Visual Storytelling Award January 2021

  • Winning Photographer Berber Theunissen

    Winning Photographer Berber Theunissen

    “The Soul Within”
    The growing body. The excitement. Noticing the old me fading away, the beginning of a new life. The fear of losing him again, the mental scars after the miscarriage. The first strong kicks, slowly regaining trust in my body. The growing love. The healing homebirth. Meeting the soul that had been with us already all those years, finally earth side. The double sword: fatigue, heartbreaking fears, overwhelming responsibilities alternated with a soft inner peace, overpowering happiness. © Berber Theunissen
  • Second Prize Lorraine Turci

    Second Prize Lorraine Turci

    “Polaris artefact” - Antarctic Peninsula
    Huts, research stations, shelters, monuments or maritime landmarks: human constructions in the Antarctic Peninsula are a benchmark for a world that the imagination still thinks of as immaculate. Landmarks might be sensed here as pre-ruins, next to vestiges, nearly to be sculptures. The human presence looks incongruous in these remote areas. Fine and colored geometries lost in white stretches that we imagine extending to infinity. In contrast with the constructions of native people, the constructions of conquest are here scientific, industrial. Almost cosmonaut: humans on another planet. From “Polaris Artefacts series”. © Lorraine Turci
  • Third Prize Simon Móricz-Sabján

    Third Prize Simon Móricz-Sabján

    “Medical workers taking care of a Covid-19 patient” - Budapest
    Medical workers wearing personal protective equipment take care of a Covid-19 positive patient at the Uzsoki Hospital, Budapest, Hungary. Hungary has an exceptionally high mortality rate compared even to the most highly infected countries. Since the outbreak of coronavirus in Hungary, the fatality rate had showed a rising trend then started to decrease at the beginning of July. As of December 18, 2020, the death rate due to the virus reached 2.61 percent in the country. © Simon Móricz-Sabján
  • Finalist Gianluca Attoli

    Finalist Gianluca Attoli

    “The dream is always the same”
    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. There’s a strange, strong feeling of comfort, bliss and uneasiness when you stand right in the middle of a foggy nowhere, or in front of a frighteningly silent stormy sky. The abstraction and decontextualization of places and elements make them look even more anonymous, unidentified and generic than they would be in clear view, to the point of reaching a hazy, surreal lack of visual references. You seem to physically experience a feeling of suspension and estrangement; everything looks unfamiliar and dreamlike. And just as in a daydream (hence the title), conscience and subconscious meet and mix up. © Gianluca Attoli
  • Group portrait by Jack Lawson. “The Special Eagles”, Nigeria’s amputee football team walk towards the sea on the beach outside Lagos.

    Finalist Jack Lawson

    Finalist Jack Lawson

    “The Special Eagles” - Lagos, Nigeria
    4 members of “The Special Eagles”, Nigeria’s amputee football team walk towards the sea on the beach outside Lagos. © Jack Lawson
  • Finalist Jonathan Moller

    Finalist Jonathan Moller

    “Juan and María’s wedding.” - Guatemala, 1993
    Part of an eight-year project in Guatemala resulting in my first book, Our Culture is Our Resistance: Repression, Refuge and Healing in Guatemala, and numerous exhibitions and public talks intended to tell the story of the primarily indigenous-Mayan Guatemalans that were uprooted and killed during that country’s long and brutal civil war. © Jonathan Moller
  • Finalist Samantha Schwann

    Finalist Samantha Schwann

    “Future” - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
    Mako shark populations fell to endangered status in 2019, in part due to an error calculating age of sexual maturity on which fishing thresholds were based. New science suggests this age to be 19-21 years, instead of 4-6 years as previously believed. Even with full protection, it is expected that populations will continue to decline until 2035 as current populations reach maturity. This female, presumed to be pregnant, was photographed in Cabo San Lucas, one of the only known reproductive areas for mako sharks. © Samantha Schwann
  • Finalist Chloe Meynier

    Finalist Chloe Meynier

    “Quiet Breakfast" - From series “Made in The Shade”
    Through a mise-en-scene self-portraiture series, “Made in The Shade” depicts characters in Mid Century Modern settings, mirroring an era that was aspiring for change. Despite this societal urge to create a new modern lifestyle, women rapidly lost their independence gained during the war period and returned to domesticated environments to fulfill decades of gender role traditions. The carefully staged scenes attempt to challenge female stereotypes. The series offers a powerful lens through which the viewer contemplates these women in a non-objectified way and reconfigures their essence. The absence of context gives these characters the power to be architects, scientists, musicians, engineers, doctors, etc.; roles often identified as being fulfilled by men. © Chloe Meynier
  • Color film photography by Laura Pannack, boy, youth

    Finalist Laura Pannack

    Finalist Laura Pannack

    - Israel
    At the age of 16 Baruch chose to leave his Orthodox Jewish community and to study at university. The dramatic and challenging decision forced him to question his identity and future. Einstein said “The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.“ - The project explores how we choose our paths in life and questions how much control we have to change who we will become © Laura Pannack
  • color portrait photo of woman in swimsuit by Soo Burnell

    Finalist Soo Burnell

    Finalist Soo Burnell

    “Swim Team at Portobello”
    “I wanted to photograph Edinburgh’s swimming baths to show the beauty of the architecture while minimizing all of the modern elements. I love the geometry of the tiles, the lines on the bottom of the pool, and the typography including the ‘Deep End’ signs. Since my first poolside exhibition last year I have traveled to London, Paris, Manchester and Glasgow to add to my collection. “I have been really inspired by the idea of having a slightly quirky Wes Anderson feel to them, especially with the pastel color palette, and with the swimmers adding both a human element to each scene along with a dreamlike quality. © Soo Burnell


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  • black and white portrait photo of Nichole Sobecki
    © Nichole Sobecki

    Judge: Nichole Sobecki

    Represented by renowned photo agency VII, Nichole Sobecki is an American photographer and filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya. She began her career in Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria, focusing on regional issues related to identity, conflict, and human rights. Nichole aims to create photographs that demand consideration for the lives of those represented – their joys, challenges, and ultimately their humanity. Amidst our fractured present existence, she believes that a well-told story can cut through the noise, deepen empathy, and inspire a more conscious world.

    Nichole’s photography has received countless awards and has been exhibited worldwide including The United Nations Headquarters in New York City and the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris. A passionate teacher, workshop leader, and speaker, she is also a contributor to Everyday Africa, and her work is regularly published in National Geographic.

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