OPEN CALL Awards August 2018

  • Winning Photographer Alexander Klang

    Winning Photographer Alexander Klang

    Title: Dale, 2017 © Alexander Klang
  • Second Prize Clay Jordan

    Second Prize Clay Jordan

    Untitled - From series "Nothing's coming soon" © Clay Jordan
  • Third Prize Mustafa AbdulHadi

    Third Prize Mustafa AbdulHadi

    Title: "Lijiang Impressions show" - Lijiang City, Yunnan, China
    "Impression Lijiang" is a magnificent outdoor singing and dancing performance demonstrating the tradition and lifestyle of the local ethnic people and a creation of renowned Chinese director Zhang Yimou. Featuring more than 500 local people from ten ethnic groups, the show takes place at 3,100 meters (10,100 feet) above sea level with Jade Snow Mountain as the breathtaking backdrop. © Mustafa AbdulHadi
  • Finalist Kyle Kim

    Finalist Kyle Kim

    Title: "The Foggy Night", Untitled #1
    The Foggy Night is a film-based series of fine art color landscape photographs that focus on the San Francisco Bay Area. © Kyle Kim
  • Finalist Gil Bartz

    Finalist Gil Bartz

    Title: "Hadid-Blob" - Baku, Azerbaijan © Gil Bartz
  • Finalist Antonia Stoyanovich

    Finalist Antonia Stoyanovich

    Title: "Her Own Rodeo"
    From series: "American West: Myth & Fragments" © Antonia Stoyanovich
  • Finalist Shafayet Hossain Apollo

    Finalist Shafayet Hossain Apollo

    Title: "Religious Fasting Festival Rakher Upobash" - Bangladesh
    Thousand of Hindu devotee’s sit on the floor to worship with lights (Prodip) and pray to Gods in front of Shri Shri Lokanath Brahmachar Ashram and temple during their fasting program called Kartik Brati or Rakher Upobash. Lokenath Brahmachari who is called Baba Lokenath or simply Lokenath was an 18th Century Hindu saint and philosopher in Bengal. © Shafayet Hossain Apollo
  • Finalist Hieronymus Ahrens

    Finalist Hieronymus Ahrens

    From series "City for the blind"
    "On the outskirts of the Latvian capital, Riga, exists a "City for the Blind". A community of about two hundred blind and visually impaired people. Although the community offers shelter, the inhabitants seem isolated from the neighbouring urban environment." © Hieronymus Ahrens
  • Finalist Anirban Ganguly

    Finalist Anirban Ganguly

    Title: "Remembrance"
    On the occasion of the centenary celebration of the October Socialist Revolution, communist party supporters are demonstrating and holding their political leaders portraits. © Anirban Ganguly
  • Finalist Matthew Portch

    Finalist Matthew Portch

    Title: Ford Drive In, Michigan
    Part of an ongoing series themed 'Lost America' ; examining a quiet stillness in a forgotten landscape that is, in a sense: ‘on-pause’. © Matthew Portch


First Prize: Alexander Klang

“Like last year, it was hard to decide. In the end we all agreed on this image, taken by a photographer who plays with elements such as aesthetics, movement and composition. It´s a very dynamic picture, but at the same time the body looks like an abstract sculpture and that’s what the picture is about. If you take a closer look you can even see the subject’s open eyes in the dark face.” – Christian Pankratz, Ostkreuz’s Chief Editor.

Second Prize: Clay Jordan

“This image is a great example of how to tell a story in a single photograph. The work is characterised by precise composition and a cinema-like use of light. The mood is quite gentle and threatening at the same time. Furthermore the 6×6 format here is the perfect choice for this excellent image.” – Christian Pankratz, Ostkreuz’s Chief Editor

Honorary Mention: Mustafa AbdulHadi

“Perfectly timed and framed, this remarkable capture stands as a fantastic example of all the complexity and splendor found in mankind’s cultures around the world. Men and women together caring out their traditions through life and time as a testimony of humanity. Reinforced by the powerful mountain in the backdrop and the texture of the atmospheric mist, the photograph stood out quite early on, congratulations Mustafa!” – The Independent Photographer Editors

Travel Photography Winner Sandra Morante
© Sandra Morante

Current Theme:
TRAVEL Deadline: 31 August 2020

When traveling, the only way to discover the rhythm of life of a place is to experience it.

Each place we visit has its own particular look, ambiance, and atmosphere. Understanding its people, customs and traditions is vital and there’s always something unique to capture.

This summer we want to see images that communicate the life of a place in all its splendor and trigger our memories. Whatever the subject may be: street, portrait, landscape, documentary... We want to share your journey, visually and intellectually - Let’s travel together!

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

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