Photography Awards – Summer 2023 – Winners

Best Street Photography


Photographer: Felicitas Yang

Genres: Black & White, people, street photography, landscape, analog, film

Camera: Nikon F3, Olympus XA, Plaubel Makina 67

Description:  When describing Japanese city planning, French author Roland Barthes writes: “In this manner, we are told, the system of the imaginary is spread circularly, by detours and returns the length of an empty subject.”

I can intimately relate to this description, since my stay in Japan was mainly one of detours and returns. There was no specific subject to hunt, except for maybe taking in the surroundings as truthfully as they would allow. Most times it felt as though I didn’t even know what I was looking for, but somehow it was always there, right under my nose, a shutter away. I took each photo with the utmost fascination. This country, with its density, stillness and beauty, is – as described per the title of Barthes’ book – an empire of signs.

The trip was carefully organised, with an extensive schedule. The visit lead through the regions of Kanto, Chubu, Kansai, Chugoku and Shikoku over a span of a little under two months in 2018. It was important – mainly due to budgetary reasons – to fit in as many locations as possible so as to cover a large variety of places (cities and rural areas), and meet many different types of people. Shooting exclusively on film made every shot count. The series originally comprised colour photography as well, but after much deliberation I decided to maintain a form of continuity by choosing only the black and white photos.

Best Street Photography

Sophisticated Nights

Photographer: Spencer Hawkins

Country of Origin:United States

Best Street Photography

a Perfect Shadow

Photographer: Vincenzo De Sio

Genres: Urban, New York City, Street Phorography

Date Taken: February 14, 2023

Country of Origin: United States

Best Documentary

When In Rome

Photographer: Perry Hall

Genres: Documentary, Street Photography, Analog, Black and White

Date Taken: February 14, 2022

Country of Origin:Italy

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander

Focal Length: 28mm

ISO / Film: Kodak Tri-X 400 Film

Description: “When In Rome” is a 9-year analog project with a raw viewpoint resulting from the experiences I have been very grateful to capture while living in this gritty, beautiful, and chaotic city. The Eternal City has given me that through my viewfinder. I learned the meaning of “When In Rome,” you do As The Romans Do” along my photographic journey.

Best Portrait

Portraits of emotions

Photographer: Datlas Erre

Model: Erre Luis

Genres: Portrait

Country of Origin: Italy

Description: Time passes, and with it even the memories of a life fade, and all that remains is to look forward and dream of a life in color.