All images courtesy of Neutral Density Awards.
Joined the Neutral Density (ND) Awards or curious about the results? The verdict is finally in. Out of 6,849 entries submitted from 89 countries, 13 from Italy, Japan, Germany, United States, United Kingdom, and Netherlands were recently announced as the winners of this year’s competition.
Emerging as the overall winner of the Professional category, with the title of the ND Photographer of the Year 2017 and a $2,000 cash prize, is freelance photojournalist and video journalist Francesco Pistilli of Italy with his photo essay. Titled Lives in Limbo, his work reveals the lives of migrants enduring harrowing living conditions while trying to survive the harsh winter in Serbia.
In the Non-Professional category, fine art photographer Eriko Kaniwa of Japan bagged the ND Discovery of the Year 2017 award and $1,000 prize money for her landscape set titled Meotoiwa – Wedded Rocks. Her work features the most famous pair of wedded rocks in Japan at ‘Futamiura’ is Ise Bay, Mie Prefecture, which were worshipped 2,000 years ago as the “torii of the sea.”
Other awardees of $500 each for the Professional category are Friederike Brandenburg (Germany) in Architecture, Francesco Pistilli (Italy) in Editorial, Javiera Estrada (United States) in Fine Art, Yi Sun (United Kingdom) in Nature, Boy Surminski (Netherlands) in People, and Cristina Vatielli (Italy) in Special category.
Neutral Density Awards is an international, highly acclaimed competition that seeks to discover, promote, and give recognition to the most outstanding and talented photographers of all genres. Submissions for the annual competition are reviewed by a panel of renowned photographers and highly acclaimed industry professionals, including gallery owners, publishers, and editors from around the world.
Visit the Neutral Density Awards website to see the complete gallery of winners and submit your entries for the 2018 ND Awards.