EMERGING TALENT Awards January 2018

  • Alain Schroeder

    Winning Photographer Alain Schroeder

    Winning Photographer Alain Schroeder

    In Bangladesh, the brick industry employs men, women (sometimes pregnant) and children to work in brickyards in harsh and dangerous conditions. Wearing no protective gear, they work 12-18 hours breathing air filled with toxic particles to produce bricks. Children aged only 5-6 years, are working like slaves for $1 a day. Children who do not have access to education have little choice but to enter the labor market where they are often exploited and unable to escape the cycle of poverty. © Alain Schroeder
  • Fernando Leal

    Second Prize Fernando Leal

    Second Prize Fernando Leal

    The Pilgrim // A pilgrim enjoys the flow of river Ganga in the holy city of Haridwar, India. © Fernando Leal
  • Third Prize Magali Chesnel

    Third Prize Magali Chesnel

    "A painting is not a picture of an experience, it is an experience." – Mark Rothko

    "I deeply think we should all do with a bit more of Rothko’s principles in our way to photograph: insisting on the primacy of raw emotion, to push the boundaries of form and color to make photos appear as “painting-like” as possible. - The photograph is an aerial shot taken over the national park of Camargue in the south of France. At the centre, a road is surrounded by natural and coloured salt marshes. © Magali Chesnel
  • Finalist Akiomi Kuroda

    Finalist Akiomi Kuroda

    A Moment of Clarity © Akiomi Kuroda
  • Finalist Chazz Fenner-McBride

    Finalist Chazz Fenner-McBride

    Up in Smoke © Chazz Fenner-McBride
  • Finalist Klaus Lenzen

    Finalist Klaus Lenzen

    Every breath you take // This picture was taken at a triathlon competition in Dusseldorf (Germany) and is composed of 35 individual swimmer. © Klaus Lenzen
  • Finalist Josef Hinterleitner

    Finalist Josef Hinterleitner

    "Love Stories" © Josef Hinterleitner
  • Finalist Brenton Oechsle

    Finalist Brenton Oechsle

    "Deluca" - Promotional character Portrait from the 16mm WWII Short film "LEFT HAND" © Brenton Oechsle
  • Finalist Kenny Hurtado

    Finalist Kenny Hurtado

    Tuba City © Kenny Hurtado
  • Finalist Sergey Nazarov

    Finalist Sergey Nazarov

    Maria, 18 years old. Ivanovo, Russia.

    "Maria is against the Russian government spending enormous amounts of money on civilian and military defence, on wars, and at the same time not paying enough attention to science, medicine and education. In 2017 a new wave of protests started over almost all Russian states. The majority of protestants is the new young generation - school and university students. More than 1700 people got arrested on Russia day, some were underage." © Sergey Nazarov


First Prize: Alain Schroeder

“A classically powerful image symbolising manual labor. It is the outstretched hand that makes it. I always like it when a photographer captures something special out of the ordinary.”
– David Alan Harvey

Second Prize: Fernando Leal

“An unusual image that takes a second to figure out. When you realize what is going on, it becomes even better. Yet just visually it works even with no caption.” – David Alan Harvey

Honorary Mention: Magali Chesnel

“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.” – Ansel Adams

“A vivid example of Adams’s words, this superb aerial composition presents a very personal visual abstraction – blending poetry, painting and photography into one universal language. Utterly inspiring! – The Independent Photographer Editors

© Stephen Cook

Current Theme:
LANDSCAPE Deadline: 30 April 2020

When taking a picture of a landscape, just like in a portrait or a scene, photographers attempt to tell a story.

From compelling urban scenes to minimalist pulls towards the earth: this month we want to discover and celebrate all the beauty and joy that landscapes can provide.

All approaches are valid and we want to see as many different styles and compositions as possible!

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

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