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.
“Untitled” - Washington Square Park, New York, USA, 2021
During the Pride parade, lovers display their affection under the landmark fountain. © Dom Marker
“Wedding in Time of Pandemic” - San Francisco, USA 2020
The photo was taken a few months after the COVID-19 pandemic began in a Church of San Francisco. Printed portraits represent the family and close ones that should have attended the ceremony. But at times of social distancing, the groom and bride walked down the aisle alone.
© Vicens Forns
“Praying #2”- Madison County, North Carolina, USA
A bull rider quietly prays on his own before the rodeo begins. Part of the series “Rodeo Boys”. In 2016 I moved to Madison County, NC. A year later I began photographing at the local rodeo. I went there at first having never been to a rodeo at all. Since then, I have returned countless times to photograph the boys and men that inhabit that mountain top arena every other Saturday night. I’ve been interested in exploring cultures of masculinity and the rodeo proved to be a potent microcosm in that regard. I hope my images provide a nuanced and empathetic eye towards the people I photograph. This is an ongoing project. © Jack Sorokin
Dinosaur Adventure Land - Conecuh County, Alabama, USA 2021
Dinosaur Adventure Land is a Christian campground, science center, and adventure park dedicated to anti-evolution teaching. Its founder and leader, Christian fundamentalist Kent E. Hovind, takes a literalist interpretation of the Genesis creation narrative and promotes discredited Young Earth Creationist theories. Before building DAL in Alabama, Hovind operated a similar theme park in Pensacola and served a ten-year sentence in federal prison for failure to pay taxes, obstructing federal agents, and structuring cash transactions. From the series 'What Has Been Will Be Again'. © Jared Ragland
“Women of the Sea ” - Israel
Israeli women arrange for Palestinian women and children to visit the Sea; for most of them, it’s the first time in their lives. © Orna Naor
Commercial assignment for IMM Bruxelles Model Agency - Exaucer Ntela © Nikk Martin
“Winter Cold” series - Northern Iceland
A beautiful waterfall in northern Iceland in the freezing winter © Miki Spitzer
“Hug” - “Always feel sorry and grateful. I love your mom the most in the world.”
From the series “Men Don’t Cry”. My dad cries a lot these days. When he was a kid, he held his tears to protect himself from people who despised him just because he was an orphan. Once he had a family, he didn’t cry to protect his wife and sons. Now, the tears he held have risen from his feet to the lachrymal gland. When he realized that he couldn’t hold it any longer, the tears were already rowling down on his cheeks. Now I see my dad’s tears. I asked if I could take a photograph while he was crying; “Yes, but don’t show this to your mom” - Even at that moment, he tried to be a ‘man’ © KyeongJun Yang
“Intergalactic” - Royal Botanic Gardens, Richmond, United Kingdom
What a show-off. Purple sensations are a great flower to watch and photograph any time, any place, but imagine my luck to find this infinite treasure at the back of the playground - Kew Gardens. Combination of ambient light and flash. © Oana Bakovic
“Untitled” - Ecuador
© Pepe Hanze
Theme: Open Call / Competition Judge: Magnum Photos’ Education Director Shannon Ghannam.
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: Dom Marker
“I think clearly my choices for first and second prize in this competition speak more to my state of mind as we all start to slowly emerge from a global COVID-19 crisis, numerous lockdowns, and loss of connection with our loved ones. I find this image by Dom Marker so joyful and a perfect moment of celebration, play, and intimacy at Pride in New York. All things that speak to my heart in this moment and I love that photography is able to do that.” — Shannon Ghannam
2ND PRIZE: Vicens Forns
“I could not get past this image by Vicens Forns. It is a fascinating example of the way photography functions. At first glance, this is a news image, a time capsule of the past year where we struggled to find ways to make our new normal a little more bearable. The printed faces of the loved ones who should have been at the COVID-impacted wedding beam out from the pews, still managing to support a young couple and witness their marriage. On second glance you see it is actually a truly remarkable wedding picture, an incredible moment in the life of this couple, full of love, humor, and resilience. A powerful image on many levels.” — Shannon Ghannam
3RD PRIZE: Jack Sorokin
“Profoundly arresting and intriguing, Jack Sorokin’s poignant image is characterized by subtle colors and a mastery of light that endows it with wonderful painting-like quality. It exemplifies how a single image can simultaneously capture the essence of a moment and eloquently communicate a story, thus displaying both Sorokin’s prodigious artistry and the immense power of the photographic medium.” – The Independent Photographer Editors
Shannon Ghannam is the Global Education Director at Magnum Photos, responsible for the celebrated agency’s educational programming globally, including the recently launched online learning platform Magnum Learn.
She has worked in various roles during a 20-year career including Screen Labs, Night Contact photography, and multimedia festivals. Shannon has collaborated on numerous photographic books, international exhibitions, and multimedia projects including the Emmy award-winning photojournalism app Reuters The Wider Image.
In addition to the usual prizes and exposure, we’re delighted to announce that 1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners will also receive an individual 1-hour portfolio review with Shannon, offering practical tips and advice on how to develop their practice.
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: Street Photography Deadline: 23 September 2021
"It’s not the streets, it’s where the streets lead you that’s important." - Bruce Davidson
One of the most exciting and influential forms of photography, in September we are on the lookout for the best images capturing the pulse of the street.
From candid and unexpected situations to meticulous geometric scenes within the urban sphere, at home or abroad: we want to discover how YOU see the streets!
1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400