2017-18 Winners

Over 150,000 entries were received from around the world. Thanks to all who entered. Here are the photos our judges selected as winners and runners-up. Congratulations to the photographers of these fascinating photos!

Grand Prize

Not leave Me

Not leave Me

Username:Myo Thet

Country/Region of Residence:Myanmar

Category:Power of Life

Judge's Comments:

A very nice aerial shot. The image is full of colors and texture. Great moment and composition give this photograph an interesting real-life story. At first you are attracted with beautiful mixture of land and water, and then with kids running in straight line towards the elderly in the boat. In one way this is a landscape photograph and in the other an abstract, almost surreal photographic journey.

Silvijo Selman
Croatia

A powerful photo depicting children running after a leaving boat, beautifully presented with great composition and texture. Missing transport in remote areas can be disastrous, and this photo can metaphorically describe the hunger of children with less access ensuring they don’t “miss the boat” for progress in their life.

Kim Lau
Singapore

"Not Leave Me" is a masterful, textured story of the power of life as the children run toward the boat. Perfectly framed, they leave their hurried disturbances in the water beneath their feet with their shadows following closely behind. This image reminds us that the combination of the freedom and exploration of a younger generation coupled with the wisdom and patience of the next create our greatest future.

Tracie Maglosky
United States of America

Category Winners and Runners-up

Getting Outside

Category Head Judge:Tetsuro Shimizu (Japan)

First Prize

let it fly

let it fly

Username: visarut_sankham

Country/Region of Residence: Thailand

Judge's Comments:

Dreams come true. The happiness of accomplishing a goal together will become a memory they will cherish for the lest of their lives. The photo even provides hope of a bright future to those who view it.

Second Prize

Reflection jump

Reflection jump

Username: Noom_Prasert-001

Country/Region of Residence: Thailand

Judge's Comments:

Although their jumping abilities are not uniform, the sight of these eight energetic adventurists expressing their joy as they proceed forward against a beautiful blue sky is exhilarating. Simple but perfectly symmetrical composition, capturing both lively motion and calm water in one image makes it such an invigorating photograph.

Third Prize

Children Games

Children Games

Username: Ahmad khaled

Country/Region of Residence: Egypt

Judge's Comments:

A child's imagination has no boundaries. They freely explore their world of imagination without worrying about consequences or the eyes watching them. This is a great photograph that reminds us of such spirit that adults have lost along the way.

Runners-up

Мечта о лете

Мечта о лете

Username: maraverse

Country/Region of Residence: Russia

The talk with sea

The talk with sea

Username: Jevgenij Scolokov

Country/Region of Residence: Latvia

with parachutes

with parachutes

Username: beppecr

Country/Region of Residence: Italy

сейчастье

сейчастье

Username: Serafima

Country/Region of Residence: Belarus

Looking up

Looking up

Username: Fjamming

Country/Region of Residence: United States of America

浪漫黄婚情-

浪漫黄婚情-

Username: zxcvbn55

Country/Region of Residence: Guadeloupe

reflection of life

reflection of life

Username: siddharth.rathod2007

Country/Region of Residence: India

passenger

passenger

Username: naoichi

Country/Region of Residence: Japan

The Feeding Frenzy

The Feeding Frenzy

Username: StanAron

Country/Region of Residence: France

银发老人游

银发老人游

Username: asdfgh48

Country/Region of Residence: Colombia

Category Head Judge

Tetsuro Shimizu
Japan

Tetsuro Shimizu was born in Yokohama city in 1975. His unique viewpoints are seen in a wide variety of formats from natural landscapes to snapshots and documentary photos. In 2012, he published a collection of photos in Mongolia from 15 years of documenting the country entitled “CHANGE”. His awards include the 1st Younosuke Natori Photography Award, the Excellence Award in the People division of the 2013 Nikkei National Geographic Photo Prize, and the 2014 Newcomer’s Award from the Photographic Society of Japan.

Art

Category Head Judge:Alexander Hahn (Germany)

First Prize

The winds of Aegean Sea

The winds of Aegean Sea

Username: almoustris

Country/Region of Residence: Greece

Judge's Comments:

Besides the technical aspect with superb editing and a contrasty black and white look, this photograph is very well composed. At a glance, it immediately reminded me of a painting. The waves in the foreground connect beautifully with the clouds. An outstanding photograph has to possess excellence in three aspects: Light, composition, and the moment – this photo for sure has them all.

Second Prize

节节升高

节节升高

Username: 东海donghai

Country/Region of Residence: China

Judge's Comments:

I was very attracted initially by this photograph because of it´s graphical appearance. Even though it seems to be very busy because of all the poles, it is a very clean picture, which is well composed and tells a story. Great job!

Third Prize

magic situations

magic situations

Username: fabiom

Country/Region of Residence: Italy

Judge's Comments:

This photograph could also be a painting. I like the fact that it captures the perfect moment with the clouds reassembling the leaves. The light here is beautiful and it´s just a powerful picture of art created by mother nature and a talented photographer.

Runners-up

The wall

The wall

Username: Davide

Country/Region of Residence: Italy

DANCING CHILD

DANCING CHILD

Username: Maizal Chaniago

Country/Region of Residence: Indonesia

road art

road art

Username: Nicolai1988

Country/Region of Residence: Germany

Natural painting

Natural painting

Username: Andrea77

Country/Region of Residence: Italy

Back in the Future

Back in the Future

Username: Robert-Kremer

Country/Region of Residence: Germany

To Go Up or Down

To Go Up or Down

Username: Albert Leung

Country/Region of Residence: Hong Kong

Wiejski widoczek

Wiejski widoczek

Username: Olinek2010

Country/Region of Residence: Poland

Sonnenstrahlen

Sonnenstrahlen

Username: chrisfoto

Country/Region of Residence: Austria

历史的褶皱

历史的褶皱

Username: Diego0713

Country/Region of Residence: China

金色水乡

金色水乡

Username: Himmly

Country/Region of Residence: China

Category Head Judge

Alexander Hahn
Germany

Alexander Hahn is a professional architecture and interior photographer based in Germany. Lately he spent some years in the United States of America to work with architects and luxury real estate agents, helping them give homes a personality with his photography. Throughout his professional career, Alexander also made himself a name by shooting corporate portraits and weddings, which makes him a versatile photographer with deep knowledge of different photographic fields.

Power of Life

Category Head Judge:Silvijo Selman (Croatia)

First Prize

Maternidad

Maternidad

Username: Mick-Villa

Country/Region of Residence: Argentina

Judge's Comments:

An unusual upside-down composition with fantastic colors and texture. A very peaceful image. This photo is full of love, safety, and serenity.

Second Prize

The Happy Family

The Happy Family

Username: sharkmaster

Country/Region of Residence: Thailand

Judge's Comments:

A happy family photo. Joy, happiness, and smiles. Nice composition and beautiful colors. Everything on this photo represent rural healthy family life.

Third Prize

아름다운 사람

아름다운 사람

Username: Homoludens

Country/Region of Residence: Korea

Judge's Comments:

Great moment and very good composition. Minimalist and clear with nice colors. Strength and will over imperfection. Represents healthy and fulfilled life.

Runners-up

秋日晨光

秋日晨光

Username: HEJINGHUA

Country/Region of Residence: China

Fasting for God

Fasting for God

Username: Rafayat

Country/Region of Residence: Bangladesh

Goliath

Goliath

Username: AndreasMarkou

Country/Region of Residence: Greece

Budowanie piramidy.

Budowanie piramidy.

Username: kusiak

Country/Region of Residence: Poland

万马奔腾

万马奔腾

Username: 川川

Country/Region of Residence: China

To the Future

To the Future

Username: Kyaw Kyaw Winn

Country/Region of Residence: Myanmar

Good start

Good start

Username: PrzemekSz

Country/Region of Residence: Poland

fancy diving

fancy diving

Username: Weiling Xiao

Country/Region of Residence: China

bathing ecstasy

bathing ecstasy

Username: sourangshu

Country/Region of Residence: India

Yoga on the morning

Yoga on the morning

Username: Tan fa-ping

Country/Region of Residence: Taiwan

Category Head Judge

Silvijo Selman
Croatia

Croatian-born Silvijo Selman is a self-taught photographer specializing in portraits, events, and landscapes.  His photographic journey began in 1997, and since then his works have been featured in several photo exhibitions in Croatia and Germany.  With a knack for capturing surreal moments, Silvijo takes an impressionist approach to photography, focusing on composition.

Light

Category Head Judge:Kim Lau (Singapore)

First Prize

老酒坊

老酒坊

Username: kjyxh66666

Country/Region of Residence: China

Judge's Comments:

Grains are the “meat” of Chinese wine, and grain crops rely on light to grow. Powerfully captured is the steam cooking process in the making of the sorghum wine (高粱酒), magically illuminated by rays of window light.

Second Prize

老酒坊

火把之夜

Username: 天空

Country/Region of Residence: China

Judge's Comments:

The use of fire in rituals is an age-old tradition. This photo captures fully, a Torch Festival of the Yi people who celebrate by lighting a main torch circulated by smaller torches, to sing and dance around them as a symbol of unity against evil pest.

Third Prize

walk on the light

walk on the light

Username: fabio1962

Country/Region of Residence: Italy

Judge's Comments:

Creative macro photography that uses the dispersion of light through a web of water droplets, smeared by the defocusing regions of a camera lens, eliciting the many faces of light in a single photo.

Runners-up

Way back home

Way back home

Username: Naing Linn Tun

Country/Region of Residence: Myanmar

The golden kiss

The golden kiss

Username: bapi

Country/Region of Residence: India

城市的舞台

城市的舞台

Username: 汩歌

Country/Region of Residence: China

Searching in the dark

Searching in the dark

Username: jeannytang

Country/Region of Residence: Hong Kong

Let's Celebrate

Let's Celebrate

Username: sharkmaster

Country/Region of Residence: Thailand

The Icon

The Icon

Username: khatrichirag

Country/Region of Residence: UAE

Blue nights in Vinchina

Blue nights in Vinchina

Username: gsantile

Country/Region of Residence: Argentina

Boy's Prayer

Boy's Prayer

Username: chuan

Country/Region of Residence: Taiwan

Disco Road

Disco Road

Username: Alberto J. Espineira

Country/Region of Residence: Spain

LEX Light Art

LEX Light Art

Username: LEX

Country/Region of Residence: Spain

Category Head Judge

Kim Lau
Singapore

Kim Lau travels through Asia and he has been photographing its landscapes, people and cultures since 2005. His latest expedition started in September 2013 takes him through the countries that made up the four ancient khanates of the Mongol empire. With a multimedia production background, he also documents his experiences through video and audio recordings.

Stories

Category Head Judge:Supasit Srisawathsak (Thailand)

First Prize

salt

salt

Username: giancarlolepore

Country/Region of Residence: Italy

Judge's Comments:

This photo tells a story of how people live and work in this very unique place on earth. The landscape of the salt fields is very stunning with patterns and colors. The man in the photo tells us how they work and live. Very nice photo.

Second Prize

Sky full of jeans

Sky full of jeans

Username: jmjoydeep

Country/Region of Residence: India

Judge's Comments:

Very amazing photo with stunning angle. The blue jeans which replace the sky tell us how people work and live there. The lady on the cart going somewhere communicates a unique way of transportation in this place. People who work here need some space to hang their dyed jeans -- a lot of jeans.

Third Prize

WATERLOGGING FOOTBALL

WATERLOGGING FOOTBALL

Username: CHINMOY BISWAS

Country/Region of Residence: India

Judge's Comments:

Really amazing shot. High angle camera provides a unique way to see the world. Three boys running across in shallow water, chasing a ball illustrates how much fun this is for them, their strength, and how they love to play. Three boys running in a triangle formation draws audience eyes to the ball. Very interesting and good composition.

Runners-up

The Black Nazarene

The Black Nazarene

Username: ranieljose

Country/Region of Residence: Philippines

The Garden

The Garden

Username: mato

Country/Region of Residence: Germany

Little God

Little God

Username: sanghamitra

Country/Region of Residence: India

Marea viva

Marea viva

Username: Milvus

Country/Region of Residence: Spain

乡村排球赛

乡村排球赛

Username: 老陈盐水鸡

Country/Region of Residence: China

Battlefeild

Battlefeild

Username: alimiremadi

Country/Region of Residence: Iran

Work O'clock

Work O'clock

Username: SelmaniN

Country/Region of Residence: UK

小镇的早晨

小镇的早晨

Username: 本色空间

Country/Region of Residence: China

COMMUNICATION

COMMUNICATION

Username: dondie

Country/Region of Residence: UAE

Taming the bull

Taming the bull

Username: hirapunjabi

Country/Region of Residence: India

Category Head Judge

Supasit Srisawathsak
Thailand

Supasit Srisawathsak is one of Thailand's leading fashion photographers. His photographs have appeared in magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Hello, Image, and Anywhere, among others.  He has been the featured photographer for Digital Camera Magazine and has given several lectures on fashion design, fashion photography, and professional photography at  one of Thailand's best fine art and commercial art universities.

Connections to Cherish

Category Head Judge:Tracie Maglosky (United States of America)

First Prize

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Username: Alexandr

Country/Region of Residence: Russia

Judge's Comments:

This couple shares their first quiet moment in the midst of their wedding day, taking the time to watch the fluffy snow fall and take a moment to reflect on the gift of time together as husband and wife. The perfect symmetry, placement of the couple in the frame invite me to look deeper into the moment they’re sharing.

Second Prize

Conversation

Conversation

Username: Ben Seah

Country/Region of Residence: Singapore

Judge's Comments:

The image of "The Conversation" touches on the value of friendship. This image has beautiful symmetry and balance with interest that leads back through the entire frame. The clear waters are an encouragement toward the importance of taking care of the earth and aids in their practice of sustainable fishing.

Third Prize

Cherished Moment

Cherished Moment

Username: rjhay22

Country/Region of Residence: United States of America

Judge's Comments:

Ah! What a moment! The expression in this image leaves me giggling each time. The connection and love between the grandparents and the girl is physically visible in this candid image. The importance of the relationships between each generation are so lovingly displayed in this image.

Runners-up

Dad rocks!

Dad rocks!

Username: Marianna

Country/Region of Residence: Russia

CONNECTION-3

CONNECTION-3

Username: suewetjen

Country/Region of Residence: Spain

Basstölpel

Basstölpel

Username: GeorgM.

Country/Region of Residence: Germany

Unser Lied

Unser Lied

Username: hintijo

Country/Region of Residence: Austria

riprendere il cammino

riprendere il cammino

Username: FabrizioMilanesio

Country/Region of Residence: Italy

ความรักและความเมตตา

ความรักและความเมตตา

Username: nudear

Country/Region of Residence: Thailand

My friend

My friend

Username: Yuriy Smityuk

Country/Region of Residence: Russia

Ucze sie zycia

Ucze sie zycia

Username: 90s

Country/Region of Residence: UK

爸爸带我看银河

爸爸带我看银河

Username: Ahsiangchef

Country/Region of Residence: Malaysia

Girl and her Pet

Girl and her Pet

Username: nirmalya68

Country/Region of Residence: India

Category Head Judge

Tracie Maglosky
United States of America

Tracie Maglosky is an award-winning wedding and portrait photographer based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her studio is located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati’s Brewery and Arts District. Tracie holds the honorary title of Olympus Visionary for Olympus America Inc., and travels frequently to present her photography, lighting and posing techniques for wedding, maternity and newborn photography offering her insights on strategic business practices.