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About me

Zdeno Kostka

AFIAP, EFIAP, AZSF, MZSF

Born in 1956 in Liptovský Mikuláš. Graduated from the Faculty of Natural Sciences in Bratislava, Department of Geology - Applied Geophysics. Acting as a research scientist in hydrology of mountain areas at the Experimental Hydrological Base of the Institute of Hydrology in Liptovský Mikuláš.

While started in photography as a student already, he began to pay serious interest in photography as an autodidact in the nineties. He focuses mainly on landscape and nature photography. Originally he photographed exclusively on transparency film. Later he gradually switched to digital photography.

He is the member of the Association of Slovak Photographers, Slovak Centre of Photographic Art (FIAP member) and ART STUDIO non-professional artists association in Liptovský Hrádok.

He exhibited photographs in many competitive exhibitions in Slovakia as well as in international photographic salons and biennials. Annually exhibiting his works at the Association of Slovak Photographers exhibitions of art photography. He was a jury member of several national and international photographic competitions.

 

Photographic Distinctions:

2009, Excellence of the International Federation of Photographic Art (EFIAP) distinction

2009, Master of the Slovak Association of Photographers (MZSF) distinction

2007, Author of the Slovak Association of Photographers (AZSF) distinction

2005, Artist of the International Federation of Photographic Art (AFIAP) distinction

 

Solo Exhibitions:

2011, exhibition „The country of silence“ in the “Gallery on the stairs” in the House of Culture in Liptovský Hrádok, Slovakia

2011, exhibition „The country of silence“ in GaleryJA, Salesians of Don Bosco, Bratislava, Slovakia

2010, exhibition „The country of silence“ in the Gallery of the Photoclub of the Liptov Museum in Ružomberk, Slovakia

2010, exhibition „The country of silence“ in Liptov Cultural Centre in Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia

 

Group Exhibitions:

2016, „FOTOTROJLÍSTOK“ (Photographic Trefoil) photographic exhibition - symbolic photographic interconnection of Liptov region photographers from Liptovský Mikuláš, Ružomberok and Liptovský Hrádok towns

2015, photographs in the book „Liptov objektívom“ (Liptov Region by the Lens) published at the occasion of the 90th anniversary of photo club at the Museum of Liptov Region in Ružomberok

2015, Group photographic exhibition of the Liptov region photographers in Vsetin, Czech Republic

2012, Collection FIAP “Paysage d’Europe” (exhibition "Landscapes from Europe" created specially from the FIAP collections and World Cup awarded pictures, 27 Countries, 27 Landscapes, 27 Photographers) at the SALON de la PHOTO (stand D101), Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris, France

2011, Double-exhibition “30 Years of the Photographic Club Obzor” and “Six of Liptov District” in the Regionart gallery at the Regional cultural centre in Prievidza, Slovakia

2011, Group photographic exhibition of the ArtStudio Lipt.Hrádok photographic club members in the Gallery of the Photoclub of the Liptov Museum in Ružomberok, Slovakia

2009, Group exhibition of the six photographers of Liptov district (Peter Illeš, Vladimír Škuta st., Peter Hönsch, Zdeno Kostka, Dušan Rázus, Stanislav Surový) in the House of Matica slovenská, Martin, Slovakia

2009, Group exhibition of the six photographers of Liptov district (Peter Illeš, Vladimír Škuta st., Peter Hönsch, Zdeno Kostka, Dušan Rázus, Stanislav Surový) „Varied Crumbs of Liptov District“ in the Regional cultural centre, Košice, Slovakia

2008, Group exhibition of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) distinctions holders at the 29th FIAP Congress at the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava, Slovakia

 

Awards:

2016, 1st Price, 41st Exhibition of Art Photography, Slovak Association of Photographers, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2013, 3rd Price, 38th Exhibition of Art Photography, Slovak Association of Photographers, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2010, FOTOFORUM Price, 43rd FOTOFORUM International Photographic Salon, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2009, 2nd Price, district round of AMFO 2008 Photographic Competition, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia („Mystery of Water“ multimedia show)

2008, 1st Price (colour photography category) and 1st price (panorama), “Liptov District in Photography” Photographic Competition, Liptovský Hrádok, Slovakia

2008, VÖAV Bronze Medal and FIAP Honourable Mention, International Friends of Nature Photo Championship, Austria

2008, Price of the Serbian Photographic Association, 1st International Photography Exhibition Stara Planina, Serbia

2008, PSA Silver Medal, 29th Northern Counties International Salon of Photography, Tynemouth, Great Britain

2008, FIAP Gold Medal, 8th Malmö International Exhibition of Photographic Art, Malmő, Sweden

2008, FIAP Bronze Medal, 1st International Salon of Digital & Color Slide Photography, Kocevje, Slovenia

2008, Honourable Mention, 1st Foto Club Quilmes International Exhibition of Virtual Imaging, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2008, 1st Price, 33rd Exhibition of Art Photography, Slovak Association of Photographers, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2008, 2nd Price, regional round of the AMFO Photographic Competition, Žilina, Slovakia

2008, FIAP Honourable Mention, KRAJOBRAZ GÓRSKI (Mountain Landscape) 2008 International Photographic Salon, Nowy Targ, Poland

2008, 3rd Price, district round of the AMFO Photographic Competition, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2007, FIAP Honourable Mention, 22nd TREE International Photographic Salon, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2006, Honourable Mention, 31st Exhibition of Art Photography, Slovak Association of Photographers, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2006, 1st Price, “Liptov District in Photography” Photographic Competition, Liptovský Hrádok, Slovakia

2005, Price of City Mayor, EKOFOTOGRAFIA Photographic Competition, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia

2005, Honourable Mention, AMFO and DIAFOTO Photographic Competition, Žilina, Slovakia

2005, 1st Price, JARNÝ SALÓN (Spring Salon) Photographic Competition, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia

2004, FIAP Silver Medal, MINIATURE International Photographic Salon, Kranj, Slovenia

2004, Honourable Mention, AMFO and DIAFOTO Photographic Competition, Žilina, Slovakia

2004, 1st Price, JARNÝ SALÓN (Spring Salon) Photographic Competition, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia

2003, 1st Price, photographic part of the 11th International Festival of Mountain Films, Poprad, Slovakia

2003, 1st Price, regional round of the AMFO and DIAFOTO Photographic Competition, Žilina, Slovakia

2003, Price of City Mayor, JARNÝ SALÓN (Spring Salon) Photographic Competition, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia

2002, 2nd Price, 27th Exhibition of Art Photography, Slovak Association of Photographers, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2002, Honourable Mention, regional round of the AMFO and DIAFOTO Photographic Competition, Žilina, Slovakia

2001, Honourable Mention, EKOFOTOGRAFIA Photographic Competition, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia

2001, 3rd Price, 26th Exhibition of Art Photography, Slovak Association of Photographers, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2001, Honourable Mention, AMFO and DIAFOTO Photographic Competition, Bratislava, Slovakia

2000, Honourable Mention, regional round of the AMFO and DIAFOTO Photographic Competition, Žilina, Slovakia

1999, Price of City Mayor, EKOFOTOGRAFIA Photographic Competition, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia

1999, 2nd Price, regional round of the AMFO and DIAFOTO Photographic Competition, Žilina, Slovakia

 

Jury of Photographic Competitions:

2017, President of Jury, district round of the AMFO 2017 Photographic Competition, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia

2016, Jury Member, 9th “Liptov District in Photography” Photographic Competition, Liptovský Hrádok, Slovakia

2014, Jury Member, STROM 2014 International Photographic Salon (FIAP 2014/030 and PSA Patronages), Ružomberok, Slovakia

2013, Jury Member, district round of the AMFO 2013 Photographic Competition, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia

2013, Jury Member, STROM 2013 International Photographic Salon (FIAP 2013/027 and PSA Patronages), Ružomberok, Slovakia

2012, Jury Member, 7th “Liptov District in Photography” Photographic Competition, Liptovský Hrádok, Slovakia

2012, Jury Member, district round of the AMFO 2012 Photographic Competition, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia

2012, President of Jury, STROM 2012 International Photographic Salon (FIAP 2012/073 and PSA Patronages), Ružomberok, Slovakia

2011, Jury Member, regional round of the AMFO 2011 Photographic Competition, Žilina, Slovakia

2011, Jury Member, district round of the AMFO 2011 Photographic Competition, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia

2011, Jury Member, STROM 2011 International Photographic Salon (FIAP 2011/019 and PSA Patronages), Ružomberok, Slovakia

2010, Jury Member, 35th Exhibition of Art Photography, Slovak Association of Photographers, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2010, Jury Member, STROM 2010 International Photographic Salon (FIAP 2010/027 Patronage), Ružomberok, Slovakia

 

Photographic Competitions (Accepted Photographs):

2017, STROM 2017 International Photographic Salon, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2016, FOTOFORUM 2016 - 49th International Exhibition of Art Photography, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2016, 41st Exhibition of Art Photography, Slovak Association of Photographers, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2016, STROM 2016 International Photographic Salon, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2015, 40th Exhibition of Art Photography, Slovak Association of Photographers, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2014, 39th Exhibition of Art Photography, Slovak Association of Photographers, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2013, 38th Exhibition of Art Photography, Slovak Association of Photographers, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2012, 37th Exhibition of Art Photography, Slovak Association of Photographers, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2011, 36th Exhibition of Art Photography, Slovak Association of Photographers, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2011, Collection of the Slovak National Center of Photographic Art, Best Print Clubs - Gold Medal, 20th Trierenberg Super Circuit 2011 Photoartsalon, Feldkirch - Graz - Linz - Wien, Austria

2010, The Al-Thani Award for Photography 2010 International Salon of Photographic Art, Linz, Austria

2010, Collection of the Slovak National Center of Photographic Art, Best Print Clubs - Gold Medal, 19th Trierenberg Super Circuit 2010 Photoartsalon, Feldkirch - Graz - Linz - Wien, Austria

2010, “Liptov District in Photography 2010” Photographic Competition, Liptovský Hrádok, Slovakia

2010, 35th Exhibition of Art Photography, Slovak Association of Photographers, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2009, International Salon FESTICOLOR 2009, Mortsel, Belgium

2009, EKOFOTOGRAFIA 2009 International Photographic Salon, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia

2009, 34th Exhibition of Art Photography, Slovak Association of Photographers, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2009, Collection of the Slovak National Center of Photographic Art, Best Print Clubs - Gold Medal, 18th Trierenberg Super Circuit 2009 Photoartsalon, Feldkirch - Graz - Linz - Wien, Austria

2009, FOTOFORUM 2009 - 42nd International Exhibition of Art Photography, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2009, 25. Concorso Fotografico Internazionale, San Marino

2009, STROM 2009 International Photographic Salon, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2009, FESTICOLOR 2009 International Photographic Salon, Mortsel, Belgicko

2008, The Al-Thani Award for Photography 2008 International Salon of Photographic Art, Doha, Qatar

2008, Collection of the Slovak National Center of Photographic Art, Best Print Clubs - Gold Medal, 17th Trierenberg Super Circuit 2008 Photoartsalon, Feldkirch - Graz - Linz - Wien, Austria

2008, XXXVI Trofeo Gipuzkoa Internacional 2008 International Exhibition, Donostia - San Sebastian, Spain

2008, 3th Salon International Fotografia Digital Illes Balears, Mallorca, Spain

2008, The 1st Taiwan International Salon of Photography, San-Chung City, Taiwan

2008, 9. Internationaler Digital Foto-Salon 2008, Reutlingen, Germany

2008, Bucovina Mileniul III International Salon of Photographic Art, Suceava, Romania

2008, FOTOFORUM 2008 Ruzomberok - 41st international exhibition of Art Photography, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2008, 34º Salón Internacional de Arte Fotográfico de Algarve, Silves, Portugal

2008, 44e Challenge du Photo Club Esch Salon Mondial, Esch sur Alzette, Luxembourg

2008, The Golden Spurs - International Photographic Salon, Ieper, Belgium

2008, Ecological Thruth 2008 - International Photographic Salon, Zajecar, Serbia

2008, 11th VÖAV-Competition for Digital Imaging, Wien, Austria

2008, The 89th Scottish Salon of Photography, Carluke, Scotland

2008, 7th Suncoast Virtual Salon, Palm Harbor, USA

2008, 62nd Bristol Salon of Photography, Bristol, Great Britain

2008, 32nd Greater Lynn International Color Exhibition, North Reading, USA

2008, 5e Festival International de la photo Nature et Paysage, La Gacilly, France

2008, 6th Holland International Image Circuit (12th Tribute to Colour - Hoorn, 6th Image Salon Delft - Hoorn, 6th Image Salon Oldenzaal - Hoorn, 6th Wageningen Image Contest - Hoorn, 4th Rainbow Challenge Rijen - Hoorn), Holland

2008, 5th Swansea City Exhibition of International Photography, Gower, Great Britain

2008, Euro - Picamera International Photographic Salon, Ieper, Belgium

2008, Welsh International Projected Image Salon 2008, Bridgend, Great Britain

2007, Mersin Photographic Society - 1st International Photographic Salon, Mersin, Turkey

2007, China 12th International Photographic Art Exhibition, Peking, China

2007, 2th French Digital Tour (6° Salon International Image Numérique de Hayange, 1° Salon Internationalde St Aignan de Crasmenil, 10° Salon International de Bagnols / Marcoule), Metz, France

2007, The AL-THANI Award for Photography 2007, Doha, Qatar

2007, II Salón Internacional de Fotografía Digital Illes Balears, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

2007, 7th Malmö International Exhibition of Photographic Art, Malmö, Sweden

2007, KRAJOBRAZ GÓRSKI (Mountain Landscape) 2007 International Photographic Salon, Nowy Targ, Poland

2007, 32nd Exhibition of Art Photography, Slovak Association of Photographers, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2007, The14th Macao International Salon of Photography 2007, Macau, China

2007, Collection of the Slovak National Center of Photographic Art, Best Print Clubs - Gold Medal, 16th Trierenberg Super Circuit 2007 Photoartsalon, Feldkirch - Graz - Linz - Wien, Austria

2007, 6th Suncoast Virtual Salon, Palm Harbor, USA

2007, 32. Tauernkristall - Lienz 2007 - International Photographic Salon, Assling, Austria

2007, XII International Exhibition of Artistic Miniature Photographs - "Miniature", Novi Beograd, Serbia

2007, 43e Challenge du Photo Club Esch Salon Mondial, Esch sur Alzette, Luxembourg

2006, The AL-THANI Award for Photography 2007, Doha, Qatar

2006, 3rd German Mega Circuit – 2nd Main Spessart International, Germany

2006, 8ème Salon International d'Art Photographique de Wervicq-Sud, Haubourdin, France

2006, 1st French Digital Tour (5° Salon Int. Image Numérique de Hayange, 1° Salon Int. de Perpignan, 9° Salon Int. de Bagnols/Marcoule), France

2006, 4th Swansea City Exhibition of International Photography, Gower, Great Britain

2006, 7. Internationaler Digital-Foto-Salon 2006, Reutlingen, Germany

2006, FOTOFORUM 2006 Ružomberok - 39th International Exhibition of Art Photography, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2006, 3e Festival International de la Photo Nature et Paysage, La Gacilly, France

2006, Collection of the Slovak National Center of Photographic Art, Best Print Clubs - Gold Medal, 15th Trierenberg Super Circuit 2006 Photoartsalon, Feldkirch - Graz - Linz - Wien, Austria

2006, 13th Nature Colour Print Biennial, Rovinj, Croatia

2006, 28. Black & White Biennial, Chengdu, China

2006, 42e Challenge du Photo Club Esch Salon Mondial, Esch sur Alzette, Luxembourg

2006, STROM 2006 International Photographic Salon, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2005, Swansea City Exhibition of International Photography, Gower, Great Britain

2005, FOTOFORUM 2005 Ružomberok - 38th International Exhibition of Art Photography, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2005, KRAJOBRAZ GÓRSKI (Mountain Landscape) 2005, Nowy Targ, Poland

2005, 30th Exhibition of Art Photography, Slovak Association of Photographers, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2005, STROM 2005 International Photographic Salon, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2004, Swansea City Exhibition of International Photography, Gower, Great Britain

2004, FOTOFORUM 2004 Ružomberok - 37th International Exhibition of Art Photography, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2004, 29th Exhibition of Art Photography, Slovak Association of Photographers, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2004, STROM 2004 International Photographic Salon, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2003, XXXI Trofeo Gipuzkoa Internacional, Donostia - San Sebastian, Spain

2003, EKOFOTOGRAFIA Photographic Competition, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia

2003, FOTOFORUM 2003 Ružomberok - 36th International Exhibition of Art Photography, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2003, 28th Exhibition of Art Photography, Slovak Association of Photographers, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2003, KRAJOBRAZ GÓRSKI (Mountain Landscape) 2003, Nowy Targ, Poland

2003, STROM 2003 International Photographic Salon, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2002, SLOVENSKO MOJE (My Slovakia) Photographic Competition, Komárno, Slovakia

2002, AMFO and DIAFOTO Photographic Competition, Bratislava, Slovakia

2002, JARNÝ SALÓN (Spring Salon) Photographic Competition, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia

2002, STROM 2002 International Photographic Salon, Ružomberok, Slovakia

2001, SLOVENSKO MOJE (My Slovakia) Photographic Competition, Komárno, Slovakia

2001, AMFO and DIAFOTO Photographic Competition (regional round), Žilina, Slovakia

2001, JARNÝ SALÓN (Spring Salon) Photographic Competition, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia

2000, AMFO and DIAFOTO Photographic Competition, Bratislava, Slovakia

2000, JARNÝ SALÓN (Spring Salon) Photographic Competition, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia

2000, STROM 2000 International Photographic Salon, Ružomberok, Slovakia

1999, FOTOFORUM 1999 International Exhibition of Art Photography, Ružomberok, Slovakia

1999, KÁMEN A LED (Stone and Ice) Photographic Competition, Jesenice, Czech Republic