LOS ANGELES–Laszlo Lorand Lieszkovszky, a US Peace Corps volunteer serving in Vanadzor, Armenia, is a First Place Winner in the 2008 Art of Armenian Photography Contest, sponsored by Stone Garden Productions of Los Angeles.
Lieszkovszky earned First Place in the category of Historic Sites with his panoramic photograph of Noravank and the surrounding hills dusted with a light cover of snow.
The other winners in this year’s Art of Armenian Photography Contest are Eli Burak, of Windsor, Vermont, whose image of Mt. Aragats earned him First Place in the Landscapes category; and Balazs Pataki, of Brussels, Belgium, whose portrait of a woman in a crowded market captured First Place in the Portraits category.
The international photography competition was open to both professional and non-professional photographers and drew entries from the US, Canada, Belgium, Armenia, and Hungary. The winning photographs are eligible for publication in “Armenia,” a large-format hard cover photography book that is scheduled for release by Stone Garden Productions in late Fall 2008.
Contest sponsor Stone Garden Productions is the publisher of “Armenia and Karabagh,” the best-selling 304-page travel guide to Armenia that has won three national book awards. The book, by author-photographers Matthew Karanian and Robert Kurkjian, features 135 color photographs. It is sold at Borders Books and Music, at Armenian bookstores in Glendale and New York, and on Amazon.com.