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.”
“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.
Judged by: Björn Steinz
Björn Steinz began to photograph at an early age for a local newspaper in his hometown of Oberursel in Germany.
Working on several long-term projects, Björn’s interest in photography primarily focuses on documentary photography, photojournalism and portraiture. The majority of his projects are within a social content. Over the years Björn has worked multiple times in the Russian Federation, with a particular emphasis on stories related to the extreme conditions during the winter months in the Siberian area of Yakutia.
Based in Czech Republic Björn teaches Documentary Photography and Visual Culture at the Anglo-American University of Prague. His work has been published by Die Zeit, The Financial Times, Geo, Newsweek, The Open Society Foundations and National Geographic.
Björn is represented by Panos Pictures, the prestigious London based photo agency specialized in global social issues.