IWPA extends its heartfelt thanks to all 1900 photographers who have submitted their amazing images from 117 countries around the globe. Our sincere thanks also go to our esteemed jury for their unwavering commitment in selecting the best talents of the IWPA Award 2023.
We applaud the extraordinary talent showcased in this year’s submissions and extend our warmest congratulations to the Laureates and Finalists of the Professional and Emerging Category, along with the IWPA Special Mention in this remarkable 7th edition.
Your outstanding work not only captivates but also inspires, reaffirming the power of visual storytelling in shaping narratives and driving positive change. We are immensely proud to celebrate the creativity and vision demonstrated by photographers from around the globe in this prestigious competition.
Cheers to each artist for their remarkable work!
Laureate: Lee-Ann OLWAGE with « The Right to Play »
- Luisa DÖRR with « Imilla »
- Louise AMELIE with « Missing Member »
- Rayito FLORES PELCASTRE with « Chirping of Crickets »
- Alena GROM with « Stolen Spring »
Laureate: Sara BENNETT with « Looking Inside : Portraits of Women Serving Life Sentences »
Finalist : Natalia GARBU with « Moldova Lookbook »
IWPA Special Mention
Lorraine TURCI with « The Resilience of the Crow »
Congratulations also to our finalists
Recognizing Excellence : We Congratulate All Preselected Talents
Olufunmilayo Oladipo Werre – Spirits explore the world
Huahua Jia – Neighbors
Mahsa Jarchi – Haven
Yuwei Mao – Living
Eszter Halasi – The Last Travellers
Anastasiia Didenko – Don’t play with food
Irina Tavčar – A-normality
Lisandra Alvarez Valdés – Documento de una niña adulta
Yuki Furusawa – A Truly Normal Family
Khadija Al Maamari – Extinction
Eliane Band – Live and Die in Smoke
Mo Zhou – The Figue Tree
Ana Puit Juste – Victory belongs to the Girls
Mina Rabiee Faradonbeh – Ayyame Fatemiye (Fatemiye Days)
Grace Pui Wan Ho – The Decline of Chinese Opera in Malaysia
Rumela De – Sultana – The born blind Girl
Hotmaria Siregar – Lisa, a Silverbusker
Eloina Viveros – Carnaval Almolonga
Paules Maya – Solastaligia
María Ximena Borrazas Cataldo – The Hidden Genocide
Camille Michel – Inughuit : Sentinels of the Arctic
Jiyeon Lee – Combings : We are the granddaughters of all witches you could not burn !
Ana Amado – Lavadoiro
Silvia Alessi – Hair Revolt
Corina Gertz – Averted Portrait
Pola Rader – Monotown
Sitara Thalia Ambrosio – Fragile as Glass : LGBTQ+ People in the Russian invasion against Ukraine.
Natthaya Thaidecha – As she calls her breath back
Magda Gibelli – Ballet without Barriers
Serena Dzenis – 2021 ± II: Utopia Broadcasting
Celina Lovera – Tamers of Parana.
Corinne Vachon – Kyrgyz : The Celestial People
Vanessa Vettorello – Fixing You
Anna Franciska Legát – Different, still the same
Christina Simons – Uncertain Land : Climate change and the plight of the internally displaced population of South Sudan
Stanislava Novgorodtseva – Ruska Roma
Michela Balboni – We called it banana
Maud Delaflotte – Memorial Ride Sioux Dakota
Karine Pierre – The Deep Play
Dima Assad – Huda
Mahka Eslami – Tales of Women at Sea
Chiara Fabbro – Take me Home
Luisa Lauxen Dörr – Imilia
Anne-Francoise Tasnier – Kibera, the power of the ghetto
Cassandra Klos – Mars on Earth
Nayeli Cruz – El hambre en Guatemala
Ros Postigo – Artisanal fishing in Tambo de Mora
Wendy Marijnissen – Always the Guest
Khatia Nikabadze – Georgian Azerbaijanis and the Spring Jubilee
Ophélie Giralt – Sagnir
Aurélie Scouarnec – Ferae
Morgana Vargas Llosa – The burden of gold in Madre de Dios, Peru
Bettina Flitner – The Village of the Witches
Lujza Hevesi-Szabó – Hidden in the dirt
Shaghayegh Shayankhah – Hidden Dream
Kitra Cahana – Caravana Migrante
Sylvie Léget – Giving Birth in Exil
Nava Jamshidi Goharrizi – Lost Live
Margaret Albaugh – Meimei Jiejie
Olga Papina – One day in the life of Nadezha Yakovlevna.
Fatma Fahmy – The Lost Lake
Rehab Eldalil – The Longing of the Stranger whose path has been broken
Elke Scholier – Slay by Slay
The Selection Process
Entries were judged on creativity, originality, emotion conveyed, technical skill and compelling visual storytelling.
The talent and passion for photography was truly impressive, making the shortlisting process both inspiring and challenging. The diversity of the stories and the global coverage in terms of the photographers’ backgrounds far exceeded our expectations.
After the close of submissions, our international jury of distinguished individuals reviewed all preselected entries. We extend our sincere gratitude to them for their time and dedication in selecting the winners of the IWPA Award 2023.