Award winners are from all over the world, Iceland, Singapore, Australia, France, and the United States.
Please take your time and enjoy their work!
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1st Place - Jessica Caisse
In “Janet”, Jessica Caisse lets us take our time and stare at what society might call this woman’s imperfections; her scars. These scars tell a story that we cannot fully understand but that we can appreciate. The muted cool colors in the background complemented by her warm skin tones passively invite us into the image. The woman, in her venerable state, accepts our stares and reveals her scars in confidence, willingly inviting us to gaze upon her marred body. Scars make us aware of our fragility and make us realize that we are all susceptible to them, even if they are unseen. Juror - Azarie Furlong
2nd Place - Jeremy Coleman
"#10" is photographic in material but not necessarily recognizable as photography. The use of color, line and overall painterly quality, not typically found in photography makes this image especially interesting. Jeremy Coleman illustrates the idea of chance during the creative process. The tension between controlling the chemicals to create the artist’s vision and the natural chance in working with this medium is palpable in this image. How much of this art form is controlled and how much if left to chance? Juror - Azarie Furlong
3rd Place - Shyan Tan
Shyan Tan gives us the perspective of a distressed elderly woman in the poignant image “Forgotten Faces #1”. This haunting image wells up emotions of chaos, fear, rejection and depression. The visible motion created in the image both conveys tension and confusion for all the subjects. Adding to the complexity of the image is the text being noted by the artist as another element of emotion. Text along with imagery can be tricky but Shyan Tan has successfully combined them to strengthen the effect of this moving moment. Juror - Azarie Furlong