First Prize: Tom Vani, United States
From the series ” For Now

These portraits came about after listening to a presentation by Duane Michaels and attending a workshop by Todd Hido. One point that Duane Michaels made is that there is only “now.” In other words: the past was now, yesterday was now, today is now.

The person in this portrait is Alexzandria. For now, she is a model but she is also an actress, an artist and much more. We discussed the feelings and mood that could be conveyed as a person waits for the next “now.”


Second Prize: Linelle Deunk
, The Netherlands
From the series ” This world is (not) mine

In the fields of Mukono district, Uganda, Gertrude lives with her husband and seven children. Gertrude is a member of the Katosi Women’s Development Trust, which empowers women by teaching them and supporting them with micro-credits.

The micro-credits that Gertrude has received have benefited her in a variety of ways. The most fundamental thing has been giving her and her family reliable access to clean water. That makes life less challenging and ensures that her children stay healthy. Thus, they can focus on growing and developing themselves, rather than simply surviving.

These five boys are her sons.


Third Prize: Carolina Sanchez-Monge
, United States

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” —Elliott Erwitt

—LensCulture


Editor’s Note: Be sure to explore the work of all the
other winners and finalists.