Jason Florio’s portrait of ‘Abdou, with rescued crocodile’ wins ‘Black & White Spider Awards’, 2012,

Florio received very exciting news this weekend, from the Black & White Spider Awards, 2012 team, to inform him that his image of ‘Abdou with Rescued Crocodile’, taken in The Gambia, West Africa, was a winner in the ‘Portrait’ category.

‘BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography’ 

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 8,223 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. Jason Florio’s ‘Abdou with Rescued Crocodile’  an exceptional image entered in the ‘Portrait’ category, represents black and white photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the title of ‘Honor of Distinction’ “

Abdou with Crocodile, The Gambia, West Africa

‘Abdou with Rescued Crocodile’ The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio
Taken from the award-winning series of B&W portraits: ‘Makasutu’

‘Abdou with rescued crocodile’ The Gambia, West Africa
“The portrait of Abdou is part of a long term project , now in it’s 15th year, based around a sacred forest in The Gambia, West Africa called Makasutu. In 2008, Abdou arrived at the forest with a live crocodile which he was going to sell for meat. I asked him if I could buy it, but first I wanted to make a portrait of him. He sold me the crocodile and we released it back into the river”. Jason Florio

Winner: Black & White Spider Awards 2012 ‘The Black & White Spider Awards nominees and winners are selected by Members of the Jury. Images are judged on the basis of artistic merit, originality, subject and style…Judged by the most respected names in photography’

The Judges, 2012:

Black & White Spider Awards 2012 Judges

Black & White Spider Awards 2012 – ‘Judged by the most respected names in photography’ – Including ‘TATE’, ‘National Geographic’ & ‘Bonhams’

Coincidentally, Abdou is also on our expedition team this year. He is not only a great friend but an experienced River Gambia fisherman, who speaks a number of the West African languages we will come across, whilst on the journey – including Wolof, Mandinka and Serer. With his local knowledge of the river and tribes who live and work along the length of the River Gambia,  he will also be our chief fixer.

The winning image is also part of Florio’s Fine Art Photography Prints B&W Gallery Collection, on the website.

Well done, Mr Florio!

Helen x

Please click on the image below to watch Jason Florio as he explains how you can own one of his fine art photography prints, from a series of images he will take whilst on the River Gambia Expedition 2012:



About River Gambia Expedition 2012

Jason Florio, FRGS: award-winning photojournalist. Helen Jones-Florio: expedition & photography producer. 2009: The couple co-led the West Africa expedition 'A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush - a 930km African odyssey' - the first circumnavigation of the small West African country, by foot, with two donkeys and a cart. Resulting in the award-winning series of portraits of Gambian village chiefs (Alkalo's) www.floriophoto.com (under 'Projects') http://930kmafricanodyssey.tumblr.com/ 2012-13: The couple co-led their second West Africa expedition - 'River Gambia Expedition - 1000km source-sea Africa odyssey' over-landing for 400km and canoeing the River Gambia for 720km https://rivergambiaexpedition2012.wordpress.com
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2 Responses to Jason Florio’s portrait of ‘Abdou, with rescued crocodile’ wins ‘Black & White Spider Awards’, 2012,

  1. Thelma Youngson says:

    Congratulations on your latest Award. Love Thelma and Sandy. xx

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