The Winning Photos From the reFocus Awards ‘One Shot’ Competition



The reFocus Awards has introduced the winners of its One Shot Photo Awards, the primary competitors from this newly-formed group.

The reFocus Awards is a comparatively new picture contest and platform that has been designed to supply alternatives, prizes, and factors of discovery for photographers around the globe. The group says that via its Artist Listing, Winner’s Gallery, in addition to our Individuals’s Vote Award — which noticed greater than 41,000 votes this 12 months — it has created greater than only a contest however a neighborhood.

The group tells PetaPixel that its objectives are to supply significant prizes to profitable photographers, but additionally alternatives to get found for his or her work.

“[This] is why we created an artist listing and supply winner’s interviews on the skilled and non-professional ranges. We’ve really additionally had a number of of our judges attain out on to our entrants (each winners and in any other case) who they had been interested by working with at their respective organizations,” a reFocus spokesperson says.

“Once we created this contest we tried to be selective when it comes to what number of awards we provide in addition to what kind of prizes we might promise for the sake of delivering entrants one thing distinctive and actual. Our inventive director is a photographer and far of our planning for reFocus took place after our shared settlement that current contests might do higher.”

The One Shot contest requested entrants to submit pictures that celebrated the facility of a single picture and is damaged into skilled and non-professional classes. The Skilled part provided a $3,500 money prize for profitable pictures whereas the non-professional winners obtained $1,750. Photographs had been judged by a world panel that reFocus describes as consultant of at this time’s topmost tier of affect and distinction inside the photographic neighborhood.

This specific competitors performed host to twenty classes in each the skilled and non-professtional tiers, however three pictures stood out as greatest general in every, proven under. All these pictures, together with the profitable pictures from all classes, might be seen together with detailed interviews from the photographers on the reFocus website.

Skilled, First Place

Detention cell in Colombia | Convicted prisoners sitting in a detention cell at a police station in Maicao in Colombia. | Photograph by Jan Grarup

“Because of the overfilled prisons, the convicted offenders now serve their sentence on the native police station. At this police station there are greater than 300 prisoners serving time, with restricted entry to primary amenities and no probability to train, violating primary human rights as a result of chaotic state of affairs.”

Non-Skilled, First Place

Chassidic Jews on a Belgian seashore | Photograph by Eddy Verloes

“I took this sequence on the Belgian coast not removed from Ostend. It occurred through the starting of the corona disaster 2020, once I was strolling on their lonesome in a heavy storm and, swiftly, these ‘black shapes’ appeared within the dunes. I couldn’t imagine my eyes and I believed I used to be dreaming. I like strolling in stormy climate on the seaside, however this was a really unusual feeling. I instantly acknowledged that these ‘black shadows’ had been ultra-Orthodox Jews, and I used to be completely conscious that I had, by some means, strayed into a singular setting. Usually ultra-Orthodox Jews stroll the streets of Antwerp (Belgium), however definitely not on a seashore in a horrible storm. They had been about 20 of them and so they loved it very exuberantly and intensely.

“What an enormous coincidence that I ran into them in these stormy instances! They stayed on the abandoned seashore for about an hour and, throughout that point, I took about 50 footage of this enormously fascinating occurring within the least obtrusive approach I might think about. I attempted to get as shut as attainable with out being seen as a result of I didn’t wish to disturb their privateness. I might clearly see that they had been so absorbed in nature, the ocean and in themselves that they really ended up in a sort of communal trance. I need to admit that additionally they put me in a trance as I stored taking footage shivering. I used to be by now very conscious of the distinctive pictures that I used to be taking. They clearly loved their time collectively and their non permanent coming collectively on the stormy seashore. After an hour they disappeared as rapidly they’d come: instantly and unexpectedly. My dream and their dream got here to an finish.”

Skilled, Second Place

“Alek” | Photograph by Bastiaan Woudt

“The picture ‘Alek’ was shot in collaboration with mannequin Alek, Stylist Tricja Cotterrill and make-up artist Marije Koelewijn. Hat is from Demure in Amsterdam,” Woudt says.

“I actually wished to work with Alek and went into the studio for a day. That is how I sometimes work: No temper boards, no difficult plans. Only a day within the studio of free-flowing creation. This picture is one among many pictures taken that day.”

Non-Skilled, Second Place

Fishing boat | Photograph by Phuoc Hoai Nguyen

“To catch many anchovies, these fishermen should carry out very difficult work. The boat is sort of a ‘conflict horse,’ and the fishermen incarnate as ‘warriors’ dashing out into the immense ocean. The fishermen should commerce their security and lives to hold out their livelihood.”

Skilled, Third Place

The Stitcher of Nets | Photograph by Giovanni Tarantini

“I used to be touring round Vietnam with a good friend of mine, we walked numerous kilometers to seek out some good footage to take,” Tarantini says.

“Lastly, within the very early morning, we arrived in an outdated port the place there have been some girls stitching tons of nets. I didn’t wish to trouble the women whereas working, so I actually had few seconds to take a shot, so I took my digicam on a tripod holding it excessive above the woman and I used a distant management to shoot.”

Non-Skilled, Third Place

Sailors & The Sphinx | Jonathan Jasberg

“Members of the French Navy’s bagpipe band ‘Bagad Lann Bihoue’ go to the Nice Pyramids and Sphinx in October 2020 on their solely worldwide journey throughout covid.”

Picture credit: All pictures are individually credited and supplied courtesy of the reFocus Awards.

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