The Gear That Shot The Superb 2023 All About Photograph Awards

All About Photograph Awards – The Thoughts’s Eye is a world pictures contest that’s in its eighth yr now. For an opportunity on the coveted title of “Photographer of the 12 months,” a complete of 39 photographers had been shortlisted, who got here from 18 completely different international locations. 5 of those had been chosen to win money prizes totaling USD 10,000. All 39 can be featured within the winner’s gallery on-line and within the printed concern of AAP Journal Particular Version All About Photograph Awards 2023. We check out among the winners and what gear they used to get their profitable entries.

A Word from the Editor in Chief

Earlier than we go on, we’d like to notice just a few issues. First off, there are 4 main elements to {a photograph}: second, topic, gear, and the photographer. Successful pictures, like these from the All About Photograph Awards, sometimes occur when there’s a full concord of all of them. Some photographers wish to say that gear doesn’t matter just because they don’t need folks to get hung up on it and as an alternative to deliver the dialog again to themselves. However the reality is that gear does matter. None of those pictures may’ve essentially been caught with a big format tintype digital camera until you had hundreds of additional {dollars} in lighting. Actually, not one of the winners of the All About Photograph Awards have used analog strategies from what we perceive.

Nonetheless, the photographer’s potential to be within the second and perceive what’s occurring can be paramount. The human component is one thing that photographers nonetheless perceive, and that’s not essentially understood by AI simply but. And in contrast to the Sony World Photograph Awards, not one of the winners of the All About Photograph Awards have used AI that we’ve been capable of collect a minimum of. With that stated, it’s an enchanting query to ponder whether or not or not these moments might be recreated with an AI picture era platform. They are saying {that a} image is price 1,000 phrases. And contemplating that the employees and I right here often write effectively over 1,000 phrases a day, we surprise how many individuals would actually wish to do the identical factor.

On prime of all that is the subject material that’s in entrance of you. It sometimes is precisely as how it’s. For those who’re photographing a portrait topic, you in all probability have put a whole lot of work into coordinating wardrobes, lighting, and so forth. For those who haven’t, then the opposite components that make a terrific {photograph} would possibly have to work tougher. The winners of the All About Photograph Awards appear to grasp this. The subject material is extremely numerous, and the views offered are all uniquely human.

Lastly, there’s the significance of the second. A number of photographers as of late attempt to shoot at 20 frames a second on a regular basis in hope that they’re simply going to seize the second. However they’re not often in tune with what’s occurring. Being one with the second isn’t essentially a talent — nevertheless it’s an concept that we have to open ourselves as much as. We’re often all pulled away and distracted by our telephones and different issues occurring. Nonetheless, being current is one thing that photographers must have always to get photographs like what these gifted people have produced. The winners of the All About Photograph Awards really appear to grasp this.

Extra importantly, I want that this was taught extra inside the pictures world and that fashionable photographers put extra emphasis on this than gear. Gear can turn out to be monotonous, however moments are genuinely all the time recent.

The High 5 2023 All About Photograph Awards Winners

With out additional adieu, right here’s the record!

Photographer of the 12 months 2023, Priyo WidiyantO (Indonesia)

2023 All About Photograph Awards Winner
The Successful Shoot
On September ninth, 2022, the Indonesian Nationwide Wheelchair Basketball Group had been working towards for the paralympic basketball competitors at Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. Their spirit echoed by the sector, making a wild environment among the many followers. They competed impressively, like The Avengers.
Regardless of their bodily limitations, they fought method higher than some wholesome folks.
Social Media: IG @priyowiddi_9_official

As somebody who’s accomplished skilled sports activities pictures for a few years, this picture strikes a private chord with me. The strain of the second itself is what would have gained this {photograph} the highest prize at 2023 All About Photograph Awards. There’s drama, pleasure, and an enormous query mark about what occurred subsequent. Priyo actually nailed it with this {photograph} which gained him USD 5000 and the title of All About Photograph Photographer of the 12 months 2023.

Gear Used: Canon EOS R, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens

2nd Place Winner, Haikun Liang (China)

2023 All About Photograph Awards 2nd place winner
Destroy Collectively
The Spring Competition is a serious conventional competition amongst Chinese language folks, amongst which the lion is named a mascot for celebrating good luck and driving away demons and evil spirits in the course of the competition. In Deqing County, Zhaoqing Metropolis, China, it’s stated that there was already a folks customized of “frying lions” in the course of the Spring Competition within the Music Dynasty. On the fifteenth day of the primary lunar month, everybody took turns lighting firecrackers and throwing “lions” till the lions had been blown to items, symbolizing the drive away evil and praying for peace in all seasons and a bountiful harvest.

By no means having burst a firecracker at arm’s size, this picture appears ever so barely terrifying to me. However the great thing about it’s that this amazingly captured nonetheless {photograph} makes me really feel like I’m proper within the scene. And simply wanting on the photograph fills my thoughts’s ears with loud bursts of sounds. Haikun additionally takes residence USD 2000 for profitable 2nd place.

Gear Used: Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens

third Place Winner, Raul Cacho Oses (Spain)

2023 All About Photograph Awards third place winner Winner
Tbourida, the ultimate run.
Tbourida, also referred to as Fantasia, is a standard equestrian efficiency that originated in Morocco. It’s a spectacular and colourful show of horsemanship that’s typically carried out throughout festivals and particular events. Traditionally, Tbourida was a show of the navy prowess of the Berber cavalry. It was carried out earlier than battles to intimidate and demoralize the enemy. The riders would cost in the direction of the enemy traces whereas firing their rifles and screaming conflict cries. Over time, Tbourida advanced from a navy show to a cultural efficiency. Right now, it’s carried out throughout festivals, weddings, and different particular events as a option to rejoice Moroccan tradition and custom. Tbourida remains to be intently related to the Berber folks, who proceed to keep up and protect their equestrian traditions. Nonetheless, it has additionally turn out to be a well-liked cultural custom all through Morocco, with performances being held in cities and cities throughout the nation. The image belongs to the ultimate of the annual competitors and was taken within the Fantasia competition in El Jadida, Morocco.

Nearly painterly in some methods, the third place-winning picture of the All About Photograph Awards depicts the vivid Moroccan Tbourida equestrian efficiency. On this age the place many cultural traditions appear to be dying out, it’s good to see some international locations nonetheless working towards such arts. Raul captures this custom at its easiest and nabbed himself USD 1500 for his photograph.

Gear Used: Fujifilm X-T2, FUJIFILM XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens

4th Place Winner, Andrea Bettancini (Italy)

Stone City (Zanzibar, Tanzania) and Port of Trieste (Italy)
12 months: 2019
The phenomenon of sea migration from the North African coasts to Europe unites
a mess of determined folks fleeing from wars and starvation. This historic
occasion is destined to mark our period and is without doubt one of the most important causes for debate and
battle amongst European states.
To flee from the “pietistic” narrative that surrounds the day by day information of shipwrecks
and deaths at sea, I made a decision to suggest my very own extra “ironic” studying of the info,
which isn’t meant to be a underestimation or “diminishment” of those tragedies,
however a unique method of emphasizing them.
The picture I current is a composition of two of my images from 2019, wherein
I relate a cruise ship departing from the port of Trieste to African kids enjoying
and diving into the ocean from the port of Stone City (Zanzibar). What seems is the
try of the youngsters to achieve this luxury ship by crusing in the direction of a hope for a
higher life, which for many of them won’t change into true.

You won’t be capable to inform it at first look, however it is a composite of two separate pictures taken by Andrea in two completely different international locations. The picture portraying an try at a greater life wins him USD 1000.

Gear Used: No digital camera or lens data

fifth Place Winner, Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz (Spain)

Diver and Guggenheim
The Czech diver, Navratil, makes an exquisite leap in Bilbao’s sky with the Guggenheim Museum showcased within the background, in the course of the Pink Bull Cliff Diving World Sequence.
The fantastic thing about the execution of the leap contrasts with the whimsical types of the Museum. It appears to be suspended within the sky.

Taken with a Nikon D90 DSLR that was launched practically 15 years in the past, Pedro proves you could take an award-winning picture even for those who don’t have the most recent, best digital camera in your possession. With simply 4.5 fps to work with, he’s bought his timing good on this photograph.

Gear Used: Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G lens

Advantage Winners of The 2023 All About Photograph Awards

Right here’s an inventory of some unimaginable photographers on the Advantage record of the All About Photograph Awards.

Tony Legislation (Australia)

Rodeo may be very harmful sport. This younger cowboy was driving a robust cow, which bucked erratically and shortly threw him to the bottom. The fortunate cowboy shortly prevented the airborne cow earlier than it fell closely.

Gear Used: Sony a7r III, No Lens Data

Maria Bratan (Rep. of Moldova)

Previous – current of Gagauzia.
The aim of this capturing is to indicate the previous and current of my individuals who reside in Moldova – ATU Gagauzia. In any case, “With out the previous, there isn’t a current.”
The capturing was carried out within the fall of 2022. Within the photograph, younger women within the nationwide costumes of the folks of Gagauzia, which had been worn prior to now by our grandmothers, moms and women of that point. And the horse-drawn wagon was within the image fairly by chance. Throughout filming, a pair drove by on a cart; they had been going to a different city. In lots of rural areas, folks use the horse and cart for transportation and farming.
In any case, every nation has its personal nationwide costumes, which may characterize the standing and marital standing of its mistress. Due to this fact, preserving the traditional nationwide costumes, we maintain the reminiscence and honor the traditions of the folks. And by dressing fashionable youth in historic Gagauz garments, we protect our historical past.

Gear Used: Sony a7 III, Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM lens

Deba Prasad Roy (Bangladesh)

The {photograph} was taken throughout a Muslim competition close to Dhaka, Bangladesh. Electrification of Bangladesh Railway is but to be accomplished, so folks dare to journey on the roof of the prepare. They’re truly journey freed from price and are habituate travellers taking a little bit of danger. The person in entrance of my {photograph} is wanting if there’s any empty place on the roof that he could climb the roof and sit.

Gear Used: Canon EOS 77D, Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens

Mitchell Anolik (USA)


Gear Used: Olympus EM-5, Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ Lens

Laurie Freitag (USA)

Title: Charley
Sequence Title: The Misplaced Years
That is Charley. He lives within the hills beneath the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. His playmates are a 5-year-old boy and a 10-year-old lady. Throughout Covid the household had been all fortunate sufficient to have moved to a brand new home with a number of room exterior to play. The boy likes to hold from a swing (that hangs from a tree) and Charley chases the boy backwards and forwards…wishing he too may dangle from a swing!
That is a part of my collection, ‘The Misplaced Years’ which addresses the years that almost all adults can not bear in mind earlier than the age of 7-years-old.

Gear Used: iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Professional Max again triple digital camera 1.54mm f2.4 lens

Supratim Bhattacharjee (India)

August 18, 2020: A lady, standing earlier than her tea store, which is totally ruined by sea water in Namkhana Island. After Cyclone Aila struck the Sundarbans in 2009, it turned clear that frequent cyclonic occasions will flip the residents of Sundarbans into local weather refugees. Inside Might 5, 2019 – Might 25, 2021, Sundarbans confronted cyclones- Fani, Bulbul, Amphan & Yaas – every devastating sufficient to justify the worry of mass displacement. In Indian Sundarbans, 54 of the 104 island help a human inhabitants of about 4.5 million. Intensive deforestation & an enormous a part of mangroves getting submerged has left little bushes to protect the soil from excessive tides & heavy rains, elevated soil erosion & decreased effectivity to stop world warming & block cyclones leading to enormous destruction from Aila, Yaas & Amphaan. COVID-19-lockdown has left locals unemployed with no revenue. With time, ‘Sundarbans is destined to be the sector of the biggest outward migration of people in historical past.

Gear Used: Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens

Muhammad Amdad Hossain (Bangladesh)

Fatigue sleep on the boats
Many homeless folks’s in Dhaka, Bangladesh have misplaced their houses and properties as a consequence of frequent floods, river erosion, and different pure calamities. They had been pressured emigrate to town in the hunt for a greater future. These folks haven’t any place to take shelter in huge cities. Their day begins in boats and ends in roads to nowhere. The boat’s is a flower mattress for these refugees who virtually do not need any identification. They reside by working as road hawkers, boatsman and so forth.

Gear Used: Dji Mavic Air 2, Dji 24.0 mm f/2.8 lens

Susanne Middelberg (Netherlands)

Title of the picture: Susanne
Title of the collection: Daylight
After I meet individuals who contact and encourage me me in a method I wish to present the issues they contact in me.  I specifically turn out to be enthousiast after I see extra layers of their persona on the similar time. I discovered it very thrilling to attempt to seize this in my portraits.
In my portraits I’m on the lookout for honesty and vulnerability. I imagine that vulnerability makes us nicer human beings  and that this makes the world just a little extra pleasant and extra understanding. Individuals who present themselves susceptible give the opposite the arrogance that they themselves could also be who they’re.
My portraits are distinguished by having, on the one hand, the stylizedness of a studio portrait; on the opposite, they’ve the roughness and authenticity of a social documentary portrait.

Gear Used: Fujifilm GFX100s, FUJIFILM GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR Lens

Tariq Zaidi (United Kingdom)

A lady steps rigorously over fish on the bottom within the Hamar Weyne fish market in Mogadishu, Somalia. 27 November 2022.

The Hamar Weyne fish market in Mogadishu is a bustling hub for the sale and distribution of fish within the metropolis. Situated only a few meters from the previous port, the market is a key vacation spot for each native and worldwide consumers. Fishermen and porters deliver their day by day catch to the market, the place merchants and consumers negotiate costs for several types of fish.

Gear Used: Sony a7 III, Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens

Alejandro Martinez Velez (Spain)

Title of the picture: Shelling
Title of the collection: Desolation
On this photograph taken on March 21, 2022, a person along with his bicycle walks over the rubble of the Retroville procuring middle, destroyed after a Russian artillery assault, on March 20, 2022, northwest of Kyiv, Ukraine. Not less than six folks died because of the assault. The Russian Protection Ministry alleged that the mall was getting used to cover Ukrainian ammunition and armored vehicles.
The escalating stress between Russia and Ukraine lastly blew up within the early morning of February 24, 2022, after virtually eight years of conflict within the Donbas area, with the entry of the Russian Military into the Ukrainian territory. This new battle part has precipitated tens of millions of lives to be lower quick and the devastation of a number of components of the nation. The shellings and the frontline advance have price greater than 6,800 deaths and 10,900 verified wounded (United Nations. December 27, 2022). At present, the variety of navy casualties collaborating on each side can’t be precisely estimated. In keeping with the United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a minimum of 6.5 million folks have fled Ukraine and the variety of internally displaced individuals rises to eight million.

Gear Used: Canon EOS R6, 35mm lens

Pedro Jarque Krebs (Peru)

Title of the picture: Curious child

This photograph exhibits a gorilla cub born in January 2022 within the breeding group at Madrid Zoo, which is a part of the European Endangered Species Programme. These western gorillas are critically endangered and each delivery is a ray of hope for the survival of the species. Conservation programmes are extra essential than ever. It’s known as Kibo, after the very best peak on Kilimanjaro.
This photograph has a really particular which means for me, as a result of I’ve been with this child gorilla virtually from delivery and have been capable of witness its gradual development and awakening to the world and to consciousness. On this photograph, as quickly as I pointed the digital camera on the mom, she turned her again to me, however quickly Kibo couldn’t stand the curiosity and caught his head out. It simply goes to indicate how related we’re to this species so near us. Watching them work together is fascinating and thought scary.

Gear Used: Sony a7r IV, Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS lens

Natalya Saprunova (Russia/France)

World warming is more and more asserting itself within the northern a part of Russia above the Arctic Circle. Uliana’s sister and her cousins go to chill off in a stream close to the household nation home in Lovozero. With +30°C in June, it’s about +15°C above the typical which has been stored for a number of days. Being a part of final indigenous of Europe, the Saami of Russia misplaced their nomadic autonomy with the rise of Soviet energy within the Twenties. This individuals who lived primarily from reindeer herding and fishing within the tundra, had been pressured to reside in residence buildings. Kids of nature, the Saami had been depressed on the considered dropping their ancestral rhythms and being penned in. Gathered in the primary Saami village – Lovozero, thought-about a reserve, different villages had been additionally constructed on the saami lands to deliver collectively reindeer herders. Settled to work in kolkhozes, they now not had the proper to be Saami: the observe of the language and the carrying of conventional costume had been prohibited. Right now, some 1,500 folks reside on the Kola Peninsula, however solely 200 converse the language and most of them are aged. Happy with their intangible traditions, these folks attempt to protect their ancestral practices whereas adapting to modernity. Added to those difficulties is the persistent world warming within the Arctic area with temperature peaks of 15°C above common in summer season. The implications of this variation will even must be overcome by this folks of the Excessive North.

Gear Used: Sony a7r IV, Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens

Azim Khan Ronnie (Bangladesh)

Title of the picture: Drying t-shirt garments
Rows of brightly coloured materials shimmer in reflections as they’re hung to dry above a area in Narayanganj, Bangladesh on 24 September 2022. Staff grasp the vivid clothes on wood frames because the colourful dyes set within the solar. The garments can be used for t-shirts, Below-vest, trousers and so forth. making.

Gear Used: Canon EOS R5, Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens

Rico.X. (Grenada/United Arab Emirates)

Title of the picture: Father, Brother, Son…African!
This picture is from me wandering the neighbourhood streets close to the pyramids in Giza, Cairo, Egypt . I got here throughout this household whose younger kids had been enjoying having enjoyable, not a video games console perception.
I spoke with among the members of the family who had little english, but in addition with the assistance of “Google Translate” we spoke for a short time.
I observed their father, the younger kids’s grandfather sitting there so composed, so content material, so comfortable, he appeared comfortable along with his lot. I requested for a photograph and so they obliged.

Gear Used: Nikon D850, Nikon 24mm f/1.8 lens

Shahriar Farzana (Bangladesh)

Title of the image- Change the thought
Change the thought: In a Islamic setting, it’s not frequent for a feminine instructor to take her college students on the sea shore as recreation and to take selfies with them however time modifications in addition to folks’s acceptance degree. Now following all islamic necessities, some girls attempt to do what they’re imagined to don’t like what they’re instructed to do. Issues are altering on the course of time in addition to peoples’ thought processes which have a direct constructive impression on society.
 Photograph taken at Chittagong, Bangladesh on March 18, 2022.

Gear Used: Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens

Klaus Lenzen (Germany)

Title: momentary bronze statue
They did it voluntarily and with nice enthusiasm, the members at a “Ladies’s mud run” in Duisburg (Germany) in 2019  . After finishing the course, they paused for a short time, frozen into a short lived bronze statue after which returned to on a regular basis life, totally showered.

Gear Used: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100 f2.8 lens

Wendy Stone (USA)

Picture title: Tub Time
Picture date: 03/26/20
One afternoon early in quarantine as a consequence of Covid 19 I heard my son ask his dad if he may take a shower and his dad answered sure. I went within the lavatory a short time later with my digital camera to possibly seize a candid second of my son within the tub. I noticed that my son had his canine, Marius within the tub with him. Simply then Marius tried to leap out the closed window. I used to be standing on the different finish of the room metering the digital camera and needed to shortly set up myself to make some pictures.

Gear Used: Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 lens

Stefano Rosselli (Italy)

The canine breeder’s life.
Sardinia is a area the place there aren’t many alternatives and the folks must invent a job for a residing. Cristina and Tosino have turn out to be breeders of cavalier kings and poodles. They’ve 54 canine and reside with them within the nation home close to Sassari.

Gear Used: Sony a7r III, Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM lens

Ingmar Björn Nolting (Germany)

Activists block the bucket wheel excavator on the fringe of the Garzweiler II open pit mine on the outskirts of the village of Lützerath, Germany on January 08, 2023. If persons are standing within the hazard zone on the fringe of the quarry, the bucket wheel excavator has to cease its work till the folks have left the world.

Gear Used: Nikon Z7 II, Nikkor Z 24-70 f4 S lens

Joseph-Philippe Bevillard (Eire)

Rocky’s 1st Holy Communion
Caption: Rocky’s First Holy Communion, Tipperary 2019
Irish Traveller Rocky sits on a plastic-covered sofa on his first holy communion. Plastic-covered furnishings are quite common locally as a consequence of having many kids within the residence.

Gear Used: Nikon D7500, Nikon AF-S DX 16-80mm f/2.8-4 lens

Matthiew McClain (USA)

Gun Security Members
Choppa Group Gun Vary
Aliyana Stokes, 10, and her brother, Bryson Stokes, 5, proper, participate in a gun security class for kids with reproduction firearms as folks collect at Choppa Group gun vary on Sunday July 10, 2022 in Welcome, MD. Choppa Group gun vary has turn out to be a spot for African American gun house owners and others to assemble to be taught gun security, self-defense and have a spot to focus on observe. Many are from close by Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD and have been affected by gun violence. The charges of gun associated crimes in massive metropolitan cities throughout the USA has been on the rise. This has precipitated many individuals to acquire weapons as a method of non-public safety.

Gear Used: Nikon D6, Nikon 35mm f1.4 G lens

Patricia McElroy (USA)

Title of the picture – The Routine
Title of the collection – Between Then and Now
My Mother’s day by day routine is to roll curlers into her hair after which cowl them with a shawl because the curls set. When she sleeps at night time her hair straightens and the subsequent morning she repeats the duty. Regardless of her dementia, she remembers to do that every single day. Her hair and the way she presents herself are essential to her. This picture is a part of a deeply private and emotional undertaking that delves into the on a regular basis struggles my mom faces as she ages and battles the consequences of dementia and declining bodily skills. This undertaking serves as a mirrored image on the bond I’ve with my mom, each within the current second and thru the angle of her previous. It captures the challenges she faces, but in addition celebrates the resilience, energy, and beauty she displays within the face of adversity. The undertaking is ongoing and a tribute to the outstanding lady she is.

Gear Used: Fujifilm X-T2, Fujifilm 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens

Mauro De Bettio (Italy)

A person, standing along with his hyena, is preparing earlier than the present, in one of many small villages of the desertic north-eastern Nigeria.
They’re the mysterious hyena males of Nigeria.
Predominantly composed of Hausa folks (one of many largest ethnic teams in West Africa) they arrive from rural areas within the North, transferring from metropolis to metropolis.
They by no means spend greater than two days in the identical place and so they arrive wrapped in snakes, skilled monkeys and hyenas in chains.
They’re conventional storytellers and so they carry out a road circus with black magic (known as “juju”) for the viewers that imagine that these animals have magical powers.
It’s stated they use historic magic to amass superpowers and turn out to be one with the animals.
The spectacle of those conventional storytellers is big, accompanied by fires and the sounds of drums and all of the spectators are additionally concerned.
On the finish of the present there are lots of individuals who purchase amulets or magic potions. There are those that wish to settle playing money owed, those that desire a child and people who wish to deliver rain for the harvest.

Gear Used: Canon EOS R5, Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM lens

Copyright for the pictures belongs to the respective photographer. All pictures used with the permission of the All About Photograph Awards communications workforce. The lead picture is by Whitney Dafoe