7th Edition (2023)

7th Edition (2023)

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!

The Results

Professional Category

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 »

Emerging Category

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 »

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.

The Jury

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.

View details about our jury