– Theme: People Photography / Competition Judge: Magdalena Herrera
From all the corners of the world, across all cultures and borders: the People Photography Award aim to discover and celebrate the diversity of the human race.
We are delighted to present the images of 10 visual artists whose work shows an exceptional level of talents: Congratulations to the winners and finalists!
1ST PRIZE: Angelika Kollin
“The photographer shows an awareness of the history of portrait painting in this image that references Flemish Masters such as Vermeer. The natural light pouring from the window highlights the white fabric on the woman’s head and the long sheet draped behind, creating a subtle contrast with the shaded area where the black servant is standing. It’s a domestic scene but she is posing with pride. And the red flowers at her feet, a disturbing detail, add narrative to this well-structured composition. Moreover, there is an interesting historical and pictorial dialectic between the Dutch School and the South African subject of the photograph.” – Magdalena Herrera
2ND PRIZE: Tim Franco
“I am hypnotized by this Korean tattoo artist. Her direct-to-camera stare is striking, and when I escape her stare, I am caught by her rosebud lips that draw me to the tattoo, slightly out of focus, of a woman on her chest. It’s a portrait that manages to have depth despite its apparent simplicity. I like portraits that raise questions, like this one.” – Magdalena Herrera
3RD PRIZE: Hugo Santarem Rodrigues
“A portrait photograph is arguably the hardest image to create, and capturing the essence and complexity of facial emotions is a arduous task. Expressions are fleeting, body language and looks quickly change. Not only this stunning portrait presents exceptional qualities in terms of overall composition, light handling, color tones, and texture; What is truly striking here is how the photographer captured the whole humanity of the moment.” – The Independent Photographer Editors
Judge: Magdalena Herrera
Born in Havana to a family of artists, Magdalena Herrera studied fine art and art history at the Sorbonne in Paris before starting her career as a photographer and art director.
She has worked in books, print and magazines, spending ten years as Art Director and head of the photo department at National Geographic before joining Geo France as Director of Photography.
Parallel to her journalistic work, Magdalena Herrera also runs worldwide workshops and seminars organized by the World Press Photo Foundation including the Joop Swart Masterclass and she was the chair of the 2018 World Press Photo contest.
Her experience and her eye for photography mean that she is regularly solicited as a jury member at international photography competitions.