First Prize Winner – Congratulations to Prelena Soma Owen for Scorched Earth. All Rights Reserved.













To me, this image symbolizes the plight of the Rhino. Through anthropogenic activities and sheer greed we have put these beautiful creatures on the brink of extinction. The image was taken at dusk when the sun lights up dust particles to create an illusion that the ground was “burning”.

Equal Second Prize Winner – Congratulations to Liz Keeler for Deep In Thought 1. All Rights Reserved.

















This gorilla was on a rock looking as though he didn’t want to be disturbed and in my opinion he was pondering life. Their central African forests are disappearing which puts them at risk of extinction.

I am an observer of nature with a fascination of geology, topography and clouds. Growing up with black and white film cameras, I like the simplicity of various shapes, forms and textures at play between light and shadow in black and white photography. As a photographer my goal is to impart a feeling or an emotion for the viewer to get a sense of nature through my eyes and my lens.

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Equal Second Prize Winner – Congratulations to Pat Swain for Two Ebony Langurs. All Rights Reserved.



















The Ebony Langur lives in the tropical forests of Indonesia on the islands of Java, Bali and Lombok. Ebony Langur monkeys are endangered.

This series, ‘Global Warming: unlikely water animals’, is an exploration of ‘misplaced’ non-water animals in rising coastal shorelines due to global warming. It brings to question if this is merely a visit or their new habitat. The backdrop of these coastlines (at times threatening) emphasizes the vulnerability and mortality of these creatures confronting a new and impossible environment. The animals range from endangered, wild, farm and some with disabilities.

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Equal Second Prize Winner – Congratulations to Rudi Veestraeten for The Human Condition. All Rights Reserved.



















Animals behind bars equals organised sadness. No hope, no escape, only painful waiting.

Equal Second Prize Winner – Congratulations to Pekka Järventaus forSisters, Masai Mara, Kenya. All Rights Reserved.














With my lion series, I am aiming to go beyond traditional documentary photography to convey the magical qualities of lions that intrigues me the most. In order to do so, I prefer to work with lions in the wild. Lions in captivity does not have the majestic presence that I look for and I want to portrait them in their natural habitat. I photograph mostly in black and white to avoid the distraction of colors. I want my images to have a timeless feel and I want to focus on shape, light and form but at the same time capture and explore the complexity and the essence of the iconic lion. I also prefer to work during stormy and rainy days. I need the sense of movement, drama and uncertainty that the wind and rain adds to the scene. It symbolizes the world in which lions live, a world of uncertainty and danger but also a world of bravery and pride.

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7 comments for “WINNERS – PHOTOGRAPHY

  1. Marty Veselich
    October 2, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Hi – I was looking forward to submitting to your photography contest, but unfortunately, it appeared that your photos may be vulnerable to a “Right Click – Save Image As” Function.

    I understand that there are other ways folks can save online photos for their own purposes, but I know that “Right Click Disabling” provides at least some level of protection.

    Hopefully, I was mistaken – and needlessly left myself out of an interesting, and important competition.

    Best Regards,
    Marty Veselich

    • Jon Norris
      October 3, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Hi Marty – thanks for your comment and feedback. Even if we were to disable the “right click – save image as” function it would provide only minimal protection as anyone can screenshot any image from any website. We only post low resolution images of the entries on the A4A website and all images are clearly marked as “All Rights Reserved”. Whilst it doesn’t prevent someone copying an image we recommend that artists/photographers register their images/artwork with the copyright office at so that if their copyright is breached then legal action can be taken by the artist/photographer against the copyright infringer.

      • Jon Norris
        October 5, 2016 at 11:07 am

        Hi Marty – further to my last response we’d love to have an entry from you in the contest and would abide by your wishes not to publish the image online (on the A4A website or social media channels). We only do this to give publicity to the artists who enter the contest and to introduce them to a new audience. The deadline is October 9th so there is still time to submit. If you do decide to submit please mention in your artist statement that you do not wish for your image/artwork to be posted online. I do hope we get to see your work in the contest.

        • Marty Veselich
          October 13, 2016 at 11:28 am

          Jon –

          Thanks so much for your consideration! (Unfortunately I just tracked down your response, and flexibility. Maybe next year!

          Best regards,
          Marty Veselich

        • Marty Veselich
          October 13, 2016 at 11:33 am

          Marty Veselich
          October 12, 2016


          Dear Jon,

          Theare was an ape sitting on my keys, hence the scrambled syntax. – Here’s what I meant to write:

          Jon –

          Thanks so much for your consideration and flexibility! (Unfortunately I just tracked down your response,) Maybe next year!

          Best regards,
          Marty Veselich

  2. March 21, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    When will the 2017 contest be displayed? It has already been advertised elsewhere, but is not visible here to enter. Also your website copyright only goes to 2016, probably should be updated to 2017.
    Thank you

    • Jon Norris
      March 25, 2017 at 10:36 pm

      Hello – we’re updating the website this weekend – thanks for your patience.

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