Competition Winners

© Sanja Marusic

This collection celebrates the work of all winning photographers capturing life in its most vivid forms. These unique and international artists constitute the best of the photographic scene and we are very proud to share their work.

Theme: EMERGING TALENT January 2018

  • In Bangladesh, the brick industry employs men, women (sometimes pregnant) and children to work in brickyards in harsh and dangerous conditions. Wearing no protective gear, they work 12-18 hours breathing air filled with toxic particles to produce bricks. Children aged only 5-6 years, are working like slaves for $1 a day. Children who do not have access to education have little choice but to enter the labor market where they are often exploited and unable to escape the cycle of poverty.

    Winning Photographer Alain Schroeder

  • The Pilgrim // A pilgrim enjoys the flow of river Ganga in the holy city of Haridwar, India.

    Second Prize Fernando Leal

  • "A painting is not a picture of an experience, it is an experience." – Mark Rothko

    "I deeply think we should all do with a bit more of Rothko’s principles in our way to photograph: insisting on the primacy of raw emotion, to push the boundaries of form and color to make photos appear as “painting-like” as possible. - The photograph is an aerial shot taken over the national park of Camargue in the south of France. At the centre, a road is surrounded by natural and coloured salt marshes.

    Honorary Mention Magali-Chesnel

  • A Moment of Clarity

    Finalist Akiomi Kuroda

  • Up in Smoke

    Finalist Chazz Fenner-McBride

  • Every breath you take // This picture was taken at a triathlon competition in Dusseldorf (Germany) and is composed of 35 individual swimmer.

    Finalist Klaus Lenzen

  • "Love Stories"

    Finalist Josef Hinterleitner

  • "Deluca" - Promotional character Portrait from the 16mm WWII Short film "LEFT HAND"

    Finalist Brenton Oechsle

  • Tuba City

    Finalist Kenny Hurtado

  • Maria, 18 years old. Ivanovo, Russia.

    "Maria is against the Russian government spending enormous amounts of money on civilian and military defence, on wars, and at the same time not paying enough attention to science, medicine and education. In 2017 a new wave of protests started over almost all Russian states. The majority of protestants is the new young generation - school and university students. More than 1700 people got arrested on Russia day, some were underage."

    Finalist Sergey Nazarov

Congratulations to photographer Alain Schroeder who’s image won the competition!

– Theme: Emerging Talent / Competition Judge: David Alan Harvey

The Emerging Talent Award is dedicated to bringing exposure and discovering the best upcoming photographers from all ages, background and working in all photographic fields.

Fine art, landscape, street, documentary, portrait, still life: There were no boundaries and we wanted you to release your creativity in as many inventive ways as you could imagine!

Join us over on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter where we’ll be sharing all our favorite images from the competition. Congratulations to all the talented photographers who made it to the final!


First Prize: Alain Schroeder

“A classically powerful image symbolising manual labor. It is the outstretched hand that makes it. I always like it when a photographer captures something special out of the ordinary.”
– David Alan Harvey

Second Prize: Fernando Leal

“An unusual image that takes a second to figure out. When you realize what is going on, it becomes even better. Yet just visually it works even with no caption.” – David Alan Harvey

Honorary Mention: Magali Chesnel

“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.” – Ansel Adams

“A vivid example of Adams’s words, this superb aerial composition presents a very personal visual abstraction – blending poetry, painting and photography into one universal language. Utterly inspiring! – The Independent Photographer Editors

© Rajat Swami

Open to All Photography

Be part of a vibrant community: The competition award is a unique opportunity to gain exposure and provides a platform to celebrate the very best of contemporary photography.

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© Andrea Torrei

THEME: STREET PHOTOGRAPHY Deadline: 28 February 2018

Street photography has been one of the most exciting and influential form of photography since its creation.

From candid and unexpected street situations to meticulous geometric scenes within the urban sphere:
We are on the lookout for photographers finding those spontaneous and fleeting moments.

Whether the subject is your own urban environment or as you explore other territories and cultures.

We’re interested in the way YOU see the world.

Street photography can take many forms: Show us YOUR streets!

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