– Theme: Visual Storytelling / Competition Judge: Hannah Reyes Morales
From classic social documentary to imaginative storytelling: The art of visual storytelling encompasses a wide range of possibilities with at its heart, the will to tell a story and we were seeking visual artists aiming to captivate and share their stories with awareness and conviction.
1ST PRIZE: Candy Lopesino
“The Iberians image is a lovely, gentle image of two boys during their first communion. I love how this image seems to give a nod to Diane Arbus’ iconic twin’s image, and how it brings me back to my own first communion – a ritual that felt both awkward and important, and one I shared with the children who would become my friends for life. I love quiet images like this one, where the tensions are in the tiny details you find in the frame when you look at it longer. “ — Hannah Reyes Morales
2ND PRIZE: Nicola Ducati
“I felt magic in the image of the Nenet child with the reindeer. The sky melts into the snow, and I cannot make out the horizon. A child stands with the certainty of an adult, and as I look at the frame, I wonder what is past it. What might the child be looking at? Sometimes, the best images for me are ones that make me ask more questions. “ — Hannah Reyes Morales
3RD PRIZE: Gauthier Digoutte
“A thoroughly absorbing image that demonstrates the descriptive power of photography. Beautifully tinctured in soft, watercolor-like hues, and perfectly composed, each supporting element – the rocks in the foreground; the breathtaking, rugged backdrop which fades gradually into the horizon – draws the viewers attention to the rider and his horse (and their remarkable similar countenance) and conveys, with extraordinary clarity, their intense, and ineffable bond”— The Independent Photographer Editors
Judge: Hannah Reyes Morales
Hannah Reyes Morales is a Filipina photojournalist whose work focuses on individuals mired in complex situations created by inequality and poverty. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Infinity Award for Visual Journalism. She regularly works with newspapers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic. She is a National Geographic Explorer and just received the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for photography.