Winners

"Happiness" Category

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In an impoverished village in the West African state of Togo, a group of children play and run behind old motorcycle tyres in the red dusty dirt outside of an NGO clinic. Even though these children were mostly the sons, nephews and children of the patients in the clinic, their smiling faces and noisy joy are the embodiment of pure Happiness...

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The touching embrace of two old friends in Manama reveals that through the long years of a lifetime, even age cannot diminish the simple feeling of happiness.

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A late-afternoon family outing in Papua New Guinea sees boys jumping from trees into Lake Murray. Time for one more turn before the sun sets.

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Relief and joy for a refugee family that survive a perilous journey by sea, that for many others has unfortunately ended in tragedy.

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A child lies in the lap of his mother in the Jammu and Kashmir province, India. Happiness is clearly reflected in the face of the child, who knows that love lives in his mother’s arms.

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On the Dahab Island near Cairo, a scene of simple happiness for Sarah and Rania, who play together on a sunny day.

"General" Category

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Fire and Lightning create a terrifying spectacle of fury during the eruption of Calbuco Volcano in Chile, awake after 40 years of inactivity.

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Safety Jackets strewn along the Coast of Lesbos Island in Greece are symbols of a journey of survival and death for more than 500,000 refugees

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The picture shows an ordinary summer evening in a Russian village, in the centre, young boys wrestling, under the watchful eye of referee and grandmother.

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In the spirit of the Olympic rings, cyclists rehearsing a sequence for an opening ceremony at the Olympic Sports Centre in Fuzhou, China

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A Celebration of the festival of St. George in Ethiopia, the priests pray and sing for the Saint and for the worshippers that gather at the entrance of the Church.

"Father and Son" Category

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In Gaza city, Omar and Khaled are laid to rest, having died after a fire broke out while they were studying by the light of a candle.

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In the rubble after a devastating earthquake in Turkey, a father who was helping to clear the debris makes a fire to warm his children.

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Trees isolated on a foggy plain, a stunning self portrait of the photographer and his three year old, planting a tree, as a pledge for the future. .

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Comforting his sick and disabled son, the eyes of the father reveal a story of daily struggle, strength, and a love that is challenged but not diminished.

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Rafah in the Gaza Strip, both Father and Son overcome the tragedy of losing lower limbs in an Israeli bombing, during the 51 day war in 2014.

"WildLife" Category

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A creative combination of Wildlife and Astrophotography, a leopard and its prey are highlighted against the starry night sky.

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Flying with flamingos over Lake Turkana in Africa's Great Rift Valley. A study in light, colour and contrast that evokes the feeling of a painting.

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Water flows steadily from a reservoir, collecting all but the most determined in its dream-like stream.

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A mesmerising black and white image, the face of a lion emerges from a thicket, catching our eye, ready to pounce.

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A herd of Zebras make haste and flee as they learn quickly what all in Africa know… there is no match for the fury of an Elephant.

"SPECIAL AWARDS"

Photography Appreciation Award

OSCAR MITRI

 

Oscar Mitri was born in Cairo, Egypt. He completed his secondary education at the ‘Collège Patriarchal’in Cairo. At a young age he learned to love nature. He was hired by publishing houses in Cairo and Lebanon, in the department of photography, wetting his appetite and making him wish to start a career in this field. In 1956, he specialized in colour slides technique at “Institut d’Art Photographique” in Paris.

His career took off and he embarked in Documentary Photography. He was hired in Kuwait in 1960 by an Arabic cultural and geographical monthly magazine (similar to National Geographic). His stay in Washington at the National Geographic Magazine enabled him to gain more experience in photo reporting.

His career took him to Asia and Africa. He travelled the Atlas desert in the Maghreb. He visited 42 countries, including the UAE, the Gulf countries and four islands in Africa and Asia.

His masterpieces are appreciated by a whole generation in the Middle East. He shared, with much photographic eloquence, the reality of life in the Third World. He entered the intimacy of peoples and tribes (nomadic Tuareg) to reflect their life, their customs and their traditions.

Oscar now lives in Montreal with his wife Jackie. He has two sons and four grandchildren.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • 1964: He won two medals, one silver and one bronze in a competition at the International Fair of New York "The World and Its People".
  • 1970: He was awarded a trophy at Expo Osaka in Japan, for his excellent color slides show.
  • 1970 and 1975: He published two volumes of photography on the geographic and urban development in Kuwait.
  • 1983 and 1985: He had two photo exhibitions at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kuwait about life in the Third Word
  • April 2010: “Le tiers-monde-Réalité d’un peuple méconnu" Exhibition at Galerie Monet, Montreal, Canada.
  • September 2010: ”Table Ronde sur l’Art à Mont-Royal” Exhibition at Bistro Dupond & Dupont, Montreal, Canada.
  • September 2012: “Coutumes et Traditions” Exhibition at Galerie Lozeau Montreal, Canada.
  • March 2014: He published in Montreal an anthology of some of his most beautiful photos entitled «Peuples, coutumes et traditions»

Photographic Research-Report Award

Don McCullin

 

Don McCullin is one of our greatest living photographers. Few have enjoyed a career so long, or of such variety and critical acclaim. For the past 50 years he has proved himself a photojournalist without equal, whether documenting the poverty of London’s East End, or the horrors of wars in Africa, Asia or the Middle East. Simultaneously he has proved an adroit artist capable of beautifully arranged still lifes, soulful portraits and moving landscapes.

Following an impoverished north London childhood blighted by Hitler’s bombs and the early death of his father, McCullin was called up for National Service with the RAF. After postings to Egypt, Kenya and Cyprus he returned to London armed with a twin reflex Rolleicord camera and began photographing friends from a local gang named The Guv’nors. Persuaded to show them to the picture editor at the Observer in 1959, aged 23, he earned his first commission and began his long and distinguished career in photography more by accident than design.

In 1961 he won the British Press Award for his essay on the construction of the Berlin Wall. His first taste of war came in Cyprus, 1964, where he covered the armed eruption of ethnic and nationalistic tension, winning a World Press Photo Award for his efforts. In 1993 he was the first photojournalist to be awarded a CBE.

For the next two decades war became a mainstay of Don’s journalism, initially for the Observer and, from 1966, for The Sunday Times. In the Congo, Biafra, Uganda, Chad, Vietnam, Cambodia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Iran, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland and more, he time and again combined a mastery of light and composition with an unerring sense of where a story was headed, and a bravery that pushed luck to its outermost limits.

He has been shot and badly wounded in Cambodia, imprisoned in Uganda, expelled from Vietnam and had a bounty on his head in Lebanon. What’s more, he has braved bullets and bombs not only to get the perfect shot but to help dying soldiers and wounded civilians. Compassion is at the heart of all his photography.

Away from war Don’s work has often focused on the suffering of the poor and underprivileged and he has produced moving essays on the homeless of London’s East End and the working classes of Britain’s industrialised cities.

From the early 1980s increasingly he focused his foreign adventures on more peaceful matters. He travelled extensively through Indonesia, India and Africa returning with powerful essays on places and people that, in some cases, had few if any previous encounters with the Western world. In 2010 he published Southern Frontiers, a dark and at-times menacing record of the Roman Empire’s legacy in North Africa and the Middle East.

At home he has spent three decades chronicling the English countryside – in particular the landscapes of Somerset – and creating meticulously constructed still lives all to great acclaim. Yet he still feels the lure of war. As recently as October 2015 Don travelled to Kurdistan in northern Iraq to photograph the ongoing conflict in that region.

 

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