Winners of the 2021 Creative Photo Awards revealed
Iranian photographer Masoud Mirzaei has been named overall winner of the 2021 Creative Photo Awards for his image,
The Lake. Part of the Siena Awards the international contest focuses on creative and artistic photography.
The Lake by Masoud Mirzaei. Photo of the Year, Creative Photo Awards 2021.
Mirzaei’s winning image was shot at Lake Urmia, the largest lake in the Middle East and the sixth-largest saltwater lake on Earth, located between the provinces of East Azerbaijan and West Azerbaijan. It was selected from tens of thousands of images submitted by photographers in 137 countries. The Creative Photo Awards competition includes 17 categories for contemporary photographers. Australians took out top honours in two of the categories: Steve Wise (People) and Robert Piccoli (Beauty).
Italian photographer Claudio Dell'Osawon the Food category with “Fish,” a shot taken in Ortona (Chieti, Italy), where everyday objects and typical products of that land emerge from Caravaggio style backgrounds, monochrome and very dark, illuminated by flashes of light which becomes the undisputed star of the photo.
“Car” by Portuguese photographer Andre Boto earned the top spot in Product. The image, shot in Montijo, is the result of the search to create a background that emphasizes and gives all the importance to the model car with the light shining on it.
Eric Politzer, from the U.S., won Music with “The Sound of Solitude” which represents a concert hall in a defunct Havana movie house. The shot is a tribute to Cuba and to the music that has always animated the Caribbean island nation.
In Fashion, Chinese photographer Zejian Li won with the image “The Colorful Fragile Bubbles,” which communicates a sense of loneliness and the fragility of our deepest feelings, represented by a large bubble.
Australian photographer Robert Piccoli is the winner of Beauty with “Composed,” an intimate exploration of the concept of beauty, envisioned as a condition of peace and serenity of the body, mind and soul.
“Losing Our Minds” by Eddy Verloes from Belgium earned the top spot in the Open category. The image is from the "Losing our Minds" series made at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, when fear overwhelmed humanity, obliging us to reflect on the questionable and inappropriate exploitation of Mother Nature.
The Experimental category was won by Italian photographer Giulio Fabbri with "Hotel Paradise, an image created through numerous shots gathered in a single scenario representing the positive aspect of humankind’s spirit of adaptability. Many people live an apparently peaceful life despite the urban environment seeming hectic and disturbing.
"Rembrandt Still Life" by Russian photographer Olga Rudenok won the Still Life category. The image is a tribute to Rembrandt and the light of his paintings, which is also ideal for a still life photo.
With his image "Robbie," Steve Wise from Perth (Australia) won the People category. The shot pays homage to the tenacity of Robbie, a young man who was burned all over his body following an accident when he was four-years-old, during which he also lost his fingers.
In Pets, “Priceless”, a portrait of a rhino shot in Germany by photographer Pedro Jarque Krebs from Peru earned the top prize. The photographer intends to turn the spotlight on the often improper use of rhino horns and launch an appeal in favor of a species increasingly endangered by poaching.
Norwegian photographer Ingun Alette Maehlum won in Architecture with "Eternit”. The photo testifies to the existence of buildings still built with cement mixed with asbestos, despite the material being banned in Norway since 1978.
"The Flying Bride," shot in London by British photographer Soven Amatya, won the Wedding category. The photo was taken on the occasion of a Jewish wedding during the Horah, a dance that usually ends with the spouses being thrown into the air.
Photographer George Mayer from Russia won in the Nude category with "Anima."
German photographer Hans Wichmann earned the top spot in Nature with the image "Palm Grove,” shot from a deck of a cruise ship on the Nile River in Egypt.
Filippo Drudi from Italy won the Abstract category with "The Fork" shot in Savignano sul Rubicone (Italy). The work offers a symbolic homage to the fork, an everyday object that he defines as "sinuous, elegant, feminine and symmetrical, but also threatening and seductive and with almost abstract geometric characteristics".
Head to the gallery to see all the finalists across the 17 categories.
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