My Life

Lilo_012Lilo Binakaj, MPA (Master of Photographic Arts)
Photography is my passion. It is my life – it is what I live for….
This passion was ignited over 30 years ago when I took my first photograph and discovered that my life and my passion coincided.

My journey to becoming a professional photographer began in 1979 in Split, Croatia, where I took my first photography course and experimented with my first roll of black and white film. From that roll of film, one image was chosen for Split’s annual photography exhibition. Later on, I enrolled in the advanced photography course where the studies of light and composition were the foundation of the course. After graduating from the advanced photography course, I continued my studies and entered the world of photojournalism and fine art photography. Here I discovered my ultimate passion: the power of an image to transcend words and its ability to make a difference in the world.

In pursuing my passion and taking it to a higher level, I went to Italy in 1983, and this became a bridge on my journey to immigrate to Canada in 1986. While in Italy, I worked as a freelance events photographer and also became a popular teacher of photography classes. During the next ten years of life in Canada I worked at a professional photography laboratory and also became more deeply involved in photojournalism and fine art photography. In 1999, I went to Pacific Design Academy and graduated in March 2001 with a diploma in Graphic Design. Soon after, I designed the cover and layout of the book “Promise Fulfilled” authored by Mike Wicks. This book was translated into three languages and has been sold worldwide.

In 2003, I became actively involved with PPOC (Professional Photographers of Canada). Since then, I have participated in numerous conventions and professional salon competitions at the provincial and national levels, as well as a large number of professional photography courses. I have also taught many courses.

I take pride in having received life-long credentials as well as numerous national and international awards for photography such as:

  • MPA (Master of Photographic Arts) at the 2013 PPOC (Pro. Photographers of Canada) Convention
  • Photographer of the Year finalist – PPOC-BC – 2012 and 2013
  • Best in Photojournalistic Wedding category – PPOC-BC – 2009, 2012 and 2013
  • Best in Class – Industrial – PPOC-BC – 2010
  • Nikon Award of Excellence at the PPABC convention – 2007 and 2008
  • IPA (International Photography Awards) Los Angeles, CA – 2007 – Five Honorable Mentions
  • International Color Awards – Master in Color – 2006 – 3 Nominees
  • Best in Experimental/ Unclassified category – PPOC – 2005

Throughout my career I have been privileged to photograph many special moments in people’s lives. This includes weddings, personal and business portraits, newborns, politicians, artists, Olympic athletes and even loved ones who have just passed away. I have also worked in various areas of commercial photography. After 30 years of learning, while also producing world-class images, I feel that I have reached the point of wanting to give something back – as a photographic instructor. In 2007, I started teaching at Pacific Design Academy, where my classes became one of the most popular subjects.

Lilo lives in Victoria, BC, Canada and operates Lilo PhotoDesign

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