Color Award June 2021


  • Landscape medium format color photograph of a blossoming tree in the Canary islands by Marco Di Stefano

    Winning Photographer Marco Di Stefano

    Winning Photographer Marco Di Stefano

    “Beach and Blossom” - Tenerife, Canary Islands
    In a quaint little town, adjacent to a bustling beach is a miniature square with the most incredibly vivid blossoms. Their colors against the blue sky appearing even more intense. I took several shots in this area. A family sitting in the shade were confused by my fascination with the trees that seemed somehow out of place at a seaside location. © Marco Di Stefano
  • color street photograph of a taxi in Athens, Greece by Marina Nota

    Second Prize Marina Nota

    Second Prize Marina Nota

    “Taxi Driver” - Athens, Greece
    © Marina Nota
  • color photograph of a pink flamingo by Wendi Schneider

    Third Prize Wendi Schneider

    Third Prize Wendi Schneider

    “Flamingo”
    “My work is rooted in the serenity I find in the sinuous elegance of organic forms. I’m transformed in capturing the stillness of the suspended movement of light and compelled to preserve the visual poetry of these fleeting moments of vanishing beauty in our vulnerable environment. I photograph intuitively – what I feel, as much as what I see. Informed by a background in painting and art history, my images are layered digitally with color and texture to manipulate the boundaries between the real and imagined, and are often altered within the edition, honoring the variations.” This image is the result of an artistic process that fuses digital techniques with hand-gilding. © Wendi Schneider
  • color portrait photograph by Keren Lasme

    Finalist Keren Lasme

    Finalist Keren Lasme

    “Circles” - Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
    Editorial commissioned work for “Ok Plast” © Keren Lasme
  • close up color photograph of a flower by Anastasia Ermolenko

    Finalist Anastasia Ermolenko

    Finalist Anastasia Ermolenko

    “Fireflower”
    Part of an ongoing still life project focusing on flowers organic beauty. © Anastasia Ermolenko
  • color abstract photograph of human body and colorful geometrical shapes by Rodrigo Chapa

    Finalist Rodrigo Chapa

    Finalist Rodrigo Chapa

    “Seashell Pink / Blackish Olive”
    The “Ausentes” series (Absents) makes reference to abstract expressionism by composing images with color field backgrounds and a dancer as the subject. The series captures the movement and improvisation of dancers, in which the record of the physical manifestation of the subject becomes the work of art. © Rodrigo Chapa
  • color photograph of a tree with red fruits by Francesco Gioia

    Finalist Francesco Gioia

    Finalist Francesco Gioia

    “Hopes and Dreams" - Downhills Park, London, UK⁠
    © Francesco Gioia
  • photo of a young boy is swimming in water full of freshwater algae in Bangladesh by Anindita Roy

    Finalist Anindita Roy

    Finalist Anindita Roy

    “Swimming Deep” - Sirajganj District, North Bangladesh
    A young fisherman is swimming in the deep water full of charophyta (freshwater algae) © Anindita Roy
  • colorful picture of red and yellow buildings with car reflexion by Hansae Lee

    Finalist Hansae Lee

    Finalist Hansae Lee

    “Broken Glass” - Seoul, South Korea
    “I was immediately drawn to this location because of the red tinted glass and yellow building behind it. However, I thought the photo needed a cool color to create a good color balance/contrast. I achieved this by using a car window to reflect the blue sky into my image.” © Hansae Lee
  • colourful portrait of a Chinese fisherman mending nets by Alex Berger

    Finalist Alex Berger

    Finalist Alex Berger

    “Rainy Days” - Xiapu County, China
    A portrait taken in a small Chinese fishing village on a rainy day. The natural light spills in through an old loading bay onto a stage which served as a space for laying out a vibrant blue net. This shot and the setup, the colors, the net - are all absolutely stunning. Enough so, that I still decided to pay to take it and look forward to editing and sharing the final images down the road. It’s also one of the most artificial photos I’ve probably ever taken. This is a local model in a small fishing village who is very well compensated for the 10-20 minute photoshoot. The scene looks almost identical from photographer to photographer, because it’s all staged in an old warehouse. Anyone who has tried to pass it off as something else is absolutely full of it. Still, like the Cormorant fishermen of Guilin, or the net fishermen of Inle Lake - it does create and capture a beautiful scene inspired by a historic reality, if not directly representing it. © Alex Berger

Finalists

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  • color portrait photograph of Brandei Estes

    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.

Stefan Milev
© Stefan Milev
black and white portrait of a couple during pride in New york, USA
© Dom Marker

Current Theme:
Open Call Deadline: 31 December 2021

Portrait, documentary, fashion, landscape, fine art, street, conceptual, and more: this summer your work may fall into any category and we invite all photographers to share their best images!⁠

We want you to challenge us and respond to the theme in as many inventive ways as you can imagine: Edit carefully and show us what you’ve got!


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

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