American photographer Joseph Sywenkyj has won the the $30,000 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography for his work documenting the lives of people affected by the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
Alessandro Penso, winner – $10,000
Birte Kaufmann, runner-up – $3,000
Kiana Hayeri, honorable mention
National Geographic Magazine has opened its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on October 31, 2014. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters to participate in its annual photography seminar. The kind folks at National Geographic were once again kind enough to let me choose among its entries so far for display here on In Focus. Captions written by the individual photographers. [32 photos]
For the seventh consecutive year the Alexia Foundation will present an exhibition of the winners of its 2014 Professional and Student Grants – Sebastian Liste “The New Culture of Violence in Latin America” and Mehran Hamrahi “Iranian People – Ordinary or Criminals?”
“As a street photographer in Dublin, my project aims to explore new ways of documenting our streets. A ‘street” can now be represented in non-traditional ways. It’s about feeling the place where life takes place, in a park, on the seaside or inside. My photographs capture candid moments, concentrated on sometimes humorous elements of composition that seem pleasing to the eye. Human and animal behavior is fascinating, and I plan to develop and expend this project with the same passion.”
“Everyone lives their lives desperately. Sometimes alone, sometimes with the help of others, sometimes crying, laughing… I photograph daily life for its singular beauty. I want people to enjoy these extraordinary moments that exist in our daily, ordinary lives. I’m here, only here. You’re here, only here. Don’t try too hard. Do your best. You are so beautiful. Your life is so precious.”