Photographer of the Year
Congratulations to Adam Ferguson (Australia) for being awarded this year’s Photographer of the Year title for his series Migrantes. As well as winning a $25,000 (USD) cash prize, Ferguson is given a range of Sony digital imaging kit plus global online coverage. Speaking about the series, Mike Trow, Chair of the 2021 Professional competition says: ‘By giving his subjects the shutter release Adam hands a certain power to the sitter to make that decision on how to be perceived. These photographs are beautiful, meaningful and kind.’
Migrantes by Adam Ferguson
This is a series of self-portraits of migrants in Mexico, as they wait to cross the border into the United States.The life of a migrant at the border, waiting for the right moment to cross into the United States, is often in flux. To capture a piece of this uncertain journey, I mounted a medium format camera on a tripod with a cable release and then stepped back, allowing the migrants to choose the moment of capture and give them agency in the process of documenting their lives.
Photographers could submit a series of five to ten images interpreting one of the ten categories. Each submission entered into the Professional competition was rigorously judged by a panel of expert judges. This year’s category winners each receive Sony digital imaging kit and global online coverage.
Architecture & Design
Wildlife & Nature