A 48-year-old Thai photographer Visarute Angkatavanich captures a beautiful aquatic art portraying Siamese fighting fish (Betta Splendens) in a different way. Against stark contrasts of white and black backgrounds, he creates fantastic photos of these animals using crystalline aquariums, powerful lenses and spectacular lighting.
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”.
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.”