PORTRAIT Awards May 2018

  • Winning Photographer Olga Urbanek

    Winning Photographer Olga Urbanek

    Title: "Sigga" © Olga Urbanek
  • Second Prize Alain Schroeder

    Second Prize Alain Schroeder

    Title: "Sea Women 1"

    The haenyo sea-women of Jeju in South Korea dive at depth between 5 and 30 meters without any breathing apparatus, harvesting abalone, conch, octopus, sea urchins...

    Their average age is 65, with some still diving into their 80s. The activity is slowly vanishing, as of 2014. 98% of Haenyeo were over the age of 50, and very few young girls are attracted to the profession. © Alain Schroeder
  • Third Prize Hossein Fardinfard

    Third Prize Hossein Fardinfard

    Title: "Dasha"

    Doukhobors are a Spiritual Christian religious group of Russian origin rejected by Orthodox Church and exiled in the country of Georgia. They use to go to their shrine every Sunday morning.

    As the Gorelovka Doukhobor community dwindles, only about 40 families remain, and of those, only about 10 persons continue to attend ceremonies at their shrine. Dasha is the youngest member of this community, as they say the last hope to continue their traditions. Dasha is a Russian name and means God's gift! © Hossein Fardinfard
  • Finalist Lee-Ann Olwage

    Finalist Lee-Ann Olwage

    Title: "Taiji" © Lee-Ann Olwage
  • Finalist Niki Gleoudi

    Finalist Niki Gleoudi

    Title: "Never Hide" © Niki Gleoudi
  • Finalist Takamoto Yamauchi

    Finalist Takamoto Yamauchi

    Title: "Kae"

    Kae is my sister. She has suffered from schizophrenia for over 20 years. She sometimes gets into various stages of hallucination. Kae is constantly in and out of the hospital. © Takamoto Yamauchi
  • Finalist Divesh Mistry

    Finalist Divesh Mistry

    Title: "Cotton"

    Shamira holds a bundle of cotton she has collected. She works in a cotton processing factory located in Rhino Camp, Uganda, keeping the factory floor clean during the 12 hour shift.

    Cotton is a highly valued cash crop in the region with the majority of processed cotton coming from small scale farmers, many of whom are relocated South Sudanese refugees. The factory is the only employer outside of NGOs in this region. A job in the factory is highly prized, with workers regarding the daily salary of £1.25 as 'diamond wage'. © Divesh Mistry
  • Finalist Suzan Pektas

    Finalist Suzan Pektas

    Title: "She"- From the series "She".

    "My focus, in this work, are single individuals. I photograph my close friends because this offers an area of deeper intimate relationship between myself and my subject. Yet, I scrape their known identities and work with them as anonymous beings. The focus is on the mutual and natural interaction between the object and the subject, the one looked at and the one looking at. They are usually female in their 30's, which is a special period in which one transforms into a certain level of maturity.

    Women are multi-character personalities who can switch between different identities fast, while sustaining an integrity. Under a veil of mystery, a unique blend of power and sensibility define women. Their body language drags me into a surreal world, feeding my fantasies and dreams. This fascinates me with different levels of narration, a mixture of dreams and reality." - Suzan Pektas © Suzan Pektas
  • Finalist Michalis Poulas

    Finalist Michalis Poulas

    Title: "Infinite Perimeter 04" - Infinite Perimeter is a project about human identity as it exists within the current stage of capitalism.

    It is about the feelings of loss, loneliness and isolation that everyone can experience whether as actual immigrants or even into their homeland. It is about the sense of being exiled even from ourselves. © Michalis Poulas
  • Finalist Barry Feldman

    Finalist Barry Feldman

    Title: "Pete" © Barry Feldman


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

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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