NO ESCAPE. IPA honoring San Diego Zoo Campaign.

This year, The International Photography Awards received 17033 of submissions from over 162 countries, and is pleased to declare that Markku Lahdesmaki was awarded Honorable Mention in Advertising for the winning entry San Diego Zoo Nighttime Campaign and Honorable Mention in People for the winning entry Motocross Rider.

My son Tomi honorably picked up the AOP Award for me.

I am very pleased to be the winner in "Best in Category/Advertising Single" and to be part of the AOP exhibition with my images for the San Diego Zoo.  The Awards were announced at a ceremony held at the Old Truman Brewery, in London.  Unfortunately I was not able to attend, but luckily I had my son Tomi happily accepted the award on my behalf.  Thank you AOP,  thank you M&C Saatchi LA and thank you Tomi!

The day the animals wore shoes.

Being asked to create these San Diego Zoo ads featuring these magical, giant animal puppets from “The Journey,” a musical processional honoring the Zoo’s 100-year history, and the quest to end extinction, was an animal lover’s dream come true.

Created by the Puppet Kitchen, a total of 24 creatures were built for the festivities.  20 puppeteers worked for over a year, using hundreds of different materials to perfect them.

Honoring this craft and care became my inspiration throughout.  Lucky for me living in California meant that I had front row access to find and photograph the perfect landscapes.  Between having perfect backdrops and ideal skies I created the stories of these beautiful creatures and their surroundings.

My thanks to Art Director Ron Tapia and Art Producer Brian Bushaw at M&C Saatchi LA for asking me to collaborate for this wonderful campaign.

Check out the video and see how the images were created.

PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris honoring YuccaLand and Mount Riders.

I'm happy again to be a part of the 2016 PX3 Awards with two of my personal series I shot at the end of last year.  YuccaLand features images of the beautiful Coachella Valley.  It's thriving stories in art and song create a colorful community set against the serene surroundings.

The biker portraits were shot in central Chile during a campaign shoot for Mtn Dew.  The bikers' expertise was crucial to the shoot and it was amazing to watch them ride.

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Claudia Coffman's interview about my life, love and labor on Lürzer's Archive's, one of the foremost advertising magazines in the world, website "Who is Who".

To check out the article click here.

On the way to Rio, Olympic Gold Medalist, diver David Boudia.

Shoulders of Greatness campaign.

Earlier this year I was able to get into the Olympic mood and be a part of Head&Shoulders' latest campaign showing David Boudia as H&S' new ambassador.  When preparing for Rio David has a lot on his shoulders but obviously dandruff is not one of them.  Working with Saatchi & Saatchi NY and Leo Burnett/Arc Chicago.

Sneak Peek of Havana Taxi Co.

My latest taxi adventure was in Havana Cuba, where there are thousands of American cars of the 1950's: Chevys, Buicks, Fords and Plymouths...  Most of them working as taxis.  Before the Cuban revolution the Cuban middle class had a passion for American cars but after the Communist Party gained control 1959 and US embargo was imposed 1960 new American cars have been off limits.  For the last 55 years people have been pulling components from old cars and creating custom parts to keep their automobiles on the road.  More images to come soon.  Meanwhile check out my previous Taxi rides in Mumbai India.

Stop for a portrait!

I was lucky to shoot with a bunch of talented motocross riders in Chile.  All with a lot of action.  I was able to stop them for portraits.  Only five minutes each.  And then back to drone hunting.