Her winning photo is titled ‘Beach Wrestling’, shot at M’Bour beach in Senegal.

By Mr John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer), Published


Senior Lecturer in Engineering, Dr Maria Tomas-Rodriguez has taken Second Prize at the 2022 International Photography Awards, in the Editorial/Sports category, for her submission titled, ‘Beach Wrestling’ which was shot on the beach at M’Bour.

Approximately 80 kilometres south of Senegal’s capital, Dakar, M’Bour is a city in the Thies region of the country on the Petite Cote.

The annual International Photography Awards are one of the most coveted photography competitions in the world. The international jury for this event comprises renowned photography experts.

Dr Tomas-Rodriguez’s entry was selected from more than 14,000 from photographers living in 120 countries.


She is ‘thrilled and honoured’ to have placed second this year.

In 2020 Dr Tomas-Rodriguez was also awarded Second Prize in the Sports category of the competition).

The awarding of prizes took place at the Lucie Awards Gala on October 25th 2022 at  the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Commenting on her recent success, she says:

“I am thrilled and honoured to have been awarded Second Prize this year and I continue to maintain close links to the photojournalism community in London where I  present my ongoing photodocumentary work. At the moment I'm documenting across-the-sea migration issues. I have also recently started a new topic on plastic pollution in rivers and oceans. I am hoping to have those pieces of work ready for presentation by late 2023.”

Dr Tomas-Rodriguez is an accomplished photographer with a track record in winning many prestigious international prizes.

She has won the Bronze Prize at the 2022 Moscow International Foto Awards (Editorial/News); Bronze Prize at the 2021 Tokyo International Foto Awards (Editorial/News); placed as a Semi-Finalist at the 2020 Head On Photo Festival 2020 (Portrait); and as a Finalist at the Travel Photography of the Year Competition in 2019 and 2020.


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