People Award October 2020


  • Portrait photograph of a tattooed person, Winner of the People Competition

    Winning Photographer Marcin Jozefiak

    Winning Photographer Marcin Jozefiak

    Muil - From the series “Not for everyone” - Seoul, Korea 2020⁠
    Through the work, I continue to do for the “Not for everyone" series, I decided to explore the themes of gender, sexuality, gaze, and identity within subcultures in Korea. The photographs are the beginning of a larger-scale project, with the purpose to present an album of Korean diversity and its beauty.⁠⁠ © Marcin Jozefiak
  • Color photograph of 2 kids in a caravan, 2nd prize of the People Competition

    Second Prize Mat Hay

    Second Prize Mat Hay

    “Alice and Sarah in the family's campervan" - Glen Lyon, Perthshire, Scotland
    Part of a six-year documentary project examining the remote communities and altered landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. ‘A Heather Burn’ shows life for those on the cusp of isolation, and the bonds between the people, their animals, and this rugged environment.⁠ © Mat Hay
  • Portrait photograph of a mother and her daughter, 3rd prize of the People Competition

    Third Prize Heun Jung Kim

    Third Prize Heun Jung Kim

    “Tae Jung and Ha Ru” - Korea⁠
    The traditional Korean “Baek-il” party is a centuries-old tradition considered a norm in many Korean households. This signifies a major milestone within the Korean culture of a child’s 100th day after birth because of the high infant mortality during the 18th Century until the Korean War in the 1950s.

    This portrait shows double portraiture of my younger sister celebrating this milestone with her daughter dressed in the Hanbok during the COVID-19 pandemic. The photo is an attempt to reflect on the vulnerability of life and the strength of motherhood during these unprecedented times⁠ © Heun Jung Kim
  • Color photograph, fishermen work to collect waterlilies, Finalist of the People Competition

    Finalist Shibasish Saha

    Finalist Shibasish Saha

    “Waterlily harvesting" - Nilgani, West Bengal, India
    ⁠ During the monsoon season, local fishermen work in the wetlands to collect water lilies to sell them at the market for their daily wages.⁠ © Shibasish Saha
  • Portrait photograph of a woman dressed in red, Finalist of the People Competition

    Finalist Ali Dahiru

    Finalist Ali Dahiru

    “Nwunye” (Traditional wedding) - Nigeria⁠
    One of the beauties of documenting Nigerian traditional weddings is the display of color. The Igbo people of Nigeria never disappoint when it comes to this aspect. Musicians are playing, ushers are serving and the guests seemed to be having a swell time. The couple was an absolute delight even though they intimidated us with their outfits and exuberance. © Ali Dahiru
  • Portrait black and white photograph, Finalist of the People Competition

    Finalist Kodiak Greenwood

    Finalist Kodiak Greenwood

    “A portrait of a woman in the rain” - California, USA⁠
    © Kodiak Greenwood
  • An elderly woman prepares threads of red paprika on September 19, 2020 in Donja Lokosnica, Serbia

    Finalist Vladimir Zivojinovic

    Finalist Vladimir Zivojinovic

    “Serbia’s Red Gold: Pepper” - Donja Lokosnica, Serbia⁠
    An elderly woman prepares threads of red paprika on September 19, 2020 in Donja Lokosnica, Serbia. On average, in this village in the valley of South Morava, out of 280 households, 250 families are engaged in growing this pepper on an area of about 250 hectares, and about 500 tons of ground peppers are produced annually, though depopulation has decreased the number of homes taking part in the tradition.⁠ © Vladimir Zivojinovic
  • Portrait color photograph of 2 kids with trumpet, Finalist of the People Competition

    Finalist Eduard Korniyenko

    Finalist Eduard Korniyenko

    “Pioneers” - Pyatigorsk, Russia, 2020⁠
    A boy and a girl wearing red neckerchiefs, the symbol of the Young Pioneer Soviet-era organization, play with a horn during a ceremony opening a Russian history interactive museum in Pyatigorsk, Russia.⁠ © Eduard Korniyenko
  • Portrait photograph color, Finalist of the People Competition

    Finalist Sirli Raitma

    Finalist Sirli Raitma

    Portrait of my mother - From "EHA" series⁠
    "EHA is a series of portraits of my mother, portrayed in a series of unusual situations, poses, and attire. Eha was born in Estonia in 1950. Widowed, suffering from epilepsy, and lacking great command of English, Eha stayed tightly involved in our lives. In 2015 Eha began to suffer from depression. Life became bleaker. Something had to be done. I came up with a plan to give her something new to focus on, beyond her new procession of doctor’s appointments and medications. The ‘EHA’ project was born."⁠ © Sirli Raitma
  • Color photograph, 3 persons with costumes, Finalist of the People Competition

    Finalist Maria Gutu

    Finalist Maria Gutu

    “Winter customs” - Varatic, Moldova⁠
    Boys from the village of Varatic in the Republic of Moldova, are caroling with horses during the day before New Year - 31 December 2019⁠ © Maria Gutu

Finalists

Jury's Feedback

  • Judged by: Peter DiCampo

    Peter DiCampo is an American photographer, writer, and editor whose goal is to contribute his work to a dialogue on international development and perceptions of Africa.

    He is a co-founder of Everyday Africa and its resultant nonprofit, The Everyday Projects. The Instagram-based projects that have blossomed into global phenomenons, and he is a regular speaker in classrooms and workshops on media stereotypes and the promotion of localized storytelling. He is a 2019 Stanford JSK Journalism Fellow.

Stefan Milev
© Stefan Milev
black and white portrait of a couple during pride in New york, USA
© Dom Marker

Current Theme:
Open Call Deadline: 31 December 2021

Portrait, documentary, fashion, landscape, fine art, street, conceptual, and more: this summer your work may fall into any category and we invite all photographers to share their best images!⁠

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

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