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Here Are The Best 85 Pictures That Won The International Photography Awards 2020

#1 Phoenix (Professional Advertising & Beauty Category, 1st Place)

“Often it’s the deepest pain which empowers you to grow into your highest self.”—Karen Salmansohn, like the Phoenix bird, she is born again by arising from the ashes. Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

#2 Plastic Crisis: Men On The Front Lines (Professional Editorial/Press & Environmental Category, 1st Place)

The urban poor in Accra risk injury and drowning to swim in the Korle Lagoon to recover recyclable plastics that flow into the heavily polluted water from the city's waterways during rainfall events. They sell the plastic for pennies, which they depend on for sustenance. Scavengers and waste pickers are major stakeholders in the informal plastic recovery industry worldwide. Yet their role is not recognized and appreciated. They make significant economic and environmental contributions by helping to reduce waste, cost of cleanups, and supply secondary materials to industries.

#3 Flying Over The Sea (Professional Special & Pets Category, 1st Place)

I love to represent the dog as a superhero in my action shots. This dog and its owner were practicing disc dog in the water. It's very difficult to do such amazing performances in these conditions since the water breaks every movement. It was sunrise and I love the colors. The position of the girl is really focused on her dog and the launch of the disc was perfect. It's a shot you can't repeat more than one or two times since after that the dog needs to rest. The dog remains the main subject and his position in the air is perfect and extended with the maximum tension of muscles.

#4 Best Friends (Professional Nature & Animals/Pets Category, 1st Place)

Two of my dogs (Border Collies) that teach me every day how to be happy with easy things like running. To take this photo I made them run together starting at a different point so that the faster one could reach the slower one exactly on the log. It's one shot that required a lot of preparation to understand their behavior running side by side. It's amazing to see how they compete with each other and at the same time play like best friends ever.

#5 Odilo Lawiny - Handmade Soccer Balls (Professional People & Children Category, 1st Place)

Miles from the main roads in rural Uganda, soccer balls bounce unevenly. Playing fields are arid, lush, weedy, sandy—any flattish space will do. Some feet are bare, others shod in fraying sneakers, boots, or rubber sandals. Yet children kick and chase handmade, lopsided balls with skill and abandon, competing for pride and joy—for the sheer pleasure of playing. The balls are spun into being with whatever’s at hand: rag or sock, tire or bark, plastic bag, or banana leaves. Made entirely of recuperated materials, they give another life to something that would otherwise just be thrown away.

#6 Mirror (Professional Special & Smartphone Photography Category, 1st Place)

I’ve had this vision for many years before it came into life. Then finally, while we were traveling across Thailand, I managed to convince my wife and my muse to perform this jump from the edge of a swimming pool. She said spontaneously: “OK, I’ll do it, but just once!“. I didn’t have my professional camera with me but was determined to go with the flow. Therefore I borrowed… an iPhone from a friend and realized my vision, captured in just one take, without any repetitions.

#7 Hybrid Solar Eclipse And Maasai Warrior (Professional Nature & Astrophotography Category, 1st Place)

This photograph is my tribute to Geoffrey Lowa. He was a friend that I never met in person. He was planning to be my host, driver, and my photo model for a hybrid solar eclipse in Kenya on 3 November 2013. On 8 October 2013, he sent me his last message via Facebook: "Turkana should be blessed... it`s the cradle of mankind... and now we have a hybrid solar eclipse...". Sadly he was killed just one week before I arrived. His friend Peter Nakua who has tried to save his life is standing on a hill for 11 seconds of totality. The life of a human being is fragile and on an astronomical scale to shot.

#8 Goddess Advent (Professional Special & Night Photography Category, 1st Place)

The magical aurora exploded over and over again in the most beautiful fishing village in Norway at clear and cloudless midnight. Watching this astonishing scenery in this quiet small town, my heart followed with visual impacts accompanied by aurora expositions, full of shock and moved. All the previous hard work was left behind at this moment.

#9 Beacons (Professional Fine Art & Minimal/Minimalism Category, 1st Place)

Lake Baikal is the largest source of fresh water on the planet, accounting for 23% of all Earth's freshwater. It freezes in the winter creating a winter wonderland but also provides an important road system that connects communities. The small trees and branches are 'planted' in the ice by locals acting as Beacons that grant travelers safe passage across the lake. They are an important part of connecting communities from one side of the lake to the other.

#10 City Soleil: A Melody Of Hope (Professional Editorial/Press & Other Category, 1st Place)

The UN left and the police stations crumbled into ruin. The gangs declared war and the people..they die in the midst of their relentless shoot-outs. The sound of gunfire had become a cruel melody in their ears. Last three years, a small voice in my heart grew louder and wilder: 'Can we talk about hope here?' That is when I heard the gentle whisper, a quiet but sweet melody. It was a melody that resonated through the impenetrable darkness—sound of children calling out for another day, that there will be a better tomorrow. For me, it was indeed a melody of hope.

#11 Black Mountain (Professional Nature & Seasons Category, 1st Place)

On January 2019 Canberra had one of the most spectacular lightning storms ever. It passed the city from West to East over the black mountains and continued towards Brindabella mountains.

#12 Divine Light (Professional Nature & Trees Category, 1st Place)

Taken in Hokkaido, Japan. The divine light was shining on the trees in the snowy field.

#13 Blue Insularis 7 (Professional Nature & Other Category, 1st Place)

The Blue Insularis is an endangered, venomous pit viper subspecies indigenous in Indonesia. This is a shot taken of two intertwined Blue Insularis, with one of them making a meal out of a frog.

#14 Enchantment (Professional Special & Panorama/Panoramic Category, 1st Place)

What an incredible experience! Descending into this Ice Cave below Vantnajokull Glacier in Iceland was like entering a fairy tale. As the sun set for the day it lit up the ice walls, bringing the cave to life! Since capturing this photo the cave has now completely melted. How incredibly blessed I was to visit and capture it!

#15 Last Eagle Hunters (Professional Special, Travel & Wanderlust Category, 1st Place)

For centuries, Eagle Hunters have used golden eagles to hunt prey during the bleak winter months, an extraordinary example of a relationship between humans and semi-wild animals. There are an estimated 250 eagle hunters in Bayan-Ölgii, which is located in the Altai Mountains of western Mongolian. They maintained ancient practice of hunting with golden eagles on horseback, and they primarily hunt red foxes and corsac foxes. Present Kazakh eagle hunters are old and grow weaker due to the unforgiving winters, and thus the traditional berkutchi is becoming a dying breed.

#16 Colossal Shadows: Super Tuskers Of East Africa (Professional Nature & Wildlife Category, 1st Place)

There are only an estimated 24 super tusk elephants left on Earth. These giants appear pulled from the pages of a bygone era, nearly out of place in today’s day and age. That they still roam the Earth after all this time is nothing short of miraculous since the market for their ivory has pushed them to the brink of extinction. With tusks weighing 100 pounds each or grazing the ground, these elephants are one of the most incredible sights on Earth. Within the animal kingdom, they are also important keepers of knowledge necessary for the development of future generations of tuskers.

#17 Insect Portraits (Professional Nature & Macro Category, 1st Place)

Macro photography allows you to see amazing portraits of these insects, damselflies, wasps, spiders, horse flies.

#18 Time Of Departure (Professional Event/Wedding Category, 1st Place)

In the eyes of the Oriental people, the father is a solemn figure. It's only on the wedding day of the daughter, you can see his tender love for his kids.

#19 Pro Democracy Demonstrations, Hong Kong: The Revolution Of Our Time (Professional Editorial/Press & General News Category, 1st Place)

On June 9th 2019, an estimated one million people took to the streets of Hong Kong to march in protest to the government’s proposed Extradition Bill, allowing citizens to be extradited to mainland China for prosecution. Since that day, Hong Kong has been plunged into a political crisis, with waves of demonstrations and violent clashes between Police and protestors with an alarming rise in the number of police brutality and misconduct allegations, as protests morphed into a wider call for democratic rights and freedom in the semi-autonomous city.

#20 Hands (Professional People & Newborn/Baby Category, 1st Place)

A father's hand giving support, a mother's hand guiding her baby, a sister's hand welcoming her newborn brother, and a baby's hand reaching for life.

#21 Irish Traveller Children (Professional People & Lifestyle Category, 1st Place)

Irish Traveller children and their families are historically nomadic and have long been marginalized. They have lived in Ireland for hundreds of years, number about 40,000 in the whole of Ireland, and are separately ethnically from Romani and Gypsies. A law was passed about 15 years ago that forbids them from continually moving. They attend school with the Settled Irish, but generally, drop out by the age of 12-14. They are predominantly Roman Catholic with most marrying around the age of 18. Travelers often have large families and live in roadside camps or halting sites.

#22 Metallic Forest (Professional Architecture/Cityscapes Category, 1st Place)

#23 The Maldives: Skydiver Photographer Perspective (Sports/Extreme Sports Category, 1st Place)

The Maldivian landscapes are incredible, and for the first time, we could manage to have a skydiving event in one of the most beautiful islands. For these photographs, Kooddoo Island is our background. The Maldivian blue and greenish water is well known, which makes unique photographs. The parachute and the skydivers are an integral part of these photographs. Also, it explains the reason why we were there. The island, water, resort, bungalows, and nature create the perfect scenario for one of the most iconic aerial/skydiving photoshoots in the Maldives until today.

#24 Inscapes (Professional People & Self-Portrait Category, 1st Place)

Placing individuals & objects where they don’t seem to belong, Astrid explores the relationship between humans & nature. She travels to distant landscapes to explore her connection to nature & the influence it has on her sense of identity. A character arises that wants to connect to her surroundings, but can feel out of place. She can be humble & anonymous, yet have an iconic appearance. It shows a struggle with a modern background & her place in the natural world. Her images can be seen as emotional translations where an urge to control is challenged by the desire for synergy.

#25 Shinjuku (Professional Fine Art & Abstract Category, 1st Place)

Shinjuku is a major commercial and administrative centre with lots of people. Shot looking down from the movie theatre area of Shinjuku. It was a very busy scene and I made it feel even busier by multiple exposing the image five times. Changing the camera angle between each frame as I went. What makes this image special to me was that in the first frame the sign on the left towards the bottom of the frame was lit, then it changed to dark tones. This gave a place where the eye could rest. I also like the abstract shape that can be found in the high tones that travel down the street.

#26 Healing Landscape: A Damaged World In Transition (Professional Nature & Aerial/Drone Category, 1st Place)

Once home to an array of wildlife and plants, the San Francisco Bay Area salt ponds are now a world of blazing colors and patterns when viewed from above. Their dark past connected to the manufacture of napalm is part of the complicated story of a thriving land in transition—a healing landscape that unites many worlds as one.

#27 Extreme Panoramic Landscapes (Professional Nature & Landscape Category, 1st Place)

Since 2008 I'm traveling around the world, looking for inspiration, for new views. It's very hard to create something unique in the infinite world of photography, there are many talents that emerge every day; that's why I chose to customize my landscape vision with Extreme Panoramic Photography, I capture the world all around me, with fields of view like 180, 270 and 360 degrees.

#28 Looking Out From Within, 2020 (Professional Fine Art & Other Category, 1st Place)

Looking Out from Within, 2020 Covid-19 came. Life changed. Probably irrevocably. I felt numb. Couldn’t stand around helpless. I decided to document the new daily existence of millions. I advertised my idea on social media and through my local paper in West London. The response was enormous. Imprisoned in their home, they gaze forlornly out of their window onto a different desolate world outside.

#29 The Dukha People, Victims Or Culprits (Professional Editorial/Press & Environmental Category, 1st Place)

Currently, only about forty Dukha families, engaged in reindeer husbandry, survive. Rising temperatures, due to climate change, and the conservation laws of the Mongolian government to preserve the Taiga from the ecological impact that the Dukha pose on their territory, threaten their traditional way of life. The worldwide struggle between the use of environmental resources and their sustainability is dramatically palpable in this remote place where the Dukha people lose the battle and fear for their survival.

#30 In The Bubble (Professional Nature & Underwater Category, 1st Place)

Bubble coral shrimp in the bubbles. Also called Crustaceans, Carid Shrimps, Commensal Shrimps, Bubble Anemone Shrimp, Philippine Shrimp, Anemone Shrimp.

#31 Beach Football (Professional Sports & Team Sports Category, 1st Place)

Sonar Para village children are playing Football in twilight time at one of the world's longest sea beach Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh.

#32 The Man Who Sold The World (Professional Sports & Extreme Sports Category, 1st Place)

The Man Who Sold the Word is a short, punchy, and forearm burning overhanging sport climb with hair-raising exposure below. As the day rounded to a close, smoke from nearby back-burning drifts past in the background, catching the fading light.

#33 Sculpting With Light (Professional Fine Art & Still Life Category, 1st Place)

#34 City Of Musical Scores (Professional Fine Art & Collage Category, 1st Place)

In this project, I would like to compose musical scores with images while attempting to capture the time and movement of soccer playground audiences. The stand is a five-line staff and the people are musical notes. While people in the stand are resting, chatting, eating, or watching a soccer game, they are inadvertently composed into a city musical.

#35 Ampie Vedute (Professional Architecture & Historic Category, 1st Place)

These images are the first in the series Ampie Vedute, an ongoing project studying the expansive views and architecture of Canale Della Giudecca in Venice, Italy. The body of water offers sweeping views of the diverse architectural styles that span centuries, which in their design have sympathetically retained the aesthetics of this unique city. Inspired by the ethos upon which Venice was built and the muted colors introduced during the Renaissance period, Ampie Vedute explores a minimalistic view of a classic setting, unveiling the intricacies and tones found in the architecture.

#36 Get Married (Professional Event/Wedding Category, 1st Place)

#37 Ping Pong Game (Professional Special & Other Category, 1st Place)

Ping Pong or Table Tennis is my favorite Sport. When I was young I used to be a Ping Pong player in my home town club. So when the idea came up, I straight away starting the project! This Picture Series is about the daily activities of Ping Pong Players in a Club. I purposely made a different & unique Cyber looks concept, representing my Signature Style!

#38 All For One And One For All (Professional People & Family Category, 1st Place)

One of these very troubling shootings, with a kind of a big mess around. The parents prayed for just one pic and then there was this 1/160 of a second, after hours of organizing, running around, and still motivating and enjoying... The parents were crying for joy after all.

#39 Bloody Gongar Mountain (Professional Nature & Sunset Category, 1st Place)

This is the highest peak, 7756m, and named Gongar Mountain, in Sichuan. I caught this image on Lenga lake which has an altitude of 4700m. After rest, I scrambled out of the tent into this foggy area under the trance of Altitude Sickness to wait for a clear sky. When the peak resurfaced from the sea of clouds, the moon rose from behind the peak, the sky became red slowly.

#40 Off The Street Club (Professional Event & Social Cause Category, 1st Place)

#41 Extremest Forms (Professional Architecture & Buildings Category, 1st Place)

Some of the very creative architecture forms, taken in Kuwait city and Dubai, the lines have been distorted and the second building has been mirrored to a more dramatic look.

#42 Time (Professional Analog/Film & Portrait Category, 1st Place)

#43 The Cold That Burns (Professional Advertising & Brands Campaign Category, 1st Place)

Shot on location in the winter months of Lake Baikal, Eastern Russia This campaign was shot in collaboration with two brands: Delma Watches and Poseidon Diving Systems, and featured the passionate divers from the dive club DC_Sval, who haven't missed a Saturday dive no matter how freezing the conditions become. My goal was to showcase the resilience and performance of the equipment and divers in the most challenging of situations, highlighting adventure divers who find enjoyment in testing their limits and finding enjoyment in the harshest of environments. Bringing to life a different world

#44 Australian Taralga Rodeo (Professional Sports & Sports Competitions, 1st Place)

A rodeo competition is held on the outskirts of Goulburn, New South Wales in Australia every year. The cowboy’s wonderful performances and superb skills left a deep impression. This portfolio presents the wonderful moments of the rodeo.

#45 Flying Motorcycle (Professional Sports & Motorsports Category, 1st Place)

It is an evening shoot in the forest. I can see nothing from the camera so everything is just from the estimate judge. I use two Profoto B1 flashes. I was lying on the ground and shot up at this exact moment.

#46 Delta Hill Riders (Professional People & Traditions/Culture Category, 1st Place)

Just after the Civil War, one in four cowboys were African American, yet this population was drastically underrepresented in popular accounts. And it is still. The cowboy identity retains a strong presence in many contemporary black communities. "Delta Hill Riders" highlights a subculture of riders showing love for their horses and fellow cowboys, while passing down generational traditions in rural Mississippi. Ultimately, the project presses against old archetypes — who could and could not be a cowboy, and what it means to be black in Mississippi — while uplifting the subjects' voices.

#47 Coney Island - NYC's Summer Playground (Professional People & Street Photography Category, 1st Place)

For under a 3 dollar subway ride, Coney Island has been a summer destination for New Yorkers for over 200 years trying to beat the heat and hectic pace of the city during the summer. The resort town has been threatened by gentrification but still has been able to keep its urban working-class charm.

#48 Hotel Room (Professional People & Other Category, 1st Place)

In her youth, Judith Minks worked every summer vacation as a chambermaid at Hotel de Wadden on Vlieland. Every day she saw the traces of lives that had taken place within the four walls for a short time. She wrote the stories about those lives in her head and then forgot about them. Until these memories came back after several hotel visits related to her work. She recreated a hotel room in her studio in Harlingen. Bed and bedside tables; etc. She fitted everything. And then she let her imagination play with her memories and staged the hotel scenes that she dreamed of in her childhood on Vlieland

#49 White Light (Professional Nature & Flowers Category, 1st Place)

By arranging flowers by themselves in the relationship of relative yin and yang, such as natural objects and man-made objects, buds and blooms, and the front and back sides of leaves, they create an “empty" space (a space in which beauty is born). There is the phrase "a lotus in the mud", which gives us the power to live purely in this time when the harmony of nature is being achieved.

#50 The Zone (Professional Editorial/Press, War & Conflict Category, 1st Place)

It was launched on October 9th, 2019. As ‘Operation Peace Spring’ and with the goal to create a 50 km. deep safe zone in North-East Syria between Turkey and the Kurdish self-autonomous region of Rojava. With the abandonment of the American forces and the apathy of the West, Turkey’s incursion instead left a belt of destruction, devastation, and death. In two weeks more than 100.000 had fled homes and villages, soldiers and civilians become victims of claimed white phosphorous attacks while ISIS-prisoners escaped captivity and left the region once again unstable and in uncertainty.

#51 La Caravana Del Diablo (Professional Editorial/Press, Photo Essay & Feature Story Category, 1st Place)

This January 15th, five-thousand Honduran immigrants departed from San Pedro Sula and began their journey towards the U.S.A to escape mass poverty and violence. Over the past couple of years, the Mexican and American governments have worked in tandem to deal with these migrants in the most inhumane ways imaginable. Nowhere is this more evident than in the tribulations Honduran refugees faced this winter. When the migrants arrived at the border of Guatemala and Mexico, military forces gassed and pepper-sprayed hundreds of these children and refugees, forced them onto buses to deport them.

#52 Unrest In America (Professional Editorial/Press & Contemporary Issues Category, 1st Place)

Joshua Rashaad McFadden documents the social unrest following the police murders of unarmed Black men in the United States. The enclosed images are samples of the photographic series, shedding light on both citizens and events taking place during heated protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Atlanta, Georgia. The simultaneous threat of the global pandemic creates a genre of demonstrations unlike any other in history.

#53 Valencia Bridge (Professional Architecture & Bridges Category, 1st Place)

This photo was taken in Spain. The City of Arts and is a cultural and architectural complex in the city of Valencia. Designed by Calatrava. It is an amazing place for all architecture.

#54 Have A Ball (Professional Architecture & Abstract Category, 1st Place)

Barcelona.

#55 New Seas (Professional Analog/Film & Landscape Category, 1st Place)

Timothy Morton's thinks of climate change as a "hyper object" - an incomprehensibly large object stretched in space-time. Recognizable only in parts, but never all at once. Microplastics are barely noticeable particles, but at the same time omnipresent in the ocean. I imagined them as synthetic plankton of all conceivable colors, invisibly wandering from one place to another. I have spent a great deal of time by the sea, so it was easier for me to see that the white ridges of waves create boundless white-gray paper in space and time. I only needed to fill it with light to reveal the invisible.

#56 The Most Wanted (Professional Advertising & Product Category, 1st Place)

All shot as part of Evening Standard Magazine's 'The Most Wanted' series, where I am asked to come up with stand-out imagery to promote individual designer pieces. Each shot is created within very tight timeframes and within tightening budgets, as such I try to stick to bold palettes and adding a conceptual interest that grabs the attention of the viewer, elevating the product from purely 'fashionable' to an aspirational chic.

#57 Singapore Iconic Cuisine (Professional Advertising & Food & Beverage Category, 1st Place)

I was invited to conceptualized, art direct, and photographed a series of Singapore iconic dishes that were made by a relevant sauce or paste produced by Thai Sing Foodstuffs Industry, a culinary solutions provider specializing in sauces and pastes. Concept, Art Direct & Photographed by Bene Tan Food Styling by Jazreel Chan & Abigail Moi Prop Master: Ada Wong

#58 Colour Block Series (Professional Sports & Summer Sports Category, 1st Place)

A series I have been working on a shot with a DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone that portrays common sports playing surfaces in a new light. Incorporating a graphic influence and prioritizing linear yet unique compositions.

#59 New Gods (Professional Special & Special Effects Category, 1st Place)

We need good influences, not bad. This artwork is about balance and being alert to what messages, lifestyles, and ideologies we choose to adopt – a lot of the times a million followers from a person can feel like a legit reason to change our lives, but it’s not. I’ve been there, changing the way I live because of “preachers.” I imagine we need to listen to others, but be more selective and choose to adopt the good principles they tell us that makes our lives better. They are not gods; they are flesh and blood, many times wrong about the things they are supposed to be experts in.

#60 12 Natural Wonders - Africa (Professional Fine Art & Nudes Category, 1st Place)

#61 Above The Stage (Professional Event & Other Category, 1st Place)

A story of how a usual building construction has turned into a theater, the workers into the actors, and the construction field into performance. I sadly watched the construction of the house, which turned around in front of my windows. But gradually the regret turned into interest! And I began to draw a parallel between the construction and the theater. The whole theatrical performance began to take place with interesting decorations, various lighting, colors, and restless actors. This story once again showed me that our beliefs work for us. Positive things can be found everywhere!

#62 LED Greenhouses (Professional Architecture & Industrial Category, 1st Place)

Food engineers in the Netherlands are experimenting with a way to feed more people using less land, by growing crops indoors. LED-lit greenhouses provide growing conditions for plants like around the clock and in every kind of weather. The Dutch have created the most advanced area in the world for controlled environment agriculture and have become world leaders in agricultural innovation. However, there are also consequences this growing method brings with it, like light pollution or growing crops out of season and ship them around the world, so people can eat strawberries year-round.

#63 Scenes Of Everyday Life In The Age Of The Coronavirus (Professional Advertising & Self-Promotion Category, 1st Place)

#64 When People Keep On Saying You're Nothing (Professional Advertising & Other Category, 1st Place)

Advertising campaign shot with the agency Marcel Paris (Publicis) for an association/charity organization called 'Apprentis d'Auteuil' who's aim is to give help to disadvantaged people...

#65 Love (Professional People & Wedding Category, 1st Place)

This picture is a part of several images from a wedding. This lovely couple shares love with each other and motocross.

#66 Upper East Side Story (Professional People & Portrait Category, 1st Place)

The Upper East Side of Manhattan is considered New York City’s most affluent neighborhood. White-glove buildings, designer boutiques, Museum Mile, and ladies who lunch are some of the images associated with UES. The area covers 59th to 96th street from the East River to Central Park cut by avenues such as Park and Fifth. Most people have lived here for years and would not dream of leaving. When asked how they wanted to be photographed, the responses were astonishing: naked, dressed like a maharaja, in bed, etc. This series depicts a microcosm of life on the Upper East Side in NY City.

#67 The Sufi Brotherhoods Of Senegal (Professional Editorial/Press & Political Category, 1st Place)

In Senegal, 95 percent of the population adheres to Islam and most of them commit themselves to Sufism. The West African country is regarded as an anchor of stability, it has never experienced an attack in the age of international terror - in contrast to its neighboring countries. This has much to do with the role of the Sufi brotherhoods. This photo story captures various aspects and examples that show how the Sufi Brotherhoods, with their liberal and tolerant interpretation of the Koran, unite Senegal's heterogeneous society and rely on cohesion rather than a division to maintain their power.

#68 Exodus (Professional Deeper Perspective Category, 1st Place)

This project chronicles the epic journey of the Venezuelan migrants, driven by desperation and hunger, at the stake of forces beyond their control. Two years ago, I decided to document their story and self-funded the project Exodus. Spending weeks, and months at a time, in some of the border areas, I traveled alongside migrants who call themselves “the walkers.” They were taking a long journey from the eastern Colombian border, through the Andes, up to the capital city, Bogotá. This series of photographs is the result of the time spent with them.

#69 From The Stage (Professional Architecture & Interior Category, 1st Place)

#70 I Don't Know Who I Am, Only Where I'm From (Professional Analog, Film & Other Category, 1st Place)

This is a documentary project about growing up in a small community, on an island off the west coast of Norway. It's also about a girl eventually moving away, desperate to distance herself from the place where she was born and raised. But more than anything, it's a personal journey of coming back, after years of therapy and of living abroad, trying to look at the place with fresh eyes — without repressing the bad memories. This is my attempt at embracing the inevitable fact that some things will forever be connected. Maybe I'll never know who I really am. But this is definitely where I'm from.

#71 Circa Waves - Sad Happy Album (Professional Advertising & Music Category, 1st Place)

I photographed this series of images for the band Circa Waves' new album - Sad Happy. The brief was to shoot the same scene with three variations to express the emotions of sad, happy, and combined which are themes of the songs. I was involved in all aspects of creation from concept, through to set design and photography.

#72 A Sustainable Future Of Exquisite Luxury Mobility (Professional Advertising & Automotive Category, 1st Place)

The image had to represent Bentley's vision for creating a sustainable future of luxury mobility. The specification of the Bentley EXP 100 GT contained sentences such as: 1. Luxury craftsmanship 2. A seamless fusion of materials & intelligent curation of technology 3. Introducing light as a new luxury material 4. 5000-year-old fossilized British Oak infused with recycled copper 5. Compass exterior paint made from recycled rice husks 6. 100% organic leather-like textile from winemaking 7. Cumbrian crystal interfaces 8. Embroidered cotton interior surfaces

#73 The Silent Menace (Professional Special & Digitally Enhanced Category, 1st Place)

An eerily quiet downtown Calgary during what normally is rush hour. The only inhabitant, a silent menace. Unseen and invisible.

#74 Nowhere Diary (Professional Fine Art & Landscape Category, 1st Place)

"A man can be himself only so long as he is alone, and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom," said Schopenhauer. Beyond the attraction towards those white and almost lunar landscapes, this body of work focuses on isolation and emptiness. It’s the diary of a journey in the middle of nowhere: Iceland during winter. What stroke me in the middle of those desert lands is the isolation that comes out of it. The subject is photographed alone as if forgotten. The monotony of the surrounding amplifies the feeling of solitude. Those images appear to me as the reflection of an inner landscape.

#75 Pickled Memories (Professional Event, Traditions & Cultures Category, 1st Place)

Grappling with its false allure of truth, I document the African diaspora in an effort to connect with my ancestors. Photography is a malleable medium, shaping the world through lenses and biases. History is manipulated, reconfigured to fit agendas. Their systematic extermination has been erased from history and silenced in classrooms. I remember them, I connect with them - so that we can begin to heal. I document the present. I remember the past. I imagine a utopian future. By connecting with my ancestors, I learn about myself. It is in remembering that I believe that we can begin to.

#76 Kok-Boru (Professional Event & Competitive Event Category, 1st Place)

In Kyrgyzstan, knights engaged in kok-boru also known as buskashì. A sport for a few people, a sort of polo where two teams on horseback compete for control over a beheaded goat carcass. In the Kyrgyz language, kok-boru means "blue wolf" and derives from the custom of the shepherds to play with the killed wolves before returning them to the village. It is an aggressive and weary sport, with a lot of physical contact between horses and riders. This game is important in the Kyrgyz tradition, having the aim of teaching young people to ride professionally.

#77 The Last Tong Lau (Professional Architecture & Other Category, 1st Place)

This series focuses on Hong Kong’s tong lau (唐樓), or Chinese “shophouse” buildings - a type of mixed-use architecture once popular throughout southern China. With much of Hong Kong’s urban heritage under constant threat of redevelopment, these photographs serve as vital historical documents for the communities they depict. The facade of the buildings are captured at precise intervals and distances. These photos from multiple perspectives are then digitally merged by Jörg Dietrich into one expansive, seamless image, creating a singular visualisation of the architecture in an entire city block.

#78 The Streif (Professional Sports & Winter Sports Category, 1st Place)

With a top speed of 150 km/h, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway is propelled over the icy 'Zielsprung' where he sets his sights on the finishing line in the distance during the Mens Downhill in Kitzbuhel, the world's most dangerous Downhill Ski Race.

#79 The Shape Of The NFL (Professional Sports & Other Category, 1st Place)

The body type informs what position a player plays. The position necessitates the body type of all NFL players.

#80 Elements (Professional Event & Concert Category, 1st Place)

Exploring the elements of live music performance such as water, fire, smoke and other pyro effects that enhance the visual impact for the viewing audience.

#81 Neil Gaiman And Amanda Palmer (Professional Editorial/Press & Personality Category, 1st Place)

Some portrait shoots are battles, and others are collaborations. When I photographed Neil and Amanda for The Sunday Times Magazine it was wonderfully collaborative. I shared my ideas, they discussed them and suggested how to make them better, then dived into the process with open hearts.

#82 Please Save Devero (Professional Analog, Film & Fine Art Category, 1st Place)

Investigation of the difficult relationship between man and nature in the delicate and precious ecosystem of the Alps which risks being broken by new invasive anthropization interventions. The evocative landscapes of Alpe Devero (Italy) come to life in the moments of urban everyday life. A modern Cassandra opens a window onto an alarming future. A story, a surreal vision of how places today still enchanting and protected could look like, tomorrow, following the new economic exploitation that will transform a place that today belongs to everyone into the property of a few elected men.

#83 Fabric Of A Nation A W Hainsworth (Professional Advertising & Fashion Category, 1st Place)

A shoot to promote the branding of A W Hainsworth, Fabric of a nation Campaign. Art Direction Delboy, At the Backroom Agency.

#84 Service Now (Professional Advertising & Conceptual Category, 1st Place)

Proprietary software solutions from Service Now have made the IT department the celebrated heroes of the company.

#85 Europa League Soccer In Wolverhampton (Professional Editorial/Press & Sports Category, 1st Place)

SC Braga's Nuno gets past Wolverhampton Wanderers' Matt Doherty.