Stunning and evocative images celebrated in new global portrait photo contest

Tribal Africans stood on a mound above river
Second place in the Family Sitting category went to Horde of The Suri Tribe. "I took this picture when I was in Ethiopia to visit the Suri tribe who have lived in the Ethio-Sudan border area for many generations," says Thai photographer Jatenipat Ketpradit. "This picture shows the whole family of their clan in their habitat." (Image credit: Jatenipat Ketpradit)

Never heard of the International Portrait Photographer of the Year? Well that's not too surprising. Because 2021 is the inaugural year for this new competition, based in Sydney, Australia and open to photographers around the world. 

The IPPOTY invites both professional and amateur photographers the chance to share in a prize pool of US$10,000 cash, and be among the top 101 images published in an accompanying Awards Book

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Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.