– Theme: Travel Photography / Competition Judge: Steve McCurry
This summer we wanted to see images that communicate the life of a place in all its splendor, and trigger our memories. Whatever the subject may have been: Street, Portrait, Landscape, Documentary: We wanted to share your journey, visually and intellectually!
1ST PRIZE: Claire Tan
“What first caught my attention, and ultimately deemed this image as first place, is the poetic composition and interesting symmetry taking place. The harmonious color scheme, with the pop of red in the bucket, really works well for this photo. The movement of the image suggests that a gentle breeze was happening, and almost makes me feel like I was there when this photograph was made.” – Steve McCurry
2ND PRIZE: German Rodriguez Laverde
“For me this image is a close second place, it takes me back to times that I’ve photographed on water. The water seems to help create spontaneous moments to be captured. This whimsical instant within an interesting landscape particularly caught my attention.” – Steve McCurry
3RD PRIZE: Hilda Champion
“A perfectly balanced composition delicately guiding our eye from the man’s wooden canoe and red basket into the maze. The higher viewpoint gives a marvellous sens of the surrounding and peacefulness of the environment. The colors and man made fishing cages appear as if a painter had long reflected on them and carefully drew each stroke. A beautiful scene making us feel that we too, are in China” – The Independent Photographer Editors
Judge: Steve McCurry
Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for over three decades and has created a unique collection of work featuring some of the most famous images of our time. McCurry’s work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike – yet always retains the human element that made his celebrated image of the Afghan Girl so powerful.
With countless exhibitions around the world to his name, he has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, National Press Photographers Award, and an unprecedented four first prize awards from the World Press Photo.
McCurry has published over a dozen books including The Iconic Photographs (2011), Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs (2013), Afghanistan (2017), and A Life in Pictures (2018).