Mr Derek Galon

Son of a musician – as a small child loved spending hours under his dad’s grand piano, listening as he practiced for his upcoming concerts. This powerful experience of real “surround sound” determined his life choice – the arts!

He studied classical music, arts and photography – requisitioned the family bathroom to serve as darkroom. Already in his teens he was winning awards and exhibiting works, while simultaneously continuing his education and giving concerts. With  university studies completed, he further pursued his professional career in the arts.

After arriving in Canada from Europe, he expanded his professional  interests to include multimedia and graphic design. He has also published books, and collaborated on production of animated 3D holograms. But music and photography still remain his strongest passion. He helped Canadian Chapter with its independent photo newsletter even after he moved out to live in Dominica, Eastern Caribbean in 2014, where he presently remains.
Derek has made his mark during the last four decades as an internationally recognized architecture and commercial photographer, while creating his own art images along the way. His works sold to clients in many countries around the world. Currently, Derek is represented by Nature Picture Library, 1X, and Qrator..

Along with his long-time partner Margaret Gajek  (art historian, researcher, writer),  he runs publishing company Ozone Zone Books. One of their coffee table books (with Derek's photographs) won Benjamin Franklin Book Excellence Gold Award in New York, and another won Silver at the prestigious international Nautilus Book Awards, along with some other awards.

Derek won many awards for his art photography, and participated in numerous international exhibitions. He is available for lectures and workshops on technical aspects of photography (HDR/fusion/photo editing), travel photography, studio lighting,  and on photography publishing – to camera clubs and other interested parties, and is available as juror of  photo salons (recently ivited to jury of the famous Al Thani Photo award in Qatar).

Examples of Derek's recent awards are: Gold Medal at the Trierenberg Super Circuit salon in Austria, Silver at IGPOTY (UK),
The London Salon of Photography 2013 Medal in UK,   the FIAP Ribbon at SOLWAY Small Print International Salon 2013 in Cumbria, UK,
Gold Medal and a Highly Commended award at 151st Edinburgh International Exhibition of Pictorial Photography 2013, UK,
Gold Medal at Photo Art Championship 2013 (Austria),  3rd International Photo Salon NOVI SAD 2013 (Serbia) - FIAP Gold Medal and HM.
Bronze UPI Medal at Oxford International Salon of Photography 2013, UK.
FIAP Gold Medal, FIAP Hon. Mention, Jury Award at ISO 2013 (Belgium),
FIAP Silver Medal, Judges UPI Cert, and 3x Highly Commended at 9th Swansea International Salon (UK), 
29th Torria Prize – Ligurian Circuit, Italy – Bronze Medal.
FIAP Gold Medal, HPSC Gold Medal, 3x Honourable Mention at International Olympic Photo Circuit 2013, Greece.
Wrekin Photo Salon 2013 (UK)  - John Chamberlin Medal and HM.
120TH TORONTO INTERNATIONAL SALON OF PHOTOGRAPHY – 2x  Silver Medal, 1x Bronze Medal (PSA), 2x Honourable Mention.
Cork International Photo Salon (Ireland) – Silver RPS Medal.
74th International Photographic Salon Of Japan – The Asahi Shimbun 2013 – Honourable Mention -  3 medals at Varna Salon 2014, and many more...

Derek offers his photography services both for local customers in the Caribbean region, (recently relocated from Canada to Dominica, Eastern Caribbean) – and for customers requiring fine photography taken in various locations around the world. He delivered many fine images to most prestigious clients, as well as the luxury real estate agencies such as Sotheby’s International Realty (in UK and Canada). His images have been published by top international magazines and papers.  He is a rare cross-breed between  commercial, documentary, and art photographers.

For more information, to view full portfolio and for best contact, please see one of sites below.  You can also visit Derek's personal blog:

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