February 2, 2015

Winners Announced: Azerbaijan Sport in Focus

There are great news that I want to share with everybody. On November 2014 the European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) organized a photography competition entitled Azerbaijan – Sport in Focus, aimed at both professional and amateur photographers. The photo competition was judged by world-renowned photographers Ed Kashi, Philipp Rathmer and Agdes Baghirzade. The top three images were selected by a panel of leading photographers from 300 entries, received from ten different countries. These images will feature as part of the exhibition in London, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Istanbul and Baku. So the great news is that my photo of the Formula 1 pilot entitled "Final Instructions" have won the 3rd prize. Moreover, all my four photos have retained the attention of the jury, and they have also been selected for the exhibition and I was invited by the organizers to attend the launch of the exhibition at the OXO Gallery in London on the February 27th 2015. It would be great to meet with all my friends in UK.  If you are in London and have some time, come to the OXO Gallery, will be happy to see you all! By the way, here are the winner images!

Photo ©Dilaver Najafov – 1st Prize Azerbaijan Sport in Focus Competition

January 30, 2015

Your Story - Bookmark Campaign

Few months ago Fujifilm has launched an exciting new campaign themed "Your Story, You Are Living It". It was a great honor for me to be one of the photographers who contributed to "Your Story - Bookmark Campaign". The campaign was inspired by those moments captured by the photography enthusiasts from different parts of the world. Fujifilm wants to celebrate these moments across the globe, illustrating these stories with everybody. The campaign, which is centred on the photographers and their work rather than the cameras, portrays their "story" backed by pictures to provide "bookmarks" in their underlying stories. Here is my story!

January 8, 2015

Nigar and Michail's Wedding

I have not shot weddings for a quite long time so, was really very excited when got this offer from Michail and Nigar. It was a great day with awesome couple. This was a great wedding full of laughter, joy, happy tears and hot dances. So we managed to steal our lovely couple and took some portrait pictures in the park not far from the wedding venue. Enjoy!

December 12, 2014

Time Capsule Project

Last two weeks I spent with a group of creative people attending the workshop called "Redeeming the Everyday". The workshop was conducted by artists Rossella Emanuele and Mervyn Arthur and organized by Yarat. This workshop invited participants to consider how art can be made using material from the everyday world. We discussed recent trends in photography and contemporary art and involved in practical workshops, one-on-one discussions and group tutorials. 

December 1, 2014

5 Day Black&White Photo Challenge

I was recently nominated by my friend Fuad Babayev to take part in the 5 Day Black&White Photo Challenge on Facebook. The idea was quite simple: to post b&w photos for 5 days and nominate a person each day to do the same just for fun. Here are the 5 images that I shared on my facebook page over the 5 days. 

November 24, 2014

Meet Mardan

Meet Mardan. He is 3 months old and he is great! He remained active during the entire session trying all different kind of expressions on his face. I also planned to take few more photos of him sleeping but despite all my plans he refused to take a nap even after he has been fed. So, here are few portraits that he allowed me to take.  

November 5, 2014

Baku World Challenge 2014 - Blancpain Sprint Series

The final round of the Baku World Challenge FIA GT Series has kicked off in Azerbaijan`s capital. GT cars competing in the final round of the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series, were displayed in front of the Heydar Aliyev Center after participating in a parade on the streets of Baku, Azerbaijan on October 31, 2014 a day before the start of the Baku World Challenge. Here are main highlights of the race:
  • Cesar Ramos and Laurens Vanthoor score their first Main Race win of the season 
  • Maximilian Götz is crowned 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series champion 
  • Laurens Vanthoor and Belgian Audi Club Team WRT take Blancpain GT Series titles 
  • Vincent Abril and Mateusz Lisowski first Silver Cup champions 
  • Marc Basseng and Alessandro Latif win the Pro-Am Trophy 
  • Belgian Audi Club Team WRT most successful team of the season
In the Blancpain Sprint Series, titles and race wins are not only rewarded by cups and trophies, but also by important prize money. Add to that the cheques of the Pitstop Challenge and it is clear that the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT proved to be the most successful outfit this season. Here is the total amount of prize money won by the teams this season:
  • Belgian Audi Club Team WRT: 386.000€
  • HTP Motorsport: 150.000€
  • Grasser Racing Team: 80.000€
  • Phoenix Racing: 71.000€
  • ROAL Motorsport, BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert and Beechdean AMR: 50.000€
  • BMW Sports Trophy Team Brasil: 32.000€