The Color Photography Award aimed to discover and bring exposure to the best contemporary artists working across all photographic fields.
On this occasion, we invited photographers driven by their artistic eye and passion for color to join the competition and celebrate with us the beauty and diversity of color photography.
1ST PRIZE: Marco Di Stefano
“I selected this work because of the simple and nostalgic beauty of the composition and colours; the red of the flowers against the ochre wall, with a hint of the turquoise sea and the muted buildings in the distance. This image invokes the feeling of summers past, of the heat and the warm sea. It reminds of the work of Luigi Ghirri; elevating the quotidian views or objects simply and elegantly, without the need of enhancement or artifice. The colours here evoke a feeling, a mood, and that for me is everything – utterly enchanting.” – Brandei Estes, Head of Photography Department, Sotheby’s
2ND PRIZE: Marina Nota
“I really love the moodiness and drama that is here, all projected through a very limited colour palette. The light and shade add to the drama of this pregnant pause in traffic – was this set up intentionally, or captured off the cuff? Either way, the mood is exquisite, and the yellows vibrate intensely. As with the first choice, there is something timeless about this work, which I find incredibly intriguing and often difficult to capture in colour.” – Brandei Estes, Head of Photography Department, Sotheby’s
3RD PRIZE: Wendi Schneider
“Wendi Schneider’s captivating image is an exquisite coalescence of form, light, and color. Captured close up, the flamingo’s contorted, textural shape reveals a sculptural quality and recalls the works of master portrayers of the organic form such as Ruth Bernhard and Edward Weston, whilst the innovative marriage of digital and physical techniques, serves to augment the beauty of the striking coral shades and creates a subtle ethereality that evokes the ‘Autochrome’ color photographs of the early 20th century.” – The Independent Photographer Editors
Judged by: Brandei Estes
Brandei Estes is the Head of Photographs at Sotheby’s London, and spent over ten years working in photography and contemporary art galleries in London and Paris before joining Sotheby’s in 2013.
Brandei is regularly a judge and nominator for numerous international photography awards including the Prix Pictet and the Deutsche Borse, and served for five years as the Chair for the advisory committee of The Photographers’ Gallery TPG Contemporaries.
Brandei also lectures throughout the year on collecting photographs and the photography market for public and private institutions, museums, galleries, and fairs.