Petar Sabol “Sharpeye” was born in 1981 in town Čakovec, Republic of Croatia, Europe. He started his photography work in 2007. From the very beginning of his photographic work he was fascinated with nature and its beauty, especially in the area of macro photography. In addition he professionally photographed events (weddings, various celebrations and public events).
His photographic images display and evoke moments in the life of nature that most people find difficult or almost impossible to see in reality because of constant and increasing human alienation from nature. Thanks to devoted and very systematic work, he captures incredible shots in which the main compositional ingredient is beautiful natural light. By idealizing beauty of nature, he stands on his solid positive attitude towards the beauty and wonders of nature.
Since 2012, he has participated in many international exhibitions of artistic photography under high patronage of FIAP (Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique). He has won 366 times (190 medals and 176 honorable mentions for 96 different art works) in more than 30 countries. He also participated in international exhibitions under the patronage of the PSA (Photographic Society of America). In total he has won around 500 awards in other specialized photographic competitions around the world.
His famous photo “Natural abstract” has been awarded with the FIAP gold medal in the macro category at the 7th Salon of photography in the United Arab Emirates and permanently stored at the National Library in Paris. This photo was among the top 10 on the Sony World Photography Awards. Petar won National Award 2016 with photo ‘Kingfisher in action’, where he was also placed in the top 50 with another of his photo. He repeated the same success second year in row where he won first place with his photo ‘Swirl’. In 2018. He made the hat-trick and won for third consecutive time the National Award and placed his photo ‘Beeaters’ in top 10 in the wildlife category.
On www.fotowedstrijd.eu he won the first prize in the category of macro with photograph “Only love matters” in 2014. Five years in a row, he was awarded on the American National Insect Salon under the patronage of the PSA. He is a winner of the gold medal for the best PSA author of salon twice. He won the first and second prize in 2014 at the National Insect Week in England, which is held biennially. In less than four years, Petar Sabol became the most awarded Croatian photographer. His work has been published in many journals (Mirror, Telegraph, The Sun, The Dailymail, Meridians).
In 2014 in Zagreb Petar presented his first solo exhibition ‘Butterflies’. The second solo exhibition ‘Kingfisher’ held in April 2016 in Slovenia under the high patronage of FIAP, in one of six world-renowned exhibition centers of FIAP. The third solo exhibition ‘Kingfisher’ presented in Serbia, October 2016. Fourth solo exhibition ‘Creative macrophotography’ was held in Croatia at the Institute Aquatika, September 2017. He became a member of ULUPUH in February 2018. (Croatian Association of Artist of Applied Arts). He is a member of the jury in international exhibitions and photographic competitions and Sony ambassador of Croatia.
Petar Sabol spoke with Lucy Watson-Baker about his affinity with kingfishers and how this has influenced his photographs.
In his own words:
“I fell in love with this beautiful little bird. I started taking photos of a kingfisher at the small lake near my home and soon we became really good friends. He became so familiar with me that I could take photographs without hiding!
It’s really special. Our relationship became close at a different level. After that, I built my own pond next to my house. Kingfishers are endangered. When the water is frozen they cannot hunt for fish and without food they will not survive. He comes to me every winter and I feed him with little fishes in the pond. I break the ice so that he can feed on the fish in the warmer water below.”