This winners collection celebrates the work of all award 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.
This is the closing photo of my series “Les formes qu’ils habitent en temps de crise”. I shot it the day my brother came out of a coma after taking too many pills. He disappeared for a day and was found alive but unconscious at the bottom of a giant Virgin and Child statue on a hill. On the feet of the statue, there was a carved snake, I didn’t know about it. It’s a coincidence, however, I can’t look at this photo now without thinking about this story. In Greco-Roman mythology, snakes are symbols of healing because they can shed their skin. I wanted this snake to pass from hand to hand in order to echo Ovid’s text in which forms metamorphose one body into another in case of danger. © Chloé Azzopardi
Rona Bar and Ofek Avshalom
“Avraham and Isaac” - Tel Aviv, Israel
Part of a ‘Youth’; A portrait series exploring teenagers identity.
© Rona Bar and Ofek Avshalom
“Coyote” - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA 2021
“A Natural History (Built to be Seen)” is a series of observations of the western natural world, with an emphasis on the spectacular and absurd ways it’s constructed and presented. As someone who grew up visiting natural history museums regularly, I’ve always been fascinated by the extravagant ways museums framed the American landscape. Dramatic dioramas, interactive virtual experiences, and miniaturized landscapes all act as windows into the natural world. While this framing acts as a guide for reading and understanding nature, the same frame can be analyzed to understand the complex and ever-changing relationship between people and land. © Austin Cullen
Studio self portrait
© Anna Karvounari
“Members’ Room” - London, UK, 2021
© Francesco Gioia
“Synchronised Swimmers” - Portobello Baths, Edinburgh, Scotland
This series focuses on the architecture of many historic buildings, highlighting the striking geometry, dramatic proportions and dreamy colour palette of each space. Focused on careful composition with the inclusion of figures to scale the architecture. The effect is minimal and restrained yet also dynamic in proportion and detail. © Susan Burnell
“My most recent portraiture work is an ode to women, to the women in my life. Women
in my family have always been strong figures, hard workers, feral, outspoken, pillars to the family. I became a photographer when most of the women I looked up to and grew up with were no longer in this world. I decided to honor the women of my past by honoring the women in my present whom I met since I moved to Bern, Switzerland, who are new acquaintances, family, or close friends, muses to my work. I occasionally include garments or pieces that belonged to my grandmother, great aunt, and great grandmother. This work balances past and present, desire, and memories.” © Daniela Constantini
“Henxiao Zhang, 76 yold” - China
From “Left-Behind Senior” series. Back in 2014, I had a chance to meet these seniors left behind at their own homes alone. Since then, I have kept in touch with them for the past eight years. They are the people who live at the edge of modern human society, impoverished and isolated. In this project, I focused my lens on them, trying to arise more attention to them. © Wenying liu
“In the same skin” - Bergamo, Italy
Alessandra has lived with vitiligo since she was a child. Vitiligo is a long-term skin condition characterized by patches of the skin losing their pigment. © Alessio Pannini
“Someday my pain will mark you” - Milan, Italy 2021
This unpublished picture is about my relationship with myself and the world around me. The older I get, the more I realize how the things around me are pushing me down. I can feel this heavy dark age, and I can’t help but hide here. The broken pieces of me are becoming my only skin. © Paolo Barretta
Theme: Open Call / Competition Judge: Elisa Medde. Editor in Chief at FOAM Magazine.
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.
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!
1ST PRIZE: Chloé Azzopardi
“I choose this image as a winner for its intense narrative potential. It’s intriguing and uncanny, and it made me curious to see more, to know more about the story – even before reading its description. “ — Elisa Medde
2ND PRIZE: Rona Bar & Ofek Avshalom
“This is a very well done portrait, part of an intriguing body of work. The subject is important and I liked the clean, gentle but direct and powerful feeling it conveys. “ — Elisa Medde
3RD PRIZE: Austin Cullen
“Austin Cullen’s image is surreal and intriguing: an alabaster wolf framed against similarly hued rugged surrounds. Though the display ostensibly depicts the animal in its natural habitat, there is an incongruity to the scene, a sense of awkward artificiality, that perhaps illustrates our detachment from the veritable, natural world.” – The Independent Photographer Editors
Elisa Medde is a photography curator, writer, and editor. She has a background in the History of Art, Iconology, and Photographic Studies, and is particularly concerned with the relations between image and power. She has worked for various cultural institutions, publishing houses, and non-profit organizations and as an independent curator and editor, and for the last decade has served as Editor in Chief at FOAM Magazine.
Over the years she has served as a juror for numerous competitions, including, the Luma Rencontres Book Award and Copenhagen Photo Festival, and as a nominator for, amongst others, the Mack First Book Award; Prix Elysée; and Leica Oskar Barnack Award.
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.
THEME: Visual Storytelling Deadline: 31 January 2022
The art of visual storytelling encompasses a wide range of possibilities with at its heart, the will to tell a story.
From classic social documentary to imaginative storytelling: this month we are seeking visual artists aiming to captivate; unique voices willing to share their stories with conviction and awareness.
Portrait, street, documentary, landscape: All approaches are valid. Enter now and show us YOUR stories!
1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400