Congratulations to photographer Olga Urbanek who’s image won the competition!
– Theme: Portrait Photography / Competition Judge: Jimmy Nelson
Portrait photography has one of the oldest and most interesting history that harkens back to the early days of the medium. Through portraits of iconic figures or ordinary people, we discover a deep interest in others. This award aimed to discover the most powerful and captivating images of today’s portrait photography.
First Prize: Olga Urbanek
“Taking a portrait is probably the most difficult picture to make. To make it original you have to be daring. What’s so special about this image is daring and it’s composition is daring. The way it shows a person’s individuality, spirit and authenticity. The details of the hair, the chin, the light, the way the hair matches with the sweater. I find it very special.” – Jimmy Nelson
Second Prize: Alain Schroeder
“I love the symmetry of this picture. I love the way the shape of the face is mirrored in the glass. It’s very unusual, there’s a massive story in it. You can see all the layers in this photograph, very original.” – Jimmy Nelson
Honorary Mention: Hossein Fardinfard
“We create portraits because we want to say something about a person and because we want to make a connection. The delicate and gentle light falling on Dasha, the position of her body and the slight tilt of her head, the colors she’s dressed in and above all the complexity of her gaze reminds us that there is so much more to the things that we think we know from afar – Mesmerizing, truly!”– The Independent Photographer Editors
Judge: Jimmy Nelson
Jimmy Nelson is a British photojournalist and photographer known for his portraits of tribal and indigenous people.
Jimmy started working as a photographer in 1987 after a one year journey on foot across Tibet. A visual diary featuring revealing images of a previously inaccessible Tibet that was published to wide international acclaim.
In 2009 he started to work on his biggest project to-date, Before they Pass Away. Nelson travelled for 3 years and photographed more than 35 indigenous tribes around the world in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and the South Pacific, using a 50-year-old 4×5 camera.
Over the years Jimmy’s groundbreaking images have appeared in National Geographic, Harpers Bazaar, Vogue, BBC News, The Independent and The Guardian. His work has been exhibited at international museums and shown at the world’s leading photographic art galleries.
Candid or staged, across all photographic fields: We are looking for the most stunning images of today’s portrait photography.
Enter now and show us YOUR portraits!