– Theme PEOPLE / Competition Judge: Michael Yamashita (National Geographic)
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 talent: Congratulations to the winners and finalists!
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1ST PRIZE: Billy Dinh
“The title of this photograph certainly meets my expectations of a street scene in an Indian city with its chaos and color and mix of elements. This frame is compositionally strong and complex with well-organized people placement centered around the yellow taxi and perfectly timed to capture a real street moment. The eye moves around the frame taking in the different layers, windows, shapes, colors, and expressions. It’s a good instant read but leaves you wanting to spend more time with it. I love the man covered in soap and those toes. It begs the question and leaves you wondering, what’s going on here? “ — Michael Yamashita, National Geographic
2ND PRIZE: Ashraful Arefin
“It is the color, the light, and mystery that grabbed me in this prayer session in a Hindu Temple. The smoke from the butter lamps and incense gives the whole picture a mysterious glow and makes for some nice layering as your eyes follow the image up into the background, framed by trees. The sun with its “god rays” adds to the religious, celestial atmosphere, and the expressions on the worshipper’s faces complete the picture.” — Michael Yamashita, National Geographic
3RD PRIZE: Diana Barthauer
“A perfectly executed portrait showcasing a masterful understanding of light, composition, and form, as well as impeccable timing. The young man depicted exudes a quiet sense of pride, honor, and a profound bond with his bird. It stands as a poignant tribute to his unwavering dedication to continuing his age-old family traditions and as a homage to the countless other young individuals worldwide who, like him, are preserving their culture in a rapidly changing world, whilst also highlighting ability of photography to capture such stories of people.” – The Independent Photographer Editors
Judge: Michael Yamashita
Michael Yamashita is a Japanese-American photographer who has seamlessly combined his passions for photography and travel for over five decades. His remarkable career with National Geographic spans over four decades and has seen him garner numerous industry awards while showcasing his work in exhibitions worldwide. With an Instagram following of 1.8 million, Yamashita is recognized as one of the most influential figures in the world of photography. He regularly shares his knowledge and experience by giving talks at events such as TedX, as well as teaching and hosting photography workshops in Asia and the United States. Over the years, he has released a total of 16 photo books and two documentary feature films, including ‘East Meets West’, a critically-acclaimed, nine-part series exploring the Silk Road trade routes.