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Poet.
Dainius Dirgėla was born in 1969 in Vilnius, Lithuania.
In 1993 he graduated from Vilnius University in Lithuanian language and literature and classical philology. Dainius lives in Vilnius and has worked in advertising agencies as a copywriter and creative director since 1998.

Poet:
Member of Writers Union of Lithuania since 2014;
Member of the Lithuanian poets group Svetimi (Aliens);
Co-author of the Svetimi (Aliens) poetry anthologies (1994)
and Svetimi po 20 (Aliens after 20) (2014).
Published the Dangerous Games (1995),
Observer Notes (e-book, 2013), Observer Notes / RE:PLICAS (2016) books of poetry.
Haiku poet, member of the World Haiku Association, creator of Haiga, Haiga WHA Master Artist .
Haiku and haigas published in world haiku anthologies.
Winner of several haiku contests, selected for the European Top 100 most creative haiku authors in 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015. Writes in Lithuanian language. Haiku translations into English.

Photographer:
Member of the Lithuanian nature photographers club Green Umbrella (http://www.fotosketis.lt/).
Participated in Green Umbrella photography exhibitions.

Personal Exhibitions of Photography:
Dusetos Art Gallery, Lithuania, 2015
Zarasai Museum, Lithuania, 2016
State Cognition Center, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2016
National Drama Theatre of Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2016
UNESCO Gallery Vilnius, Lithuania, 2017

Most important group exhibition participated in:
LITHUANIAN ART – DESTINATION LONDON
http://dcontemporary.com/lithuania-now/

Awards:
Recognition in the Lithuanian nature photography competitions Gintarinis Žaltys in 2013 and 2014 and Horse in Photography in 2015 and 2017.
Recognition for photos in MIFA 2014 and 2015 (Moscow International Photo Awards, Russia) and Plovdiv International Photo Salon in 2014, 2015, and 2016 (Bulgaria).
FIAP Honorable Mention in the Greek Photographic Circuit 2015 (Greece).
Recognition in the Life Press Foto competition in 2015 and 2016 (Ukraine).
RPS Silver Medal in the 8th International Photographic Salon in Varna 2015 (Bulgaria).
PSA Honorable Mention in Gradac 2015 (Serbia).
PSA Ribbon in Belgrade Photo 2015 (Serbia).
UPI Ribbon in Illusion 2015 (Macedonia).
Action Photographer Category Winner in the 2015 EyeEM Awards (USA).
IAAP Ribbon in Photo Motion 2015 (Macedonia).
FIAP Honorable Mention in Pannonia Reflections 2015 (Slovenia).
PCA Circuit 2016 Salon Bronze Medal (Serbia).
RPS Gold Medal in Balkan Dreams 2016 (Serbia).
Silver Medal in Perasto 2016 (Montenegro).

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