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István Kerekes M.

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The first Hungarian photographer who received the Excellence FIAP Platinum distinction of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) which is the highest qualification given by the federation.
The artist presently lives in Mosonmagyaróvár, where he is works as a full-time PE teacher in a local school, and committed to quality photography. It is also proved by the the fact that he was the first among Hungarian photographers to receive the EFIAP/platinum title of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP). Even in the world not too many photographers received this recognition. István Kerekes M. was born in 1977 in Marosvásárhely, Transylvania. He started professional sports from an early age, first he was a swimmer, then he practised athletics. Photography became his passion during his academic years in Kolozsvár. His initial nature photography field has been gradually expanded with social photography over the years. István M. Kerekes talks about his first successes:
Photo: © István Kerekes M.

„The first stroke which directed my steps “even more” towards photography and gave even more motivation to learn this genre was a national photography competition announced by the Hungarian women’s weekly “Nők Lapja” magazine. The jury, led by Tamás Féner, granted me the first prize for a photo taken in Transylvania. By receiving the first prize I was offered a full-time job by the magazine as a press photographer. I was standing at a crossroad. Since I worked in Marosvásárhely as a professional swimming trainer and at that time I had five swimmers who were multiple national champions in children and junior categories, I turned down this special offer. Regarding photography, the second surprise hit me in the spring of 2007. I won the grand prix of a competition run by the “Földgömb” Magazine. The reward was a 3-week journey across Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. It was one of my most unforgettable experiences in my life.”
As luck would have it, he relocated to Hungary in 2007. Both in the year of 2008 and 2009 he won the viewers’ choice award of the most prestigious Hungarian Press Photography Competition which was a unique performance in the history of the Hungarian press photography exhibitions. His pictures have been shown in more than 45 countries so far, and his works have been exhibited more than 2500 times in different national and international competitions and he received more than 300 prizes and awards so far. His most successful work is a photo titled “Yelena” which has won 48 awards in 22 countries of five continents since the February of 2010 up to present. István Kerekes M. is a self-taught photographer. His articles are regularly published in the “Földgömb” magazine.
Text: Béla Szabó
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