The Hipstography Awards 2015 – The Ceremony

By on February 9, 2016


Making a beautiful picture, in and of itself, is no easy feat, but to produce an entire series is an altogether different ballgame. The most coveted awards are, without a doubt, The Grand Prizes Awards that acknowledge the best Combos and Portfolios published throughout the year. Eleven Awards will be handed out but before we discover who they are, let’s first focus on the Special Awards.

The idea for the "Special Awards" saw the light of day during the first edition of the Hipstography Awards, after reading the jury’s comments about some of the series. And, this year, the jury was once again stunned by some of the combos and portfolios. Here are - in no particular order – the series that managed to totally blow our jury members’ socks off. The proverbial cherry on the cake is that a few hipstographers will not only be receiving a Special Award, but also an official Award!




From Richard Koci Hernandez to Valery Hache
for his portfolios "Nice" and "Je Suis Paris"

Concerning his portfolios: "I'm floored by the raw and sensitive way he makes images. The diversity, the sparse and powerful geometry and his ability to capture peak moments is astounding. His collection of images makes me want to pick up my camera and take pictures."
Richard Koci Hernandez


valery_hache_portraitName: Valéry Hache
Hometown: Rennes
Resides: Nice
Profession: Photojournalist at AFP
Hobbies: Photography exhibitions, the sea, photography books and films
Hipstographer since: 2013
Year of Birth: 1962
Favorite Combo:  John S  +  BlacKeys SuperGrain 
Favorite Lens:  John S 
Favorite Film:  BlacKeys SuperGrain 
Favorite Flash: None



"Nice has to be one of the prettiest cities in France. It is an inexhaustible source for street photography at whichever time of the year. It’s summer now and, of course, there are loads of people out and about, especially on the beaches, which often leads to rather surreal images, like the tourist with his inflatable swan on the Promenade des Anglais. My favorite season is winter, when all the holidaymakers are gone! It’s easier to isolate my subjects and the light is softer.
I generally use the BlacKeys SuperGrain film coupled with the John S lens."

Valery Hache


"Je Suis Paris"

"My wife and I were in Paris, for the Paris Photo salon. It was Friday night and we were having dinner with a few journalist friends, from AFP and RFI. About 21h30, we were warned that there was gunfire – no further details were offered – and we left the restaurant within the next 5 minutes. On our way back to the hotel, we came across dozens of fire engines, with their sirens wailing, but we were still not aware of the gravity of the situation. When we got back to the hotel, I switched on the TV and the gunfire had changed to attacks… The next morning, my photojournalist’s instinct drove me outdoors; I needed to see the various sites. I arrived early, so many of the victims’ personal effects were still lying there, strewn about on the blood soaked sidewalks. The people at the scene looked worn-out and there was an eerie silence. Here and there, you could see that people were starting to bring flowers and light candles. I took pictures alongside my fellow journalists who had been working all night. The Bataclan site was completely closed off, so I wandered along the perimeters. Around noon, I came across this scene of a bike pulling a piano along. I managed to quickly take 3 pictures before leaving these emotionally draining places. I posted this picture on social media and it immediately got 40.000 likes on Facebook, and 5000 tweets on my Twitter account. I’d like to leave the un-cropped original here: the pianist was about to play "Imagine" by John Lennon, in front of the Bataclan. After that horrible day, I went to several "symbolic" sites, like the Eiffel Tower, in order to create some distance from this horrific tragedy, but mainly, to defy fear."
Valery Hache


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