MADI ABDO PHOTOGRAPHY

Biography

I have been interested in photography since childhood, perhaps due to the fact that my uncle occasionally used to take me to his darkroom, giving me my first own small camera when I reached the age of ten. This childhood interest in photography evolved to become a passion.

For me, photography is indeed a self-expressionthat allows me to document the interesting world around myself. Although we might live in a world of colour, where lot of advances have been made in the various fields of photography, for me, nevertheless, the chosen field is black and white photography, for it gives me much better pleasure and satisfaction.As I have said above, my works are mostly in black and white, for I believe working in that field gives me also the opportunity to produce images that are strong, pure and with out any unnecessary

distractions,unlike the coloured ones. When working on my black and white images, I give particular attention to the sources of light andcontrast to create very interesting images that could pull on the viewers’eyes. Sometimes I might try to heighten my work’s clarity by printing images on metallic paper, giving them more appealing surface texture. That people might experience what I feel during my process of image creation, while, at the same time having fun seems giving me lot of satisfaction and pleasure.

Artist Statement

In my photography, the juxtaposition of darkness and light gives shape to a world that is subtly mysterious, yet has a powerful physical presence. Whether I am showing a human face or transforming an urban environment into a shadowy,graphically bold scene, I try to balances light, exposure and composition to create a distinctive body of work. I believe that I am particularly good at guiding the viewer’s attention by focusing on the small details that can animate my images. A scene that is cloaked in darkness can indeed be brought to life by a sharply rendered figure steppingin to a shaft of light, or a human subject will be given context by the detailed depiction of surrounding objects or backgrounds.

In my work, I do strive to show to get images, where the light, the shadows, the composition and the various changing levels of tones are clearly revealed; something that I believe is not easily achieved with colour photography. On the other hand, in my opinion, that, unlike the colour one, black and white photography is good at revealing the art characteristics of the work, as well as, the distinctive nuances that can make the black & white photograph so interesting.

As a visual artist, I am motivated to create photographs that capturecertain interesting a spects of our world. I often visualize first my targets before clicking the shutter, while giving greater regard to lighting and composition. Indeed, the viewer can observe in many of my works figures captured while stepping into a shaft of light, surrounded by contrasting darkareas. This allows me to obtain interesting, stronger figure-to-ground focal points.


Awards

2017

Monovisions Photography Awards Leading Black and white Magazine Award: – 1ST PLACE - Black & White Architectural PHOTO of the Year–Professional, Architecture: Category 2017

Monovisions Photography Awards Leading Black and white Magazine Award: – Honourable Mention–Professional, Architecture: Category 2017

Monovisions Photography Awards Leading Black and white Magazine Award: – Honourable Mention–Professional, Architecture: Category 2017

Monovisions Photography Awards Leading Black and white Magazine Award: – Honourable Mention–Professional, Architecture: Category 2017

Monovisions Photography Awards Leading Black and white Magazine Award: – Honourable Mention–Professional, Architecture: Category 2017

Monovisions Photography Awards Leading Black and white Magazine Award: – Honourable Mention–Professional, Abstract: Category 2017

Monovisions Photography Awards Leading Black and white Magazine Award: – Honourable Mention–Professional, Abstract: Category 2017

Monovisions Photography Awards Leading Black and white Magazine Award: – Honourable Mention–Professional, Conceptual: Category 2017

TZIPAC Awards: 1st Place (Grand Winner) 4th GoPix Exposée -Professional Category Fine Art and Open 2017

TZIPAC Awards: Finalists 4th GoPix Exposée - Professional Category Abstract and Contemporary 2017

TZIPAC Awards: Finalists 4th GoPix Exposée - Professional Category Abstract and Contemporary 2017

TZIPAC Awards: Finalists 4th GoPix Exposée - Professional CategoryFine Art and Open 2017

TZIPAC Awards: Finalists 4th GoPix Exposée - Professional CategoryFine Art and Open 2017

TZIPAC Awards: Finalists Wedding & Portrait Exposée - ProfessionalCategory 2017

3rdedition of Fine Art Photography Awards: – Nominee–Professional, Abstract: Category 2017

3rdedition of Fine Art Photography Awards: – Nominee–Professional, Abstract: Category 2017

3rdedition of Fine Art Photography Awards: – Nominee–Professional, Fine Art:Category 2017

3rdedition of Fine Art Photography Awards: – Nominee–Professional, Portrait: Category 2017

3rdedition of Fine Art Photography Awards: – Nominee–Professional, Conceptual: Category 2017

3rdedition of Fine Art Photography Awards: – Nominee–Professional, Architecture: Category 2017

3rdedition of Fine Art Photography Awards: – Nominee–Professional, Architecture: Category 2017

2016

Hiii Photography 2016 – Best of the Best –Professional: Mono Category

1st Tokyo International Foto Awards 2016 (TIFA): – 3rd Place - Bronze Award –Professional,Book: Fine Art Category

1st Tokyo International Foto Awards 2016 (TIFA): – Honorable Mention –Professional, Fine Art: Other: Category

1st Tokyo International Foto Awards 2016 (TIFA): – Honorable Mention –Professional, Architecture: Cityscapes: Category

ND Awards 2016: – 1st Place - Gold Star Award –Professional, Advertising: Other Category

ND Awards 2016: – Honorable Mention – Professional, Fine Art:Conceptual: Category

ND Awards 2016: – Honorable Mention – Professional, Fine Art:Other: Category

ND Awards 2016: – Honorable Mention – Professional, Fine Art:Abstract: Category

ND Awards 2016: – Honorable Mention – Professional,Architecture: Cityscapes : Category

11th Annual Black & White Spider Awards 2016: –Honorable Mention – Professional, Fine Art: Category

11th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: – 3Nominee–Professional, Architectural: Category 2016

11th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: – 2Nominee–Professional, Fashion: Category 2016

11th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: – 3Nominee–Professional, Fine Art: Category 2016

4th Annual Zebra Awards: 1st Place Gold Medal - Fine Art and Open Professional Category 2016

4th Annual Zebra Awards: 2nd Place Silver- Abstract and Contemporary Professional Category 2016 

4th Zebra Awards: Finalist Fine Art and Open Professional Category 2016

4th Zebra Awards: Finalist Abstract and Contemporary Professional Category 2016

Life Framer International Photography Competition Street Life,Editors,choice 2016

PX3, Prix de la photographie Paris: – Honorable Mention –Professional, Fine Art Other: Category 2016

GoPix Exposée: Finalist Fine Art and Open Professional Category 2016

Photographer’s Forum’s Magazine For The Emerging Professional - Finalists - 36th Annual Spring Photography contest - Best of Photography 2016


2015

IPOTY 2015 International Photographer of the Year: 2nd Place -Architecture: Interiors Professional Category

IPOTY 2015 International Photographer of the Year: –Honorable Mention – Professional, Fine Art Conceptual: Category

IPOTY 2015 International Photographer of the Year: –Honorable Mention – Professional, People Fashion: Category

IPOTY 2015 International Photographer of the Year: –Honorable Mention – Professional, People Portrait: Category

La Grande Photo Awards 2015– Honorable Mention – Professional, Silhouette: Category

La Grande Photo Awards 2015– HIGHLY COMMENDED –Professional, Silhouette: Category

La Grande Photo Awards 2015– NOMINEES – Professional,Silhouette: Category

La Grande Photo Awards 2015– HIGHLY COMMENDED –Professional, Street: Category

La Grande Photo Awards 2015– NOMINEES – Professional, Fashion:Category

La Grande Photo Awards 2015– 3 NOMINEES – Professional, FineArt: Category

La Grande Photo Awards 2015– 2 Highly Commended –Professional, Advertising: Category

La Grande Photo Awards 2015– 3 NOMINEES – Professional, Advertising:Category

La Grande Photo Awards 2015– NOMINEES – Professional, Architecture:Category

La Grande Photo Awards 2015– NOMINEES – Professional, Abstract:Category

8th Edition Julia Margaret Cameron Awards: Finalist Fine Art: Category 2015

ND Awards 2015: – Honorable Mention – Professional, Advertising Food: Category

ND Awards 2015: – Honorable Mention – Professional, Advertising Other: Category

ND Awards 2015: – Honorable Mention – Professional, Architecture Buildings: Category

ND Awards 2015: – Honorable Mention – Professional, Fine Art Conceptual: Category

10th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: 3rd Place Professional Category 2015

10th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: – HonorableMention – Professional, Advertising: Category 2015

10th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: – HonorableMention – Professional, Fashion: Category 2015

10th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: – Nominee –Professional, Advertising: Category 2015

10th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: – 3 Nominee –Professional, Fashion: Category 2015

10th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: – 3 Nominee–Professional, Architectural: Category 2015

10th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: – Nominee –Professional, Fine Art: Category 2015

10th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: – 2 Nominee –Professional, Silhouette: Category 2015

MIFA Photography Awards, 3rd Place, Advertising: Fashion Professional Category 2015

MIFA Photography Awards: – Honorable Mention – Professional,Advertising Fashion: Category 2015

MIFA Photography Awards: – Honorable Mention – Professional,Fine Art: Portrait: Category 2015

MIFA Photography Awards: – Honorable Mention – Professional,Fine Art - Other: Category 2015

MIFA Photography Awards: – Honorable Mention – Professional,Architecture - Bridges: Category 2015

MIFA Photography Awards: – Honorable Mention – Professional,Architecture Buildings: Category 2015

MIFA Photography Awards: – Honorable Mention – Professional,Fine Art - Abstract: Category 2015

MIFA Photography Awards: – Honorable Mention – Professional,Architecture - Interiors: Category 2015

London International Creative Competition 2015 Professional Category Finalist: Advertising

London International Creative Competition 2015 - Honorable Mention– Professional Category: Photography

Lucie International Photo Awards 2015: – Honorable Mention –Professional, Fine Art Portrait: Category

Lucie International Photo Awards 2015: – 2 Honorable Mention –Professional, Fine Art Other_FA: Category

Lucie International Photo Awards 2015: – Honorable Mention –Professional, Fine Art Abstract: Category

The 30th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition,Certificate of Excellence-selected competition jurors awarded 18 months artist promotion/gallery representation package Agora Gallery, New York NY, 2015

The Fine Art Photography Awards Gold, First Prize – Professional Fine Art, Categories 2015

The Fine Art Photography Awards – Honorable Mention – Professional Fashion Categories – 2015

PX3, Prix de la photographie Paris: – Honorable Mention –Professional, Advertising Other: Category 2015

PX3, Prix de la photographie Paris: – Honorable Mention –Professional, Fine Art Other: Category 2015

PX3, Prix de la photographie Paris: – Honorable Mention –Professional, Portraiture Other: Category 2015

3rd Annual Zebra Awards: 1st Place Gold Medal - Fine Art and Open Professional Category 2015

3rd Zebra Awards: Finalist Fine Art and Open Professional Category 2015

3rd Zebra Awards: Finalist Landscape and Nature Professional Category 2015

5th Photo Annual Awards: Honorable Mention (E) Motions Professional Series category 2015

Lucie International Photography Awards: One Shot – HonorableMention – Professional, Perception: Category 2015

Lucie International Photography Awards: One Shot – HonorableMention – Professional, Place: Category 2015


2014

2014 American Aperture Awards Professional Category Winner: Advertising

2014 American Aperture Awards Professional Category Winner: Architecture/Cityscape

Monochrome Awards International 2014: – 2 Honorable Mention – Professional, Fashion: Category

Monochrome Awards International 2014: – Honorable Mention – Professional, Fine Art: Category

Monochrome Awards International 2014: – Honorable Mention – Professional, People: Category

London International Creative Competition 2014 Professional Category Shortlisted: Advertising

London International Creative Competition 2014: – HonorableMention – Professional, Architectural Design: Category

London International Creative Competition 2014: – HonorableMention – Professional, Fashion: Category

Tzipac: Wedding and Portrait Exposee Finalists Professional Category 2014

ND Awards 2014: – Honorable Mention – Professional, Advertising:Beauty Category

ND Awards 2014: – Honorable Mention – Professional,Architecture: Interior Category

2014 Professional Photographer of the Year , First Place, Street Professional Category

9th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: 2nd Place Professional Category 2014

9th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: – HonorableMention – Professional, Advertising: Category 2014

9th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: – HonorableMention – Professional, Fashion: Category 2014

9th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: – HonorableMention – Professional, Silhouette: Category 2014

9th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: – Nominee–Professional, Advertising: Category 2014

9th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: – 2 Nominee–Professional, Fashion: Category 2014

9th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: – 2 Nominee –Professional, Architectural: Category 2014

9th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: – Nominee –Professional, Silhouette: Category 2014

9th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: – Nominee –Professional, Photojournalism: Category 2014

9th Annual Black & White Spider Awards: – Nominee –Professional, Nature: Category 2014

MIFA Photography Awards, 1st Place, Fine Art: Portrait Professional Category 2014

MIFA Photography Awards, 2nd Place, Nature: Landscapes Professional Category 2014

MIFA Photography Awards, 3rd Place, Architecture: Industrial Professional Category 2014

MIFA Photography Awards: – Honorable Mention – Professional,Architecture: Buildings: Category 2014

MIFA Photography Awards: – Honorable Mention – Professional,Architecture: Industrial: Category 2014

MIFA Photography Awards: – Honorable Mention – Professional,Architecture: Bridges: Category 2014

MIFA Photography Awards: – Honorable Mention – Professional,Architecture: Cityscapes: Category 2014

MIFA Photography Awards: – Honorable Mention – Professional,Environmental Nature: Landscapes: Category 2014

MIFA Photography Awards: – Honorable Mention – Professional,Abstract: Category 2014

Lucie International Photo Awards, First Place , Architecture : Interiors PROFESSIONAL Category 2014

Lucie International Photo Awards: – Honorable Mention –Professional, Advertising Beauty: Category 2014

Lucie International Photo Awards: – Honorable Mention –Professional, Advertising Fashion: Category 2014

Lucie International Photo Awards: – Honorable Mention –Professional, Architecture Buildings: Category 2014

Lucie International Photo Awards: – Honorable Mention –Professional, Architecture Interiors: Category 2014

Lucie International Photo Awards: – Honorable Mention –Professional, Architecture Bridges: Category 2014

Lucie International Photo Awards: – Honorable Mention –Professional, Architecture Cityscapes: Category 2014

Lucie International Photo Awards: – Honorable Mention –Professional, Architecture Other_ARC: Category 2014

Lucie International Photo Awards: – Honorable Mention –Professional, Nature Landscapes: Category 2014

Lucie International Photo Awards: – Honorable Mention –Professional, People Portrait: Category 2014

International Kontinent Awards, 3rd Place , Fine Art - Single Image Professional Category2014

PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris Gold, First Prize - Professional Advertising - Fashion Categories 2014

PX3, Prix de la photographie Paris: – Honorable Mention –Professional, Advertising Beauty: Category 2014

PX3, Prix de la photographie Paris: – Honorable Mention –Professional, Architecture: Category 2014

Black & White World: Finalists Professional Category: 2014

The 7th Annual Photography MastersCupAward: 2 nominations Professional Category 2014

SHOOT THE LAND: Finalists Landscape Professional Category: 2014


2013

The GoPix Awards: Finalists People and Animals Professional Category 2013

One Eyeland Awards: Finalists Advertising and Beauty Professional Category 2013

2013 Honorable Mention One Shot: OneWorld Professional People Category, Lucie International Photography Awards

Finalist - ‘IS THAT YOUR BESTSHOT’? November 2013

Lucie International Photo Awards: – Honorable Mention –Professional, Food: Category 2013

Lucie International Photo Awards: – Honorable Mention –Professional, Fashion: Category 2013

Lucie International Photo Awards: – Honorable Mention –Professional, Beauty: Category 2013

Lucie International Photo Awards: – Honorable Mention –Professional, Other FineArt: Category 2013

Lucie International Photo Awards: – Honorable Mention –Professional, Environmental: Category 2013

The 7th Better Photography Magazine Photograph of the Year 2013: 3 Silver Award

The 7th Better Photography Magazine Photograph of the Year 2013: 2 Bronze Award

Sony World Photography Awards: Shortlisted My UK Professional Category: 2013

Shortlisted 2013 Cork Street Gallery London Open Winter Exhibition in January

June 2013 Paducah Photo 2013 – Yeiser Art Center (Paducah, KY)[Juried,International] Exhibited - Finalists


2012

Winner International ViewPoint Gallery Halifax, Canada 2012

2012 Honorable Mention, Professional Portrait Category, Lucie International Photography Awards

2012 International Fine Art, Grand Prix de la Découverte - Juror Award ofMerit,STREET PHOTOGRAPHY/DOCUMENTARY Paris, France

The 6th Better Photography Magazine Photograph of the Year 2012: Silver Award

The Better Photography Magazine Photograph of the Year 2012: 2 Bronze Award

Finalist - Fine Art, Grand Prix de la Découverte -STREETPHOTOGRAPHY/DOCUMENTARY Paris, France 2012

June 2012 Paducah Photo 2012 – Yeiser Art Center (Paducah, KY)[Juried,International] Exhibited - Finalists

Exhibitions

LoosenArt Magazine July 2017, Millepiani - Rome - Italy

Black Box Gallery May2017, East Burnside St - Portland

Sixteen Mile Arts Photography Gallery August – September, 2016, Milton, Ontario - Canada

LoosenArt Magazine September 2016, Cagliari – Italy

Gallery25N’s June 2016, Peekskill, NY

PH21 Gallery May 2016, Budapest,Hungary

10th Annual Black & White Spider Awards Professional: Winners & nominations Gallery Annual Online Exhibition 2015

The 30th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition: Agora Gallery August 25 - September 8, 2015, New York, NY

5th Photo Annual Awards: Wall Gallery in Teplice Spa. May 2015, Prague, Czech Republic

3rd Annual Zebra Awards: Winners & Finalist Online Gallery Exhibition 2015

Perspective Gallery Exhibition in March 2015, Chicago, Avenue

Darkroom Gallery – Feb - Mar 2015, Vermont, USA

9th Annual Black & White Spider Awards Professional: Winners & nominations Gallery Annual Online Exhibition 2014 

LIP 26th Annual Exhibition in Embassy Tea Gallery November 2014, London, UK

The 7th Annual Photography Professional MastersCupAward: Winners & nominations Gallery Annual Online Exhibition 2014 

Wedding & Portrait Exposée: Winners & Finalist Online Gallery Exhibition 2014

International Kontinent Awards Online Exhibition 2014


Darkroom Gallery Mar 2014,Vermont, USA

GoPix Awards: Winners & Finalist Online Gallery Exhibition 2013

Darkroom Gallery Nov 2013,Vermont, USA

Somerset House April 2013, London, UK

See | Exhibition Space 2013, NY, USA

1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Snow & Ice : Winter Photography JuriedExhibition 2013

Cork Street Gallery Open Winter Exhibition in January 2013, London, UK

Paducah Photo June 2013, Yeiser Art Center, KY, USA

The Kiernan Gallery, West Washington, Eye on the Street: Online Gallery 2013

NoFound Photo Fair November 2012, Paris, France

ViewPoint Gallery November 2012, Halifax, Canada

Paducah Photo June 2012, Yeiser Art Center, KY, USA

PhotoMonth November 2012, -Rich Mix Gallery, London, UK  

Juried  exhibition Online Annex artist - 1650 Gallery  - , LosAngelos, CA Documentary & Street Photography November 2012

Exhibited in the International Fine Art Photography online gallery 2012

Published

#PHOTOGRAPHY The online photography magazine TheWomen's Issue 2017

Featured On Australian Photography Magazine 2017

Featured On Monovisions Black White Photography Magazine 2017

Featured On The World Seen Through images Photography 2017

Indie Soleil Magazine July/August 2017 -Black and White Edition

Solis Magazine online 2017

Published On L'Oeil de la Photographie (The Eye of Photography). 2017

Published On Art People Gallery 2017

Sheeba Magazine VOL III 2017

43mm Issue 11 - 2016 GoPix Exposée

Black & White Spider International Photo Awards Journal Collection No.8 2016

Zebra Monochrome Magazine Issue #8 2016 – Zebra Awards

Dejonde Magazine 2016

Photographer’s Forum’s Magazine For The EmergingProfessional - 36th Annual Spring Photography contest - Best of Photography 2016

Black & White Spider International Photo Awards Nominees JournalCollection No.7

Zebra Monochrome Magazine Issue #7 2016 – Zebra Awards

Work published on Life Framer Journal 2016

Featured On LoosenArt Magazine 2016

Featured On Monovisions Black & White Photography Magazine2016

Opalus Magazine Issue # 9 2016

Art Reveal Magazine Issue #13 2016

Black & White Spider International Photo Awards Journal Collection No.6 2015

Zebra Monochrome Magazine Issue #5 2015

Zebra Monochrome Magazine Issue #4 2015

Work Published on the Artwork booklet The 30th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition - Agora gallery 2015

TZIPAC - Wedding and Portrait Exposee- 43mm Magazine Issue #8 2015

Featured On ABC News 2015

Featured On Art Magazine. For Example 2015

Featured On The 30th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Agora Gallery New York 2015.

Featured On Wall Street International2015

Featured On ephotozine 2015

Featured On Storify 2015

Press Release –‘Madiha Abdo ’. The 30th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Agora Gallery New York 2015.

Featured On Art People Gallery 2015

Featured on MONOVISIONS Black &White Photography Magazine as one of the Best B&W photos awarded in Fine Art Photgraphy Awards 2015.

Image In Progress Magazine Issue 06, 2015

LENS 2015 Perspective Galleries 5th Annual Book International Juried Photo Exhibition

Darkroom Gallery , Lines 2015 Catalogue ibook

Professional Photographer Magazine – Issue January 2015

Promo Magazine: Bridal & Couture-Issue 17 April 2015

dotART URBAN 2015 Street Photo Contest - Exhibition April - May 6th edition complete Catalogue

Agave Magazine Winter 2015 Vol.2.issue 3

Annual PX3 Book No. 08 2014

IPA Book 2014

Kona #2 Annual Book 2014

Monochrome Photography Awards Annual Book, 2014

CT Magazine – Issue 23 – Christmas 14

Work published on Shoot The Frame Book 2013 - 2014

PDN Emerging Photographer Magazine – Issue Volume 6 N0.2 2014

NeverLazy Magazine's - issue 16 - WINTER 2014

FLIP Magazine CONFLICT Issue 2014

London Independent Photography 26th Annual Exhibition Catalogue 2014

Musée Magazine No. 10 Vol.1 – Ritual 2014

IG Inside Gallery Magazine Nº10 Nov-Dec-2014

Fresh View Magazine Issue 5 November 2014

En-Vie Magazine 11 November 2014

Black & White Spider International Photo Awards Journal Collection No.5 2014

Bisous magazine Fall/2014 #10

Jute Magazine Web Editorial July 2014

43mm Magazine Issue 4 2014

The 2013 GoPix Awards

Stark-Magazine Issue.26 2014

Work published on online Flawless Magazine 2014

Work published on online FID - Fotografie Magazine 2014

Wilde Magazine Winter Issue 2014

Darkroom Gallery , Illumine 2014 Catalogue ibook

Work published in Camerapixo Magazine Hot Shots 2013

FLIP Magazine Winter Issue 2013

Work published in Lensa Magazine Vol. 09 2013

Positive online Magazine 2013

Darkroom Gallery , Feast 2013 Catalogue ibook

The 7th Better Photography Magazine Photograph of the Year 2013

1650 Photography Gallery - Snow & Ice 2013 Catalogue ibook

The Kiernan Gallery ,Eye on the Street 2013 Catalogue ibook

published on WPO website as well as on the Metro newspaper

Cork Street Open Winter 2013 Catalogue ibook

Included in the 2012 IFAP book of finalists’ work released at the AmericanLibrary in Paris

Work published in aCurator Magazine and blog Paris, France 2012

Work published in The 6th Better Photography Magazine Photograph of the Year2012

Work published in exhibit catalog Paris, France 2012

Work published in The Better Photography Magazine Photograph of the Year 2012

Collection

Accepted into the prestigious collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale deFrance

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