Congratulations to photographer Stéphane de Rouville who’s image won the competition!
– Theme: Emerging Talent / Competition Judge: Jérôme Sessini
The Emerging Talent Award is designed to bringing exposure and discovering the best upcoming photographers from all ages, background and working in all photographic fields.
Fine art, landscape, street, documentary, portrait, still life: There were no boundaries and we wanted you to release your creativity in as many inventive ways as you could imagine!
1ST PRIZE: Stéphane de Rouville
Some images have an immediate impact, they seduce on the spot, but their appeal dissipates at the second or third viewing. Here, on the contrary, the more I look at this photograph and the more it reveals its beauty and strength. Beyond the framing and light that evokes the Baroque cultural movement in painting, this image also brings a documentary and ethnological interest. The image reaches a perfect balance between the background and the form. Emotion and aesthetics. – Jérôme Sessini
2ND PRIZE: Jeff Davenport
As for the second prize, it is on the contrary the emptiness, the cinematographic atmosphere, and the mystery that emerges from the photograph that I liked very much. Despite the apparent coldness, the photographer managed to make an emotionally strong image. – Jérôme Sessini
3RD PRIZE: Conrad Golovac
A majestic and powerful reminder of all the earth’s natural grandeur. Well composed and carefully edited, this superb landscape of the island of Kunoy in the Faroe Islands is a perfect example of the beauty and mysticism the artist can find across the world, and within himself. “Any landscape is a condition of the spirit” once said Swiss Philosopher Henri Frédéric Amiel – Words well worth keeping in mind here… – The Independent Photographer Editors
Judge: Jérôme Sessini
Evolving within an uncertain balance of cynical realism and upset, French photographer Jérôme Sessini has covered most of the international current events.
Member of Magnum Photos since 2012 and a Canon Ambassador, his work has received international acknowledgment and it has been published by prestigious newspapers and magazines, including Newsweek, Stern, Paris-Match, Vogue Italia, Le Monde and the Wall Street Journal.
In 2015 two series of photographs taken in Ukraine won him first and second prize in the Spot News Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest.