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Ryan Synovec is an award winning fine art photographer from Seattle, via Chicago and Minnesota. Since 2007 he has been shooting exclusively with a Holga plastic "toy" camera. Ryan’s projects Ethereal, Faraway, and Chicago-in Contrast, were all shot with a Holga and infrared film, a combination used by a very limited group of photographers. This technique can be extremely challenging, but when successful, the result is a uniquely beautiful, dreamlike image.

Ryan has emerged as one of the leading photographers using this technique. His Holga infrared images have been published multiple times in B&W Magazine. Several images appear in the 2nd edition of Michelle Bates book “Plastic Cameras, Toying with Creativity”. Ryan’s work has been shown in galleries and exhibitions throughout the country.

2018 awards

Plastic Fantastic IX International Exhibition -  Juror's Award 1st Place

 

Schack Art Center 19th Annual Juried Art Show, Everett, WA
Honorable Mention - 2D category

 

2017 awards

Black & White Magazine Excellence Award winner for "faraway" portfolio, 4 page layout in August issue

2016 awards

18th Annual International Krappy Kamera Competition, Soho Photo Gallery, NYC
Honorable mention

Schack Art Center 19th Annual Juried Art Show, Everett, WA
Honorable Mention - 2D category

2015 Awards

1st Place - 5th Annual International Holga & MORE Out of the Box Photo Competition Exhibition, TCC Photo Gallery, Longview, TX

2011 awards

Bucktown Arts Fest
Best in Show

Cold Coast Art Fair
Third Place - Best in Category

2010 awards

B&W Photography Magazine
2010 Portfolio Contest
Merit Award - 4 images published

2009 awards

B&W Photography Magazine
2009 Portfolio Contest
Merit Award - 4 images published

St. Charles Fine Art Show - St. Charles, IL
Best of Photography

Arlington Heights Promenade of Art
1st Place - Photography

Eastside Millennium Art Festival - Chicago, IL
Merit Award - overall

Northbrook Art in the Park - Northbrook, IL
1st Place - overall

Mayslake Peabody Art Fair - Oak Brook, IL
Best in Show

Lubeznik Center For The Arts Lakefront Art Festival - Michigan City, IN
1st Place - Photography

47th Annual Invitational Fine Art Exhibition - Oak Brook
Merit Award - overall

Wilmette Arts Guild Festival of Fine Art
Honorable Mention - overall

2007 awards

Art In The Park - Elmhurst, IL
2nd Place - All Mediums

Deerfield Festival of Fine Arts - Deerfield, IL
Award Of Excellence

"Art In Your Eye" Fine Art Show - Batavia, IL
Purchase Award

2006 Awards

44th Annual Fine Art Exhibition - Oakbrook, IL
1st Place - Award of Excellence

"Art In Your Eye" Fine Art Show - Batavia, IL
1st Place - Photography

Deerfield Festival of Fine Arts - Deerfield, IL
1st place - all mediums

Glenview Art Fair - Glenview, IL
Award of Merit - all mediums