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.
'Buried Justice' - Read Lynzy Billing's full story
'In 2016 President Rodrigo Duterte launched a nationwide anti-drug campaign. To date, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says the campaign has led to 5,050 deaths. Human rights organisations however, estimate a death toll as high as 20,000. Thousands of cases face the same dead end: no witnesses or, if there are, they are too scared to speak.
Since 2017 my work has been focused on those not identified and deaths not investigated.' © Lynzy Billing
'The Workers' - Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bangladesh has more than 100 ship building yards, with most of them serving the domestic market. Dhaka Shipyard by the river Buriganga, on the outskirt of Dhaka, is one of the leading shipyards in Bangladesh. © Graeme Heckels
Untitled - From series "White Mask"
Several trips to Japan, a lot of negotiation and a close integration with the right people were necessary to finally enter from the back door in this mystic world, exclusively reserved to the elite. One must know that it is totally impossible to approach a geisha without the help of a Japanese and it is even more difficult to do any photography of them without an early and well-established kind of trust.
For this series I wanted to work on a different angle such as portraits, documentary and composed scenery. The Japanese do not like dark images, especially the shadow. Funny however to discover that the term used to say taking a picture: “Satsu Ei” literally means “I take the shadow”. I transposed my Western visual culture on Japanese culture by playing with shadow and light, often pictorially. This project is still in progress. © Anoush Abrar
Azim Khan Ronnie
'South Asia's largest Eid prayers'
South Asia’s largest Eid-ul-Fitr Congregation held in Gor-e-Shahid Boro Math, Dinajpur, Bangladesh. According to the organizers’s claim, over 600,000 devotees participated in this Eid congregation.
The prayers began at 8:30 am with devotees coming from different parts of the region.
Eid-ul-Fitr is a Muslim festival of happiness celebrated all over the world. © Azim Khan Ronnie
'The world’s most complex humanitarian disaster: the Lake Chad crisis' - Melea, Bol province, Chad. 17th October 2018. Maria Hassan, aged 20 was kidnapped from the village of Midi Couta by the Boko Haram group. Forced into marrying one of the extremists, with whom she had a child. Today, after managing to escape, she lives alone and describes herself as a woman without a past. © Marco Gualazzini
'Land Diving Pentecost' - Vanuatu
A man jumps from a wooden tower in Londot Village to celebrate the yam harvest as part of the ancient ritual in Southern Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. © Ariella Jelic
'Congo River clam diving' - The Democratic Republic of Congo
The national park Marin Des Mangroves at the estuary of the Congo River is a veritable maze of islands and channels. Women like Sephora dive up to 4 meters down in pitch black water for clams. They sell skewers with clam meat in the cities of Muanda and Boma. © Kris Pannecoucke
Steve Dean Mendes
'Xueli raw' - From ‘Project Raw / Under my skin'
Since last year I have been working on a project called ‘Project Raw / Under my skin.’ This series consists of honest and powerful portraits with no make up or Photoshop retouching. Project Raw / Under my skin is about self-acceptance, self knowledge, self love. I want to show that we are all the same but also unique. © Steve Dean Mendes
'Lord of the guns'
Students from the General Ermolov Cadet School are on their way to parachute jumping in Novomaryevskaya village in Stavropol region, Russia. © Eduard Korniyenko
'Qashqai father on duty' - Firuzabad, Iran
A man is taking care about children when wife is dancing at nomad wedding on the field around Firuzabad, Iran © Cepoi Aurel
– Theme: Visual Storytelling / Competition Judge: Ed Kashi
From classic social documentary to imaginative storytelling: The art of visual storytelling encompasses a wide range of possibilities with at its heart, the will to tell a story and we were seeking visual artists aiming to captivate and share their stories with awareness and conviction.
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: Lynzy Billing
“The photograph combines aesthetic beauty, a simple yet haunting design, and it both verifies facts (The Who, what, where and at least when, if not the way) but it also evokes a range of emotions and almost startling realisations once the reality, if so, sets in. It’s also a comment on where the world is heading right now. A certain despair and death.” – Ed Kashi
– NB: Discover the full story of Lynzy’s powerful image here.
Second Prize: Graeme Heckels
“The design is magnificent and the capture is quite something. There is lyricism and tension and so many wonderful human gestures and actions in one frame. It tells a story and provides a glimpse into manual labor and depending on the caption, it could act as a piece of reporting too.” – Ed Kashi
Honorary Mention: Anoush Abrar
“Subtle, well composed and quietly powerful, Anoush’s photograph couldn’t possibly introduce us to the mysterious and mystical world of Geishas in a more beautiful and poetic manner. The image offers the promisses of a story the viewer simply itches to be told; Visual storytelling at it’s best!” – The Independent Photographer Editors
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: TRAVEL Deadline: 31 August 2019
Competition Judge: STEVE MCCURRY
When traveling, the only way to discover the rhythm of life of a place is to experience it.
Each place we visit has its own particular look, ambiance, and atmosphere. Understanding its people, customs and traditions is vital and there’s always something unique to capture.
This summer we want to see images that communicate the life of a place in all its splendor, and trigger our memories. Whatever the subject may be: Street, Portrait, Landscape, Documentary... We want to share your journey, visually and intellectually - Let’s travel together!
1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400