At the recent 16th Annual Lucie Awards Gala, a glittering ceremony in New York, bringing together the industry’s most renowned artists, the Lucie Trophy was awarded for achievements in areas ranging from Fine Art and Documentary photography, to Photojournalism and Advertising. Finalists and winners were also announced for the International Photography Awards (IPA) for the Professional and Non-Professional/Student categories. 

Winners for IPA’s top two prizes – Photographer of the Year (for the Professional categories), and Discovery of the Year (for the Non-professional/Student categories) were selected from over 12,000 entries from around the world.

Photographer of the Year – Winner

Tawny Chatmon, winner of the People category, was also named IPA 2018 International Photographer of the Year, taking home the $10,000 prize for her work, The Awakening.

Of the work, Chatmon said: “The Awakening focuses on familial bonds, motherhood, fatherhood & celebration of childhood. Inspired by the work of Marianne Stokes whose portraits often showed the fine details of garments that were floor length and embroidered. My camera remains my primary tool of communication, while my constant exploration of diverse ways of expression moves me to add several different layers using a variety of mediums. After a portrait session is complete, I digitally manipulate my subjects and unite them with other photographic components to achieve a work that is a new photographic expression.”

IPA Finalists for Photographer of the Year

Sandro Miller – Advertising – United States
1st Place / Advertising. Mothers of the Movement.
1st Place / Advertising. Mothers of the Movement. “In 2017, twenty-seven mothers that lost their sons and daughters to unjust police killing came to my studio to speak of the loss of their children, the pain in their hearts and the injustice the courts systems have dealt these families. It started in Ferguson, but has swept the country. Today, not a day goes by where a young man or woman of color gets shot because of the color of their skin.” © Sandro Miller.
Stephan Zirwes – Architecture – Germany
1st Place / Architecture. Pools 2018. POOLS 2018 is a series-continuation about public pools in Europe. © Stephan Zirwes.
1st Place / Architecture. Pools 2018. “POOLS 2018 is a series-continuation about
public pools in Europe.” © Stephan Zirwes.
Randal Ford – Book – United States
1st Place / Book. The Animal Kingdom: A Collection of Portraits.
1st Place / Book. The Animal Kingdom: A Collection of Portraits. “The Animal Kingdom: A Collection of Portraits is my first monograph published by Rizzoli New York and designed by Pentagram. The book itself is a series of over 150 portraits of animals in studio, all photographed in a singular, timeless aesthetic. It is my perspective and portrayal of the animal kingdom. As a portrait photographer, my intention is for these animal portraits to speak to the viewer. What they say depends on the conscious and subconscious feeling
one embodies at the time.” © Randal Ford.
Rasmus Flindt Pedersen – Editorial – Denmark
1st Place / Editorial. Mosul Liberated.
1st Place / Editorial. Mosul Liberated. “On 16. October 2016 a coalition of Iraqi and Kurdish military forces launch operation ‘We are coming, Nineveh’ – the fight to retake the Iraqi city Mosul and the surrounding area from ISIS. Nine months later, Mosul is declared liberated. An AP report estimates that upwards of 11,000 civilians have been killed during the war, and according to the International Organisation for Migration more than 800,000 people have fled their home.” © Rasmus Flindt Pedersen.
Mia Collis – Event – Kenya
1st Place / Event. Sunday Best at Weekend Studio.
1st Place / Event. Sunday Best at Weekend Studio. “Sunday Best depicts a person’s finest clothing worn on special occasions. In this case, Sunday and often church. On beginning the project, I fatefully walked into Kibera’s oldest photo studio four days before it closed forever. Weekend Studio opened in 1980, in Kenya’s largest slum, Kibera. The photographer, who leased the studio for 37 years, told me that due to phone cameras, few wanted studio portraits and clients requested for passport photos. He stressed his need to retire and return home to family. Troubled by it’s end, I ultimately took over the hire. All portraits were Sunday Best walk-ins.” © Mia Collis
Rodd Owen – Fine Art – Australia
1st Place / Fine Art. Rupture.
1st Place / Fine Art. Rupture. “A series that I shot in Mid-2018. The most challenging and most dangerous series I have shot to date. The results still blow me away today. Shooting from a low angle with a medium length lens, utilising high shutter speeds to capture the water movement and also surrounding wildlife
sharply in the one frame.” © Rod Owen
Melissa Cormican – Nature – United States
1st Place / Nature. Animalia.
1st Place / Nature. Animalia. “With this series, I aim to create quiet and personal pictures of animals which inhabit zoos and sanctuaries. To achieve this, I used the natural light and shadows available in their enclosures to isolate them from their surroundings. Through this process, I found that my portraits became imbued with an emotionality that illuminated the connection I felt with the animals as I photographed them. The essence of their psyche seemed to boil to the top, as if they were sitting for an intimate portrait.” © Melissa Cormican.
Tawny Chatmon – People – United States
1st Place / People. The Awakening.
1st Place / People. The Awakening. “The Awakening focuses on familial bonds, motherhood, fatherhood & celebration of childhood. Inspired by the work of Marianne Stokes whose portraits often showed the fine details of garments that were floor length and embroidered. My camera remains my primary tool of communication, while my constant exploration of diverse ways of expression moves me to add several different layers using a variety of mediums. After a portrait session is complete, I digitally manipulate my subjects and unite them with other photographic components to achieve a work that is a new photographic expression.” © Tawny Chatmon.
James Rushforth – Special – United Kingdom
1st Place / Special. Not your regular crevasse.
1st Place / Special. Not your regular crevasse. “Exploring one of the many temporary ice caves created as the vast expanse of the Vatnajökull ice cap recedes. These subglacial meltwater channels create spectacular exits as they leave the glacier. The upper hole seen here is known as a relict portal, created by a previous
higher meltwater channel.” © James Rushforth
Divyakant Solanki – Sports – India
1st Place / Sports. MALLAKHAMB.
1st Place / Sports. MALLAKHAMB. “An Indian student practice various postures of traditional sport Pole Mallakhamb, during the training session at Shree Samarth Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai, India, 27 April 2018. It was originally practiced by wrestlers and soldiers as a strength training exercise. Malla means wrestler and khamb means pole. It is a sport of strength and power, which provides a complete exercise for the entire body. Mallakhamba requires the strength of wrestling and the flexibility of gymnastics and yoga, and practitioners must combine those elements to perform aerial yoga poses while gripping a vertical pole.” © Divyakant Solanki
Emily Kassie – Moving Image – United States
1st Place / Moving image. © Emily Kassie
1st Place / Moving image. From Hunting for Addicts. © Emily Kassie.
Barry Salzman – Deeper Perspective – United States
1st Place / Deeper Perspective. The Day I Became Another Genocide Victim (From Newly Discovered Mass Graves In Rwanda).
1st Place / Deeper Perspective. The Day I Became Another Genocide Victim (From Newly Discovered Mass Graves In Rwanda). “This is a series of portraits of genocide victims, as imagined through their recovered clothes. I was shooting in Rwanda in April/May 2018 when new mass graves were discovered, almost 25 years after the genocide. My work attempts to challenge the universal fatigue that has set in around the genocide narrative, in large part by engaging the viewer’s imagination. This series does that. While it is impossible to imagine 1 million murdered victims, we can readily imagine the life of the little girl in THAT white dress who was clubbed to death or dismembered by a machete-wielding perpetrator.” © Barry Salzman.
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Anton Unitsyn — Russian IPA Photographer of the Year 2018
Shuangyin Dong — Chinese IPA Photographer of the Year 2018
Aitor Garmendia — Spanish IPA Photographer of the Year 2018
Basilio Sepe — Philippines IPA Photographer of the Year 2018

Discovery of the Year – Winner

Bangladeshi photographer, Mohammad Rakibul Hasan, who won the Deeper Perspective (non-pro) category, also took out the Discovery of the Year award, along with the $5,000 prize for his work, I am Rohingya.

1st Place / Deeper Perspective. I am Rohingya. The Rohingya is a minor Muslim ethnic group who lived in Myanmar for centuries. However, due to the racism and many other socio-political issues among the majority in Myanmar, they were declared as a stateless Bengali community who migrated to Myanmar from Bangladesh. Over one million Rohingyas live in Myanmar and they are the most persecuted people in the world who are deprived from their own land, human rights and citizenship. In recent times, the Myanmar Army started a silent genocide to forcefully evacuate them out of the country. © Mohammad Rakibul Hasan
1st Place / Deeper Perspective. I am Rohingya. The Rohingya is a minor Muslim ethnic group who lived in Myanmar for centuries. However, due to the racism and many other socio-political issues among the majority in Myanmar, they were declared as a stateless Bengali community who migrated to Myanmar from Bangladesh. Over one million Rohingyas live in Myanmar and they are the most persecuted people in the world who are deprived from their own land, human rights and citizenship. In recent times, the Myanmar Army started a silent genocide to forcefully evacuate them out of the country. © Mohammad Rakibul Hasan.

Finalists for IPA 2018 Discovery of the Year

Alexander Vinogradov — Russian IPA, Discovery of the Year 2018
Wei Zeng — Chinese IPA, Discovery of the Year 2018
Santiago Martinez De Septien — Spanish IPA, Discovery of the Year 2018
Swan Gavileno and Team — Philippines IPA, Discovery of the Year 2018



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