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‘Behind the Curtains’ wins the 2012 POYi World Understanding Award

Behind the Curtains is the Winner of the POYi World Understanding Award.

Behind the Curtains POYi award winner

According to POYi, the World Understanding Award recognizes a photographer’s long-term project that focuses on the human condition and portrays a sense of justice or insight into difficult problems. This year’s awards ceremony is planned to be held in Chicago in late April.

Of special note, two of the photos in the 40-image portfolio were taken during my 2011 trip to Laos which was successfully funded by backers. This is the first time that I’ve won an award with photos created with the help of individual backers rather than with images which were self-funded or taken with the support of assignments and grants. I’m particularly proud that this honor can be shared with the people who were willing to put their faith in me and in an experimental new kind of photojournalism.

As reminder, there are only 12 days left to participate in my second campaign, which documents North Korea’s borders. At the time of writing, two-thirds of the project’s budget goal had been reached.

The same series of images which just won the POYi World Understanding Award is available in a new 288-page book. To get a copy, sign-up as a $65 backer or higher of Borderline: North Korea on the website before February 28th.

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Leica Oskar Barnack Award – slideshow – the winners and finalists

The winners and finalists of the 2011 Leica Oskar Barnack Award were projected at the Arles Photo festival in July. You can see the presentation in the video below. My subject, “21st Century Communism,” is shown third, starting at 3:27 in the 18:00 minute clip.

Award of Excellence from POYi and an Honorable Mention from the Photography Book Now Competition

One of my photos from the floods in Pakistan has earned a Pictures of the Year Award in the General News category.

POYi Award of Excellence, Storm in the Swat Valley

Admitedly, it feels less dramatic than winning the top prize last year. The names of the 2011 winning photographers will not be listed on the POYi website until after Feb. 22, when the judging for all categories is completed. However it looks like PDN has managed to uncloak the identities of other winners and is listing Damon Winter as Newspaper Photographer of the Year and Andrees Latif as Freelance Photographer of the Year. Huge congratulations to both of them!

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And in another contest, one of my pre-production book prototypes, titled Behind the Curtains, won an Honorable Mention in the 2010 Photography Book Now Competition. Although my 21st Century Communism project is ongoing, this helps bring it on step closer to completion. Onwards comrades, to the final victory…


Behind the Curtains (pre-production book prototype)

Behind the Curtains - pre-production prototype (and a Zorki from Cuba for scale)


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