Winners Of The Visual Storytelling Contest By The Independent Photographer

Here are the winners and finalists of The Visual Storytelling Contest By The Independent Photographer.

“From classic social documentary to imaginative storytelling: The art of visual storytelling encompasses a wide range of possibilities with at its heart, the will to tell a story and we were seeking visual artists aiming to captivate and share their stories with awareness and conviction.”

American photographer Nichole Sobecki, represented by renowned photo agency VII, was the judge of the competition.

Berber Theunissen – 1st Prize – “The Soul Within”

“The growing body. The excitement. Noticing the old me fading away, the beginning of a new life. The fear of losing him again, the mental scars after the miscarriage. The first strong kicks, slowly regaining trust in my body. The growing love. The healing homebirth. Meeting the soul that had been with us already all those years, finally earth side. The double sword: fatigue, heartbreaking fears, overwhelming responsibilities alternated with a soft inner peace, overpowering happiness.”

Feedback from Nichole Sobecki: “The shrouded body reminds us of the profound transition into motherhood, but also of that thin veil between life and death, the woman you are before and the woman you become. As an emotional landscape, it reveals the complexity of an often-caricatured experience: the anticipation, the hope, and the terror. The pregnant female form has been depicted countless times, yet this reimagining feels personal, honest, and brave.”

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Lorraine Turci – 2nd Prize – “Polaris Artefact, Antarctic Peninsula”

“Huts, research stations, shelters, monuments, or maritime landmarks: human constructions in the Antarctic Peninsula are a benchmark for a world that the imagination still thinks of as immaculate. Landmarks might be sensed here as pre-ruins, next to vestiges, nearly to be sculptures. The human presence looks incongruous in these remote areas. Fine and colored geometries lost in white stretches that we imagine extending to infinity. In contrast with the constructions of native people, the constructions of conquest are here scientific, industrial. Almost cosmonaut: humans on another planet. From “Polaris Artefacts” series.”

Feedback from Nichole Sobecki: “The lone shed sits, vibrant against the subdued tonality of this land and its waddle of penguins. Too often the Arctics are portrayed as desolate, untouched places, far removed from the concerns of mankind (or any meaningful sense of responsibility). Here, the photographer has elegantly challenged that view. To truly bring ourselves into harmony with the natural world, we must return to seeing humanity as a part of it.”

Simon Móricz-Sabján – 3rd Prize – “Medical workers taking care of a Covid-19 patient, Budapest, Hungary”

“Medical workers wearing personal protective equipment take care of a Covid-19 positive patient at the Uzsoki Hospital, Budapest, Hungary. Hungary has an exceptionally high mortality rate compared even to the most highly infected countries. Since the outbreak of coronavirus in Hungary, the fatality rate had shown a rising trend then started to decrease at the beginning of July. As of December 18, 2020, the death rate due to the virus reached 2.61 percent in the country.”

Feedback from The Independent Photographer Editors: “Simon Móricz-Sabján’s thoroughly arresting and impeccably framed image brilliantly demonstrates the medium’s communicative capabilities. Strikingly forthright, yet imbued with a surreal quality, it imparts the essence of the scene perfectly, yet simultaneously resonates far beyond the sum of its parts, serving as a profoundly somber and familiar symbol of the ongoing global health crisis.”

Finalist – Gianluca Attoli – “The dream is always the same”

“Fog, mist, snow, powerfully pictorial skyscapes: all of these aspects, individually or combined, make the main subject(s) ”recede” for a moment, letting the mood and the atmosphere become the main and most immediate features of each shot. There’s a strange, strong feeling of comfort, bliss, and uneasiness when you stand right in the middle of a foggy nowhere, or in front of a frighteningly silent stormy sky. The abstraction and decontextualization of places and elements make them look even more anonymous, unidentified, and generic than they would be in clear view, to the point of reaching a hazy, surreal lack of visual references. You seem to physically experience a feeling of suspension and estrangement; everything looks unfamiliar and dreamlike. And just as in a daydream (hence the title), conscience and subconscious meet and mix up.”

Finalist – Jack Lawson – “The Special Eagles, Lagos, Nigeria”

“4 members of “The Special Eagles”, Nigeria’s amputee football team, walk towards the sea on the beach outside Lagos.”

Finalist – Jonathan Moller – “Juan and María’s wedding, Guatemala, 1993”

“Part of an eight-year project in Guatemala resulting in my first book, Our Culture is Our Resistance: Repression, Refuge and Healing in Guatemala, and numerous exhibitions and public talks intended to tell the story of the primarily indigenous-Mayan Guatemalans that were uprooted and killed during that country’s long and brutal civil war.”

Finalist – Samantha Schwann – “Future, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico”

“Mako shark populations fell to endangered status in 2019, in part due to an error calculating the age of sexual maturity on which fishing thresholds were based. New science suggests this age be 19-21 years, instead of 4-6 years as previously believed. Even with full protection, it is expected that populations will continue to decline until 2035 as current populations reach maturity. This female, presumed to be pregnant, was photographed in Cabo San Lucas, one of the only known reproductive areas for mako sharks.”

Finalist – Chloe Meynier – Quiet Breakfast from the series “Made in The Shade”

“Through a mise-en-scene self-portraiture series, “Made in The Shade” depicts characters in Mid Century Modern settings, mirroring an era that was aspiring for change. Despite this societal urge to create a new modern lifestyle, women rapidly lost their independence gained during the war period and returned to domesticated environments to fulfill decades of gender role traditions. The carefully staged scenes attempt to challenge female stereotypes. The series offers a powerful lens through which the viewer contemplates these women in a non-objectified way and reconfigures their essence. The absence of context gives these characters the power to be architects, scientists, musicians, engineers, doctors, etc.; roles often identified as being fulfilled by men.”

Finalist – Laura Pannack – “Baruch, Israel”

“At the age of 16, Baruch chose to leave his Orthodox Jewish community and to study at university. The dramatic and challenging decision forced him to question his identity and future. Einstein said, “The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” The project explores how we choose our paths in life and questions how much control we have to change who we will become.”

Finalist – Soo Burnell – “Swim Team at Portobello, London, England”

“I wanted to photograph Edinburgh’s swimming baths to show the beauty of the architecture while minimizing all of the modern elements. I love the geometry of the tiles, the lines on the bottom of the pool, and the typography including the ‘Deep End’ signs. Since my first poolside exhibition last year I have travelled to London, Paris, Manchester and Glasgow to add to my collection. I have been really inspired by the idea of having a slightly quirky Wes Anderson feel to them, especially with the pastel colour palette, and with the swimmers adding both a human element to each scene along with a dreamlike quality.”

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/02/winners-of-the-visual-storytelling-contest-by-the-independent-photographer/

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【動画】 フワちゃん、生放送でまさかの「丸見え放送事故」に視聴者騒然

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YouTuber芸人のフワちゃんが26日、TBS系「グッとラック!」生出演中にツイッターを更新。本番中に「見えていた」と告白したが、ツイッターではこの日のゲストの市川海老蔵にも気づかれていたことを明かした。
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SOURCE: http://blog.livedoor.jp/gunbird/archives/10359102.html

憧れしかない!たくさんの動物たちに囲まれて暮らす農場の大家族のポートレート

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 動物も自然も愛する人ならば一度は夢見る農場暮らし。便利な都会もいいけれど、のどかな所で大好きな動物たちとのんびりまったり過ごせたら…そんな妄想がはかどる写真がネットで話題を呼んでいる。

 農場を営む一家とのびのび暮らす動物のほほえましい集合写真。その光景を撮影するのはカナダの農場経営者で写真家のターシャさんだ。

 生き物たちをこよなく愛し、人や動物の区別なく農場で暮らす大家族をカメラにおさめるターシャさんの素晴らしい作品をみてみよう。 続きを読む

SOURCE: https://karapaia.com/archives/52299610.html

【動画】 快速電車に飛び込みフロントガラス大破、乗客ら6人巻き込まれ1人重体 = JR元町駅

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26日午前8時半ごろ、神戸市中央区元町のJR元町駅で、人がホームから通過中の新快速に飛び込み衝突した。

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SOURCE: http://blog.livedoor.jp/gunbird/archives/10359096.html

【動画】 レディー・ガガ、犬の散歩係が銃撃されフレンチブルドッグ2匹が盗まれる ⇒ 犯人の姿が公開される

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米ロサンゼルスのハリウッド(Hollywood)で24日夜、歌手レディー・ガガ(Lady Gaga)さんの犬の散歩をしていたスタッフが何者かに撃たれ負傷し、フレンチブルドッグ2匹が奪われた。米メディアが25日、報じた。
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SOURCE: http://blog.livedoor.jp/gunbird/archives/10359058.html

【画像】 JR神戸線・元町駅で人身事故 「緊急停止」 「飛び込んだ」「フロントガラスがバリバリに」「電車の中に怪我人」 緊急車両集結で騒然

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元町駅で事故。

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SOURCE: http://blog.livedoor.jp/gunbird/archives/10359061.html

【動画】 かまいたち山内、番組のエステ企画で激しくおっき それを見たアイドルが爆笑してしまう

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完全にアウト。

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アメリカと銃。インディアナ州で拳銃の自由所持・携帯が認められる法案が可決される

インディアナ州で拳銃の自由携帯が合法に

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 アメリカは、州により、また銃の種類によってもその登録有無や所持規制が異なるが、このほど、インディアナ州で州民が拳銃を自由に所持・携帯できる法案が州議会下院によって可決された。

 これまで同州では拳銃所持には銃所持許可証の取得が義務付けられたいたのだが、今回の法案が可決されたことで、過去に特定の犯罪を犯していない限り、大人の州民ならば自由に所持、携帯できることになる。『New York Post』などが伝えている。 続きを読む

SOURCE: https://karapaia.com/archives/52299614.html

【動画】 「東大王」鈴木光ちゃんぶっ壊れる・・ 狩野英孝の珍回答に笑い止まらず

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この日も番組は「早書きサムネイルクイズ」を展開した。出題側はYouTubeのサムネイルを模した画像を作成。画像のヒントをもとに歴史上の人物を当てる速さを競った。
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SOURCE: http://blog.livedoor.jp/gunbird/archives/10358836.html

【画像】 富士通の採用ページがめっちゃえっちだと話題に

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ジブンの色を、つらぬけ。

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SOURCE: http://blog.livedoor.jp/gunbird/archives/10358223.html

【画像】 とても美人で優しいと評判の小学校教師、突然落下してきた岩が直撃し死亡

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オーストラリアで暮らしていた小学校の女性教師(31)が先日、バロン渓谷国立公園を訪れ散策を楽しんだ。

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SOURCE: http://blog.livedoor.jp/gunbird/archives/10358447.html