalism. Also in 2017, Gabor won the Nikon Press Award in photojournalism at the Professional Photographers of Canada National Exhibition in Ottawa. He represented Canada in the World Photographic Cup in two successive years, 2017 and 2018 in the press, documentary category. Recent exhibitions have included Views from the South Bank II at the Surrey Art Gallery, in 2015, featuring photographs of Sudanese immigrants to Canada. In June of 2016, his work was displayed at the Alfred Fried Exhibition in Paris at Unesco Headquarters. The selected image was reproduced in large format, in a group exhibition, on the exterior of Unesco Headquarters. He recently produced and directed a feature-length documentary film, No Way Out, tracing the history of two couples in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Screening at festivals commencing in 2018. The film nominated in five categories at the 2018 London Filmmakers Festival, won the best editing in a feature documentary. In 2019 the film won the Best Cinematopgraphy award at the Harlem International Film Festival in New York. Gabor’s photographs were featured in a selected and juried Exhibition last spring, Hastings: A Second Look, as part of the Capture Photography Festival 2017. Also, he was successful in obtaining another Capture Feature Exhibit, Chilcotin Rodeo in 2018. His solo exhibit, Portraits, at the Plaskett Gallery in New Westminster began the galleries spring season. As Chairman of Rotary’s Walk to end Polio Gabor is keenly involved with global projects to promote the rehabilitation of children with polio, particularly in Ethiopia. In 2017 he received a citation from the Ethiopian government in recognition of his work to eradicate polio. He was awarded the Bernie Cultural Award by the City of New Westminster in 2018.|
|Publications||A Room in the City, Anvil Press 2010. Various photographic related publications.|
|Other Memberships||Professional Photographers of Canada.|
|Awards||Gabor Gasztonyi BA MPA Awards. 2006 Professional Photographers of BC. Nikon Press Award 2007 Award of Excellence, Society of Canadian Artists, Montreal Exhibition 2008 Arts 2008 Surry Art Gallery Exhibition, 2nd Place Photography 2008 Magnum Scotia Bank Prize Toronto, 1st runner up. 2008 International Black and White Spider Awards, nomination Professional Photojournalism 2011 Finalist George Ryga Award for social justice in literature for A Room in the City 2012 CPA Craftsman of Photographic Arts, Professional Photographers of Canada 2012 Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International 2014 MPA Master of Photographic Arts, Professional Photographers of Canada 2014 Professional Photographers of BC, Best in Class, Portrait of a Man Peter Trower 2015 Professional Photographers of Canada, National Image Salon, Nikon Press Award 2015 Professional Photographers of Canada, BC. Sony Press Award 2015 International Black & White Spider Awards, three nominations, professional portraiture, and photojournalism. 2016 Rotary International Photo Contest. 1st Place. Children in Dire Dawa Ethiopia. 2016 Canadian Entry World Photographic Cup. Photojournalism. 2016 Nominee Citizen of the year New Westminster 2016 Canadian Entry World Photographic Cup. Photojournalism 2017 Nikon Press Award, PPOC National Exhibition Ottawa 2017 Capture Photography Festival Selected Exhibit: Hastings A Second Look. 2017 Nominee Citizen of the Year New Westminster 2017 Canadian Entry World Photographic Cup. Photojournalism 2017 Recognition award for Polio Eradication Ethiopia 2017 London Festival of World Cinema 2018, No Way Out, Nominated for Best Director, Best Editing, Best documentary, Best Educational Documentary. 2017 Bernie Legge Arts and Cultural Award 2018 London Festival of World Cinema 2018, Best Film Editing Award, Daryl Bennett for No Way Out 2018 Capture Photography Festival Selected Exhibit: Chilcotin Rodeo 2018 Leo Awards. No Way Out. Nominated for best sound in a feature documentary. 2019 International Black & White Spider Awards. Nominee professional sport photography. 2019 Harlem International Film Festival Official Selection 2019 Harlem International Film Festival Award Best Cinematography. 2019 Canadian Entry Team Canada World Photographic Cup 2020 photojournalism 2019 Magyarorszag 365 fotopalyazat, Hungarian National Photo Contest Official Selection 2020 Professional Photographers of Canada MPA 1st Bar 2020 Seattle True Independent Film Festival Official Selection for No Way Out|