EMERGING TALENT Awards March 2019

  • Winning Photographer Stéphane de Rouville

    Winning Photographer Stéphane de Rouville

    'The cooker' - Soatanana, Madagascar.
    It is in the heart of Isandra, a hilly region situated in the Highlands of Madagascar that, the "Fifohazana" community, a religious movement originating from the Protestant Revivalî, and ancestor of revivalism in Africa, was born and has been established for more than a century. In the picturesque village of Soatanana, its historic stronghold, some 5,000 followers (including more than 200 exorcist priests), dressed in white, seem to live in perfect harmony, satisfying with little, working the earth, praying, singing, and following the teachings of Christ literally. Some speak of a sect, of illuminated, others speak of sweet dreamers. They have but one aim, to bring peace on earth.

    This picture shows one of the cooker of the community in charge of welcoming the visitors. Here, she is serving ìranomapangoî, the rice cooking water (a very traditional drink in all Madagascar).
    © Stéphane de Rouville
  • Second Prize Jeff Davenport

    Second Prize Jeff Davenport

    Mercedes, Guerneville, CA, 2018 - From the 'NIGHT' series.
    'Nights' is a collection of street photographs shot over the last four years during late night walks through the neighborhoods of Los Angeles and beyond. These photographs explore the sublime in the nondescript corners of the everyday. © Jeff Davenport
  • Third Prize Conrad Golovac

    Third Prize Conrad Golovac

    'The Land, the Sea, and Man In-Between'
    A fishery sits dwarfed by the massive mountains surrounding it as a heavy fog blows through on the island of Kunoy in the Faroe Islands. © Conrad Golovac
  • Finalist David Ansah

    Finalist David Ansah

    'Brother's keeper' - From the 'Human connection series'
    Human connection is part of the things humans need to be selfless.
    © David Ansah
  • Finalist Daniel Heilig

    Finalist Daniel Heilig

    Minimal housing complex on Mallorca, Spain
    Housing complex in Ses Illetes, Mallorca - Spain 2018
    © Daniel Heilig
  • Finalist Isabel Feldhaus

    Finalist Isabel Feldhaus


    © Isabel Feldhaus
  • Finalist Pepe Hanze

    Finalist Pepe Hanze

    'Music shadow'

    © Pepe Hanze
  • Finalist Gil Bartz

    Finalist Gil Bartz

    'We Won't Die Sleeping'
    A mongolian family on Lake Khovsgol, Northern Mongolia, 2019
    © Gil Bartz
  • Finalist Paulina Kochman

    Finalist Paulina Kochman

    'Closed up'

    © Paulina Kochman
  • Finalist Hamed Badami

    Finalist Hamed Badami

    'The bikers'
    Village youth hanging out on their motorbikes beside the hill. Hamedan, Iran 2017
    © Hamed Badami


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

Travel Photography Winner Sandra Morante
© Sandra Morante

Current Theme:
TRAVEL Deadline: 31 August 2020

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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