Monovisions Awards 2018

Patrick Desgraupes: Voodoo Spirit

Patrick Desgraupes: Voodoo Spirit

It was in Togo and Benin that Voodoo was born, but from the 17th century, black people enslaved spread Voodoo in America and in the Caribbean. For historians, the immense suffering of slaves deported to America is undoubtedly at the origin of the transformation of Voodoo on the American continent, towards practices more related to witchcraft or Satanism. In the…
Vahid Babaei: The wind will carry us

Vahid Babaei: The wind will carry us

Wind is fertilizer. Wind is offspring of many legends and historical stories. Wind sometimes covers, sometimes naked. Involving human feelings with natural phenomena is full of enjoy for me. Concealing human feelings behind a mask and compelling contact thought, and think about who are they? How they living? and what do they think about? ‘The wind will carry us’ was…
Oscar Alcantara: Conceptual Photocompositions

Oscar Alcantara: Conceptual Photocompositions

Photocompositions based on author’s photos, each one taking care of the quality, the composition and especially the speech, addressing topics of human and daily interest, as well as magical and full of contrast. Website: http://www.oscaralcantara.com.mx/ ‘Conceptual Photocompositions’ was the Black & White Series of the Year Honourable Mention Winner in the MonoVisions Photography Awards 2018. ‘Conceptual Photocompositions’ was the Black…
John Eaton: A Game of Buzkashi

John Eaton: A Game of Buzkashi

Buzkashi is a favorite game of the Tajik people living on the high, dry Pamir plateau, between the Pamir and Karakoram mountains in the Himalayas. It is played on horseback on a vast, ill-defined plain, “the pitch”, to celebrate an important village event — in this case a wedding. The objective is for one of the riders, “the players”, to…
Marco Sadori: A Face Without a Name

Marco Sadori: A Face Without a Name

Telling the story of the Caucasus means telling a rich and at the same time cruel story. A story that has carved the face of the people and has painted their horizons with strong hues with ineffable shades. As I walk through these mountains, I lose myself in the face of an old lady who goes to light a candle…
Emilio Barrionuevo: THE SOUL OF THE IMMIGRANT

Emilio Barrionuevo: THE SOUL OF THE IMMIGRANT

When you are far from your home your life becomes something unknown to you, they remember those happy and sad moments at the same time, bring to light the true essence of what they are. A hard life and sometimes not so easy to follow. In these portraits they give you their love and how they really are. Website: www.emiliobarrionuevo.com…
Wei Tan: Life after being shot by over 100 pellets

Wei Tan: Life after being shot by over 100 pellets

In the summer of 2016, after popular Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani was killed by Indian security forces, Kashmir experienced months of violent protests during which Indian officers used pellet guns – a form of a shotgun that indiscriminately shoot up to 500 small, round iron pellets – to subdue protestors. The guns were first issued in 2010 to the…
Ian Pettigrew: Living Heroes

Ian Pettigrew: Living Heroes

Portrait series of aging veterans from WW2 to Viet Nam. Website: http://www.ianpettigrew.com ‘Living Heroes’ was the Black & White People Series of the Year 3rd place Winner in the MonoVisions Photography Awards 2018. ‘Living Heroes’ was the Black & White People Series of the Year 3rd place Winner in the MonoVisions Photography Awards 2018.
HIROO FUJITANI: THE LYRIC POETRY – A CAT

HIROO FUJITANI: THE LYRIC POETRY – A CAT

I think that a cat is a philosopher or poet though I do not know a great occidental philosopher sometimes. Their behavior passes our understanding. I am interested in their saintly, venal, capricious behavior and cuteness. That’s way, I explore shooting a cat for capturing a moment like with lyric, emotional or an arresting sight of a cat on this…
Stefano Ciol: Rural Graphysms

Stefano Ciol: Rural Graphysms

Lines that cut the landscape of the countryside narrating new perspectives of light and unexpected glimpses. Website: https://www.behance.net/fotociol ‘Grafismi Rurali – Rural Graphysms’ was the Black & White Series of the Year 3rd place Winner in the MonoVisions Photography Awards 2018. ‘Grafismi Rurali – Rural Graphysms’ was the Black & White Series of the Year 3rd place Winner in the…
Patrick Ems: Dancing lights

Patrick Ems: Dancing lights

There are no words to describe how I felt the first time I saw the magical polar lights dancing across the deep black night sky. Humbled and overwhelmed by emotion, I also felt honoured that the elusive hidden beauty had revealed. ”The sight filled the northern sky; the immensity of it was scarcely conceivable. As if from heaven itself, great…
Marzena Kolarz: ABOUT YOURSELF. HYBRIDS.

Marzena Kolarz: ABOUT YOURSELF. HYBRIDS.

“About Yourself. Hybrids” is a self-portrait series that combines two themes into each single image: past and present, fears and expectations, childhood with adulthood, the me with others and the me with herself, me with my love… etc. Series made in wet plate collodion, exactly in ambrotype. Website: www.marzenakolarz.com ‘ABOUT YOURSELF. HYBRIDS.’ was the Black & White Conceptual Series of…
Yoshihiko Wada: The City of Juncture

Yoshihiko Wada: The City of Juncture

“The city of juncture” is focusing on the unique Japanese junctions’ scenery in urban area especially in Tokyo and Osaka. Since those huge structures were built a lot in urban areas with limited space in order to organizing traffic, we have an advantage to see them at very close distance; some of them have very unique intertwined exteriors. That’s why…
Romain Tornay: Ice Design

Romain Tornay: Ice Design

Macro photography of icelandic ice structure. My goal was to make the ice alive. Geometric forms, curves, bubbles and crystals move hours after hours, days after days. Website: www.borealphoto.net ‘Ice Design’ was the Black & White Abstract Series of the Year 3rd place Winner in the MonoVisions Photography Awards 2018. ‘Ice Design’ was the Black & White Abstract Series of…
Romain Tornay: White Road

Romain Tornay: White Road

I made this serie while crossing Iceland from north to south. I did it in April 2008 and April 2009. Is was not possible to cross in 2008 due to the bad weather so I walked the end of the trip the following year. I want to represent whith this serie of pictures how small is the man in this…
Mouhamed Moustapha: The Existence

Mouhamed Moustapha: The Existence

My works are instinctive with an interesting mix of grit and finesse. Borne out of the stress of a corporate life that he formerly led, he tries to capture the hidden beauties and joys of quotidian daily life. Different elements and facets in his pictures convey the obvious, reveal the subtle and on other occasions leave the interpretation to the…
Arun Nangla: The elephant in the room

Arun Nangla: The elephant in the room

Asian Elephant is endangered. There are 350.000 African Elephants in the wild. Asian elephants in the wild is less than 50.000. The deadly threat for Asian Elephants is habitat loss. Forests are shrinking due to human activities like intensive plantation, logging and overgrowing human population. This conflict between human and elephant is a no-win situation. Let’s talk about the elephant…
Olivier Robert : Snow Fences

Olivier Robert : Snow Fences

This series of photographs is part of my ongoing project about the winter in Japan. These snow fences are very typical elements of the Japanese landscapes in the snowy regions. I’ve always been attracted to their presence on the pristine snow and the way they organize the landscapes, playing elegantly with trees like notes on a musical score. Although these…
François Kiéné: Afro Mecanique

François Kiéné: Afro Mecanique

It is an aesthetic work that creates a link between different universes. Mechanical tools and traditional African art. Beyond formal similarity, there is no free gesture in this two universes . The wet collodion process give the pictures an old-fashioned look , as if they are divorced from a specific sense of time. ‘Afro Mecanique’ was the Black & White…
Max Moldau: Moony

Max Moldau: Moony

“Moony” is a series of self-portraits illustrating my fascination by the Moon. It is an homage to Femininity, to passing Time and to all the moons.In the times when new companies emerge, telling us that their mission is to conquer the Moon, unlock its mysteries and resources, i want the Moon being protected from such greed. We need its mysteries.…