Congratulations to Maarten Schroder whose portrait of a young girl 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: Maarten Schroder
“A truly classic composition posing light, but within that classicness the choice of face features, the aesthetic and skills at making what could be perceived as ugly in it’s androgenicity is extremely beautiful in it’s authenticity.” – Jimmy Nelson
Second Prize: Alexander Klang
“Extremely simple flat lighting, a very graphic but clean composition; Rarely does a portrait have so much power and intensity. Ultimately the boy’s stare shows a true connexion between the photographer and the subject.” – Jimmy Nelson
Honorary Mention: Justin Keene
“The still must tease with the promise of a story the viewer of it itches to be told” once said Cindy Sherman. This is the immediate feeling we experience in front of Justin’s portrait. Deceptively simple at first glance, the viewer quickly discovers a perfectly composed and carefully balanced image. Slowly making our way up, guided by the soft and warm light of what appears to be a desolated coastal land, to reach the center of the image and the slightly daring gaze of our protagonist curiously dressed. A beautiful portrait, inspiring and poetic.”
– The Independent Photographer Editors
OPEN CALL Deadline: 2 January 2020
Regardless of genres, this month we encourage all photographers to share with us their best images. Fine art, landscape, street, documentary, portrait, still life: there are no boundaries and you are free to submit any kind of work.
We want you to challenge us and respond to the theme in as many inventive ways as you can imagine: Edit carefully and show us what you’ve got!
1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400