1st Place Winner: Scott Brauer
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M. Scott Brauer’s image resonates for its elegant use of light and the juxtaposition with the grotesque forms of the dogs in the butcher shop.
“Dog Butcher” by Scott Brauer. Yangshuo, China. A woman butchers dogs at a wet market in the center of Yangshuo, China, a popular destination for tourists. With China’s increasing demand for meat over the past decade, and rising food prices, consumers have turned to cheaper sources of meat.
2nd Place Winner: Pranab Basak
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Pranab Basak’s photograph is full of surprises, capturing the essence of a moment while still drawing you back for further inspection.
“Journey for a Bath” by Pranab Basak. In a water decay place in India, Jharkhand. The tribal boys are jumping in a deep well to take a bath.
3rd Place Winner: Fidel Amos
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Fidel Amos’ image “Fearless” stands out for the humanity communicated with that single look between photographer and subject, as the subject prepares for surgery.
“Fearless” by Fidel Amos. Taken while on assignment with a group of pro-bono NYC surgeons in Dehradun, India last year. She was moments away from being anesthetized and operated on (to remove massive burn scarring around her neck and chest). She didn’t speak a word of english, but listened intently to every word said. She knew what was about to happen, but showed no signs of nervousness or fear. Her name is Anjeli.
Viewers Choice (Highest Voted): Aline Dainezzi
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“Nap on the Streets” by Aline Dainezzi. This photo was taken in Sao Paulo, at night, and shows a situation experienced by many, unfortunately.
“Sister Bad Habit” by Marc Newton. On busy Patton Avenue in Asheville North Carolina, “Sister Bad Habit” makes an appearance, surprising a tour bus full of visitors. “Sister Bad Habit” by Marc Newton. Sister Bad Habit is notorious in Asheville for turning heads in public as she cruises the cities’ streets on her (his) six foot high bicycle, shouting at whoever gets in her way.
“Coming of Age at Copacabana” by Lance Rosenfield. Young people celebrate love and coming of age along Rio de Janeiro’s famed Copacabana beach. March 6, 2011
“The Last Resident of the Village” by T-a L-o. Kenozero, 2010
“Christmas Grandpa” by Thomas Shea. Aj Guma tries to tune a play guitar for his great gran daughter Hannah Shea while her twin sister, Sarah Shea, places a bow on top of her great grandfathers, AJ Guma head.
“Suck Ass” by Peter Larson. Carl Ziek dives naked off a bridge after one of his friends slings wet mud into his buttcrack in Athens County, OH.
“Train Station, Bangkok” by Laurent Hunziker. Waiting at Makkassan train station in Bangkok, Thailand.
“Winter Storm” by Shane Welch. A man leaves his car behind after it runs out of gas after getting stuck in the snow during a blizzard that hit Chicago in February 2011.
“Gennady, 49 years old. Diagnosis: MTB and HIV. Died December 23, 2010.” by Maxim Dondyuk. Gennady, 49 years old. Diagnosis: multidrug-resistant TB and HIV. Donetsk TB dispensary, December 23rd, 2010. From the words of his wife: He worked at the mine. In 2007 pulmonary tuberculosis was discovered. The treatment was prescribed, felt himself better. He didn’t finish the treatment and started to drink alcohol. In 2010, the acute abdominal pain appeared. The numerous ulcers have formed in the bowels, a diagnosis – intestinal tuberculosis. Doctors have demanded to transport the patient to a TB hospital or home immediately. He was transported by taxi. After another operation all the sutures on his stomach diverged because of multiple ulcers. The doctors told that he could probably live just a couple of days, the family decided to take the dying man home. He was walking around the apartment and brawling during the whole month with an open wound on his stomach. The wife had to beg doctors to take him to the hospital. Died December 23, 2010, this photo has been made two hours before his death.
“Divine Love is Everywhere” by Jessica Schroer-Smalley. I found the understanding in your eyes.
“Shifting Winds” by Jake Stewart. On day 4 of the Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs the winds become strong and unpredictable. The result was half of the city being covered with smoke and ash and taking on the resemblance of mars. By the end of the day 35,000 people were displaced from theirs homes and several structures including the beloved Flying W Ranch were burned to the ground.