Portrait Award May 2020

  • Winning Photographer Angelika Kollin

    Winning Photographer Angelika Kollin

    “Hold me ‘till I go”
    Part of a story about the battle through the last stages of cancer.⁠
    © Angelika Kollin
  • color medium format portrait photograph by Justin Keene

    Second Prize Justin Keene

    Second Prize Justin Keene

    Quaid - Cape Town, South Africa
    Queezy is a young musician part of Cape Town’s emergent queer culture. The project challenges traditional documentary methods of representation and gender in South Africa. © Justin Keene
  • color portrait of a young boy in uk by Simon Martin

    Third Prize Simon Martin

    Third Prize Simon Martin

    “Award Ceremony” - Cadet collects seat bases after award ceremony, UK
    Being a teenager is a daunting experience, we may see it as trivial now, but it can play a huge part in the person we become. With the British education system continually having its funds cut and the price of University increasing I wanted to look at other sources of education and influence for 13 - 18 year olds. The Royal Marine Cadets is an after school program that uses the ethos of the Royal Marines to train young adults to complete various tasks. As much as the activities are mainly military based, the skills they learn are not solely intended to produce young soldiers but, instead, confident young adults. Leaving the cadets with the ability to achieve personal goals in the different walks of life they choose to follow. From series “Cadets” © Simon Martin
  • Finalist Erminando Aliaj

    Finalist Erminando Aliaj

    “Behind the Mask: Sara Coletti, Nurse - Lombardy, Italy
    The project is a series of portraits of health workers in the Poliambulanza Hospital in Brescia, Lombardy, during a break or at the end of their working shifts.

    The need to portrait doctors, nurses and health workers during the emergency, spouts from my desire to acknowledge them as people, revealing their faces, which normally hide behind the protection aids, nearly transforming them into abstract figures, icons of an Institution rather than humans. They’ve been called “angels” or “heroes”, in the attempt to describe the vital importance of their commitment, but maybe those superhuman terms hide the inability to face such an intensely dramatic human experience. Behind the mask, a face, a gaze, a facial expression, tell us, more than words could do, about the lives spent underneath this battle. The common engagement in giving service during the emergency, strengthens the human side of the relationships among the heath workers as well as the patients, overcoming differences in their roles, backgrounds and life paths.

    Behind the mask, there are no hierarchies nor divisions, but a spontaneous solidarity between individuals. The portraits could become a useful piece of witness, maybe even after the emergency, when all of this will be over, to help reworking our individual and social storytelling which will inevitably leave us with scars, wounds and mourning, but also a need for social and personal change and a greater level of awareness. © Erminando Aliaj
  • Finalist Laura Pannack

    Finalist Laura Pannack

    “Baruch” - From the series ‘Burrata’
    At the age of 16, Baruch chose to leave his Orthodox Jewish community and to study at university. The dramatic and challenging decision forced him to question his identity and future. © Laura Pannack
  • Finalist Lidewij Mulder

    Finalist Lidewij Mulder

    “Stories About My Grandfather”
    "A portrait of my grandmother in her bedroom. She kept telling stories about my grandfather, who passed away five years ago. My grandparents have been together for over 60 years and were the perfect example of a team. When my grandfather got cancer, my grandmother did everything she could to take care of him. She can’t sit still, she can’t stay in one place, but she turned all of that around, so she could take care of him." © Lidewij Mulder
  • Finalist Angelika Kollin

    Finalist Angelika Kollin

    “Martha is our future - Cape Town, South Africa
    Emmanuel, a Malawian immigrant and day laborer resides in one of the numerous townships of Cape Town. Emmanuel is portrayed holding his 2 years old daughter Martha. Emmanuel's only dream is of a better future. © Angelika Kollin
  • Color film portrait photograph of a young woman by Michelle Marshall

    Finalist Michelle Marshall

    Finalist Michelle Marshall

    “Extra-Ordinary Rituals” - UK
    Shot with Slovenian Fashion Artefact Designer, Jana Zornik
    © Michelle Marshall
  • Finalist Claudia Caporn

    Finalist Claudia Caporn

    Mother at mulesing time - Australia 2019
    Women in agriculture are very rarely recognized or appreciated. Throughout the world, western discourse and stereotypes paint farmers as strong, white males. Before 1994, women in Australia weren’t legally allowed to list their occupation as ‘farmer.’ Instead they were merely seen as unproductive ‘silent partners’, ‘domestics’, or even just ‘farmer’s wives’. But even after the legal status of women in agriculture was changed, women on farms remain invisible, being severely misrepresented, undervalued, underestimated, and dismissed.

    Despite being a key factor in Australian agricultural production, women are given little public recognition in the industry. This photograph is part of my ongoing series portraying the many women who are workers in the Australian agriculture industry. This is my mother. She is a wife, a mother of four daughters, a school teacher, AND a farmer. Together with my father, they own and farm an 18,000-acre property, cropping wheat, barley and lupins and running over 5000 sheep. She is photographed here on an early, misty winter’s morning as we prepared for mulesing (the removal of excess wool around the buttocks to prevent deadly flystrike) our new seasons lambs. © Claudia Caporn
  • Finalist Justin Dingwall

    Finalist Justin Dingwall

    “The changing winds”
    In life, we have to wear many hats. Each hat requires something different from us and impacts how we interact in our world with other people. Each has its own set of expectations and obligations. Each represents a piece of our divided self, with our many identities, which is often sliced up neatly. The hats represent the many different roles and tasks that we have to perform and take on.
    © Justin Dingwall


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  • Portrait of Dan Winters by Travis Smith
    © Travis Smith

    Judge: Dan Winters

    Known for the broad range of subject matter he is able to interpret, American artist Dan Winters is widely recognized as one of the most acclaimed portrait photographers of his time.

    His iconic celebrity portraiture has won him over one hundred national and international awards from American Photography, Communication Arts, PDN, The Art Directors Club of New York & Life Magazine. In 2003, he won the 1st place World Press Photo Award in the portrait category and was honored by Kodak as a photo “Icon” in their biographical “Legends” series. Throughout his career, he was also awarded the prestigious Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography.

    In addition to regular assignments for magazines such as Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, NewsweekTime, and The New Yorker, his work has appeared in five solo exhibitions in galleries in New York and Los Angeles and a book of his work entitled “Dan Winters: Periodical Photographs” was published in 2009 by Aperture.

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© Lauriane Bieber

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