PORTRAIT Awards May 2019


  • Winning Photographer Maarten Schröder

    Winning Photographer Maarten Schröder

    'Roos'
    © Maarten Schröder
  • Second Prize Alexander Klang

    Second Prize Alexander Klang

    'Loejjie' - 2018
    © Alexander Klang
  • Third Prize Justin Keene

    Third Prize Justin Keene

    'Elmarco'
    From personal project 'Polis' shot in Cape Town, South Africa. The work explores influences on young identity growing up in Mitchells Plain on the Cape Flats, an area overshadowed by dominant sub-cultures.
    Justin attempts to reconstruct the role of documentary photography and imagery commonly associated with 'struggle photography' and documentary realism in South Africa.
    © Justin Keene
  • Finalist Michael DeLaere

    Finalist Michael DeLaere

    'Black Looks Blue in Moonlight'
    © Michael DeLaere
  • Finalist Stefano Croari

    Finalist Stefano Croari

    'Recycle' - Haridwar, India.
    © Stefano Croari
  • Finalist MK McGehee

    Finalist MK McGehee

    'She is'
    © MK McGehee
  • Finalist Mark Elzey

    Finalist Mark Elzey

    'Victoria'
    © Mark Elzey
  • Finalist David Chao

    Finalist David Chao

    'Middle School Baseball Duo', Mihara, Japan 2019
    Two middle school players from the Sera team in a three team round robin tournament held in Mihara, Hiroshima.
    © David Chao
  • Finalist Maarten Schröder

    Finalist Maarten Schröder

    'Sterre & Meerle'
    © Maarten Schröder
  • Finalist Gavin Wallace

    Finalist Gavin Wallace

    'Felicia'
    Felicia is a 65 Year old Mental Health nurse originally from Cape town South Africa and had been living here in the UK for the last 20 years. - From series 'Place Where We Dwell'
    © Gavin Wallace

Finalists

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

People Portrait photograph man with orange clothes standing before bridge
© MD Tanveer Rohan

Current Theme:
PEOPLE Deadline: 31 October 2019

“It is more important to click with people
than to click the shutter.”
- Alfred Eisenstaedt

From all the corners of the world, across all cultures and borders: this month we want to discover and celebrate the diversity of the human race.

Be it fashion, portrait, street, documentary or any other form of photography that tells the story of people, there are very little boundaries and we are open to all approaches.

Join the award and show us your best characters!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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