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Artworks selected for Honorable Mentions by the jury of the MIFA Awards 2021

When looking at the results of the numerous photo competitions of the photo award industry, there is a lot worth seeing. Particularly in the "consolation prizes" (Honorable Mentions) awarded by the jury members, especially in this year's results of the Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA), of which we present a few selected works.

MIFA 2021 Honorable Mention / Fine Art / Portrait (Non-Pro)

MIFA 2021 Honorable Mention / Fine Art / Portrait (Non-Pro)

Simon Morris / United Kingdom
This was taken whilst I was visiting Havana Cuba. I use to walk around the various districts when I came across this guy living with his extended family in a crumbling down building.

MIFA 2021 Honorable Mention / 2021 / People / Life Style (Non-Pro)
The Hakkanese Kitchen

Mei-Chen Chang / Taiwan
Hakkanese are part of Taiwanese, who have settled in Taiwan since hundreds of years ago. Most of them live in farming community. They are famous for their diligent and thrifty in managing a household. Also , Hakkanese food is popular in Taiwan. On special days, they make red Turtle-shaped rice cake, Tangyuan (various flavors inside the small balls) and rice dumplings . Red stands for luck in our society and round things mean reunion.

MIFA 2021 Honorable Mention 2021 / Editorial / Environmental
Naked Extinction Rebellion Women Climate Protesters

Jeff Gilbert
Jeff Gilbert / United Kingdom
Naked Extinction Rebellion Women Climate Protesters hold hands as the weather turns to rain during a cold day whilst blocking the road on Waterloo Bridge to protest on International Women’s Day, central London, England, UK PHOTO:JEFF GILBERT. 8th March 2020. Waterloo Bridge, London, England, United Kingdom

MIFA 2021 Honorable Mention / 2021 / Fine Art / Portrait
Hold Me 'Till I Go

Angelika Kollin / USA
This portrait of 75 year old Katinka Hall was taken in early 2020 between her chemotherapy treatments. It was time of great challenges, and mostly discovery of new strength and faith, underneath daily despair and desire to live, in accepting the most predictable outcome. In February 2021 Katinka passed away.

Angelika Kollin is a 44 year old Estonian photographer currently based in Tampa, Florida. She is self-taught and engages with her passion for photography and art as a tool of exploration of interhuman connections, intimacy, and/or the absence of such. Angelika has spent the last 8 years living in African countries (Ghana, Namibia, South Africa), where she explored the same topic in a variety of different cultures and economic conditions. More and more it strengthens her belief that despite many circumstances in life, the one thing that shapes us the most is our relationship with our parents.

MIFA 2021 Honorable Mention 2021 / Architecture / Buildings (Non-Pro)
Royal National Theatre Closure

Tom Knowles / United Kingdom
This gallery aims to document the temporary closure of the Royal National Theatre on London's Southbank due to the Corona Virus. These photos show subtle hints of contrasting desertion from plastic tape, and metal barriers to untended plants.

MIFA 2021 Honorable Mention / 2021 / Editorial / Photo Essay
Covid-19. Nursing Home Life Goes Far Beyond The Pandemic

Gonçalo Lobo Pinheiro / Kuwait
They are one of the groups most vulnerable to the Covid-19 pandemic that is plaguing the world. In Macau, the nurse home of Santa Casa da Misericórdia opened doors to me, where I witnessed that caregivers are, more than ever, steadfast in supporting the elderly, many of them with various disabilities.

MIFA 2021 Honorable Mention / 2021 / Fine Art / Other (Non-Pro)
Lost Society

Mieke Douglas / United Kingdom
Peering into dark, empty spaces. Camera pressed up to smeared, steamy glass. Glimpses of shiny Christmas decorations; cleaning products and hand sanitisers; abandoned drinks and occasional humour. The allure of our past life is becoming irresistible. Visceral pleasures tempt me, but are still dangerous. Out of reach. Our lives from before, becoming ever more distant. Evocative. Unimaginable. Fading. I am grasping at fragments. Photographing to try to remember. Imagining the fun and life and noise. Empty spaces, still beautiful but becoming fantastical. Otherworldly

Mieke is a Dutch and Canadian Fine Art Photographer, living in London. Her practice challenges our ambivalence to the world around us using perspective, distance and scale. Mieke’s work moves between fact and fiction and challenges the boundaries of photography and art. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. She has recently had her first Solo Show, ‘STILL”, in London.

MIFA 2021 Honorable Mention / 2021 / Fine Art / Nudes (Non-Pro)

Niklaus Paul Fringes / Switzerland
In the quarry

MIFA 2021 Honorable Mention / 2021 / Nature / Pets (Non-Pro)
Ballet Dancer

Sharon Li / Taiwan
I saw them dancing in the shallow water. It is an amazing show in nature.

MIFA 2021 Honorable Mention / 2021 / People / Life Style (Non-Pro)
The Lemonade Stand

Anne Ziolo / France
On a warm afternoon of August, two little girls are waiting for a lemonade... a year ago... twenty years ago... seventy years ago... who really knows...?

MIFA 2021 Honorable Mention 2021 / Architecture / Buildings
The Britomart

Sarah Caldwell / New Zealand
A new hotel in Auckland with a feature of the blue windows in the brick building.

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The MIFA Foto Awards is a project by Farmani Group, a organization curating and promoting photography, design and architecture across the globe since 1985.

​The company’s key mission is to discover and promote talent in these areas through competitions, awards, exhibitions, developing artist communities, providing networking opportunities and education. ​

Farmani Group published the first Los Angeles based fashion magazine, VUE, in 1985. After the success of VUE, Farmani Group founder, Hossein Farmani, decided to combine his passion for photography and publishing by launching FotoFolio in 1986, promoting the work of contemporary photographers across the country. FotoFolio won numerous awards and is in the permanent collection of The Library of Congress.

Farmani Group led the industry in philanthropy by creating a benefit auction foundation call Focus On AIDS (FOA) in 1987, a volunteer-based non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to auction photography, donating 100% of its net proceeds to AIDS research, care and education.

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