Open Call of the 2017 Warsaw Photo Days

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POST SOVIETICUS

The communism era is marked by surprising amnesia. Even though we can still feel the breath of the days before the political transformation of the post-Soviet countries of the last 28 years, we are reluctant to admit this. Moreover, we consider this as some shameful family secret. But it is true that, as in the case of every era, post-communist modern times need a reference point in order to be defined.

In the post-Soviet part of Europe, the real socialism works as the above mentioned reference point. Its reality feels constantly present in political, sociological and philosophical discourse, but we rarely admit its presence in our daily life, despite the fact that it is noticeable everywhere. Its traces remain perceptible; tangible not only through the Palace of Culture and Science discreetly overshadowed by modern constructions in the very centre of Warsaw. It is worth looking for those traces everywhere as without them the image of our contemporary reality will remain incomplete and difficult to comprehend.

The Open Programme of the 2017 Warsaw Photo Days will attempt to take a closer look at the mentality and culture of the post-Soviet countries both in the past and the present. Although it has been years since Polish perception turned from east to west, one cannot deny that totalitarian communist system – in its material and spiritual entirety – has profoundly influenced modern generations. This is undoubtedly one of the sources of the hybridity of contemporary culture, torn between the past (Homo Sovieticus) and the present (Post Sovieticus) – built as contradiction of what is seemingly long past.

The traces of the past (to be found in people and places today) are an interesting field for authoring the subject, but also to remind the viewers of important historical photographs illustrating the shape of the past world.

They are also what should inspire younger generations – as an aspect often pushed into oblivion, yet one which contributes to modern consciousness, a specific synthesis of the memory of the past and the image of the present.

The 2017 Warsaw Photo Days Open Call for photographic and multimedia projects discussing the POST SOVIETICUS topic lasts until October 30, 2017 (11.59 PM CET).

More info @ www.warsawphotodays.com

Warsaw Photo Days
@ Warsaw (Poland)
November 17 – December 15, 2017

The 2017 Warsaw Photo Days is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

International open call for the #SHOWMEYOURUFO project

#SHOWMEYOURUFO © Dawid Planeta

Are we alone? Are we being watched? Who created us and what is the purpose of our lives? Is there a God or do we live in the Matrix? Or maybe we are just an outcome of the aliens’ experiment? Artists from all over the world are now invited to try to answer these questions.

There have been thousands of files on UFO phenomena collected by governments around the world. Countless amount of documents, researches, videos, photographs, sketches, scientific and sci-fi books and movies, but also artistic interpretations of this topic have been created. There is an ongoing discussion between people who believe and people who don’t believe in extraterrestrial life; not forgetting about various movements uniting people who explain the development of human civilisations (paleo-astronautics) as well as beginnings of main religions in alien activities. So many passionate researchers devote their lives to solve the mystery of UFO; the outcome of their work seems to be underestimated by the society.

#SHOWMEYOURUFO is a new project exploring the UFO phenomena – topic that has always been mysterious and appealing to people around the world. Creators of the concept want to join forces with researches and artists from all over the world to create an archive of contemporary visual representations related to UFO and alien conspiracy theories.

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Organisers expect works related to the UFO’s topic or it’s visual language, mainly stories and documentations of sightings, or portraits of abductees/witnesses. Regarding the media – it could be photographs, drawings, clippings, short videos or sounds.

To apply, artists need to simply upload the artworks on Tumblr, Instagram or YouTube and add the #SHOWMEYOURUFO hashtag, or submit them to the email address: showmeyourufo@gmail.com. There are no age, number of photos per person or nationality restrictions. Artworks in low resolution (72 dpi) should be accompanied by the participants name, surname, website and contact details. Work must be created by the submitting artist.

The most interesting evidence will be presented during upcoming show in Cracow (Poland) and also published on the showmeyourufo.tumblr.com website. Selected files will be featured in the accompanying zine published on this occasion.

#SHOWMEYOURUFO
>> showmeyourufo.tumblr.com
>> instagram.com/showmeyourufo

The #SHOWMEYOURUFO project is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Winners of the 2017 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest

 

Next to the renowned press photography contest, the World Press Photo Foundation also runs a competition focused on digital storytelling. The contest, previously known as the Multimedia Contest, rewards those producing the best forms of visual journalism enabled by digital technologies and the spread of the Internet. The contest is open to digital storytellers, visual journalists and producers, with submissions that include the work of a professional visual journalist.

“This year, the entries in the Immersive Digital Storytelling Category were very strong, diverse and ambitious,” – says Katerina Cizek, chair of the Immersive Storytelling category. – “The projects also ranged widely in scale and scope. Because of this, the jury deliberated on how to weigh and balance the diverse qualities of the projects, and agreed on the criteria of: excellence in visual storytelling, importance and originality of reporting, innovation in immersivity and depth of social relevance. We ultimately agreed upon three winners, who each excel in their own ways, exemplifying distinct developments in our emerging field.”

“This is a rapidly evolving media format in its early stages,” – adds DJ Clark, chair of the Short Form category. – “We need people to push the boundaries and experiment. It won’t always work, but when it does, it stands out.”

Winners of the 2017 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest are:

IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING

1. The Dig 

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Synopsis: You know how you feel about politics, religion, and other issues, but do you know how you feel about the changing landscape of human relationships? Things like trans-sexuality, co-parenting and cyborgs, to name a few. The Dig explores the future of relationships using interactive audiovisual elements, placing the viewer at the centre of the experience to explore and discover their own feelings in this world of rapidly transforming human relations. Piece by piece, a couple’s relationship jigsaw is revealed. The more elements you see, the more you know. In the end, you can decide what you think the couple should do, and in doing so you learn something about yourself. The stories of simple questions about complex problems are told through beautiful cinematography and frank interviews with the people involved.

Team:
Topaz Adizes, Executive Director, Creative Director
Mike Knowlton, Executive Director, Creative Director, Creative Technologist
Carla Tramullas, Creative Director, UX Designer
Julia Gorbach, Creative Director
Mark Harris, Creative Director, Creative Technologist
Joe Wheeler, UX Designer
Olivier H. Beauchesne, Data Visualisation

Season 1:
Julia Gorbach, Director, Producer, Additional Camera & Sound
Carla Tramullas, Director, Cinematographer
Dane Benko, Editor
Nicholas D’Agostino, Editor
Mériem Dehbi-Talbot, Associate Producer
Grace Larkin, Associate Producer
Julius Bowditch, Associate Producer
Paige Polk, Associate Producer
Hans Lueders, Associate Producer

Organisation:
The Skin Deep + Murmur

2. The Fine Line: Simone Biles Gymnastics (Team: Rodrigo de Benito Sanz, Producer; Alicia DeSantis, Producer; Alexandra Garcia, Producer, Video Editor; Mika Gröndahl, Producer, Graphics; Evan Grothjan, Producer, Graphics; Taige Jensen, Producer, Video Editor, Color, Audio; Yuliyah Parshina-Kottas, Producer, Graphics; Bedel Saget, Producer, Reporter, Videographer; Joe Ward, Producer, Reporter, Videographer; Larry Buchanan, Reporter, Videographer; Leslye Davis, Reporter, Videographer, Photographer; Juliet Macur, Reporter; Meghean Felling, Video Editor; Ben Laffin, Color; Jeremy White, Graphics; Michael Cordero, Audio; Gregg Matthews, Photographer; Wilson Andrews, Contributing Producer; Danny DeBelius, Contributing Producer; Alexandra Eaton, Contributing Producer; Grant Gold, Contributing Producer; Steve Duenes, Supervising Producer. Organisation: The New York Times)
3. The Injustice System (Team:Ed Pilkington, Chief Reporter; Laurence Mathieu-Leger, Senior Video Producer; Kenan Davis, Interactive Editor; Rich Harris, Interactive Editor; Nadja Popovich, Interactive Editor; Kenton Powell, Interactive Editor. Organisation: The Guardian US)

INNOVATIVE STORYTELLING

1. A New Age of Walls

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In Nogales (AZ, USA) a fence runs along the US–Mexico border. The debate over extending the wall on the US-Mexico border was a noisy centrepiece in the 2016 presidential election.

Synopsis: A generation ago, globalisation shrank the world. Nations linked by trade and technology began to erase old boundaries. But now barriers are rising again, driven by waves of migration, spillover from wars and the growing threat of terrorism. To examine this global phenomenon, the Washington Post produced Raising Barriers, a three-part multimedia project that takes viewers to 8 countries across 3 continents exploring the divisions between countries and peoples.

Team:
Zoeann Murphy, Video Reporter
Anthony Faiola, Berlin Bureau Chief
Reem Akkad, Senior Video Producer
Kat Downs Mulder, Graphics Director
Kevin Schaul, Graphics Editor
Douglas Jehl, Foreign Editor
Samuel Granados, Senior Graphics Editor

Organisation:
The Washington Post

2. The Waypoint (Team: Zoeann Murphy, Video Reporter; Samuel Granados, Senior Graphics Editor; Emily Chow, Assignment Editor, Story Design; Kevin Schaul, Graphics Editor; Kat Downs, Graphics Director; Griff Witte, London Bureau Chief. Organisation: The Washington Post)
3. Future Cities (TeamYvonne Brandwijk, Director, Photographer, Video; Stephanie Bakker, Director, Writer, Reporter; Maaike Holvast, Video Editor; Sara Kolster, Interactive Design; Martijn Pantlin, Development; Hay Kranen, Development; Edgar Vijgeboom, Development; Casper van Deuveren, Sound Design; Ivo Schmetz, Visual Design. Organisation: Future Cities)

SHORT FORM

1. Claressa

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Synopsis: In 2012, 17-year-old Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields from Flint (MI, USA) became the first woman ever to win the gold medal in Olympic boxing. This short film picks up with Claressa in 2015. She’s still living in Flint and has received no sponsorships or endorsements from her historic victory in the 2012 London Olympics. Now she’s faced with a difficult decision: does she continue on with how things are and hope for the best or does she leave behind her family, her gym and everything she knows in pursuit of her career?

Team:
Zackary Canepari, Director
Carter Gunn, Editor
Christopher ISenberg, Producer
Christopher Gary, Producer
Drea Cooper, Producer
Sue Jaye Johnson, Producer, Cinematography, Additional Interviews
Sophia Rose, Cinematography
Jessica Dimmock, Cinematography
Mo Scarpelli, Cinematography
Matthew Joynt, Original Music
Nate Sandberg, Original Music
Gregg White, Coloring
Brian Susko, Sound Mix
Lindsey Phillips, Additional Editing

Organisation:
Co-produced by Great Big Story and Victory Journal

2. Trapped (Team: Nikos Pilos, Producer, Journalist, Videographer and Director; Arsinoi Pilou, Second Unit Camera; Natasha Blatsiou, Script; Pantelis Liakopoulos, Video Editor; Orestis Kamperidis, Music Sound Designer)
3. How China Is Changing Your Internet (Team: Jonah Kessel, Director, Writer, Video, Graphics, Editing; Paul Mozur, Writer, Video, Graphics, Editing; Sarah Li, Production Assistance. Organisation: The New York Times)

LONG FORM

1. When the Spirit Moves

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Synopsis: Chester (PA, USA), a small town in the United States just south of the city of brotherly love, has a rich history and strong African American heritage that dates back to the 1600’s. In the early 1960’s, the town experienced an industrial collapse and the subsequent economic meltdown still affects residents of Chester today. The domino effect of pervasive socio-economic issues and a long history of government corruption have revealed a microcosm of the structural inequalities that plague American society. In the 1980’s, the local governmental bodies around Chester redrew the zoning maps, effectively excluding the city from the surrounding affluent, predominately white, school districts. This exclusivity forced countless budget cuts causing seven educational bodies to close in Chester since 2000. In 2013, the school district’s graduation rate was 56 percent, a stark contrast to the national average. This predominantly African American populated city, where education is not adequately available, has a murder rate 18 times the national average. While Chester has one of the nation’s highest homicide rates, it has a far lower-than-average clearance rate. Chester has become a place where you can get away with murder. When the Spirit Moves explores the parallels between a lack of education for youth and the ever-rising crime rate in Chester. It is determined to disprove the popular perception of Chester. This is not a forgotten town. These lives are not expendable and Chester is not a place where you can get away with murder.

Team:
Justin Maxon, Director, Cinematographer
Jared Moossy, Director, Cinematographer

This year, 282 productions were submitted to the contest: 135 Short Form, 54 Long Form, 62 Immersive Storytelling and 31 Innovative Storytelling.

Winners in each category will receive a diploma and a Golden Eye Award, presented during the annual Awards Ceremony. The prize-winning projects are assembled into an exhibition that travels to selected locations.

More info and gallery of all the winners @ www.worldpressphoto.org

Winners of the 2017 World Press Photo contest announced

The World Press Photo Foundation announced the winners of the 60th annual World Press Photo Contest.

The World Press Photo of the Year honours the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in the last year.

An Assassination in Turkey
Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş shouts after shooting Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in Ankara (Turkey) on December 19, 2016

Burhan Ozbilici’s picture (which also won first prize in the Spot News – Stories category) shows how Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, a 22-year-old off-duty police officer, assassinated the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, at an art exhibition in Ankara (Turkey) on December 19, 2016. Altıntaş wounded three other people before being killed by officers in a shootout. Ozbilici is a staff photographer for The Associated Press, based in Istanbul.

“It was a very, very difficult decision, but in the end we felt that the Picture of the Year was an explosive image that really spoke to the hatred of our times,” – says Mary F. Calvert, member of the jury, about the winning photograph. – “Every time it came on the screen you almost had to move back because it’s such an explosive image and we really felt that it epitomises the definition of what the World Press Photo of the Year is and means.”

“Right now I see the world marching towards the edge of an abyss,” – says João Silva, member of the jury. – “This is a man who has clearly reached a breaking point and his statement is to assassinate someone who he really blames, a country that he blames, for what is going on elsewhere in the region. I feel that what is happening in Europe, what is happening in America, what is happening in the Far East, Middle East, Syria, and this image to me talks of it. It is the face of hatred.”

The 2017 contest drew entries from around the world: 5,034 photographers from 125 countries submitted 80,408 images. The jury gave prizes in eight categories to 45 photographers from 25 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Syria, New Zealand, Turkey, UK and USA.

“It was a very intense, sometimes brutal, discussion, sometimes even emotional, but I feel proud,” - says Tanya Habjouqa, member of the jury, about this year’s winners. – “I think we were brave in our decision. We were bold. I think the selection is definitely going to push forward a debate and I think it is a debate that is essential to have.”

The 2017 World Press Photo winners are:

WORLD PRESS PHOTO OF THE YEAR

Burhan Ozbilici (Turkey) | The Associated Press

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES – Singles

1. Jonathan Bachman (USA) | Thomson Reuters

Lone activist Ieshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest as she is charged by riot police during a protest against police brutality outside the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana (USA) on July 9, 2016. Evans, a 28-year-old Pennsylvania nurse and mother of one, traveled to Baton Rouge to protest against the shooting of Alton Sterling. Sterling was a 37-year-old black man and father of five, who was shot at close range by two white police officers. The shooting, captured on a multitude of cell phone videos, aggravated the unrest coursing through the United States in previous years over the use of excessive force by police, particularly against black men

Taking a Stand in Baton Rouge
Lone activist Ieshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest as she is charged by riot police during a protest against police brutality outside the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana (USA) on July 9, 2016. Evans, a 28-year-old Pennsylvania nurse and mother of one, traveled to Baton Rouge to protest against the shooting of Alton Sterling. Sterling was a 37-year-old black man and father of five, who was shot at close range by two white police officers. The shooting, captured on a multitude of cell phone videos, aggravated the unrest coursing through the United States in previous years over the use of excessive force by police, particularly against black men

2. Vadim Ghirda (Romania) | The Associated Press
3. Daniel Etter (Germany)

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES – Stories

1. Amber Bracken (Canada)

Riot police clear marchers from a secondary road outside a Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) worker camp using rubber bullets, pepper spray, tasers and arrests. In other incidents they've employed militarized vehicles, water canons, tear gas and have been accused of using percussion grenades. Taken from the Standing Rock series

Riot police clear marchers from a secondary road outside a Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) worker camp using rubber bullets, pepper spray, tasers and arrests. In other incidents they’ve employed militarized vehicles, water canons, tear gas and have been accused of using percussion grenades.
Taken from the Standing Rock series

In camp, everyday tasks like cooking and chopping wood are the front line. Here, men unload a massive donation of firewood. Taken from the Standing Rock series

In camp, everyday tasks like cooking and chopping wood are the front line. Here, men unload a massive donation of firewood.
Taken from the Standing Rock series

A man is treated with milk of magnesia after being pepper sprayed by police at the blockade on highway 1806. White people have joined the camps in large numbers, often standing in front of indigenous protestors to shield them with their bodies. Taken from the Standing Rock series

A man is treated with milk of magnesia after being pepper sprayed by police at the blockade on highway 1806. White people have joined the camps in large numbers, often standing in front of indigenous protestors to shield them with their bodies.
Taken from the Standing Rock series

Jesse Jaso (12) enters the Unity Teepee at the Sacred Stone Camp. The teepee is signed by camp supporters from all over North America and around the world. Oceti Sakowin, or the Seven Council Fires, is the true name of the great Sioux nation and refers to the coming together of the different factions of the tribe. Oglala, Cheyenne, Ut, Cree, Hopi and non-indigenous all are among the 200+ tribes represented in the camps and on the front lines. The last similar gathering was before the Battle of the Little Bighorn (1876). Taken from the Standing Rock series

Jesse Jaso (12) enters the Unity Teepee at the Sacred Stone Camp. The teepee is signed by camp supporters from all over North America and around the world. Oceti Sakowin, or the Seven Council Fires, is the true name of the great Sioux nation and refers to the coming together of the different factions of the tribe. Oglala, Cheyenne, Ut, Cree, Hopi and non-indigenous all are among the 200+ tribes represented in the camps and on the front lines. The last similar gathering was before the Battle of the Little Bighorn (1876).
Taken from the Standing Rock series

2. Lalo de Almeida (Brazil) for Folha de São Paulo
3. Peter Bauza (Germany; doc! vol. Q3 #38)

DAILY LIFE – Singles

1. Paula Bronstein (USA) for Time Lightbox | Pulitzer Centre for Crisis Reporting

The Silent Victims of a Forgotten War At the hospital, Najiba holds her 2-year-old nephew Shabir who was injured from a bomb blast in Kabul (Afghanistan) on March 29, 2016.

The Silent Victims of a Forgotten War
At the hospital, Najiba holds her 2-year-old nephew Shabir who was injured from a bomb blast in Kabul (Afghanistan) on March 29, 2016.

2. Tiejun Wang (China)
3. Matthieu Paley (France) for National Geographic Magazine

DAILY LIFE – Stories

1. Tomas Munita (Chile) for The New York Time

A weathered barbershop in Old Havana (Cuba). Taken from the Cuba on the Edge of Change series

A weathered barbershop in Old Havana (Cuba).
Taken from the Cuba on the Edge of Change series

Members of the Ejercito Juvenil del Trabajo wait along the road to Santiago de Cuba at dawn for Fidel Castro’s caravan. Cuba declared 9 days of mourning after Fidel Castro’s death, a period that culminated with his funeral. Taken from the Cuba on the Edge of Change series

Members of the Ejercito Juvenil del Trabajo wait along the road to Santiago de Cuba at dawn for Fidel Castro’s caravan. Cuba declared 9 days of mourning after Fidel Castro’s death, a period that culminated with his funeral.
Taken from the Cuba on the Edge of Change series

Fidel Castro's funeral procession in Santa Clara (Cuba). Cuba declared 9 days of mourning after Fidel Castro’s death, a period that culminated with his funeral. Taken from the Cuba on the Edge of Change series

Fidel Castro’s funeral procession in Santa Clara (Cuba). Cuba declared 9 days of mourning after Fidel Castro’s death, a period that culminated with his funeral.
Taken from the Cuba on the Edge of Change series

Trucks carried students home after the carriage carrying Fidel's ashes passed in Las Tunas Province (Cuba). Cuba declared 9 days of mourning after Fidel Castro’s death, a period that culminated with his funeral. Taken from the Cuba on the Edge of Change series

Trucks carried students home after the carriage carrying Fidel’s ashes passed in Las Tunas Province (Cuba). Cuba declared 9 days of mourning after Fidel Castro’s death, a period that culminated with his funeral.
Taken from the Cuba on the Edge of Change series

2. Elena Anosova (Russia)
3. Francesco Comello (Italy)

GENERAL NEWS – Singles

1. Laurent Van der Stockt (France) | Getty Reportage for Le Monde

Offensive on Mosul
The Iraqi Special Operations Forces search houses of Gogjali, an eastern district of Mosul, looking for Daesh members, equipment and evidence on November 2, 2016

2. Santi Palacios (Spain)
3. Noel Celis (Philippines) | Agence France-Presse

GENERAL NEWS – Stories

1. Daniel Berehulak (Australia) for The New York Times

6-year-old Jimji cries in anguish as she screams "Papa" before funeral parlour workers move the body of her father, Jimboy Bolasa, from the wake at the start of the funeral to Navotas Cemetery in Manila (Philippines). Unidentified men abducted Mr. Bolasa and a neighbourhood friend one night. Less than an hour later, their beaten bodies, with signs of torture and gunshot wounds, were dumped under a nearby bridge. The police claim the men were alleged drug dealers while their family members say they had only surrendered themselves. Taken from the They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals series

6-year-old Jimji cries in anguish as she screams “Papa” before funeral parlour workers move the body of her father, Jimboy Bolasa, from the wake at the start of the funeral to Navotas Cemetery in Manila (Philippines). Unidentified men abducted Mr. Bolasa and a neighbourhood friend one night. Less than an hour later, their beaten bodies, with signs of torture and gunshot wounds, were dumped under a nearby bridge. The police claim the men were alleged drug dealers while their family members say they had only surrendered themselves.
Taken from the They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals series

Heavy rain pours as police operatives investigate inside an alley where a victim, Romeo Joel Torres Fontanilla (37) was killed by two unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles in the early morning in Manila (Philippines). Taken from the They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals series

Heavy rain pours as police operatives investigate inside an alley where a victim, Romeo Joel Torres Fontanilla (37) was killed by two unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles in the early morning in Manila (Philippines).
Taken from the They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals series

Inmates watch as drug suspects are processed inside a police station in Manila (Philippines). Taken from the They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals series

Inmates watch as drug suspects are processed inside a police station in Manila (Philippines).
Taken from the They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals series

Funeral parlour workers carry away the body of Edwin Mendoza Alon-Alon (36) who was killed by an unknown gunman on the road in front of a 7-Eleven store in Manila (Philippines). Taken from the They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals series

Funeral parlour workers carry away the body of Edwin Mendoza Alon-Alon (36) who was killed by an unknown gunman on the road in front of a 7-Eleven store in Manila (Philippines).
Taken from the They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals series

2. Sergey Ponomarev (Russia) for The New York Times
3. Alessio Romenzi (Italy)

LONGTERM PROJECTS

1. Valery Melnikov (Russia) | Rossiya Segodnya

Civilians escape from a fire at a house destroyed by an air attack in the Luhanskaya village. Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

Civilians escape from a fire at a house destroyed by an air attack in the Luhanskaya village.
Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

Citizens in the village of Luhanskaya after the air attack. Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

Citizens in the village of Luhanskaya after the air attack.
Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

A funeral for Vladimir Tcymbalist in the Chernukhino village. Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

A funeral for Vladimir Tcymbalist in the Chernukhino village.
Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

A boy in the basement of the destroyed school. Every night, thousands of people living at the front line go underground to survive until morning. Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

A boy in the basement of the destroyed school. Every night, thousands of people living at the front line go underground to survive until morning.
Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

The funeral of Vanya Ermilov (7), who was killed during the shelling of the Luhanskaya village. Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

The funeral of Vanya Ermilov (7), who was killed during the shelling of the Luhanskaya village.
Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

Cars burned by gunfire. Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

Cars burned by gunfire.
Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

Man watering flowers on a street in the destroyed village of Spartak. Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

Man watering flowers on a street in the destroyed village of Spartak.
Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

A man inspects a damaged building in the Mirny district of Luhansk. Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

A man inspects a damaged building in the Mirny district of Luhansk.
Taken from the Black Days of Ukraine series

2. Hossein Fatemi (Iran) | Panos Pictures
3. Markus Jokela (Finland) | Helsingin Sanomat

NATURE – Singles

1. Francis Pérez (Spain)

Caretta Caretta Trapped A sea turtle entangled in a fishing net swims off the coast of Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) on June 8, 2016. Sea turtles are considered a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Unattended fishing gear is responsible for many sea turtle deaths.

Caretta Caretta Trapped
A sea turtle entangled in a fishing net swims off the coast of Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) on June 8, 2016. Sea turtles are considered a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Unattended fishing gear is responsible for many sea turtle deaths.

2. Nayan Khanolkar (India)
3. Jaime Rojo (Spain)

NATURE – Stories

1. Brent Stirton (South Africa) | Getty Images for National Geographic Magazine

A black rhino bull is seen dead, poached for its horns less than 8 hours earlier at Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve (South Africa). It is suspected that the killers came from a local community approximately 5 kilometres away, entering the park illegally, shooting the rhino at a water hole with a high-powered, silenced hunting rifle. An autopsy and post-mortem carried out by members of the KZN Ezemvelo ranger team later revealed that the large calibre bullet went straight through this rhino, causing massive tissue damage. It was noted that he did not die immediately, but ran a short distance, fell to his knees and a coup de grâce shot was administered to the head from close range. Taken from the Rhino Wars series

A black rhino bull is seen dead, poached for its horns less than 8 hours earlier at Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve (South Africa). It is suspected that the killers came from a local community approximately 5 kilometres away, entering the park illegally, shooting the rhino at a water hole with a high-powered, silenced hunting rifle. An autopsy and post-mortem carried out by members of the KZN Ezemvelo ranger team later revealed that the large calibre bullet went straight through this rhino, causing massive tissue damage. It was noted that he did not die immediately, but ran a short distance, fell to his knees and a coup de grâce shot was administered to the head from close range.
Taken from the Rhino Wars series

Two rhino poachers (19 and 28) apprehended by an anti-poaching team in Mozambique close to Kruger National Park border. They are seen waiting to be processed in the local jail. After a 3-day chase, they were caught in a roadblock and the rifle seized shortly thereafter. This was due to a coordinated effort between Kruger National Park in South Africa where the poachers intended to shoot rhino for their horn; and Sabi Game Park, a conservancy on the Mozambique side. The poachers were tracked and identified by their unique shoe pattern. They tried to say they had been on their way to buy cattle, but had no money on their persons, and when asked the alleged cattle owner said he did not know anything about selling his cattle. A Czech CZ .458 hunting rifle was seized, complete with a professionally built silencer. Both men admitted their guilt and will be charged under new Mozambican law, which states that possession of the weapon and bullets indicates intent to poach rhino. This carries a maximum sentence of 12 years and/or USD 80,000.00. Their Toyota Hilux vehicle was also confiscated. The younger of the two poachers later led police to the homes of suspected weapons and transport suppliers, higher-ups in the rhino poaching syndicates known as level 2's and 3's. Those men had fled by the time the police arrived, but significant information was discovered in the form of identity documents, both real and forged, as well as banking account information. Taken from the Rhino Wars series

Two rhino poachers (19 and 28) apprehended by an anti-poaching team in Mozambique close to Kruger National Park border. They are seen waiting to be processed in the local jail. After a 3-day chase, they were caught in a roadblock and the rifle seized shortly thereafter. This was due to a coordinated effort between Kruger National Park in South Africa where the poachers intended to shoot rhino for their horn; and Sabi Game Park, a conservancy on the Mozambique side. The poachers were tracked and identified by their unique shoe pattern. They tried to say they had been on their way to buy cattle, but had no money on their persons, and when asked the alleged cattle owner said he did not know anything about selling his cattle. A Czech CZ .458 hunting rifle was seized, complete with a professionally built silencer. Both men admitted their guilt and will be charged under new Mozambican law, which states that possession of the weapon and bullets indicates intent to poach rhino. This carries a maximum sentence of 12 years and/or USD 80,000.00. Their Toyota Hilux vehicle was also confiscated. The younger of the two poachers later led police to the homes of suspected weapons and transport suppliers, higher-ups in the rhino poaching syndicates known as level 2’s and 3’s. Those men had fled by the time the police arrived, but significant information was discovered in the form of identity documents, both real and forged, as well as banking account information.
Taken from the Rhino Wars series

Dawie Groenewalt, South Africa's alleged rhino horn kingpin and the subject of a 6-year-old court case involving multiple charges related to illegal rhino horn theft and money laundering, amongst other charges. He is seen on his game farm in Polokwane, where he breeds high-end game for sale and hunting purposes. Groenewalt has also been charged and arrested in the USA on animal trophy charges. Groenwalt denies any wrongdoing. He is one of the driving forces behind the court effort to legalise the rhino trade in South Africa. If horn was to be legalised, most of his charges would disappear and he would be in a prime position as a breeder to make significant money from rhino horn. He owns two large properties for breeding and hunting purposes and he hosts many international hunters on those properties. He states freely that he believes South Africa's recent decision not to apply to CITES for the legalisation of trade in horn is a death knell for rhino in the wild in South Africa. He further alleges that Kruger National Park, the largest repository for rhino in the world, vastly over-reports their rhino numbers. Kruger is Groenwalt's largest source for rhino, as he has won repeated tenders for rhino from the park. He is also connected to John Hume, the world's largest rhino breeder and one of three partners in Groenwalt's legal efforts to legalise rhino horn for export to Asia. He claims to receive multiple calls from both Chinese and Vietnamese buyers on a monthly basis, all asking for horn. He speaks of taking representatives from both nations to John Hume's place to show them Hume's cache of horns from dehorning. This cache is allegedly worth in excess of 300,000,000 South African Rand (around USD 20-40 million). He argues in favour of breeding and dehorning for export, stating that John Hume alone can supply over 1,000 kilograms of horn every year. Taken from the Rhino Wars series

Dawie Groenewalt, South Africa’s alleged rhino horn kingpin and the subject of a 6-year-old court case involving multiple charges related to illegal rhino horn theft and money laundering, amongst other charges. He is seen on his game farm in Polokwane, where he breeds high-end game for sale and hunting purposes. Groenewalt has also been charged and arrested in the USA on animal trophy charges. Groenwalt denies any wrongdoing. He is one of the driving forces behind the court effort to legalise the rhino trade in South Africa. If horn was to be legalised, most of his charges would disappear and he would be in a prime position as a breeder to make significant money from rhino horn. He owns two large properties for breeding and hunting purposes and he hosts many international hunters on those properties. He states freely that he believes South Africa’s recent decision not to apply to CITES for the legalisation of trade in horn is a death knell for rhino in the wild in South Africa. He further alleges that Kruger National Park, the largest repository for rhino in the world, vastly over-reports their rhino numbers. Kruger is Groenwalt’s largest source for rhino, as he has won repeated tenders for rhino from the park. He is also connected to John Hume, the world’s largest rhino breeder and one of three partners in Groenwalt’s legal efforts to legalise rhino horn for export to Asia. He claims to receive multiple calls from both Chinese and Vietnamese buyers on a monthly basis, all asking for horn. He speaks of taking representatives from both nations to John Hume’s place to show them Hume’s cache of horns from dehorning. This cache is allegedly worth in excess of 300,000,000 South African Rand (around USD 20-40 million). He argues in favour of breeding and dehorning for export, stating that John Hume alone can supply over 1,000 kilograms of horn every year.
Taken from the Rhino Wars series

Care for Wild Africa is a donor-run organisation that specialises in caring for wounded animals. They have a special focus on rhino and have taken in many rhino orphans from the poaching wars across South Africa at this time. Their latest orphan is Lulah, her mother was killed in Kruger National Park and when the rangers found her she was estimated to be one month old. Hyenas had attacked the tiny calf and chewed off her ears and parts of her nose, as well as a big bite off of her rear right leg. Lulah has a strong will to live and, despite fighting off infection in the wound, she is looking like she will survive. Lulah has a full-time caregiver, Dorota Ladosz, who is full-time staff. Dorota has an honours degree in both Animal Science and Wildlife Management. She lives full-time with Lulah at the time of this picture and sleeps with her in her enclosure. She maintains a constant watch on Lulah’s injuries and her temperature and feeds her at regular intervals. Lulah received surgery on this day and her wounds were cleaned out by Jan-Louis Ras, a surgeon who volunteers his services to Care for Wild Africa but actually usually works on humans. Infections in Lulah’s leg were cleaned out and her ears and the top of her head were dressed and disinfected. Care for Wild Africa has taken care of multiple rhino calves like this and today they have 27 survivors living on the property. Paying for their upkeep and their security is difficult. Taken from the Rhino Wars series

Care for Wild Africa is a donor-run organisation that specialises in caring for wounded animals. They have a special focus on rhino and have taken in many rhino orphans from the poaching wars across South Africa at this time. Their latest orphan is Lulah, her mother was killed in Kruger National Park and when the rangers found her she was estimated to be one month old. Hyenas had attacked the tiny calf and chewed off her ears and parts of her nose, as well as a big bite off of her rear right leg. Lulah has a strong will to live and, despite fighting off infection in the wound, she is looking like she will survive. Lulah has a full-time caregiver, Dorota Ladosz, who is full-time staff. Dorota has an honours degree in both Animal Science and Wildlife Management. She lives full-time with Lulah at the time of this picture and sleeps with her in her enclosure. She maintains a constant watch on Lulah’s injuries and her temperature and feeds her at regular intervals. Lulah received surgery on this day and her wounds were cleaned out by Jan-Louis Ras, a surgeon who volunteers his services to Care for Wild Africa but actually usually works on humans. Infections in Lulah’s leg were cleaned out and her ears and the top of her head were dressed and disinfected. Care for Wild Africa has taken care of multiple rhino calves like this and today they have 27 survivors living on the property. Paying for their upkeep and their security is difficult.
Taken from the Rhino Wars series

2. Ami Vitale (USA) for National Geographic Magazine
3. Bence Máté (Hungary)

PEOPLE – Singles

1. Magnus Wennman (Sweden) | Aftonbladet

What ISIS Left Behind  5-year-old Maha and her family fled from the village Hawija outside Mosul (Iraq) 7 days ago. The fear of so-called Islamic State and the lack of food forced them to leave their home, her mother says. Now Maha lays on a dirty mattress in the overcrowded transit centre in Debaga’s refugee camp. “I do not dream and I'm not afraid of anything anymore,” Maha says quietly while her mother's hand strokes her hair. After 2 years under Islamic State control, Iraqi and Kurdish troops launched an operation in October 2016 to retake Iraq's second largest city and last IS stronghold in the country: Mosul. This was a task that would prove far more difficult than anyone imagined

What ISIS Left Behind
5-year-old Maha and her family fled from the village Hawija outside Mosul (Iraq) 7 days ago. The fear of so-called Islamic State and the lack of food forced them to leave their home, her mother says. Now Maha lays on a dirty mattress in the overcrowded transit centre in Debaga’s refugee camp. “I do not dream and I’m not afraid of anything anymore,” Maha says quietly while her mother’s hand strokes her hair. After 2 years under Islamic State control, Iraqi and Kurdish troops launched an operation in October 2016 to retake Iraq’s second largest city and last IS stronghold in the country: Mosul. This was a task that would prove far more difficult than anyone imagined

2. Robin Hammond (New Zealand) | NOOR Images for Witness Change
3. Kristina Kormilitsyna (Russia) | Kommersant

PEOPLE – Stories

1. Michael Vince Kim (USA)

Young Korean-Mayan descendants during the 90th birthday party of Joaquin Poot Lee, a second generation Korean-Mayan. Since most Korean migrants were men, they inevitably married local Mayan women. As a consequence, most descendants of Koreans in Mexico are Korean-Mayans. Taken from the Aenikkaeng series

Young Korean-Mayan descendants during the 90th birthday party of Joaquin Poot Lee, a second generation Korean-Mayan. Since most Korean migrants were men, they inevitably married local Mayan women. As a consequence, most descendants of Koreans in Mexico are Korean-Mayans.
Taken from the Aenikkaeng series

Port of Progreso, where Koreans first arrived in the Yucatan peninsula. Their final stop was Merida, where they were sold off to the highest bidders as slaves. Taken from the Aenikkaeng series

Port of Progreso, where Koreans first arrived in the Yucatan peninsula. Their final stop was Merida, where they were sold off to the highest bidders as slaves.
Taken from the Aenikkaeng series

Sisters Olga and Adelina Lim Hi, one of the few Korean descendants who do not have mixed heritage. Their grandfather was Im Cheon Taek, one of the leading figures of the earliest Korean community in Cuba. Taken from the Aenikkaeng series

Sisters Olga and Adelina Lim Hi, one of the few Korean descendants who do not have mixed heritage. Their grandfather was Im Cheon Taek, one of the leading figures of the earliest Korean community in Cuba.
Taken from the Aenikkaeng series

A Korean-Mayan's traditional Korean dress. While the descendants of Koreans have not retained their ancestors' language, the youngest generations are eager to learn Korean as a second language while also practicing their traditions. Taken from the Aenikkaeng series

A Korean-Mayan’s traditional Korean dress. While the descendants of Koreans have not retained their ancestors’ language, the youngest generations are eager to learn Korean as a second language while also practicing their traditions.
Taken from the Aenikkaeng series

2. Antonio Gibotta (Italy) | Agenzia Controluce
3. Jay Clendenin (USA) | Los Angeles Times

SPORTS – Singles

1. Tom Jenkins (United Kingdom) | The Guardian

Grand National Steeplechase Jockey Nina Carberry flies off her horse, Sir Des Champs, as they fall at The Chair fence during the Grand National steeplechase, during day three of the Grand National Meeting at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool (England)

Grand National Steeplechase
Jockey Nina Carberry flies off her horse, Sir Des Champs, as they fall at The Chair fence during the Grand National steeplechase, during day three of the Grand National Meeting at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool (England)

2. Cameron Spencer (Australia) | Getty Images
3. Kai Oliver Pfaffenbach (Germany) | Thomson Reuters

SPORTS – Stories

1. Giovanni Capriotti (Italy)

Muddy York Rugby Football Club's player Michael Smith carries the ball against the Nashville Grizzlies during the semi-final of the Hoagland Shield on Saturday May 29, 2016, at the Ted Rhodes Park, in Nashville (TN, USA). Nashville beat Toronto 15-0. The Muddy's boys finished the tournament with 2 wins and 2 losses, marking an historical edition of the Bingham cup. The team's next goal is to gain the first win ever against a “straight” side. Taken from the Boys Will Be Boys series

Muddy York Rugby Football Club’s player Michael Smith carries the ball against the Nashville Grizzlies during the semi-final of the Hoagland Shield on Saturday May 29, 2016, at the Ted Rhodes Park, in Nashville (TN, USA). Nashville beat Toronto 15-0. The Muddy’s boys finished the tournament with 2 wins and 2 losses, marking an historical edition of the Bingham cup. The team’s next goal is to gain the first win ever against a “straight” side.
Taken from the Boys Will Be Boys series

Muddy York Rugby Football Club players, Michael Smith (left), Devin McCarney (centre) and Jean Paul Markides (right), are photographed during a rehearsal for their performance at the annual team fundraiser drag show on November 5, 2016 in Toronto (ON, Canada). Fundraisers, along with sponsorships, play a major role for the team's season budget. Each player pays an annual fee to the club that covers the uniforms, practice facilities and Rugby Ontario fees. Muddy York helps players who can't afford the payment, with an exemption. Taken from the Boys Will Be Boys series

Muddy York Rugby Football Club players, Michael Smith (left), Devin McCarney (centre) and Jean Paul Markides (right), are photographed during a rehearsal for their performance at the annual team fundraiser drag show on November 5, 2016 in Toronto (ON, Canada). Fundraisers, along with sponsorships, play a major role for the team’s season budget. Each player pays an annual fee to the club that covers the uniforms, practice facilities and Rugby Ontario fees. Muddy York helps players who can’t afford the payment, with an exemption.
Taken from the Boys Will Be Boys series

Muddy York Rugby Football Club player Jean Paul Markides (left) kisses his partner and teammate Kasimir Kosakowski during the pride parade on, 3 July 3, 2016, in Toronto (ON, Canada). The couple has been together for roughly 2 years. They joined Muddy York together one and a half years ago. Markides, out for the season due to an injury, is always around to support the team and his partner, and to take part in the club's social events. Taken from the Boys Will Be Boys series

Muddy York Rugby Football Club player Jean Paul Markides (left) kisses his partner and teammate Kasimir Kosakowski during the pride parade on, 3 July 3, 2016, in Toronto (ON, Canada). The couple has been together for roughly 2 years. They joined Muddy York together one and a half years ago. Markides, out for the season due to an injury, is always around to support the team and his partner, and to take part in the club’s social events.
Taken from the Boys Will Be Boys series

The New York Gotham Knights players celebrate their Bingham Plate win over the London King's Cross Steelers on May 29, 2016 at the Ted Rhodes Park, in Nashville (TN, USA). New York edged London 14-12. The Gotham Knights were established back in 2001, after September 11, when Mark Bingham, the former gay rugby player after whom the cup is named, and New York Gotham Knights virtual founder, gave his life as a hero on board of the flight United 93. Muddy York Rugby Football Club looks at the Gotham Knights as a true model in terms of player development, growth and inclusiveness. Taken from the Boys Will Be Boys series

The New York Gotham Knights players celebrate their Bingham Plate win over the London King’s Cross Steelers on May 29, 2016 at the Ted Rhodes Park, in Nashville (TN, USA). New York edged London 14-12. The Gotham Knights were established back in 2001, after September 11, when Mark Bingham, the former gay rugby player after whom the cup is named, and New York Gotham Knights virtual founder, gave his life as a hero on board of the flight United 93. Muddy York Rugby Football Club looks at the Gotham Knights as a true model in terms of player development, growth and inclusiveness.
Taken from the Boys Will Be Boys series

2. Michael Hanke (the Czech Republic)
3. Darren Calabrese (Canada)

SPOT NEWS – Singles

1. Jamal Taraqai (Pakistan) | European Pressphoto Agency

Pakistan Bomb Blast Lawyers help their injured colleagues after a bomb explosion in Quetta (Pakistan) on August 8, 2016. 70 people were killed when a bomb exploded outside a civil hospital where a crowd of lawyers and journalists had gathered to mourn Bilal Anwar Kasi, a senior lawyer who had been assassinated hours earlier

Pakistan Bomb Blast
Lawyers help their injured colleagues after a bomb explosion in Quetta (Pakistan) on August 8, 2016. 70 people were killed when a bomb exploded outside a civil hospital where a crowd of lawyers and journalists had gathered to mourn Bilal Anwar Kasi, a senior lawyer who had been assassinated hours earlier

2. Abd Doumany (Syria) | Agence France-Presse
3. Felipe Dana (Brazil) | The Associated Press

SPOT NEWS – Stories

1. Burhan Ozbilici (Turkey) | The Associated Press
2. Ameer Alhalbi (Syria) | Agence France-Presse

A Syrian man evacuates an area following a reported airstrike in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Hayy Aqyul in Aleppo. Air strikes on rebel-held neighbourhoods in Aleppo killed at least 14 civilians and wounded more than a dozen others, according to the local civil defence. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime warplanes carried out the airstrikes and gave a toll of 10 dead. Taken from the Rescued from the Rubble series

A Syrian man evacuates an area following a reported airstrike in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Hayy Aqyul in Aleppo. Air strikes on rebel-held neighbourhoods in Aleppo killed at least 14 civilians and wounded more than a dozen others, according to the local civil defence. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime warplanes carried out the airstrikes and gave a toll of 10 dead.
Taken from the Rescued from the Rubble series

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, rescue a boy from the rubble following a reported barrel bomb attack on the Bab al-Nairab neighbourhood of Aleppo on November 24, 2016. Taken from the Rescued from the Rubble series

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, rescue a boy from the rubble following a reported barrel bomb attack on the Bab al-Nairab neighbourhood of Aleppo on November 24, 2016.
Taken from the Rescued from the Rubble series

Syrian men carrying babies make their way through the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported airstrike on the rebel-held Salihin neighbourhood of Aleppo on September 11, 2016. Airstrikes have killed dozens in rebel-held parts of Syria as the opposition considers whether to join a US-Russia truce deal due to take effect on September 12. Taken from the Rescued from the Rubble series

Syrian men carrying babies make their way through the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported airstrike on the rebel-held Salihin neighbourhood of Aleppo on September 11, 2016. Airstrikes have killed dozens in rebel-held parts of Syria as the opposition considers whether to join a US-Russia truce deal due to take effect on September 12.
Taken from the Rescued from the Rubble series

Syrians mourn over the body of a baby following bombardment on Aleppo’s al-Marja neighbourhood on September 23, 2016. Missiles rained down on rebel-held areas of Aleppo, causing widespread destruction that overwhelmed rescue teams, as the army prepared a ground offensive to retake the city. Taken from the Rescued from the Rubble series

Syrians mourn over the body of a baby following bombardment on Aleppo’s al-Marja neighbourhood on September 23, 2016. Missiles rained down on rebel-held areas of Aleppo, causing widespread destruction that overwhelmed rescue teams, as the army prepared a ground offensive to retake the city.
Taken from the Rescued from the Rubble series

3. Mathieu Willcocks (United Kingdom)

The premier award, the World Press Photo of the Year, carries a cash prize of 10,000 euros. In addition, Canon will present the winning photographer with a selection of camera equipment. Award winners have their travel and lodging paid for by the World Press Photo Foundation to Amsterdam so they can attend the World Press Photo Festival, an event taking place 20-22 April featuring photographer presentations, screenings, and talks. They also receive a diploma and a Golden Eye Award at the Awards Ceremony.

The prize-winning photographs are assembled into an exhibition that travels to 45 countries and is seen by more than 4 million people each year. The winning pictures are also published in the annual yearbook, which is available in multiple languages. The first World Press Photo exhibition opens in De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, on April 14, 2017.

More info and images @ www.worldpressphoto.org

7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC

Crossing Hell: Anything to Get to Europe (directed by Olivier Azpitarte, Claire Billet, Paul Comiti, Camille Courcy and Olivier Jobard, France 2013)

Crossing Hell: Anything to Get to Europe (directed by Olivier Azpitarte, Claire Billet, Paul Comiti, Camille Courcy and Olivier Jobard, France 2013)

The upcoming 7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC is a three-day-long event during which 18 films telling stories from different places in the world will be screened. Next to the films, unusual atmosphere of the event will be created by the meetings with socially involved directors and reporters. The festival programme also includes artist talks as well as debates on contemporary challenges.

Undoubtedly, in the times of migration, one of them is to ensure solidarity crossing national boundaries. One of the festival categories – Different Faces of Migration – is devoted to this problem. The category includes 6 films presenting different stages of the journey and confronting dreams with the reality faced in Europe: The Crossing (directed by George Kurian, Norway 2015, 55 min), Crossing Hell: Anything to Get to Europe (directed by Olivier Azpitarte, Claire Billet, Paul Comiti, Camille Courcy and Olivier Jobard, France 2013, 90 min), A Requiem for Syrian Refugees (directed by Richard Wolf, USA 2014, 71 min), A Syrian Love Story (directed by Sean McAllister, UK 2015, 76 min), The Great Wall (directed by Tadhg O’Suvillan, Ireland 2015, 74 min) and On the Bride’s Side (directed by Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande and Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry, Italy/Palestine 2014, 98 min).

The second festival category – Unfinished Stories – consists of the films that draw attention to the social divisions leading to wars or which appear as a result of them, that determine functioning of society for years thus bringing peace back often seems to be impossible. Wars are still in people’s minds for a long time after their ending: Unforgiven: Rwanda (directed by Lukas Augustin, Germany/Rwanda 2014, 75 min), State of Mind (directed by Daria Lipko, Poland 2016, 53 min).

The third festival category – Personalities – will present common people facing serious choices, observing changes in their direct reality or struggling with the severity of the place  they came to live: Monk of the Sea (directed by Rafał Skalski, Poland 2016, 68 min), Anoranza (directed by Flo Flamme, Belgium 2016, 71 min) and 24 Snow (directed by Mikhail Barynin, Russia 2016, 90 min).

The two remaining festival categories focus on problems of today’s Africa – Their Africa – and America – Unknown America. The first one consists of 4 films: 2 Girls (directed by Marco Speroni, Italy 2016, 52 min), The Other Kids (directed by Pablo de la Chica, Spain 2016, 84 min), Ghost People (directed by Marek Kłosowicz and Martyna Wojciechowska, Poland 2014, 45 min), Small People. Big Trees (directed by Vadim Vitovtsev, Russia 2016, 45 min), while the second one – three: Unbranded (directed by Philip Baribeau, USA 2015, 106 min), Gold Fever (directed by  J.T. Haines,  Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne, Canada/Guatemala/USA 2013, 83 min) and Cartel Land (directed by Matthew Heineman, Mexico/USA 2015, 99 min).

Besides the films, the festival offers the viewers a chance of active participation in inspiring meetings, debates and workshops. Between presentations, they will have the opportunity to talk to Polish and foreign directors, well-known experts and activists. The participation has been confirmed by Mikhail Barynin, Piotr Brysacz, Pablo de la Chica, Artur Domosławski, Flo Flamme, Sean McAllister, Jędrzej Morawiecki and Marco Speroni, among others. The guests of the festival will also have an opportunity to improve their skills at filmmaking workshops run by two artists repeatedly awarded for their social and film activity – Lukas and Salome Augustin.

Winners of the HumanDOC Proclub Camera photo contest will be announced during the festival and the winning photos will be presented in Kinoteka, the festival main cinema. Additional screenings will be organised in the Staromiejski Dom Kultury, while the selected films will be available on the web film platform IPLA (only on Polish territory).

The 7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC is co-financed within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Polish Development Cooperation Programme.

The detailed programme of the festival is available @ www.festival.humandoc.pl

7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC
@ Kinoteka (Palace of Culture and Science, 1 Defilad Sq., Warsaw, Poland)
November 25-27, 2016

The 7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Winners of the POPCAP’16

The international photography competition POPCAP announced the winners of its 5th anniversary edition. The award aims to foster interest in and support for contemporary African photography. This year’s winners were chosen by an international panel of 20 renowned judges from 900 applications from 94 countries. The winning artists and their projects will be presented at a series of international exhibitions. They are also invited to take part in an artists’ residency program.

The winners and their projects:

Nicolas Henry (b. 1978) | based in Les Mesnuls (France) – African Tales from Today (2012–2014)

African Tales from Today is a set of photographs taken with communities in Africa (Ethiopia, Rwanda, Madagascar and Namibia) and in the African communities living in the suburb of Paris (France). The project is close to a traveling theatre. The tales talk about Africa. The scenes are made with objects found on site. The scenography is set up with the local community in order to evoke the narrative seen in the image. Each story is decided and shared as a commitment of models. The photographic moment is similar to a theatre because many people come to attend this “performance” , the eye of the audience creates a new dialogue. The unified group expresses not only its vision to the world, but tries to share it with its own community too.

Exodus of the Neg Marron. Taken from the African Tales from Today series

Exodus of the Neg Marron.
Taken from the African Tales from Today series

Bus Oromo. Taken from the African Tales from Today series

Bus Oromo.
Taken from the African Tales from Today series

Living museum 1. Taken from the African Tales from Today series

Living museum 1.
Taken from the African Tales from Today series

Living museum 2. Taken from the African Tales from Today series

Living museum 2.
Taken from the African Tales from Today series

Indian and Cowboys Movie. Taken from the African Tales from Today series

Indian and Cowboys Movie.
Taken from the African Tales from Today series

Jason Larkin (b. 1979) | based in London (United Kingdom) – Waiting (2013–2015)

“While living in Johannesburg, I was struck by the ever-present reality of people waiting. Inactive yet expectant, this condition becomes a visual echo of the predicament that many South Africans can find themselves in. Though many wait alone, the amount of people waiting becomes a collective, city-wide experience,” – says Jason Larkin. – “Visually I was drawn to those seeking shelter from the harsh summer sun by positioning themselves in the shade. Figures here occupy ephemeral spaces of respite created by the surrounding urban environment. These shadows remove the individuals’ identities, leaving only the subtlety of posture and the details of place. With only the waiting period accompanying each image, the purpose or possible outcomes of these situations is unclear. We are left to meditate on the temporality of these individual situations and the indirect connections that waiting creates across society.”

7 hours 30 minutes. Taken from the Waiting series

7 hours 30 minutes.
Taken from the Waiting series

20 minutes. Taken from the Waiting series

20 minutes.
Taken from the Waiting series

35 minutes. Taken from the Waiting series

35 minutes.
Taken from the Waiting series

2 minutes. Taken from the Waiting series

2 minutes.
Taken from the Waiting series

30 minutes. Taken from the Waiting series

30 minutes.
Taken from the Waiting series

Sabelo Mlangeni (b. 1980) | based in Johannesburg (South Africa) – Isivumelwano: An Agreement (2003–2014)

“The first time I used a camera was for a wedding in 1997,” – says Sabelo Mlangeni (doc! #34). – “I did not get a chance to see the photographs because the bride picked them up straight from the lab. ‘Isivumelwano: An Agreement’ is an attempt to reconstruct these images looking at how an event about the love between two people becomes a community event.”

The project started in South African townships and continued with an exploration of wedding ceremonies in the capital cities of Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland. The resulting body of work focuses on the beauty and ornate nature of these ceremonies as well as the traditions and attire that embrace the adaptability of cultures in today’s African cities. Wedding ceremonies in black Southern African cultures are significant gatherings, often with more than one day of celebrations. The work looks at the way Southern African cultures have been adapted over the years looking particularly at the amalgamation of African cultural practices and Western white wedding rituals seen predominantly in metropolises.

Emfuleni, Fikile and her family. Taken from the Isivumelwano: An Agreement series

Emfuleni, Fikile and her family.
Taken from the Isivumelwano: An Agreement series

Thapelo and Malira Mamiala, Mohale/s Hoek. Taken from the  Isivumelwano: An Agreement series

Thapelo and Malira Mamiala, Mohale/s Hoek.
Taken from the Isivumelwano: An Agreement series

Impelesi, Vryheid. Taken from the Isivumelwano: An Agreement series

Impelesi, Vryheid.
Taken from the Isivumelwano: An Agreement series

Faith and Sakhi Moruping, Themsisa Township. Taken from the Isivumelwano: An Agreement series

Faith and Sakhi Moruping, Themsisa Township.
Taken from the Isivumelwano: An Agreement series

Sthembile Mavus. Taken from the Isivumelwano: An Agreement series

Sthembile Mavus.
Taken from the Isivumelwano: An Agreement series

Thom Pierce (b. 1978) | based in Cape Town (South Africa) – The Price of Gold (2015)

Over a period of 20 days in September and October 2015, Thom Pierce traveled around South Africa’s Eastern Cape, into Lesotho and up to Johannesburg to find and photograph 56 sick miners and widows named in a class action lawsuit against 32 gold mining companies in South Africa, lodged on behalf of all miners suffering from Silicosis or Pulmonary Tuberculosis (TB) as a result of working in the gold mines. The photographs were displayed in the building next door to the courtroom in Johannesburg at the time of the case in October 2015. This was done as a piece of advocacy, to put a human face to the often stark and detached courtroom proceedings.

Silicosis is a preventable but incurable lung disease that is contracted in the gold mines through inadequate protection from silica dust. Miners who contract silicosis get tired and out of breath quickly and are prone to lung infections, respiratory failure and TB. Most miners who became sick were sent home with little or no compensation and no hope of finding further employment.

Nanabezi Mgoduswa (with his wife Nokwanda) worked in the gold mines for 21 years. He has silicosis and drug resistant TB. He received no compensation. Taken from The Price of Gold series

Nanabezi Mgoduswa (with his wife Nokwanda) worked in the gold mines for 21 years. He has silicosis and drug resistant TB. He received no compensation.
Taken from The Price of Gold series

Xolisile Butu (with his mother Adelaide) worked in the mines for 7 years. He developed pulmonary TB and received R1000 compensation. Taken from The Price of Gold series

Xolisile Butu (with his mother Adelaide) worked in the mines for 7 years. He developed pulmonary TB and received ZAR 1000 compensation.
Taken from The Price of Gold series

Masiko Somi (with his wife Magumede) worked in the mines for 19 years. He has silicosis and received no compensation. Taken from The Price of Gold series

Masiko Somi (with his wife Magumede) worked in the mines for 19 years. He has silicosis and received no compensation.
Taken from The Price of Gold series

Nosipho Eunice Dala - the widow of Zwelakhe Dala who worked in the gold mines for 28 years and developed silicosis. He received no compensation. Taken from The Price of Gold series

Nosipho Eunice Dala – the widow of Zwelakhe Dala who worked in the gold mines for 28 years and developed silicosis. He received no compensation.
Taken from The Price of Gold series

Patrick Sitwayi (with Asive Bingwa) worked in the gold mines for 22 years. He has silicosis and received no compensation. Taken from The Price of Gold series

Patrick Sitwayi (with Asive Bingwa) worked in the gold mines for 22 years. He has silicosis and received no compensation.
Taken from The Price of Gold series

Julia Runge (b. 1990) | based in Berlin (Germany) – Basterland (2015)

100 years after the Rehoboth Basters rose up against their German colonisers, the Basterland series takes up the task of providing a multifaceted insight into the contemporary life of the ethnic group living in Namibia today. It is a portrait of a society that seems to find itself in an “in-between“ amid tradition and change. The series reminds us a forgotten episode of German colonial history. The name Baster (Afrikaans for German bastards) may seem a little pejorative. But the Baster community gave it themselves because it reminds them of their heritage and emergence. The Basters are the offspring of the union between European settlers and their indigenous Khoisan slaves during the colonial period in the 18th century. During the South African colonisation, the Basters became a more and more unwanted and stigmatised group. Since Namibia’s independence in 1990, the Basters are the only traditional grouping in Namibia with no special legal status and to this day they fight for their acceptance and recognition in society.

Chomma. Taken from the Basterland series

Chomma.
Taken from the Basterland series

Three generations of Basterwomen. Taken from the Basterland series

Three generations of Basterwomen.
Taken from the Basterland series

Sussie. Taken from the Basterland series

Sussie.
Taken from the Basterland series

Elista. Taken from the Basterland series

Elista.
Taken from the Basterland series

Wreath-laying ceremony. Taken from the Basterland series

Wreath-laying ceremony.
Taken from the Basterland series

Visit POPCAP website @ www.popcap.cc for more information.

The POPCAP’16 was organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Winners of the 2016 World Press Photo announced

The jury of the 59th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected an image by Australian photographer Warren Richardson as the World Press Photo of the Year 2015.

The World Press Photo of the Year honours the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in the last year.

Hope for a New Life. A man passes a baby through the fence at the Serbia/Hungary border in Röszke (Hungary). August 28, 2015.

World Press Photo of the Year 2015
Warren Richardson (Australia), 2015, Hope for a New Life
A man passes a baby through the fence at the Serbia/Hungary border in Röszke (Hungary). August 28, 2015

Richardson’s picture – which also won first prize in the Spot News category – shows refugees crossing the border from Serbia into Hungary, near Horgoš (Serbia) and Röszke (Hungary). Taken at night on August 28, 2015, this man and child were part of the movement of people seeking to cross into Hungary before a secure fence on the border was completed.

“I camped with the refugees for five days on the border” - Warren Richardson says about the winning picture. - “A group of about 200 people arrived, and they moved under the trees along the fence line. They sent women and children, then fathers and elderly men first. I must have been with this crew for about five hours and we played cat and mouse with the police the whole night. I was exhausted by the time I took the picture. It was around three o’clock in the morning and you can’t use a flash while the police are trying to find these people, because I would just give them away. So I had to use the moonlight alone.”

Francis Kohn, chair of the general jury and photo director of Agence France-Presse, adds: “Early on we looked at this photo and we knew it was an important one. It had such power because of its simplicity, especially the symbolism of the barbed wire. We thought it had almost everything in there to give a strong visual of what’s happening with the refugees. I think it’s a very classical photo, and at the same time it’s timeless. It portrays a situation, but the way it’s done is classic in the greatest sense of the word.”

Daily Life, 1st prize singles Kevin Frayer (Canada), 2015, Getty Images, China's Coal Addiction Chinese men pull a tricycle in a neighbourhood next to a coal-fired power plant in Shanxi (China) on November 26, 2015. A history of heavy dependence on burning coal for energy has made China the source of nearly a third of the world's total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the toxic pollutants widely cited by scientists and environmentalists as the primary cause of global warming

Daily Life, 1st prize singles
Kevin Frayer (Canada), 2015, Getty Images, China’s Coal Addiction
Chinese men pull a tricycle in a neighbourhood next to a coal-fired power plant in Shanxi (China) on November 26, 2015.
A history of heavy dependence on burning coal for energy has made China the source of nearly a third of the world’s total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the toxic pollutants widely cited by scientists and environmentalists as the primary cause of global warming

Lars Boering, managing director of the World Press Photo Foundation, summarises this year’s contest: “This year we had more photographers and more entries than ever in our contest and we see this as a great support of the industry. As an organisation, we are delighted by the outcome this independent jury produced, and ready to present an exhibition of wonderful and powerful imagery to a global audience that can trust what they see. We see that the photographers are as committed as we are to providing accurate and fair images on the world’s most important events and issues. We had a new code of ethics for the photo contest and a transparent and rigorous verification process. This resulted in many more entries being checked, but fewer problems than last year being found.”

The 2016 contest drew entries from around the world: 5,775 photographers from 128 countries submitted 82,951 images. The jury gave prizes in 8 categories to 41 photographers from 21 countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey and the USA.

Long Term Projects, 2nd prize Nancy Borowick (USA), 2015, A Life in Death Howie and Laurel Borowick embrace in the bedroom of their home. In their 34-year marriage, they were diagnosed with stage-four cancer at the same time. New York City (NY, USA), March 8, 2013.

Longterm Projects, 2nd prize
Nancy Borowick (USA), 2015, A Life in Death
Howie and Laurel Borowick embrace in the bedroom of their home. In their 34-year marriage, they were diagnosed with stage-four cancer at the same time.
New York City (NY, USA), March 8, 2013

Full list of the 2016 World Press Photo’s winners (in alphabetic order):

  • Sameer Al-Doumy (1st prize @ Spot News stories category)
  • Daniel Berehulak (1st prize @ Daly Life stories & 3rd prize @ General News stories categories)
  • Christian Bobst (2nd prize @ Sports stories category)
  • Nancy Borowick (2nd prize @ Longterm Project category)
  • Mary F. Calvert (1st prize @ Longterm Project category)
  • Mário Cruz (1st prize @ Contemporary Issues stories category)
  • Abd Doumany (2nd prize @ General News stories category)
  • Kevin Frayer (1st prize @ Daily Life singles & 2nd prize @ Daily Life stories category)
  • Corentin Fohlen (2nd prize @ Spot News singles category)
  • David Guttenfelder (3rd prize @ Longterm Project category)
  • Niclas Hammarström (3rd prize @ Spot News singles category)
  • Paul Hansen (2nd prize @ General News singles category)
  • Chen Jie (3rd prize @ General News singles category)
  • Rohan Kelly (1st prize @ Nature singles category)
  • Bulent Kilic (3rd prize @ Spot News stories category)
  • John J. Kim (3rd prize @ Contemporary Issues singles category)
  • Matjaz Krivic (2nd prize @ People singles category)
  • Tim Laman (1st prize @ Nature stories category)
  • Zhang Lei (1st prize @ Contemporary Issues singles category)
  • Sara Naomi Lewkowicz (3rd prize @ Contemporary Issues stories category)
  • Jonas Lindkvist (3rd prize @ Sports singles category)
  • Mauricio Lima (2nd prize @ Daily Life singles & 1st prize @ General News singles categories)
  • Sebastián Liste (3rd prize @ Daily Life stories category)
  • Dario Mitidieri (3rd prize @ People singles category)
  • Greg Nelson (2nd prize @ Sports singles category)
  • Kazuma Obara (1st prize @ People stories category)
  • Daniel Ochoa de Olza (2nd prize @ People stories & 3rd prize @ People stories category)
  • Adriane Ohanesian (2nd prize @ Contemporary Issues singles category)
  • Anuar Patjane Floriuk (2nd prize @ Nature singles category)
  • Vladimir Pesnya (1st prize @ Sports stories category)
  • Sergey Ponomarev (1st prize @ General News stories category)
  • Warren Richardson (World Press Photo of the Year 2015 & 1st prize @ Spot News singles category)
  • Zohreh Saberi (3rd prize @ Daily Life singles category)
  • Roberto Schmidt (2nd prize @ Spot News stories category)
  • Brent Stirton (2nd prize @ Nature stories category)
  • Sergio Tapiro (3rd prize @ Nature singles category)
  • Tara Todras-Whitehill (3rd prize @ Sports stories category)
  • Christian Walgram (1st prize @ Sports singles category)
  • Christian Ziegler (3rd prize @ Nature stories category)
  • Francesco Zizola (doc! #7; 2nd prize @ Contemporary Stories category)
  • Matic Zorman (1st prize @ People singles category)
General News, 1st prize singles Mauricio Lima (Brazil), 2015 for The New York Times, IS Fighter Treated at Kurdish Hospital A doctor rubs ointment on the burns of a 16-year-old Islamic State fighter named Jacob in front of a poster of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, at a Y.P.G. hospital compound on the outskirts of Hasaka (Syria) on August 1, 2015.

General News, 1st prize singles
Mauricio Lima (Brazil), 2015 for The New York Times, IS Fighter Treated at Kurdish Hospital
A doctor rubs ointment on the burns of a 16-year-old Islamic State fighter named Jacob in front of a poster of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, at a Y.P.G. hospital compound on the outskirts of Hasaka (Syria) on August 1, 2015

The premier award, the World Press Photo of the Year, carries a cash prize of EUR 10,000. In addition, Canon will present the winning photographer with the recently launched Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera and lens kit. All winners of the second and third prizes receive a Golden Eye Award, a diploma and travel plus lodging expenses to attend the Awards Days. The Awards Days are a two-day gathering of industry participants and celebration of the prizewinners held in Amsterdam on April 22-23, 2016.

Nature, 1st prize singles Rohan Kelly (Australia), 2015, Daily Telegraph, Storm Front on Bondi Beach A massive 'cloud tsunami' looms over Sydney as a sunbather reads, oblivious to the approaching cloud on Bondi Beach, Sydney (Australia) on November 6, 2015

Nature, 1st prize singles
Rohan Kelly (Australia), 2015, Daily Telegraph, Storm Front on Bondi Beach
A massive ‘cloud tsunami’ looms over Sydney as a sunbather reads, oblivious to the approaching cloud on Bondi Beach, Sydney (Australia) on November 6, 2015

See all the winning images and series @ World Press Photo website.

Winners of the 5th Leica Street Photo announced

© Tymon Markowski | Agencja Gazeta

© Tymon Markowski | Agencja Gazeta

19 photographers from Poland and abroad have been awarded during the 5th edition of Leica Street Photo contest organised by Leica Camera Poland. After tempestous discussion, the jury decided to reward the following photographers: Wojciech Abramczyk, Ieva Aust, Maciek Dakowicz (doc! #12), Tytus Grodzicki (doc! #14), Martyna Heller, Maciek Jaźwiecki, Kuba Kamiński, Filip Klimaszewski (doc! #1 & #29/30), Ania Kłosek, Magda Kryjak, Tymon Markowski, Jacek Obloj, Michał Pachniewski, Michał Patycki, Igor Pisuk (DEBUTS 2014), Artur Pławski, Stepan Rudik, Jacek Szust and Krzysztof Wójcik.

© Stepan Rudik

© Stepan Rudik

They photographed fleeting moments, people and their interesting faces, funny repetition, rhythm, forms and light. Their photographs may be used as an illustration for the Elliott Erwitt’s quote: “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

© Wojciech Abramczyk

© Wojciech Abramczyk

See the all winning works at the exhibition in Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland). The awarding ceremony and exhibition opening on September 4 at 7:30 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until October 18, 2015.

The Leica Street Photo contest and exhibition are organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Winners of the 2015 Kontinent Awards announced

Band of brothers. © Linelle Deunk

Band of Brothers. © Linelle Deunk

Linelle Deunk from the Netherlands became the Grand Winner of the 2015 International Kontinent Photography Awards with her work Band of Brothers (see above). The winning image presents 5 boys, sons of Gertrude, who live in Mukono District (Uganda). Gertrude is one of the members of the Katosi Women Development Trust which empowers women by teaching them and supporting them with micro-credits.

„The micro-credits Gertrude has received have benefitted her in a variety of ways. The most fundamental thing has been the opportunity to give her an her family reliable access to drinking water. That makes life less challenging and ensures that her children stay healthy. Thus, they can focus on growing and developing themselves, rather than simply surviving“ – says Linelle Deunk.

This year edition of the Kontinent Awards gathered photographers from 92 countries who submitted their works to the following categories: Advertising (single image), Editorial/Documentary (projects), Editorial/Documentary (single image), Fine Art (projects), Fine Art (single image) and Nature (single image). All submitted works were evaluated by an international jury formed by renowned members of the photography world:

  • Sophie Batterbury – Head of Pictures of The Independent 
  • Barbara Ceferin – Owner of the Galerija Fotografia Slovenia
  • Anna G. Dickson – Deputy Photography Director of The Wall Street Journal
  • Anne Farrar – Senior Photo Editor of The Washington Post 
  • Alessia Glaviano – Senior Photo Editor of Vogue Italia
  • Vanessa Hallett – Senior Director and Worldwide Head of Photography of the Phillips
  • Magdalena Herrera – Director of Photography of GEO France 
  • Elizabeth I. Johnson – Senior Photo Editor of CNN
  • Paweł Kopczyński – Editor Pictures Europe Central, Nordic and CIS of the Thompson Reuters
  • Chelsea Matiash – Photo Editor of The Walls Street Journal 
  • Brent Murray – Director of Photography of Bloomberg
  • Michael Pritchard – Director General of The Royal Photographic Society
  • Jonas Tebib – Photography Specialist of Christie’s Paris
  • Elviera Velghe – Director of the Fotomuseum Antwerp
  • Jessie Wender – Senior Photo Editor of National Geographic Magazine

The list of the 2015 Kontinent Awards winners:

Grand Prix

Linelle Deunk (the Netherlands)

Advertising (single image)

© Matthew Edward Loh

© Matthew Edward Loh

Editorial/Documentary (projects)

© Elin Høyland

© Elin Høyland

Editorial/Documentary (single image)

© Enrique Lopez-Tapia

© Enrique Lopez-Tapia

Fine Art (projects)

© Scarlett Hooft Graafland

© Scarlett Hooft Graafland

Fine Art (single image)

© Simon Jones

© Simon Jones

Nature (single image)

© Graham McGeorge

© Graham McGeorge

The grand winner and winners of all category will receive awards including exhibition, monetary grant, book/magazine publishing and representation as well as product prizes from the contest sponsors.

The Kontinent Awards honours the best photographers in the world of photography and provide them global recognition and new opportunities.

More info @ www.kontinentawards.com

The 2015 Kontinent Awards was organised under doc! photo magazine and contra doc! patronage.

Winners of the 2015 Grand Press Photo announced!

2015 Grand Press Photo - Picture of the Year award. © Maciej Moskwa | Testigo Documentary

2015 Grand Press Photo – Picture of the Year award. © Maciej Moskwa | Testigo Documentary

Wonderful news reached us yesterday evening. Picture taken by Maciej Moskwa (doc! #12 & #32) in Syria won the Picture of the Year award in one of the Poland’s most prestigious press photography contests – Grand Press Photo. Maciej also won the 2nd award in the News – Photo story category.

What is more, our staff photographer – Mariusz Janiszewski – is also a laureate of the contest. He won the 2nd award in the People – Single photo category.

Other familiar names among remaining winners of the contest: Marek Lapis (doc! #12 & #16), Maciek Nabrdalik (doc! #15) and Maksymilian Rigamonti (doc! #1).

Congratulations, guys! Congratulations to all winners!