People Award October 2018

  • Winning Photographer Biljana Jurukovski

    Winning Photographer Biljana Jurukovski

    Title: "Call of the Wild"
    "Call of the wild" is a series of intimate portraits from the Suri tribe that resides along the border between Ethiopia and South Sudan. What makes Suri one of the most iconic tribes is their unique imagination and artistic skills when it comes to beautification and being fashionable in their own way.
    They use their bodies as the canvases, painting unique arts on their skin with pigments made from powdered volcanic rock and adorning themselves with materials obtained from the world around them, such as flowers, leaves, grasses, shells and animal horns. Their art is endlessly inventive, magical and natural. The portraits were intentionally taken against black background so the focus of the viewer will be on the beauty and artistic skills of the people. © Biljana Jurukovski
  • Second Prize Noor-Ahmed Gelal

    Second Prize Noor-Ahmed Gelal

    Title: Jumping over trains"
    People are rushing to find a free sit in trains after the end of Biswa Iztema - the second largest Muslim gathering in Bangladesh. © Noor-Ahmed Gelal
  • Third Prize Jean-Michel Clajot

    Third Prize Jean-Michel Clajot

    Title: "Scarification" Natitingou, Benin, 2009
    The ceremony has a process of initiation that is of great social importance and the rites of the ritual have special symbolic meanings. Scarification is used as a form of initiation into adulthood, beauty and a sign of a village, tribe, and clan. © Jean-Michel Clajot
  • Finalist Leafy Yeh

    Finalist Leafy Yeh

    Title: "Awake"
    “Awake" is a photo series that expresses the ambiguous emotions and sensitive inner mental struggles of the young female identity.
    As one of the young female going through a time of transition from adolescence into fully-fledged adulthood, I often questioned and feel confused about my self-identity. All these feelings of self-doubt, insecurity, being lost, and depression have dragged me down to the bottom of inner darkness. I started to imagine what’s the color of feeling hope. With a pastel color tone in my work, I aim to highlight the feminine emotion, struggling through with a grasp of faith. © Leafy Yeh
  • Finalist Jelena Jankovic

    Finalist Jelena Jankovic

    Title: "Selfie Culture" - Concert, Pula, Croatia
    The "Selfie culture" started to determine our existence. Social media has become one of the largest epidemics that affects people's relationships. While we are waiting for the feedbacks and approval of others, we miss the opportunity to live and enjoy the present. © Jelena Jankovic
  • Finalist Teovel Iradon

    Finalist Teovel Iradon

    Title: Burj Khalifa Window Cleaner - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    With a total height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft), The Burj Khalifa (Khalifa Tower) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is the tallest structure and building in the world. © Teovel Iradon
  • Finalist Benjamin Gordon

    Finalist Benjamin Gordon

    Title: "Boy In Barbed Wire" © Benjamin Gordon
  • Finalist Niki Gleoudi

    Finalist Niki Gleoudi

    Title: Family on the beach © Niki Gleoudi
  • Finalist Noor-Ahmed Gelal

    Finalist Noor-Ahmed Gelal

    Title: "An overcrowded train journey"
    Thousands of people are travelling on the roof of an overcrowded train heading for Dewanganj, Jamalpur, from the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh to celebrate the Muslims religious holiday of Eid-al-Fitr with their families. © Noor-Ahmed Gelal
  • Finalist Alexander Newman

    Finalist Alexander Newman

    Title: "Departure" - From the series Melanogenesis © Alexander Newman


Jury's Feedback

  • Previous Judge Profile image Maggie Steber

    Judged by: Maggie Steber

    A celebrated figure in the photographic community, American photographer Maggie Steber has worked in 64 countries focusing on humanitarian, cultural, and social stories.

    Her images have earned several prestigious honors, including the Leica Medal of Excellence, the Alicia Patterson and Ernst Haas Grants and the World Press Foundation Award.

    Steber works for National Geographic and is part of the renowned VII Photo Agency. Her images have appeared in magazines around the world, including Life, the New Yorker, Smithsonian, The Guardian, Time and Geo Magazine, among others.

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Color film portrait photograph of a young woman by Michelle Marshall
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Current Theme:
Portrait Deadline: 31 May 2021

"In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

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.

Recent works or gems from your archives, classic or experimental, and 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!

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