color landscape photograph of an astronaut on pink lake by Jeremy De Backer

Emerging Talent Award Editors' Picks

“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” – Ansel Adams

Following the results of last month’s Emerging Talent competition judged by The Washington Post’s renowned Director of Photography MaryAnne Golon, the editors are delighted to share a selection of their favorite entries – Images that didn’t make it to the final round but showed a remarkable set of skills and creativity.

Despite the current health situation and travel restrictions putting most of our creative projects on hold presently, we’d like to say thanks to all the artists who took the time to share their work with us. We received an incredible variety of images from international photographers working across all genres and we are delighted to shed light on these talented photographers whose works are well worthy of exposure.

Thanks again for taking part in the competition and sharing your beautiful work with us!

Monthly Photo Contest

Color film portrait photograph of a young woman by Michelle Marshall
© Michelle Marshall

2021 Portrait AWARD Deadline: 31 May 2021

"In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Portrait photography has one of the oldest and most interesting histories that harkens back to the early days of the medium. Through portraits of iconic figures or ordinary people, we discover a deep interest in others.

Recent works or gems from your archives, classic or experimental, and through any kind of storytelling: we want to discover the most powerful and captivating images of today’s portrait photography. We are open to all interpretations and want to see faces that gaze right into the soul!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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