Winners have been selected by a board of professionals of the photo industry: Antoine d’Agata (photographer, France), Raed Bawayah (photographer, Palestine), jean-Baptiste Joly (artistic director of the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany), Laura Serani (curator, Italy), Anna Zekria (director of Saltimages Agency, Russia).
David Chancellor – Great Britain – First Prize Professional Category
David Chancellor was born in London England, works and lives in South Africa. He has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, exhibited in major galleries and museums, and published worldwide. Named Nikon photographer of the year three times, he received a World Press Photo Award in 2010, for «elephant story» from the series «hunters». Chancellor has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery London (2009), where the following year he won the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. In 2011 he was a nominee for the 5th Annual Photography Masters Cup, his work was shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Organization Award, and the Freedom to Create Prize. In 2012 he received a Sony World Photography Award (Nature and Wildlife) and a Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award. Chancellor has increasingly turned his focus on area’s of human-wildlife conflict, and in 2012 he released his first monograph «hunters», in which he explores the complex relationship that exists between man and animal, the hunter and the hunted. David Chancellor is represented by INSTITUTE.
Krzysztof Racon - Poland – First Prize Amateur Category
Krzysztof Racon lives and works in Krakow, Poland. Graduated from the Academy of Photography in Krakow, his main interest and focus are the communities in the social and cultural context. His current project «Rura – the Tube» shows a place where people decided to live despite an hostile environment. Since the arrival of heavy industry in late 70s, which marked «before» and «after», in the history of the town, Strzemieszyce Male was turned into a toxic landfill for neighboring industrial factories: medication incineration plants, steels works, coke plant, chicken slaughterhouse, etc… What used to be an isolated and rural town has turned into wastelands.
Allison Shelley - USA – First Prize Smartphone Category
Allison Shelley is an independent documentary photographer. She is a former staff photographer for the Washington Times, director of photography for Education Week newspaper, and is co-director of the 250-member non-profit Women Photojournalists of Washington. Her work has appeared in numerous publications such as Time magazine, The New York Times, the Washington Post, Stern, Der Speigel, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Paris Match, and the Guardian. Her work has received awards and/or financial support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the National Press Photographers Association, the Society for News Design, and the White House News Photographers Association. Her images are from the series «Between the Red and Black» taken in Mongolia. Eight hundred years after the empire of Ghenghis Khan, the country finds itself once again at the crossroads of East and West – a time defined by the crumbling concrete architecture and unkempt monuments of a bygone communism and the new glass and steel high-rise homages to an eager capitalism.