Q: First and foremost, we would like to congratulate you for becoming The GRAND WINNER of The B&W Child 2016 Photo Competition! Back in the first part you told us that being a Category Winner came to you as a surprise, did you expect to become the GRAND WINNER?
A: Thank you very much! When I sent my photographs to the second part of the competition, I couldn’t even imagine I’d become The Grand Winner. I only hoped I could become a winner in some particular category.
Q: What was the first thing you did after you had heard that you are the overall winner? Does the feeling differ a lot from being crowned as a category winner?
A: I was definitely shocked. I was reading the letter several times in order to realize that I hadn’t misunderstood what had been written there. And, obviously, the feeling differs a lot. This I time I wanted to dance and sing, even though I’m not good at it, but still I was really happy.
Q: Is there anything new in the life of Olga Ageeva?
A: Well, this didn’t change a lot in the way I live, but it has given me the feeling that I had chosen the correct path and I should now follow it.
Q: You went big in the second part and your photographs were the favorites in almost every category! Have you taken any of them exclusively for the competition or you decided to send in some of your older photographs?
A: No, they weren’t taken exclusively for the contest. I take photos quite often in order to depict the life of my children, so I just picked and sent some of them.
Q: Would you mind telling us more about your winning photograph?
A: The photograph was taken by accident. I was shooting my elder daughter when I saw the light, which was falling on the younger one, while she was waiting her turn to be the hero of the frame. So that’s how the shot with both of them was born.
Q: In which photograph from the ones you’ve submitted you believed in the most? What was that one photograph that you knew it would catch the eye of the judges?
A: I can’t actually name one of them, because each one is very precious to me. I sent them all, so I believed in all of them.
Q: Who was your biggest competition this year? Which photographs you wish you had taken?
A: I didn’t think about it.
Q: Is your everyday life as interesting as much as it seems in the photographs you take?
A: My photographs are my life, so it’s really interesting for me and I always try to show it in my work.
Q: What are the few things that make the good photograph?
A: Technically there is a light, composition, angle, then there are emotions and a story behind the picture, but any photograph should come from inside the author. It should depict his attitude to it.
Q: Do you use social media as a platform for showcasing you work or you tend to enjoy photography in more silent, intimate way?
A: Yes, I post my work to Facebook, and sometimes to Instagram.
Q: As a Grand Winner, what is the advice to all the photographers taking part in B&W CHILD 2017 when choosing which photograph to send? How they should select their best photograph?
A: I think that they should choose that photos that they personally like, ones that they always want to come back to and watch them again.