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Choose your winner
The time has come to choose the two winners in 5’s Sustainability Champion Photo Contest.
Our jury of top visual storytellers have examined all the shortlisted entries for the 5 Jury Prize, and the first round of public voting for the 5 Community Prize is complete. We can now reveal the 10 finalists: five for each prize.
The jury will now select the winner of the 5 Jury Prize. As for which photo wins the 5 Community Prize – you decide. Vote below for your favourite of the five.
The winner of each prize will receive €2500, along with a coaching session or portfolio review with one of our jury members, a takeover of 5’s Instagram account to showcase their work, and more.
You can vote for the winner of the 5 Community Prize until Friday 4 June. The winners of both prizes will be announced by 20 June.
Check out the amazing photos below, and get voting!
Full terms and conditions for the contest can be found here.
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JURY PRIZE FINALISTS
Ayşe Gürsöz captured this shot of Snutetkwe Manuel and her daughter in Cold Lake, Alberta. Snutetkwe is one of the Tiny House Warriors, who are on a mission to stop a new oil pipeline from crossing Secwepemc territory. Their ten tiny houses are placed along the 518km pipeline route to assert Secwepemc law and block access to the pipeline. Snutetkwe says: “This is a climate emergency, if this pipeline goes through it will increase the size of tar sands to the size of Texas. I wouldn’t say I am fighting the pipeline. I would say I am going to stop this pipeline.” Our jury called it a “powerful” image that “gives us a strong sense of defiance”.
Marjan Yazdi took this picture of Mohammad Ali Banaei, who established the Masjed Mountains protected area in central Iran. This is a photo from a series showing people who’ve made the transition from poachers to protectors of nature. Mohammad Ali Banaei began to seek redress for the damage poachers had done by putting an end to poaching and persuading other poachers to join him on this journey. After five years of protecting the area, wildlife numbers have tripled. Our jury called this a “phenomenal” portrait showing its subject as part of nature, and inviting the viewer to learn more.
Matteo de Mayda
Matteo de Mayda shot this portrait of Luca Deganutti, a researcher at the University of Padua in Italy. In 2018 Storm Vaia felled many trees in this forest. The dead wood attracts a species of beetle, which can then spread to the healthy trees, threatening to destroy even more forest than the storm did. Luca is part of a team researching new techniques to help protect the forest. Our jury called this a “strong” photo with great technique.
Johnny C.Y. Lam
Johnny Lam photographed fisherman Kendall Dewey, who practises sustainable fishing in Lake Ontario, Canada. Fisheries here are regulated by the state government to make sure fish stocks are managed sustainably and biodiversity is protected. Kendall fishes in a small boat with a crew of just two, using hoop nets and gillnets, which both have a low environmental impact and low level of bycatch. Dewey is heading towards retirement, and to ensure the business continued, he recently took on a Syrian refugee, Sleiman Al Jasem, to take it over. Our jury said the photo feels “very honest” and captures “a nice moment”.
Walter H. Wust
Walter Wust shot this portrait of Maestro Juan Flores, guardian of the Boiling River. Juan Flores is one of the most famous and highly esteemed shamans in the Peruvian Amazon and one of the last custodians of the ancestral knowledge of the Ashaninka people. Walter photographed him next to the Mayantayacu hot stream, which emerges at a temperature of 94°C. The area is a sanctuary dedicated to studies of traditional medicine and natural healing. Don Juan treats people by using over 5,000 native plants from the nearby forests. Our jury called this photo “spectacular” and said the story “exists vividly behind the photo”.
See the professionals who’ll be judging the winning photos below – and read interviews with a selection of our jury members here.
Mika is a photographer and cinematographer based in Gothenburg, Sweden, who has worked with brands including Apple, The North Face, Mercedes-Benz and H&M. He says he is always striving to convey emotion through images, and to create something “that feels honest and transparent”.
Oghalé is a Nigerian-American Photographer, working in London, England and Phoenix, Arizona. Oghalé is determined to change the negative narratives surrounding black men and women, by capturing them in different dignified ways, and expressing feelings of togetherness. His shots have been published in magazines including Nataal and Viewpoint Colour, and he currently has work on exhibition at the English National Portrait Gallery.
Kid Circus (also known as Michael) is a portrait and fashion photographer from London. His first passion was landscapes, architecture and street photography, and from there he got into portraiture. He shoots mostly on film, explaining: “I just feel the process means I have to be way more intentional with every click, and I believe the slower pace helps me to better build a connection with my subjects.”
Vitalik is a photographer based in Lviv, Ukraine, focusing on fashion and beauty, conceptual and advertising photography. He likes to explore human nature through the lens of his camera, reflecting emotions and giving subjects the freedom to express themselves. Vitalik says: “Photography documents reality, depicts aesthetics, and shows how precious life and the beauty of our world is. But it’s also visual poetry; it can appeal to our hearts, change our perception.” He was a finalist in 5’s Everyday Changemaker Photo Contest in 2020.
Ana Carolina Fernandes
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ana Carolina had a passion for photography from a young age. Inspired by her father’s job on a newspaper, and became a photojournalist herself. Her influences include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Magnum and Brazilian photographers Maureen Bisiliat and Claudia Andujar, who have documented Brazil’s immense backlands and indigenous tribes. Today Ana Carolina works on documentary projects “with a humanist vision”.
Marta Julia Johansen
Marta is 5’s visual director. She has many years of experience as a graphic designer and art director in sectors including theatre, fashion, TV and food. She has worked with numerous leading photographers on commercial and editorial projects.
Denisse Ariana Pérez
Denisse is a Caribbean-born, Barcelona-based copywriter and photographer. She is obsessed with words, people and imagery and finding ways to make them speak to one another. She studied in interactive art direction at Hyper Island in Stockholm, Sweden, and currently works as a freelance senior creative.
Mishael Phillip is a photographer working in London and Copenhagen. He teaches at the Danish photography school Fatamorgana.
Misha Vallejo Prut
Misha is an Ecuadorian photojournalist who describes his work as lying in the border between documentary and art. He was a finalist in 5’s Everyday Changemaker Photo Contest in 2020. His work has been published in Vice, the New York Times Lens and Geo, and has been exhibited at the Lumix Festival of Young Visual Journalism in Germany, the Bronx Documentary Center and the Rencontres de la Photographie festival in France.