The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is delighted to announce the winners of the 2024 International Photography Competition. This year’s IPC is the Museum’s most successful to date, with FMoPA receiving an impressive 2,557 photographs submitted by 593 photographers from 59 different countries. Thank you to everyone who submitted this year and all of our judges, and congratulations to all the winners!

This year’s competition is generously sponsored by the Tampa International Airport and Visit Tampa Bay.

 

Best In Competition

Diana Sosnowska, Poland, based in USA

Levitation Act #2

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

Levitation Act #2 is an imaginary vision inspired by the visual and written evidence presented in the medical photography landmark “The Iconographie Photographique de la Salpêtrière” by Paul Regnard and Désiré-Magloire Bourneville and “Magic; Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversions, Including Trick Photography,” an illustrative Victorian book on magic by Albert A. Hopkins. This staged self-portrait confronts the viewer with a narrative that is often associated with both hysteria and magic: the stiff and levitating female body.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Polish photographer Diana Sosnowska is currently an MFA candidate at the University of South Florida, and has a Photography degree from the Robert Gordon University in Scotland. She has won various awards such as the BJP’s Female in Focus and has exhibited throughout Europe and U.S. 

 

Nature/Science/Animals

First Place: Andy Glogower, USA,

Huey Dewey and Louie

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

Huey, Dewey & Louie was taken at the artist’s workplace in Seffner, Florida. “One of my co-workers came to me telling me I had to go with him. We jumped on a Golf cart and went to where we can see these Owls. I immediately called my wife and asked her to bring my camera and 500MM lens. I was able to photograph these adorable Owlets for over a week before they fledged and abandoned their home.”

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Andy Glogower is a nature and wildlife photographer based in Lakeland, Florida.  He was recently awarded the Bronze Medal in Singapore representing Team United States in the 2022 World Photographic Competition. Also named a top 10 Photographer for several years running for FPP-Florida Professional Photographers.

Second Place: Marcello Galleano, Italy,

Reflections in the Night

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

In the dark savannah, a Kenyan impala is drinking in a moonlit pond. The glistening surface perfectly duplicates the elegant creature in a parallel realm below the water borderline, as suspended in an ethereal dimension.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Marcello Galleano, an entrepreneur in the field of nutraceuticals and herbal medicine, has always been a lover of nature and adventure trips. He has visited more than 89 countries worldwide and collaborates with non-profit associations in Africa and South America. Passionate about wildlife photography, he loves to capture the most incredible moments that the various environments offer and share the beauty of the world. 

Third Place: Helga Madajova, Slovakia

Generalissimus Episoda

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

The marvelous Old Kladruber stallion, Generalissimus Episoda shows us his majesty and elegance in a portrait on a simple background of his stable. It stands out with its massive roman nose and its high-energy sight. His fascinatingly rounded roman nose, together with his neck features, typical for baroque stallions, combine the lines of the Golden Ratio. It describes absolute perfection with its curves. This horse is an art.

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

A lifelong love of horses combined with a passion for photography has resulted in a beautiful combination in the form of fine art photographs of exceptional animals, which are works of art in themselves. Hello, I am Helga Madajova and I am an award-winning equine photographer.

People/Portraits

First Place – Marijn Fidder, Netherlands,

Husnah Kukundakwe

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

This image captures Husnah Kukundakwe during an early swim training at the Elite Swim and Gym pool in Kampala, Uganda. She, now 15, was born with a congenital limb impairment that left her with no right lower arm. Husnah is currently the country’s only classified paralympic swimmer. Her first appearance at the World Championships in London was mentioned among the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC’s) Top 10 Moments of 2019.

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Marijn Fidder is a Dutch documentary photographer who focuses on current affairs and contemporary social issues. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Netherlands, CNN Style, NRC Handelsblad, Het Financieele Dagblad, Evangelische Omroep, GUP New Talent, among others. She works for Caritas International, Global Aid Network, EO Metterdaad, Dorcas, and others.

Second Place: Alejandra Lopez Zaballa, Spain,
Real Toys 1
(I dry my hair in the wind_Alejandra_LopezZaballa_10)

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

Real Toys 1 is especially strong because of its aesthetics and how beautifully it shows the atmosphere and space of the caring home. The meaning is essential: it reminds us how easily we can provide simple and creative toys to kids. After all, their strongest toy is their imagination. This image is part of a long term project to give voice to “orphan” children and raise a social problem that as a society we seem to not have resolved quite properly.

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Alejandra is a professional photographer specialized in visual storytelling, people, street and travel photography. Her work has been exhibited on more than thirty occasions in Mexico City, NYC, London, San Francisco, Madrid, Villahermosa, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok and has received international awards. In 2022 she self-published her book “I dry my hair in the wind.”

Third Place: Bongani tshabalala, South Africa,
Montsho

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

Montsho, meaning Black, is a word used in South Africa to make fun of a dark person as a result of their skin tone. This photograph explores emotional effects of childhood teasing, which causes depression in young black children and forces them to have low self-esteem. Montsho opens conversations around the representation of the black body and black lives as a subject matter and challenges the idea that Blackness is homogenous.

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Bongani Tshabalala is a South African artist, born and raised in Welkom, Free State. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Central University of Technology. In 2019 he won the public vote for New Breed Art competition at Oliewenhuis Art Museum. He usually aims his camera at subjects other than himself, working in high focus and sharp contrast, to frame the stories of the black community with artistic agency. 

Places/Landscape

First Place: Heather Crane, USA,
Young Citrus

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

Young orange trees are covered with a mesh bag, or Individual Protective Covers, to protect them from disease carrying insects such as Huanglongbing (HLB) carried by the invasive Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri) (ACP). Ninety percent of orange juice in the U.S. comes from Florida.

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Heather Crane received a Bachelor of Science in Photography from the University of Central Florida. She tries to capture images that will help people to see the world around them in a new light and hopes that her photos will encourage people to learn more about what they see.

Second Place: Renee Lynn, USA,
Desert Blossom

 

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

Desert Blossom is a visual exploration of the intricate and delicate beauty inherent in the desert landscape. The simplicity of the dunes highlight the yucca’s solitude and resilience in the arid environment. The photograph reflects the artist’s deep connection to nature and invites viewers to contemplate the coexistence of strength and fragility in the wilderness.

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Renee Lynn, from Santa Fe, New Mexico, offers a unique exploration of the southwest landscape through artistic photographic processes. Her work has been shown in galleries around the world and she received the category winners for the recent 22nd Julia Margaret Cameron Awards in Abstract, Landscape, and Cell Phone.

Third Place: Emily Neville Fisher, USA,
Sand Sledders

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

This image of the artist’s three children was taken on a stop in White Sands National Park, New Mexico, during a 3-month RV trip they took during the Covid pandemic in 2020. This was one of her favorite days on the trip as the kids played, barefoot and carefree, for hours in the soft gypsum sand and there was not another soul in sight.

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Emily Neville Fisher received her bachelor’s degree in Fine Art at James Madison University, her master’s in Arts Administration from New York University and her certificate for the Track program at the International Center for Photography in NYC. She lives in Westchester, NY, with her husband and three children.

Documentation/Photojournalism

First Place: Mauro De Bettio, Italy,
VENICE OF AFRICA

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

Makoko, the world’s largest floating slum with over 400,000 residents, faces severe challenges without infrastructure and essential services. Situated in Lagos, Africa’s largest economic hub, Makoko’s stilt houses serve as both homes and the sewage system for the city’s 20 million inhabitants. Despite grappling with poverty, limited education, and healthcare disparities, Makoko residents display remarkable unity, collaborating to not only survive but thrive in their challenging environment, fostering a deep sense of belonging. 

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Mauro De Bettio is an accomplished photographer who captures beauty in difficult situations. His work highlights the strength and resilience of humanity through intimate portraits. “I have traveled to remote corners of the world, photographing diverse people who have opened a window on their stories, emotions, and enduring joy.”

Second Place: Alain Schroeder, Belgium,

Brick_Prison

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

Every movement while collecting bricks raises a fine dust cloud that covers workers, transforming them into earth statues and endangering their health. In Bangladesh, the brick industry employs men, women, and children in hazardous conditions. They work 12-18 hours inhaling toxic dust without protective gear, and children as young as 5-6 years old labor for $1 a day. Without education, these children are trapped in exploitation and poverty.

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Belgian photojournalist Alain Schroeder has been working in the industry for over four decades. First as a sports photographer in the 80s and since then, he has traveled the world shooting stories focusing on social issues and people. He has won many international awards including 7 POYI and 3 World Press Photo.

Third Place: Mouneb Taim,
Syrian Arab Republic, based in the Netherlands,
0M6A6896

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

The photograph titled 0M6A6896 (Syria – Idlib, October 6, 2019) captures the resilience of individuals living in war-torn Syria. It illustrates the daily struggle and unwavering hope amid destruction. This image aims to shed light on the human spirit’s strength and the harsh realities faced by those in conflict zones. The young man, Muhammad, also known as the “Peace Player,” performs music for people amidst the destruction, while the sounds of shelling are heard nearby and warplanes roar overhead.

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Mouneb Taim, a photojournalist born in Damascus, has covered social issues since 2014. His internationally-recognized work includes documenting life in Syria under siege. Now based in Europe, Mouneb focuses on global issues, earning accolades and exhibiting his impactful visual storytelling worldwide.

Abstract

First Place: Zsuzsanna Nagy, USA,
In Passing

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

In Passing captures a blurred, impressionistic, and simplified street scene with a vivid color palette. The window (used to create the photo) allows the external world to bleed through in smeared colors and indistinct forms. It reinforces the separation between the subject and the viewer’s perspective while yielding a textured layer. The photograph elevates formal elements like line, shape, and color. The deliberate blurring and abstraction transform an ordinary street scene into a painterly composition.

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Zsuzsanna Nagy is a Hungarian-American artist currently residing in State College, PA. She received her MFA from Pennsylvania State University in 2020. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions across the U.S. She is curator and gallery manager at Penn State’s Woskob Family Gallery in downtown State College, PA.

Second Place: Eden Calle, USA,
Mis illusiones de nenúfar

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

Mis illusiones de nenúfar is a digital photograph of a model using a projector to create an abstract portrait.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Eden Calle is a current junior digital media student at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. As a digital media student, she has taken creative photography, sculpture and currently taking AP 2D. As part of her sustained investigation, she’s working on how the human form can be abstracted in multiple techniques. 

Third Place: Ann Hopta, USA,
Shadows and Lines

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

Shadows and Lines explores the play of light, lines and shadows. It features several horses side by side in the decreasing evening light as dusk approaches.

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Ann Hopta is an amateur photographer that shoots simply for the joy in it. Horses have been a part of her life since childhood and they were her initial subjects to shoot. Upon exploring other genres of photography, she has found she really enjoys the creative and abstract.

Still Life

First Place: Sander Vos, Netherlands, based in the United Kingdom

In Between the Shadows

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

In Between the Shadows invites you to challenge your perception of the familiar. Inspired by cubism, the artist breaks down everyday objects and re-assembles them in a way that challenges our perception. Vos utilizes chiaroscuro to deconstruct the objects. A vase might be bathed in light while its base remains shrouded in darkness. This interplay isn’t just about highlighting form; it’s about fracturing it, transforming ordinary objects into something alien and surreal.

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Sander Vos is a fine art photographer born in The Netherlands, now based in London. Vos sets out to veil as much as to reveal, leaving gaps for the viewer to fill in. Inspired by his background in Design, he embraces light and contrast as devices to carve out his graphic compositions. He was recently announced as Fine Art Photographer of the Year 2023 by the Paris Photo Prize and the reFocus Awards.

Second Place: Katy Otto, Germany,
Golightly

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

Lighthearted ease, nonsensical abundance, and the defiant fickleness of a longing person who doesn’t know why or what he’s longing for. All just seems lost. The decadence, the luxury (adorned with borrowed plumes), the (extra) loud laughter – behind all this the longing – have faded away in the hungover light of the past party night of a “Holly Golightly” á la “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Katy Otto completed her professional training as a photographer in Freiburg in 1998. This was followed by assistantships with photographers in Berlin. Since 2003, she has been working as a freelance photographer in Berlin and has been producing artistic still lifes in connection with set design since 2021. 

Third Place: Dina Belenko, USA,
Other side of the sea (Little Tokyo) 

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

Other Side of the Sea pairs fragile artifacts from the artist’s Russian homeland with resilient natural finds from Los Angeles. This project reflects on displacement, contrasting broken cups Belenko brought with her against vibrant botanicals like magnolia cones and ginkgo leaves found locally. It explores adaptation and resilience, illustrating how artifacts from home and natural elements from a new land narrate the journey of forging life in unfamiliar territories.

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Dina Belenko is a still life photographer from Russia, now based in Los Angeles. Her work focuses on the expressive potential of everyday objects, exploring themes of memory, human presence, immigration, and homesickness. Her current projects use objects from her homeland to delve deeper into these complex emotions.

Conceptual

First Place: Diana Sosnowska,

Poland, based in the USA

Levitation Act #2

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

Levitation Act #2 is an imaginary vision inspired by the visual and written evidence presented in the medical photography landmark “The Iconographie Photographique de la Salpêtrière” by Paul Regnard and Désiré-Magloire Bourneville and “Magic; Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversions, Including Trick Photography,” an illustrative Victorian book on magic by Albert A. Hopkins. This staged self-portrait confronts the viewer with a narrative that is often associated with both hysteria and magic: the stiff and levitating female body.

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Polish photographer Diana Sosnowska is currently an MFA candidate at the University of South Florida, and has a Photography degree from the Robert Gordon University in Scotland. She has won various awards such as the BJP’s Female in Focus and has exhibited throughout Europe and U.S. 

Second Place: Alena Grom, Ukraine,
Diana

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

Stolen Spring is a stolen life. Each photograph is a personal tragedy, but it is also a life-affirming story of a survivor. This image is from a series of photographs in historical dialogue with images by Polish photographer Michael Nash, who used his own decorative backdrop to mask Poland’s World War II ruins while shooting a portrait of a woman in 1946.

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Ukrainian artist and documentary photographer Alena Grom was born in Donetsk. In April 2014 she was forced to leave her hometown due to military events in Eastern Ukraine. Since 2017 she has lived in Bucha, a town outside of Kyiv. In February 2022, Grom and her family became refugees for the second time, but returned after the de-occupation of Bucha. Her lens captures victims of war, migrants and refugees. Life in spite of everything is one of the main themes of the artist.

Third Place: Victoria Ruiz,

Venezuela, based in United Kingdom,

MIS FLORES PARA TU ALTAR (My Flowers for Your Altar)

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

The Afro-diasporic symbols of Latin America have historically served as sites of cultural resistance and adaptation, blending African spiritual traditions with indigenous and colonial influences. Within these frameworks, there is a complex relationship with the natural world, viewing it as sacred and imbued with spiritual significance. Flowers are used as offerings to the Orishas and spiritual entities. Inspired by the artist’s altar, this practice is related to the connection with nature and spiritual renewal.

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Victoria Ruiz is a Venezuelan multidisciplinary artist working through an array of mediums to challenge and question the status quo. Her creative journey was sparked by her strong belief in activism and interest in the carnivalesque. By handcrafting wearable sculptures, she incorporates these diverse elements and tells narratives through powerful imagery.

Honorable Mention: Asafe Ghalib, Brazil,

Queer Immigrants

IMAGE DESCRIPTION

Queer Immigrants is an ongoing project, which aims to capture moments of people within a historical context to bring awareness to the long-resisting and historically misrepresented Queer community. This series is an act of both confrontation and pride. It is a collective effort to reshape the narrative surrounding a community and challenge the misconceptions that have perpetuated its misrepresentation.

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Ghalib is an artist born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has been based in London since 2013. As a self-taught artist, Asafe’s work embraces rebellion in order to reclaim their identity and history. They are best known for their imagery that challenges dominant ideas around LGBTQIA+ people in the United Kingdom.