VISUAL STORYTELLING Awards June 2019


  • Documentary photography Man drowned by drug cartel in Philippines by Lynzy Billing

    Winning Photographer Lynzy Billing

    Winning Photographer Lynzy Billing

    'Buried Justice' - Read Lynzy Billing's full story
    'In 2016 President Rodrigo Duterte launched a nationwide anti-drug campaign. To date, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says the campaign has led to 5,050 deaths. Human rights organisations however, estimate a death toll as high as 20,000. Thousands of cases face the same dead end: no witnesses or, if there are, they are too scared to speak.
    Since 2017 my work has been focused on those not identified and deaths not investigated.' © Lynzy Billing
  • Documentary photography Black and White in Bangladesh ship wrecking by Graeme Heckels

    Second Prize Graeme Heckels

    Second Prize Graeme Heckels

    'The Workers' - Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Bangladesh has more than 100 ship building yards, with most of them serving the domestic market. Dhaka Shipyard by the river Buriganga, on the outskirt of Dhaka, is one of the leading shipyards in Bangladesh. © Graeme Heckels
  • Geisha behind wall portrait photography by Anoush Abrar

    Third Prize Anoush Abrar

    Third Prize Anoush Abrar

    Untitled - From series "White Mask"
    Several trips to Japan, a lot of negotiation and a close integration with the right people were necessary to finally enter from the back door in this mystic world, exclusively reserved to the elite. One must know that it is totally impossible to approach a geisha without the help of a Japanese and it is even more difficult to do any photography of them without an early and well-established kind of trust.
    For this series I wanted to work on a different angle such as portraits, documentary and composed scenery. The Japanese do not like dark images, especially the shadow. Funny however to discover that the term used to say taking a picture: “Satsu Ei” literally means “I take the shadow”. I transposed my Western visual culture on Japanese culture by playing with shadow and light, often pictorially. This project is still in progress. © Anoush Abrar
  • Crowd from above documantary photography by Azim Khan Ronnie

    Finalist Azim Khan Ronnie

    Finalist Azim Khan Ronnie

    'South Asia's largest Eid prayers'
    South Asia’s largest Eid-ul-Fitr Congregation held in Gor-e-Shahid Boro Math, Dinajpur, Bangladesh. According to the organizers’s claim, over 600,000 devotees participated in this Eid congregation.
    The prayers began at 8:30 am with devotees coming from different parts of the region. Eid-ul-Fitr is a Muslim festival of happiness celebrated all over the world. © Azim Khan Ronnie
  • Documentary photography Woman breast feeding her child in Chad by Marco Gualazzini

    Finalist Marco Gualazzini

    Finalist Marco Gualazzini

    'The world’s most complex humanitarian disaster: the Lake Chad crisis' - Melea, Bol province, Chad. 17th October 2018. Maria Hassan, aged 20 was kidnapped from the village of Midi Couta by the Boko Haram group. Forced into marrying one of the extremists, with whom she had a child. Today, after managing to escape, she lives alone and describes herself as a woman without a past. © Marco Gualazzini
  • Documentary photography Man jumping from bridge by Ariella Jelic

    Finalist Ariella Jelic

    Finalist Ariella Jelic

    'Land Diving Pentecost' - Vanuatu
    A man jumps from a wooden tower in Londot Village to celebrate the yam harvest as part of the ancient ritual in Southern Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. © Ariella Jelic
  • Documentary Photography Woman in Water fishing by Kris Pannecoucke

    Finalist Kris Pannecoucke

    Finalist Kris Pannecoucke

    'Congo River clam diving' - The Democratic Republic of Congo
    The national park Marin Des Mangroves at the estuary of the Congo River is a veritable maze of islands and channels. Women like Sephora dive up to 4 meters down in pitch black water for clams. They sell skewers with clam meat in the cities of Muanda and Boma. © Kris Pannecoucke
  • Blonde Woman photo by Steve Dean Mendes

    Finalist Steve Dean Mendes

    Finalist Steve Dean Mendes

    'Xueli raw' - From ‘Project Raw / Under my skin'
    Since last year I have been working on a project called ‘Project Raw / Under my skin.’ This series consists of honest and powerful portraits with no make up or Photoshop retouching. Project Raw / Under my skin is about self-acceptance, self knowledge, self love. I want to show that we are all the same but also unique. © Steve Dean Mendes
  • Students from the General Ermolov Cadet School Stavropol Russia documentary photography by Eduard Korniyenko

    Finalist Eduard Korniyenko

    Finalist Eduard Korniyenko

    'Lord of the guns'
    Students from the General Ermolov Cadet School are on their way to parachute jumping in Novomaryevskaya village in Stavropol region, Russia. © Eduard Korniyenko
  • Documentary Photography in Iran by Cepoi Aurel

    Finalist Cepoi Aurel

    Finalist Cepoi Aurel

    'Qashqai father on duty' - Firuzabad, Iran
    A man is taking care about children when wife is dancing at nomad wedding on the field around Firuzabad, Iran © Cepoi Aurel

Finalists

First Prize: Lynzy Billing

“The photograph combines aesthetic beauty, a simple yet haunting design, and it both verifies facts (The Who, what, where and at least when, if not the way) but it also evokes a range of emotions and almost startling realisations once the reality, if so, sets in. It’s also a comment on where the world is heading right now. A certain despair and death.” – Ed Kashi

– NB: Discover the full story of Lynzy’s powerful image here.

Second Prize: Graeme Heckels

“The design is magnificent and the capture is quite something. There is lyricism and tension and so many wonderful human gestures and actions in one frame. It tells a story and provides a glimpse into manual labor and depending on the caption, it could act as a piece of reporting too.” – Ed Kashi

Honorary Mention: Anoush Abrar

“Subtle, well composed and quietly powerful, Anoush’s photograph couldn’t possibly introduce us to the mysterious and mystical world of Geishas in a more beautiful and poetic manner. The image offers the promisses of a story the viewer simply itches to be told; Visual storytelling at it’s best!” – The Independent Photographer Editors

© Jorgen Johanson

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TRAVEL Deadline: 31 August 2019

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!


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

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