Monovisions Awards 2017

David Wrangborg: Traversing Tranquility

David Wrangborg: Traversing Tranquility

Svalbard is a remarkable place for wilderness adventure. Springtime ski touring on the glacier plateaus is a personal favorite. This series is meant to capture some of the grandeur and tranquility experienced during a June visit. Untouched snow surfaces, nunataks raising to the sky and silence. David Wrangborg is a master of Engineering Physics with a passion for nature, conservation,…
Pilar García Merino: Imbalances

Pilar García Merino: Imbalances

In Imbalances Pilar García Merino explores the psychological dimension of the human being and penetrates into concepts as the fear, the loneliness and the distress. The images show a tragic vision of the vital experience and are loaded with symbolism about the human life and reflective positions on existence. Pilar García Merino uses photography to build realities and create environments…
Craig Colvin: Barcoded

Craig Colvin: Barcoded

Craig Colvin is an award-winning photographer and educator based in San Jose, CA. Craig uses photography to share the visions that are in his mind and is happiest when his finger is on the shutter button. His primary focus is using the human body as art. This is expressed in many forms; abstracting the body and concentrating on patterns, shapes,…
Clayton Bastiani: The Alternative Light Project

Clayton Bastiani: The Alternative Light Project

These pictures form part of an ongoing project exploring nude photography whereby the model is lit with alternative light sources – torches and lighting easily found in hardware stores. Rather than establish how the lighting will be beforehand, the lights are often given to the model to hold and move themselves. Through a mix of direction and collaboration we establish…
Dale M Reid: Dejeuner

Dale M Reid: Dejeuner

The oyster mushroom captured my imagination because of their bizarre shapes, alien textures and intricate detail. To create the best images, my preference is the brown and pink color varieties; however, with creativity, I am able to capture unique images with blue and grey color varieties. To compose the image, I experiment with the position of the mushroom cluster. The…
Robin Yong: Flowers of Ethiopia

Robin Yong: Flowers of Ethiopia

The Surma tribe of the Omo Valley, Ethiopia…a place where mankind probably began. The children and teens appear innocent and beautiful, with their ornate body paint work and exotic head decorations made of flowers. The place appears peaceful and untouched, but in reality, life here is harsh with the tribespeople at frequent wars with neighbouring tribes over cattle grazing rights.…
Emil Gataullin: Moscow

Emil Gataullin: Moscow

Emil Gataullin, born in 1972, is a Russian photographer, based in Korolyov, Moscow Region, Russia. In 1999 he graduated from Moscow Surikov Institute of Art, majoring in monumental painting. He studied photography with one of the leading Russian photography ideologists and authors, Alexander Lapin, from 2003 to 2004. In 2005 Emil joined The Russian Union of Art Photographers. In 2016…
Livio Moiana: Shapes (of freedom)

Livio Moiana: Shapes (of freedom)

“Shapes (of freedom)” is a serie of black and white images where the human body is the source of inspiration to create and express feelings everyone is free to interpret. All photographs are untitled and no caption is provided. Portrayed people in Livio’s photographs don’t show their visages. The real protagonist of this collection of photographs is the human body:…
Meghna Shirish Iyer: Nine

Meghna Shirish Iyer: Nine

The idea of documenting ‘Birth’ existed in my mind for over a year. The ‘why’ of this project is the apparent ignorance and the subsequent fascination that comes with it. The fact that I haven’t seen a childbirth in person made me extremely curious. Research on this revealed a lot of beautified images and none of the stark reality of…
Marc Boily: Iona Collection

Marc Boily: Iona Collection

IONA Beach park is an exquisite piece of land located right next to the Airport in Vancouver BC Canada. It has dazzling landscape and because the lower mainland area is already crowded with majestic beaches right in the heart of the city. Most city folks looking to spend a day on the beach tend to favor the city shores as…
Kim Høltermand: Frederiksvej Kindergarten

Kim Høltermand: Frederiksvej Kindergarten

Frederiksvej Kindergarten, a project by Danish studio COBE, is highly focused on details, giving the viewer a slow peek at the materials it was made of. This simplicity, combined with the rawness of black and white, corresponds with the project’s main idea – the roof line was built as if the child would draw it, reminiscent of a sketch. Kim…
Olivier Robert: Lakes, from Léman to Biwa

Olivier Robert: Lakes, from Léman to Biwa

This work started on the shores of the Lake Geneva in Switzerland and in France, as I arrived in this region in 1995 and where I still live. My approach consists in using the ‘unintentional aesthetic’ of the man-made objects or structures left alongside the lakes to reveal a personal appreciation of the way these objects and the landscapes answer…
Olga Volodina: Metamorphosis. Black Butterfly

Olga Volodina: Metamorphosis. Black Butterfly

This photo series use symbolism to represent: fragile human consciousness influenced by mass media, hypocrisy of the modern society and an average human, who is forced by the system to spend a precious lifetime either on basic survival needs or excessive consumption. Black and white colors are used to emphasize the edge between good and evil, that humanity is balancing…
Antonio Peinado: Zodiac

Antonio Peinado: Zodiac

This series is a journey through the Zodiac signs, using the female body as a canvas to reflect upon the duality of human nature. Zodiac is a series of works, which were inspired by the myths and gods of the ancient Sumerian civilization which, thanks to the ancient Greeks, are known today as the Zodiac. Although it is subject to…
Paolo Lazzarotti: Poseido Rough Voice

Paolo Lazzarotti: Poseido Rough Voice

Paolo Lazzarotti, he’s 43 and he’s lucky enough to live in a small village very close to some of the finest Italian places like Cinque Terre National Park, Gulf of the Poets, Tuscan countryside and a wild coast line where he took some of his finest and awarded sea shots. He moved his very first steps in Photography when he…
Pietro Baroni: J’ai plus de souvenirs que si j’avais mille ans

Pietro Baroni: J’ai plus de souvenirs que si j’avais mille ans

“I have more memories than if I’d lived a thousand years” wrote Baudelaire. We all have unmentionable, unspeakable thoughts that we ourselves fear. We all have worries and anxieties we want to hide from the others’ sight. Or that we wish they could be seen, to be rescued. These thoughts are so deep and intimate that are not visible to…
Emil Gataullin: Towards the Horizon

Emil Gataullin: Towards the Horizon

This project developed as I visited small suburban towns and villages of Russia. It shows the lives of people, their relationships with each other and the places they live. I take photographs of province places during the several years now. This is my main topic, I would say. I live close to Moscow, but take every single opportunity to go…
Sadegh Souri: Waiting Girls

Sadegh Souri: Waiting Girls

In Iran, death penalty is given to the children for the crimes such as murder, drug trafficking, and armed robbery. According to the Islamic Penal Law, the age when girls are held accountable for their crimes is 9 years old, while the international conventions have banned the death penalty for individuals under 18. Pursuant to the passing of new laws…
Melissa Amber and Ashley Nicole: Woman + Wolf

Melissa Amber and Ashley Nicole: Woman + Wolf

Reclaiming her power within, Woman + Wolf is the exploration into the wild woman archetype, a deep-rooted connection to self, spirit, nature and a woman’s innate wildness: the female psyche mirrored within the wolf. Unfolding, is the unshaken, empowered origins of a woman’s intuition and sacred feral truth. More than connecting archetypes this series reveals a relation into wholeness, connecting…
Anup Shah: The Mara

Anup Shah: The Mara

It was one Sunday morning, a few years ago on the open plains of Mara, that the idea for the body of work in my latest book, ‘The Mara’, was born. I was in the midst of elephants and within touching distance of a couple of them. I felt a primeval sense of being, a connection to a distant past.…