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I am proud to announce that I have received the first place award in the professional celebrity category for Photo District News’ contest, Faces. The winning image, photographed for LEO magazine, is of world renowned Canadian chef and recording artist, Roger Mooking.

Mooking began his career in the 90’s and is best known for his band “Bass is Base” where he produced three hit albums and then went on to a solo career where he released two more hit albums. He is now the successful host of two hit television shows, “Heat Seekers”, and “Man Fire Food”.

PDN Magazine - Faces Contest - Roger Mooking

The inspiration behind the image came from Roger’s love of music. He is a supporter of the revival of classic vinyl and the Motown days. It was through this that I found inspiration to create the atmosphere within this portrait.

I would like to express my gratitude to the judges, Natalie Matutschovsky from Time magazine, Chris Dixon from Vanity Fair, Annie Chia from Fast Company, Christina Whalen from Grey New York and Dalia Nassimi from Wired UK. I would also like to thank Peter Mazzotta and Roger for embracing the idea with such willingness.

The winning photograph will be appearing in the September issue of Photo District News. You can view the other entries online by clicking on the following link and scroll over to the celebrity category to view our image.

http://www.facesphotocontest.com/gallery/2014/

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