Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Best Pictures: World Photography Awards 2011

Best Pro "Arts and Cultures" Picture
An open-air movie enthralls remote villagers in India's Maharashtra state in this year's winning picture from the "Arts and Culture" category of the World Photography Awards Professional Competition, which were announced in London late last month.
Photographer - Amit Madheshiya

Best Amateur "After Dark" Picture
Hundreds of floating lanterns ascend in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in the winning "After Dark" picture in the World Photography Awards' 2011 Open Competition.
"We believe that it's a symbol of problems and worries floating away," photographer Chumlong Nilkon said of the lanterns in a statement.

Best Pro "Current Affairs" Picture
A young Rohingya refugee in southern Bangladesh stares out from the winning picture in the professional "Current Affairs" category of the World Photography Awards.
Spanish photographer Javier Arcenillas.

Best Pro "Still Life" Series
Remarkably camouflaged leaf insects perch on a plant in a picture from the photo series that won the professional "Still Life" category of the World Photography Awards. The pictures, by photographer Renhui Zhao of Singapore, were taken during a leaf insect competition in Tokyo, during which collectors display prize specimens.


Best Pro "People" Series
"The Hunter" by Argentine professional photographer Alejandro Chaskielberg is one in a series of pictures examining a community living in Argentina's ParanĂ¡ River Delta. Called "High Tide," the collection won the "People" category and garnered its creator L'Iris d'Or ”the World Photography Contest's photographer-of-the-year prize.

Best Pro "Contemporary Issues" Series
A boy walks past the body of an assassinated woman in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The picture is from Spanish photographer Javier Arcenillas's winning Sicarios ("assassins") series, which explores hitman culture in Latin America.
"Young people living in poverty," Arcenillas said in a statement, "are seduced by the ease of earning money" as gunmen.

Best Pro "Landscape" Series
"Landscape" winner Florence Iff photographed artificial indoor displays, such as the one pictured, for her Post-Arcadia series.
The Swiss photographer captured the images at natural history museums, indoor garden shows, zoos, and botanical gardens. According to Iff, the pictures are part of a long-term project on landscape and its representation.

Best Pro "Sport" Series
Two members of Ethiopia's seminomadic Bodi tribe walk away with a victory cup after a traditional New Year's "fat-man competition" in this picture by Pavel Wolberg of Israel.
For three to six months before the contest, many young Bodi men consume only cow blood and milk, which is apparently quite fattening, according to a statement by Wolberg. "On competition day, they arrive to the Bodi King village," he said, "and after the dance they are measured by the elders, who then decide who is the winner and the fattest."


Best Amateur "Nature/Wildlife" Picture
Rearing like tiny horses, ants stretch for food in a photograph by Indonesian Andiyan Lutfi, who took home the prize for best amateur nature or wildlife picture.

Best Pro "Portraiture" Series
A man identified as Bruno reflects after a meal in one of a series of pictures by French photographer Alain Willaume.
The portraits in the series, called The Common Part, all show people beside emptied plates and are intended "to take us to the crossroads between two worlds: the privacy of an intimate ritual and the boundaries of an inner landscape," Willaume said in a statement.