Michael Meissner

Competition Winners

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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.

Theme: PEOPLE October 2019

  • Winning Photographer Angelika Kollin

    Winning Photographer Angelika Kollin

    “Monika” - Cape Town, South Africa
    Portrait of domestic worker Monica in suburb of Cape Town, South Africa © Angelika Kollin
  • Second Prize Tim Franco

    Second Prize Tim Franco

    “Portrait of Goyo", a South Korean Tattoo artist. © Tim Franco
  • Third Prize Hugo Santarem Rodrigues

    Third Prize Hugo Santarem Rodrigues

    "Nagnabakoro Bibime" - Portrait of an Ethiopian woman from the Mursi tribe.
    From series ‘Interior’ - “In 2016 I took a global ancestry DNA test to discover my origins. From the result I decided to travel to the interior of the countries where my ancestors came from. The Project started in 2015 and brought me to Ethiopia and Kenya and is still in progress. Deep down, the base of the project is to respect differences, and learn to see people the same way as you see yourself.” © Hugo Santarem Rodrigues
  • Finalist Alexander Niklass

    Finalist Alexander Niklass

    “Annual Wakhi migration” - Afghanistan
    From the series “Wild Wild Wakhan” 2018 © Alexander Niklass
  • Finalist William Chambers

    Finalist William Chambers

    “Sophia” © William Chambers
  • Finalist Elisha Donkin

    Finalist Elisha Donkin

    “Priest in Lalibela”
    Portrait of a priest inside a rock-hewn church in Lalibela, Ethiopia © Elisha Donkin
  • Finalist Joshua Sneade

    Finalist Joshua Sneade

    “Nomads #3”
    From an upcoming series documenting Nomads in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
    © Joshua Sneade
  • Finalist Anoush Abrar

    Finalist Anoush Abrar

    "Eritrean Woman"
    From the series “Eritrean Queens” © Anoush Abrar
  • Finalist Mauro De Bettio

    Finalist Mauro De Bettio

    “Chasing Spirits” - Comanesti, Romania
    The Bear festival is an annual tradition taking place every winter when New Year is approaching, Men and women of all ages dress in bear skins and dance to the rhythm of flutes and percussion to drive away evil spirits and welcome the New Year. The show is called “Ursul, The Bear Dance Festival”, and is a ritual that symbolizes the death and rebirth of time. A tradition, preserved since ancient times that is still kept alive today. © Mauro De Bettio
  • Finalist Fatima Mian

    Finalist Fatima Mian

    “Staff Room” - Pakistan
    From “Pakistan” a collection of travel images including, landscape of Hunza, the Himalayan and portraits of the population. © Fatima Mian


First Prize: Angelika Kollin

“The photographer shows an awareness of the history of portrait painting in this image that references Flemish Masters such as Vermeer. The natural light pouring from the window highlights the white fabric on the woman’s head and the long sheet draped behind, creating a subtle contrast with the shaded area where the black servant is standing.

It’s a domestic scene but she is posing with pride. And the red flowers at her feet, a disturbing detail, add narrative to this well-structured composition. Moreover, there is an interesting historical and pictorial dialectic between the Dutch School and the South African subject of the photograph.” – Magdalena Herrera

Second Prize: Tim Franco

“I am hypnotized by this Korean tattoo artist. Her direct-to-camera stare is striking, and when I escape her stare, I am caught by her rosebud lips that draw me to the tattoo, slightly out of focus, of a woman on her chest. It’s a portrait that manages to have depth despite its apparent simplicity. I like portraits that raise questions, like this one.” – Magdalena Herrera

3rd Prize: Hugo Santarem Rodrigues

“A portrait photograph is arguably the hardest image to create, and capturing the essence and complexity of facial emotions is a arduous task. Expressions are fleeting, body language and looks quickly change. Not only this stunning portrait presents exceptional qualities in terms of overall composition, light handling, colour tones and texture; What is truly striking here is how the photographer captured the whole humanity of the moment.” – The Independent Photographer Editors

Kristof Vadino
© Kristof Vadino

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.

  • $ 24.000
    Cash Prizes

  • International

  • Global

  • Open to all

  • Professional

© Azim Khan Ronnie

THEME: OPEN CALL Deadline: 2 January 2020

Regardless of genres, this month we encourage all photographers to share with us their best images. Fine art, landscape, street, documentary, portrait, still life: there are no boundaries and you are free to submit any kind of work.

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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