Photographer Carlos L.Esguerra stands beside his winning entry at the FotoNostrum Gallery in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo:   Carlos Esguerra Facebook)

Multi-awarded photographer wins gold for architecture in Barcelona

Teodoro ‘Ted’ Alcuitas

New York-based photographer Carlos L. Esguerra has picked another award, winning Gold in the Photography Gala Awards competitions at the 13th and the 14th Pollux Awards in Barcelona, Spain.

Winners were exhibited at the FotoNostrum Gallery where  Esguerra’s single entry in the Architecture category were among works displayed.

The native of Taytay, Rizal has been picking up awards since he took up photography as a passion after taking early retirement from his computer business in 2003.

Esguerra obtained a Business and Economics degree from the University of the Philippines and his MBA from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Starting as a programmer analyst for IBM Corporation in White Plains, NY, he later founded CLÉ Systèmes, Inc. and run the business as CEO and president for 12 years.

As a landscape and fine arts photographer since 1999, he has received national and international awards and recognition in photography, and his works had been selected in numerous juried exhibitions in many states in the U.S. and in other countries such as Argentina, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, and Sweden. In 2008, he received the ‘Pamana ng Pilipino’ (Philippine Heritage) Presidential Award, the highest award given by the President of the Philippines to overseas Filipinos who excel in their fields of expertise. In 2011 he was awarded the ‘Ani ng Dangal’ (Harvest of Honors) by the National Council on Culture and the Arts of the Philippines. In 2014, he received the ‘Distinguished Alumni Award in Culture and the Arts’ from the University of the Philippines. In 2015, he received the Order of the Knights of Rizal – New York Chapter Award in Literature and the Arts. He was the November 2017 recipient of “The Greater China Grant” from the Luminous-Landscape Endowment Fund.

Esguerra’s photography is influenced strongly by the Japanese Zen principles and says he “strive to make my photographs simple, clean, and uncluttered”.

Esguerra is the father of the Oslo-based renowned scientist Dr. Camila Esguerra.

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