Fascinating faces and characters

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1st classified

Angelina Jolie and Bees Number 1
by Dan Winters


This portrait was shot for Natgeo to promote Angelina’s Women for Bees initiative on World Bee Day. Everyone on set had to wear a full bee suit. The actual queen bee pheromone was applied on Angelina to make the bees congregate there. Angelina stood perfectly still for 18 minutes...

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2nd classified

This Is My Eye
by Ahmed El Hanjoul


A 70-year-old woman with a cheerful spirit who loves farming the land and raising pets, particularly poultry. Her wrinkled face and hands, clearly worn from a life of work, do not hide her hopeful smile. She carries her hen in such a way that it becomes a piece of her: through he...

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3rd classified

Hug
by K.deniz Kalayci


COVID-19 changed our lives: masks and social distance rule arrived and seeing our loved ones was forbidden. The grandmother in the photo, looking for a way to see her grandchildren again, installed a nylon curtain in her garden and reunited with them. They hugged each other tight...

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Honorable mention

Marietta, Football against Extremism
by Lucas Barioulet


Marietta, a 17 years old soccer player, is part of the newly founded Mauritanian women’s national football team. In this deeply conservative society, for many the idea of women taking part in such a sport is disagreeable. “We want to change our society’s vision of women,” claims...

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Honorable mention

President Barack Obama
by Dan Winters


Shot for New York Magazine Cover as President Obama was preparing to leave the White House towards the end of his second term. His figure is fierce and solid, while he’s looking out the window of his eight-years-long residence.

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Honorable mention

President Barack Obama Seated Portrait
by Dan Winters


Portrait of President Barack Obama at the White House as he readied to leave shortly before the end of his second term. The proud gaze towards the horizon seems to point the way to a new beginning.

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Honorable mention

Nina Makarovna. Tverien Kariela
by Anna Zakharova


Nina Makarovna, 89 years old, is a resident of Tolmachi village. One of the last representatives of the Tver Karelian subethnos. Nina’s face is reflected in different mirrors, while the ornaments and furniture all around speak of her family and history.

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Honorable mention

Bullfighter
by Jordi Cohen


The Spanish bullfighter Josu de la Calzada (a student of the Salamanca Bullfighting School) getting dressed in the town hall of Miranda del Castañar before the afternoon bullfight. Bullfighting is an ancient and controverse tradition in Spain. Its season runs from March to Octobe...

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Honorable mention

Cadets
by Eduard Korniyenko


Students from the General Yermolov Cadet School are on their way to parachute jumping in Stavropol region. Three different personalities are expressed through the gazes turned in different directions and the sun that highlights their faces’ details.

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Honorable mention

Lost
by Mohammad Sorkhabi


In the summer of 2021, Iran was suffering from severe drought: rivers and streams were drying up. The high temperatures made it difficult for people and animals to drink water. In Ahwaz city, exposed to terrible weather, soil erosion and drought, wells are often far away, so peop...

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Remarkable Artwork

Marc English
by Dan Winters


Portrait of graphic designer and long time friend and collaborator Marc English, shot at my Driftwood, Texas studio. Marc is a renegade and a visionary. He is flamboyant and dresses in unique costumes at times. This shoot was not planned. He showed up at my studio dressed in this...

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Remarkable Artwork

Gentlemen of Kibera
by Mauro De Bettio


It's not about what's in vogue today. It's just about elegance and style. This is the portrait of Dennis "Baqteria", model, tailor, actor, mentor, stuntman and Kibera model of the year.

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Remarkable Artwork

Sophia, a Nenets Matriarch
by Marios Forsos


Sofia, a Nenets matriarch, the last nomadic people in Russia. The woman sits proud, with her face marked by time, in the center of a traditional tent, the Chum. On a relatively warm November night, temperatures get to -25°C outside and -18°C inside: meaning fur is not really opti...

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Remarkable Artwork

Why?
by Tom Svensson


This young girl wonders why humanity is so cruel and why do we treat animals this way. Will future generations be able to see animals like elephants only in museums? We need to change that now.

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Remarkable Artwork

Blue Fingers
by Ahmed Mohamed Hassan


The image, taken in 2020, recalls that whirlwind of emotions that we have all faced over the past two years. The sadly known caps and masks, the blue latex gloves, the open eyes behind a wall streaked with drops. Everything speaks of isolation and despair.

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Remarkable Artwork

Shower in the Freshwater
by K Asad


A girl showers with her eyes closed in the monsoon rain in the Mohammadpur slum. In the urban slum areas, people have access to freshwater only twice a day – in the morning and in the evening.

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Remarkable Artwork

The Power of Hope
by Anna Biret


It was almost noon, few passers-by and suddenly the boy showed up. Like a revelation, with his red hair glistening in the sun, very visible freckles and this serious face. He saw the camera and stood still for a moment, allowing the photographer to take five pictures.

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Remarkable Artwork

Horse and Girl Happy
by Kadir Civici


While the horse is eating a carrot, an expression of excitement, happiness and fear all in one occurs on the young girl's face. Ayse, who has Down syndrome, is very happy when she gets in touch with the horse. Horses are very useful as an alternative medicine in the treatment of...

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Remarkable Artwork

Carrie-Anne Moss
by Dan Winters


This portrait of Carrie-Anne was made for a cover story for Entertainment Weekly. It was shot on a sound stage in Hollywood. I designed the sets and created the concepts for the shoot. This project was to promote the film “The Matrix Resurrections.”

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Remarkable Artwork

Windy
by Aleksandr Kurennoi


Portrait of Irina Tumanzeva from the "Writer's block" series. This series is about the art crisis, that most of the artists need to pass through at some moments of their career.

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Remarkable Artwork

Shepherd's Purgatory
by Gela Megrelidze


Tushetian shepherds are the last nomads in Georgia. For hundreds of years they've kept moving with flocks of sheep between the semi-desert valley of Shiraqi and the high mountains of Caucasus. They have their very own, specific understanding of being; their entire life is determi...

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