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.
“Mykie, Skinhead” - Hackney, London, UK
Skinheads drew influence from the early Mod style and originally had the music of 1960’s Jamaican musicians as their soundtrack. Those involved in the subculture had a sense of working-class pride and this attribute was often recognized in the white and black youth, who grew up across England. The distinct skinhead look went on to be adopted by various fascist groups and many original skinheads felt it was time to abandon their style, due to the negative association. Some true skinheads refused to give up their style, which ultimately caused a divide within the subculture between those with differing political stances. © Owen Harvey
“Pa and his Rooster” - Ireland
Portrait of ‘Pa’, an Irish Traveller Boy and his rooster. © Bob Newman
“Lily, Jason, and three of their children” - Palmwoods, Australia
A portrait of Lily, Jason, and three of their children under the fig tree on an Autumn afternoon. I wanted to portray this family in the most honest, unguarded and authentic way. The idea was to set up the foundations of a more traditional family portrait; allowing it to break apart naturally, in order to capture that ideal moment of tension and tenderness - which gently mirrors the contradicting elements of early parenthood and the newborn days. © Amy Woodward
Title: “Peter: Venus as a Boy” - London, UK
Editorial for “Fucking Young” - This image is part of a larger series titled ‘Venus as a Boy’, which explores the blurred lines between sex, gender and desire through a visual allegory of the perennial deity, Venus. In this story, Venus descends from Olympus to traverse the human world, only this time she is in the form of a mortal man. The series displays Venus’ own personal journey from her initial awkwardness of her unfamiliar surroundings to a goddess, confident in her skin and sexuality under the lustful gaze of (wo)man. © Kevin Anaafi-Brown
“Gary” - Glasgow, Scotland
From the series “Govanhill”. Govanhill is an area in Glasgow less than a mile square but one where there is said to be 88 languages spoken. The project is about celebrating diversity and consists of portraits made on the streets of the community. © Simon Murphy
“Roller Skater in Venice Beach” - Los Angeles, California, USA
I was given a film camera to play with and took it straight to the Venice Beach skate park. © Morgan Simmons
Analog 6x7 medium format portrait work, 2020 © Daniel Jackont
“Ola” - Poland
Ola is a student at a military high school in Poland. There are numerous military organisations for children and patriotism takes up a big part of elementary school education. At the present time, and especially under the current government, these structures give an illusion of safety or control of the situation. © Natalia Kepesz
“Children of the Ghazipur monster” - Ghazipur landfill, India, 2021
Under the thick fog of pollution of New Delhi, in India, hides a deformed hill. An unsightly mountain in a flat region. When the wind blows and the horizon clears, its menacing silhouette appears little by little, revealing its true nature. Today, the mountain of garbage has surpassed the height of the Taj Mahal and covers an area as large as more than forty soccer fields. At the top of the Ghazipur dump, under the raptors which prowl by thousands, friendships are created. It is the case of these two young girls, best friends and both waste pickers. © Robin Tutenges
“Breathing” - Milan, Italy
“I read an interview with Joe Pugliese, an American portrait photographer, and at a certain point I find: “If you trust me and let me guide you, there’s a chance for us to make something special.” I think back to a few days ago and the moment I took this picture and I would say that’s definitely what happened, and how good this feeling is.” © Fabio Salmoirago
– Theme: Portrait Photography / Competition Judge: Nadav Kander
Portrait photography has one of the oldest and most interesting histories that harkens back to the early days of the medium. Through portraits of iconic figures or ordinary people, we discover a deep interest in others. This award aimed to discover the most powerful and captivating images of today’s portrait photography.
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1ST PRIZE: Owen Harvey
“I look at pictures that lure me. In my opinion, they lure me because they produce an “alchemy” that keeps me interested. It’s as if they ask me questions that I cannot answer, but it’s the questioning that is important…The conversation. This picture has me wondering … Why she’s there? what the look straight towards me holds? Her tight skirt, how old is she, should I be looking? Why am I looking? The prison-like bars behind her? Her red knees and bruises, her perfect face make-up. It’s a very well-taken photograph that allows the viewer to see the artist’s choices as well as the subject, which is another of my requirements to remain engaged.” — Nadav Kander
2ND PRIZE: Bob Newman
“This picture looks so simple but actually, I think is very complex. It works so well because of the format chosen which places the boy dead center, just as if I was standing there, staring at him. Every surface millimeter in this picture is distressed. The blue metal, the feathers, and feet of the cockerel, the boy’s face, hair, hands, and jacket. And then the best till last, the curious look towards me (the viewer) asking me to make sense of this. Is the boy distressed too? what part does the bird play? pet or pot? This is a picture really full of life, and I’m not sure what kind of a life.” — Nadav Kander
3RD PRIZE: Amy Woodward
“By virtue of the photographer’s intentioned yet delicate approach, the almost inevitable rigidity, and inauthenticity that traditionally characterizes staged family portraiture, is replaced with something markedly more sincere: a deeply intriguing and profoundly sensitive image that beautifully imparts the essentialities of the subject – love, tenderness, and care, whilst evoking the work of photographic greats like Mary Ellen Mark and Dorothea Lange.” — The Independent Photographer Editors
Nadav Kander is a London-based photographer, artist, and director, renowned for his portraiture and large-format landscape photographs. One of the pre-eminent portrait-makers of our time, he has photographed many of the world’s most iconic and influential figures, and his images have graced the pages and covers of countless international publications.
Over the course of his prolific career, he has received a host of accolades, most notably, an Honorary Fellowship Award from the Royal Photographic Society and, in 2019, the World Photography Organisation’s Outstanding Contribution to Photography.
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: Color Deadline: 30 June 2021
“Color! - What a deep and mysterious language,
the language of dreams.” – Paul Gauguin
Cool or warm, soft or vivid, how can subtle shades of colors affect mood and our perception of a scene? - In June we invite all photographers driven by their artistic eye and passion for color to join the award and celebrate with us the beauty and diversity of color photography.
Portrait, landscape, fashion, street, documentary, fine art, or any other form of photography - classic or experimental: we’re open to all genres and want to see YOUR colors!
1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400