"The Moment" Category
Spring in Aleppo
On what was supposed to be a beautiful spring day on the 15th of April 2017, an explosion rocked the Rashideen neighbourhood in Western Aleppo. The car bomb targeted a gathering of civilians that were part of an exchange scheme organised by various international organisations and regional powers.
In the ensuing panic, many of the gathering photojournalists, there to cover the planned exchange, rushed to try and rescue survivors and get them to nearby ambulances. A photographer is seen, camera still in hand, carrying an injured child and running towards help. The horror in the man’s face perhaps symbolising the pain and anguish of an entire nation.
Long Way From Home
After four consecutive days of walking without food or water in extremely harsh conditions, a group of Rohingya women and their children make it into the Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh.
It is estimated that in the last year alone, that over 700,000 Rohingya refugees have escaped violence in Myanmar; the majority of whom do so into neighbouring Bangladesh.
Chaos of the Dunes
Journalists running away from a ten-tonne MAZ rally truck at the 2016 edition of the ‘Gold of Kagan’ rally held in the Astrakhan region of Russia. A photographer was crushed by the truck and seriously injured as a result. He was taken to hospital by helicopter and went on to make a full recovery.
The Gauchos’ Dog
The ancient and traditional practice of ‘cattle branding’ is still being used to identify an animal’s owner in Argentina. Burning an identifying mark into the hide of an animal was, until the invention of the tattoo,the only method of marking that lasted the life of the animal. Argentinean cowboys (Gauchos) often use dogs to assist them in forcing the cattle to the area where the branding takes place.
"Time-Lapse (Video)" Category
The skylines of Abu Dhabi and Dubai are among the most imposing and photogenic in the world today. Soaring high into the Emirati skies, the skyscrapers dreamily interact with the winter fog thus becoming a source of awe and inspiration for any dreamer or photographer. Viewed from a high angle, the fog turns the cities into a grand canvas of visual poetry which could only be expressed through the language of time-lapse photography.
Composed with approximately 15,000 images over a twenty-two day period, ‘Silkworm’ explores nature’s process of evolution in a dystopian and abandoned environment.
The ‘Qamariyah’ window is one of the most distinctive and beautiful features of Yemeni architecture. Its name was given by the people of Sana’a and is derived from the Arabic word for the moon, ‘Qamar’. This is mainly due to its similarity in shape to a full moon and the appearance of the moon through the window’s coloured glass at night. This video is the result of three months of planning and tracking the movement of the moon on the rooftops of buildings in Old Sana’a.
In northern Saudi Arabia, the desert is a source of inspiration for many. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, watching the beautiful night sky and movement of the stars is a priceless experience.
Lights of the Pyrenees
A collection of video footage taken in the western part of the remote Pyrenees mountain chain, on the border between France and Spain. The video was shot on the Spanish side in a region known as 'Navarra', both at night and at dawn for the purpose of capturing the best possible light.
"General - Colour" Category
"General - Black & White" Category
A Harsh Melt
Earth’s polar regions contain some of the harshest and yet most fragile ecosystems on earth. Whether it’s hunters with their huskies, polar bears, melting glaciers, narwhals or emperor penguins, these species and others are more vulnerable today than ever with global warming and the decline of sea ice in full force.
The Rohingya Exodus
In a gruelling journey to cross into safety, the strongest carry the weakest in the damp paddy fields and heavy monsoon rainfall. The rain is heavy and frequent, and makes the ground incredibly wet and muddy, thus making it even more difficult to walk through. Many of the Rohingya have to cross the land-mine infested border between Myanmar and Bangladesh to reach safety; while others take the risk of traveling in unstable fishing boats.
Migrants Winter Journey
During the harsh Balkan winter, some 1,500 migrants, mainly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, face inhumane living conditions living in a derelict warehouse in the Serbian capital of Belgrade. According to UNHCR, more than 60% of them were unaccompanied minors, and a majority made the journey from Afghanistan to Serbia either alone, in groups or with the help of smugglers; risking their lives along the way.
The Photography Appreciation Award
James Nachtwey | United States of America
Since 1981, James Nachtwey has dedicated his career to documenting wars and critical social issues. Motivated by the belief that public awareness is an essential element in the process of change and that photographs of war in the mass media can become a kind of intervention on behalf of peace, he has covered conflicts worldwide.
In Europe, he documented the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, the war in Chechnya, and civil unrest in Northern Ireland. In Africa, he photographed the genocide in Rwanda, famine as a weapon of mass destruction in Somalia and Sudan and the liberation struggle in South Africa. He documented the civil wars that engulfed Central America during the 1980’s, from El Salvador to Nicaragua to Guatemala as well as the U.S. invasion of Panama. In the Middle East, he has covered the civil wars in Lebanon, events relating to the Palestinians, and most recently the war in Iraq, where he was wounded in a grenade attack. He began working in Afghanistan during the 1980’s, photographing the resistance to the Soviet occupation, followed by the Afghan civil war, and the conflict with the Taliban in 2001. In the Far East, he has documented guerrilla groups at war in Sri Lanka and the Philippines as well as the deadly military crackdown on demonstrators in Bangkok in 2010. Most recently he has documented the refugee crisis in Europe, the earthquake in Nepal and the extra-judicial war on drugs in the Philippines.
Nachtwey has pursued social issues throughout the world with equal dedication. Homelessness, drug addiction, poverty, crime and industrial pollution are a few of the subjects he has photographed extensively.
Since the year 2000, he has become involved in documenting global health issues in the developing world, recognising that infectious diseases have devastating effects on even greater numbers of people than war.
Nachtwey has received numerous awards from the journalism profession, as well as for his contributions to art and to humanitarian causes. He has been awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal five times, for exceptional courage and enterprise. In 2007 he received a TED Prize, and for this created a global awareness campaign about tuberculosis, believing that mass consciousness helps facilitate funding and research, mobilises donours and motivates political will. He has been named Magazine Photographer of the Year eight times. He’s received the top prize from the World Press Photo Foundation twice, the Infinity Award for photojournalism three times, the Bayeaux Award for war correspondents twice and the Leica Award twice. He has been the recipient of lifetime achievement awards from the Overseas Press Club, TIME Inc., and the American Society of Magazine Editors.
In 2001, ‘War Photographer’, a feature length documentary film about the life and work of James Nachtwey was nominated for an Academy Award. His books include Deeds of War and Inferno.
Nachtwey’s photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Bibliotheque nationale de France, the Pompidou Center and the Getty Museum among other venues. He has had numerous solo exhibitions worldwide.
The Photography Content Creator Award
James Balog | United States of America
For 35 years, photographer James Balog has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era; human modification of our planet’s natural systems. An avid mountaineer with a graduate degree in geography and geomorphology, James is equally at home on a Himalayan peak or a whitewater river, the African savannah or polar icecaps.
To reveal the impact of climate change, James founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted. He and the EIS team are featured in the 2012 internationally acclaimed, awardwinning documentary ‘Chasing Ice’ and in the 2009 PBS/NOVA special ‘Extreme Ice’. His upcoming film, ‘The Human Element’ is an innovative look at how humanity interacts with earth, air, fire and water, and will be released in 2018.
‘Chasing Ice’ won an Emmy Award in 2014 and was shortlisted for the 2013 Academy Awards. It has been screened at the White House, in the U.S. Congress, in the U.K. House of Commons, and at the United Nations. It has been the subject of features on the NBC Nightly News, ABC Nightline, The Late Show with David Letterman, PBS’s Moyers & Company, and Real Time with Bill Maher. The film has been seen by millions of people worldwide.
One YouTube video clip from EIS and ‘Chasing Ice’ has so far received over 40 million views online. Websites devoted to the film and EIS have received more than 500 million impressions.
Balog has given one hundred multimedia presentations about the project at the TED conference and at major public institutions, corporations, and universities.
James has been honoured with many awards, including, in recent years, the Duke University LEAF Award, the Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism, an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Alberta, the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) League Award, and the American Geophysical Union Presidential Citation for Science and Society. James received a Heinz Award in 2010. In 2009, he served as a U.S./NASA representative at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP-15) in Copenhagen. In 2015, he made numerous presentations on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the United Nations Foundation in Paris at COP-21.
‘ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers’, the latest of James’ eight monographs, was published in 2012. Among his other titles are ‘Tree: A New Vision of the American Forest’ (2004), and ‘Survivors: A New Vision of Endangered Wildlife’ (1990), which were hailed as major conceptual breakthroughs in environmental photography. His work is housed in dozens of public and private art collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Corcoran Gallery, the Denver Art Museum, and the Gilman Paper Company. He has been extensively published in most of the world’s major pictorial magazines, including National Geographic, Life, and Vanity Fair. National Geographic featured the Extreme Ice Survey in 2007, 2010, and 2013.
Emerging Person / Organisation in Photography Award
Muhammed Muheisen | Palestine
Muhammed Muheisen is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist. He has been documenting the refugee crisis around the world for over a decade and is a National Geographic Photographer and the founder of Everyday Refugees Foundation.
Muheisen was born in Jerusalem in 1981 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and political science. Since 2001, he has covered major events in the Middle East, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the funeral of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the US-led war in Iraq, the capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, the Yemeni revolution, the Syrian civil war, as well as events in Saudi Arabia, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, France, Greece, Macedonia, Germany, Croatia, Austria, New York, the Netherlands, Serbia, South Africa including the funeral procession of the late president Nelson Mandela. He is currently focusing on a long-term project documenting the issue of unaccompanied refugee minors for National Geographic Magazine.
As the former Associated Press Chief Photographer for the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan, he covered conflicts across the region and documented major events around the world including Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States of America. He spent four years in Pakistan as AP’s Chief Photographer for the region, and for the last several years has been documenting the refugee crisis across Europe.
Muheisen also served as a jury member in the 2016 Picture of the Year International, the 2015 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, the 2013 Visa D’Or for Visa pour L’image and the 2017 LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards. He is a member of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award advisory committee at the International Women Media Foundation, the founder and Chairman of Everyday Refugees Foundation and a member of the nominating committee selecting the participants for the annual World Press Photo Joop Swart Master Class.
A collection from a decade of his work about life in a war was exhibited in the French photo festival 'Visa Pour L’Image' in Perpignan, France. His work about refugees was exhibited at Festival des Libertes in Brussels, Belgium, his work about displaced people was shown at THE FENCE in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Boston and Houston, USA and a selection of his work ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ was exhibited at the Angkor Photo Festival. Most recently and for the second year running, his works; ‘Victims of War’ and ‘Faces of Sharjah’ were exhibited at Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah, UAE.