– Theme: People Photography / Competition Judge: Peter DiCampo
Crossing borders, spanning cultures, and traversing the most remote corners of the world: the People Photography Award celebrates the diverse beauty of humanity.
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: Marcin Jozefiak
“The caption says that this is the beginning of a series, and I can’t wait to see the rest. This photograph is subservice in its softness; an exploration of Korean subcultures and thus its diversity, and this person, who may exude a toughness in other settings, is shown with vulnerability and humanity. The muted tones, the slight pop of the person being photographed from the background, the crossed arms and head in repose, all add to the success and intimacy of this photograph.” — Peter DiCampo
2ND PRIZE: Mat Hay
“This is one of those rare photographs in which everything comes together. We notice first the light, the expressions. We look closer and see the feather boa around her head, and how it swirls down the frame continues into the blanket and all the way to the floor. There is simultaneously a sense of these two girls being rooted in place and, at the same time, a sense of magic as the two girls seem to be both living in a dream and themselves dreaming. As the viewer, we learn about their lives through the photograph and are also left wanting to know everything else about their lives that the photograph cannot tell us.” — Peter DiCampo
3RD PRIZE: Heun Jung Kim
“As befits the finest portraiture, Heun Jung Kim’s exquisite depiction is characterized by a remarkable sensitivity and perspicacity, along with a masterful comprehension of light and form. Perfectly capturing the intricate, textural beauty of the subjects brightly-hued ‘Hanbok’ attire, and the mother’s quiet maternal pride and strength, this tender image serves as an utterly compelling representation of Korea’s enduring cultural heritage, and as a powerful symbol of hope amongst the tumult and abnormality of our world today. – The Independent Photographer Editors “
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.