The Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA) jury panel have tallied their votes and reached a decision on the best photographers of the MIFA 2021 edition. The awards received entries from all corners of the globe, with both professional and non-professional / student photographers submitting their work to be evaluated by internationally renown photography curators, gallery owners and other industry luminaries.
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.
The two photographers who showed us a glimpse of the most outstanding views through their photography were George Mayer, with his mesmerizing photo project, Anima, he received the MIFA Photographer of the Year title along with a $3,000 prize and Salvatore Montemagno for his powerful, too-true photo series about our lives during the COVID-19 pandemic: Suspended Lives, receiving the New Talent of the Year title with a $2,000 cash prize. They will each be awarded the MIFA trophy. The nine category winners in both professional and non-professional / student fields will each receive a $100 cash prize. As in previous years, works of the top winners will be exhibited for the Russian and international art community in galleries and art centers around the world.
Mr. Hossein Farmani, founder of MIFA and Farmani Group, commented, "The depth and creativity we saw in this year's entries are inspiring beyond measure. Photographers from all over the world reached out to us to demonstrate that art, even in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, is alive and thriving. I congratulate the winners who, apart from showing us immense skills, have also contributed to the international art world in a great way with their works."
Category Winners of MIFA 2021 (Professional):
Photographer of the Year - George Mayer: Anima
Advertising Category - Caesar Lima: Bawar Sisters
Architecture Category - Evgenii Domanov: Crumbling Beauty of Petersburg
Book Category - Dorotha and Bruno Senechal: Hawaii Nature
Editorial Category - Dean Sewell: Black Summer Fires - Australia
Event Category - Alessia Santambrogio: Tableaux Vivants
Fine Art Category - Liliane Schwab: Wire
Nature Category - Roksolyana Hilevych: Pollino: A Look Into The Past
People Category - Joseph-Philippe Bevillard: Mincéirs
Portfolio Category - Giampiero Marcocci: Giancarlo
Category Winners of MIFA 2021 (Non-Professional):
New Talent of the Year - Salvatore Montemagno: Suspended Lives
Advertising Category - André Wandrei: Morning Walk in the Bamboo Forest
Architecture Category - Jun Yeh: Toilet Room
Book Category - Susanna Cabanero: Hombrecino
Editorial Category - Antonio Beraldino Coelho: Plastic, One Enemy?
Event Category - Alfred Jurcalis: Wyvern
Fine Art Category - Ildikó Kardos: Dimensions
Nature Category - Matthew Bagley: Bubble Lion
People Category - Roberto Pazzi: The Young Breeder
Portfolio Category - Salvatore Montemagno: Suspended Lives