– Theme PEOPLE / Competition Judge: Fiona Shields (Head of Photography, The Guardian)
Crossing borders, spanning cultures, and traversing the most remote corners of the world: the People Photography Award celebrates the diverse beauty of humanity.
We are delighted to present the images of 10 visual artists whose work shows an exceptional level of talents: Congratulations to the winners and finalists!
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1ST PRIZE: Tommaso Vecchi
“This portrait captured my heart from the moment I saw it. Roman’s vivid little face glowing against the whiteout of the landscape shows life flourishing in an environment most would find totally inhospitable. It’s a tenderly observed paradox bright with hopefulness and pays respectful homage to the Nenets’ traditional way of life.. “ — Fiona Shields, Head of Photography, The Guardian
2ND PRIZE: Adam Docker
“There’s something otherworldly about the way the photographer has chosen to make this portrait of Sebastian. The wave crashing behind him mirroring the wind in his hair makes him seem like he’s a part of the sea, like a mythical character. Choosing to make the image in black and white gives it a timeless, whimsical atmosphere that catches your imagination.” — Fiona Shields, Head of Photography, The Guardian
3RD PRIZE: Kelsey Eliot
“A stunning image portraying a young man and his reindeer, set against the awe-inspiring landscapes of northern Mongolia. Thoroughly absorbing, thanks to the simple yet perfectly-executed framing and remarkable eye for texture and tone (which endows it with a painting-like quality) it conveys, with perfect clarity, the profound bond between subject and steed.” – The Independent Photographer Editors
Judge: Fiona Shields
Fiona Shields has over twenty years of picture editing experience across a range of newspaper titles.
She was picture editor of the Guardian for ten years before taking up the role of Head of Photography for the Guardian News and Media Group. Throughout her career, she has been involved in the coverage of some of the most historic news stories of our time including the events surrounding 9/11, conflicts around the world, large-scale natural disasters, and the humanitarian crises resulting from the growing refugee numbers across the globe.
In addition, she has delivered talks at photo festivals, mentored students of photojournalism, and has enjoyed judging the Sony World Photography Awards, The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, and the Renaissance Photography Awards, to name a few. In 2019, she joined the panel for the Carmignac Photojournalism Award. She is also a regular nominator for the prestigious Prix Pictet Prize.