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The Winners of the PA2F Environmental Photography Awards 2021

Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (PA2F) has announced the winners of its 2021 Environmental Photography Award, which examines the relationship between people and the environment.

To mark the foundation’s 15th anniversary, PA2F launched a new environmental photography award that judged entries in three categories: Incredible Wildlife, Wildlife in Crisis, and Reasons for Hope. The organization explains that “the choice of theme for this first edition is significant, reflecting one of the fundamental lessons to be learned when we come out of the current global crisis: that humankind’s future is closely tied to the future of the species we coexist with on Earth,”

The competition awarded winning, second-placed, and third-placed image winner in each category, as well as awarded a Public Vote winner, and a number of shortlisted images in each category. Also, “The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Environmental Photographer of the Year 2021” title was awarded based on the strength of a single entry to the awards.

Photographer of the Year 2021

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Environmental Photographer of the Year 2021 © Kathleen Ricker / PA2F Environmental Photography Award 2021

The grand prize and “The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Environmental Photographer of the Year 2021” title was awarded to Kathleen Ricker whose photograph, above, titled, Gorilla by the water, received recognition in the competition. The image depicts a young male gorilla with an endearing expression by the edge of a water stream in Uganda.

The photographer explains that the mountain gorilla is named Tabu, which, in Swahili, means trouble, and was full of energy and life when he was captured swinging from the trees and playing in the water during a trek in Bwindi National Park.

Incredible Wildlife

First place: © Lincoln MacGregor / PA2F Environmental Photography Award 2021

Photographer Lincoln MacGregor was awarded first place with his image, titled Enchanted Forest, taken in Australia. It is a photo of a wombat, wandering through a forest aglow with the light of bioluminescent mushrooms. The photographer explains that wildlife in this region experiences this phenomenon only at certain times of the year when Ghost Fungi glows in the dark.

Wildlife in Crisis

First place: © Maxim Sayapin / PA2F Environmental Photography Award 2021

Titled Traces of life in the realm of death, Maxim Sayapin’s image was awarded first place in this category. It shows an abandoned bird nest woven from pieces of garbage on the Mediterranean coast. This powerful image “denounces the imprint of man on nature, undermining a life that is about to be born.”

Reasons for Hope

First place: © Emmanuel Rondeau / PA2F Environmental Photography Award 2021

Emmanuel Rondeau was awarded the winning title for his photograph, The stag above the highway, which depicts a wildlife crossing in the Charente-Maritime region of France being used by a stag during nighttime. This type of structure allows animals to freely and safely travel without being interrupted by people and vehicles.

Public Vote

“Incredible Wildlife” Public Vote winner © Mitchell Lewis / PA2F Environmental Photography Award 2021

Hidden from sight, a photograph of a large Red Deer by Mitchell Lewis was awarded a Public Vote title in the Incredible Wildlife category. Taken in Richmond Park, London, United Kingdom, this image shows a stag hidden in some dead ferns as he watches over his herd of females.

“Wildlife in Crisis” Public Vote winner © Maxime Aliaga / PA2F Environmental Photography Award 2021

Maxime Aliaga received the Public Vote title in Wildlife in Crisis category with his thought-provoking photograph, titled Captif, above. It was shot in Malaysia, which is a location where young orangutans are often poached from their mothers and sold as pets on the black market. Although it is illegal to hold a wild animal in domestic captivity, the photographer explains that it still “is a mark of richness for some families to have a young orangutan.”

“Reasons for Hope” Public Vote winner © Mathieu Courdesses / PA2F Environmental Photography Award 2021

Public Vote winner title in the Reasons for Hope category was awarded to photographer Mathieu Courdesses with Love in the Jungle. He documented an intimate moment between a female orangutan and her cub, in the jungles of Sumatra. In this region, the orangutan population is estimated at around 14,500, which has seen an increase from past estimated figures.


The over-arching aim of PA2F is to address critical environmental issues by limiting the effects of climate change, safeguarding biodiversity, managing water resources, and combating desertification, with its mission also present in its photography competition. Judges, consisting of professional photographers and representatives of entities committed to more sustainable development, received over 5,700 entries from photographers across the world. The grand prize winner was awarded €6,000, each of the three category winners received a €1,000 prize, while public vote winners received €500 each.

The full list of judges, category winners, and other finalists can be found on the PA2F Environmental Photographer of the Year 2021 website.


Image credits: All photos individually credited and provided courtesy of The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Environmental Photographer of the Year Awards 2021.

Kolga Tbilisi 2021 Photo Competition Winners Highlight Georgian Talent

The Kokga Tbilisi Awards, now in its 20th year, is the largest and most prestigious photo competition in the country of Georgia. Not to be confused with the state of Georgia, the awards intend to link international photography to Georgia.

The organizers of the Kolga Tbilisi photo competition have been hosting the presentation of the winners in Cologne, Germany as part of its intent to foster the international position of Georgia. This year’s competition was judged by an international jury: Vanessa Winship and George Georgiou, both photographers from the U.K. were joined by Tina Schelhorn, the curator of the Galerie Lichtblick, Kolga Tbilisi Photo in Germany, Stefen Chow, a photographer from China, and Jens Friis, a publisher from Denmark.

This year’s competition broke out into five categories: Documentary Series, Reportage, Conceptual Photo Project, Best One Shot, and Mobile Photo – One Shot.

Entry fees were used to fund for the winners’ prize fund, a total of $6,500. The winners in the first three categories received $1,500 each, the Best One Shot winner received $1,000, and the Mobile Photo – one shot category winner received $500.

Below are the winning images from each category.

Documentary Series

Photographer Emily Ducke was crowned the winner of the Documentary Series category for the series titled “The River Between.”

“The Ket River was once a major Siberian thoroughfare. Though serpentine and relatively small, it connected two of Russia’s biggest river basins, the Ob and Yenisey. In a region where extremes of weather turn overland roads from inaccessible ice to muddy rubble and back, and where driving distances are measured in days and weeks, the corridor the Ket River created was a key resource.

“But when the Trans-Siberian railway was built, at the start of the previous century, west-to-east traffic on the Ket River – the farmers and traders and Tsarist troops – began to dwindle.

“Fewer and fewer travelers needed the Ket, and today its banks are home to just a few scattered and solitary settlements.”

KET RIVER, Russia – July 06, 2016. Ksenia stands in smoke to escape swarms of mosquitoes after a swim. Her family left the regional capital of Tomsk just a few weeks before. They moved to live on an isolated weather station on the banks of the Ket River, exchanging urban comforts for the liberty of a life in the wild, away from the world.
UST-OZERNOYE, Russia – July 06, 2016. Ksenia’s parents, Yevgeny Sadokhin and Olga Voroshilova, pose for a portrait. The family left busy, urban Tomsk for the banks of the Ket River, to man an isolated meteorological station with no phone signal and no internet line. For them, the Ket River’s remoteness offered the promise of personal freedom.
AIDARA, Russia – July 24, 2016. A boy on a motorcycle moves cows from one pasture to another near the village of Aidara.
AIDARA, Russia – July 18, 2016. Stepan Borisov, right, and Antonina Borisova sit with their granddaughter in their home in Aidara. The community of about 150 people is made up mainly of Old Believers, a religious group that has historically settled in Russia’s most remote corners to avoid persecution. They live by the strict rules of their faith.
KATAYGA, Russia – January 18, 2018. Smoke rises from chimneys in the logging settlement of Katayga on the Ket River banks, as the temperature on a January night dropped to minus 40 degrees Celsius.
KATAYGA, Russia – January 17, 2018. Workers in the Katayga settlement prepare logs for transportation. There is no bridge across the Ket River near Katayga. Loggers must wait for winter temperatures to turn the river into a solid, icy road in order to finally stack the lumber on trucks and send it across the river for distribution.
UST-OZERNOYE, Russia – July 05, 2016. Father and son pose for a portrait at their riverside home. They live a reclusive, hermetic life on the Ket River, fishing and growing their own food.
KATAYGA, Russia – July 10, 2016. Worshippers gather after a Sunday service at the Russian Orthodox church in the logging settlement of Katayga. In the absence of a priest, who did not make the six hour journey by river and road to Katayga that day, mass was led by Marina Prosukina. The religious duties she performed are normally reserved exclusively for men. But such strict rules could not withstand the remoteness of Ket — and so, along the river, a different kind of freedom was formed.
UST-OZERNOYE, Russia – July 07, 2016. Ksenia throws feathers into the air as she explores houses abandoned along the banks of the Ket River, her family’s new home as of a few weeks before.
NARYM, Russia – January 10, 2018. A man heads home after ice-fishing on the Ob River, near the mouth of the Ket River. After the construction of a canal in the late 19th century, the small and serpentine Ket River linked two of Russia’s biggest river basins, the Ob and Yenisey. As a result, it was a crucial transport corridor, and a busy route — until the Trans-Siberian Railway was built.
BELIY YAR, Russia – November 21, 2020. Boats stand on the shore of the Ket River. Residents cross the river by foot in winter, and by boat in summer. But for several weeks in autumn, when the river ice is forming, and again in spring, when it is thawing, the Ket River becomes impossible to cross. Some villages get totally cut off.
KATAYGA, Russia – January 19, 2018. A resident of the logging settlement of Katayga marks the religious festival of Epiphany, on a day when temperatures dropped to minus 45 degrees Celsius, with a traditional, icy dip.

Reportage

Photographer Alessio Paduano took top honors in this category for his series documenting the Coronavirus pandemic in Italy.

“February 21, 2020 is a central date for the Italian story related to the new coronavirus. On this date, several cases of coronavirus emerged in the Lodi area of Lombardy: these are people who do not come from China, a new outbreak whose extent is still unknown. The infection has spread to Italy, especially in the North, but also begins in other regions. On March 9, 2020 the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, during a speech to the nation declares the entire Italian territory a “protected area”. On March 11, 2020 “World Health Organization” general director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced in the Geneva briefing on the coronavirus epidemic that Covid-19 “can be characterized as a pandemic situation”.

“Italy remains one of the deadliest hot spots of the coronavirus pandemic. As of March 5, 2021 more than 99,000 people have died in the country, according to Johns Hopkins University.”

Nurses take care of a patient who lie in bed inside the coronavirus intensive care unit of the “Papa Giovanni XXIII” hospital in Bergamo, Northern Italy on April 17, 2020.
A nurse takes care of a patient who lie in bed inside the coronavirus intensive care unit of the “Papa Giovanni XXIII” hospital in Bergamo, Northern Italy on April 17, 2020.
Isaia, 80 years old and suspected covid-19 positive is visited by nurses of the Italian Red Cross after an emergency call in Ranica, province of Bergamo, Northern Italy on April 11, 2020. Before the emergency call, Isaia had had a high fever for several days.
Workers carry a coffin before recovering a person’s body during the coronavirus emergency in Naples, Italy on April 1, 2020. Although the person did not die from coronavirus, the work of funeral agency officials is among those most at risk during this emergency, as often can find in contact with corpses of people who died by coronavirus and the risk of contagion is very high.
Maria, 87 years old and suspected covid-19 positive is transferred to the hospital after an emergency call to the Italian Red Cross for experiencing respiratory problems in Villa di Serio, province of Bergamo, Northern Italy on April 12, 2020.
Maria, 87 years old and suspected covid-19 positive has a respiratory crisis before being transferred to the hospital after an emergency call to the Italian Red Cross for experiencing respiratory problems in Villa di Serio, province of Bergamo, Northern Italy on April 12, 2020.
Barbara, 37 years old and suspected covid-19 positive is visited by a doctor of the USCA special care unit of ATS Bergamo after an emergency call for experiencing respiratory problems in Brignano Gera d’Adda, province of Bergamo, Northern Italy on April 17, 2020. The doctors of the USCA special care unit performs home visits to patients infected or with symptoms of Covid-19.
A patient lies in bed inside the coronavirus intensive care unit of the “Papa Giovanni XXIII” hospital in Bergamo, Northern Italy on April 17, 2020.
Father Marcello (left) and Father Mario Carminati (right) bless the coffins of coronavirus victims inside San Giuseppe church in Seriate, province of Bergamo, Northern Italy on April 15, 2020.
Giorgio and Elisabetta witness the cremation of their relative through a monitor inside a video room of the crematory in Naples, Italy on March 27, 2020. Due to the coronavirus emergency it is no longer possible to celebrate funerals inside churches and funeral processions are prohibited. In the case of cremation, relatives can greet the deceased for the last time through a monitor that shows when the coffin is introduced into the crematorium.
Alessandra, 51 years old and covid-19 positive is visited by a nurse of the Italian Red Cross after an emergency call for experiencing respiratory problems in Scanzorosciate, province of Bergamo, Northern Italy on April 19, 2020.
A funeral agency employee is seen inside the mortuary of the “Pesenti Fenaroli” hospital in Alzano Lombardo, Northern Italy, on April 13, 2020.

Conceptual Photo Project

The Conceptual photo category hosted two winners: Jennifer Crane for her series “Outlaw (and other failed portraits)” and Andrea Pietro Signori for “Suspended: The rural life of Syrian refugees in Marjayoun in the middle of the Lebanese crisis.”

First, Crane’s series:

“I consider the portrait as a trace of the body or performance for the lens. Since its inception, the photographic portrait has been used to honor or vilify the human subject. Initially my interest was in exploring family portraits this led to further explorations into portrait photographs in the public context such as museums, institutional archives and in the news media. In these images I pose my own body before the lens using a long exposure of several minutes rather than the conventional fraction of a second. They are made using wet collodion one of the first photographic processes that requires the light sensitive emulsion to stay wet while exposure is made resulting at times in presence of liquid residue markings that interrupt the surface of the image and draw attention to the materiality of photograph which in most portraits remains invisible. Through the creation of this fictional archive I seek to engage with issues of surveillance, memory, authenticity and archival practices.”

And next, Signori’s series:

“The crisis that has hit Lebanon put on knees Syrian communities. This is the case of Marjayoun where about 5000 Syrian refugees live since the war broke out in Syria in March 2011.

“Along the border between Lebanon, Israel and Syria, 860 families live in 74 informal camps.

“The families are often numerous, with many children whose majority was born in Lebanon.
They live on agriculture, serving as laborers in the service of Lebanese landowners. The salary ranges from 4000 to 5000LL which is gradually losing purchasing power. As reported by Avsi, one of the NGOs in the area, people are suffering the consequences of the heavy inflation. Since the revolution broke out the official exchange rate of 1$=8000 LL (variable every day) has been joined by a parallel market.

“The concept involves the use of nylon used to cover furniture during the move. I wanted accentuate the refugees status, the political and work suspension and the expectations, by Syrian refugees, to come back home.”

They are among the few to have a house that belongs to the owner of the countryside, granted in exchange for work. Ahmad and Lamia are cousins. They have lived in Marjayoun for 9 years. Their home in Syria was destroyed.
Marjayoun, Marjayoun district, Lebanon.
January 15, 2020
I gave directions to the subjects to pose for a portrait

Syrian refugees in Lebanon for several years
Marjayoun, Marjayoun district, Lebanon.
January 16, 2020
I gave directions to the subjects to pose for a portrait

Hamid has not received UNHCR support for 4 months at the time of the photo shoot. He has been residing in Lebanon since 2017. He Lived in Raqqa when a bomb destroyed their home. He has had a heart attack and therefore cannot work or buy the medicines he needs
Marjayoun, Marjayoun district, Lebanon.
January 16, 2020
I gave directions to the subject to pose for a portrait

Children, like their parents, work in the fields. There is a bus service for transportation to school locations (lessons are often organized in tents) but many families can not pay for the service.
Marjayoun, Marjayoun district, Lebanon.
January 14, 2020
I gave directions to the subjects to pose for a portrait

They arrived in Lebanon in 2011, at the start of the war in Syria. In 2013, Siham’s husband was in their tent, sick. He was making tea and our son accidentally started a fire. For 20 days they moved from one place to another, because the army did not allow them to camp permanently
Marjayoun, Marjayoun district, Lebanon.
January 15, 2020
I gave directions to the subjects to pose for a portrait

As a result of his father’s difficulties, Abbas cannot pay for school transport by spending much of his time looking after his father
Marjayoun, Marjayoun district, Lebanon.
January 16, 2020
I gave directions to the subject to pose for a portrait

Best One Shot

Photographer Caspar Claasen took top honors in this category for his photo below titled “Grandmother’s Hug.” No additional context for the photo was provided.

Mobile Photo – One Shot.

Photographer Zuka Kotrikadze won this category with her photo below titled “The Tsereteli Station.” No additional context for the photo was provided.

To see the entire set of finalists and peruse the competition as a whole, make sure to visit the Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards website here.


Image credits: All photos individually credited and provided courtesy of the Kolga Tbilsi Photo Awards.

My RØDE Cast 2021 Podcastingg Competition Returns with over 100 Prizes

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These are the Winners of the 2020 Photo is Light Competition

The Photo Is Light World Photography Contest has announced its 2020 winners in six categories and, among them, the “Illuminated Photographer,” who received the highest score throughout the competition.

Warning: Some images below may not be suitable for all audiences or environments. Viewer discretion is advised.

The competition, based in Brazil, judged a large number of photographic submissions across six categories — Architecture, Fine Art, Nature, Landscape, People, and Photojournalism — and received entries from 66 different countries.

Ten entries with the highest score within each category received recognition with a digital certificate and are published online on the Photo is Light website, with the top three winners included in the count. The first-place winners also received a cash prize of $500, while the nominated “Illuminated Photographer” winner, who had the overall highest score awarded by the jury, received a total of $1000.

Below are each of the categories as well as the winners.

Architecture

The winning image above, titled The Colorful Doors, was shot by Gerdie Hutomo, an Indonesia based photographer who likes to travel and captured these colorful doors on an office building in Tokyo, Japan.

Second place: Judith Kuhn
Third place: Anna Wacker

Fine Art

The first place image in this category, above, was awarded to Oksana Moroziuk for her entry titled Arrived, which embodies the photographer’s fantasies and explains that she gives “viewers an opportunity to fantasize and interpret what they see on their own.” The photographer has received numerous competition awards around the world and two of her works are stored in The State Russian Museum.

Second place: Jozed Danyi
Third place: Jack Savage

Nature

Thomas Vijayan’s image above, titled Peek a boo, won first place in the “Nature” category. The photographer captured this Pallas’ cat hiding in the snow while out photographing wild horses. At first, he didn’t even notice the animal, but the bright eyes gave its location away. Vijayan was intrigued and spent several hours observing and photographing this beautiful wild cat.

Second place: Tracey Lund
Third place: Xiangli Zhang

Landscape

With the image above, titled The landscape of fear, photographer Francisco Negroni not only won first place in the “Landscape” category but was also awarded the “Illuminated Photographer” title as the overall winner of the competition.

The image was shot in the lake region in Chile, which has several active volcanoes, such as Chaiten and Calbuco. In 2015, the latter started a new eruption that terrified the locals; this phenomenon was visible from hundreds of kilometers and gave an opportunity for this apocalyptic moment captured in the photograph.

Second place: Ivan Pedretti
Third place: Xavier Mas

People

Titled The young breeder, the image above was shot by Roberto Pazzi and was awarded first place in this category. This portrait of a Mundari child and a herd of bulls was photographed in South Sudan. The photographer explains, “the Mundari are cattle herders of South Sudan who dedicated their lives to the care of their cattle,” and young children do a lot of the hard work looking after the animals. Pazzi has received awards in several competitions and has a permanent exposition in Singapore.

Second place: Pietro di Giambattista
Third place: Sebastiano Bellomo

Photojournalism

Zachary Birdson won the “Photojournalism” category with his powerful entry, titled Not solved, above. Birdsong is an award-winning newspaper photographer and photographed the 5-year-old Jade Battle holding up her protest sign during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest march in Winchester, Tenessee, on June 6, 2020.

Second place: Simon Moricz Sabjan
Third place: Sebastiano Bellomo

The judging panel consisted of an international jury: editor Benjamin Leterrier (France), architect and artist Vera Odyn (Russia), and photographers Darcie Sternenberg (USA), Felipe Foncueva (Spain), Miquel Angel Artús Illana (Spain), Marcio Cabral (Brazil), Najla Angawi (Saudi Arabia), Pierluigi Rizzato (Italy), and Srinivas Kuruganti (India) who all evaluated and checked each finalist image.

All top 10 entries of each category as well as each winner’s individual stories can be viewed on Photo is Light website here.


Image credits: All photos individually credited and provided courtesy of the Photo is Light competition.

2021 GDT Nature Photographer of the Year winners show us how gentle and harsh nature is

The German Society for Nature Photography (GDT) has just announced the results of its 2021 Nature Photographer of the Year contest. As always, there’s a fantastic selection of images showing nature in all its beauty and tenderness, but also reminding us how harsh and powerful it can be. GDT’s contest is open to all photographers who […]

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Winners of the Food Photographer of the Year 2021 Competition

Pink Lady® — an apple brand that hosts the world’s leading celebration of the art of food photography and film — has announced the winners of its Food Photography of the Year 2021 competition.

This year’s global judging panel, chaired by legendary food photographer, David Loftus, includes Fiona Shields, Head of Photography, Guardian News & Media, Susan Bright, Writer and Curator, Nik Sharma, Cookbook Author and Photographer, Chef Simone Zanoni, Restaurant Le George, Four Seasons Paris, Alison Jacques, Founder, Alison Jacques Gallery and Vitalie Taittinger, President, Champagne Taittinger.

Describing it as a “tender and subtly powerful image for our times,” the Pink Lady® judges crowned a photo by Chinese photographer Li Huaifeng titled “Taste” the overall winner of the competition as well as the winner of the category “Food for the Family.”

The photograph, taken in Licheng, Shanxi, on a warm and sunny day, shows a young family sharing in the joy of preparing food:

Taste | Li Huaifeng

“This picture is technically outstanding in its use of light and composition, but what raises it to the level of historic importance is the depth of its storytelling and emotion. It tells of a year of isolation and living indoors, living in tiny communities of immediate family,” says Caroline Kenyon, Director/Founder of the Awards. “Here, the scene is bathed with love, with echoes of Madonna and child. An exceptional shot which perfectly demonstrates that photography need not shock or disturb to be great or memorable. This exquisite image lingers in the mind.”

Below are the other categories and their respective winners.

Bring Home the Harvest

Drying Okra | F. Dilek Uyar, Turkey

Champagne Taittinger Wedding Food Photographer

Many a Slip | John Armstrong-Millar, France

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year

A Grape View | Oscar Oliveras, Spain

Food Influencers

Lumière d’automne | Deborah Trocchia, Italy

Food for Celebration sponsored by Champagne Taittinger

Happy Birthday | Li Huaifeng, China

Food in the Field

Farmer with his Longhorn Cattle | Harry Williams, United Kingdom

Food Stylist Award

Fruits de Mer | Martin Grünewald, Germany
Cobia Fillet | Martin Grünewald, Germany
Winteropulenz | Martin Grünewald, Germany
Salumi | Martin Grünewald, Germany
Veggies | Martin Grünewald, Germany

Fujifilm Award for Innovation

Making Rice Noodles | Abdul Momin, Bangladesh

Food at the Table

Breakfast at Weekly Market | Thong Nguyen, Vietnam

Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture

Mulled Pears | Harriet Harcourt, Australia

One Vision Imaging Cream of the Crop

Cinnamon | Emma Sheldrake, Australia

Spayne Lindsay On the Phone

Blackberries | mxprivé, Germany

The Claire Aho Award for Women Photographers

Female butchers of Panzano | Martina
Marina Spironetti, Italy

The Philip Harben Award Food in Action

Head to Head | David Thompson, Taiwan

Pink Lady® Apple a Day

Apple in cake | Natalia Bogubowicz, Poland

Politics of Food

Old Friends | Sandro Maddalena, Italy

Production Paradise Previously Published

After Party | Remko Kraaijeveld, Netherlands

Street Food

Enjoying | Viet Van Tran, Vietnam

Student Food Photographer of the Year supported by The Royal Photographic Society

Beetroots Still Life |
Sarah Blandford, United Kingdom

Winterbotham Darby Food for Sale

Street Vendor | Joseph Smith, Malta

World Food Programme Food for Life

Drinking from Garbage | Md Mahabub Hossain Khan, Bangladesh

Young (15 – 17)

Spill the Tea | Dewi Hollema, Egypt

Young (11 – 14)

Odisha Tribal Markets | Indigo Larmour, India

Young (10 and under)

Mussels with steam | Evie Grimshaw, United Kingdom

To see the full announcement ceremony, watch the video below:


Image credits: All photos individually credited and provided courtesy of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2021.

Sony World Photography Awards announces 2021 contest winners

Last month, the World Photography Organisation treated us with impressive category winners of this year’s  Sony World Photography Awards. The overall winners have now been announced, too, and it’s a beautiful selection of images from all over the world. Let’s take a look and enjoy them together. Craig Easton from the UK was awarded Professional […]

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The Winning Photos of the Military Visual Awards for 2020

The Military Visual Awards (MVA) has announced the winning photos for 2020 that were captured and submitted by military photographers around the world. This year, the organization added a new category titled “Pandemic” for a total of 10 categories.

Each of the MVA’s categories was judged by Tom Brenner, a White House photojournalist for Reuters, Ariana Drehsler, a freelance photographer for the New York Times, and Richard Tsong Taatarii, a World Press Photo Winner and Photographer at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. The organization says that it received more than 2,000 photos from around the world this year, similar to the last year’s awards.

Military Visual Awards 2020 Photographer of the Year

Dana Beesley, a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, was the recipient of the organization’s top award: the 2020 MVA Photographer of the Year. According to the MVA, Beesley started her military career in 2015 and graduated from the Defense Information School in 2016. She has since gone on to attend the Military Photojournalism Program at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, graduating in 2018. She is currently serving at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina.

Beesley’s winning photo series is below:

Recruits with Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, complete the Obstacle Course in the early morning hours before grass week classes begin on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. Oct. 15, 2020. During grass week, recruits participate in physical training throughout the day and in between marksmanship classes. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dana Beesley)
Recruits with November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, work together to move as a fire team through events during the Crucible on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. Dec 3, 2020. The Crucible is recruit training’s 54-hour culminating event that involves food and sleep deprivation and the completion of myriad events for recruits to complete in order to claim the title United States Marine. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dana Beesley)
Graduates from Drill Instructor class 3-20 pause for a moment of prayer before their graduation ceremony on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. June 18, 2020. The mission of Drill Instructor School is to further develop the leadership, command presence, instructional ability, knowledge, and physical condition of the selected noncommissioned officers, staff noncommissioned officers to successfully perform the duties of a drill instructor. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dana Beesley)
An instructor with DI School Class 1-21 corrects his students on the proper way to execute a rope climb during class physical training on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. Oct. 15, 2020. The mission of DI School is to further develop the leadership, command presence, instructional ability, knowledge and physical condition of selected staff noncommissioned and noncommissioned officers to successfully perform the duties of a drill instructor. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dana Beesley)
A Marine Corps Instructor of Water Survival (MCIWS) instructs recruits with Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion on proper breathing techniques before swim qualification training on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. Sept. 29, 2020. Swim qualification is one of the first graduation requirements recruits face in training. As a part of the test, recruits learn to quickly shed heavy equipment that could pull them underwater, safely leap into deep water, use issued equipment to stay afloat and keep their heads above water while wearing a full utility uniform. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dana Beesley)
Recruits with Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, complete the Obstacle Course during the Crucible on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. June 12, 2020. The Crucible is a 54-hour culminating event that ends with recruits earning their Eagle, Globe and Anchor and the title U.S. Marine. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dana Beesley)
Drill instructors with Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, take a brief respite during drill evaluations at the Peatross Parade Deck on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. June 10, 2020. The drill instructors are individually evaluated without a recruit platoon on their overall appearance, knowledge and bearing. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dana Beesley)
Recruits with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, engage in pugil sticks during the Crucible on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. Dec 3, 2020. The Crucible is recruit training’s 54-hour culminating event that involves food and sleep deprivation and the completion of myriad events for recruits to complete in order to claim the title United States Marine. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dana Beesley)
A drill instructor with Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, executes a drill evaluation at the Peatross Parade Deck on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. June 10, 2020. The drill instructors are individually evaluated without a recruit platoon on their overall appearance, knowledge and bearing prior to initial and final drill. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dana Beesley)
Drill Instructors and staff with Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, watch and observe as their recruits battle each other during boxing bouts on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. Oct. 8, 2020. The Crucible is the final test of physical and mental endurance recruits will face before earning the title United States Marine, and is a culmination of all of the skills learned throughout recruit training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dana Beesley)

Below are the remaining nine categories and each of the winners:

Combat Documentation

Soldiers assigned to 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, stack up against a simulated door for a silhouette charge as part of Alpha Company, 299th Brigade Engineer Battalion’s breach academy at Fort Carson, Colorado, Dec. 7, 2020. The 299th BEB hosted the breach academy for non-combat engineer Soldiers from across the brigade. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Daniel Parker)

Feature

The commander of Zr. Ms. De Ruyter and some of his crew walking in the desert of Dubai during their harbour visit during EMASOH mission during the beginning of the year for promotion purposes 11, March 2020. (Photo by Aaron Zwaal)

Hardware

Staff Sgt. Samuel Peoples, 911th Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion technician, closes the thrust reverser fan duct on a C-17 Globemaster III engine at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, July 15, 2020. (Photo by Joshua Seybert)

Illustrativ

Drill instructors will develop recruits into smartly disciplined, physically fit, basically trained Marines, thoroughly indoctrinated in love of the Corps and country. (Photo by Bobby Yarbrough)

News

U.S. Air Force Academy — The U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2020 graduates toss their hats skyward as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds roar overhead during the graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 18, 2020. (Photo by Trevor Cokley)

Pandemic

Sailors transport a patient across the brow to be admitted aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Mercy deployed in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals. This allows shore base hospitals to focus their efforts on COVID-19 cases. One of the Department of Defense’s missions is Defense Support of Civil Authorities. DoD is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, as well as state, local, and public health authorities in helping protect the health and safety of the American people. (U.S. Navy photo/released by Ryan Breeden)

Pictorial

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, C-130 pilots and crew arrive at Naval Air Station Pensacola with the team’s new C-130J Super Hercules, alongside the Blue Angel delta formation. 2020 marks the team’s 50th year utilizing the C-130 as its lead logistics aircraft. The Blue Angels’ previous C-130 “T” model served the team for 17 years and was retired in May of 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix/Released)

Portrait

Tank conscripts guarding the royal castle in Stockholm. (Photo by Astrid Amtén, Sweden)

Picture Story

All the images below are part of the winning Picture Story and were captured by Corban Lundborg.

Airmen partake in land navigation exercises during Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training, a 19-day Combat Survival Course (S-V80-A), February 22, 2020, hosted by the 22nd Training Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The course allows Airmen the opportunity to learn and practice survival techniques required to return with honor. The frame was captured on 120mm medium format film using a Holga 120N plastic camera.
Airmen return to camp after an exercise during Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training, a 19-day Combat Survival Course (S-V80-A), February 25, 2020, hosted by the 22nd Training Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The course allows Airmen the opportunity to learn and practice survival techniques required to return with honor. The frame was captured on 120mm medium format film using a Holga 120N plastic camera.
Airmen apply evasion techniques during Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training, a 19-day Combat Survival Course (S-V80-A), February 25, 2020, hosted by the 22nd Training Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The course allows Airmen the opportunity to learn and practice survival techniques required to return with honor. The frame was captured on 120mm medium format film using a Holga 120N plastic camera.
An Airman studies her compass and map during Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training, a 19-day Combat Survival Course (S-V80-A), February 22, 2020, hosted by the 22nd Training Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The course allows Airmen the opportunity to learn and practice survival techniques required to return with honor. The frame was captured on 120mm medium format film using a Holga 120N plastic camera.
An Airman prepares camp during Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training, a 19-day Combat Survival Course (S-V80-A), February 25, 2020, hosted by the 22nd Training Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The course allows Airmen the opportunity to learn and practice survival techniques required to return with honor. The frame was captured on 120mm medium format film using a Holga 120N plastic camera.
An Airman applies camouflage to his face during Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training, a 19-day Combat Survival Course (S-V80-A), February 25, 2020, hosted by the 22nd Training Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The course allows Airmen the opportunity to learn and practice survival techniques required to return with honor. The frame was captured on 120mm medium format film using a Holga 120N plastic camera.
An Airman fills his canteen from a stream during Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training, a 19-day Combat Survival Course (S-V80-A), February 23, 2020, hosted by the 22nd Training Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The course allows Airmen the opportunity to learn and practice survival techniques required to return with honor. The frame was captured on 120mm medium format film using a Holga 120N plastic camera.
Airmen apply evasion techniques during Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training, a 19-day Combat Survival Course (S-V80-A), February 25, 2020, hosted by the 22nd Training Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The course allows Airmen the opportunity to learn and practice survival techniques required to return with honor. The frame was captured on 120mm medium format film using a Holga 120N plastic camera.
Airmen gather supplies during Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training, a 19-day Combat Survival Course (S-V80-A), February 23, 2020, hosted by the 22nd Training Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The course allows Airmen the opportunity to learn and practice survival techniques required to return with honor. The frame was captured on 120mm medium format film using a Holga 120N plastic camera.
Airmen depart for the mountains during Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training, a 19-day Combat Survival Course (S-V80-A), February 21, 2020, hosted by the 22nd Training Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The course allows Airmen the opportunity to learn and practice survival techniques required to return with honor. The frame was captured on 120mm medium format film using a Holga 120N plastic camera.

You can view the complete gallery of winning photos over on the Military Visual Awards website. You can also view the winning photos from last year’s competition here.


Image credits: All images individually credited and used courtesy of the Military Visual Awards.

Finalists of the Bird Photographer of the Year 2021 Announced

The Bird Photographer of the Year Awards (BPOTY) has announced the finalists for its 2021 competition, with the winner to be announced in September. This selection is a “sneak preview” of what to expect from the 6th-annual awards.

This year’s competition saw over 22,000 entries from over 73 countries which have been narrowed down to the shortlist of finalists below who will go on to compete for the £5,000 cash prize (~$6,912). In addition to hosting the competition, the BPOTY says that it is a proud supporter of conservation and provides financial aid to grassroots conservation projects through its charity partner Birds on the Brink.

Photo by Brian Matthews / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Daniel Zhang / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Li Ying Lou / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Øyvind Pedersen / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Terry Whittaker / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Daniela Anger / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Gail Bisson / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Tom Schandy / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Mark Sisson / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Diana Schmies / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Scott Suriano / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Irene Waring / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Fahad Alenezi / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Irma Szabo / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Raymond Hennessy / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Brad James / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Amanda Cook / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Andy Parkinson / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Zdeněk Jakl / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by James Wilcox / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by David White / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Aguti Antonio
Photo by Gábor Li / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Mark Williams / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Tzahi Finkelstein / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Daphne Wong / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Anupam Chakraborty / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Taku Ono
Photo by Thomas Vijayan / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Eirik Grønningsæter / Bird Photographer of the Year
Photo by Mario Suarez Porras / Bird Photographer of the Year

Each of the images above is in the running for a set of awards across a group of categories along with the most-coveted title of Bird Photographer of the Year. Last year, the overall winner was Majed Alza’abi of Vardø, Norway, who captured an “artistic and impressionistic” photo of European Shag. You can see it and the other winners from the 2020 competition here.

The images here and others entered to the competition will be included in a book published by William Collins, the sixth in the collection. It will be a hardback, coffee-table book featuring the best images from the 2021 competition across 256 pages and filled with stunning images to inspire any keen bird photographer. Those interested in picking it up can pre-order it at the BPOTY website.


Image credits: All photos individually credited and provided courtesy of the Bird Photographer of the Year.