LOS ANGELES -11 march 2019


Professional photographer Alketa Misja of Albania was presented with the 12th Annual International Color Awards Nominee “Palazzo Reale, Genoa Museums”  in the category of Architecture at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow streamed Saturday, March 9, 2019. 

“Palazzo Reale, Genoa Museums”, © Alketa Misja

“Palazzo Reale, Genoa Museums”, © Alketa Misja


The live online gala was attended by 11,829 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry's most important event for color photography. 12th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Sotheby's, New York; Benetton, Ponzano Veneto; The Art Channel, London; Kolle Rebbe, Hamburg; Droga5, New York; Preus Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Forsman & Bodenfors, Gothenburg; Wieden & Kennedy, Portland; Fox Broadcasting Network, Los Angeles; Gallery Kong, Seoul; and Phillips, New York who honored Color Masters with 761 title awards and 1,032 nominees in 37 categories.

"It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,241 entries we received this year," said Basil O'Brien, the awards Creative Director. "Alketa Misja's "Palazzo Reale, Genoa Museums," an exceptional image entered in the Architecture category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we're pleased to present her with the title of Nominee."

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography. www.colorawards.com


Review Feedback “Genova Italy Series”

“….There is a gorgeous sense of light in these images, and the compositions are very strong. I find images 4, 8 and 10 to be the most interesting. The use of shadow in these, and how the darkness unsettles the picture frame, making us not quite sure of the space we’re in, is really exciting. There’s something strange and original about them. They are also beautifully exposed, with just the right amount of detail in the shadow areas, giving a soft velvety feel to the images… … I would say they reflect more of an idealized or imagined version of the city. In those three images it seems to become a imagined or dreamed space, almost slightly surreal….”


September 2017


Review Feedback "ARTiFact Project" Series 

"This series is very interesting and timely. It addresses a specific past while also bringing up universal questions of humanity and labor and the very real concerns for the future economy in a post-industrial world. 

The images themselves are very well made. The even toned, open exposure allows the viewer to study almost every detail within the images from highlight to shadow, which works well for this type of content. It doesn't drive the viewer toward a specific emotional response, rather allowing for a calm contemplation. The color palette is consistent and works to enhance the sense of decay in the spaces. The images of specific machines have a quality somewhat similar to Bernd and Hilla Becher's works, elevating these machines in a sculptural, almost monumental way. The center weighted composition lends itself to a cool study of the subjects, giving a sense of objectivity. However, the compositions still have enough formal interest to make the images engaging.

As these images depict something specific to late communism in Albania, they also predict a future for many in late capitalist economies elsewhere, giving them a further poignance."


March 2017

"Palazzo Rosso, museums of Strada Nuova" copyright Alketa Misja photography

"Palazzo Rosso, museums of Strada Nuova" copyright Alketa Misja photography


Photography "Palazzo Rosso- Museums of Strada Nuova" is Nominee in Architecture Category by INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS 2017 10th Edition




Photography "Summer Lights- Himara by Night" receives Lucie INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS IPA 2016, Honorable Mention in Architecture-Cityscapes Category.


International Color Awards 2016, 9the edition, in Architecture and Still Life Category, with photography "Foundry/Formation Unit" and "Old Telephones used in Ex-Automobile Plant" from the Series "ARTiFACT Project Ex-Automobile Plant of Tirana, Albania" 

"Foundry/Formation Unit, in Ex-Automobile Plant of Tirana". Copyright Alketa Misja photography

"Foundry/Formation Unit, in Ex-Automobile Plant of Tirana". Copyright Alketa Misja photography

"Old Telephones used in Ex-Automobile Plant". Copyright Alketa Misja photography

"Old Telephones used in Ex-Automobile Plant". Copyright Alketa Misja photography

20 May 2016


ARTIFACT PROJECT Volume 1, Ex-Automobile Plant of Tirana, Exhibition, 20 may - 30 september 2016, 

MINILAB, COD Centre for Openness and Dialog,

Prime Minister's Building, Bulevardi "Deshmoret e Kombit" 1, Tirana, Albania



ARTIFACT Project ex Automobile Plant, wins IPA Honorable Mention in Architecture Industrial Category  


International Photography Awards Announces Category Winners of the 2015 Competition!

This year, The International Photography Awards received 17841 of submissions from over 230 countries, and is pleased to declare that Alketa Misja was awarded Honorable Mention in Architecture - Industrial for the winning entry ARTiFact, ex-Automobile Plant.

Alketa Misja is Architect/Urban Planner and Photographer from Albania. After studying City Planning and Management, she is interested in the photographic representation of urban transformations and processes. Recently working on ARTiFACT Project (documenting the industrial heritage) and UrbanScapes photography series


About the International Photography Awards

The International Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for professional, non-professional, and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today. Each year, the International Photography Awards (IPA) invites passionate photographers, to compete for the title of Photographer of the Year, Discovery of the Year and Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year. A board of esteemed professionals in the field juries the competition: curators, photo editors, gallery owners, art directors, and other luminaries from the international photography community.

Read about the entry...

Read about IPA Winners...

about Lucie Award

29 April 2014

EXHIBITION ARTIFACT Project VOLUME 1, 29 April -12 May 2014