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Emotive portraits of tribe people win International Photographer of the Year 2022

The International Portrait Photographer of the Year 2022
Overwall winner of The International Portrait Photographer of the Year 2022 (Image credit: Jatenipat Ketpradit - The International Portrait Photographer of the Year 2022)

The winner of the second International Portrait Photographer of the Year Award 2022 has just been announced. The award invites professional and amateur photographers to submit their favorite portraits to be in with a chance of winning a share of a £10,000 cash pool as well as appearing in the annual awards book.

Thai photographer Jatenipat Ketpradit was awarded the top prize of $3,000 for a series of images documenting people in tribes. Ketpradit puts a great deal of care into getting his know his subjects and ensuring they feel comfortable before taking out his cameras.

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“I always stay with the tribal people at least one week per tribe," he says. "I spent the first 2-3 days finding the location and the direction of sunlight. Some tribes, I return to visit them every year, we just like a family. That is why they can relax and be themselves while I'm shooting a photo.”

The International Portrait Photographer of the Year 2022

Winner of the environmental portrait category (Image credit: Daniel Taveira - The International Portrait Photographer of the Year 2022)

Bristol-based tintype portrait photographer Guy Bellingham won 1st place in the Character Study character for a striking photo of Doug Francisco which features as part of an ongoing series Guy is working on photographing performers. Brazilian photographer Daniel Taveira won the top prize in the Environmental Portrait category for powerful women of tribal women surrounded by smoke wearing an oxygen mask while Karen Waller, an Australian won the Portrait Story category. 

The competition cost $25 per image to submit and each fifth image was free. To be in with a chance of being crowned the overall IPPOTY, a minimum of four images must hve been submitted to demonstrate a high level of skill across multiple photos.

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The International Portrait Photographer of the Year 2022

Winner of the character story category (Image credit: Guy Bellingham - The International Portrait Photographer of the Year 2022)

The International Portrait Photographer of the Year 2022

Winner of the family sitting category (Image credit: Stephanie Lachance - The International Portrait Photographer of the Year 2022)

The International Portrait Photographer of the Year 2022

Winner of the portrait story category (Image credit: Karen Waller - The International Portrait Photographer of the Year 2022)

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Hannah Rooke
Hannah Rooke

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.