Powerful portraits and proud pooches highlight the International Photography Awards 2023

International Photography Awards 2023
(Image credit: Horst Kistner)

The International Photography Awards (IPA) has just unveiled this year's winners in the highly anticipated global competition. Now in its twentieth edition, the contest received an overwhelming response with tens of thousands of entries pouring in from across the globe in both the Professional and Non-Professional categories. 

This year's competition showcased an impressive diversity of talent from all corners of the world, with entries spanning a wide array of genres including editorial, landscapes, portraits, wildlife, and abstract photography. The Awards' core values of celebrating creativity, technical excellence, and captivating storytelling shone through in the outstanding quality of the submissions. The winning entries captivated the judges and reflected a true commitment to the art of photography.

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Fine Art Photography winner – Professional (Image credit: Julia Fullerton-Batten)

Judged by a distinguished panel of industry experts who rigorously evaluated the submissions based on technique, composition and narrative, the winners have been selected for their extraordinary contributions to the world of visual storytelling. 

From powerful photos documenting the human impact on the war in Ukraine, to deeply personal projects into the death and disappearance of a friend (Edgar Martins) to more lighthearted, beautifully-lit pet portraits (Horst Kistner) the IPA is all-encompassing. 

Jury member Quentin Nardi, photo editor of Smithsonian Magazine, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "As I was viewing the submissions, I was acutely aware and thrilled by the love and passion that people all over the world have for the photograph as a medium for story-telling. 

"The work that used light and shadow, composition, technical skills, and complex color exploration to make a more sophisticated image – one that would hold my eye and call to me to linger longer – is the image that got my vote."

Where does the tree end and the rest of the world begin? Film / Analog winner – Non-professional  (Image credit: Daniela Balestrin)

The prestigious titles of Photographer of the Year and Discovery of the Year will be awarded during the upcoming Lucie Awards Gala event at Carnegie Hall in New York. The winning photographs will also be showcased at the IPA Annual Best of Show Exhibition at New York's Splashlight Studios, commencing on October 28 during the IPA Winners Weekend. 

This event promises a host of exciting photography activities, presented and attended by prominent figures from the photography industry and photography enthusiasts alike.

As founder Hossein Farmani remarked, visual storytelling has the ability to transcend boundaries and connect all of us – and each of the photographers selected has shown remarkable skill, vision and passion for the art, making them very worthy winners. To see the full gallery, head to the International Photo Awards website

Our War – Film / Analog winner – Professional (Image credit: Edgar Martins)

Ice Fantasy – Nature winner – Professional (Image credit: Barbara and Maciej Noskowski)

Power station (storm) – Architecture winner – Non-professional (Image credit: Steffan Reichardt)

Ukraine's War – Editorial / Press winner – Professional (Image credit: Wolfgang Schwan)

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.