With that in mind, the awards has even greater purpose to search for those who would tell a different story from a different perspective, illustrating cultures and deeper meanings. Therefore, this article shall highlight the Amateur Category Winners of the Year and their winning images.
Happened to stumble across a staircase while browsing a store in Japan, Chin Leong was amazed and attracted by this mesmerizing spiral structure, being irregular while so arranged at the same time. He took the opportunity to capture it from the top-down, giving off vibes where you tower over others, while its’ unique shape slowly draws you into its gaze. The image was shot in a single manner without any digital blending or layering, further enhancing the overall visuality.
Inspired by the elegance and beauty of Great Egrets, Fenqiang was dedicated to share with the world these beautiful nesting pairs that gather at Kraft Azalea Garden in Central Florida each spring. In order to capture that perfect moment, he had to make countless trips to the same location in hopes that he would be able to bring home a frozen memory. Fully utilizing the enchanting surroundings, the images were post-processed with darker skies, while painting the light with a soft-brush tool for that dreamy and artistic impression.
Mainly emphasizing on a para-athlete, Arun took up a project during 2018 and portrayed the stories behind each and every one of these respected individuals. When they are out in the fields, they see themselves as athletes who compete for the pride of themselves and their countries, not someone with a disability. Being a less abled athlete is much more complicated, as they face more challenges in the path of victory, and have higher risks of injury and poor wound healing. The image was taken to recognize the achievements of these people, to make the public understand that they are just as deserving of enthusiasm and the taste of victory, just like any other human being.
Presenting her works on Saarloos Wolfhounds, Vivien has recorded instances of these wolflike dogs with an impressive and fascinating appearance. Her images have amplified the colours of their fur, and also the wolf blood in their veins, even though they are actually dogs. Portraying their playing sessions, there are also traces of wolves when they are around each other, as they seem to be more brutal, but that is only an illusion conveyed to the audience. They simply enjoy each other’s’ company, and Vivien enjoys the way they behave. They also have majestic names that seems to go well with their appearances, Ariki and Malu.
Entry Name: Spiral Abyss
Photographer: Chin Leong Teo
Winning Category: Architecture Photography – Interior
Entry Name: Wings of Inspiration
Photographer: Fenqiang Liu
Winning Category: Special Category – Digital Enhance Photography
Entry Name: DISABLED BUT DETERMINED
Photographer: Arun Mohanraj
Winning Category: Editorial Photography – Sports
Entry Name: Wolfhounds in the red clover
Photographer: Vivien Schust
Winning Category: Fine Art Photography – Pets