Here are the stunning winning photos of the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2023. It is our pleasure to present the winners, jurors’ picks, and finalists of the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2023, showcasing the incredible talent that emerged in the realm of portrait photography this year.
The collection you are about to explore encapsulates the finest and most innovative work from diverse corners of the globe. These photographers have skillfully captured the human spirit, weaving compelling narratives through their lenses. Their dedication to the craft is evident, as they have created a rich tapestry of visual stories that resonate deeply with viewers.
Each image invites you into a unique world, where emotions, cultures, and identities converge, offering a profound glimpse into the myriad facets of the human experience. Prepare to be captivated by these extraordinary portraits, a testament to the power of photography to transcend boundaries and connect us all.
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#1 Series Winner: 1st Place – South of the River by Nico Froehlich
#2 Series Winner: 2nd Place – Village by Troy Williams
#3 Series Winner: 3rd Place – Mido by Julie Joubert
#4 Single Image Winner: 1st Place – Perspective by Nanda Hagenaars
#5 Single Image Winner: 2nd Place – Beck Brothers by Joe Smith
Beck Brothers. Following the death of their father in 1945, Alfred and Paul Beck took over the family printing business at the ages of 17 and 14 respectively. Both brothers contributed actively to the running of the company making it one of the finest offset printing concerns on the island of Malta.
#6 Single Image Winner: 3rd Place – Brothers, South Africa by Romy Maxime
“I enjoyed the range of submissions in terms of geographic location, style, perspective, and subjects. I was particularly drawn to the series category and loved seeing the depth of entries. It can be a challenge to jury awards with such a wide range of styles, but I love having the larger discussion with the full jury panel, and it’s always interesting to understand why others are drawn to specific images that I may have overlooked.” – Samantha Cooper, Wired Magazine
#7 Jurors’ Picks: Kids by Toby Binder
#8 Jurors’ Picks: Father and Son by Valery Poshtarov
#9 Jurors’ Picks: Mincéirs (Irish Travellers) by Joseph-Philippe Bevillard
Charlotte, Tipperary, Ireland 2019. Charlotte’s father is an Irish Traveller and her mother is a settled Irish person. Her parents and her three other siblings lives in a two-berth caravan on the side of the road with no running water, electricity or proper sewage.
#10 Jurors’ Picks: The stupid idea of never seeing you again by Israel Fuguemann
The Hug — Lyudmila and Nicolai. Lyudmila is 75 years old and Nikolai is 83 years old. This couple who melt into a hug, have been married for fifty-two years and lived in Odessa before the war. They left to escape the explosions and gunfire in their city. His nephew died from a lethal projectile. That totally affected them, but they hope that the war will end soon so that they can return to Ukraine, their home of a lifetime.
#11 Jurors’ Picks: Pillar to Post by Sam Wright
#12 Jurors’ Picks: Apparent Close-up by Cathy Cone
#13 Jurors’ Picks: The Sun As It Rips Away by Sarah Blesener
#14 Jurors’ Picks: Carol by Jessica Eve Rattner
#15 Finalist: You Are My Mother by Angelika Kollin
#16 Finalist: Village Queens / Trachtenfrauen by Eric Schuett
Emma Krahl (1932-2022) in her Sunday dress for church, Schleife Area, Lausitz, Germany 2010. From the series: Village Queens. Trachtenfrauen. German women in their traditional peasant garbs. When I asked Mrs. Krahl to put on her Sunday costume, she wasn’t that excited. She thought about the hay on the field—a storm was coming up, and the hay had to be prepared for the tractor before it hit. There I was, a strange photographer, asking to see her in her traditional festive clothes. Nevertheless, she left the field and changed quickly. I took the picture as she sat at her kitchen table, thinking about the hay and the storm fast approaching. So I had to be quick, too.
#17 Finalist: Soeurs / Sisters by Johannes Schembs
#18 Finalist: Generations by Rebecca Moseman
#19 Finalist: Lyudmila by Alena Grom
#20 Finalist: Darhad Valley Nomadic Family, Mongolia by Jun Hwan Sung
Darhad Valley Nomadic Family, Mongolia. Mongolian nomads start moving for survival with their livestock every October. A difficult and arduous journey begins. I met a nomadic family on a winter migration on the road. The mother drove the cattle and left first, and the two daughters were traveling in the car with their father. Father and daughters moved for seven days. They looked very tired because they hadn’t washed or eaten properly. In their appearance, I could see a family dreaming of happiness, raising livestock in better pastures, and hoping that nomadic lives would be economically happier.