Nature & Faces goes to

Doral, Florida

We started a simple online photography competition with no budget and look were we landed!

It is maybe a surprise for many that we started a photography competition in 2017 called Nature & Faces photography competition that brought more then 30 local photographers showing their view of what Aruba & his people have to offer.

With no budget for the 1st year we decided to keep it low key and found an interesting partner “Aruba House” in Doral Florida  that told us, you make it happen I find the place for it in Doral Florida’s City Hall. Little we waited and just started with this adventure.

We immediately called our dear friend Rosabelle Illes and told her listen you will be managing Nature & Faces as we know nothing about this but you always make everything sound amazing! With a little hesitation she took it and said Tito we going national and she called all 5 major magazines on Aruba (Island Temptations, Xclusivo, Express Magazine, Aruba Nights, Focus) and by the end of the day she had all the judges ready to rock it!

We did a little bit of research and did a little bit of coding and just placed the idea online and with in hours we got our 1st participant! It was election year so allot of hustling had to be done to make Aruba Art Fair 2017 happen but still Tito wanted that photography competition and with no money they just kept pushing and with out we evening knowing it we reached over 40 participants, not bad for a no budget photography competition.

The 5 magazines choose the winner of Nature (“Morning splendor” by Harold Kelly) & the winner of Faces (“Hombi’ Coco” by Mario Gonzalves) and we printed them out at 4D Photo Bar. We failed miserably in exposing them during the 2017 edition of Aruba Art Fair but 2 days after we shipped the prints to Ralph in Doral and thought hey maybe Ralph will do something amazing for the winners!

In March 2017 we received an email and to our surprise yes they are placed in the City Hall of Doral Florida! Can you believe it? We do not know what Ralph does over there but he must be a magician because yes we are there just like he said and to our surprise we receive another email later that month asking for more photographs so we choose 4 more from each category and they went to print in Florida. 

Apprently the guys over at Doral Florida are hosting an event on the 31st and they want a complete exhibition of the Nature & Faces photography competition 2017-2018 and yes we are coming in! This is a surprise even for the 2017 participators as they don’t even know they are being exhibited there!

The Artists participating  in the upcoming exhibition at Doral Florida