– 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. At 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 emphasize 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
Portrait Deadline: 31 May 2020
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.
Classic or experimental, through any kind of storytelling: We want to discover the most powerful and captivating images of today’s portrait photography.
We are open to all interpretations and want to see faces that gaze right into the soul!
1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400