The 2020 International Photography Awards has received more than 13,000 submissions from some of the most important photographers from around the world, and the judges have faced the incredibly challenging task of selecting the winners in each of the 13 categories.
Showcasing some of the most outstanding photographic work from around the globe, the world-renowned International Photography Awards (IPA) has named the Category Winners and finalists in its 2020 Photography Competition for the Professional and Non-Professional/Student categories.
The judges praised this year’s winners for their exceptional work across various genres and styles. Hossein Farmani, IPA’s founder and president, commented, “In these unprecedented times, this year’s entries reflect some of the biggest challenges facing our generation–not the least of which is dealing with a virus which, for the first time, is an event that has affected every person on earth in some way. We see photography at its best–whether covering the Covid pandemic, or the world’s uprising against injustice–the images captured are breathtaking. I can easily say these are the best images I have seen in the last decades.”
IPA’s distinguished international jury of renowned photography experts judged over 13,000 entries from 120 countries around the world to finally select these outstanding category winners. In order to support and honour the outstanding work of both professional and amateur photographers around the world during the COVID-19 crisis, International Photo Awards will match the cash prizes that are awarded to the Category Winners this year with an equal cash donation to the charity of the winning photographer’s choice in their community.
IPA 2020 PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY WINNERS
Finalists for “INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR”
(The top award in the Professional Categories includes The Lucie Trophy and a $10,000 cash prize)
Mike Dodd – A sustainable future of exquisite luxury mobility, Advertising
Paulius Makauskas – New Seas, Analog / Film
Jesús M.Chamizo – From the stage, Architecture
Sebastian Copeland – ANTARCTICA: The Waking Giant, Book
Katja Ogrin – Elements, Event
Julia Fullerton-Batten – Looking out from Within, 2020, Fine Art
Ari Rex – Black Mountain, Nature
Brian Hodges – Odilo Lawiny – Handmade soccer balls, People
Iwona Podlasinska – The journey to the land of dreams, Still in Motion / Video
“Miles from the main roads in rural Uganda, soccer balls bounce unevenly. Playing fields are arid, lush, weedy, sandy—any flattish space will do. Some feet are bare, others shod in fraying sneakers, boots, or rubber sandals. Yet children kick and chase handmade, lopsided balls with skill and abandon, competing for pride and joy—for the sheer pleasure of playing. The balls are spun into being with whatever’s at hand: rag or sock, tire or bark, plastic bag or banana leaves. Made entirely of recuperated materials, they give another life to something that would otherwise just be thrown away”, said photographer Brian Hodges.
IPA 2020 CATEGORY WINNERS
Non-Professional/Student —Finalists for “DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR”
(The top award in the Non-Professional Categories includes The Lucie Trophy and $5,000 cash prize)
Elena Litvinova – Vova’s summer evening, Analog / Film
Peter Li – Vanishing Lines, Architecture
Teodelina Detry – Uninhabited places, Book
F. Dilek Uyar – In Epicenter of Covid 19, Deeper Perspective
Tim Evans – Say Their Names, Editorial / Press
wei fu – Muslim Congregation in Dhaka, Event
Chloe Meynier – Made in the Shade, Fine Art
babak mehrafshar – magnificence of desert, Nature
Hossein Fardinfard – Blackout, People
Aaron Chuo – The Incoming Thunderstorm, Special
Augusto Bartelle – The Maldives: Skydiver Photographer Perspective, Sports
Simone Francescangeli – Psi-Covid-19, Still in Motion / Video
These Winners are also finalists for the IPA’s top 2 prizes—Photographer of the Year for the Professional categories, and Discovery of the Year for the Non-professional / Student categories. The final winners of these 2 titles will be announced in an online event later this year, and they will be awarded the Lucie Trophy at the 2021 Lucie Awards event.
Along with the Category Winners, IPA also revealed the recipients of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize in each of the competition’s sub-categories, and Honorable Mentions from across both professional and amateur entries. The full list of this year’s winners can be viewed on the IPA website. Details about the Lucie Awards and related events can be found at lucies.org.