Winners

"Hope" Category

 

 

Mother's Love

This Vietnamese woman has a speech disorder but it does not stop her from continuing her life as a mother of two.

A mother’s love is unconditional despite her speech disability, a hardship that can be too much to overcome, yet she stays strong for the sake of her children.

Having a month-old baby behind her and a two-year-old baby in her hand, life must go on. When life gets tough, the tough gets going. That’s how this mother overcomes her daily hardships. However, her life is full of hope when she is looking down at her children.

A Stormy Day

A young boy plays in a street filled with water after heavy rains in Sabang, Central Jakarta, 2010.

Evacuation Of Disaster Victims

The Indonesian rescue team evacuated a woman named Nurul (15 years old) from the rubble after the earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Nurul hopes to resume her normal life after the disaster.

Bath Tub Amongst the rubbles

June 26, 2015, Salem Saoody, 30 years old, is making use of the last remaining piece of his damaged home,- his bath tub, to bathe his daughter Layan (left) and his niece Shaymaa, 5 years old (right). They now live in a caravan near the rubble.

The Long Way

The story of the UNITALSI volunteers, the most important Italian organization for the pilgrimage of the sick and the disabled. Men and women, boys and girls, who take care of everything from health care to cleaning services. Volunteers who become eyes for those who can not see, and legs for those forced to use wheelchairs. Doctors, priests, lawyers, pensioners, teachers and nuns spend their lives entirely in the physical and spiritual care of their traveling companions.

These people, their eyes are burdened by the lack of sleep and fatigue, still show, joy and enthusiasm in their every gesture.

We Save lives

A refugee child is rescued by volunteers on the island of Lesvos.

"Aerial (Video)" Category

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I Am Fragile

Close encounters of the majestic kind. The remote Arctic reminds us that once upon a time we walked this earth in harmony with the wild. Witnessing nature in its purist magnificence is the only truth.

Video

The Great Return March

On March 30, 2018, the Palestinians began a new form of peaceful popular struggle demanding their right to return to the territories from which they were expelled in 1948. These were the largest peaceful marches on the borders between Gaza Strip and Israel.

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Vanishing White

Lake Baikal. This video investigates the exceptional formation and condition of the oldest and deepest existing fresh water lake on earth during the coldest period in winter (around minus twenty Celsius). It is believed to hold one fifth of the world’s fresh water. From a distance, the white splashes seem like sea waves. However, the entire lake surface freezes in winter, leaving the surrounding village a lifeless wonderland. In this search, the cracks, textures and broken pieces of ice form the perfect intricate canvas.

The frozen layers are moving, breaking, thawing, retreating and daunting. Just as the frozen lake is solid on the surface, it is fragile when the water currents flowing underneath it. These marvelous yet temporary ice layers vanishes as the temperature rises.

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Salt Lakes - Hungary

Filming the Salt Lakes in Hungary for a whole year. These lakes dry up almost every year until the end of summer. Up until that point the water can host several species.

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Cities of Sand and Fog

An epic visual journey through the contrast and diversity of landscapes of the United Arab Emirates. It explores the changes and the climatology of one of the most unique geography and landforms in the world.Fifty years ago, no one could believe that it was even possible to transform these landscapes. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. if you can dream it you can do it.

Do it now and not tomorrow. Always continue the climb and never lose the hope. Hope for change, hope for challenges, hope for development, hope for the future.

"General - Colour" Category

Small bully

A small bird snoops in on a bird of prey mid flight almost bullying him while he transports his next meal.

An Unlikely Encounter

A baby humpback whale, interacting with a freediver in the clear waters of Tonga. At less than 2 months old, he is bigger than a car, feeding on milk until he is strong enough to make the journey back to Antarctica with his mother. This playful giant swam around us while his mother rested down below.

Whirpool

A group of Flamingo birds are looking for food on the crucial Kuwaiti coastal area of Alsulaibekhat where the region is rich in crustaceans and shrimp.

"General - Black & White" Category

The Old Man and the Cat

An elderly resident outside a Soviet-era apartment block in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. A moment of solitude and mystery in what once was one of the mythical regions of the Silk route.

My Favorite Ghost

My husband, my muse. The magic of long exposure.

Night meal

A little owl with its prey in the rainy night.

"Portfolio" Category

The Hope

Protesters demonstrate for the rights of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East to return to the homes they fled in the war surrounding the 1948 creation of Israel.

Born to Ice

Ice, We take it for granted, it amazes us even as we fear its harsh environment. But man and creature alike have found balance in its stark beauty. A balance that is being threatened by the hand of man, and our unwillingness to mitigate our impact on the planet.

Cause we are All made of Stars

When night comes, the rhythm of the noisy day ends and insists on a peaceful calmness. Stars are lit in the sky, and everyone can see how huge our Universe is.

The stars are a real miracle that we can observe with our own eyes. They are guiding points and beacons of hope, reminding us that tomorrow, the best is yet to come.

Brick Factories

Brick factories in Southern Iraq.The workers in this portfolio are working on the production of bricks which includes, forming the bricks, placing them in special ovens and finally loading them for sale. They also clean and coat the walls with mud. They are very hardworking despite the risks of being surrounded by high temperatures and dust inhalation.

The Kazakh Eagle Hunters of Mongolia

These eagle hunters, living around Ulgi province of Mongolia, preserve an old tradition that has been passed on from generation to generation, to tame eagles and use them to hunt smaller animals such as foxes and marmots. The families of these eagle hunters live on the side of Mongolia after having migrated between Kazakhtstan, Russia and Mongolia until the fall of Communism and closing of all borders.

Every year around the beginning of October the Eagle Hunter Festival is organised in Ulgi city. All the eagle hunters will travel from home and gather there for the competition. The competitor will use fox skin to attract the eagles and call them and the the most fastest eagle which flies to the hand of its'owner will win the competition.

"SPECIAL AWARDS"

Photography Appreciation Award

Tim Flach | London, United Kingdom

 

Since becoming a professional photographer in the 1980s, Tim Flach has become renowned as one of the most influential animal photographers in the world. Tim seeks to use photography to shift public and scientific perceptions of the natural world towards an understanding that is more compatible with the demands of an ecological crisis. Tim often employs principles of human portraiture to raise these issues in his photographs. His approach focuses on animals’ personalities and provokes powerful emotional responses in the viewer, encouraging them to rethink our place in the natural world. His early fine art photographs, such as the abstract ‘Horse Mountain’ (2003), earned him international recognition. ‘Monkey Eyes’ (2003), an image of a macaque peering over the bottom of the frame, won him a prestigious Gold Award from the Association of Photographers. His first two published books, ‘Equus’ (2008) and ‘Dogs: Gods’ (2010), critically observed the mythology and ethics of our relationships with horses and dogs.

‘More Than Human’ (2012) is a series of portraits and abstracts which explores the quirks and idiosyncrasies of a huge number of species. The photographs examine the ways in which humans have shaped animal biology and raise pertinent ethical, political, cultural, ecological and philosophical issues about the relationships between human and non-human animals. A compilation of Tim’s work was organised into a book called Evolution (2014), which examines both the development of his photographic style and evolution in the organic world.

His signature style is often described as ‘stylised animal portraiture’, but Flach is also accomplished in landscape and wildlife photography. For his latest book, ‘Endangered’ (2017), Tim has begun to consider photography as a means to communicate threats to the world’s ecological stability. He has travelled around the world to photograph species on the edge of extinction. Tim photographed the last male Northern White Rhino in Kenya, as well as many exceptionally rare species such as the Ploughshare Tortoise, Scimitar Oryx and White-Backed Vulture in their wild habitats. Tim found that protecting habitat was essential for the health of these species and ecology more widely. He aimed to use the emotions of kinship evoked by his portraiture to connect viewers emotionally to the environments in which threatened species lives. Flach’s core belief is that widespread emotional response leads to direct action. In addition to his monographs, he has collaborated with institutions such as National Geographic for Rarely Seen (2015) and the Rachel Carson Center for A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene (2018). He has been commissioned and featured in world-class publications such as National Geographic, The New York Times, The Guardian and The New Scientist. He has lectured at universities worldwide, and given talks on photography and conservation at venues such as the Zoological Society of London, TEDxWarwick and the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Since graduating in 1982 with a postgraduate certificate in Photography and Painted Structures from Central St Martins in London, Flach’s professional work has been recognised with a wide range of accolades and honours. He has received two Platinum Graphis Awards and two Yellow Pencils from the D&AD. He has been recognised as Professional Photographer of the Year for Fine Art in the International Photography Awards and given an honorary doctorate from Norwich University of the Arts. As an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (HonFRPS), he was made an Accredited Senior Imaging Scientist (ASIS FRPS) in 2018. In addition to his awards, he has served on the judging panels for some of the most prestigious awards bodies in the world. He has a permanent collection displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and his work can be found exhibited in art and science museums in capitals across the globe.

The Photography Content Creator Award

Tom Ang | New Zealand

 

Photographer, author, educator, broadcaster. He has written over 40 books on photography including the best-selling ‘Digital Photographer’s Handbook’ published in twenty languages. His Digital Photography Masterclass was named The Crème De La Crème of the ‘Top Digital Imaging Books’ of 2008 by Shutterbug Magazine. ‘His Photography - the Definitive visual history’, won the Best Photo Book for EzVid Wiki. He won the Thomas Cook Award for Best Illustrated Travel Book for his book on the Marco Polo Expedition. He presented and wrote two ground-breaking series, ‘A Picture of Britain’ for the BBC and an eight-part series, ‘Scene City Singapore’ for Channel News Asia, Singapore (Bronze at the New York Film & TV Awards).

He has held editorial posts at Camera Magazine, Photography Magazine, The Sunday Correspondent Magazine and has been a correspondent to numerous photography magazines including the British Journal of Photography, Professional Photographer and Practical Photography. He has been working as a consultant to the photography industry for many years. He was senior lecturer and course leader in Photographic Practice at the University of Westminster teaching Photography, Photojournalism and Publishing at BA and MA level for over 12 years. He pioneered academic links to Central Asia, leading a Know How Fund project for journalism in Kyrgyzstan and helped found the Westminster International University in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

He is a founding member of Wandsworth Photography Co-operative (now The Photo Coop), a founding member of the World Photographic Academy, initiated the Student Focus of Sony World Photography Awards and is former photography chair for the Royal Geographical Society’s Expedition Workshops. He has given workshops and lectured worldwide including Budapest, London, Salzburg, Singapore, Manila, Dubai, Auckland, Brisbane, Cape Town. He has served on the photo juries of Czech Press Photo, Sony World Photography Awards, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA). He was born in Singapore and now lives in New Zealand.

Emerging Person in Photography Award

Yousef Al Habshi | United Arab Emirates

 

Yousef Al-Habshi is an Emirati photographer who specialises in ‘macro’ and ‘micro’ photography. He procured his first camera in 2010 and since that time gravitated toward macro photography. Al-Habshi won numerous local and international awards, including many international gold medals. Most notably, he won first place for two consecutive years (2012 & 2013) at the Emirates International Photography Contest. His recent achievements include first place and a gold medal at the Sharjah Arabian Photo, macro division, and being honored by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah.

At the international level, Al-Habshi was able to win the first place in the scientific competition and specialised in micro-photography for ‘Nikon Small Worlds’. He is the first Arab and Emirati to win this prestigious competition since its inception in 1975.

In the exhibition, Al-Habshi organised a series of individual and joint exhibitions, the most important of which was his first scientific photographic exhibition, in cooperation with the University of New York Abu Dhabi 2016, in the presence of Professor Claude, who covered the scientific part of the composition and characteristics of the composite eyes.

Al-Habshi also participated in two international exhibitions in China, the last of which was the ‘Three Shadows’ exhibition held in Datong City, China, as part of the joint cooperation between the festival administration and the Hamdan Bin Mohammed International Photography Award (HIPA).

The latest exhibition in which Al Habshi participated was for the ‘Macro World’ exhibition, which was held at the International Festival of Photography Expo in 2018 in Sharjah. From the scientific side, Al-Habshi has made available some of his images of insects and their parts to several foreign universities for the purpose of performing new scientific projects and specialised studies. He has also provided specialised studies students with a set of these works for the purpose of academic research and graduation projects. National Geographic Al Arabiya Magazine, a major media platform, allocated 14 pages to his work, and following their publication, the magazine used his photographs as the main content for their 2016 calendar.

His photographs have been featured in several local newspapers, as well as specialised photography magazines around the world. Additionally, they’ve been published in magazines focused on spreading awareness about agricultural pests and their negative impact.

 

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