Katarzyna Okrzesik-Mikołajek

Horses have been my passion since I can remember. I am fascinated by their natural beauty. For me they are magical creatures which can be interpreted in many ways. They are full of majesty, expression and mystery. They arouse strong emotions in me and thanks to photography, I have found my own link with these amazing animals.

I’ve been sharing my life between traveling, horses and photography for almost 15 years.

I spend most of the year traveling, from which I always try to bring unique and heart-catching photos. The photographic skills that I have today are the result of many years of training, which I cultivated myself, putting new challenges before myself and often going beyond the comfort zone – I am a self-taught photographer and continue to improve my skills through new experiences and new challenges.

Through my work I would like to introduce you to the world of horses as seen by me.
I   invite you to step into my world, where horses and photography merge together to form my greatest  passion.

„Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”
Don McCullin

Awards

  • FIAP Gold Medal of Open Monochrome category 13th International Photographic Salon Varna
  • Winner of the Animals category in 2016 National Geographic Photo Contest (Poland)
  • Prix Special Du Jury at 43rd Salon National des Artistes Animaliers (France)
  • Grand Jury Winner in Black And White Compositions Photo Contest organized by ViewBug
  • Rated in 10 Of The Best Photographers In The World Of Horses by Russian Photo Magazine
  • Rated in Top 10 Best Equine Photographers In The World by TopTeny
  • People’s Choice in Celebrating Nature Photo Contest by ViewBug (USA)
  • 1st place in photography contest Summer Solstice organized by EPNet
  • 1st place in photography contest Horse sports organized by EPNet
  • 1st place in photography contest On The Snow organized by Foto-Kurier
  • Best of the best in Foto-KurierJune 2012
  • Photo of the month in Foto-KurierNovember 2013
  • Photo of the month in Digital Camera PolskaApril 2014

 

 Interviews & Features

  • Interview for Chiiz Magazine Vol 39 (India)
  • Interview for The Leading Equestrian Magazine of China 中国马术在线 《马术》杂志 2019/02
  • Interview for Voyage LA Magazine 2019 (USA)
  • Interview for Bare Essentials Magazine Issue 46 (Australia)
  • Interview for Kentaur Magazine 2017 (Sweden)
  • Interview for Digital Camera Polska 2016 (Poland)
  • Interview for AndalusianWorld Magazine Issue 9 (USA)
  • Interview for World Dressage Masters 2015 (Germany)
  • Interview for Gold Mustang Professional №2(149)/2015 (Russia)
  • Interview for Foto-Kurier 7/2013 (Poland)
  • Interview for Baroque Horse Magazine Issue 10 (Australia)

 

Publications

  • „O śnieżnych wyzwaniach” Świat Koni 1/2017
  •  „Stajenne impresje” Świat Koni 8/2016
  •  „Starcie tytanów” Świat Koni 6/2016
  •  „Camargue – Białe Konie Morza” 6/2016
  •  „Klasyczne piękno” Świat Koni 3/2016
  • „Taniec we mgle” Świat Koni 1/2016
  • „Magiczny mróz” Świat Koni 12/2015
  •  „Wielki błękit” Świat Koni 8/2015
  •  „Jest gdzieś taka kraina…” Świat Koni 6/2015
  • „Curly Shadows” Świat Koni 5/2015
  •  „Zaczarowany świat Cavalii” 5/2015
  •  „Spod samiuśkich Tater” Świat Koni 3/2015
  •  „Apassionata – The Golden Trial” Świat Koni 2/2015
  •  „Gypsy Vanner” Świat Koni 1/2015
  •  „Czarno biało” Świat Koni 10/2014
  •  „Pogodzić dwa żywioły” Świat Koni 9/2014
  •  „Wyspiarskie olbrzymy” Koń Polski 11/2013
  •  „Kuce z wrzosowisk” Koń Polski 1/2013
  • „Złote andaluzy” Koń Polski 11/2012
  •  „Egipskie Konie” Koń Polski 3/2012
  • Numerous covers of books and magazines in Poland, Germany, England, Australia, USA, Canada, Sweden, Russia.
  • Annual publication of photos in multiple calendars