This year, the International Photography Awards (IPA) received more than 13,000 entries from 120 countries. On Tuesday October 27, the judges announced the winners and finalists in 13 categories.
“During these unprecedented times, the entries submitted to the competition reflect some of the biggest challenges facing our generation. Not the least of these is related to the virus, which for the first time represents an event that has affected every person on Earth in one way or another. We see photography at its best — whether it’s the COVID pandemic or the worldwide uprising against injustice — all the photos are breathtaking. I can easily say that these are the best photographs I have seen in decades,” says Hossein Farmani, Founder and President of IPA.
Below are photos of the winners in the Professional category who received the Lucie Trophy and a $10,000 cash prize. The work of the finalists of the “Discovery of the Year” competition among non-professional photographers and students who were awarded the Lucie Trophy and a cash award of $5,000 can be found here. Grand Prix winners for both categories will be announced at a special online event at a later date.
Advertising Photographer of the Year: A Sustainable Future of Exquisite Luxury Mobility – Mike Dodd (Great Britain).
Author’s comment: The image was meant to reflect how Bentley sees a sustainable future for exceptional travel. The characteristics of the Bentley EXP 100 GT contained the following [заявления]as: – exceptional craftsmanship; – an impeccable combination of materials and carefully selected technologies; – the use of light as a new luxury material; — 5,000 year old British oak petrified wood impregnated with recycled copper; – Compass body paint made from recycled rice husks; – 100% organic leather-like textile made from winemaking waste; – Cumbria Crystal interfaces; – interior elements made of cotton with embroidery.
Technical information: Canon 5DS, 24mm, f/9, 1 to 30 seconds. Retouching: Gosia Klosowska.
Analog/Film Photographer of the Year: New Seas – Paulius Makauskas (Lithuania).
Author’s comment: Timothy Morton considers climate change to be a “hyper-object” — an incomprehensibly large object stretched across space-time. Such an object is recognizable only in parts, but never all at once.
Microplastics are barely visible particles that are at the same time present throughout the ocean. I imagine it as synthetic plankton of every conceivable color, wandering invisibly from one place to another. I spent a lot of time by the sea, so it was easier for me to see that the white crests of the waves create an endless white-gray paper canvas in space and time. I only needed to fill it with light to reveal the invisible.
Technical information: 4x5, Fuji Provia 100, 40 — 50 minimum exposure, 210mm.
Architecture Photographer of the Year: From the Stage – Jesus M. Chamizo (Spain).
Author’s comment: The theater can turn the stage into a temple, and the performance into something sacred. In South Asia, performers reverently touch the floor of the stage before stepping on it, an ancient tradition that intertwines the spiritual and the cultural.
This is my special tribute to the Temple of the Theater and what it represents — a noble cultural cause that helps humanity grow. Contemplating from the stage, we observe that majestic empty space, which acquires a double meaning. Surprise, but also hope with the message: “The spectacle, no doubt… will go on.”
Technical information: Nikon, various lenses.
Photographer of the Year, Photo Book Category: ANTARCTICA: The Waking Giant – Sebastian Copeland (Germany).
Author’s comment: This book documents over a decade of travel in and around Antarctica. While the coast evokes visions of a lost world, the interior is reminiscent of another planet. I spent 84 days crossing this lifeless plateau with no help other than skis and kites.
Temperatures never exceeded ‑35C, a challenge to everything, especially the equipment. My research has given me a deeper understanding of the changes taking place as a result of climate change. The photographs I show tell the story of a changing environment that hints at the coming redrawing of the world map, and everything else that implies.
Deep Perspective Photographer of the Year: Exodus – Nicolo Filippo Rosso (Colombia).
Author’s comment: This project tells the epic journey of Venezuelan migrants, driven by desperation and hunger, under pressure from forces beyond their control. Two years ago, I decided to document their story and self-funded the Exodus project.
After spending weeks and sometimes months in some border areas, I traveled with migrants who call themselves “the walkers”. They made a long journey from the eastern border of Colombia through the Andes to the country’s capital, Bogotá. This series of photographs is the result of time spent with them.
Press Photographer of the Year: Pro Democracy Demonstrations, Hong Kong: The Revolution of Our Time – Kiran Ridley (France).
Author’s comment: On June 9, 2019, about a million people took to the streets of Hong Kong to protest against the government’s proposed extradition bill, which allows citizens to be extradited to mainland China for prosecution.
Since that day, Hong Kong has plunged into a political crisis, with waves of demonstrations and violent clashes between police and protesters, with an alarming rise in allegations of police brutality and allegations of misconduct as the protests evolved into a broader call for democratic rights and freedoms. in a semi-autonomous city.
Event Photographer of the Year: Elements – Katja Ogrin (Great Britain).
Author’s comment: Exploring live performance elements such as water, fire, smoke and other pyrotechnic effects that enhance the visual impact on the audience.
Feature Photographer of the Year: Looking out from Within, 2020 – Julia Fullerton Batten (Great Britain)
Author’s comment: Looking inside, 2020 Covid-19 has arrived. Life has changed. Perhaps irrevocably. I became numb. Couldn’t stand helplessly. I decided to document the new daily existence of millions. I talked about my idea on social media and in a local newspaper in West London. The response was huge. Imprisoned in their home, they sadly look out the window at another, abandoned world outside.
Technical information: f/5.6, 1/30 sec.
Nature Photographer of the Year: Black Mountain Ari Rex (Australia).
Author’s comment: In January 2019, Canberra experienced one of the most spectacular thunderstorms in history. She passed through the city from west to east over the black mountains and continued on her way to the mountains of Brindabella.
Technical information: Canon EOS 5D Mark iii 88mm, x16, 4″, f/5.6, ISO 640.
People Photographer of the Year: Odilo Lawiny — Handmade Soccer Balls Brian Hodges (Australia)
Author’s comment: A few miles off main roads in rural Uganda, soccer balls bounce unevenly off the ground. The playing fields are arid, lush, weedy, sandy—any level ground will do. Some feet are bare, others are shod in worn sneakers, boots, rubber sandals. However, children deftly and selflessly kick and chase homemade lopsided balls, competing for pride and joy — for the pure pleasure of the game.
Balls are created using whatever is at hand: a rag or a sock, a tire or bark, a plastic bag or banana leaves. Made entirely from recycled materials, they give new life to what would otherwise be thrown away.
Technical information: Leica S.
Special Photographer of the Year: The Silent Menace (The Silent Menace) – Toby Heikkila (Canada).
Author’s comment: Terribly quiet downtown Calgary during rush hour. Sole occupant, silent threat. Unseen and invisible.
Technical information: Sony, 7rm2, FE 55mm f/1.8
Sports Photographer of the Year: Bodies of the NFL – Howard Schatz (USA).
Author’s comment: body type tells what position the player is playing. Position determines the body type of all NFL players.
Motion Picture/Video Photographer of the Year: The Journey to the Land of Dreams – Iwona Podlasinska (Poland).
Source: Iwona Podlasinska
Author’s comment: This video is a series of moving pictures that tells the story of an imaginary journey to a winter dreamland. The children in the photographs travel by horse, train or on foot to reach the land of imagination. This video was created by Zaman Dizini from photos taken by Iwona Podlasińska.
* when preparing the article, materials from the resources dpreview.com and photoawards.com were used