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Vacant Children by Elena Paraskeva

What is the true magnitude of the effect social media and technology have on our children today? Are they hold too strong to ignore? The series paints the picture of a not so distant dystopian society in which children are living a self-imposed one-dimensional existence, trapped in a matrix where awareness of their own physical being is shallow and desire to engage in the physical world becomes unfamiliar and forced. Social connections are thread-thin and easily broken, often discarded at whim, leading to isolation and despair. Inspired by my struggle to keep my 12-year old son out of the matrix.

Elena loves to create surrealistic conceptual work bathed in color and is often inspired by everyday life and popular culture. She has exhibited her work in NYC, London, Paris and other major cities around the globe and she has been published on the pages and covers of a multitude of publications.

Elena Paraskeva is an international Conceptual Photographer and Art Director and most recently an official ADOBE instructor. Having lived and worked in the U.S for a decade, she now resides in Cyprus, but often travels for assignments.

Elena Paraskeva

Elena Paraskeva



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17th Pollux Awards- Overall Winner- Professional Category

New York Photography Awards 2021 – Gold Medal in Fine Art

N-Photo Photographer Of The Year 2021

Judge – Spanish Federation Of Photography

Judge – VIPA 2021 Awards

Trierenberg Supercircuit 2021 – Gold Medal

14th International Color Awards 2021 – Finalist Advertising & Portrait

Chromatic Awards 2020 – First Place Portrait, Professional Category

International Photography Awards (IPA) 2020 – 2nd place Advertising/Fashion

Fine Art Photography Awards 2019/2020 – Finalist

13th International Color Awards -Finalist Advertising, Finalist Portrait

LensCulture Portrait Awards 2019 – Jurors’ Pick

Digital Camera Photographer Of The Year 2018

Neutral Density Awards 2018 – Gold Medal in Advertising

Trierenberg Supercircuit 2019 – Gold Medal in Series

Trierenberg Supercircuit 2018 – Gold Medal in Series

Trierenberg Supercircuit 2017 – Gold Medal in Portraiture

Prix De La Photographie, Paris 2018- Silver in Portraiture

Prix De La Photographie, Paris 2017 – Silver in Advertising/Fashion

Prix De La Photographie, Paris  2017- Silver and Bronze in Children Portraiture

Monovisions Photography Awards 2018 – Bronze in Conceptual

American Photography Open 2018 – Shortlisted

International Photography Awards (IPA) 2018 – Honorable Mention

One Eyeland Awards 2017 – Silver in Advertising/Conceptual

Moscow International Photography Awards (MIFA 2017) – Bronze in Portraiture

Chromatic Awards 2017 – Bronze in Fashion/Beauty

Neutral Density Awards 2017 -Bronze in People Category

International Photographer Of The Year (IPOTY 2017) – 3 Honorable Mentions in Portraiture

London International Creative Competition 2018,2017 – Honorable Mention

International Photography Awards (IPA) 2017 – 3 Honorable Mentions

WPPI – Second Place Individual Portrait Division 2017, First Place Individual Portrait Division 2016

FAPA 2017 – Honorable Mentions Conceptual & Portrait Divisions

PDN World In Focus 2016 – Second Place

Neutral Density Awards 2016 – Bronze in Advertising/Conceptual

International Photographer Of The Year 2016 – Honorable Mention

Monochrome Photography Awards 2016 – Honorable Mention Fashion/Beauty


Fotonostrum Gallery  – Barcelona, Spain 2022

Aperture Foundation, New York City – April 2019

Menier Gallery, London UK – 2018

NEC, Birmingham UK – 2018

Photo Oxford 2017, Oxford UK

Design Center, Linz Austria – 2017

Espace Baurepaire, Paris – 2017

Opus 39 Gallery, Cyprus – 2017

Thalassa Museum, Cyprus – 2017

The Printspace, London UK – 2015

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