– 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!
First 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
Second 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, colour tones and texture; What is truly striking here is how the photographer captured the whole humanity of the moment.” – The Independent Photographer Editors
OPEN CALL Deadline: 2 January 2020
Regardless of genres, this month we encourage all photographers to share with us their best images. Fine art, landscape, street, documentary, portrait, still life: there are no boundaries and you are free to submit any kind of work.
We want you to challenge us and respond to the theme in as many inventive ways as you can imagine: Edit carefully and show us what you’ve got!
1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400