Photo: Gabriele Viertel & more from Western Europe

Photographer Gabriele Viertel dazzled us in the Photography Annual 2016 competition with his wispy, dreamlike shot, titled “the virgin.” With an air of soft beauty and elegance, the model Nina Stoltenberg delicately posed underwater for this breathtaking photograph.

Based in The Netherlands, Gabriele Viertel is a German-born artist who grew up near Cologne. She is best known for her underwater staged photographs, and the magical, sensual, often surreal pictorial language and the chiaroscuro light are her characteristic means of expression. Viertel’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Europe and the United States and is located in prestigious private collections as well as the collection of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the University of Art, Rotterdam.

The bright and glamorous photo above was shot by Frank P. Wartenberg for client COCOON Magazine. For 20 years, Wartenberg has lived and worked between Hamburg, London, and New York and is dedicated to fashion, beauty, people and celebrity photography. Some of his clients include Brax Leineweber, Einhorn, Peek & Cloppenburg, New Yorker, Jelmoli (CH), Schoeps (AT), Harrods (UK), Bloomingdale’s (US), or Saks Fifth Avenue (US).

The Photography Annual 2018 is closing soon! Enter your best photographs before the deadline.