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Arfan = Love for Photography

Mohammed Arfan Asif

Mohammed Arfan Asif


Mohammed Arfan Asif / Arfan, 58 years of age is a Hospital Pharmacist by profession and a photoartist by passion.

His photographic journey began in the mid-80s in his native Bengaluru in India. Arfan’s photographic subjects are primarily portraits and landscapes, though he has dabbled in all genres including nature and travel with a preference for the monochrome medium.

He has exhibited his photographs regularly in photography exhibitions and galleries all over the world for more than 35 years of intense photography and won many awards including the Grand Prix in Serbia, FIAP blue-pin badges for best author in salons, Trierenberg Gold medal, Photo of the Year in Germany, Al Thani gold medal, The RPS Landscape Photographer of the Year Award, many PSA and FIAP gold medals.

Arfan has been awarded International photographic distinctions from various organizations including the Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society (FRPS in 2021), the Master distinction of the Photographic Society of America (MPSA in 2018), the Excellence Diamond of the Federation of International Photographic Art (EFIAP/d2 in 2022), Grand World Photographer distinction of Image Colleague Society International (GWP.ICS) in 2021 and Master distinction of International Union of Photographers (MIUP) in 2020.

Many photographic organizations have awarded him their honorary titles. In 1997, Arfan founded “Askary Awards” for promoting photography among the youth in Karnataka State, India. He is currently the Chapter Organizer for the Dubai Chapter of The RPS and the UAE Country Representative for Image Colleague Society International. He is also the Director of the PSA Portrait Competition as well as the 1st Vice Chair of the PSA PID Board apart from his most important role as Mentor of Shutter Bugs Creative Forum in Dubai.

Arfan has given talks, presented workshops, online lectures, judged International exhibitions/salons, featured in group exhibitions, curated 8 photography exhibitions and organized 3 International salons. He has been a prolific writer on photography topics and in the past was the columnist for Photography Middle East and Connector magazines. He has mentored more than 50 enthusiasts to achieve International distinctions from among his 100+ Shutterbugs he currently mentors.

For Arfan, photography is a passion and he strongly believes that it brings people together and makes them human.

Contact details:

Mohammed Arfan Asif, MPharm. PDCR
PO Box 28303
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
(preferred mode of communication is Email or Facebook messenger)

Take u journey to the magic world of Arfans photography passion, just take a peek into the secrets of a noble heart of a great artist and dear friend:

Mohammed Arfan Asif – Dunes

Mohammed Arfan Asif – People

Mohammed Arfan Asif – Scapes

Salaj-Beauty Romania 2023










Review from the Photo Camp organized by the Culture and Art Center of Sălaj County, the Photo Club Varadinum Oradea Association

Fortunately, we were able to participate in the 6th edition of Salaj-Beauty, Tradition, Story 2023 Photo Camp organized by the Culture and Art Center of Sălaj County, the Photo Club Varadinum Oradea 19 – 25 May.

This is a prestigious manifestation in the field of creative and artistic photography and we would like to share our impressions with a few words.

Summing up everything we experienced, felt, and learned during this unforgettable gathering with dear fellow photographers, we must say, with a full heart and with a lot of joy that the gathering at the Salaj photo camp was more than unforgettable.

The Salaj Foto Camp exceeded our highest expectations in everything. We have a special honor and pleasure to thank all the organizers and people with good hearts and goodwill for the successful realization of this unique cultural event.

Romania was presented to all of us in one unique and outstanding visual perspective, we were able to fill the hospitality and warmth of our hosts in the ethno houses we visited there, making us sufficient to realize all the cultural potential of the Romanian countryside.

We visited many churches, museums with professional guidance, and many respectful wineries in Romania, making us understand all the variety and rich cultural traditions of the Romanian people.

Adela Lia Rusu

Especially and with a lot of warmth, we thank our beautiful Adela Lia Rusu, a friend with a big heart and good soul, for her selfless help, extraordinary organization, and the great effort she takes to make every participant of this camp feel “at home” like among their closest friends. In our humble opinion, everything about the organization of this photo camp worked precisely “like clockwork”, bringing us incredible satisfaction during our entire stay in Salaj, Romania, during the actual work and planned activities and all the moments spent with our old and new friends as well.

Thanks to her efforts, cooperation, and socializing, the new friendships have ennobled our hearts with new hope, with the kindness of commitment, and devotion in the organization of such a prestigious photography event.

Only that kind of effort can result in unique success.

Ovi D Pop

Also, we are extremely grateful for the support, warm relationship, and excellent organization of this event to our friend and good and open-hearted man Ovi. D Pop. Without his effort, help, and commitment at every moment of our friendship, this meeting would not have gone like this, especially since the atmosphere in which we worked and lived for 6 days of the photo camp was at a more than enviable level. His powerful drone with “All-Seeing Eye” made our meeting and gathering timeless.

It was obvious that in cooperation with all the organizers and participants of this gathering, Adela and Ovi did their best to make every moment of our gathering a beautiful memory.

In addition, all the photo models, a coordinated selection of beautiful Romanian and Hungarian folk costumes, excellent accommodation, and supreme domestic food fulfilled our impressions. We have outstanding good cooperation with all our friends during the shooting itself, giving the personal stamp of our dearest Adela and Ovi.

During many years working in the field of artistic photography, we had the opportunity to participate in numerous manifestations of this type. We can say with pride and honor, with admiration and full of love – this was our most beautiful and heart-warming meeting with people of goodwill ever, in which Ovi and Adela were far ahead, first of all with their humanity and organizational skills, where, without a doubt, every participant felt respected and accepted as a member of a one loving big family.

We would especially like to refer to the devoted, warm, big-hearted artist, our new friend Mr. Mohammad Arfan Asif, who spread kindness and love with his presence every moment spent in the camp. My unique and unforgettable early morning walks and taking photos with him completed my skills in the field of photography and enriched my knowledge in observing light, atmosphere, photo shoots, and choosing the new angle of photography perspective as well. His rich experience and big heart made our new friendship strong and meaningful, so we can freely say that Arfan becomes a part of our family in Dubai, UAE.

In particular, it was a special pleasure for us to socialize, stay, and exchange experiences with warm and kind-hearted friends from Egypt, Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Hassan and Mrs. Nora Maher, where every moment spent with them was filled with mutual understanding and sincerity. Ljiljana had the special honor of receiving from Mr. Ahmed, The President and Founder of PIPC (Pharaos International Photographic Club) the high and prestigious title of Grand Master Distinction – Hon.GMPIPC for her merits in the field of artistic and creative photography.

I also had the honor of becoming a Life Time Member of PIPC and we are both convinced that we have made new wonderful friends with them and that our cooperation and friendship will develop successfully.

How can we not mention the driving force of the whole group, a person full of enthusiasm and good energy, Mrs. Derya Yazar Atasever from beautiful Cappadocia, Turkiye.

Her enthusiasm and motivation captured every moment and encouraged us to participate with the same enthusiasm in the work of the whole group, bringing us a lot of good photos from the photo camp in Salaj, Romania. Mrs. Derya is an exceptional artist and a friendly person, with whom we would love to hang out and share experiences.

It was very pleasant in the company of photography artists from Hungary – Miklos Mehes and Zsolt Bikfalvi, with whom we also achieved wonderful cooperation and friendship.

Enjoy, together with us in many documentary photos from Salaj Beauty, Romania 2023

Posted by: Ljiljana Vrzic & Nenad Nikolic

Cuba Square Project

Bright sunny afternoon week in Havana…
A couple of decisive moments…
Cuba was my remedy.
Havana was my cure.
That is my silence, my solitude of silence, tightly connected with Cuba.

I would like to share with the rest of the world my light signature.
We really are so small behind our own eyes.
Behind our fancy clothes.
Behind our favorite colors.
I would like to share the emotions and vision into the memories of the audience.

Street Photography is Zen – in every sense of the word.

Nenad Nikolic

Sara GABRIELS – Light from the Open Hart


Sara Gabriels, GMPSA, EFIAP/b, Belgium

Sara Gabriëls bought her first DSLR in 2016 and immediately enrolled in an entry-level photography course.

The start of an amazing adventure.

By the end of 2017, she decided to try her luck in the international photography competitions.

She wanted to find out if she had a place in the amateur photography world.

A short overview:

  • 2018: PPSA  AFIAP 
  • 2019: AFIAP – PPSA  
  • 2020: EFIAP – MPSA 
  • 2021: MPSA2 – Belgium photography champion
  • 2021: EFIAP/b
  • 2022: GMPSA

In six years she won many – national as well as international – titles, medals, awards, trophies and several blue badges. One of the highlights happened in 2021 when she earned the title of Belgium Champion Photography.

Sara’s first love is a night photography. However today she equally finds pleasure in portrait photography, street photography and macro as well. She is driven and doesn’t rest once she sets her mind to it. 

Sara operates from the heart. 

Her images don’t need further explanation.

The image is the story brought with honesty, purity, and openness that is so typical for this photographer. 
Every image must connect with the photographer before being published. Without this “seal of approval”, the image holds no value for Sara and doesn’t get to see “the light of day”.

However, every photograph says more than 1000 words.

We suggest you to dive into the Sara’s inner world, feel the trembling tingle of every colour, shade, or shape, originating directly from her hart.


Jacky’s photo passion amazing X-factor

Jacky Panhuyzen, EFIAP/g – GMPSA

Living in Belgium, I always have been interested in photography, but it never happened due to other interests until my retirement.

Then I started taking classes and in 2010. I started to photograph, joined a local photo club, and also participate in National and International photo competitions.

It all started as a hobby but soon it became a passion until today with especially Nature (Macro), Land & Cityscape, Architecture, Streetlife, and Travel photography where I try to photograph people in their daily activities.

Every year (without Corona) I try to make 1 or 2 long journeys, usually to South-East Asia; Vietnam, Nepal, Myanmar, and my absolute preference is Incredible India because it is so special with a very colorful population and for a photographer a top location. 

My photo material consists of:

Canon 7D + Canon 5DIII + Canon R6
Canon Lenses 17-40, 24-105, 70-200, 100-400 and Sigma Macro 150 mm
I use Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and NIK software for post-processing.

If you like to enjoy the Jacky’s inner photo artistic impressions, please take a look in the outstanding and remarkable photo gallery here:

Ole Suzskiewicz – Pure Magic

Ole Suszkiewicz


Hon.M.KTFIS in Poland, Arnica del CFR in Italy, FPSG in Pakistan, S.E.HKCPAC in Hong Kong, SAWIE P in the USA, Hon.FPSBP in Malaysia, Hon.PESG.SPC in Cypern, Hon.FtG M in Serbia, Hon.CPE and A.CPE in Romania, GAPS in Bangladesh.

He started sending out to competitions ca. 40 years ago and has obtained more than 7.000 acceptances, ca. 1.300 medals, and more than 1.000 other awards.

He is a self-taught photographer.

He started with sandwich slides and uses almost the same technique in his digital images. He prefers experimental pictures, where he can create his own reality.

He is a member of The Danish Society of Photography (SDF) in Denmark, where he has the 2 highest titles: Hon.MSDF and MSDF/Platin.

He is a member of Stella Polaris Photo Group in Scandinavia and has here the tide NSMiF/Gold.

We tried to convey in words what Ole’s photos tell us.
We failed.
It is completely understandable why.
That’s not possible.

It is only possible to look, feel, enjoy the energy that these images carry and selflessly pass it on to the observer.

“The art of a magician is to create wonder.
If we live with a sense of wonder, our lives become filled with joy. “

Doug Henning

Enjoy the Pure Magic of Ole Suszkiewicz

Discover Barbara Schmidt Photo Story

Barbara Schmidt


“You are your own limit, rise above it.” (Hafis)

Born and living in the Ruhr area, Germany. She graduated in administrative sciences and retired in September 2015, after more than 40 years as a civil servant. Barbara and her Fuji XT 2 have been on the road since May 2014. She learned all by try and error, with a lot of love.  The motifs are varied because everything that arouses their interest is photographed! She doesn’t go out with the intention of bringing a certain picture with her but goes to places, where she wants to be and expects what may come there. This brings special and very successful images.

Since the 1st acceptance 21.03.2016 at German International DVF-Photocup more than 5000 acceptances with over 500 awards have been given.

Photographic focal points:  Architecture, Landscape, Long exposure, People, Nature, Travel, Street, Animals, Competitions

Member of the DVF – Deutscher  Verband für  Fotografie e.V.: State Photography Champion NRW 2016, Vice-Champion NRW 2017, Third Photography Champion NRW 2018 and 2019. Third place North-German Photography Champion 2018, Silver Medal 2019, Gold Medal 2020. Third best Photographer North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, 2017 and 2018, 2nd in 2019. Since 2015 many certificates and medals, including the DVF Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Gold. Photographer of the month in the journal PHOTOGRAPHIE 04 | 2017

Barbara has extensive experience as a national and international judge.

Look and enjoy Barbara’s photo gallery:

Master of photography art Radisav Filipovic – Always Possible

Uvek moguće“ je jedinstvena dvojezična publikacija sačinjena od kolekcije sa 50 umetničkih fotografija Radisava Filipovića, majstora fotografije Foto saveza Srbije i člana ULUPUDS-a, rađenih na filmu i foto-papiru, koje prate autorski tekstovi i impresije književnika i književnog esejiste Saše Hadži Tančića. Ovu knjigu je izdala Narodna biblioteka „Radoje Domanović“ iz Leskovca uz podršku Ministarstva kulture i informisanja i grada Leskovca.

U predgovoru knjige, književnik Dejan Đorđević je napisao: „Pokret i izraz, obris i senka, sami su po sebi kolorit koji navodi posmatrača da u svojoj glavi analizira i projektuje, dok ne smesti lik ili predmet u svojoj priči. Fotografije Radisava Filipovića dale su emociji oblik, a to je i navelo književnika Sašu Hadži Tančića da o većini fotografija napiše priče koje se nalaze u ovoj knjizi“.

O autoru fotografija

Radisav Filipović, MF FSS, ULUPUDS, je rođen 1952. godine u Leskovcu. Fotografijom počinje da se bavi u petom razredu osnovne škole i do danas je učestvovao na više od 120 umetničkih izložbi fotografija i osvojio tridesetak nagrada i priznanja. Održao je 4 samostalne izložbe.

Profesionalno se bavi fotografijom od 1979. godine, radio je kao foto-reporter i urednih fotografije u novini „Naša reč“ i snimatelj Televizije Beograd – dopisništva u Leskovcu. Jedan je od autora predstavljenih u monografiji „Biseri srpske fotografije“, kao i u Almanahu Foto saveza Srbije. Predsednik je Foto kluba „Leskovac“ od 2009. godine.

O piscu

Saša Hadži Tančić (1948-2014.), pripovedač, romansijer i književni esejista, član Udruženja književnika Srbije i PEN centra. Objavo je trinaest knjiga i pripovedaka, među njima i tri knjige izabranih proza. Takođe je objavio i četiri romana, deset knjiga književnih ogleda, eseja i studija i tri pesničke knjige, kao i pesničku rukovet. Zastupljen je u više antologija i pregleda savremene srpske književnosti kod nas i u svetu. Nagrađivan.

Tehnički podaci o publikaciji

Tiraž: 300 primerka
Dimenzije: 23×24 cm
Jezik: Srpski i Engleski
Broj strana: 98

Zainteresovani mogu poručiti svoj primerak knjige kod Radisava Filipovića putem telefona 062 225 654.

Sanjoy Bhattacharya – inner world of photographic passion



Bengal Photography Institute, C/41, First Floor, Chalantika, Garia Station Road, Kolkata-700084, West Bengal, India.
Canon EOS Mentor

Former Teacher-in-Charge
Department of Photography
Future Foundation School, Kolkata, India.

Sanjoy Bhattacharya was born and brought up in the ‘City of Joy’, Kolkata from the State of West Bengal, India. After completing his post-graduation in Zoology from Presidency College, Kolkata in the year 1996 he has started his photographic journey getting inspiration from his maternal uncle who was a press photographer by his profession.  Simultaneously he has started studying Art-Photography from various personalities in this field. He worked as a wedding photographer, model photographer, advertisement photographer, and product photographer individually from 2001 to 2004. He has started teaching photography at various organizations from 2004 to 2010. He has conducted various seminars and workshops on photography with various organizations like Nikon India, Sony India, etc. from 2006 to 2012.

  • Mr. Bhattacharya has won more than 150 awards in photography competitions Nationally and Internationally from 2005 to till date. His photographic works have been exhibited throughout India and more than 50 countries all over the world.
  • He is the Fourth Indian whose work has been exhibited in the “Information & Cultural Department”, Govt. of the Republic of China in 2010.
  • He has achieved 2nd position in a very prestigious photography competition in support of “Peace” that was organized by the Hellenic Republic, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Govt. of Greece in 2012.
  • A Photo-Series titled “Life-A Journey” created by Mr. Bhattacharya has been selected and displayed as an archival value under the “Modern Art” category in the most prestigious Art-Museum of the nation “Indian Numismatic historical and cultural research foundation” Mumbai for study and research purpose to scholars in this field.
  • He has received the prestigious distinction of AFIP (Associate of Federation of Indian Photography) and FFIP (Fellow of Federation of Indian Photography) in 2011 and 2014 respectively from Federation of Indian Photography.
  • He is the most prestigious Honour holder as AFIAP (Artist of Federation of International Art Photography) and EFIAP (Excellence of Federation of International Art Photography ) from FIAP, Rome (Italy) in the category of Art-Photography.
  • In 2020, he has achieved the most coveted Honour LRPS from Royal Photographic Society, Bristol. He is the only 6th Indian who has this Honour.
  • Global Photographic Union, Greece has given him GPU Crown Honour for his outstanding work and contribution in the field of Art-Photography in 2016.
  • He is also the National Representative of GPU in India.

Presently Mr. Bhattacharya is running his own institute named BENGAL PHOTOGRAPHY INSTITUTE in Kolkata from 2011 and teaches various specialties and aspects of photography. Presently the Institute has more than 500 students in various standards from almost every corner of the society. Among them, almost 40 students are working professionally in the field of photography in various fields. Many students are actively involved in various photographic activities under him and also participating in many Salons and contests. Mr. Bhattacharya is conducting many workshops, seminars, and other educational activities to promote photography among general masses throughout the year.

He is celebrating World Photography Day on 19th August every year since 2010 by promoting photography through exhibitions and seminars. He is arranging a photography exhibition of works of his students under the name “LENSVISION” every year in January on the foundation day of his Institute since 2012. Mr. Bhattacharya is a very prominent name in the field of photography judging also since 2015. He has completed his 50th Judging very recently. He has judged almost 30 National Salons and 20 International salons to date.

He is also the Teacher-in-Charge of the Department of Photography, Future Foundation School, Kolkata. He teaches photography there from Grade 2 (7 years) to Grade 10 (15 years). It is a very challenging job for him to teach such young buds in photography. The students of this school have won many awards in photography under his guidance. He is working as an advisor of Photography as co-curricular activities in different schools and colleges in Kolkata.

We have a great honor to have Prof. Sanjoy Bhattacharya in our Jury Team at the beginning of February 2021, judging 5th International Contest Unlimited Photo 2021.

Take a look and enjoy at his photo gallery:

Adela Lia Rusu – visual life stories

Adela Lia RusuAdela Lia Rusu, EFIAP/g, PPSA, Aphrodite GPU, Crown** GPU

For me, photography has become a way of life, I imagine frames, I like to create visual stories come alive in my images.

I like the color in the picture, moods, attitudes romantic beauty, and joy.

Also, I like to surprise street stories and feelings.

My favorite genres in photography are portrait, fashion photography, photo essay, and ethnographic photography.




Adela’s art photographic achievements

2011 – Member of the Association of Art Photographers from Romania, awarded in 2017 with E.AAFR

2012 – Artist of the Federation International de L’Art Photographique, AFIAP

2013- Member of Photographic Society of America

2016 – Lector of photography at Varadinum Photo School Oradea Romania

2017 – Vicepresident of Varadinum Photo Club Oradea Romania

2017- Excellence/bronze of the Federation International de L’Art Photographique, EFIAP/b

2018 – Member of Global Photographic Union

2018 – Title  ,,Aphrodite” and Crown** of Global Photographic Union

2019 – Excellence/gold of the Federation International de L’art Photographique, EFIAP/g

2020 – Title PPSA – Proficiency of Photographic Society of America

Master of the University Oradea, Faculty of Arts, Painting-Multimedia Section 2018
CNFPA authorized trainer code COR / CN 242401
Evaluator in the system of continuous professional training code COR 242411
Over 300 prizes at National and International Salons in more than 40 countries
Over 80 personal and group exhibitions.
Over 1000 photos were accepted at National and International Salons
Participated in many workshops and photo camps.

Take a look and enjoy Adela’s photos: