Ines Simek – was born in 1977, in Osijek, Croatia. I’ve been shooting photography since 1998. I learned the basics of photography from professional photographers in Osijek and after that I continued to develop my photography skills through a lot of effort and learning on my own. Over the years I sent my works to numerous photo competitions in Croatia as well as abroad. Some of these works were rewarded and some of them were accepted and included in exhibitions.
2001 – 3rd prize on photo competition – exhibition of photography by authors of osijek-baranja county), Osijek, Croatia
2002 – one work was accepted to photo competition Mundial fotofestival Rovinj (Mundial photofest Rovinj), Rovinj, Croatia -one work was accepted to photo competition (exhibition of photography by authors of osijek-baranja county), Osijek, Croatia
2009 – one work was accepted to photo competition Dani prirode (Days of nature), Banatski Brestovac, Serbia
2011 – with several works I was chosen for finalist at event Hrvatski foto izazov (Croatian photo challenge) – one work was accepted to photo competition Horseville, Novi Sad, Serbia -two works were accepted to photo competition fotografije autora (XVII exhibition of photography by authors of osijek-baranja county), Osijek, Croatia – I was invited and aproved for inclusion in the book International masters of photography Vol. 1, by publisher World Wide Art Books, Santa Barbara, California
2012 – I was approved to participate at Red Dot Art Fair, New York (03-06 May, 2012.) – from 03.03.2012 until 17.03.2012. I had my first solo exhibition called View through my lens, Osijek, Croatia – I was invited and aproved for inclusion in the book Important world artist art publication, by publisher World Wide Art Books, Santa Barbara, California -my work was published in Aesthetica Magazine.
2013 – two of my works accepted to photo competition “Otok i more 2013” (“Island and the sea 2013”), organized by photo club “Kornat”, Croatia
2014 – I had my second solo exhibition in the premises of photo club Osijek, Croatia 2015. -one of my work was selected for calendar titled” Slavonsko” (“Slavonian, ours”) for year 2016. Publisher “PrivlaÄica”, Vinkovci, Croatia
2016 – one of my work got to 8th place at photo contest “Volim svoju upaniju” (“I love my county”), organized by Croatian county community, Zagreb, Croatia Themes of my works are various, but I’m always trying to capture moment or scene exactly how I saw and felt it. To get images I want, I use natural light because it provides variety of colors, tones and games of light and shadows which I love. Looking through my works, on most of them, whether they are in B&W or color, I’m trying to deliver that few seconds of perfection, beauty and tranquility from what surrounds me. I leave it to the viewer to find their own personal interpretation or emotion from each work.