Mikhail Potapov

Country: Russia 🇷🇺

I was born on February 23, 1983 (the year of the Boar) in Rostov-on-Don in a family of teachers. My zodiac sign is Pisces. As a child, I was a hooligan and inquisitive child, and even in adolescence I did not change. In 2005, he graduated from the Pedagogical University and worked as a judo coach for a long time, and now I am studying for a master's degree at the Faculty of Economics at one of the Moscow universities and work in the field of economic security.

It all started in 2014 with my passion for photography. I wanted to change something in myself. If you think about what exactly inspired me to this hobby, then, probably, the desire to get away from the old way of life — I'm tired of just walking, going to the movies, restaurants and chatting with friends, living a consumer life without producing anything personally! Photography dragged me into its cycle, changed my worldview and interests. Values have become much less, but certain ones have stood out. After I plunged into this world, my life was filled with new colors, and I achieved a certain result in my business.

Literally in a short period, since 2016, I have received more than 100 international awards, titles, medals, honorable mentions in prestigious competitions. According to the results of One Eyeland Photography Awards 2019, I won the Grand Prix and was recognized as the photographer of the year, I am the owner of the golden crystal sphere SIENA Pangea Prize. Thanks to my victories, I met a lot of interesting and famous photographers, art directors, curators and just good people from different countries. This gave me the opportunity to exhibit my work at festivals and exhibitions held in Germany, Italy, France, Australia, Hungary, Malaysia and China.

In the Shanghai World Financial Center, in the best skyscraper in the world in 2008, in the pavilion on the 94th floor, I was a participant in an exhibition that was simultaneously covered by 7 Chinese TV channels. He was also awarded the opportunity to take part in an exhibition at the Parliament Building in Sydney. My works were shown at a charity exhibition for the benefit of the Italian Association for Cancer Research, as well as in Siena in the fortress of the Medici family. Since 2018, I have been a member of the team of chief curators of the exclusive online gallery 1x.com , which consists of world-class experts from institutions such as Sotheby's, surrealist artists, art directors, photographers with the highest qualification of MQEP professionalism, who have many international awards.

My works have been published in foreign books, magazines and catalogs, prints are part of private collections. He has repeatedly become a member of the judging panel in international competitions, one of which was held at the Faculty of Arts of the National University of Argentina.

Thanks to regular victories, my works were published by such publications as: The Washington Post, Forbes.com , Ria Novosti, Digital Photographer UK, The Budapest Times, Elindependiente, Australian Photography, Vogue Thailand, Sputnik, Digital Camera World, National Geographic USA.