Student Success: Dusan Holovej
Finalist for WPC
(World Photographic Cup) 2019
1st place Gold!
WPC 2017 Commercial
6th place / Best of Nations Award
WPC 2018 Commercial, best rated photo from Slovakia’s team
2nd place Silver! / Best of Nations Award
WPC 2019 Commercial, best rated photo from Slovakia’s team
Student Success Interview with Dusan Holovej
Morten met up with Dusan from Slovakia in Drammen, Norway for the award recipients to talk to him about his success in photography and life.
After posting a stunning image to the Photigy Community letting our members see his submission to the WPC our great community connected them for a meetup in Drammen.
In this student success interview, we have questions from our community members
Where do you recommend submitting images?
In this social world, I use all the power the different platforms gives me. This makes many people see my work and across the fast. So your answer is; I submit images to Facebook, Instagram, Behance, 500px, and 1x.com amongst a lot of other platforms.
Who cuts your hair?
My self 😉 Have been doing it for the past eight years every two weeks. It’s easy to keep nice and tidy, and I always look handsome.
So where do you get those bowties?
I have a friend that makes custom Wooden Bowties for special occasions, but the one in the picture is actually from a shop in Slovakia. I’ve bought it when I went to Japan for the WPC 2017 gala ceremony.
When and why did you choose to start to enter WPC?
As a member of the Slovak association of professional photographers (since 2016) I had an opportunity to submit my photo into that competition. Slovakia needed to build a team, so I was one of them. Actually, it was my first submission into photographic competition ever and I brought a Gold medal from Japan – it was an epic trip I must say and I definitely want to visit this country again.
Winning photo of the Invicta watch was my self project because I wanted to build my portfolio of high-quality work and then one day it just boomed like a rocket 😀
Funny fact is, that I did this photo in my apartment and used a baking tray as a base to build the set 🙂
Where do you find inspiration for your creations?
I usually find inspiration in other photographers around, movies, Photigy, Sci-fi movies and commercials. I have always wanted to create images like when you are watching movies and in the middle of some action you just press the pause button – frozen action, that’s what I love the most.
What steps have you received for the award?
Not sure what you mean with this question. But when I received the award, I had some global exposure.)
Unfortunately, no money involved 🙂 just a good reputation.
What was the most crucial decision that you made that changed the game and things starting to go better? -Alex
Beginning to exercise! This gave me mental health and strength to keep going and starting to get a creative mindset.
I started working out, and this Personal Trainer needed some pictures for a Healthy Eating book. Naturally, he asked me about this.
As compensation, he was my PT for some time, and this complete transformation of being healthy gave me lots of positive benefits such as more energy. And the motivation to fulfill my goals. Was up at 5 am every morning to hit the gym at 6 am. Then off to work later on.
When I got home, I still had the energy to read books about mindset and being a better me.
What was the worst decision/idea?
I rarely remember my worst decisions/idea, because of all those things I learned in life to stay positive and stay away from negativity.
So whenever something goes wrong, I throw them in the bucket and forget for all time.
So no! I am by far the perfect man in the world, but I’m happy for the results of the hard work staying positive 🙂