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Competition Winners

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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.

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Theme: People October 2021

  • color photograph of Balinese priests in a Temple by Michael Morgan

    Winning Photographer Michael Morgan

    Winning Photographer Michael Morgan

    “Balinese temple” - Bali, Indonesia.
    A Pemangku (Balinese priest) sits and recites prayers and rings a holy bell in his cave temple, deep in a remote ravine in northern Bali, Indonesia. © Michael Morgan
  • black and white portrait of bullfighter Marco Polope by Jordi Cohen

    Second Prize Jordi Cohen

    Second Prize Jordi Cohen

    “Silent preparation” - Valencia, Spain
    Portrait of the Spanish bullfighter Marco Polope (from the bullfighting school of Valencia), preparing to go out to fight in the Final of the Contest “Valencian Bullfighting Federation” in Sueca (Valencia). © Jordi Cohen
  • color photograph of Hindu men waving light in Varanasi, India by Virginia Hines

    Third Prize Virginia Hines

    Third Prize Virginia Hines

    “Aarti, the Ceremony of Lights” - Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
    Arti, (Hindi: “the ceremony of lights”) Sanskrit aratrika, in Hindu and Jain rites, the waving of lighted lamps before an image of a god or a person to be honored. In performing the rite, the worshiper circles the lamp three times in a clockwise direction while chanting a prayer or singing a hymn. © Virginia Hines
  • black and white portrait of a man in Los Angeles, California by Ambrus Deak

    Finalist Ambrus Deak

    Finalist Ambrus Deak

    “Integrity” - Santee Alley, Los Angeles, California, August 2021
    © Ambrus Deak
  • color photograph of a man and his horse in western Mongolia by Alessandra Manzotti

    Finalist Alessandra Manzotti

    Finalist Alessandra Manzotti

    “Nomadic life” - Western Mongolia
    A young Kazakh nomad of Western Mongolia looks over a herd of Bactrian camels at dawn. during the winter migrations camels usually lead the way and do not need to be herded like the rest of the livestock because they do know the way. © Alessandra Manzotti
  • color portrait of an Albino white man by Albina Abdullina

    Finalist Albina Abdullina

    Finalist Albina Abdullina

    "I’m different” - Siena, Italy
    “With my portrait work I want to show people that without clothes and without status labels, we are all the same. We love, we live, we breathe, we work, we make love and for all these actions there is no difference in how we look.” © Albina Abdullina
  • black and white photograph of New York subway by Juan Carlo Calingo

    Finalist Juan Carlo Calingo

    Finalist Juan Carlo Calingo

    “Life’s a Blur” - New York, USA
    The New York subway is probably one of the perfect examples of the rapid movement of life in the city. Everyone is in a hurry. This image illustrates movement versus restriction. Busy versus calm. A juxtaposition of life. © Juan Carlo Calingo
  • color street photo of people in Havana, Cuba by Andreas Kamoutsis

    Finalist Andreas Kamoutsis

    Finalist Andreas Kamoutsis

    “The cooks” - Havana, Cuba
    Cubans cooks on their break in Havana, Cuba. Cubans are, despite all the adversities of life in Cuba, some of the happiest and most interested people I’ve ever met. My goal was to make a candid photograph that shows them in their daily life, capturing the essence of their soul. © Andreas Kamoutsis
  • color photo of “Holi”, the annual festival of colours celebrated in india by Satyam Bhuyan

    Finalist Satyam Bhuyan

    Finalist Satyam Bhuyan

    “The shower of blessings” - Vrindavan, India
    From “Holi”, the annual festival of colors celebrated in India. © Satyam Bhuyan
  • black and white portrait of a woman diver in South Korea by Alain Schroeder

    Finalist Alain Schroeder

    Finalist Alain Schroeder

    “Haenyeo - The Grandma Divers” - South Korea
    Soon-ja Hong of Seongsan comes out of the water holding an octopus.  She explains that she and her fellow Haenyeo set traps to catch octopuses which come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Today she was lucky to catch this large specimen. Now 69, she is at the peak of her career, It has taken Soon-ja many years to build up her endurance and fine-tune the hunting techniques that enable her to dive most efficiently.  But even the most experienced divers must follow the strict rules imposed by the fishing cooperatives including diving cycles that allow the women to work seven days on and eight days off in order to recuperate. Jeju island, known for its characteristic basalt volcanic rock, sits off South Korea. It is the home of the renowned Haenyeo or women of the sea who free dive off the black shores of Jeju harvesting delicacies from the sea. Wearing thin rubber suits and old-fashioned goggles, this aging group of women are celebrated as a national treasure and inscribed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, but the tradition is slowly fading as fewer women choose this extremely hazardous profession. Today, the majority of Haenyeo are over the age of 50 and many are well over 70. In a society obsessed with education, the future of this physically arduous activity would appear bleak, and yet… Efforts by the government and local communities to preserve and promote this ecological and sustainable lifestyle have brought renewed interest from young people disillusioned with urban life and eager to return to their roots. It is perhaps a renaissance. © Alain Schroeder

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  • Judged by: Elizabeth Krist

    A National Geographic photo editor for over 20 years, Elizabeth Krist has worked on more than 100 stories and edited at least four million photographs.

    Throughout her extensive career, Krist has taught for the International Center of Photography, Syracuse University, Santa Fe Workshops, and La Luz. She has reviewed portfolios for The New York Times and was nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass. She curated Women of Vision, organized the first Women Focus event at the Newseum in Washington D.C and is on the board of Women Photograph. Krist has judged for The Fence, Picture Of the Year International, Getty Instagram, and the RFK Journalism Awards.

    She is currently working on a National Geographic book and exhibition on China and producing stories for Magnum Photos.

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black and white portrait of a couple during pride in New york, USA
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THEME: Open Call Deadline: 31 December 2021

Portrait, documentary, fashion, landscape, fine art, street, conceptual, and more: this summer your work may fall into any category and we invite all photographers to share their best images!⁠

We want you to challenge us and respond to the theme in as many inventive ways as you can imagine: Edit carefully and show us what you’ve got!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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