Awe-Inspiring Finalists of the International Photography Awards!

Los Angeles, California, October 29, 2020, ZEXPRWIRE, The 2020 International Photography Awards has received more than 13,000 submissions from some of the most important photographers from around the world, and the judges have faced the incredibly challenging task of selecting the winners in each of the 13 categories.

Looking out from Within, 2020  by Julia Fullerton-Batten

Showcasing some of the most outstanding photographic work from around the globe, the world-renowned  International Photography Awards (IPA) has named the Category Winners and finalists in its 2020 Photography Competition for the Professional and Non-Professional/Student categories. 

The judges praised this year’s winners for their exceptional work across various genres and styles. Hossein Farmani, IPA’s founder and president, commented, “In these unprecedented times, this year’s entries reflect some of the biggest challenges facing our generation–not the least of which is dealing with a virus which, for the first time, is an event that has affected every person on earth in some way. We see photography at its best–whether covering the Covid pandemic, or the world’s uprising against injustice–the images captured are breathtaking. I can easily say these are the best images I have seen in the last decades.”

IPA’s distinguished international jury of renowned photography experts judged over 13,000 entries from  120 countries around the world to finally select these outstanding category winners.  In order to support and honour the outstanding work of both professional and amateur photographers around the world during the COVID-19 crisis, International Photo Awards will match the cash prizes that are awarded to the Category Winners this year with an equal cash donation to the charity of the winning photographer’s choice in their community.



(The top award in the Professional Categories includes The Lucie Trophy and a $10,000 cash prize)

Mike Dodd – A sustainable future of exquisite luxury mobility, Advertising

Paulius Makauskas – New Seas, Analog / Film

Jesús M.ChamizoFrom the stage, Architecture

Sebastian CopelandANTARCTICA: The Waking Giant, Book

Nicolo Filippo Rosso – Exodus, Deeper Perspective

Kiran Ridley – Pro Democracy Demonstrations, Hong Kong: The Revolution of Our Time, Editorial / Press

Katja Ogrin – Elements, Event

Julia Fullerton-BattenLooking out from Within, 2020, Fine Art

Ari RexBlack Mountain, Nature

Brian HodgesOdilo Lawiny – Handmade soccer balls, People

Sawyer Russel – The Silent Menace, Special

Howard SchatzBodies of the NFL, Sports

Iwona PodlasinskaThe journey to the land of dreams, Still in Motion / Video

“Miles from the main roads in rural Uganda, soccer balls bounce unevenly. Playing fields are arid, lush, weedy, sandy—any flattish space will do. Some feet are bare, others shod in fraying sneakers, boots, or rubber sandals. Yet children kick and chase handmade, lopsided balls with skill and abandon, competing for pride and joy—for the sheer pleasure of playing. The balls are spun into being with whatever’s at hand: rag or sock, tire or bark, plastic bag or banana leaves. Made entirely of recuperated materials, they give another life to something that would otherwise just be thrown away”, said photographer Brian Hodges.


Non-Professional/Student —Finalists for “DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR”

(The top award in the Non-Professional Categories includes The Lucie Trophy and $5,000 cash prize)

Rebeka LegovicTemple of Colors, Advertising

Elena LitvinovaVova’s summer evening, Analog / Film

Peter Li – Vanishing Lines, Architecture

Teodelina DetryUninhabited places, Book

F. Dilek UyarIn Epicenter of Covid 19, Deeper Perspective

Tim Evans – Say Their Names, Editorial / Press

wei fuMuslim Congregation in Dhaka, Event

Chloe Meynier – Made in the Shade, Fine Art

babak mehrafsharmagnificence of desert, Nature

Hossein Fardinfard – Blackout, People

Aaron Chuo – The Incoming Thunderstorm, Special

Augusto BartelleThe Maldives: Skydiver Photographer Perspective, Sports

Simone Francescangeli – Psi-Covid-19, Still in Motion / Video

Photographer F. Dilek Uyar spent 29 days in intensive care capturing the the epicenter of Covid-19.

These Winners are also finalists for the IPA’s top 2 prizes—Photographer of the Year for the Professional categories, and  Discovery of the Year for the Non-professional / Student categories. The final winners of these 2 titles will be announced in an online event later this year, and they will be awarded the Lucie Trophy at the 2021 Lucie Awards event.

Along with the Category Winners, IPA also revealed the recipients of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize in each of  the competition’s sub-categories, and Honorable Mentions from across both professional and amateur  entries. The full list of this year’s winners can be viewed on the IPA website. Details about the Lucie Awards and related events can be found at

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