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MAKE IT REAL

Staged Narrative in Portraiture

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FINALISTS EXHIBITION
20 - 28 JULY 2024

 

©JEE SU KIM South Korea Rising

2024 PRIZEWINNERS

1st

RAMAK BAMZAR
Iran
Pro Femina: Scene 4 - Tulips of The Fallen Youth

Over the past two years, like many Iranian Australians, I have navigated the flow of the daily grind whilst coping with weighty grief for the people of Iran. Nonetheless, everyday life continues. Here in peaceful Melbourne, my second home, I've witnessed the genuine laughter of people, carefree teenagers strolling the streets without a hint of fear, and lovers sharing beautiful kisses in public. Whilst these scenes might be ordinary for some, they stand as a poignant daily reminder for me of the absence of fundamental human rights in Iran, a memento of the silent mourning I carry for my homeland and its people. Pro Femina captures some of the brutal reality spanning the last four decades in Iran, with the Women, Life, Freedom movement's most recent manifestation. In this continuous battle for freedom – torture, forced confessions, rape, executions, and murders remain notable weapons of oppression used by the Iran security forces. To bring this poignant scene to life, I painted a backdrop of a desert — an allusion to the resting place of countless individuals silently and clandestinely buried by the Islamic Republic over the past 40 years. The inspiration for this composition is drawn from the 19th-century Iranian poet Aref Qazvini, who used tulips to symbolise the spilled blood of the youth who died fighting for freedom. Ramak Bamzar (She/Her) born. 1980 is an Iranian artist residing in Melbourne, Australia. Her work is considered by her ability to balance personal and societal narratives and depict the intricate interplay of environmental and psychological impacts. Her photographs are thoughtfully composed, drawing on art history with meticulous attention to colour, texture, and lighting and skillfully emphasise the contrast between innocence and resilience. ​Bamzar's artistic journey commenced with a strong passion for drawing and painting during her teenage years in Tehran, where she received valuable encouragement and support from her parents. In 1999, while her interest in painting persisted, she decided to delve into the world of photography at the Faculty of Art and Architecture at Azad University in Tehran. In the same year, she was accepted into Kerman Art University as a painting major, but she chose to remain in Tehran and follow a four-year course in photography. This experience played an essential role in establishing her solid foundation in photography, both theoretically and academically.

2nd

ANTOINE LONCLE
Malaysia
Coastal fisherman at sea, Penang, Malaysia

Photographed on assignment for JEDI (Jaringan Ekologi dan Iklim), Penang. "Belong" is an initiative by JEDI aimed at documenting and archiving the lives led by coastal fishermen in Penang, exploring the connection between these individuals and the powerful allure of the sea. "Belong" also seeks to propagate awareness, emphasizing the crucial themes of conservation and nurturing that our oceans ardently need. Across several weeks, we closely engaged with the diverse fishing communities across Penang. Each community expressed a multitude of reasons attributing to the dwindling yields over recent years. Mainly, the inadequacy of sound regulations in ecosystem preservation, the encroachment of land reclamation, and the escalating pollution, all emerged as key factors contributing to this decline. A sobering reality emerges as many of these fishermen represent the final generation, their livelihoods affected by the declining catches. As their struggles intensify, the younger generation is nudged towards more financially rewarding and contemporary vocations, rendering this project not just a documentation, but a vital chronicle of a fading profession. Antoine Loncle (b.1995) is a Malaysian-French photographer working through expanded methods of documentary, as well as analog processes and materials. His work originates from investigations into his surroundings and his sense of self and personal/cultural identity. In 2016 he traveled to Australia to undertake his BA in Photography at PSC (Photography Studies College) Melbourne. During this time, he has been fortunate enough to have had guidance from some of the country’s biggest photographic artists and participated in several group exhibitions. In recent years, Antoine has participated in residencies, commissioned projects, and has been the recipient of two Malaysian-based grants. He continues to work on his next long-term project in Malaysia.

3rd

ELENA PARASKEVA
Cyprus
A Perfect Life

A cinematic, 1960’s styled series that tells the story of this beautiful, seemingly perfect couple who are living a lie because the husband is in love with another man. This was a time when `normality' was the condition most honoured and prized in society, and to be just like everyone else was not merely the greatest goal to which one could aspire, but it came to define the very value one had as a human being. The characters lead a life of quiet desperation, trapped in their stifling setting, but fully aware of each other's pain. The series attempts to capture the sadness of a man who desperately wants to live the life he's chosen but who can no longer fight against the truth of his own nature as well as the sorrow of a woman who yearns to be loved and touched. Even though we, as a society, have come very far from this, it is still a reminder of the great psychological damage that can be inflicted on an individual when repression and conformity are encouraged at all costs. Elena Paraskeva is an international Conceptual Photographer and Art Director and most recently an official ADOBE instructor. She has exhibited her work in Barcelona, NYC, London and Paris among other cities and has been published on the pages and covers of a multitude of publications including the UK Times. Her most recent success is the exhibition of her works in the European Parliament in Brussels in March of 2023.

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FINALISTS

JUDGES CHOICE PORTRAITS

ALIA SORAYA - FION HUNG CHING YAN Hong Kong
Moral Dystrophy
EIFFEL CHONG - TAKUMI KISHIMOTO Japan
To Seek Someone To Be
SARAH CHOO JING - FULVIO BUGANI Italy
S/He. Lio
SUPRANAV DASH - DIEGO FABRO Brazil
Iona, Untitled 2
WAWI NAVARROZA - ALENA GROM Ukraine
Diana, Irpin
ANH NGUYEN USA

ANH NGUYEN USA

ANNA KRASOVITSKAIA Russian Federation

ANNA KRASOVITSKAIA Russian Federation

ERNESTO  SUMARKHO Venezuela

ERNESTO SUMARKHO Venezuela

DARREN SMITH USA

DARREN SMITH USA

DAVID CREEDON Ireland

DAVID CREEDON Ireland

HARRY HO ZI LE Malaysia

HARRY HO ZI LE Malaysia

TIGRE ESCOBAR Colombia

TIGRE ESCOBAR Colombia

DUSTIN MILLER USA

DUSTIN MILLER USA

DIEGO FABRO Brazil

DIEGO FABRO Brazil

KASIA KOWALSKA Poland

KASIA KOWALSKA Poland

KONSTANTIN MUSINYAN Armenia

KONSTANTIN MUSINYAN Armenia

KATHLEEN LO Hong Kong

KATHLEEN LO Hong Kong

RODRIGO CRUZ Mexico

RODRIGO CRUZ Mexico

LIFU HU China

LIFU HU China

MAURO DE BETTIO Italy

MAURO DE BETTIO Italy

MICHAŁ CZARNECKI Poland

MICHAŁ CZARNECKI Poland

MARCELO SCHELLINI Brazil

MARCELO SCHELLINI Brazil

NATSUMI TAKI Japan

NATSUMI TAKI Japan

SVANTE GULLICHSEN Finland

SVANTE GULLICHSEN Finland

TAKUMI KISHIMOTO Japan

TAKUMI KISHIMOTO Japan

DIANA SOSNOWSKA Poland

DIANA SOSNOWSKA Poland

JEE SU KIM South Korea

JEE SU KIM South Korea

ALENA GROM Ukraine

ALENA GROM Ukraine

ANATOLY SUZDALTSEV Kazakhstan

ANATOLY SUZDALTSEV Kazakhstan

JASMIJN TOLK The Netherlands

JASMIJN TOLK The Netherlands

FION HUNG CHING YAN Hong Kong

FION HUNG CHING YAN Hong Kong

FULVIO BUGANI Italy

FULVIO BUGANI Italy

MARYAM FIRUZI Iran

MARYAM FIRUZI Iran

MADELEINE BRUNNMEIER Germany

MADELEINE BRUNNMEIER Germany

ALICE POYZER UK

ALICE POYZER UK

STUDENT CATEGORY

TOP 3 ENTRIES

 

HARRY HO ZI LE Malaysia - Just me, hiding behind a smile.

MARHARYTA FAL Ukraine - Environment, Dnipro, Ukraine 2023

ANE REUSSER USA - JT swimming

HARRY HO ZI LE Malaysia

HARRY HO ZI LE Malaysia

MARHARYTA FAL Ukraine

MARHARYTA FAL Ukraine

ANE REUSSER USA

ANE REUSSER USA

OLIVIA GRAHAM Canada

OLIVIA GRAHAM Canada

SAMUEL VELÁSQUEZ VELÁSQUEZ Colombia

SAMUEL VELÁSQUEZ VELÁSQUEZ Colombia

PRIZES

OPEN CATEGORY

Open to all international photographers, subject to the theme MAKE IT REAL.

1st Prize USD$2,000.00

2nd Prize  USD$1,000.00

3rd Prize  USD$500.00

 

Exhibition of finalists at Temu House

20 - 28 July 2024

12 - 6 pm daily. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.

TIMELINE

1 February 2024

Submissions open

31 March 2024

*Extended to 5 April, 2024

Midnight Malaysian time (UTC+8)

Submissions close

May 2024

Judging

End May 2024

Finalists announced

Mid June 2024

Winners reveal

July 20 - 28, 2024

Exhibition opens at Temu House

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