People Award November 2017

  • color portrait photograph of a Japanese man in sento bath house in tokyo, japan by Simon Urwin

    Winning Photographer Simon Urwin

    Winning Photographer Simon Urwin

    "Sento Bather"

    A bather in a traditional "sento" (bathhouse) on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan. © Simon Urwin
  • Medium format color portrait of a black man in Russia by Justin Barton

    Second Prize Justin Barton

    Second Prize Justin Barton

    "Max, 26 Republic of Congo" - From the series "Cold War"

    Since the 1960’s, Russia has taken recruits from countries in Africa including Angola, Congo and Mozambique to train them to fly helicopters. Transplanted to icy plains from the merciless heat of their homelands, most arrive without speaking a word of a taxing language and have to endure rigorous physical and mental challenges. © Justin Barton
  • Third Prize Marc Ressang

    Third Prize Marc Ressang

    "Champagne Parade" - A club scene in Shanghai, China © Marc Ressang
  • Finalist Yago Ruiz

    Finalist Yago Ruiz

    "Enjoying the Bath" - River Omo, near the Ethiopia-Kenya border, Ethiopia, 2016
    This boy was swimming and cooling off in the river to protect himself from the high temperatures at midday. © Yago Ruiz
  • Finalist Shakira Nelis

    Finalist Shakira Nelis

    © Shakira Nelis
  • Finalist Marta Corada

    Finalist Marta Corada

    "Harringay Superstore, 8pm" - From the series "Harringay Superstore".
    Started in 2017, "Harringay Superstore" is an ongoing series that combines photomontage and single exposure. All images are taken in the same commercial area that attracts people from many different areas and backgrounds. © Marta Corada
  • Finalist Gil Barez

    Finalist Gil Barez

    © Gil Barez
  • Finalist Marc Ressang

    Finalist Marc Ressang

    Buzkashi (literally "goat pulling" in Persian), is the Central Asian sport in which horse-mounted players attempt to place a goat or calf carcass in a goal. Traditionally, games could last for several days, but in its more regulated tournament version, it has a limited match time. © Marc Ressang
  • Finalist Yuriy Ogarkov

    Finalist Yuriy Ogarkov

    "Shamans of Siberia"

    Shaman Svetlana Butusova during the traditional ritual ceremony, Abakan, Russia. 2017 © Yuriy Ogarkov
  • People & Photography

    Finalist Anamaria Ghinitoiu

    Finalist Anamaria Ghinitoiu

    © Anamaria Ghinitoiu


Jury's Feedback

  • © Matthieu Paley

    Judge: Matthieu Paley

    French-born photographer Matthieu Paley is a National Geographic photographer and member of The Photo Society.

    Over the last 15 years working as a photographer, Matthieu’s passion for human nature has taken him all over the world, from sharing the life of the last true hunter-gatherers in Tanzania to documenting the isolation of Nauru, the world’s smallest republic in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

    Exploring themes of remoteness and isolation, his passion to always look “over the next ridge” has provided him with countless opportunities to witness our common humanity.

    Matthieu regularly leads workshops for National Geographic Expeditions and is a lecturer for National Geographic Live. Over the years his work has been exhibited globally and published in numerous magazines including Geo, Newsweek, Time, Outside, and Le Monde.

Giacomo Carlini
© Giacomo Carlini

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potrait color photo of woman by Olga Urbanek
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