The photos for the competition were submitted by thousands of iPhone photographers from over 140 countries for various categories such as Portrait, Abstract, and Still Life. The grand prix this year went to Sebastiano Tomada from Brooklyn, New York for his picture of “Children roaming the streets in Qayyarah near the fire and smoke billowing from oil wells, set ablaze by ISIS militants”.
Antoine Repessé stopped throwing away his trash back in 2011 to show everyone just how much of it we accumulate in such a relatively moderate period of time. He has accumulated over 70 cubic metres of trash: 1,600 milk bottles, 4,800 toilet rolls, and 800 kg of newspapers to then create a powerful series of photos just to show how massive our consumerism is.
Actually, it was an experiment, which was conducted by US government to find out the effects of psychotomimetic drugs. This one was Oscar Janiger, a University of California-Irvine psychiatrist, giving an artist crayons and doses of LSD, then asking him to draw 9 portraits of himself while under the effect of the drug.
Toshihiko Hosaka creates some of the most elaborate sand sculptures in all Japan. His work is so detailed and refined, most sculptures look like they've been carved from stone.
Pat Hines just doesn’t like Photoshop or other similar software (not mentioning he’s just bad at it), so he practiced good old MS Paint for over 10 years sitting long overnights at a hospital reception desk. That’s what came in handy for him to illustrate his ebook “Camp Redblood And The Essential Revenge”, although people don’t believe that such illustrations could be made in Paint, which Pat proves via his Deviantart page.
California photographer Chris Crisman went around photographing women who worked in lines of work that are considered by many as unusual, to represent and normalize women in those spaces. Determined to show his children that they could be anything they wanted, he sums up the photo series’ message in one sentence: “Gender should not determine professional opportunities.”