PEOPLE Awards November 2017

  • 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
  • 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
  • Finalist Anamaria Ghinitoiu

    Finalist Anamaria Ghinitoiu

    © Anamaria Ghinitoiu


First Prize: Simon Urwin

“You have to always remember the first impression an image gives you, and being surprised is good. I like the intimacy of the image, the composition keeping Mt Fuji in the frame, and I know it’s not easy to photograph in a thermal environment, for obvious reasons (the nakedness, water everywhere etc – you think twice about taking you camera). So I gave the image a win; it’s a bit quirky, it has this slight tension, and it gives a sense of place, all wrapped up… well done.”
– Matthieu Paley

Second Prize: Justin Barton

“I like images that makes you question things. And this one does that. An African man dressed in what looks like a Russian army fatigue, in snow… I feel I can learn something from that image, and a decisive element here, is that the caption is well researched, showing me that the “work” had been done.” – Matthieu Paley

Honorary Mention: Marc Ressang

“Robert Frank once said: “There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.” – And it is precisely what this image demonstrates. We are given the opportunity to feel the various emotions and narratives unfolding in front of us and on people’s faces. From sheer joy to solemn concentration, the photograph is perfectly framed and the black & white bring a unique sens of abstraction working wonderfully with the surrealness of the scene.”
– The Independent Photographer Editors

Travel Photography Winner Sandra Morante
© Sandra Morante

Current Theme:
TRAVEL Deadline: 31 August 2020

When traveling, the only way to discover the rhythm of life of a place is to experience it.

Each place we visit has its own particular look, ambiance, and atmosphere. Understanding its people, customs and traditions is vital and there’s always something unique to capture.

This summer we want to see images that communicate the life of a place in all its splendor and trigger our memories. Whatever the subject may be: street, portrait, landscape, documentary... We want to share your journey, visually and intellectually - Let’s travel together!

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