Great art, and hence great photography, can capture all the nuances of Life from the tragic to the sublime. Magnificent Art and Photography takes those same visions and transforms them all into the exalted. No matter the scene, the skilled photographic artist utilizes proper composition, expression, lighting, and integration of the animate and inanimate to create for him/herself and the viewer a grand and profound story. That story, if properly told, will make one’s heart soar in triumph or cause searing tearful pain. This is Joel Franck’s purpose in photography.
Joel Ira Franck, MD FAANS, is a United States Board Certified Neurological Surgeon in Clinical Practice in Clearwater, Florida near Tampa/St. Petersburg.
Dr. Franck has many broad interests, professional activities, and serious avocations, that have resulted in world wide adventures and international and national recognition for numerous and unique accomplishments.
Among these many passions, Joel’s lifelong involvement in photography has now emerged as the zenith of his focused enterprises. Joel is both a Scientist and an Artist at his core. Memorable photography that touches the Soul is requisite on an understanding of visual science, complex multi-dimensional technology, representational art, unfettered imagination, passionate poetry, and a glorious sense of life.
Having now taken over 7500 digital images and selectively editing them, Dr. Franck has entered the ranks of among the worlds most talented photographers and has achieved significant WORLD recognition.
Commencing in April of 2019, Joel signed onto an ongoing daily INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION involving millions of the world’s photographers, from virtually every country on the planet, called GURUSHOTS.COM. Participants include many of the world’s most accomplished and famous photographers.
Every day, several CHALLENGES, with a focus on specific subjects, are issued by a group of the top talent called Gurus. The participant enters relevant photographs which are immediately posted and evaluated by all participants. Each photo is voted upon by the members - a requirement is that a photographer must vote for his competition’s photos in the given challenge, in order to obtain his own votes.
Various categories of achievement are awarded to the participants. There are nine LEVELS from Rookie to Guru. In just eight months Dr. Franck was recognized as a Master in world competition, just one notch below Guru.
Competing against hundreds of thousands of photographs each week, Joel has already garnered over 2 million worldwide follower votes, with many of his 750 photos earning greater that 50,000 votes each.
Joel’s photographs have been competitively selected for exhibition in 56 International competitions in major cities including: Stockholm, Berlin, Edinburgh, Montreal, Mexico City, Barcelona, Bucharest, Washington, Athens, Sofia, Paris, Vienna, London, Vancouver, Lisbon, just to name a few.
At least 13 of Joel’s photos have been published in Online Digital Photography Magazines - again competitively selected from hundreds of thousands of internationally submitted pictures. These publications include: Fstoppers, Photography Week, Dhodo Online Macroshots Magazine, Photoplus Magazine, PetaPixel Magazine, and Digital Camera Magazine.
Dr. Franck’s photographs have earned over 5,360 Challenge Achievements, against hundreds of thousands of pictures entered worldwide each week. These have included 7 Guru Picks, 1 top 10 photo, 35 top 100 photos, and thousands of other levels of accolades.
PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:
SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE 18TH ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST 2020: 62 PHOTOGRAPHIC ENTRIES IN FIVE CATEGORIES SUBMITTED - AWARDS PRESENTED IN MARCH 2021
GURUSHOTS (GURUSHOTS.COM) IS AN ONGOING INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION THAT INVOLVES PHOTOGRAPHIC CHALLENGES ISSUED EVERY DAY TO MILLIONS OF WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHERS. MILLIONS OF VOTES ARE CAST EACH WEEK BY EVERY ENTRANT AS REGARDS THEIR EVALUATIONS OF SUBMITTED MATERIAL. AWARDS ARE GRANTED TO THE WINNERS IN SEVERAL CATEGORIES OF EACH CHALLENGE, DEPENDING ON THE COMPETITION. EACH PHOTOGRAPHER IS RANK BASED ON ACHIEVEMENTS AND CUMULATIVE VOTES, THE 10 RANKS RANGING FROM NEWBIE UP TO GURU.
DR. FRANCK HAS ACHIEVED MASTER LEVEL, JUST ONE NOTCH BELOW GURU LEVEL.
OVERALL, IN ABOUT 18 MONTHS:
1: DR. FRANCK HAS GARNERED OVER 2,100,000 FOLLOWING VOTES;
2: BEEN FEATURED IN 58 INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITIONS;
3: BEEN PUBLISHED ONLINE OR IN HARD COPY IN 15 PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINES;
4: HAS HAD 8 PHOTOGRAPHS SPECIALLY SELECTED AS “GURU PICKS”;
5: HAS HAD ONE PHOTOGRAPH AS DESIGNATED IN THE TOP 10 WORLDWIDE PHOTOGRAPHS;
6: HAS HAD 34 PHOTOGRAPHS AS DESIGNATED IN THE TOP 100 WORLDWIDE SELECTIONS;
7: HAS HAD 11 PHOTOGRAPHS AS DESIGNATED IN THE TOP 5% OF WORLDWIDE SELECTIONS.
THIS IS A PARTIAL LIST OF THE INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY RECOGNITION AFFORDED TO DR. FRANCK: (PLEASE NOTE THAT APPARENT DUPLICATE AWARDS AND DATES REFER TO DIFFERENT PHOTOGRAPHS SUBMITTED IN A GIVEN CHALLENGE.)
1. AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER MAGAZINE: “ARTISTIC EXPRESSION” WINNER 6-10-2020 TOP 20
2. VALID WORLD HALL EXHIBITION IN BARCELONA SPAIN: “YOUR BEST SHOT” 10-8-2020
3. KONTRAST GALLERI EXHIBITION IN STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN: “POWERFUL COMPOSITION” 7-23/26-2020
4. TOP 100 GURUSHOTS “ARTISTIC EXPRESSION” 10-17-2020