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Slideshow: Winners of the International Portrait Photographer of the Year awards

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Winners of the International Portrait Photographer of the Year awards

Recently, winners and finalists were announced for the inaugural International Portrait Photographer of the Year (IPPOTY) competition. Brought to you by the same organizers that put on the International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, IPPOTY received 948 submissions from portrait photographers around the world.

‘Who are the world’s leading contemporary portrait photographers? The aim of the International Portrait Photographer of the Year awards is to invite photographers from around the world to present their best work. In turn, we engage six acclaimed portrait photographers – this year David Burnett, Charmaine Heyer, Rocco Ancora, Martina Wärenfeldt, Sanjay Jogia and Sarah Ferrara – to assess and deliberate, curating a body of work that is not only representative of the portrait art in 2021, but is inspirational for us all,’ says Peter Eastway, Chairman of Judges.

Australian photographer Forough Yavari was the overall winner, placed first in Portrait Story and second in the Character Study category, respectively. She received a $3,000 prize while each category first place amounted to $1,000, while second place winners received $500 and third got $250 each – for a grand total of $10,000 in cash prizes awarded.

Winners and finalists, along with the top 101 photos selected by a panel of judges, will be featured in an Awards Book. Winners, finalists, and the top 101 photos can be viewed here.

Overall Winner + 1st Place, Portrait Story: ‘Solitude’ by Forough Yavari (Australia)

Caption: Confronting loss is not easy, even impossible. It takes you from being sad to calm, from feeling angry to face loneliness. You try avoid it and resist it and even physically get away from it, but you can’t, and it ages you and hurts you. This is someone that is still in a lot of pain from loss, not that they’ll ever be pain-free, but they haven’t hit the bottom of the curve yet.

2nd Place, Portrait Story: ‘The Loneliness of Grief’ by Forough Yavari (Australia)

Caption: This image which is kinda of personal is about grief and the loneliness you have to deal with it no matter how many people there might be around you. And you are the only one who can help healing yourself. that is why in this image the main subject is surrounded by herself. I titled this “loneliness of grief” and it was dedicated to my little sister.

1st Place, Character Study: ‘Tribal identity’ by Yar Lin (Myanmar)

Caption: A young Suri boy paints his face with white clay, surrounded by Suri women decorating their hands with bronze bracelets. Suri tribe in the Omo Valley. Ethiopia maintains important symbols of tribal identity, such as face and body painting.The shapes and colors convey a strong bond and meaning amongst them.

2nd Place, Character Study: ‘I Have a Dream’ by Forough Yavari (Australia)

Caption: Referring to the speech “I Have a Dream”, a public speech that was delivered by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. during the march on Washington for Freedom on August 28, 1963, in which he called for an end to racism.

3rd Place, Character Study: ‘Asking the Question’ by Brian Casey (Australia)

Caption: Bonn Mariee, Born just over a couple of decades ago with an innate curiosity, red hair and freckles. A moment in a friend’s studio shed. Bonn actually shut up asking questions for long enough to get some images made that portrayed her ‘red head’ character.

1st Place, Environmental Portrait: ‘The Mundari Cattle Herder’ by Josef Bürgi (Switzerland)

Caption: The Mundari Cattle Herder, South Sudan.

2nd Place, Environmental Portrait: ‘Cat and Verandah’ by Karen Waller (Australia)

Caption: Ern Hendry lives in Point Turton on Yorke Peninsula in South Australia.

3rd Place, Environmental Portrait: ‘The Man of Golden Fibers’ by Azim Khan Ronnie (India)

Caption: Workers appear to be wearing large golden wigs as they carry a heavy bundle of jute fiber. Their bodies are enveloped with the heavy natural fibers, with only their faces visible as they each carry around 50kg of jute on their shoulders.

1st Place, Family Sitting: ‘Maiden of the Suri Tribe’ by Zay Yar Lin (Myanmar)

Caption: She is 25 years old, not yet married, and still guarded by her family. She is still waiting for her husband. A man in the Suri Tribe can only marry a girl when he has sixty cattle which are presented to the girl’s family as the price of marriage.

2nd Place, Family Sitting: ‘People of the River’ by Jatenipat Ketpradit (Thailand)

Caption: This is a picture of a Karo tribe family that includes father, mother, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. The Karo tribe living along the Omo River, incorporate rich, cultural symbolism into their rituals by using ornate body art, headdresses, and body scarification to express beauty and significance within their community.

3rd Place, Family Sitting: ‘Little Lord Fauntleroy’ by Nancy Flammea (Australia)

Caption: I’m done with my music lessons! A character from the children’s classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett Little Lord Fauntleroy written in 1886.

Finalist, Portrait Story: ‘Praying with Fire’ by Azim Khan Ronnie (India)

Caption: Devotees attend prayer with burning incense and light oil lamps before breaking fast during a religious festival called Rakher Upobash. Every year thousands of Hindu devotees gather in front of Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram temple for the Kartik Brati or Rakher Upobash religious festival in Narayanganj, Bangladesh.

Finalist, Environmental Portrait: ‘A Golden Moment’ by Kari Dahlstrom (United States)

Caption: A Golden Moment is the portrait of a Kazakh Eagle Hunter taken at the Eagle Festival in Western Mongolia. Here, traditional eagle hunters display how they have trained eagles in the same manner as their ancestors. The shot was not posed, but taken as hunter and eagle rode by.


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