Blue Sky is delighted to announce that, in collaboration with Photolucida, photographer Nigel Dickinson has been chosen to receive the Critical Mass 2011 Solo Exhibition Award for his series “Smokey Mountain, Cambodia.”

This award is given annually to one of the Critical Mass Top 50 photographers and is chosen by Blue Sky’s Exhibition Committee. “Smokey Mountain, Cambodia” will be exhibited at Blue Sky in Portland April 5–29, 2012.

Dickinson is a British photographer based in Paris, and he accepted news of the award while on an assignment in Bogotá, Columbia. His work focuses on the environment, human condition, marginalized communities, sustainable development, identity, and culture.

This is the second year Blue Sky and Photolucida have collaborated in presenting this award (Mitch Dobrowner was last year’s recipient for his series “Storms“), and we’re excited that Nigel Dickinson’s April 2012 exhibition at Blue Sky will coincide with the second annual Portland Photo Month.

Have a look at the remarkable group of artists selected for 2011′s Critical Mass Top 50 here.

Like them all? To see one image from each Top 50 photographer in person, make a point of seeing the traveling exhibition that will tour the West Coast in Spring 2012. Starting in February, the exhibition will be at Photo Center NW in Seattle, then in April at Newspace Center for Photography here in Portland, and then conclude in May at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco.

Mark your calendars!

Photo: Youth recycling worker with lamp, before sunrise, Smokey Mountain