– Theme: Emerging Talent / Competition Judge: Caroline Hunter
The Emerging Talent Award is designed to bring exposure and discover the best upcoming photographers of all ages, backgrounds, 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: Kelly-Ann Bobb
“I love the sensuality of this portrait, which feels like a mix of reality and the spiritual. The contrast in textures and tones is appealing, as is the privacy of the subject’s thoughts and feelings. I imagined a craftsman caught between past and present histories with the sea acting as a metaphor for both.” – Caroline Hunter
2ND PRIZE: Khanh Bui Phu
“I was drawn to the intense colours of this image. A simple act of the traditional craft of fishing is transformed into a spectacular cinematic scene by the morning light and brilliant hues. The fisherman to the right of the frame appears very small in comparison, as if dominated by nature.” – Caroline Hunter
3RD PRIZE: Natalya Saprunova
“Natalya Saprunova’s portrait is a brilliant example of the storytelling capacities of the medium. Seemingly unsophisticated, the photographer chose a simple yet perfectly fitting backdrop to create a deep visual connexion between her subject and his story: the bond that exists between the Saami of Russia (who lost their nomadic autonomy with the rise of Soviet power in the 1920s) and their natural habitat. All with subtle elements once we take the time to dive into the frame: a large poster representing the wild, hanging on a worn-out wall of concrete, where the fading pink wall paint makes way for the previous nature-like green color. Our subject wearing the once forbidden traditional Saami costume; The relation between past and present?” – The Independent Photographer Editors
Judge: Caroline Hunter
Caroline Hunter is an award-winning picture editor for The Guardian Saturday magazine (formerly The Guardian Weekend).
She teaches a regular masterclass for Leica Akademie Italy, and over the course of the last twenty years has worked with some of the most prominent names in photography and served as a jury member for a number of leading international photography competitions, including, World Press Photo.
She has also acted as a nominator for the prestigious Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation Prize and the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, and in 2019 & 2020 was awarded Picture Editor of the year at the British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME) Talent awards.