– Theme: Black & White / Competition Judge: Jacob Aue Sobol
Regardless of genres we wanted to celebrate the beauty and wealth of black & white photography. Be it in street, fashion, portrait, landscape, documentary or any other form of photography: we want to be moved and inspired.
1st Prize: Dimpy Bhalotia / 2nd Prize: Javier Arcenillas
“It is a very intuitive process for me to choose my favorite images. It’s the same as when I take pictures. I follow my gut feeling. What touches me? ; What images ask questions more than trying to give answers? – I want to be like a newborn seeing the world for the first time. Open. Honest.
When you focus on what you share with the subject, also the viewer will feel invited inside; “yes I remember how it is to feel free and jump after flying birds, I remember how it is to love unconditionally. I remember how it is to feel the soft water caressing my back and the warm sun on my skin. I remember how it is to feel as a part of nature. In the moment I look at these two photographs, I AM the little boy jumping in joy after a 1000 birds, I AM the young woman being caressed by the stream. I am free.” – Jacob Aue Sobol
3rd Prize: Mushfiqur Rahman
“Black and white photography as a way of revealing things that can’t be find in color and it ‘is truly quite a departure from reality’; as master photographer Ansel Adams once said.
Representing the world through the use of a monochrome palette provides the artist with a level of abstraction that can emphasise on the photographer’s connection with the subject and the message conveyed through the lens. Here, a well composed, quiet and seemingly peaceful scene at first glance, soon disappear to reveal all the hardship and living conditions of the working class; Clearly, a photograph portraying two miners laying on a pile of charcoal at night was not meant for color.” – The Independent Photographer Editors
VISUAL STORYTELLING Deadline: 31 January 2020
The art of visual storytelling encompasses a wide range of possibilities with at its heart, the will to tell a story.
From classic social documentary to imaginative storytelling: this month we are seeking visual artists aiming to captivate and share their stories with conviction.
Portrait, street, documentary, landscape: All approaches are valid. Enter now and show us YOUR stories!
1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400