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© Lynzy Billing
Buried Justice
On January 14, 2019, the body of Ferdinand Santos floats, Christ-like, below a bridge in Tondo, Manila, weighted down by a concrete-filled pail with shackles. In 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte launched a nationwide anti-drug campaign, killing thousands of poor people suspected to be linked to drugs. Today, human rights organizations estimate a death toll as high as 30,000. Three years later and the war on drugs rages on. Thousands of cases remain in legal limbo, classified as “deaths under investigation” by the Philippine National Police and never brought to prosecutors. Families of victims are left facing a dead end, unable to achieve justice for their loved ones, citing enormous obstacles to filing cases and obtaining police or autopsy reports, authorities’ failure to investigate, and fear of retaliation. Since 2017, my work has been focused on documenting victims not identified and deaths not investigated amid the president's war on drugs.
Lynzy Billing
Lynzy Billing
UK
I am an independent British investigative journalist and photographer who has been based in the Philippines for the past three years.
Buried Justice
Buried Justice
1st place. Special prize by ICRC
© Sergey Bobylev
Miracle on a cornfield
A Ural Airlines Airbus A321 makes a hard landing in a cornfield near Zhukovsky Airport after both of its engines failed. August 15, 2019.
Sergei Bobylev
Sergei Bobylev
Russia
Staff photographer with the TASS News Agency since 2016. Sergei has been passionate about photography since a young age. However, he decided to study cyber security at Moscow University of Railway Engineering. In his second year, he started working for the TASS News Agency. In 2015, he worked at the Kommersant Publishing House.
Miracle on a cornfield
Miracle on a cornfield
2nd place
© Bruno Thevenin
Absent innocence
A Palestinian is seen using a slingshot against Israeli soldiers, when Palestinians clashed with the Israeli army during a demonstration in the village of Kafr Qaddum on May 10, 2019. Palestinians have marched every Friday and Saturday in the village of Kafr Qaddum since 2011, due to the closure of one of their roads and land confiscation by the Israeli authorities. These decisions were made to expand the Israeli settlement of Kedumim. On this road, Palestinians were able to reach the main city of Nablus in 15 minutes; now it takes more than 45 minutes.
Bruno Thevenin
Bruno Thevenin
Spain
Bruno Thevenin (Spain, 1989) is a French/Spanish freelance journalist based in Madrid, Spain. After graduating with a degree in journalism, he started to work in the media. From the uprising of the native tribes in Standing Rock (North Dakota) to the Occupied Territories in the West Bank, he focuses his work on the appropriation of land, and the social issues and political conflicts stemming from this practice.
Absent innocence
Absent innocence
3rd place
© Chandan Khanna
Devastated Girl
A girl cries during her father's funeral organized by government opposition in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on October 16, 2019. The Haitian opposition on October 9 rejected President Jovenel Moise's appeal for dialogue, as the country's main cities remained paralyzed after more than a month of often violent protests. Over the past year, Haiti has sunk deeper into political crisis as anti-corruption protests demanding Moise's resignation roil the destitute Caribbean nation.
Chandan Khanna
Chandan Khanna
India
Chandan Khanna is a photojournalist working with Agence France-Presse based in Miami, Florida, and covering North America.
Devastated Girl
Devastated Girl
Jury Honorable Mention
© Malafaia Alves
Black tide in Brazil
A boy is seen coming out of the sea after work removing oil spilled on Itapuam,a beach located in the city of Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Pernambuco, Brazil, on October 21, 2019. Large blobs of oil staining more than 130 beaches in northeastern Brazil began appearing in early September and have now turned up along a 2,000 km stretch of the Atlantic coastline. The source of the patches remains a mystery despite President Jair Bolsonaro's assertions that they came from outside the country and were possibly the work of criminals.
Leonardо Malafaia Alves
Leonardo Malafaia Alves
Brazil
Leo Malafaia is a photojournalist based in Recife, where he works for the local newspaper Folha de Pernambuco and freelances for AFP.
Black tide in Brazil
Black tide in Brazil
Jury Honorable Mention. Special prize by Al Mayadeen TV
Series
© Luis Tato
DusitD2 TerrorAttack
On January 15-16, 2019, a terrorist attack perpetrated at the DusitD2 complex in the Westlands area of Nairobi, Kenya, left more than 20 people dead. The attack occurred at the 14 Riverside Drive, where an upscale popular hotel, several restaurants and an office complex was located. Al-Shabaab –a terrorist, jihadist fundamentalist group based in East Africa – claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement that was released during the assault. They stated that the attack was "a response to US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel."
DusitD2 TerrorAttack
Luis Tato
Spain
Luis Tato is a Spanish-born photojournalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. He currently combines his work as a stringer photographer covering East Africa with his own photojournalism projects, given his passion for sociology and traveling.
DusitD2 TerrorAttack
DusitD2 TerrorAttack
Grand Prix
© Jeoffrey Guillemard
The Southern Border
The US border begins in southern Mexico. This is how Central American, Cuban, Haitian and African migrants tell the story of their journey to achieve the American dream. It all starts at the border between Mexico and Guatemala on makeshift rafts launched on the Rio Suchiate before walking for days on end and venturing out on La Bestia, the famous freight train that crosses the country. Avoiding the Mexican migration police, alone or in caravans, despite the long journey and the many dangers, thousands of migrants take this route every day to flee the gangs and violence in their countries. A migration route that changes from day to day, depending on the mood and politics of Donald Trump. The migrants themselves lose their money, their dignity and sometimes even their lives. This long-term story about the Mexican migration route began on the day of the inauguration of US President Donald Trump in 2017 and lasted the four years of his mandate.
The Southern Border
Jeoffrey Guillemard
Jeoffrey Guillemard
France
Jeoffrey Guillemard was born in 1986 in Nancy, France. Since 2006 he has worked all over the American continent, primarily in Mexico, where he now lives. He started as a self-taught photographer and in 2014 he completed the EMI-CFD photojournalism training in Paris.
The Southern Border
The Southern Border
1st place
© Alex McBride
South Sudan: The Road to Peace
Between 2013 and 2018, South Sudan was completely overrun by civil war. After a failed attempt at peace in 2016, the country’s president Salva Kiir and his rival Riek Machar signed a revitalized peace agreement that aimed to form a unified transitional government in February of 2020. While relative peace has prevailed in much of the country, stumbling blocks have still hindered the process. Delays in the formation of a unified national army and disagreements over the number of states in the country and their boundaries have put the peace agreement on a delicate tightrope. Meanwhile the country's people have grown even more weary of the instability and uncertainty. These photographs were taken after the signing of the new peace agreement in 2018. They attempt to map out South Sudan’s delicate road to peace, documenting the individuals who are striving to build a life among the chaos that their country has brought them, and the soldiers that the country’s stability relies on.
South Sudan: The Road to Peace
Alex McBride
Alex McBride
UK
Alex is a photographer covering social, political and humanitarian issues in East and Central Africa. He is currently based in Juba, South Sudan.Both independently and through his work as a stringer for AFP and Getty Images, he has been seen in publications such as Al Jazeera, The Atlantic, BBC, ELLE, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, TNH, The New York Times, VICE, The Washington Post and others. UN and NGO clients of Alex’s include IOM, MSF, NRC, UNICEF, War Child and WFP, among others. Alex also teaches photography workshops at the Leica Akademie in Mayfair, London.
South Sudan: The Road to Peace
South Sudan: The Road to Peace
2nd place
© John Wessels
Ebola: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Since August 1, 2018, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been dealing with the second largest outbreak of Ebola in the world and is said to be the most complex outbreak to date. There have been over 2,000 deaths so far and over 300 attacks on health facilities, which left four people dead and five injured. Health teams have to work under armed escort, resulting in even more confusion throughout the communities affected by Ebola.
Ebola: Democratic Republic of the Congo
John Wessels
John Wessels
South Africa
I started as a photojournalist in 2015 in South Africa. Freelanced for AFP throughout southern Africa. In early 2017, I moved to DRC as a stringer for AFP, where I spent 2.5 years. I am currently based in Dakar, Senegal, covering West Africa.
Ebola: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ebola: Democratic Republic of the Congo
3rd place. Special prize by ICRC
© Francesco Bellina
On a gagné
On August 28, 2019, 70 miles from Misurata, the Mediterranea organization’s ship Mare Jonio rescued 98 shipwrecked migrants. Most of them suffered torture in Libya. After travelling for two nights, the migrants reported engine trouble. When the rubber dinghy started to deflate, 6 people died. The former Italian Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini refused to allow the rescue ship to enter Italian waters, leaving the Mare Jonio15 miles from Lampedusa for days. On August 29, the Coast Guard transshipped 64 people. The transshipment was carried out in the open sea, at night with high waves, which is why it has been dubbed “the transshipment of shame.” The Mare Jonio spent six days off coast with 34 other migrants on board, in poor sanitary conditions and without drinking water. These are the words spoken by the mission head after more than six days had passed:“Brothers and sisters, on a gagné.” The last 34 people left on the ship were evacuated.
On a gagné
Francesco Bellina
Francesco Bellina
Italy
Francesco Bellina is a photojournalist based in Palermo, Italy. His work focuses mainly on social and political issues with particular attention to the theme of migration. He published his images in major international media, including The Guardian and Al Jazeera.
Mediterranean Sea
On a gagné
Jury Honorable Mention
Single
© Sebnem Coskun
Gilindire Cave – in one breath
Turkish world record-holder free-diver Sahika Ercumen during a training session before attempting to break the world record during the 90-meter women's cave diving (without fins) at the Gilindire Cave in Aydincik, a town in southern Turkey's Mersin province. Gilindire Cave is a glacier cave that is known as the 8th Wonder of the World.
Sebnem Coskun_
Sebnem Coskun
Turkey
2021 Born in 1987 in Istanbul, Turkey. Works in the fields of social documentary photography and underwater photography. Projects in recent years deal with the problem of medical waste and plastic pollution in water. Currently on staff at the Anadolu Agency. 2020 Born in 1987 in Istanbul, Turkey, Sebnem Coskun started her photographic career in 2008. After completing her undergraduate education, she went on to obtain a Master's degree from Marmara Faculty of Fine Arts Photography department. Her research topic was: "Using Water Gold as a means of artistic expression in Underwater Photography". Now she works as a photographer for Anadolu Agency, Turkey’s largest news agency.
Gilindire Cave – in one breath
Gilindire Cave – in one breath
1st place
© Sergei Gapon
Manicure
An athlete competes in the women’s shotgun skeet event at the 2019 European Games in Minsk on July 26, 2019.
Sergei Gapon
Sergei Gapon
Belarus
Sergei was born in 1989 in the historical town of Kreva, some 100 km from Minsk, Belarus. He graduated from Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts in 2011 with a degree in cultural studies. Sergei has been working as a photojournalist at Agence France-Presse (AFP) since 2012.
Manicure
Manicure
2nd place
© Zhuang Wu
Chinese Boxer Xu Can
Xu Can (L) of China competes with Shun Kubo of Japan in a boxing match in Fuzhou, in China's eastern province of Jiangxi, on May 26, 2019. Xu Can succeeded in defending his World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight title after defeating challenger Shun Kubo of Japan by technical knockout (TKO) at Xu's hometown, Fuzhou, China.
Zhuang Wu
Zhuang Wu
China
Zhuang Wu is a photojournalist for the Xinhua News Agency.
Chinese Boxer Xu Can
Chinese Boxer Xu Can
3rd place
© Sergei Gapon
Manicure
An athlete competes in the women’s shotgun skeet event at the 2019 European Games in Minsk on July 26, 2019.
Sergei Gapon
Sergei Gapon
Belarus
Sergei was born in 1989 in the historical town of Kreva, some 100 km from Minsk, Belarus. He graduated from Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts in 2011 with a degree in cultural studies. Sergei has been working as a photojournalist at Agence France-Presse (AFP) since 2012.
Manicure
Manicure
2nd place
Series
© Pavel Volkov
Talai’s story
In his childhood Alexei Talai lost both his legs and arms in an accident. He tried to put out a fire, but there happened to be an old artillery shell in the burning room. It exploded and Alexei was seriously injured. Miraculously, he survived, but ahead of him lay a completely different life — surgery, rehabilitation and self-acceptance. Years later, Alexei became a master of sports in swimming, and a member of the Belarus Paralympic team. He also achieved a black belt in Taekwondo. Sport became a kind of psychological support for Alexei. He now has a big family with four children. The family is a very important part of his life. In addition to sports, Alexei is active in public life. He founded a charitable foundation, and successfully acts as a motivational speaker and coach. Alexei holds several world and European records. In September 2019, he set a world record in the 50m breaststroke at the Paralympic Swimming World Championships in London.
Talai’s story
Павел Волков
Pavel Volkov
Russia
Born in 1987 in Russia. Graduated from Photofaculty of Yuri Galperin, a professional course for photo correspondents. He has won awards in a number of high-profile phtography contests. Pavel takes interest in projects related to social problems of Russian society. He is an author of several documentary projects about youth subcultures (football hooligans, fight clubs, street fighters), he also covered the events in Maidan, Crimea, and the south-east of Ukraine as well. His photos have been published in The Yew York Times lens blog, International New York Times, Der Spiegel, Washington Post, Harpers Magazine, Rolling Stones New York. He is a photojournalist for the Izvestia newspaper.
Talai’s story
Talai’s story
1st place
© Евгения Новоженина
18th FINA World Swimming Championships
18th FINA World Swimming Championships, Gwangju, South Korea.
18th FINA World Swimming Championships
Evgenia Novozhenina
Evgenia Novozhenina
Russia
Yevgenia is a photojournalist based in Moscow. She began her career in 2008. She worked for Rossiya Segodnya/Sputnik international news agency for five years. In 2019, Evgenia joined Reuters as a visual journalist.
18th FINA World Swimming Championships
18th FINA World Swimming Championships
2nd place
© Ayanava Sil
Kushti: The Art of Indian Mud Wrestling
Kushti or Pehlwani is a form of wrestling from the Indian Subcontinent. It was developed during the Mughal Empire. The practitioners of this sport are referred to as a Pehlwans while the teachers are known as Ustads. Kushti is taught at a training ground known as an Akhara, which is usually made of mud, clay mixed with oil and ground turmeric. Water is added every few days to keep it at the right consistency; soft enough to avoid injury but hard enough so as not to impede the wrestlers' movements. During wrestling or practice sessions, every wrestler has to wear Langot, a type of an attire consisting of a loincloth or underwear which is usually worn by the Indian mud wrestler before entering the Akhara. Kushti isn't just a sport — it's an ancient subculture where wrestlers live and train together and follow strict rules on everything from what they can eat to what they can do in their spare time. The focus is on living a pure life, building strength and honing their wrestling skills.
Kushti: The Art of Indian Mud Wrestling
Ayanava Sil
Ayanava Sil
India
Ayanava Sil lives in Kolkata, India where he works as documentary photographer, focusing on images of everyday life. Documenting people over the years has been an invaluable opportunity for him to explore the unknown and to embrace the multitude of people’s realities.
Kushti: The Art of Indian Mud Wrestling
Kushti: The Art of Indian Mud Wrestling
3rd place
© Chandan Khanna
Self-Taught Heavyweight Boxer
Delian, 34, is a single father and a self-taught heavyweight boxer who earns a living through giving private boxing classes. He considers a decision by Haiti's boxing federation not to let him fight in tournaments as unfair, and he feels betrayed by the federation: "I guess it's all about who you know and it's all about who you are friends with. It is so hard to succeed in anything in this country." Delian says coach Daniel Edouard promised to send him on a tournament but later told him, "You are not capable." During an interview, Edouard said he saw Olympic potential in Delian.
Self-Taught Heavyweight Boxer
Chandan Khanna
Chandan Khanna
India
Chandan Khanna is a photojournalist working with Agence France-Presse based in Miami, Florida, and covering North America.
Self-Taught Heavyweight Boxer
Self-Taught Heavyweight Boxer
Jury Honorable Mention
© Maxime Puteaux
Sea Foam
"Écumes" (sea foam in French) is a series of photographs capturing the different phases of a surfing session, from setting out on the open sea to returning ashore. The waves are frozen here and seem to be on the verge of devouring those who venture into them. The photos encapsulate the ephemeral state of the matter from which the wave is woven by capturing its textures and colors. The series questions man's place in nature and his use of it.
Sea Foam
Maxime Puteaux
Maxime Puteaux
France
Maxime Puteaux (Max Is In The Air) is a French drone photographer born in 1989 and based in Paris. He captures aerial views using drones. His landscape photographs allow the viewer to appreciate the simplicity of the motifs seen from the sky while experiencing new perspectives.
Sea Foam
Sea Foam
Jury Honorable Mention
Single
© Sumit Sanyal
Living on the edge
A man collecting water from a hand pump on Mousuni Island while huge tidal waves roll in. A wall that once sheltered the pump from the waves has been destroyed by erosion. Tidal flooding has increased due to the rise in the sea level, causing extensive damage to the island.
Sumit Sanyal
Sumit Sanyal
India
Sumit Sanyal is a Freelance Photographer based in Kolkata, India. He has a Diploma in Photography from National Academy of Photography in Kolkata. His works have been featured in several exhibitions and publications. He currently works as a stringer photographer for Anadolu Agency.
Living on the edge
Living on the edge
1st place. Special prize by Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG)
© Abdul Momin
Fishing at Jamuna
Fishermen catching fish at Jamuna River in Bogra, Bangladesh.
Abdul Momin
Abdul Momin
Bangladesh
Having taken up photography in college, Abdul quit his office job one day to focus on the lives of the people around him. His work has appeared in The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph, National Geographic and The Mirror. He is a recipient of numerous national and international awards. Abdul says that photography transformed his life by allowing him to share his view of the world with others.
Fishing at Jamuna
Fishing at Jamuna
2nd place
© Sean Steininger
Circle of lIfe
When you look a humpback whale in the eye, it looks back at you, and you are struck by the realization that this is a sentient being. It is an otherworldly experience to share the ocean with these gentle giants, whose measurements defy description. The Polynesian archipelago has one of the world’s biggest whale populations. Tourists come from all over to marvel at their sheer size in person. Among the first countries to outlaw whaling, Tonga has been a leader in whale and marine conservation. The whale population around Polynesia has been growing gradually.
Sean Steininger
Sean Steininger
USA
Sean was born and bred on a lake in rural Kentucky. On a backpacking trip through Thailand, he became a divemaster and began to blend his passions of photography and the sea. His search for the next thrilling photo opportunity with majestic creatures living in the great big blue has taken Sean from small islands in Southeast Asia to Polynesia, from the shores of Sydney to the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon River.
Circle of lIfe
Circle of lIfe
3rd place
© Balazs Beli
Blue hour
Budapest's downtown from above in the blue hour.
Balazs Beli
Balazs Beli
Hungary
Balazs was born in Hungary in 1987. He worked at Hungarian daily newspaper Magyar Hirlap between 2006 and 2010. Since August 2010, he has been working at Barikad weekly magazine and alfahir.hu news portal. Balazs won the MUOSZ Grand Prize at the 2014 Hungarian Press Photo contest.
Blue hour
Blue hour
Jury Honorable Mention
© Fyodor Telkov
Old Believers carry a cross to erect it on the site of the hermitages
Parishioners of the Church of the All-Merciful Savior (Belokrinitsky Agreement community of Old Believers) are carrying a memorial cross to install it on the site of former Old Believers’ sketes. The Old Believers were, in fact, the first Russian settlers in the Middle Urals, where they helped make up the workforce of the Demidov factories. The Old Believers could live in relative safety there.
Федор Телков
Fyodor Telkov
Russia
Born in Nizhny Tagil, Russia in 1986, Fyodor Telkov is a photographer, a project supervisor and since 2008, a member of the Russian Union of Photo Artists. He graduated from the Artistic Graphics Department of the Nizhny Tagil State Social and Pedagogical Academy. He is currently based in Yekaterinburg.
Old Believers carry a cross to erect it on the site of the hermitages
Old Believers carry a cross to erect it on the site of the hermitages
Jury Honorable Mention
© Shubham Kothavale
Pink festival
The Pink Festival is held in the city of Kolhapur, Maharashtra State, India.
Shubham Кothavale
Shubham Kothavale
India
Pink festival
Pink festival
Jury Honorable Mention
Series
© Sergei Parshukov
The capital of a disappearing world (long-term project)
Vorkuta is the fourth largest city beyond the Arctic Circle, the easternmost city in Europe. The main city area is surrounded by a dense ring of workers' settlements. Almost as soon as Vorkuta was founded, it became home to one of the largest Gulag camps, to which prisoners from all over the world were exiled. By 1951 there were 73,000 people in the camp, including foreigners. That is why the city was given a second, unofficial name “capital of the world.” Vorkuta's population is rapidly shrinking — it ranks first in the country in terms of the rate of population decline. While in the 1990s more than 110,000 people lived here, now it has a population of less than 60,000. The villages built beside the mines were the first to die out. Nowadays, most of them look like ghost towns. People leave their houses and apartments, throwing away furniture and other items that are too expensive to transport from this remote corner of Russia. They leave their personal histories and their former lives behind them in Vorkuta.
The capital of a disappearing world (long-term project)
Сергей Паршуков
Sergei Parshukov
Russia
Documentary photographer, member of the Russian Union of Art Photographers. In his personal projects he explores social issues and everyday life in provincial towns and rural areas. Sergei works for TASS News Agency as a freelance photographer.
The capital of a disappearing world (long-term project)
The capital of a disappearing world (long-term project)
1st place
© Kevin Krautgartner
The face of bauxite mining – the source of our aluminum
Aerial photography – all photos were taken from a helicopter using medium format cameras. Bauxite ore is the world’s primary source of aluminum. It has a characteristic reddish tint because of its high aluminum oxide and hydroxide content. For this reason, bauxite is particularly suitable for aluminum production – also against the background of the increasing demand for aluminum worldwide, because bauxite is an efficient method of manufacturing the metal. Nonetheless, the processing of bauxite involves high energy consumption, and the escape of a lot of heat. It also requires the use of large areas of the land which will need to be rehabilitated in the future. The mining areas, which are usually several hectares in size, are controversial, but if you look at them from an aerial perspective, especially the tailing ponds, they look like huge abstract oil paintings.
The face of bauxite mining – the source of our aluminum Kevin Krautgartner
Kevin Krautgartner
Kevin Krautgartner
Germany
Kevin Krautgartner, born and raised in Germany, currently lives and works in Wuppertal. His design studies were based on digital photography, and this continues to provide the basis for his work today.
The face of bauxite mining –  the source of our aluminum
The face of bauxite mining – the source of our aluminum
2nd place
© Mary Gelman
Yelena
Raised in the tundra, Yelena learned sewing from her grandma and hunting from her father. After leaving her husband, she moved to Tazovsky. At first, she sewed to support her children, but went on to become an acclaimed designer of traditional Nenets clothing and a steward of her culture. Her work earned her recognition from the Italian Vogue. She is proud of her culture and wants to promote it.
Yelena
Mary Gelman
Mary Gelman
Russia
Mary Gelman is a documentary photographer from St. Petersburg and a member of VII Photo Agency. In 2016, she graduated from the DocDocDoc School of Modern Photography. A winner of various awards and competitions, she works as a photojournalist and teacher.
Yelena
Yelena
3rd place
© Younes Khani Someeh Soflaei
Distorted horizons
Following the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the United States imposed sanctions against Iran. In 2006, following discussions around the Iranian Nuclear Program, the US, UN and other Western nations expanded the sanctions. The restrictions hobbled Iran’s economy and led to widespread pessimism among Iranians about their future. I photographed this series in the streets of Tehran at the peak of the sanctions period between 2018 and 2019. In recent years, many problems have arisen in people’s lives as a result of the pressure of sanctions on the one hand and the economic mismanagement of the country on the other. During this time, people lived constantly under the shadow of war. They also witnessed their purchasing power decrease as the prices went up daily. For me, the street scenes represent the deep inner life of Iranian society. On the streets, on buses, and in the subways, I saw people, so immersed in their thoughts, that their surroundings lost all meaning, ceased to exist, leaving them lost, frightened and not knowing what to do.
Distorted horizons
YOUNES KHANI SOMEEH SOFLAEI
Younes Khani Someeh Soflaei
Iran
Younes Khani was born in Tehran, Iran in 1987. Since 2004, he started photographing for various agencies and newspapers in Iran and in 2006 he was employed by the semi-official Mehr News Agency till 2015 and since 2016 as freelancer. He has been active in the coverage of social events in Iran, espec.
Distorted horizons
Distorted horizons
Jury Honorable Mention
© Luis Tato
Grazing Smoke, Harvesting Fear
With a population of more than 200 million people and an emerging middle class, Nigeria is witnessing a boom in demand for meat that offers potential but also poses risks to the Fulani nomadic and semi-nomadic herders who provide most of the country’s beef. Climate change is turning the semi-arid land which is usually used for grazing, into a desert, prompting the migration of the Fulani communities. This, as well as increased demand for land in Nigeria, has exacerbated tensions between farmers, who are predominantly Christian, and herdsmen, who are mainly Muslim. The conflict is far from straightforward, with frustrations on both sides: farmers see their crops destroyed by livestock, while Fulani herdsmen see their way of life under threat as grazing land is repurposed for agriculture. The clashes have occurred on West Africa's historic Muslim-Christian fault line. Yet the conflict goes beyond religion, bringing into focus issues like population growth and climate change in fuelling disputes over land.
Grazing Smoke, Harvesting Fear Luis Tato
Luis Tato
Spain
Luis Tato is a Spanish-born photojournalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. He currently combines his work as a stringer photographer covering East Africa with his own photojournalism projects, given his passion for sociology and traveling.
Grazing Smoke, Harvesting Fear
Grazing Smoke, Harvesting Fear
Jury Honorable Mention
Single
© Yury Smityuk
Wrangel Island
Wrangel Island is the northernmost protected island in the Russian Arctic. The Arctic Ocean divides the island almost into two parts at Meridian 180, so it is located in the Western and Eastern hemispheres of our planet. Visiting Wrangel Island Nature Reserve is restricted, but there are about 10 tourist routes in summer and autumn. Tourists can only enter the reserve accompanied by rangers. They monitor the safety of the tourists and animals that live on the island. This photo depicts Pavel Kulemeyev, a researcher at Wrangel Island Nature Reserve, in his "natural habitat." Pavel graduated from Katanov Khakassia State University and has been working in the reserve since January 2018 – now he is not only a scientist and inspector at the reserve, but also a polar explorer. After all, the conditions on the island are really tough.
Юрий Смитюк
Yury Smityuk
Russia
Born in 1989 in Khorol, Primorye Territory. In 2006 moved to Vladivostok to study at the Far Eastern State Technical University's Oil and Gas Institute. Since 2011, has worked as a TASS photojournalist in the Far Eastern Federal District.
Wrangel Island
Wrangel Island
1st place
© Samuel Eder
Valentina
Valentina is one of the four remaining civilians living in the frontline town of Pesky, one of the most dangerous places along the frontline. Although she lives on government-controlled territory, she is a passionate separatist with framed photos of Putin and Russian flags lining her walls. Without electricity, running water or friends, she relies entirely on the Ukrainian soldiers living next door to survive. She calls it "living from the hand of the enemy." With no hope for the future and nothing but bitter hatred keeping her alive, Valentina has only her cat for company. She wishes to one day see her grandchildren, who live only a few kilometers away in the separatist territory. "I wish this war would sink into the ground, down to hell where it belongs. The land is covered in bullets, shrapnel and landmines and is drenched in the tears and blood of those who died. I soak my clothes in tears from sunrise to sunset.”
Samuel Eder
Samuel Eder
Austria
Samuel Eder is an Austrian documentary photographer currently working in the Ukrainian warzone. From the blistering heights of the Himalayas to the muddy trenches of Donetsk, his work focuses on humanity in adverse environments around the globe.
Valentina
Valentina
2nd place
© Luciano Cagliardi
A generous Batman
Batman in his car sending a voice message as he leaves the hospital. For the past six years, every first Friday of the month an unknown man gets home from work only to suit up again – but this time to put on his supersuit – and goes to pay a visit to the Children’s Hospital in La Plata, Argentina. He has a very special goal: to share joyful moments and spend quality time with the patients. These patients are children who can be just months old and up to 16 years old. Batman seeks to ease the suffering of these boys and girls during a hard time in their lives. His utility belt is equipped with color pencils and coloring books, which he leaves as gifts for the kids. During his visits he’s always accompanied by a sister from the hospital convent. The sister informs him about each child’s condition. Twice a year he hosts his famous “bat-meetings,” special social events to help raise funds for the hospital. Our local dark knight keeps on writing his legacy.
Luciano Cagliardi
Luciano Cagliardi
Spain
Luciano is a student of graphic design and photojournalism, specializing in documentary and street photography. He is passionate about visual arts, music and sports.
A generous Batman
A generous Batman
3rd place
© Bruno Cerimele
In the shadow
Cynthia is 16 years old and lives in a vulnerable neighborhood in Tucumán, Argentina. She struggles with addiction and does not go to school. In Argentina, adolescents live daily with vulnerability issues such as drug, alcohol and cigarette abuse, unwanted pregnancies and domestic violence. Argentina doesn’t have a state policy seeking to improve the lives of these teenagers.
Bruno Cerimele
Bruno Cerimele
Argentina
Bruno Cerimele was born in Tucuman, Argentina in 1988. He studied Communication at the National University of Tucuman, and is a human rights activist. In 2009 he began his photography training by taking different courses, seminars and workshops.
In the shadow
In the shadow
Jury Honorable Mention
© Rahul Talukder
A Bangladeshi cosplayer in a Joker costume
Sanjid Islam Supta, a cosplayer dressed as the Joker, took part in a cosplay competition organized by St. Joseph Higher Secondary School in Dhaka, Bangladesh on September 28, 2019. Cosplay, or costume play, has evolved into an independent art form in Bangladesh and around the world. The trend has spread through many comic or pop culture conventions and online platforms. Young people find it fascinating as it helps them to experience life through the eyes of their favorite characters.
Rahul Talukder
Rahul Talukder
Bangladesh
Rahul Talukder is a documentary photographer who was born in Bangladesh in 1991. What started as a passion for street photography later turned into a career choice. In 2011, he joined Pathshala to study documentary photography. Since then, his work has addressed different social, political and cultural issues.
A Bangladeshi cosplayer in a Joker costume
A Bangladeshi cosplayer in a Joker costume
Jury Honorable Mention
Series
© Danilo Garcia Di Meo
Quatrani
Quatrani is the local term for “youngsters" in the Italian city of l'Aquila. It has been ten years since the earthquake that shook the Italian city, causing hundreds of deaths and injuries and leaving many people homeless. The children of what is now known as The Forbidden City have turned 18 years of age. They have grown up without a hometown, a safe place they can call “home.” Nevertheless, these children have managed to find a sense of belonging in the bond they share with one another. They started to give the name “home” to the solid friendship they have built by going through the same experience with remarkable strength. “When an earthquake takes away the place you are from, you need to find it again. You need to find it where there is not a thing in sight and you have nothing more to hope for but the company of your family and friends. Find home in those who love you.” “The earthquake was sort of Year One. People don’t say, for example, ‘it happened in 2006,’ but they either refer to ‘pre-earthquake’ or ‘post-earthquake.’” (Voices of the young people who lived through those times.)
Quatrani Danilo Garcia Di Meo
Danilo Garcia Di Meo
Danilo Garcia Di Meo
Italy
Danilo Garcia Di Meo is an Italian documentary photographer. He currently works with several NGO and press agencies, and took part in Sky Arts Master of Photography 2019. He received the Gran Prix at the Andrei Stenin Contest, and awards at MIFA and TIFA. He has exhibited in Moscow, Rome, Cape Town, Istanbul and Shanghai.
Quatrani
Quatrani
1st place. Special Prize by China Daily
© Shiva Khademi
The Smarties
In a society like mine, there are always plenty of diverse options and approaches to thinking and acting, which inevitably contradict each other. Shortly after the Islamic Revolution (1979), it became mandatory for every woman to wear a hijab in public, a procedure challenged by many activists and remaining somewhat controversial even today. The collection that you see (I named it "The Smarties") includes photographs of Iranian girls that I met during my wanderings in Tehran. I was watching them and asked myself what influence color had on the formation of their identity. They represent the generation of the 1990s (and some 1980s). In my view, the Smarties are usually fighters, courageous and libertarian, who see their body as a clean sheet or a blank canvas on which any image can be created. Each of them can rivet my attention for hours. I watch them, I think about them, and I listen to their unique stories.
The Smarties
 Shiva Khademi
Shiva Khademi
Iran
Shiva Khademi was born in 1990 in Razavi Khorasan province of Iran. She holds a Bachelor`s degree in Art and Cultural Management in Jahad Daneshgahi University of Applied Science. Shiva works at the Ferdowsi Mashhad University, Iran. She has won awards in a number of national and international photography contests, including National Iranian Young Photographers Festival, honored Independent Award for Social Documentary Photography.
The Smarties
The Smarties
2nd place
© Alessandro Cinque
Contaminated сolors
The series of portraits shot in Espinar district, near the huge Tintaya and Antapaccay copper mine complex, tells the story of Peruvian people affected by environmental pollution caused by the mining. The colored backgrounds represent their feeling of hope. In last few years, mineral extraction has become a backbone of the economy, replacing the agricultural economy in local communities. At the same time, the rights of the indigenous population have been violated. Malnutrition and contaminated resources affect people’s health, and many children are born with mental and physical disabilities. However, there is no health care system to help them. The Peruvian Constitution stipulates respect for the territories and cultural identities of these communities, but this is not complied with, leading to violent suppression of social protest by the police. Land exploitation is a common problem in Latin America and it shows how a new form of colonialism is creating profit by spoiling local communities.
Contaminated Colors
Alessandro Cinque
Alessandro Cinque
Italy
Alessandro Cinque is an Italian photojournalist based in Lima. His work explores environmental and socio-political issues, and has appeared in publications such as the NY Times, and National Geographic magazine. He went to ICP in NY. He's a stringer for Reuters.
Contaminated Colors
Contaminated сolors
3rd place
© Santanu Dey
Bahurupi – people with many faces
This ongoing series documents the Bediya of India, who practice the ancient art Bahurupi, meaning many (bahu) forms (rupa). Bediya are “untouchables” from the lower caste and can only find menial jobs. To survive they move around the country performing as once popular mythological characters who are all but forgotten today.
Bahurupi – people with many faces Santanu Dey
Santanu Dey
Santanu Dey
India
Santanu Dey is independent artist cum photographer based in Kolkata. His work has been published in several magazines. He got social documentary grant by SACAC, 2019, 1st place in the Polyphony Photo Festival India in 2017 and also selected in Jakarta Photo Festival 2019, Indian Photo Festival 2019.
Bahurupi – people with many faces
Bahurupi – people with many faces
Jury Honorable Mention