– Theme: Portrait Photography / Competition Judge: Jimmy Nelson
Portrait photography has one of the oldest and most interesting histories 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.
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1ST PRIZE: Jorg Karg
“An exquisitely original and daring portrait. With photography being such a mass consumer media it’s rare that an authentic image emerges with such delicate dignity and shines above the rest. Both the soul of the sitter and the witness align in a vulnerable beauty that will bear witness to all. Congratulations on creating art!” — Jimmy Nelson
2ND PRIZE: Marcin Jozefiak
“The celebration of all human forms, cultures, races, and sex is paramount for society to healthy embrace a sustainable future. We are all one in our naked vulnerability and search to both be seen and to see. This image encapsulates all that needs to be celebrated on this path for higher human consciousness.” — Jimmy Nelson
3RD PRIZE: Keiran Perry
“Kieran Perry’s portrait of his father is truly stunning. The subject’s relaxed body language reflects their close relationship, while his eyes, pensive yet not melancholic, speak to the challenging context. Beautifully framed amidst the mist-coated heather, it possesses an ethereal quality, and evokes Renaissance oil paintings, whilst conveying the quiet and contemplative essence of this profound moment between father and son.” – The Independent Photographer Editors
Judge: Jimmy Nelson
Jimmy Nelson is an award-winning British-born photographer who has spent the last decade traveling the world and photographing some of the most endangered indigenous cultures still in existence.
Over the years Nelson has published several books including, Before They Pass Away, a stunning portrait of 35 indigenous tribes recorded using an antique plate camera. He has exhibited his work worldwide, won numerous awards, and in 2016, he launched the Jimmy Nelson Foundation, with the aim of fostering an appreciation for cultural diversity and connecting people from all over the world to celebrate polychromatic cultural identity.