Theme: Open Call / Competition Judge: Molly Roberts, Senior Editor at National Geographic
With no explicit lead, the Open Call competition is designed to invite photographers of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences to share with us their best images.
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1ST PRIZE: Renee Johnstone
“One is drawn to this image by the immediate intimacy of the scene. Dreamlike and meditative, the photograph begins to capture the secret trance of childhood and the depths of innocent imagination” — Molly Roberts (National Geographic)
2ND PRIZE: Carly Zavala
“Colors and surface combine to create a gem-like quality. The shape and demeanor of the face is regal and timeless. A classic yet updated portrait.” — Molly Roberts (National Geographic)
3RD PRIZE: Paul Lichte
“Captured from onboard a light aircraft, Paul Lichte’s depiction of glacial rivers in Iceland (part of a wider series from his travels in the country), is truly stunning. Viewed from above, the rugged landscape becomes an almost abstract composition – rich in tactile texture and subtle hues – with the frozen waterways resembling tree roots. Expertly framed and rendered with extraordinary skill, it is a wonderful image that demonstrates, with remarkable potency, the profound, yet fragile beauty of the natural world.” – The Independent Photographer Editors
Judge: Molly Roberts
Molly Roberts is an award-winning visual editor, independent curator, and documentarian, who has worked and collaborated with some of the most important names in contemporary photography over the course of her twenty-five-year-long career.
She currently serves as Senior Photography Editor at National Geographic Magazine; was previously Chief Photography Editor at Smithsonian Magazine, and headed up the photography teams at The Washington Post Magazine and USA Weekend.