Not so long ago, Kolari Vision ran the first ever “Life in Another Life” Photo Contest, the aim of which was to showcase the best shots and stories from the global community of infrared photographers. Seeing the winning shots, there’s no doubt that the competition achieved just that! If you’re into eye-catching and surreal imagery, the selection will certainly inspire and intrigue you!
“What changes when we switch to infrared, and which things remain constant? What beauty lies in the light that our eyes can’t see? We want the infrared photography community to answer these questions and more with complete photo essays as well as individual shots,” Kolari challenged in the photo contest brief.
The competition was divided into the following categories: Photo Essay, Landscape, Black and White, Color Infrared, and Portrait. Apart from the Grand Prize and First to Third Place winners, three to five Honorary mentions and Visible Light winners were also chosen.
Luciano Demasi bagged the Grand Prize for his photo essay on the otherworldly desert landscape of Utah its hidden stories and varied characters.
“Sometimes I think that what I have seen in Utah is unreal. Hidden valleys, flowers in the desert under the silent watch of the Milky Way, millions of years of planet’s geological history blended in a unique irreplaceable and delicate paradise: did I imagine this beautiful and overwhelming universe? Did everything I experienced actually take place? Chaos decided that I had to visit these wonders. It also decided to destroy my digital camera in an accident 3 years ago. The negative event was actually going to bring a positive force in my life. It started my infrared journey. The photos I share with you are children of my love for nature, photography, and the fantastic invisible infrared world. Utah is a place to be discovered. Any dirt road leads to views and to places which cannot be forgotten even beyond this lifetime,” Demasi wrote.
The rest of the winning images are equally impressive as well. These especially caught our attention:
Second Place Photo Essay
Hong Kong: The Golden City by Tran Minh Dung
Third Place Photo Essay
Invisible Paris by Pierre-Louis Ferrer
IR Stills Category: Infrared Landscape
First Place: Lonely Tree by David Hall
Second Place: Morning Fog by David Hochleitner
Third Place: Home Sweet Home by Matteo Dalle Feste
IR Stills Category: Infrared Color
First Place: The Watchman by Blake Rudis
Second Place: Red Velvet by Helen Bradshaw
Third Place: Tetonic by Matthew Stuart Piper
Honorable Mentions for Color
Island Beach in IR by David Nilsen
Blue Suns by Henry H Smith
Flowers by Kate Adler
IR Stills Category: Infrared Portrait
First Place: Girl by Pierre-Louis Ferrer
IR Stills Category: IR Black & White
First Place: Zabriskie by Beamie Young
Second Place: Touch by Ivan Kulikov
Check out Kolari’s announcement page to see the rest of the “Life in Another Light” Photo Contest winners.