The 2018 All About Photo Award Winners
It was a privilege and an honor to be one of the jurors for this new edition of All About Photo Awards 2018. First of all, I can’t thank enough Liu Bolin, Eli Klein, Crista Dix, Marco Gualizzini, Elisabeth Mouchy, Ann Jastrab and Michael Itkoff for their patience and hard work. We received more than 4,200 images from around the world and it was a long and difficult task to select the images that would make it to the second round. After spending a lot of time watching the images over and over again we selected around 900 images from 362 photographers. The overall quality was amazing and many more photographers could have been featured in our winners’ gallery but in the end I hope you like the ones we have selected. – Sandrine Hermand Grisel
1st Place Winner- Photographer of the Year : Tariq Zaidi (British)
I am extremely honored to have my work recognized by All About Photo Awards 2018. I am also very humbled and would like to thank the jury for choosing my images from such a high caliber of work entered by the other remarkable photographers from around the world. – Tariq Zaidi
In Jan 2014, Tariq Zaidi gave up a senior corporate position, to pursue his passion of capturing the dignity, purity and soul of people, within their environment. His work focuses on documenting social issues, inequality, endangered communities and traditions from around the world.
In Feb 2018, Tariq was awarded one of the top Premier Awards in POY75 (Pictures of the Year International Competition) – “Photographer of the Year” Award of Excellence for his work from North Korea, Congo and Brazil and also 2nd place News Division/Feature Category in the same year.
Since Aug 2015, Tariq’s stories, images and videos from Angola, Brazil, Cambodia, Chad, Congo, Ethiopia, Georgia, Indonesia, Mongolia, North Korea & South Sudan have been featured internationally in over 700 magazines/newspapers/websites (in more than 60 countries) including: The Guardian, BBC News, CNN, National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel Magazine, El Pais, GEO Magazine, The Independent On Sunday Magazine, Marie Claire, Esquire Magazine, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, The Telegraph, El Mundo Spain, Khaleej Times UAE, ITV News, MSN News, LensCulture, L’Oeil De La Photographie, Internazionale Magazine, The Times of London and many more.
He has won many major international photography awards, shown his work in over 45 international exhibitions and completed commissions in Sierra Leone, Cuba, Russia, Cambodia, Uganda, UAE, Japan and Indonesia. Tariq works as a freelance photographer based out of London, UK. He is currently working on a long-term personal project developing a visual anthology capturing the dignity of humankind in some of the poorest communities in the world.
His work is represented by Zuma Press (USA), Caters News Agency (UK) and Getty Images (UK).
Merit Award, also by Tariq Zaidi
2nd place winner Bai Xueqi
A photojournalist since 2012, Bai Xueqi currently works in Moscow. His photos have been used by news outlets around the globe.
3rd Place Winner Jason McGroarty
Jason McGroarty (Irish, b.1992) is a multi-award winning, self-taught photographic artist who is best known for his conceptual work exploring the relationship between man and nature. The characters of which are depicted in almost tarot-card-like mystical figures.
Also known for his minimalist approach to photography, McGroarty creates his masterpieces with only entry-level equipment, often building his own lighting, studio’s and props from unwanted materials. This motto has secured sponsors with international top dogs such as Nikon in their ‘Learn & Explore’ project promoting the quality of work that can be achieved with a masterful understanding of light & composition.
4th Place Winner: Yoong Wah Alex Wong (Turkey)
Yoong Wah Alex Wong was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and has a MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia, USA. Currently he is a faculty member at Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey, giving courses in the area of Digital Modeling, Computer Animation, Digital Video, Motion Graphics and Arts.
He travelled to more than 36 countries and he has been active in photography for the past 16 years. He has received numerous honours such as the International Photography Award (IPA), PX3 Award, The Spider Award, Worlds Photographic Award and the Worldwide Photography Gala Award. He is a regular editor/photographer to Photo Creator Publication and a guest speaker to Malaysia National Art Gallery for photography seminar since 2004. His artworks have been exhibited and showcased at various galleries across Brazil, France, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey and USA.
5th Place Winner : Alamsyah Rauf
Alamsyah Rauf was born in a small district in south sulawesi precisely in Kab.Sinjai, maybe that’s why this photographer is less known among photographers in Indonesia but his work has won dozens of world-class photo contest. After graduating high school, this man married in 2001 on the will of his parents, this makes him unable to continue college.After married Alamsyah worked in his parents’ photo studio. Alamsyah Learning DSLR cameras just look at the camera manual and learn self-taught to techniques of composition, tone, and lighting via internet.2004 Alamsyah Rauf set up his own Photo Studio and hire 3 photographers. As a freelance photographer, Alamsyah take part in various photography communities, photo exhibitions and participate in various national and international photo contest.
Merit Award, also by Alamsyah Rauf
Merit Awards Winners
Jamie Johnson is a Los Angeles photographer specializing in children and alternative processes. Winner of the Julia Margaret Cameron Portfolio Award and Spider Black and White Photography Award. Her work has been published in many photography magazines and is exhibiting in galleries worldwide. Jamie’s work is in the permanent collection of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and Archaelogy Museum in Alabama and currently has a show at the Norton Museum of Fine Art in Palm Beach Florida.
As a mother and fine art photographer whose bread and butter comes from photography, my passion for faces of the next generation has been a life long focus. I travel the world capturing images children and childhood around the globe. From Laos to Cuba, from the Amazon to India, I have found a universality in the world of children. I have always been particularly interested in observing how girls are raised, examining the morals, values, and education of the next generation of young women. My work has been exhibited Internationally in galleries and museums from New York thru London and Paris, and has been published in dozens of magazines.
Statement: My Journey with the Irish Travellers
As a mother and fine art photographer whose bread and butter comes from family and child photography, my passion for faces of the next generation has been a life long focus. In my free time, I travel the world capturing images children and childhood around the globe. From Laos to Cuba, from the Amazon to India, I have found a universality in the world of children. I have always been particularly interested in observing how girls are raised, examining the morals, values, and education of the next generation of young women.
Three years ago, I was invited by a photographer friend to document a community of Irish Travellers during an event when travelers come from all over the Ireland and Europe to connect, sell puppies and ponies, and catch up with friends and family. The kids run free with plastic guns, squirt guns, dolls, ponies , puppies and candy cigarettes catching up with cousins and grandparents. The Travellers set up camp at the festival, where family and friends can reunite and share stories. It is not an easy community to penetrate, they have faced such discrimination and racism they are very skeptical of outsiders. It was an amazing journey and I made connections with so many kind and generous families. They allowed me to photograph their lives and cultures. The children followed me around and took turning using my cameras. I learned their traditions of being sharply dressed young boys and overly dressed young girls yet still very catholic, their goals of falling in love, getting married young and producing many children. and a strong sense of taking care of each other and family values and always respecting God.
Travellers are an indigenous minority who, have been part of Irish society for centuries. Travellers long shared history, cultural values, language, customs and traditions make them a self-defined group, and one which is recognizable and distinct. Their culture and way of life, of which nomadism is an important factor, distinguishes them from the sedentary (settled) population. The Irish Travelers are a nomadic population, living on the fringes of society. Often uneducated, this Catholic community is required to marry within their clan. There are an estimated 25,000 Travellers in Ireland, making up more than 4,485 Traveller families. This constitutes approximately 0.5% of the total national population. It is estimated that an additional 15,000 Irish Travellers live in Britain, with a further 10,000 Travellers of Irish descent living in the United States of America. Travellers, as individuals and as a group, experience a high level of prejudice and exclusion in Irish society.
I returned to Ireland last year and I felt a deeper connection with the wonderful people I met. They brought me up to date with family gossip and life events and welcomed me into their extended families where I spent time with Travellers of all ages. A group of family matriarchs invited me in each day, gave me a beer and told me all the stories since I had last visited. Who got engaged, married, who got arrested, who lost their caravan, who got a bigger caravan, a really genuine group of women happy to have a new American friend. They told me how sorry they felt for me that I only had two children, and my goals should be to have many. They were as interested in my strange Los Angeles life as I was of theirs. I was struck by the timeless quality of their faces and the deep connection to family. As when I photograph anywhere, it is always the children who draw me in. I love listening to their stories and thoughts on life. Growing up in this nomadic life style is all they know and they are quite proud people. The prejudice is hard to believe until you see it with your own eyes. 11 year old friend wanted to look at new clothes and asked me to come with her to the shop on the high street as they most likely would not let her in. We went in together and looked at cute trendy clothes and the lady followed us around the store so closely I could feel her breath on my neck. I watch the police harass many of my young friends for just walking around. I heard well dress Irish women call them “trash” loudly as they walk by. These kids are sweet but tough as this is the only lifestyle they know. This warm generous family orientated community seeks good lives for their children, great hopes for their community and works to carry on their family culture and traditions thru many generations by telling all the wonderful stories of their grandparents and great grandparents travels. They seek equality and hope to rid of for the next generation of the extreme prejudice that has faced theirs. – Jamie Johnson
Anuar Patjane is a social anthropologist, photographer and scuba diver born in Puebla, Mexico in 1981. He has received the World press photo second place Winner in 2016, Nature category and the National Geographic Traveler photo contest 1st place winner 2015.
A school of Bigeye Trevally forming a “tornado” at Cabo Pulmo National Park, Mexico. I took this photograph during one of my three exploration trips to Cabo Pulmo in 2015, the diver in front of the tornado school is park ranger Leonardo who accompanied me during that week of exploration. New research shows that schools of fish are self organized aggregations that learn and remember as a group and not as individuals. This new information needs to be taken into account by fishing regulations so fishing techniques could be modified in order to preserve the health of the whole fish population and never fish the whole community.
A few years ago and after almost completely depleting the local reef of Cabo Pulmo, the local fishermen decided to stop fishing and bet all on ecotourism. After a few years that bet became anl economic social and ecological success; what used to be an almost lifeless place now has a complete life chain and one of the highest concentrations of biomass in Mexican seas, even bull sharks and tiger sharks are back and orcas and humpbacks come near the coat of Pulmo and visit often. Cabo Pulmo is a true example that by letting the ocean recover, it will do so by itself. -Tornado Anuar Patijane
Alesya Osadchaya was born in October of 1990 in Moscow, Russia. She studied veterinary medicine at the Moscow Veterinary Academy. Currently, he also works as a teacher in the field of veterinary entrepreneurship.
The fascination with photography came from childhood. Dad taught her to handle the camera, later she got carried away with photography seriously and began to earn money by taking pictures – portrait and reportage. After graduation, the institute began to travel and take pictures of more scenery and travel reports. Travel and photography are closely related. Alesya rarely uses the services of travel agencies and travels alone. Always takes a camera with her. Through photographs, she shows the fragility of man compared to the forces of nature.
No wonder they say that the most cool photos are obtained at a time when the elements are raging. Nature opens on the new side. In bad weather, few people can force themselves to leave the warm bed and go to meet the unknown. At this time, and people who are on the street once pretend to wear “masks”. They are busy with more important things – how not to get wet, do not mess up your hair, save your property, and even the safety of your life, after all. But these are not all.
However strange it may sound, I am inspired by the vagaries of nature: storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, storms. As a child, I reviewed a bunch of BBC films (and not only) about similar natural phenomena. Probably, therefore, at such moments in the head immediately the plots for photographs are born – a good look. But even in the quietest weather one can find “moments of strength”. With my works I want to show the greatness of nature, its beauty, strength and scale in comparison with fragility and human life. – Alesya Osadchaya
Giles Clarke is a photojournalist with Getty Images Reportage based in New York City.
Giles started his career as a 16mm camera assistant in a daily news production company in Berlin in the mid 1980’s. He then trained and worked as a professional black and white photographic printer in London and New York City during the 1990’s. He spent over 12 years in the darkroom printing for fashion and advertising clients -including the late Richard Avedon in 1995-96. After a stint in Los Angeles working for UK’s Channel 4 and on web-based content for commercial clients, Giles returned to New York in 2008 to pursue still photography.
Now focusing almost entirely on humanitarian and conflict issues, Giles’s work has been featured recently by The United Nations (OCHA), American Photography 31 and 32, Amnesty International, CNN, The Guardian, Global Witness, The New Yorker, The New York Times, National Press Photographers Association, Paris Match, PDN, POYi, TIME, Visa Pour l’Image-Perpignan, and Internazionale Magazine et al.
He is the Lucie Foundation’s ‘Deeper Perspective Award’ Photographer of 2017 and the ‘Imagely Fund Fellow’ of 2018 for his recent work in Yemen.
Jennifer Garza-Cuen is an artist from the Pacific Northwest. Currently Assistant Professor of Photography at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, she received her MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. Jennifer is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Light Work Residency Awards. Her work has been exhibited internationally and published in a variety of contemporary photographic journals.
Rabun is part of Imag[in]ing America, which depicts a series of locations in the United States as a residue of cultural memory, an inheritance. It is a metaphorical memoir, a narrative re-telling of facts and fictions and it is also a discovery of the dreamland that still is America.
Located in northern Georgia and situated amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains of Appalachia, Rabun is steeped in cultural specifics associated with both the Deep South and Appalachia. It is a place with a long memory, populated by families that often trace their lineage to the founding of America. -Jennifer Garza-Cuen
Marco Panzetti (Italy, 1981) is a freelance documentary photographer, multimedia journalist and visual artist. His work focuses on contemporary issues related to social injustice, migration and collective identity. He successfully carried out projects in Europe, Latin America and Asia, frequently in collaboration or on assignment for nonprofit organizations and media outlets.
His long-term body of work on the European migrant crisis, ‘The Idea of Europe’ (2015 – present) received international recognition including an Honorable Mention at the 2017 Lange-Taylor Prize and the first prize in the video category at the 2017 Migration Media Award.
‘The Idea of Europe’ is a long-term documentary work on the human impact of the European refugee crisis.
Fleeing from conflicts, humanitarian crisis and economical distress in their countries of origin, and escaping the slavery practices commonly reported in Libya, since early 2015 more than 10,000 people lost their lives in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe, and about 3 million people applied for asylum in EU countries.
This huge influx highlighted the limits and unfairness of border control policies and asylum systems still anchored to the post-WWII treaties, and caused a major discussion among the public opinion.
Can Europe still indulge in considering itself the cradle of human rights?
With this question as motivation and common thread, ‘The Idea of Europe’ follows the migrants’ journey from the desperate Mediterranean crossing to the asylum request in Italy. – Marco Panzetti
Roger Grass Statement for ‘Min Turab’
In the space of a few decades, the landscapes of the Arab Gulf region have undergone a wholesale mutation driven by increased income from the oil, globalization and mass tourism. These countries have seen so a huge transformation, moving from the nomadic lifestyle of the bedouin tribes to a hi-tech urban society. The work takes the title from an arabic expression meaning “from the land”, and is an observation of this process oscillation between these two poles: an austere, traditional civilization on one extreme, and a postmodern culture under the powerful influence of capitalism and consumerism on the other.
Founded on the idea of travel as an artistic method, these photographs hold up a mirror to the dyad of nature and technology in a place where the old and the new come together and the lines between them blur. This tension is evident both in the vast desert landscapes and in the images of cities, where the past and the future are compressed into the close quarters of the present. These representations of the landscapes of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Qatar throw into sharp relief the binary opposition of the natural and the constructed. This sense of dislocation feeds into this idea of travel as an artistic dérive, drifting with no particular destination in mind, in search of new situations and experiences.
In these dreamlike images, the author reflects on the concepts of the real and the unreal, with viewers left uncertain as to what is really going on. Almost completely lacking in human presence, these photographs show the mark left upon the landscape by consumer society at the same time as they seek out the beauty in strangeness. With a dry wit, the artist focuses his gaze on the idea of the simulacrum. The visual and conceptual glimpses of this world documents the colonization of contemporary landscapes by technology and the alienation of human beings in the digital societies of the Arabian Gulf countries. These images of silent architecture do not offer viewers any conclusions, but rather invite them to reflect and leave the way clear for a multiplicity of interpretations that connect with viewers’ own imaginary. – Roger Grass
Rossi Fang is an amateur photographer who loves photography and likes to record every moving moment.
The temple lively celebration,is the most representative of Taiwan’s traditional culture. Tiger grandfather, the least not afraid of firecrackers gods. Sweet and innocent child put on tiger dress clothes, not afraid of firecrackers on behalf,like real divinity.
Jelena Janković is award-winning fine art photographer, specialized in dance and theater photography. Actively engaged in the documentary, freelance fashion, conceptual and experimental photography. She has exhibited at twenty groups and seven solo exhibitions and has been credited for photography in over 40 theater productions. Her photographs have been published: Rolling Stone (DE), Professional Photographer (USA), ELLE (SRB) Digital SLR Photographer magazine (UK), fotoMAGAZINE (DE), LensCulture,Lürzer’s Archive, GEO (DE, ESP), National Geographic (SPA)…She is a member of The Association of Fine Arts Artist and Designers of Serbia.
Statement for Selfie culture:
Selfie culture started to determine our existence; everybody needs to know where we are or are we doing something. Social media has a huge impact on our views about current issues. Social media has become one of the largest epidemics that affect the social relationship between people. While we are waiting for the approval of others, we miss the opportunity to enjoy the mysterious world around us. The photo was taken at the Massive Attack concert in Pula/Croatia. – Jelena Janković
Simona Bonanno was born in Messina, Italy, in 1974, to a family involved in the arts. She received her first camera from her mother when Bonanno was studying photography at the School of Arts in Italy. She has also lived and studied in Paris where she still frequently works. Her photographs have been included in several exhibitions in Europe and abroad. She currently lives in Messina, Italy. She works between her city and Paris.
July 2017: 131 fires break out with intensity for days in the area of Messina, Sicily.
During the night between the 9th and 10th of July the stables of the CUS, (University Sport Campus) were evacuated due to the tremendous fire. Horses and dogs were brought to the campus soccer field. There, they spent the night waiting for the firefighters and the canadairs (firefighting flying boat amphibious aircraft) to douse the flames.
On the afternoon of the 10th the fires’ intensity increased becoming quite dangerous. The whole campus was evacuated, and the horses were taken further away.
The exponential increase in forest wildfires is a direct consequence of climate change: the fires in the area of Messina are the subject of project Copernicus, (European Commission) monitoring weather and geophysical events through the EFFIS (European Forest Fire Information System), which uses the NASA FIRMS (Fire Information for Resource Management System) controlling fire system. – Simona Bonanno
Filippo Venturi is an Italian documentary photographer working on editorial, corporate, commercial assignments and personal projects.
His works have been published in different newspapers and magazines such as The Washington Post, Financial Times, Vanity Fair, Internazionale, La Stampa, Geo, Marie Claire, Die Zeit, Gente, D di Repubblica, Io Donna/Corriere della Sera.
He cooperates with several agencies in Italy and abroad for advertisement projects. He also pursues many personal stories and projects on the critical issues that he finds interesting.
In 2016 his work, “Made in Korea” about South Korea, has been hosted at the Italian Center for Fine Art Photography in Bibbiena, at Modena’s Foro Boario as New Talent selected by the Modena Foundation Photography, at Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MACRO) as selected Emerging Talent and at Somerset House in London by the Sony World Photography Awards.
In 2017 he was the photographer sent by Vanity Fair in North Korea.
In 2018 he is Testimonial Photographer for Fujifilm.
Alain Schroeder is a Belgian photojournalist born in 1955. In 1989 he founded Reporters , a well-known photo agency in Belgium. He has illustrated over thirty books dedicated to China, Persia, the Renaissance, Ancient Rome, the Gardens of Europe, Thailand, Tuscany, Crete, Vietnam, Budapest, Venice, the Abbeys of Europe, Natural Sites of Europe, etc. Belgian book titles include, « Le Carnaval de Binche vu par 30 Photographes », and « Processions de Foi, Les Marches de l’Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse ». Publications include National Geographic, Geo, Paris-Match,… He has won many international awards including a Japan Nikon Award for the Rohingya series, the TPOTY Travel Photographer of the Year Award with the series Living for Death and the series Kushti, a World Press Photo 1st prize for the series Kid Jockeys in Sports Stories category,… and participated in numerous exhibitions worldwide. He is represented in Belgium by Reporters and in Paris by the photo agency HEMIS. Instagram: alainschroeder
Christian Werner is a freelance multimedia/photojournalist based in Boitzum, Germany. Born in 1987, Chris studied photojournalism and documentary photography from 2009 to 2014 at the University of Hanover. He works as a freelance photojournalist and published his photos and stories, among others, in Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, TIME, The Washington Post and many more. From 2012 to 2016 Christian Werner was represented by the German reportage agency laif. Since late 2016 Chris has been represented by Zeitenspiegel. His photographic focus is the processing of social injustice, conflicts and geopolitical issues. His work has received awards several times and has frequently been exhibited internationally. In 2015 Chris participated in the World Press Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam. In 2016 Chris was chosen in the 30 under 30 Europe Forbes List in the Media category. In late summer 2016 he began working with MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station).
Chris has worked in various countries in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and South America.
Bence Máté is a Hungarian wildlife photographer. He pioneered the one-way glass photography technique now popular among hide-based nature photographers around the world. In 2010, his image ‘Marvel of Ants‘ won the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year grand title, making him the only contestant to date to win the grand title prizes in both the young and adult categories of the competition.
According to the non-profit Bridge Budapes association, Bence is the ninth most well-known Hungarian (living in Hungary), in the world.
Humanist. Freelance photographer, member of Gea Photowords. Javier Arcenillas develops humanitarian essays where the main characters are integrated in societies that borders and sets upon any reason or (human) right in a world that becomes increasingly more and more indifferent.
He is a psychologist at the Complutense University of Madrid. He has won severeal international prizes, including The Arts Press Award, Kodak Young Photographer, European Social Fund Grant, Euro Press of Fujifilm, INJUVE, Foto Press Third Prize, Luis Valtueña of Médicos del Mundo, Journalism Doñana´s prize, Luis Ksado, Make History, UNICEF, World Photography of the Year, Fotoevidence, Finalist of the Leica Prize 2009 and Antropography 2010.
In recent years he has fulfilled photographic essays about Latin america outstanding “Territories”; in Jamaica he realized “Marihuana Traffic”; “Gladiators” from the Olympic School of Boxing in Havana and “Weapon Social Club” and love to arms in the USA society.
For his work with Médicos del Mundo about the Rubbish Cities in Central America, he has been a finalist for the Ojo de Pez Prize and his book “City Hope” summarizes his five years working on it. He has published in magazines a society portrait book “REVOLUZION” in which he sums up his daily activity alongside a photographic essay about charity in India tittled “Kingdom Charity”.
He is a regular photographer for Fronterad, (Global Group) and in Alcobendas´ Town Hall. His reports abroad can be found in some outstanding publications such as Time, Der Spiegel, Stern, Guatemala´s newspaper or Miami Herald Magazine. Recently he has published “WELCOME” a book about the camp of refugees in Myanmar´s Rohingya in Kutupalong, aided Médicos sin Fronteras and worked on an article about ship breakers in Asia, “ShipBreakers”. Since the end of 2010 he´s been working on “SICARIOS”. A violence and death story in Latin America shown in Photo España 2011.
Currently he is carrying out new ideas in parallel with traditional journalism to spread his projects and he is making up Audiovisual Projects with diplomatic work.
Andy Yeung is a photographer keen on landscape, architecture and aerial photography. As a born-and-raised Hong Konger, he learned to cull inspiration from the familiar especially when coming up with shots of this over photographed city. Two years ago, he discovered a new passion for aerial photography. He put together several aerial series including Urban Jungle, which attracted international attention. His recent 360-degree photos went viral on Facebook and been shared thousands of times. He’s worked with various internationally known newspapers and companies such as BBC, CNN and DJI.
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