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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 just retired from her 37-year long career as a professional graphic designer to pursue her passion in photography.

She 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 honoured by the Lakeshore Camera Club as their "Photographer of the Year” for several years. She enjoys macro and innovative conceptual photography and loves to challenge herself to captureand create something new and original every day.

  • 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. https://capacanada.ca/competition-winners-2018-audio-visual

  • 2018: Winner of 11 Lakeshore Camera Club competition awards  http://www.lccphoto.org/results.php

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

  • 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



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


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


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".


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