Portrait Award May 2024


  • color fine art portrait of woman by Ivana Sunjic

    Winning Photographer Ivana Sunjic

    Winning Photographer Ivana Sunjic

    “About Giulia”
    I “painted” my daughter, and my muse, in her essence; The light reveals her elegance but also her inner beauty. © Ivana Sunjic
  • Black & white fine art portrait of two boys by Olga Steinepreis

    Second Prize Olga Steinepreis

    Second Prize Olga Steinepreis

    “Brothers”
    Two brothers are so different, but sometimes they are as one. They quarrel, but cannot live long without each other. After all, neither of them recall a time before he had a brother. © Olga Steinepreis
  • color documentary portrait of Sri lankan woman by Dave Davis

    Third Prize Dave Davis

    Third Prize Dave Davis

    “The Waiting Mother” - Sri Lanka
    In the summer of 2023, I traveled to Sri Lanka where I engaged in a project to document the Tamil people whose family members had disappeared during the civil war. Reports estimate that at least 100,000 people were kidnapped by the Sinhalese government during its long and bloody conflict with the Tamil tigers. The majority of which happened in the last year of the conflict in 2009. Unfortunately, the government did not discriminate between men, women, or children. Innocent or otherwise. Leading to widespread loss amongst multiple generations. Pictured above is a mother whose 14-year-old son vanished one day whilst on his way home from school. A tragic case, yet one which so many of the people I met shared. The most heartbreaking thing was not witnessing the constant breakdowns of the people, the trauma still so present in their lives. But, due to being afforded no closure with any recorded deaths, all still believe that one day their fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, sisters, and brothers will return to them. Having been released from one of the supposed underground prisons the community has fabricated as a conspiracy to tackle their grief. The look on this mother’s face is a mixture of grief and hope. Stuck in the torment of an emotional limbo. She will sit with this for the rest of her days. Without electronics, books, a job, or any of the other distractions we take for granted to numb and distract us from the pain in our own lives. In a world that has almost entirely forgotten about this tragedy and breach of human rights. © Dave Davis
  • color fine art portrait of man by Michael Oulton

    Finalist Michael Oulton

    Finalist Michael Oulton

    “Geoff Toogood” - UK
    Geoff Toogood is a cardiologist, mental health ambassador, and open-water swimmer. He has used his love for the ocean to help improve his mental health and in 2015 and 2016 he attempted to swim the English Channel, coming within 1.5 kilometers of finishing in 2016. He is also the founder of the charity Crazysock4docs. A charity that aims to reduce the stigma around mental health in the healthcare industry. © Michael Oulton
  • color fine art abstract portrait of woman by Han Yang

    Finalist Han Yang

    Finalist Han Yang

    “Romantic Memories”
    A part of my childhood memory inspired this project. In the pleasant days of childhood, where there were wildflowers from the forests of home, poems, and the thoughts of young girls. The flowers and poems were enclosed in thick books. It was a dream that lived in a world of fairy tales. Long afterward you can open the book and still smell the flowers, still recall the mood of the time, and fantasize about the future. The modern material world, full of consumption and desire, seems to have taken us further and further away from the romantic state of mind in which we live. These works commemorate those romantic and wonderful times. © Han Yang
  • color fine art portrait of mundari boy by Maricruz Sainz De Aja

    Finalist Maricruz Sainz De Aja

    Finalist Maricruz Sainz De Aja

    “Connection” - South Sudan
    In this captivating image, a Mundari boy proudly holds two framed cow horns, symbolizing the deep connection and reverence his people have for their cattle. © Maricruz Sainz De Aja
  • color documentary portrait of woman by Claire Dam

    Finalist Claire Dam

    Finalist Claire Dam

    From the series I Find You In Myself
    In the words of Canadian author Elizabeth Hay, “My mother went in and out of lucidity the way you go in and out of a lake. The lucid waters, the forgetful shore.” ; She and I may have our troubled past, but I felt very strongly beginning at the onslaught of her decline that my only responsibility was to honour my mother. How can I be honouring her by photographing her face bruised and cut from a fall? Her sallow flesh? Her fierce but frightened gaze? I don’t think honouring means I have to paint a rosy portrait of ageing and dying. The whole affair is undignified and horrible. I’ve chosen to honour her by witnessing where she is at without flinching; without fear; without shame. The walls I had built since my childhood to protect and distance myself from her began to crumble as I photographed, developed and then gazed back into the confused, but bold gaze of my mother. From the safety of a print I was able to actively put myself into her place; this place she very, very much wants to leave. And I also began to recognize parts of myself in her that I had previously tried to deny. Since I was a child we’ve both been described as vulnerable but fierce, painfully honest, but painfully sensitive, hospitable and warm, frightening and intimidating. Through these portraits I’ve been able to see and accept those juxtaposing words spoken over us for 40 years, for better or for worse, because I do, after all, find her in myself. © Claire Dam
  • color street photo portrait of woman in New York subway by Billy Dinh

    Finalist Billy Dinh

    Finalist Billy Dinh

    “14th St” - New York, USA
    Portrait inspired by the hustle and bustle of the city and the missed connections of everyday life. © Billy Dinh
  • color fine art portrait of man by Giandomenico Veneziani

    Finalist Giandomenico Veneziani

    Finalist Giandomenico Veneziani

    “Back to you”
    © Giandomenico Veneziani
  • Black & white fine art abstract portrait of woman by Sander Vos

    Finalist Sander Vos

    Finalist Sander Vos

    “Interpolation 1”
    “Interpolation” in an ongoing series of photographic collages creating surreal worlds that challenge our perception. © Sander Vos

Finalists

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  • Portrait photo of Nirav Patel by Kristina Kashtanova
    © Kristina Kashtanova

    Judge: Nirav Patel

    Nirav Patel is a San Francisco-based photographer renowned for his stunning portraiture. Employing a diverse array of techniques, he crafts captivating staged imagery imbued with a cinematic quality, that demonstrates a profound mastery of light, form, and composition. Beyond his personal projects, Patel has collaborated with numerous global commercial clients and publications, including Vogue Portugal, Aesthetica, and Kinfolk Magazine.

Didier Vanderperre
© Didier Vanderperre

Open to All Photography

Be part of a vibrant community: The competition award is a unique opportunity to gain exposure and provides a platform to celebrate the very best of contemporary photography.

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color travel photo of woman by the river in Varanasi, India by Tess Rice
© Tess Rice
2024 Travel AWARD

Win $2000 Cash Awards & International Exposure

This summer, we want to see images that communicate the life of a place in all its splendor and trigger our memories. Let’s travel together!
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Deadline: 31 August 2024

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