Maika Elan, Vietnam
Agency / Publication: MoST Artists
Story behind this photo: 22 June 2012, Hoh Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Phan Thi Thuy Vy (20, left) and Dang Thi Bich Bay (20), both students, relax at the end of the day watching television. They have been together for a year.
Award: 1st Prize Contemporary Issues Stories
Søren Bidstrup, Denmark
Agency / Publication: Berlingske
Story behind this photo: 08 July 2012, Jeselo, Italy: The photographer’s family, early one morning on summer holiday in northern Italy.
Award: 2nd Prize Daily Life Single
Fausto Podavini, Italy
Agency / Publication: None
Story behind this photo: 01 June 2010, Rome, Italy: Mirella was married to her husband Luigi for over 40 years. At the age of 65, Luigi began to show symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. For six years, Mirella cared for Luigi herself, at home in Rome.
Award: 1st Prize Daily Life Stories
Ilona Szwarc, Poland
Agency / Publication: Redux Pictures
Story behind this photo: 19 February 2012, Boston, Massachusetts, USA: Kayla stands with her American Girl doll, in front of a portrait of her ancestors at home in Boston.
Award: 3rd Prize People – Observed Portraits Single
Nemanja Pančić, Serbia
Agency / Publication: Kurir
Story behind this photo: 27 February 2012, Belgrade, Serbia: Milan (4) leaves the hospital on 27 February, three months after surviving a family suicide attempt in which both his father and mother died. All three jumped from a sixth-floor balcony, in Belgrade, Serbia.
Award: 1st Prize People – Observed Portraits Singles