News on recent exhibitions and awards from      Michael Knapstein Fine-Art Photography
Wrapping Up an Outstanding Year!
Even though the end of the year is within sight, it feels like winter has taken a vacation and continues to ignore the calendar. This image of a cardinal standing out against the snow is just a reminder of what we would usually be seeing. Thanks to all of you, interest in my photography has continued to stay just as hot as the weather. My photographs have been awarded, exhibited, installed and reproduced in a record number of places this year.  I want to thank all of you for the warm support that has made 2015 such an outstanding year. I hope you have a happy holiday and a spectacular 2016! 
EXHIBIT: The Prairie Cafe!  This exhibit is entitled, “Middleton: Beautiful by Nature” and features 30 wildlife and landscape images from the Middleton, Wisconsin area. It is also the first-ever joint exhibit with my wife, Annette! A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy. The Café is located at 6720 Frank Lloyd Wright Avenue in Middleton. The exhibit will run through December 31, 2015. To see an article from the Wisconsin State Journal about the exhibit, just click here. 
Knapstein Image of Gibraltar Rock
EXHIBIT: Museum of Wisconsin Art! My multiple award-winning image “Morning Fog” is now part of a group exhibit at the lovely Museum of Wisconsin Art (MoWA), which is located at  205 Veterans Avenue in West Bend, Wisconsin. If you have not yet visited this relatively new museum, you owe it to yourself to put it on your "must see" list. The exhibit runs until January 10, 2016.   

EXHIBIT: FOCUS Photo LA!  I am proud to have my new image “Clothesline” selected as one of only 20 photographs from around the world chosen by three celebrity jurors for the FOCUS Photo LA exhibition. The exhibit will be held during the 25th International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition which runs from January 21 – 24, 2016.

AWARD: Masters Cup! I am honored to have six images recognized in the 8th Annual International Color Awards, also known as the "Photographers Masters Cup." It is the world’s largest competition exclusively for color photography. My photographs were selected from among more than 7,300 entries from 79 countries. The larger image shown, “Sandhill Crane Dance” received Honorable Mention in the Wildlife category and was also published in the magazine Color Awards Journal No. 5.
First Place Focus on Wildlife by Michael Knapstein AWARD: Pollux Awards! Whew -- this might be a new record for me! The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards (based in Kent, England) awarded 23 of my photographs in 6 different categories of the 7th Annual Pollux Awards, a major international competition. The image shown is "Forest Reflection" which was a winner in both the Nature and Landscape categories. 
Image "December Fog" by Michael Knapstein AWARD: Wins on Two Continents! My image “Wawanissee Point” was recognized in two international competitions. First it was the “Golden Hours” competition, which was juried by famous National Geographic photographer Eddie Soloway for an exhibit at the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont. Then, from their headquarters in Bath, England,  the Royal Photographic Society named this image as a finalist for their 158th Annual International Print Exhibition.
"Wawanissee Point" by Michael Knapstein AWARD: The Nature Conservancy!   My image of an elusive Great Gray Owl entitled “Ghost of the North” added another award to its impressive history when it was named an Honorable Mention Winner  in the Nature Conservancy’s annual national photography competition. It was also featured prominently on their website and was one of their 100 most popular photographs.
Image "Moonrise at Lake of the Clouds" by Michael Knapstein AWARD: Lucie International Photography Awards!   The Lucie Foundation, based in Beverly Hills, is one of the world's most respected photography organizations. So I was very honored when they gave Honorable Mention Awards to five photographs from my “Forest Fog” series in their International Photography Awards. The competition drew more than 27,000 entries from 104 countries and culminated with an awards ceremony at famous Carnegie Hall in NYC.
Wisconsin State Park Guide Cover by Michael Knapstein AWARD: B&W Spider Awards!           One of my perennial favorite images, “Before the Storm” was recognized in the Fine Art category of The 10th Annual Black and White Spider Awards, a major international competition exclusively for black and white photography. My work was selected from among 7,686 photographs from 74 countries.

PUBLISHED: Best of Photography!   My image “Stonehenge” was a winner in the 35th Annual Photography Contest from Photographer’s Forum magazine and will be included in their hardcover coffee table book, The Best of Photography 2015.

PUBLISHED: New Madison Book! 

I am delighted to have 15 color photographs published in "Madison: The Good Life" -- a beautiful new hardcover coffee-table book about Madison that was written by well-known author Doug Moe. My photo graces the wrap-around dustjacket cover (part of which is shown) plus a number of double-page spreads on the inside. This may just be the ultimate picture book about Madison, and I'm proud to be part of it!


International Award-Winning Photography by Michael Knapstein PUBLISHED: State Parks Calendar!  The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks selected my photograph “Fall Color at Pewit’s Nest” as one of the winners of their annual photography contest. It is featured in the month of October in their 2016 calendar.
Limited-Time Print Special from Michael Knapstein PUBLISHED: Dane Arts Calendar!    The Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission selected my image “Capitol Dome” as one of the winners in their annual photography contest. It is featured as the month of November in their “Shining Lights” 2016 calendar.
INSTALLATION: UWH Lobby!  The main lobby of the UW Hospital in Madison, WI was recently redone and now features a permanent installation featuring five of my photographs. The two largest images are each 10 feet high and 16 feet long and are printed on sheets of aluminum.

INSTALLATION: American Center!   UW Health opened a new hospital at the American Center on Madison’s east side. When you exit the elevator on the 5th floor you will be greeted by a permanent installation of one of my photographs that shows a flock migrating birds at dawn. The image is 10 feet high and 18.5 feet long. It was printed on a special vinyl material that was applied directly to the wall like wallpaper!

INSTALLATION: American Girl! Middleton is home to the national headquarters of American Girl (a division of Mattel). And now their headquarters is home to a new permanent installation of 11 of my photographs, all taken at various Wisconsin State Parks.

INSTALLATION: UWH Waiting Room! UW Hospital added a new permanent installation in this surgery waiting room that features five of my images. The largest images are printed on translucent film and are backlit by the lights in the hallway outside, giving the effect of a huge backlit transparency. How huge? The largest image is 6 feet high and 33 feet long!

INSTALLATION: PNC Bank! The new PNC Bank Tower headquarters in Pittsburg, PA added five of my photographs to their permanent collection. The images were selected to visually represent Wisconsin, where the bank now has several branches.

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