WINNERS GALLERY
MIPA 2019/20

With thousands of submissions from all over the world, we are proud to finally announce all the winning photos across the six categories of Abstract, Cities, Everything Malta, Nature, People and Storytelling, as part of our latest Malta International Photo Award Edition 2019/20. 

 

NOTE

Any claims in regards to the winning submissions for this edition of the Malta International Photo Award can be sent on [email protected] by no later than Tuesday 28th July 2020 at 18:00 CET for internal review. Our team will evaluate each claim to ensure that the MIPA terms and conditions have been adhered to. After this deadline, the selected entries will be considered as final and no further changes would be possible.  It is also expressly forbidden to utilise any image or photograph found on this page and the rest of the MIPA website, and MIPA together with the photographers reserve the right to any action for any unlawful use of such photos and/or imagery.

ABSTRACT

WINNER

A Dream Dreamed in the Presence of Reason
CHRISTY LEE ROGERS

Underwater photograph inspired by the Muses. In Greek mythology, the nine muses were inspirational goddesses and it was common for an artist to turn to them for inspiration. The muses were considered the source of the knowledge embodied in the poetry, lyric songs, and myths that were related orally for centuries in ancient Greek culture.

2ND PLACE

Red Brain
COSIMO BARLETTA / MAYDA MASON

The photographers' thoughts on this image were 'We are spirit but also flesh. What if meat was our brain served on a table like a surgical room?''.

3RD PLACE

Ping Pong Club
HARDIJANTO BUDIMAN

This conceptual picture is about the daily activities of a Ping Pong Player in a Club. The photographer used to play ping-pong when he was young and when the idea of creating a personal photo series based on this sport came along, he executed it straight away.

TOP 5

Seeking Asylum
SEAN MALLIA

The newspaper story is about migrants lost at sea. The sea which gives us life but also takes it.

TOP 5

Body Mask
DDIARTE

Mask made with human bodies. The photographers use digital manipulation to look for the symbolism in the surreal, and give it a new perspective on the current issues of society.

TOP 10

Myth of Atlas
ANTON NOVOZHILOV

In Greek mythology, Atlas was a titan condemned to hold up the celestial heavens for eternity.

TOP 10

Hope
EDITA BIZOVA

The photographer states that 'when you start something new, you have to leave something behind'.

TOP 10

She Moved
CHARLAINE GERBER

A fine art composite. The photographer aims to produce a more personal, maybe evocative or atmospheric impressions with her photos that might go beyond realism. 

TOP 10

Betta Fish Dance
DHIKY ADITYA

The beauty of the betta fish movements, like dancing with long and beautiful fins, remind the photographer of the flapping of a dancer who uses a rainbow shawl that is enough to make the audience's show on stage.

TOP 10

Still Life with a Bottle Old Highland
OLEG BOLOTNIKOV

This work is dedicated to the Italian artist Giorgio Morandi, an Italian painter who specialized in still life. 

CITIES

WINNER

Arabic Snowflakes
STEFAN SCHNEIDER

Black and White night shot from the Opera House in Dubai. The Opera House is locatied within the The Opera District in Downtown Dubai. The project was completed in August 2016 and the Opera House can be converted into a traditional theatre. concert hall, banquet hall or exhibition space. 

2ND PLACE

Human on Earth
MARCIN GIBA

The photo shows a city pool in the photographer's hometown of Rybnik photographed in winter. An aerial shot capturing the snow covered water park, portraying a different outlook about the impact of man on the natural world around us.

3RD PLACE

Nueva Venecia
JAVIER ARCENILLAS

The people who were resurrected to magical realism. New Venice is a palafito town off the Marsh of Santa Marta, between Cartagena and Santa Marta, the two main cities of the Colombian Caribbean. Its 3,000 inhabitants live isolated from tourism and life in general. All necessary transfers are made by boat. The origins of the city go back to several centuries ago, but the reference to the Italian sister city only goes back a few decades.

TOP 5

Berlin Cyclist
FABIO GALVEZ

This image was taken in Berlin, at Marie-Elisabeth Luders-Haus, in September 2019. The shot captures the exact moment an early-morning cyclist passed in front of the middle of building, characterised by a perfect circle on the side facing the river Spree.

TOP 5

The Delinquents
YVES DEMERS PARIS

At 165 metres high with a 45-degree angle, the Montréal Tower is the tallest inclined tower in the world. It is an architectural masterpiece, and the secret to its extraordinary tilt can be found in its complex internal structure. A glass-encased funicular leads to a breathtaking two-minute ride to the top of the Tower. 

TOP 10

Metro without People
DMITRY FILATOV

The photo shows the metro station Elektrozavodskaya, Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya line of the Moscow metro, part of a photo project 'Metro without People' in which the photographer shot all the metro stations that would show the beauty of architecture and engineering.

TOP 10

Sighnaghi Covered by the Winter
MAGDALENA KONIK

The photo was taken a few minutes before the sunset with a view on the smallest Georgian town and covered by clouds Alazani Valley. Winters in this region often last for several days. The photo was captured during a sudden drop in temperature after a few days of snowfall.

TOP 10

Golden Eye
ANDRÉS GALLARDO ALBAJAR

The Imprint, designed by MVRDV architects, is a very playful place for architecture photography due to its unusual look and impressive colours. Taken in Seoul, South Korea in November 2019.

TOP 10

Liverpool
MARK BOYD

The photographer has always known Liverpool to be a city of kind, good natured and funny people. They will laugh with you, at you and at themselves. The Liverbird Building in the background is Liverpools ‘Eifel Tower or Leaning Tower of Pizza’. He decided to try and capture the love and fun he feels for Liverpool by filling the frame with a recently erected fairground ride with the Liver Building in the background. A very different ‘city shot’.

TOP 10

In the Wind
MITJA KOBAL

Details of the statue titled 'In the Wind' by artist Goro Kakei, located in front of Tokyo Metropolitan building in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The photograph is a part of a series called 'Tokyodrome', reflecting the futuristic side, idea of Tokyo.

EVERYTHING MALTA

WINNER

Fireworks over Cittadella
ROSS MAGRI

This photo was taken during the feast of Santa Maria, celebrated in Victoria, Gozo on the 15th of August. The Feast of the Assumption, also known as the feast of ‘Santa Maria', marks the ascent into heaven by the Virgin Mary. This popular Maltese ‘festa' is the peak of the summer season of religious village feasts and is celbrated in 7 towns and villages: Għaxaq, Gudja, Ħ'Attard, Mosta, Mqabba and Qrendi in Malta, and Victoria in Gozo. It is also a public holiday.

2ND PLACE

Salt Pans
FELIX CESARE

An ancient salt-harvesting tradition on the Maltese island of Gozo. The northern coast of Gozo is characterised by a chequerboard of rock-cut saltpans protruding into the sea. These 350-year-old salt pans, which stretch about 3km along the coast, are more than just scenic. They are part of the centuries-old Gozitan tradition of Sea-Salt production that has been passed down within certain families for many generations. 

3RD PLACE

Gostra
DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI

A man runs up the “gostra”, a pole covered in grease, during the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St Julian’s, August 25, 2013. In the traditional “gostra”, a game stretching back to the Middle Ages, young men, women and children have to make their way to the top and try to uproot one of the flags to win prizes. From May to September in Malta, there is hardly any weekend when a town or a village is not celebrating the feast of its patron saint or other saints revered in different churches. 

TOP 5

Exploring the Caves
PETER BULLEN

Divers discover the beauty of Malta's underwater world, the Santa Maria Caves, North coast of Comino.  There are 10 caves which are known to divers and they each have their particular beauty.  

TOP 5

St Paul's Island: Path to Heaven
MARIO RODGERS

This shot was driven by the early light and eeriness of the scene.  The small island off the eastern coast of Malta, also known as Selmunett, is said to be the island where St. Paul shipwrecked in 60AD, while on his way to Rome to face charges. 

TOP 10

Old Capital Mdina
JONATHAN BORG

Sunlight breaks through the clouds to shine over the old capital, Mdina.

TOP 10

Valletta Gloom
MICHAEL BREITUNG

A brief break in the clouds bathes the city of Valletta in golden light as dark storm clouds loom over the city.

TOP 10

Santa Maria
MARK ZAMMIT CORDINA

The photographer took his drone to the sky and managed to get a different angle of the statue and Mosta Church during one of the traditional village feasts.

TOP 10

Dwejra Bay Sunset
GILBERT VANCELL

The sun setting behind the Fungus Rock, captured from a cliff cave over Dwejra Bay, Gozo.

TOP 10

Sea Side Fireworks
NICHOLAS GRECH

The image incapsulates the joy and colour that comes with the traditional Maltese Festa. In Marsascala the feast of St Anne takes place in close proximity to the bay, which in turn reflects the beauty and magic of such summer time celebrations which are a staple of Maltese culture.

NATURE

WINNER

Kalahari Queen
JOHAN SIGGESSON

The caracal is a wild nocturnal cat, known to be very secretive and hard to observe. The photographer got a tip that a caracal had been sighted in a certain location in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and following a number of attempts driving up and down, there it was.  The photographer managed to follow this female caracal for quite a long time, deep in its natural environment in this location between Botswana and South Africa..

2ND PLACE

Descend from Above
TIEN SANG KOK

 Hundreds of horses are guided by the headmen, shrouded in a cloud of dust as they gallop forth. Photo taken in Mongolia.

3RD PLACE

Magic Night
BENCE MATE

Particles in the air like dust, warm breath on a cool day or drizzle usually go unnoticed. However, in the right light, for example a beam of sunlight, we realize how dusty our environment is. To capture this effect, the camera must be facing the light with the subject positioned in such a way that both the camera and background are in shadow. This phenomenon can add magic to even the simplest subject matter.

TOP 5

Guardians of Avatar
GUNARTO SONG

An emotional shot, picturing a monkey embracing its young one. This photo was taken from Avatar Mountain in Zhang Jia Jie, China.

TOP 5

The Search
NEIL BUGEJA

A lonely traveller dwarfed by the Tre Cime di Lavaredo Peaks, under the galactic core.

TOP 10

Arctic Fox
TIBOR KERCZ

A lovely arctic fox captured at Svalbard archipelago, Norway.

TOP 10

Light Show
JEREMY WALTON

The beauty captured through the movement of clouds illuminated by a hidden sun over Kalsoy in the Faroe Islands.

TOP 10

Tug of Tusks
RAHUL SACHDEV

At day break the dusty plains of Amboseli witness a playful battle between the brave elephants. 

TOP 10

The Ancient One
RAZVAN ILIESCU

A long exposure shot of a Bristlecone Pine Tree in White Mountains California.

TOP 10

Everyone Eats What They Want
JOSE LUIS RUIZ JIMENEZ

The exact moment a great crested grebe caught a frog, just a few meters from the photographer. Yes, the bird ended up eating the wfrog.

PEOPLE

WINNER

 Stronger
MILOS NEJEZCHLEB

The heroine of this story is Katka (Cathy), a victim of domestic violence. Katka was 18 years old when her mother died tragically, and she had to take care of her younger brother. Her then husband, father of her son, was supposed to support her. Instead, he turned out to be a rapist, and Katka was forced to flee with her son. Her husband found her and one January afternoon he fired two shots at her. After that, he turned the gun on himself. Having undergone several operations, Katka survived. Gradually, she began to live a new life with her new partner, who became her second husband later. She was getting rid of fear and gaining self-confidence. Many years later, though, the marriage broke up and they got divorced. A couple of months later, her ex-husband committed a suicide by shooting himself. Ironically, he killed himself with the weapon he had once bought to protect Katka.

2ND PLACE

Monk with a Cross
JACUB RYBICKI

Portrait of a priest inside a rock-hewn church in Lalibela, Ethiopia A monk holds the cross in dusty interior of rock-carved church in Lalibela, Ethiopia. The legend says that the churches were built with a help of angels, and you can believe it when you find spirituality even in the most crowded places.

3RD PLACE

Cuddle
YEN SIN WONG

Mother and son of Suri tribe photographed on the mountainous area at the border of South Sudan and Ethiopia. Lip-plating is an African tradition dating back centuries, of which its nature is disputed between bridal reasons, a showcase of female strength and self-esteem as well as simply ornamental reasons.

TOP 5

Eagle Huntress
ZAY YAR LIN

The photo shows Miss Zamanbol who is one of the female eagle hunters in Bayan-Olgii, which is located in the Altai Mountains of western Mongolian. She was born from a Kazakh Eagle Hunters Family who are of Islamic religion. She has learnt the ancient practice of hunting with golden eagles since she was very young although she is a high school graduate.The hunting provides very little in the way of food for human consumption, but it is a tradition dating back 4,000 years and the fur hats and the eagles themselves are a matter of great pride amongst Kazakhs.

TOP 5

The Fishermen Fishing at the Estuary
TRUNG LUONG NGUYEN ANH

The fishermen fishing at the estuary in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. A colourful top shot of locals fishing where the tide meets the stream, .

TOP 10

Don't Call Me a Stranger
MICHELA CHIMENTI

During the last 3 years, the photographer stopped strangers asking for a picture. In Nepal, she wrote on a expats forum to see whether people wished to have a professional portrait. A lot of people replied, included Reetu, a young woman who wish to have pictures of her Ngo "Annas Home", which provides accommodation to homeless aged people. Here is Thuli Maya, 95 yo. She fell asleep while I was setting the camera. Lalitpur (Nepal)

TOP 10

Lining up of Prayers around Kaaba
MOHAMED BUSTANI

Makkah or Umm al-Qura as mentioned in the Holy Quran, is the holy city where there is the holy mosque and Kaaba. Mecca is the country of the Prophet. The Qibla of Muslims, was built by the Father of the Prophets, Ibrahim and his son Ismail, nearly two thousand years BC.

TOP 10

The Authorized Agents
PEI LING WU

As part of traditional Dao religious activities in Taiwan, folks wear makeup and costumes to be authorized as agents of the gods.

TOP 10

With My Dreams
ABDULLA AL MUSHAIFIRI

A Photo for a young Boy running between the pigeons, wanting to fly with them

TOP 10

Prayers
DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI

HIV-positive members of a self-help group pray at the start of a meeting in the village of Michelo, south of the Chikuni Mission in the south of Zambia February 23, 2015. The caregivers in the Jesuit-run home-based care project at the Chikuni Mission run a capacity-building and empowerment project at the household level, offering training and assistance in crop-growing and animal rearing, as well as offering companionship, pastoral care and monitoring antiretroviral treatment compliance of HIV-AIDS patients.

STORYTELLING

WINNER

Migration Of The Eagle Hunters
AUDREY JEANE

The life and traditions of a nomadic family in North-Western Mongolia have remained relatively unchanged for thousands of years. A family can migrate with their belongings and livestock at least twice a year. In the winter of 2016 and 2017, the photographer trecked over 100 miles on foot through the Altai Mountains with a nomadic family, livestock, and their belongings. With temperatures well below zero, it took one week to arrive at their Spring camp where the livestock would graze until the next migration. This series is in black and white to show the timelessness and beauty of the culture.

2ND PLACE

1957
ROBIN YONG

Robin Yong imagines the year to be 1957 again, when Havana was the world’s fourth most expensive city. According to the International Labour Organization, the average industrial salary in Cuba became the world’s eighth-highest in 1958, and the average agricultural wage was higher than in developed nations like Denmark, West Germany, Belgium or France. Cuba also had Latin America’s highest per capita consumption of meat, vegetables, cereals, automobiles, telephones and radios during this period.  In 2019, many vintage buildings still remain in Havana and many of the photographer's friends still play and live in such buildings. The buildings may be old and deteriorated, blemished by scars on their walls, with no signs of recent maintenance. Today, as the Castro era wanes, Cuba’s youth have their doubts, dreams and their stories…The country is still a far cry from its heyday, but It is now time to create new memories and new histories while revisiting and reevaluating old ones…1957 is a collection of portraits and stories of Robin Yong's friends in Havana…

3RD PLACE

Breath
MATJAZ KRIVIC

Unmasking one of the biggest threats to mankind. You probably haven't thought about your last breath. It comes as naturally as few things do – breathing is one of life's essential necessities. But while humans have been busy propelling progress, producing and consuming on an unprecedented scale, we have left a dark cloud in the air that we breathe. Air pollution has grown to the point where it takes seven million lives worldwide each year. Half a million in Europe alone and over four million in Asia. Industrial exhaust, personal- and freight transport, agriculture, waste management and household heating are infusing our atmosphere with hard particles, ground layer ozone and other gases that make the air hazardous to our lungs. While an increasing number of people are hiding behind masks to protect themselves from the immediate effects of polluted air, a long-term solution is needed. Fortunately, technological solutions to this pandemic do exist. But there is still a dire need for awareness and commitment to change. Think about your next breath. Think about the breaths of billions being threatened. Think about the mask as a symbol – unmasking one of our biggest threats, by showing individuals shielding themselves from the side effects of our common progress.

TOP 5

91 Year Old Locksmith
GUANGHUI GU

Filmed in Ninghai County, China's Zhejiang Province, the 91-year-old, who runs an old lock repair shop, spends his spare time watching TV and reading, and still leads a colorful and healthy life.

TOP 5

Chez Moi
FEDERICO TISA

The ex MOI was a housing occupation of Turin inside the buildings of the Olympic Village built for the 2006 Winter Games and then abandoned and left unused. Considered the biggest occupation of migrants and asylum seekers in Europe, it has hosted more than 1400 refugees from 28 different countries in Africa. At dawn on July 30, 2019, hundreds of people arrived in that courtyard to direct the last operations of the evacuation plan. The photographer closed his eyes for a moment in that courtyard full of doubts and voices. Of all the words he heard, those of a close friend have hit his heart harder: “I’m on that boat. I’ve never been down. I’m still on that boat.”

TOP 10

Escuela de Circo
MARCO MARCONE

The circus culture always starts very early. This also happens in Cuba, in La Habana, where every afternoon children and young people meet to train and shape body and mind.

TOP 10

Husna, a Young Yazidi Boxer Girl
GIACOMO SINI

Rawanga, home to more than 15000 internally displaced persons, is one of the 25 camps around Dohuk, a northern governorate of Iraqi Kurdistan. Husna, a 17 year-old Yezidi girl and her family have been living there since 2014, when they abandoned their home fleeing from ISIS aggression. Through active participation in ‘Boxing Sisters’ program, she has discovered her talent for this sport. 

TOP 10

The Still Journey of Eritrean Women
CINZIA CANNERI

Every year thousands of Eritreans flee their country where military service is mandatory and of indefinite duration, and there isn’t freedom of expression, association and religion are carried out.  The migration journey, particularly the women’s journey, usually lasts for several years or it stops forever. 

TOP 10

The God Generals
ROSSI FANG

Face painting symbolizes the Town God's-generals of Taiwan's traditional culture.

TOP 10

Jewish Prayers.
WOJCIECH GRABOWSKI

The ultra orthodox Jews come to Lelov, Poland from all over the world to pray before the grave of Tzadik Biederman. For Hasidic Judaism this is the site of yearly pilgrimage. During the annual commemoration of his death, the faithful submit personal requests to the Tzadik.