Winners in the international Paris Photography Prize (PX3) have recently been announced for the 2020 competition across Professional, Non-Professional, and Student divisions. Established in 2007, PX3 has become one of the most prestigious photography awards in Europe.
The 2020 Edition of the PX3 competition attracted over 5,000 entries from photographers in more than 90 countries around the world. Entries were judged by an international jury.
Photographers named Photographer of the Year (pro category) and New Talent of the Year (amateur category) were selected from amongst the category winners. Others recognised in the competition, apart from the runners-up, received gold, silver, or bronze awards, or an Honourable Mentions.
Mr. Hossein Farmani, creator of the awards, praised the contestants for their resilience in hard times: "This year has been a challenging one, but I have a deep respect for these artists and how they have been able to channel their creativity and bring us these important stories from around the world. These works of art show us the true strength of humanity: we push on, even when faced with unimaginable challenges."
Photographer of the Year
Alberto Giuliani’s series, San Salvatore, depicting the doctors and nurses of the Intensive Care Unit at the San Salvatore Hospital in Pesaro, Italy, won the $5,000 cash prize and the Photographer of the Year title for its honest demonstration of heroes of the COVID-19 crisis.
The photographer's birth city has been at the top of the COVID-19 contagion and death charts. The photos were taken after twelve-hour shifts without break. "In the deep imprints left by their protective masks, I found a symbol of their sacrifice, but, above all, I found evidence of the pain, fear, and helplessness of standing before an unknown enemy," Giuliani said.
Best New Talent
Mohammad Rakibul Hasan
Mohammad Rakibul Hasan’s series, The Last Savings, touched the hearts of the jury with its deep insight into the despair-filled hunger emergency sweeping over Bangladesh. People who are out of work are living from day-to-day, with as little as 40 Taka (50 US cents) at home to feed the family. The photo series shows their last food supplies, with many families anticipating the worst-case scenario: "We have to drink poison, if we cannot go out for work. Who will save us from hunger?" said one of the subjects, Hamida Begum.
Hasan was awarded a $2,000 cash prize and his works will be exhibited at the PX3 Exhibition in Paris.
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