Winners of the 2017 International Photographer of the Year are announced, rounding up another successful and fierce competition. Sarah Blesener took the title of International Photographer of the Year with her project “Beckon Us From Home”. Another notable mention is Jan Janssen with his project “Proud for one second” which made him International Discovery of the Year.
International Photographer of the Year is split into professional and amateur categories, with subcategories for different themes and topics. This year was an outstanding collection exhibited in a diverse gallery of talent, demonstrating skill and different points of view in a variety of styles. The competition is a wide-reaching one, and we’re showcasing a glimpse of the whole competition, focusing on first place winners from the professional category.
International Photographer of the Year 2017
Sarah Blesener, Beckon Us From Home
Sarah Blesener captured the events and people attending the “Patriot Cmap”, which focuses on patriotic education. Thousands of young individuals across the United States are attending similar camps and programs. This gives the youth a sense of purpose, something that ties them together and this is part of the story Sarah Blesener uncovers.
International Discovery of the Year 2017
Jan Janssen, Proud for one second
A heartbreaking story of the Batawa and their displacement has been relevant for the past 20 years. The mountain gorillas are threatened with extinction. The government has taken no action in helping them, and the Batawa remain among the poorest people. Education and healthcare is scarce, and many families are abandoned and left where they are. Jan Janssen photographs the pygmies, asking them to feel proud for one second.
Professional Category Architecture
International Architectural Photographer of the Year 2017
Florian W. Mueller, Singularity
Architecture: Bridges, 1st Place – Ahmed Thabet, Heart of steel
Architecture: Cityscapes, 1st Place – FeiFan Zhang, No Man’s Land
Architecture: Interior, 1st Place – A. Tamboly, Curvilinear
Professional Category Editorial
International Editorial Photographer of the Year 2017
Sarah Blesener, Beckon Us From Home
Editorial: Daily life, 1st place winner – Oded Wagenstein, The void we leave
Editorial: Documentary, 1st place winner – David Denil, Let US Not Fall Asleep While Walking (2017)
Editorial: Environmental, 1st place winner – Pierpaolo Mittica, Karabash, the dirty blood of the Earth
Editorial: Photo Essay/Story, 1st place winner – Sarah Blesener, Beckon Us From Home
Editorial: Sports, 1st place winner – Annick Donkers, Lucha Libre Extrema
Professional Category Fine Art
International Fine Art Photographer of the Year 2017
Stefano Gardel, Neon Desert
Fine Art: Abstract, 1st place winner – Davide Esposito, Sogno di un’ombra
Fine Art: Conceptual, 1st place winner – Marta Kochanek, Lovyer
Fine Art: Landscapes, 1st place winner – Stefano Gardel, Neon Desert
Fine Art: Nudes – Daniel Duart, UP
Fine Art: Photomanipulation – Greg Noblin, Whimsical Photo Surrealism
Professional Category Nature
International Nature Photographer of the Year 2017
Philip Thurston, Courtship
Nature: Aerial, 1st place winner – Emily Kaszton, Wave Chasers
Nature: Landscapes, 1st place winner – Florent Mamelle, Steaming ocean
Nature: Seascapes, 1st place winner – Erez Marom, The Icebergs of Disko Bay
Nature: Trees, 1st place winner – Maciej Nowacki, After Storm
Nature: Wildlife, 1st place winner – Philip Thurston, Courtship
Professional Category People
International People Photographer of the Year 2017
Isabela Pacini, The Hosts
People: Children, 1st place winner – Jeannette Gregori, Gypsy Childhoods
People: Fashion/Beauty, 1st place winner – Michal Baran, Monochromatic Hairscapes
People: Portrait, 1st place winner – Isabela Pacini, The Hosts
People: Street, 1st place winner – Cyril Abad, AMERICA, Relax, everything is fine!
People: Travel, 1st place winner – Danny Yen Sin Wong, Waving Nets
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