– Theme: Visual Storytelling / Competition Judge: Ed Kashi
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: 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.
2ND 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
3RD PRIZE: 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
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.