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Beno Saradzic

Beno Saradzic



Beno Saradzic Photographer | 500px Brand Ambassador | NiSi Filters Brand Ambassador | Emmy Nominated Time Lapse Cinematographer | Public Speaker & Educator Biography Beno is a Slovenian born time lapse cinematographer, photographer and visual artist. He is currently based in Dubai, UAE. For 18 years, Beno has trained his eye in the art of seeing as a 3D Computer Animation and Architecture Visualization specialist. As a veteran digital artist, Beno won numerous accolades and awards such as the rank of 'Autodesk Master' and a 'Special Merit of Excellence' award by Kinetix / Autodesk in 2005. In 2008, Beno started exploring new creative avenues which lead him to discover the world of photography and time lapse cinematography. Having a solid foundation and decades of practice in related types of visual arts, Beno’s transition to his newly found passion was a swift one. By 2011, he had dozens of photographs and time lapse films specially featured across local and international media and publications. His body of work is recognized for its use of light and composition, drawing strong influences from the classics of cinema and traditional art. Beno's comprehensive portfolio is defined by his profound love for architecture, engineering, science and the beauty of nature. His vast knowledge of digital imaging technologies is evident in every photograph. As an individual accustomed to dramatic profession changes, Beno believes in the power of a life-long learning process and feeding the child-like curiosity throughout adulthood. He tirelessly experiments with fresh styles of photography while refusing to box himself in any particular genre. Keeping the broad and diverse subject matters in front of his lens is the secret sauce to creative liberty and inspiration. His list of clients include BBC’s Natural History Unit, the Discovery Channel, Canon Middle East, Emirates Airline, Abu Dhabi and Dubai Governments and many others. He has recently been nominated for an Emmy for his achievements in cinematography. He is also a Silver Dolphin Award winner of the prestigious Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards. In March 2015, Beno joined the elite Canon Ambassador programme, covering Europe, Middle East and Africa regions as a 'Canon Explorer'. Beno shoots for major image libraries such as Getty Images, Alamy and Trevillion Images. As a photo educator, Beno hosts regular photography workshops and inspiration seminars on time lapse photography, fine art photography and digital image post-processing. He is a frequently featured artist and has made numerous appearances and tutorials on various blogs such as, Scott Kelby One, Trey Ratcliff's Variety Hour, Topaz Labs Blog and many others. Below is the list of Beno's most notable awards, merits and appearances in the field of photography and time lapse cinematography: • Canon Europe & MENA Ambassador Programme, EXPLORER Tier • Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Cinematography in Long Form Documentary (ANIMAL PLANET 'Wild Arabia', September 2014) • New York Festivals 2015 International Television & Film Awards – Gold World Medal, Best Cinematography • Silver Dolphin winner - Cannes Corporate Media & TV Award Winner (October 2014) • UPI Gold Medal - Cacak International Salon Photography 2014 • FIAP Gold Medal - Belgrade Foto International Salon 2014 • 'Moving Images: Professional Category’, 1st Place - Moscow International Foto Awards 2015 (MIFA) • 'Moving Images Of The Year Award' 1st Place - Moscow International Foto Awards 2014 (MIFA) • 3rd Place, Abu Dhabi Through Your Eyes photography contest 2015-2016 (Tourism & Culture Authority Abu Dhabi) • 4 Honorable Mentions - Moscow International Foto Awards 2014 (MIFA) • 4x Honorable Mentions at the International Photography Awards 2015 (IPA) in Architecture: Cityscape Category • 2nd and 3rd place at the International Photography Awards 2014 (IPA) in Architecture Category as well as 3x Honorable Mentions • Featured guest and time-lapse cinematographer on Discovery Channel's 'Passage to Abu Dhabi' • Two-time Nominated, Fine Art Photography Awards 2017 • Time-lapse cinematographer on BBC Natural History's 'Wild Arabia' TV series • Honorable Mention at the City Soul 2014 International Photography Salon PSA HM • Honorable Mention at the International Photography Awards 2013 (IPA) with 11 nominations • Honorable Mention at the 6th International Contest of Photography NARAVA 2013 • Honorable Mention at Seventh Season PX3 - Prix de la Photographie Paris 2013 • Gold Medal Winner of the Egypt IPC 2012, photography contest, Architecture Category • 1st Place Winner in the Time Lapse category of the 'SPACES OF LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD - FIFTH SEASON' (2015) • 1st Place Winner in the Architectural Photography category of the 'SPACES OF LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD - FOURTH SEASON' (2014) • 2nd Place Winner in the architectural photography category of the 'SPACES OF LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD - THIRD SEASON' (2013) • 3rd Place Winner in the architectural photography category of the 'SPACES OF LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD - SECOND SEASON' (2012) • Winner of the 1st prize for the' EARTH HOUR 2011' photo contest organized by ADGAS/WWF • Two-time Finalist of the 'AL AIN PHOTOGRAFIA AWARD' in 2011 • Finalist of 'HIPA' photography award, Fourth Season (2014-15) • Two-time Finalist of 'HIPA' photography award, Third Season (2013-14) • Finalist of 'HIPA' photography award, First Season (2011-12) • Finalist of National Geographic 2012 International Photo Contest • 'Abu Dhabi' time lapse film featured in the permanent collection of Encyclopedia Britannica's 'Project Time Lapse' (2013) • Member of the Judging Committee, ‘Spaces of Light Photography Contest’ – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center & UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs • Guest Photographer and speaker at the Xposure Internatioanal Photography Festival in Sharjah (Sharjah Media) • Host of ‘500px Global Photowalk’ in Dubai for in 2015 and 2016
  • Canon 5DsR, Canon 5D Mark 3, Canon 5D Mark 2, Canon 60D, Canon Powershot G9, 11, 12
  • Canon 5Ds, Canon 5D Mk4
  • Canon CN-E 14mm, Canon CN-E 24mm, Canon CN-35mm
  • Canon 70-300mm f4-5.6L
  • Canon 100mm Macro f2.8L, Sigma 300-800mm f5.6 'Sigmonster'
  • Nikon 14-24mm, Canon TS-E 17, Canon TS-E 24, Canon 24-105mm f4.0L, Canon 50mm f1.2L, Canon 8-15mm L
  • whole bunch of SanDisk Extreme Pro CF and SDHC/XC 64GB, 32GB, 16GB
  • B + W heliopan UV filters 58/67/72/77/82mm, Singh-Ray Blue n Gold polarizer 77mm
  • LEE Filters Big Stopper (10 stops ND filter), B + W Heliopan polarizers 77mm/82mm
  • LEE Filters: 100mm filter holder with 0.3/0.6/0.9 soft and hard ND grads
  • Gitzo GT5541LS tripod, RRS BH-50 ballhead, two Manfrotto 535 tripods
  • two PROMOTE Remote Controls, PROMOTE Control Hub, Promote Bulb Ramping kit
  • Manfrotto MH055M0-Q5 ballhead, Manfrotto magic arms
  • LEE Filters: SW150mm filter holder with 0.3/0.6/0.9 soft and hard ND grads


Published December 30th, 2011

I don't know about you, Ladies and Gents, but for me, 2011 was great. Beyond great.

I -finally- figured it all out. Well, at least a big part of it. Now I know where my true passion and gifts lay.

I've completely surrendered to photography, time-lapse photography in particular. Jumped in with both feet. I thoroughly enjoyed producing short films, commercials and corporate films for Timesand Studios (

I met lots of new, fascinating people. Some of them inspired me, helped me, encouraged me to try new things, to push even harder and to NEVER give up.

So I worked hard and then even harder...I read every book and article there was to read about the arts of photography, filmmaking, editing...then I compulsively practiced and practiced. On weekends. At nights. I took more than 100,000 photos this year and all this while, I never stopped having fun.

Success followed; I half dozen awards and two major photographic competitions this year. I received numerous accolades and ma ...

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I'm awesome....

Published December 26th, 2011

...if I'm to believe the, I am! And it cost me only 25 bucks!

It's the end of 2011 and this is my first blog post...ever. Do come back and visit this blog every now and then; I've, hopefully, lots useful info and interesting photos to share with all of you.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

with love, Beno

PS.: I've attached a few shots from my last vacation, back home in Slovenia. This is a very dear place to me; it that transports me back to my days of childhood. Most of my memories of youth, late grandparents and my oldest, dearest friends are from those parts.

All shots were taken with my trusty Canon PowerShot G9.

If you ever manage to visit Slovenia, don't pass on the opportunity to visit these incredible sights of river Soca in the west of the country.. If there's heaven, it must look a lot like this country. Wouldn't you agree?

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