Congratulations to photographer Evelyn Bencicova who’s image won the competition!
– Theme: Open Call / Competition Judge: Christopher Anderson
With no explicit lead your work could fall into any category and we invited photographers of all ages, backgrounds and experience to share their best images with us. We were looking for visual artists working across all photographic genres and we wanted to be moved, emotionally and intellectually!
First Prize: Evelyn Bencicova
“It seems like an authentic moment. It is subtle and even tender. It is an image that makes me ask questions: what is she looking at? Is she waiting for an interview? Perhaps it is an audition and she is studying her lines? I like images that go beyond the video game of light and color play.”
– Christopher Anderson
Second Prize: Merethe Wessel-Berg
“Nicely seen and there is enough mystery to elevate the image above an easy graphic game. I normally prefer something more human than graphic design. But this image has enough of a spark of energy to make it work for me.” – Christopher Anderson
Honorary Mention: Kanrapee Chokpaiboon
“A perfectly sized street scene captured with a bewildering simplicity. We discover here all the beauty that one can come across out on the streets. The delicate position of the hidden character’s hand paired with the soft colour glow elevates the image to a pur and gentle moment of urban poetry.” – The Independent Photographer Editors
Judged by: Christopher Anderson
Born in Canada, Christopher Anderson first gained recognition for his pictures in 1999 when he boarded a handmade, wooden boat with Haitian refugees trying to sail to America. The boat, named the Believe In God, sank in the Caribbean. In 2000 the images from that journey would receive the Robert Capa Gold Medal.
Anderson’s early work from conflict zones earned international acclaim and prizes such as two World Press Photo Awards and Magazine Photographer of the Year.
In 2011 he became New York Magazine’s first ever Photographer in Residence. His current work crosses genres, from documentary to art, portraiture and fashion.
Christopher is a member of Magnum Photos. He is the author of four monographs of photography.