The past 16 months were an unprecedented time in human history: travel was suspended, millions of lives were affected by restrictions, and our views of community changed on a global level. However, this challenging period also gave rise to extraordinary stories, captured by some of the world’s most talented photographers. The 2021 BarTur Photo Awards celebrate these stories: more than 5,000 international photographers submitted their work for this year’s contest – whose categories of ‘Climate Change’, ‘Unity and Diversity’, and the newly added ‘Human Love’ could hardly be more topical.
In addition to the three existing award categories (The Professional Award, The Basecamp Award for Best Student Photographer, and The Chris Wainwright Award for Climate Change) two new categories were added to this year’s edition: the BarTur Award for Faces of Humanity, and the Leica Fotografie International/BarTur Award: Photojournalist of the the Year 2021, for which LFI picture editor Carol Körting joined the jury.
The shortlist for the 2021 Bartur Photo Awards was compiled by a panel of 25 international experts. Here are some of the winning entries:
the Leica Fotografie International/BarTur Award: Photojournalist of the the Year 2021 went to Jim Huylebroek for his reportage ‘How the Taliban Outlasted a Superpower’, and Ashley Gilbertson for ‘Mob incited by President Trump storms Capitol’.
Paulo Nunes dos Santos was chosen as the main winner in the ‘Human Love’ category for his series ‘Home’. The main winner in the category of ‘Climate Change’ is Rodrigo Abd with his series, ‘Mining Amazonia’. Sergei Stroitelev’s series ‘Am I not scared anymore?’ earned him the student prize in the ‘Human Love’ category. The winner of the ‘BarTur Photo Award: Faces of Humanity’ is Tamara Reynolds, who was chosen for her project ‘The Drake’.
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