Photos of the year from the International Photography Awards
Photographs can do so many things. They make us smile, cry, see clearly, fool us, calm us down, enrage us, and stir us to action.
Stacker has selected the best new photographs, turning to the International Photography Awards (IPA) that “salute the achievements of the world's finest photographers, discover new and emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography.” Stacker worked with the IPA to compile all the award-winning photographs that were selected as “Best in Show” in 2019.
Several of the best photographs tell compelling stories, like Moscow’s Evgeny Stetsko documenting his battle with lung cancer in a series of self-portraits, disabled boys living in a rundown Moldovan orphanage, and indigenous Bolivian women overcoming bigotry and climbing mountains.
Others capture the astonishing skills of athletes diving deep into the sea, flying off a roaring bull, or guiding a team of sled dogs through the darkness. Creating some images meant photographers putting themselves at risk, scrambling over cliffs at night, hanging precipitously from aircraft, or traveling into war-torn lands.
Many of the best photographs are shot from unique angles, presenting subjects in fresh ways to challenge our views. Some are close-ups, so intimate that the subject is reduced to just a detail or its essence. Others were taken from above, transforming landscapes and architecture to artistic patterns of geometry, shapes, or colors. Some play with techniques such as 19th-century tintypes or intricate collages.
The winning photographs tell the wrenching stories of Rohingya refugees fleeing persecution, factory workers at risk in Bangladesh, Palestinian protesters raging at the border with Israel, and residents trying to survive in disputed Kashmir. The pictures portray people living with disabilities or struggling for survival with dignity, understanding, and kindness.
All of them teach us about our fellow human beings, the things we do, the creations we build, the ideas we conjure up, and the planet we inhabit together.
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- Photographer: Alexis Harper
- Prize(s): 1st Place for Nature, 1st Place for Nature/Other
Part of the “her” series—which looks at the interaction of humans and the environment—this photograph was taken in Trolltunga, Norway, and involved a 20-mile hike. The effort was nearly cut short by a mountain guard who said it was too late in the day to make the trek but relented. The photographer finished and got back to the trailhead at 2 a.m.
- Photographer: AnneMette Elmelund
- Prize(s): 1st Place for Book/Other
”Partus” is a collection of photographs linking birth and the tree of life, such as the picture of a human placenta just minutes old. AnneMette Elmelund, of Denmark, is both a photographer and a midwife.
The daily life of Michele with autism
- Photographer: barbara zanon
- Prize(s): 1st Place for Editorial/Press/Other
”The daily life of Michele with autism” is a long-term project about a family living with autism. Parents Emilia and Francesco have twins Luisa and Riccardo and their third child Michele. All three children have been diagnosed with autism.
The Irish Travellers
- Photographer: Bob (Robert C) Newman
- Prize(s): 1st Place for People/Portrait
Irish Travellers are a group of nomads who roam Ireland, often living in roadside camps and compounds. They traditionally marry only within the group of about 40,000 people. American Bob Newman, who turned to photography after practicing medicine, made the long-term documentary project.
Office with a view
- Photographer: Christiaan van Heijst
- Prize(s): 1st Place for Special, 1st Place for Special/Other
Pilot Christiaan van Heijst shot "Office with a view” of the clouds, stars, and the northern lights from the cockpit of a Boeing 747. He says he believes there would be peace and better understanding if everyone could see and appreciate the beauty he sees from the sky.
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The Lost Prophets
- Photographer: David Knox
- Prize(s): 1st Place for Fine Art, 1st Place for Fine Art/Collage
This is a series of portrait collages entitled "The Lost Prophets” set in the American South of the 19th century, mixing historical images with David Knox’ contemporary photography. Each collage comprises about 100 layers.
How I beat cancer.
- Photographer: Evgeny Stetsko
- Prize(s): 1st Place for People, 1st Place for People/Self-Portrait
Moscow photographer Evgeny Stetsko shot a series of self-portraits entitled "How I beat cancer" when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. The photographs document his treatments over eight months. “Through photography I wanted to control my life and win,” he wrote in an accompaniment to the series.
- Photographer: Evgeny Stetsko
- Prize(s): 1st Place for Architecture, 1st Place for Architecture/Cityscapes
Photographer Evgeny Stetsko shot "Children’s playgrounds” in Moscow’s apartment building courtyards. The works pop with graphic shapes and vivid colors.
- Photographer: Francesco Ruffoni
- Prize(s): 1st Place for Book, 1st Place for Book/People
Sepak Takraw is a sport played in Southeast Asia with a woven rattan ball. Players cannot use their hands and mostly use their feet to kick the ball over the volley-ball like net. The series of black and white photographs captures the intensity of the players and their prowess at the ancient game.
Mirror of Myself
- Photographer: Franklin Neto
- Prize(s): 2nd Place for Architecture/Buildings
"Mirror of Myself" is a series of photographs of contemporary Portuguese architecture. The images by Franklin Neto, a Brazilian fine art, landscape, and architecture photographer based in Lisbon, are characterized by minimalism, shadows, and light.
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