Theme: DOCUMENTARY August 2017


  • A man takes his sheep to the barn near Van, Turkey. January 2013. From the series 'Under the Shadow of the Sun'. Van, located in the eastern Anatolia region of Turkey, emerges as an archaic settlement with its villages, mountains, lakes and islands. Its inhabitants take their strength from this quiet life. When you take steep roads and reach distant mountain villages, a life welcomes you that is unfamiliar to many of us—a life that we haven't seen since childhood, and that we will never see again. This life is the antithesis of the 'techno-life' we live in now, where we are surrounded by objects. - Nadir Bucan

    Winning Photographer Nadir Bucan

  • "Chad - on the side of one of the endless highways of Southern Chad, we spot these girls in red, as their colors stood out starkly against the dusty yellow desert. Eager for a taste of fresh camel milk, we pulled up beside them. Our wish for "Halib Jamal" was granted and the white gold was presented to us in a coca cola bottle, as it was morning and they had just been milking their camels." - Ghinwa Daher

    Finalist Ghinwa Daher

  • "She didn't want her face shown. She didn't know what her employer, her teachers, her parents would do if they knew she was taking part in Hong Kong's push for democracy. As protest leaders are currently being retroactively jailed for their participation in peaceful protests, notions of free speech and political representation in the 'World City' of Hong Kong have never been more contentious." - Aaron Anfinson

    Finalist Aaron Anfinson

  • "Tide is a photo-essay about people living in a very unique place called Halligen, which consists of ten small islands situated in the German North Sea. A Hallig is a very small, flat island with no protective dikes. The salt marsh covers the whole area which is full of small water canals. Population ranges between 2 to 100 inhabitants who have a long family tradition of living there. The main sources of income are tourism, agriculture and coastal protection.Some of the Halligen have their own school, which are Germany's smallest with only a few pupils and large age gaps between them. People are getting older and there isn't enough work or space for the livelihoods of newer generations. Also the houses on the Warften are very expensive and some are in need of renovation and this makes it difficult to find suitable buyers, who also would have to be willing to want to live on the Hallig. It's a very difficult issue and no one is able to say what exactly is going to happen in the future. The only thing sure to come is the next tide." - Antony Sojka

    Finalist Antony Sojka

  • "Photographs which question the luxury of new high-rise buildings which are mushrooming all over Bangkok, and the tough lives of the workers who built them. The project is realized by juxtaposing images from the advertisements of those high-rise buildings, especially their luxurious interiors, within photographs of construction workers’ temporary destitute shelters." - Panasann Pattanakulchai

    Finalist Panasann Pattanakulchai

  • The Egungun association is a secret voodoo society which honors spirits of the ancestors and perpetuate their memories. Egungun appears in the streets by day or night, leaping, dancing, or walking and uttering loud cries. He is supposed to have returned from the land of the dead in order to ascertain what is going. He may thus be considered a kind of supernatural inquisitor who appears from time to time to inquire into the general domestic conduct of people, and to punish misdeeds. - Jean-Claude Moschetti

    Finalist Jean-Claude Moschetti

  • On 9 October 1963, during initial filling, a massive landslide caused a man-made megatsunami in the lake in which 50 million cubic metres of water overtopped the dam in a wave 250 metres (820 ft) high, leading to the complete destruction of several villages and towns, and 1,910 deaths. This is one of the wonderful little everyday-gestures that during all my life I have observed in her. Placida, my grandmother, she was 39 years old way back in '63, when under the wave of the Vajont she lost her husband. A person who, unfortunately, fate has not left the time to let me know. Everyone knew that that piece of mountain would have fall in that artificial lake. But no one expected that the water would sweep away forever an entire village and almost all its inhabitants. A wave that left her, and a handful of souls, completely alone in the world." - Mauro De Bettio

    Finalist Mauro De Bettio

  • "I photograph people close to the underground station as they emerge into the light after having been underground or as they go down into the shadow. In this liminal realm of light and darkness an element of unconscious vulnerability emerges as people adjust to the new light condition. I am intrigued by the way in which the strong light and the contrast transform the features of the people and allow the possibility of narratives being created." - Sandra Cattaneo Adorno

    Finalist Sandra Cattaneo Adorno

  • A youth not clinging to the earth, cimetery in Tasiilaq - Virginie Terrasse

    Finalist Virginie Terrasse

Congratulations to Nadir Bucan who’s image “The Man and the Sheep” won the competition!

Björn Steinz, Competition Judge:

“The choice of the winner was not easy – in the final round were a few images which attracted my attention and which worked visually very well as documentary photographs. The Shepard image communicated to me the most by showing a man protected against the cold with his animals in the snow covered mountains in the middle of nowhere, walking a tiny path to somewhere we do not know.

The image is simply composed but shows with this how small we are as human beings in a beautiful, fascinating and rough landscape. A contemplative and peaceful photograph about the daily life of a man and his animals in a remote mountain area.”

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Finalists

“We are proud to present the work of ten photographers excelling in the art of documentary photography. The variety of visual stories showcased here celebrates all the diversity of mankind, from the frozen mountains of Turkey to the suburbs of Bangkok – but also raises our attention and awareness on multiple social issues. This outstanding group of photographers shows impressive storytelling skills and great talent at capturing the essence and complexity of a situation. Congratulations to all!” – The Independent Photographer Editors.

– The Theme: Documentary Photography

Documentary Photography is much more than the chronicle of events and environments. It offers us the possibility to develop and share our ideas through any kind of storytelling. With a multitude of approaches ranging from real life reportage, photojournalism to amateur or artistic documentation: We wanted to discover and celebrate photographers believing in the photography of ideas.

– The Judge: Björn Steinz

Represented by Panos Pictures Björn is a documentary photographer who also teaches Documentary Photography and Visual Culture at the Anglo-American University of Prague. The majority of Björn’s works are within a social content and his photography primarily focuses on documentary photography, photojournalism and portraiture. Over the years his work has been published everywhere from Die Zeit, The Financial Times, Geo and Der Spiegel to The Open Society Foundations, Newsweek and National Geographic.

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