Visual Storytelling Award January 2020

  • Winning Photographer Manel Quiros

    Winning Photographer Manel Quiros

    “From series: “Banishanta: Living in Solitude”⁠
    Located on a small riverbank village in Mongla, southern Bangladesh, Banishanta is one of twenty legal brothels in Bangladesh. Shanta is only 9 years old. She was born on Banishanta Island after her mum Khadisha fell pregnant following an encounter with an unknown customer. Girls born under these conditions are often forced to follow the path of sex slavery, while boys end up working as drug dealers.⁠
    © Manel Quiros
  • Color photograph of climate activists running into an open coal mine in Germany by David Klammer - People & Photography

    Second Prize David Klammer

    Second Prize David Klammer

    Title: "Climate activists running into Garzweiler open brown coal mine - Germany"⁠
    "Activists from 'Ende Gelaende', an NGO that creates spectacular civil disobedience actions against brown coal companies that are among the worst polluters of our atmosphere. On June 24, 2019, thousands of activists blocked coal railway tracks and stormed into the huge open coal mines of Garzweiler near the Neurath power plant in Grevenbroich, Germany."
    © David Klammer
  • Black and white photo by Javier Arcenillas - 'Maras Gang Member Praying'. San Francisco Gotera jail, El Salvador. From long term project 'Latidoamerica'

    Third Prize Javier Arcenillas

    Third Prize Javier Arcenillas

    Title: 'Maras gang member praying' - San Francisco Gotera jail, El Salvador
    From long term project “Latidoamerica”⁠ - This project describes the fear, anger and impotence of victims amidst the daily terror of street gangs, murder and thievery in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Colombia. The photographer wanted to document the heart of uncontrolled violence in Latin America, the social and political factors that aggressively reinforce that violence, as well as the determination to end it.
    © Javier Arcenillas
  • Finalist Dave Tacon

    Finalist Dave Tacon

    Title: 'Fake Forest' - Chongqing, China, August 27, 2017
    Workers are seen through an entrance in tempory fencing made to look like a forest scene at a construction site in Jiangbei District. Chongqing, which has a population of around 34 million, has been China’s fastest-growing city for 10 straight quarters.
    © Dave Tacon
  • Finalist Clara Mokri

    Finalist Clara Mokri

    Title: “Westminster Dog Show 3” - New York, USA
    A young girl and her father backstage with their Great Dane.
    Part of a series of the 2019 Westminster Dog Show shot for TIME Magazine.
    © Clara Mokri
  • Finalist Yukiko Sugiyama

    Finalist Yukiko Sugiyama

    Title: "CRASH”
    The “CRASH” series does not refer to incidents or accidents, instead it represents the mutual relationship between nature and artifacts left behind by humans. These artifacts represent the culmination of technologies, abandoned to natural environments. These machines that have been thrown away after being judged not valuable anymore by people, could only surrender themselves to the environment.
    Despite this dystopian world, similar to a sci-fi novel, this afterworld, provides a glimpse to a truth rarely seen. By discovering these artifacts, literally ‘foreign objects’ in the natural world, and usually found in very remote locations, I try to photograph them similar to human faces, appealing to the viewer’s humanity.
    © Yukiko Sugiyama
  • Finalist Kristof Vadino

    Finalist Kristof Vadino

    Title “Jakarta Sinking” - Jakarta, Indonesia
    Alex, 41, mussel fisherman, lives with his wife and two daughters in a cabin by the sea in North Jakarta. Directly opposite to his home is the future artificial islands of the ‘Garuda project’. In the background the ‘Bay Walk Mall’, a shopping mall and luxury apartments.
    © Kristof Vadino
  • Finalist Kristof Huf

    Finalist Kristof Huf

    Title: 'Roma in Svinia' - Slovakia
    Svinia consists of two settlements of similar size in Slovakia one inhabited by Slovaks and the other Roma. The conditions the Roma are living there are appalling and the unemployment is almost one hundred percent.⁠
    © Kristof Huf
  • Finalist Gianluca Attoli

    Finalist Gianluca Attoli

    Untitled From series ‘The dream is always the same’
    In ‘The dream is always the same’ the presence of a strong atmospheric element is the common trait. Fog, mist, snow, powerfully pictorial skyscapes: all of these aspects, individually or combined, make the main subject(s) “recede” for a moment, letting the mood and the atmosphere become the main and most immediate features of each shot.
    © Gianluca Attoli
  • Finalist Leonardo Perugini

    Finalist Leonardo Perugini

    Title: 'The girl and the flag' - Khan al Ahmar, East Jerusalem
    ⁠ ⁠ A child plays hide-and-seek in front of the “School of Tyre”. The school was built by the Italian NGO “Vento di Terra” as a covered and secure place where children can study. The Bedouin community of Jahalin lives in the village, and just a few meters behind them an Israeli settlement is looming over.
    Israel is highly opposing the life of the village impeding freedom of movement of its inhabitants and not offering them any kind of job. In 2018 Israel ordered the demolition of the village which, after, has been postponed.⁠
    © Leonardo Perugini


Jury's Feedback

  • © Kristin Reimer

    Judge: Ed Kashi

    Represented by the prestigious VII agency, Ed Kashi is an acclaimed photojournalist who uses photography to explore geopolitical and social issues that define our times.

    A leading voice in the photojournalism world, Kashi frequently lectures on a wide range of topics for arts institutions, universities and professional organisations.

    His work has been published and exhibited worldwide, receiving numerous awards and honors. Through his editorial assignments and personal projects Kashi has published nine books and he is also a dedicated educator and mentor to photographers around the world.

Carlo Demicheli
© Carlo Demicheli
color photo of a boy in a train in India by Jose Carpintero
© Jose Carpintero

Current Theme:
Travel Deadline: 31 August 2022

Competition Judge: STEVE MCCURRY

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!

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