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© Фото : Joshua Irwandi
The human cost of COVID-19
The body of a suspected coronavirus victim, wrapped in yellow infectious waste plastic bags and wrappers, lies on the patient's deathbed awaiting a body bag in a hospital in Indonesia. Wrapping the patient, which takes two nurses a full hour to complete through three layers of plastic and nine disinfection procedures, is intended to suppress the spread of the coronavirus. As mandated by the Indonesian Ministry of Health, the wrapping of the body is standard procedure for every suspected, comorbid, and confirmed positive COVID-19 death. This process is ongoing today. As with most victims, family members were not allowed to say goodbye. After the image was published by National Geographic, it sparked denial and uproar across social media. Many who saw the image claimed it was staged to spread fear. By the end of the year, Indonesia’s coronavirus toll had reached over 800,000 cases and 20,000 deaths.
Joshua Irwandi
Joshua Irwandi
Indonesia
Joshua Irwandi is a freelance documentary photographer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. His work has been featured in National Geographic, TIME, The Times of London, and The Guardian, as well as the National Geographic Society COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists project.
The human cost of COVID-19
The human cost of COVID-19
1st place. Special prize by International Committee of the Red Cross
© Фото : Aggelos Barai
Chaos on the Greek island of Lesbos over the killing of a 20 year-old refugee
Refugees and migrants burn garbage bins and chant slogans as they demonstrate outside the Moria camp following the stabbing death of a 20-year-old man from Yemen on the Greek island of Lesbos, Friday, Jan, 17, 2020. Authorities arrested a 27 year-old Afghan migrant in connection with the incident. Overcrowding at Moria has steadily worsened over the past year as the number of immigrants and refugees using clandestine routes from Turkey to the Greek islands remains high totaling nearly 60,000 in 2019.
Aggelos Barai
Aggelos Barai
Greece
Freelancer photographer in the field of photojournalism and documentary photography. Based in Athens, Greece.
Chaos on the Greek island of Lesbos over the killing of a 20 year-old refugee
Chaos on the Greek island of Lesbos over the killing of a 20 year-old refugee
2nd place
© Фото : Rajat Gupta
India, Uttarakhand Glacier flooding
View of the damaged Dhauliganga hydroelectric power project in Chamoli District, Uttarakhand, India. At least 70 people died and nearly 130 are still missing after part of the Nanda Devi glacier fell into the river, triggering a flood that burst a dam in the Tapovan area on 07 February 2021.
Rajat Gupta
Rajat Gupta
India
Rajat Gupta began his career as a photojournalist with a Hindi regional daily in 2010. He worked for one of India's oldest newspapers, The Statesman, before joining European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) in 2015. He was the finalist in Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards 2017, Hamdan International Photography Award 2018 and Siena International Photo Awards 2020. His works document social issues, daily life and breaking news.
India, Uttarakhand Glacier flooding
India, Uttarakhand Glacier flooding
3rd place
© Фото : Rahul Sadhukhan
Endless effort
A fire broke out in an edible oils warehouse in Kolkata, West Bengal. It spread at an alarming rate to the adjoining neighborhood, causing alarm among the locals. About 11 fire engines reached the fire immediately after being called in an effort to control the fire. Soon the entire area was covered by heavy smoke. Amidst the chaos, and surprising even the professionals, a local was seen trying to extinguish the fire. Unconcerned about the heat and smoke, risking his own life, he carried bucket after bucket of water in an attempt to save what little was left. Irrespective of how minor his part was that day, his valiant effort left us in awe.
Rahul Sadhukhan
Rahul Sadhukhan
India
Rahul is a freelance photographer based in Kolkata, India. He studied at the Photography Association of Dumdum in Kolkata. His works have been featured in several competitions. He is currently a freelancer for the newspaper Eisamay.
Endless effort
Endless effort
Jury Honorable Mention
© Фото : Omid Vahabzadeh
Black Lives Matter
Protesters demonstrate against police brutality and racism in Montreal, Canada, on June 7, 2020.
Omid Vahabzadeh
Omid Vahabzadeh
Canada
Born 1989, Omid Vahabzadeh has been a professional photographer since 2006, when he started as a staff photographer for Farsnews agency in Iran. He holds an associate degree in photography and has covered social, political and sporting events inside and outside of Iran.
Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter
Jury Honorable Mention
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© Фото : Chandan Khanna
Dissent
George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill, died in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, pressed his knee to Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes. Thousands of National Guard troops patrolled major US cities after protests over racism and police brutality descended into arson and looting, sending shock waves through the country. Curfews were imposed as clashes with police escalated across America, with demonstrators ignoring warnings from President Donald Trump that his government would stop the violent protests "cold."
Dissent
Chandan Khanna
Chandan Khanna
India
Chandan Khanna is a photojournalist working with Agence France-Presse based in Miami, Florida, and covering North America.
Dissent
Dissent
1st place
© Фото : Alexander Yermochenko
Europe’s Bleeding Wound
The conflict in Eastern Ukraine is the bloodiest in Europe since the Balkan wars. According to the United Nations, civilian and military deaths standat almost 14,000, with more than 25,000 injured. According to unofficial sources, the numbers are much higher. The war in the Donbass region, caused by national, economic, political, language and other issues, is calling into doubt Ukraine’s continued viability as a country. It is becoming a frozen conflict with periodic surges in violence. The people living there are the war’s real victims, even as events in the war zone can have global political reverberations.
The Bloody Wound Of Europe
Alexander Yermochenko
Alexander Yermochenko
Ukraine
Alexander Yermochenko, 33, has been a photojournalist for eight years, mostly covering the war in eastern Ukraine. His works have been published by The New York Times, Time, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Foreign Affairs, USA Today and others, and has featured on the covers of many publications.
Europe’s Bleeding Wound
Europe’s Bleeding Wound
2nd place. Special prize by International Committee of the Red Cross
© Фото : Luis Antonio Rojas
Losing Control of Mexico
As Mexico’s homicide rate reached its highest level in six decades, the government released an even more alarming statistic: 80,517 people have disappeared since 2006. Hundreds of thousands of people have also fled their homes to escape violence, and the Mexican Congress is poised to pass the country’s first law to help the internally displaced. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has emphasized social programs to address the poverty at the root of the crime wave. Abrazos no balazos, he says: Hugs, not bullets. At the same time, he has created a 100,000-member national guard to reclaim areas with little state presence. It’s not clear that will make a significant difference. Kids learning how to defend their small town in the mountains and the arrest of Mexico’s former defense minister in the U.S. illustrate the complexity of the situation. It is the greatest crisis in Latin America since the “dirty wars” of the 1970s and 1980s.
Loosing Mexico's control
Luis Antonio Rojas
Luis Antonio Rojas
Mexico
Luis is a Mexican documentary photographer and a National Geographic Explorer. While studying civil engineering, he worked as an assistant to several international photojournalists and published his first body of work focusing on the social inequality that exists just a few kilometres from his university in Mexico City, leading to his project 'The Last Peasants'. In 2018 he graduated f​rom the Visual Journalism Program and Documentary Practices at the International Center of Photography with a Wall Street Journal Scholarship. He has been selected for PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch and for the World Press Photo 6x6 Talent Program from North and Central America. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Bloomberg News and elsewhere.
Loosing Mexico's control
Losing Control of Mexico
3rd place
© Фото : Sebnem Coskun
Asylum seekers on the move to Europe
A large number of asylum seekers from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Uzbekistan and elsewhere gather in Turkey’s Edirne hoping to cross into Europe. They make their way there from many cities in Anatolia and especially from Istanbul.
Asylum seekers on move to reach Europe
Sebnem Coskun_
Sebnem Coskun
Turkey
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.
Asylum seekers on move to reach Europe
Asylum seekers on the move to Europe
Jury Honorable Mention
© Фото : Marina Serebryakova
Belarusian protests
On August 9, 2020, presidential elections were held in Belarus, followed by a wave of nationwide protests that continue unabated. The protesters mostly demand new fair elections, an end to police brutality and repressions and the release of political prisoners. Human rights organizations report numerous human rights violations. Over 1,000 detainees said they had been tortured during and after arrests, as well as at police stations and pre-trial detention centers. Seven people are reported killed.
Belarusian protests
Marina Serebryakova
Marina Serebryakova
Belarus
Born in Minsk, Belarus. A trained economist, she has been working as a freelance photojournalist since 2012, contributing to several Belarusian media outlets.
Belarusian protests
Belarusian protests
Jury Honorable Mention
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© Фото : Mouneb Taim
Parkour on rubble
A group of young people play parkour in the ruins. Because of the war they can’t train professionally in designated places.
Mouneb Taim
Mouneb Taim
Syria
Mouneb Taim is a freelance photographer who covers the war that has been raging in his native Syria for the last nine years. He has been documenting events in his native city for local publications.
Parkour on rubble
Parkour on rubble
1st place
© Фото : Keyvan Jafari
Green rectangle in the desert
Villages in deprived areas of Qaleh Ganj, a city in the south of the Kerman Province, Iran have benefited from a football field where young people can enjoy sports.
Keyvan Jafari
Keyvan Jafari
Iran
Keyvan Jafari was born in 1993 in Sari, Iran, He is a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer working in the field of environmental photography.
Green rectangle in the desert
Green rectangle in the desert
2nd place
© Фото : Ayanava Sil
Pinned Down
On Martyrs' Day, young wrestlers participate in a state level competition to mark the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on January 30, 2020, in Kolkata, India.
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.
Pinned Down
Pinned Down
3rd place
© Фото : Sebnem Coskun
Turkish national swimmer Nil Sahin
Turkish swimmer Nil Sahin, who has won 180 medals, 95 of them gold, training in Istanbul, Turkey. She wants to win the world championship and Paralympic Games in 2021.
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.
Turkish national swimmer Nil Sahin
Turkish national swimmer Nil Sahin
Jury Honorable Mention
© Фото : Daria Isaeva
Figure grabbing
Darya Pavlyuchenko and Denis Khodykin perform a short program during the open skating of the Russian national figure skating team.
Daria Isaeva
Darya Isayeva
Russia
Darya was born in 1987 in Moscow. She graduated from the Faculty of Journalism, after which she defended her diploma in the course "Photojournalism" at Lomonosov Moscow State University. For more than ten years he has been working as a photojournalist in federal sports publications in Russia. Now she is a staff member of the Sport-Express newspaper. In photography, she appreciates an unconventional approach and irony.
Figure grabbing
Figure grabbing
Jury Honorable Mention
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© Фото : Daria Isaeva
Home Olympics
Athletes from all over the world were preparing for the Tokyo Olympics but the COVID-19 outbreak changed the plans of the entire humankind. Instead of training sessions and qualifying events, athletes found themselves stuck at home. I managed to arrange remote photo shoots via video calls and photographed athletes in their homes where they were still hoping to go to Tokyo and making sure to stay in shape. I took all the photos via FaceTime. The athletes’ friends and family members helped by holding up their phones while I positioned the frame remotely. This series is about the Olympic champions and Russia’s first-time representatives in Tokyo who had to hide from the pandemic at home.
Home Olympics
Daria Isaeva
Darya Isayeva
Russia
Darya was born in 1987 in Moscow. She graduated from the Faculty of Journalism, after which she defended her diploma in the course "Photojournalism" at Lomonosov Moscow State University. For more than ten years he has been working as a photojournalist in federal sports publications in Russia. Now she is a staff member of the Sport-Express newspaper. In photography, she appreciates an unconventional approach and irony.
Home Olympics
Home Olympics
1st place
© Фото : Seyyed Matin Hashemi Aghajari
Patience, Ayuob...
He hasn’t run for eight months. Ayuob’s impatience got the better of him one day. Not because he had been kicked out. Because they stole Iran’s gold from his neck. Ayuob won the Jakarta Para-Asian 2018 quota but was not selected for the tournament. The federation withdrew its quota for 400 meters and handed it over to a weightlifter. They thanked Ayuob for taking part and said that according to their calculations, if he went to the tournament, he would come in sixth, whereas the weightlifter would get the gold. So goodbye. Ayuob also said, God willing. He closed his mouth and said goodbye to Tehran. At his father's house, he turned on the TV and saw that, ironically, the opposite had happened. The athlete who took Ayuob's place finished sixth in weightlifting, and the runner-up record for the gold medal in 400 meters was just two seconds better than Ayuob's last record two months before the start of the Jakarta Games.
Patience, Ayuob...
Seyyed Matin Hashemi Aghajari
Seyyed Matin Hashemi Aghajari
Iran
Born in 1998 in Tabriz, Iran. Showed an interest in art as a child, including calligraphy. Admitted to the University of Tabriz Islamic Arts. He captures everyday events and people's lives. Independent photographer, works with several foreign and Iranian agencies, including NVP Canada and SDN USA, local news agencies. He has participated in over ten group exhibitions and won various titles in national and international festivals.
Patience, Ayoub...
Patience, Ayuob...
2nd place
© Фото : Yevgeny Konoplyov
Alexander Gombozhapov: I overcome myself every day
Alexander Gombozhapov is a master of sports in archery. He achieved this title despite having no arms and only one leg. It’s been 17 years since the horrible tragedy that made Alexander an amputee. He is well adjusted to his new life now. He can handle housework, exercise, swim and even drive a car.
Gombozhapov: I overcome myself every day
Yevgeny Konoplyov
Yevgeny Konoplyov
Russia
Photojournalist from the Republic of Buryatia, Russia. He lives in Ulan-Ude and works at the Inform Polis Publishing House. He also freelances for the Lyudi Baikala magazine.
Gombozhapov: I overcome myself every day
Alexander Gombozhapov: I overcome myself every day
3rd place
© Фото : Kristina Brazhnikova
On the field, anything goes
There are only seven women’s American football teams in Russia. It is a non-professional sport so anyone can join. It’s all about personal enthusiasm so players often have to learn the rules and moves by themselves while coaching is simply done by more experienced players. Some women start playing American football because their friends invited them. Some are drawn by the exotic sport. Others simply want to become more athletic. Many drop out after the first training session: after all, it’s not only about strength and endurance but also about the ability to understand and remember formations. Those who stay find themselves a new family and a safe place for expressing emotions, including aggression. Young women admit that American football has made them braver and more decisive. They leave their comfort zone and broaden the boundaries of their usual routine. The sound of shoulder pads smashing against each other becomes their favorite sound.
On the field, anything goes
Christina Brazhnikova
Сhristina Brazhnikova
Russia
Born in 1988. Based in Voronezh. Graduated from Voronezh State Technological University. Began as a photojournalist at Komsomolskaya Pravda in Voronezh in 2012. Working since 2016 as a freelancer with local and federal media, and on her own projects.
On the field, anything goes
On the field, anything goes
Jury Honorable Mention
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© Фото : Sebnem Coskun
New danger to life below water: COVID-19 waste
According to a report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), plastic waste equivalent to 33,880 plastic bottles enters the Mediterranean each minute. Most of the plastic waste washes up on the shores of Italy and Turkey. The medical waste from the pandemic reached the seas due to the human factor and wind. While the world’s plastic and garbage pose a great danger to our seas, medical waste, a new concern, points to bigger problems and irreversible environmental pollution. Turkish national free diver Şahika Ercümen dives into the Bosphorus after becoming a UNDP aquatic life advocate.
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.
New Danger to Life Below Water: COVID-19 Wastes
New danger to life below water: COVID-19 waste
Grand Prix
© Фото : Chang XU
Ski into spring
Every year on January 4, the Chinese city of Changchun hosts the opening ceremony of the Vasaloppet China cross-county ski race. In 2020, more than 1,000 athletes from 30 countries took part in the competition.
Chang XU
Chang XU
China
Xinhua News Agency press-photographer.
Ski into spring
Ski into spring
1st place
© Artyom Onopriyenko
Place of power
Lake Baikal is not only one of the most beautiful but also most mystic and sacred places on Earth. There are many natural, holy places on Lake Baikal connected to the locals’ beliefs in shaman spirits, where people worshipped them and made sacrifices. This lake is shrouded in legends and myths.Lake Baikal is full of mysteries. Its many natural “places of power” are closely linked to shamanism and spirit worship. This year I went on an expedition to Lake Baikal but was met only by cold, wind and conjunctivitis.
Artyom Onopriyenko
Artem Onoprienko
Russia
Artem Onoprienko was born in 1988 in Uralsk, Kazakhstan. He works as a business analyst in the IT sector and manages a photography club at the National Research University in Samara. He has won a number of professional national and regional photo contests, including the Young Russian Photographers international festival.
Place of power
Place of power
2nd place
© Фото : Abdul Momin
It's bath time
Circus elephants are bathing in murky river water.
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.
It's bath time
It's bath time
3rd place
© Фото : Rafid Yasar
Happy Farmer
Bangladesh is a country with six distinct seasons. Winter is one of such seasons. During winter, the temperature remains between 10°C and 12°C in many places, especially in the countryside where there is not much urbanization or human population. Because of this, winter comes in a variety of colors in Bangladesh. The fresh produce markets in rural areas get filled with colorful vegetables. Here a farmer shows off his harvest.
Rafid Yasar
Rafid Yasar
Bangladesh
Rafid is a wildlife and aerial photographer. He works as a photojournalist at Kishor Alo and also studies journalism.
Happy Farmer
Happy Farmer
Jury Honorable Mention
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© Фото : Luis Tato
Locust invasion in East Africa
Desert locusts are the most destructive migratory pests in the world. Thriving in moist conditions in semi-arid to-arid environments, billions of locusts have been feeding throughout East Africa, devouring everything in their path, posing an unprecedented and serious threat to the food supply and livelihoods of millions of people. The plague was fueled by severe weather anomalies, linked to a climate-change driven event in the Indian Ocean, that created ideal conditions for locust breeding and turned East Africa into a buffet for locusts. The crisis reached historical proportions since some areas in the region like Kenya had not seen such severe desert locust outbreaks in more than 70 years. The desert locust invasion had devastating consequences, potentially causing large-scale crop damage and threatening food security in countries affected by drought, conflict, high food prices, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic that significantly slowed efforts to fight the infestation.
Locust invasion in East Africa
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.
Locust invasion in East Africa
Locust invasion in East Africa
1st place. Special prize by Shanghai United Media Group
© Фото : Masoumeh Bahrami Gorji
Inside living cells
The coronavirus pandemic: a crisis on this scale can reorder society in dramatic ways, for better or worse. It has changed everything in my environment from my father’s face to my city. The garden next door is like a cemetery. Micro or macro many things have changed taking on new meanings. In February 2020, Iran reported its first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection. The coronavirus has spread quickly to other cities. My city, Mazandеran, has become one of the most dangerous areas, a virus red zone. As a photographer with many concerns, I was confronted by strange and unexpected moments, decisive and indecisive moments like in a transitional state. It feels like a tunnel in a transition between life before the coronavirus and after it. Facing our mortality prompts us to reevaluate our lives; I see a reevaluation of life in my environment. The pandemic has forced a reevaluation of life in detail. I started taking photos in my house to record my family; then I saw the risk and decided to leave.
Inside living cells
Masoumeh Bahrami Gorji
Masoumeh Bahrami Gorji
Iran
Masoumeh Bahrami was born in 1990 in Sari, a city of Mazandaran province in the north of Iran. She earned an M.F.A in architecture from Mazandaran University before studying documentary photography with Farhad Babaei. She works with Tasnim News Agency and was nominated for the 9th Sheed Photo Award in 2019. She won an NVP grant in 2019-2020. She is currently based in the north of Iran. She is member of MAMAAT ART Collective.
Inside living cells
Inside living cells
2nd place
© Фото : Ebrahim Alipoor
Bullets have no borders
The 1458-kilometer border with Iraq is Iran’s longest land border with its neighbors. For a long time, this border has been comprised of the most important transaction and commercial ports Iran has with Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan. However, importers still use the border to import goods. In so doing they hire local people, called porters (Koolbar in Kurdish), to transport goods from Iraqi Kurdistan into Iranian Kurdistan. According to estimates, 300 Koolbars die annually, 71 percent of whom are shot to death by border patrols. Mostly ranging in age from 13 to 65, Koolbars cross the border with heavy loads, taking an average of 8 to 12 hours — the routes running through life-risking locations including winding mountain trails, valleys, steep hills and other obstacle courses. The risk of being shot by a border patrol adds to the hazards Koolbars have to face in pursuit of a living.
Bullets have no borders
Ebrahim Alipoor
Ebrahim Alipoor
Iran
Ebrahim Alipoor was born in 1990 in Baneh, Kurdistan, western Iran, where he developed a deep interest in photography. He began working as a professional photographer at 19.
Piranshahr
Bullets have no borders
3rd place
© Фото : Lys Arango
Until the corn grows back
"Until the corn grows back" is a visual story about the roots of climate migration in Guatemala. In the indigenous communities of the highlands, the question is no longer if someone will leave, but when. Increasingly erratic climate patterns have produced year after year of failed harvests and dwindling work opportunities across the country, forcing thousands of people to try to escape skyrocketing levels of food insecurity and poverty. Over the last year, I worked with two Mayan families to create a record of daily life — their beliefs, hopes and struggles. I developed an intimate relationship with its people and I documented how malnutrition is not only widespread in Guatemala, which has the highest rates in Latin America, but has enormous consequences for individual and collective survival. Children suffering from malnutrition experience physical and cognitive constraints, which leads to perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
Until the corn grows back
Lys Arango
Lys Arango
Spain
Lys Arango is a Spanish documentary photographer. Her long-term documentary stories weave together photography, text and sound, as tools to explore humanitarian issues, migration, daily life, and how they converge in a historical and cultural context.
Until the corn grows back
Until the corn grows back
Jury Honorable Mention
© Фото : Xiaoxu Pu
Chinese well-drilling workers In South China Sea
This group of pictures about workers on offshore drilling platforms was taken in July 2020 in the northern part of the South China Sea. The Kantan No.3 is a semi-submersible oil platform developed domestically by China in 1983. Its 18 member well-drilling team works 12-hour shifts non-stop to find marine oil and gas resources, which are often found in sea beds 5,000 to 6,000 meters underwater. Life on the oil platform is characterized by toil and boredom, as the weather is scorching hot and there is no mobile phone signal. Typically, the drilling platform’s laborers work 28 consecutive days offshore before they can go onshore on a holiday of equal time. In over three decades since operations began, the Kantan No.3 has rigged more than 160 oil and gas wells.
Китайские бурильщики скважин в Южно-Китайском море_2020
Xiaoxu Pu
Xiaoxu Pu
China
Xiaoxu Pu graduated from Northwest University of political science and law in Xi'an, a historical city in Northwest China, 2010. From that time on, He has been working as a photographer and reporter in Chinese media , including at Beijing Youth Daily in 2017-2019 and Xinhua News Agency since the winter of 2019. He pays more attention to ordinary people and disadvantaged groups in his journalist career.
Chinese well-drilling workers In South China Sea
Chinese well-drilling workers In South China Sea
Jury Honorable Mention
Single
© Фото : Sergei Bobylev
Faces of the Time
A surgeon in an OR at a temporary medical facility for COVID-19 patients at Moscow City Hospital No. 15 (Filatov Hospital).
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.
Faces of The Time
Faces of the Time
1st place
© Фото : Anas Kamal
Wihad
A portrait of Hassiba and her daughter “Wihad,” who was sexually harassed on her way back from school, even though Hassiba chose a safe area to live in Cairo after she fled Sudan and came to Egypt as a refugee. Since the incident, Wihad has refused to go to school without her mother, which is difficult because of Hassiba's work, so Wihad has skipped some days of school.
Anas Kamal
Anas Kamal
Egypt
Anas Kamal, 25, is an Egyptian freelance photographer specializing in documentary and daily life photography. Graduated university with a degree in engineering. Currently enrolled at DMJX studying documentary photography.
Wihad
Wihad
2nd place
© Фото : Muhammad Amdad Hossain
Beauty of eyes
Tasnim (11), Medhi (6), and their grandfather Shukur Mia. Family members with an unusual pigmentation show off their shockingly bright, blue eyes. Eyes of this color are rare for people of a darker skin tone, and the cause is a lack of melanin pigment in the iris of the eye. Lower levels of melanin are more commonly found in people with lighter skin tones, meaning they are more likely to have lighter colored eyes. The grandfather's name is Shukur Mia, who is photographed with his granddaughter Tasnim and grandson Medhi.
Muhammad Amdad Hossain
Muhammad Amdad Hossain
Bangladesh
Muhammad Amdad Hossain lives in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Travel and documentary photography are his main areas of interest, which he has been pursuing for the past four years. He has won numerous national and international awards.
Beauty of eyes
Beauty of eyes
3rd place
© Фото : Luke Dray
Patrick Hutchinson
A group of men, including Patrick Hutchinson (carrying the man), help an injured counter-protester away after he was attacked by a crowd of Black Lives Matter supporters on the Southbank on June 13, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The man, later identified as Bryn Male, was, according to witnesses, “visibly inebriated” and told a BLM protester to “[expletive] off, nobody cares” before he was attacked and fell to the ground. In an interview, Male said, “They beat me senseless, and then two or three of them, including Patrick, came to rescue me. Patrick put me on his shoulder because he realized I was going to get killed.” Following a social media post by the far-right activist known as Tommy Robinson, members of far-right linked groups gathered around statues in London that were targeted by Black Lives Matter protesters for their links to racism and the slave trade. Bryn said his decision to travel to the protests was motivated by his desire to protect these historic statues.
Luke Dray
Luke Dray
UK
Luke is a 22 year old photojournalist based in Kampala, Uganda. Previously covered politics and other news in and around London. Strings for a variety of organisations, primarily Getty Images.
Patrick Hutchinson
Patrick Hutchinson
Jury Honorable Mention
© Фото : Elipe Mahe
Maria Elena
A portrait of Maria Elena Rios in a field of marigolds, the symbolic flower of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. After surviving an attempted femicide – an acid attack by her ex-boyfriend in September 2019 – the 27-year-old saxophonist is now fighting for justice. Disfigured, it is through music and her instrument that she succeeded in being reborn and in finding the strength to continue her fight.
Elipe Mahe
Elipe Mahe
Mexico
Born in 1991, Mahe Elipe is a French photographer based in Mexico. Member of the Hans Lucas studio and Women Photograph. Her focus as a photojournalist is on using the advantages of the medium to explore people’s place in society, in particular the place of women.
Maria Elena
Maria Elena
Jury Honorable Mention
Series
© Фото : Mary Gelman
М+T
This is an intimate story about the love of an elderly couple with Down syndrome in the unique social village of Svetlana, which is home to people with various mental and physical disorders, as well as their mentors and volunteers. It is not an asylum or a clinic. Every resident is valued as a person, and everyone works for the common good. Minya and Tatyana met each other in this village and fell in love in 2015. They are over 50 years old. I witnessed this couple get to know each other and can see how happy they have been ever since. They take care of each other, spend their free time together and worry about each other’s health. They cherish every minute of their time together. Love for them is not something ordinary, but a rare stroke of luck. Minya and Tatyana work as bakers, and also help with cooking and cleaning. They also act in plays and paint. Many believe that people with Down syndrome are incapable of love, but it is not true. Love knows no bounds.
М+T
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.
М+T
М+T
Grand Prix
© Фото : Sharafat Ali
Kashmir: A disputed legacy
Kashmir, a disputed territory between India and Pakistan, has been living in a state of conflict since 1989. The genesis of the dispute goes back to 1947, when the Indian subcontinent was divided after the end of the British imperial rule in the region. Over the last 25 years, the humanitarian cost of the conflict has been enormous. Since the armed insurgency broke out against Indian rule in 1989, more than 90,000 people have died. There are thousands of orphans and widows. Detention, rape and torture have become routine. For the last three decades, Kashmiris have been living under the shadow of the gun, with over half a million Indian soldiers occupying every corner of the state. Black laws give Indian forces impunity to kill or arrest anyone without fear of prosecution. Gunfights, funerals and wailing women are commonplace scenes that unfold in the region on a daily basis.
Kashmir: A Disputed Legacy
Sharafat Ali
Sharafat Ali
India
Sharafat Ali is a Kashmir-based independent photographer. As someone who has lived through the conflict, he seeks to tell the stories of Kashmir to the world. His work mainly focuses on the conflict, politics, daily life and personal visual narrative experiences in Kashmir.
Kashmir: A Disputed Legacy
Kashmir: A disputed legacy
1st place
© Фото : Pavel Volkov
Phoenix story
In Russia, about 60,000 children suffer burns each year, with 25,000 requiring hospitalization. A severe burn is a complex injury that leads to significant changes in the lives of children and their families. Treatment of burns involves severe pain and prolonged hospitalizations. Those who have suffered severe burns develop scarring that changes their appearance and can restrict mobility. The medical rehabilitation required to deal with it is a long-term process, and repeated operations are often necessary. Psychologists and social workers help young burn victims and their family members to adapt to the treatment process and hospital life, and coordinate care with their doctors. Lyosha and Vika were seriously injured in a fire as young children. After numerous operations and a lengthy socialization process, they are now fully grown and trying to find their place in the world. Lyosha is studying to become an IT specialist and Vika wants to become a Cynologist.
Phoenix 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.
Phoenix story
Phoenix story
2nd place
© Фото : Luke Dray
Bobi Wine
Repeatedly beaten, arrested and harassed by security forces, Bobi Wine gave hope to thousands of Ugandans while running against the president of 35 years, Yoweri Museveni, in the 2021 election. The election campaign was marred by violence – at least 54 people were killed by security forces during protests against Wine’s arrest in November 2020. And since then, there have been countless reports of opposition figures and supporters being arrested and tortured. Mr. Wine even started campaigning in a bulletproof vest midway through the campaign after his car was shot at in Jinja, with a bullet piercing the windshield. In an interview with the New York Times, Wine said “I know they want me dead as soon as yesterday, we are campaigning every day as if it’s the last." Museveni was declared the winner of the election. Wine insists he won, and accuses the military of stuffing ballot boxes, casting ballots for other people and chasing voters away from polling stations.
Bobi Wine
Luke Dray
Luke Dray
UK
Luke is a 22 year old photojournalist based in Kampala, Uganda. Previously covered politics and other news in and around London. Strings for a variety of organisations, primarily Getty Images.
Bobi Wine
Bobi Wine
3rd place
© Фото : Patrick Junker
“There is glory in prevention”
Who are the people who test us, who help us when we have shortness of breath, who care for us when nothing works anymore? Although the number of people in need of care in our aging society continues to rise, and almost every second person dies in the hospital, it took a pandemic to make us realize how vitally important medical professionals really are. People in their home offices applauded from balconies, and politicians sang the praises of these "heroes of everyday life". The project "There is glory in prevention" gives voice to the people who are exposed every day to the invisible danger of the coronavirus. Since the beginning of the pandemic in March, Patrick Junker has been photographing nurses and doctors at work in Stuttgart's Marien hospital and the Corona test mobile. He has accompanied patients and their relatives, portrayed people struggling with the consequences of the lockdown, and photographed those committed to ending it.
There is glory in prevention
Patrick Junker
Patrick Junker
Germany
Graduated in 2020 with a B.A. in photojournalism and documentary photography in Hanover, Germany. Works with Brand Eins, Capital, CNN International, DER SPIEGEL, DIE ZEIT, fluter online, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, GEO Wissen, Handelsblatt, STERN.
There is glory in prevention
“There is glory in prevention”
Jury Honorable Mention. Special prize by Al Mayadeen TV