PEOPLE Awards October 2019

  • Winning Photographer Angelika Kollin

    Winning Photographer Angelika Kollin

    “Monika” - Cape Town, South Africa
    Portrait of domestic worker Monica in suburb of Cape Town, South Africa © Angelika Kollin
  • Second Prize Tim Franco

    Second Prize Tim Franco

    “Portrait of Goyo", a South Korean Tattoo artist. © Tim Franco
  • Third Prize Hugo Santarem Rodrigues

    Third Prize Hugo Santarem Rodrigues

    "Nagnabakoro Bibime" - Portrait of an Ethiopian woman from the Mursi tribe.
    From series ‘Interior’ - “In 2016 I took a global ancestry DNA test to discover my origins. From the result I decided to travel to the interior of the countries where my ancestors came from. The Project started in 2015 and brought me to Ethiopia and Kenya and is still in progress. Deep down, the base of the project is to respect differences, and learn to see people the same way as you see yourself.” © Hugo Santarem Rodrigues
  • Finalist Alexander Niklass

    Finalist Alexander Niklass

    “Annual Wakhi migration” - Afghanistan
    From the series “Wild Wild Wakhan” 2018 © Alexander Niklass
  • Finalist William Chambers

    Finalist William Chambers

    “Sophia” © William Chambers
  • Finalist Elisha Donkin

    Finalist Elisha Donkin

    “Priest in Lalibela”
    Portrait of a priest inside a rock-hewn church in Lalibela, Ethiopia © Elisha Donkin
  • Finalist Joshua Sneade

    Finalist Joshua Sneade

    “Nomads #3”
    From an upcoming series documenting Nomads in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
    © Joshua Sneade
  • Finalist Anoush Abrar

    Finalist Anoush Abrar

    "Eritrean Woman"
    From the series “Eritrean Queens” © Anoush Abrar
  • Finalist Mauro De Bettio

    Finalist Mauro De Bettio

    “Chasing Spirits” - Comanesti, Romania
    The Bear festival is an annual tradition taking place every winter when New Year is approaching, Men and women of all ages dress in bear skins and dance to the rhythm of flutes and percussion to drive away evil spirits and welcome the New Year. The show is called “Ursul, The Bear Dance Festival”, and is a ritual that symbolizes the death and rebirth of time. A tradition, preserved since ancient times that is still kept alive today. © Mauro De Bettio
  • Finalist Fatima Mian

    Finalist Fatima Mian

    “Staff Room” - Pakistan
    From “Pakistan” a collection of travel images including, landscape of Hunza, the Himalayan and portraits of the population. © Fatima Mian


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

© Matthieu Paley

Current Theme:
Travel Deadline: 31 August 2020

When traveling, the only way to discover the rhythm of life of a place is to experience it.

Each place we visit has its own particular look, ambiance, and atmosphere. Understanding its people, customs and traditions is vital and there’s always something unique to capture.

This summer we want to see images that communicate the life of a place in all its splendor and trigger our memories. Whatever the subject may be: street, portrait, landscape, documentary... We want to share your journey, visually and intellectually - Let’s travel together!

1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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