BIO

Marianna Armata was raised in Poland when Brezhnev and Nixon were in power. She became an instant illiterate in both English and French the day she landed in Montréal at the age of twelve. Communication, by any method, became a critical skill she never abandoned. She has preferred the visual method since that life-turning moment.  

Marianna graduated with honours from Concordia (and McGill) University and has retired from her 37-year long career as a professional graphic designer to pursue her passion for photography.


Marianna is an international award-winning photographer whose work has been published in Canadian Geographic, Photo Life, Photo News, Popular Photography, DSLR Magazine, Communication Arts, World Wildlife Foundation, and Herzstuck. She was been awarded 8 medals by Canadian Association for Photographic Arts and honoured by the Lakeshore Camera Club as their Photographer of the Year for several years running. She enjoys macro and innovative conceptual photography and loves to challenge herself to capture and create something new and original every day.

Awards
  • 2021: Gold Medal for CAPA (Canadian Association for Photographic Arts) Audio Visual Individual competition for "Macro Aliens" 

  • 2021: Gold Medal for CAPA (Canadian Association for Photographic Arts) a Series of Four Photos in the Individual competition

  • 2021: Silver Medal for CAPA (Canadian Association for Photographic Arts) for her entries in the Annual Photo Challenge Competition themed "Red and White" 

  • 2021: Honourable Mention for the Creative, Fine Art, and Canada, my Country Individual competitions (and 2nd place Merit Award)

  • 2021: Won 11 awards including "Photographer of the Year" for the highest overall score in the club

  • 2020: Honourable Mentions in Still Life, Nominee in: Architecture, Nature, and Still Life from the International Color Awards 

  • 2020: 1st Place awarded by CAPA for the smartphone competition in the Individual category

  • 2020: LCC 2nd & 3rd place win in People: the New Normal competition. 

  • 2020: LCC 2nd & 3rd place win in their Landscape competition. 

  • 2020: B&W Spider Awards: 2nd Place Merit of Excellence in the People category. HM in Silhouette, HM in Architecture, Nominee in Nature categories. 

  • 2019: Gold Medal for CAPA (Canadian Association for Photographic Arts) Audio Visual Individual competition for "Bus Stop"

  • 2019: Gold Medal for CAPA (Canadian Association for Photographic Arts) Open Theme Individual Competition

  • 2019: Silver Medal for CAPA (Canadian Association for Photographic Arts) Fine Art Individual Competition

  • 2019: Gold Medal for CAPA (Canadian Association for Photographic Arts) Audio Visual competition for "SHELLS", entered on behalf of the Lakeshore Camera Club.

  • 2019: Honourable Mention in the 14th Annual Black & White Spider Awards in Silhouette and Still Life categories

  • 2018: Honourable Mention in the 11th International Color Award competition in Fine Art and Nature

  • 2018: Gold Medal and "Best of Show" at 2018 CAPA (Canadian Association for Photographic Arts) Audio Visual competition for "PAPER", entered on behalf of the Lakeshore Camera Club

  • 2018: Winner of 11 Lakeshore Camera Club competition awards 

  • 2018: 11th Annual International Color Awards: Honourable Mention in Fine Art and Nature categories (the only macro there!), and Nominee in Abstract

  • 2019: Honourable Mention in the 13th Annual Black & White Spider Awards in Children of the World and People categories

  • 2017: 12th Annual B/W Spider Award Competition: Honorable Mention in Nature & Silhouette, Nominee in People categories

  • 2017: Nominee in 10th Annual International Color Awards

  • 2016: 11th Annual B/W Spider Award Competition: Nominee in Architecture, Silhouette, and People categories

  • 2015: 1st Place Winner of the 2015 The Face Contest

  • 2015: 2nd place in the Moscow International Foto Awards for "Glass Works" Portrait series

  • 2014: Winner of the 7th Annual International Color Award in Architecture and Silhouette categories

  • 2014: Award of Excellence in Communication Arts Illustration Competition

  • 2013: Finalist in the Fine Art Category in One Eyeland Photo Competition

  • 2013: 2 Nominee in Fine Art & in Still Life in Black & White Spider Awards

  • 2012: 2nd Place "Merit of Excellence" in the Portrait category in Master's Cup photo contest

  • 2012: 1st Place in Flora category of “Reflections on Nature” photo competition Canadian Wildlife Federation

  • 2010: 1st place Winner of Montreal Mycological Society's 60th Anniversary photo competition, creative category

  • 2009 - 2012 Finalist in the SPPQ Interclub photo competitions

 

Exhibitions

2018

Architecture Exhibition at Bunker 56 located in Montreal's trendy Mile EX area. Features Architecture from around the World.

2016

Marianna's Macro World print exhibition was held in the Beaconsfield Library, and the second in Villa Beaurepaire, later the same year.


2015

Marianna has participated in a group exhibition Lakeshore Camera Club in Dollard des Ormeaux Gallery. The theme of the exhibition of Black and White photo prints was "Impregnable".

2014

Marianna has participated in a group exhibition with Lakeshore Camera Club in Kirkland Library. The theme of this exhibit was "Water".