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Our 10 Favourite Student & Amateur Photos from BIFA 2019

September 29, 2020

At the Budapest International Foto Awards, we believe that you don't have to be a well-known photographer to have extraordinary talent - we admire our student and amateur entrants' bravery to put their works out there for the world to see. In 2019, we received an enormous amount of entries in all the categories - here are our ten favourite student and amateur photographs from BIFA 2019.

Wolfdog Maya by Irena Markovich - Silver in Nature

In this photo, we see freedom manifest: Maya, the beautiful wolfdog is discovering the wheat fields, running through the tall forest of plants.

The Inverted Night Sky by William Ye - Silver in People

The photographer depicts Japanese Butoh dancers. They paint their own body and dance fiercely with passion. The world beyond the gate seen by Dante, the author of "La Divina Commedia", is such a sight. There were people who were suffering in the darkness and seeking salvation from God. There may have been some people who grudge against God without meaningfully because of suffering. 

Hana by Pei-Yi Cheng - Gold in Advertising

The question that we could ask ourselves till the end of time: who are you?and Who am I?? The photographer's concept was to symbolize her feeling of being more and more confused in the messy era.

Hana by Pei-Yi Cheng

Rainbow House by Mono Wang - Bronze in Architecture

The unique design of Choi Hung Estate was awarded silver by the Hong Kong Association of Architects 1965. “Choi Hung” means rainbow in Chinese. The building has been painted eight different colours. The charming pattern can surely attracts viewers’ eyes.


La Divina Commedia by Masaya Mizuno - First Place in Events

Typography is the art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable and appealing when displayed. The arrangement of type involves selecting typefaces, point size, line length, line-spacing (leading), letter-spacing (tracking), and adjusting the space within letters pairs (kerning).

The Work of Water N 5 by Giovanni Sonsini - Gold in Nature

Photo taken from a helicopter flying over the dunes of Namib desert at sunset, showing the breathtaking shapes and colours of the vast landscape. 

Winter In Buda Hills by Gyorgy Sziraczki - Bronze in Nature

Foggy winter day in the Buda Hills, in Budapest, Hungary. The photographer, based in Budapest and Bangkok, enjoys exploring the neighborhood and talking to locals to understand their stories before capturing the shots. 

Ocean Pollution by Wei Jung Wang - Silver in Editorial

The moment the photographer heard the news about turtles that died because they ingested trash in the ocean, the artist decided to go to the beach and pick up trash to combine with clothing. 

Howling In The Night by Nick Prince - Gold in Science

A truly scientific shot, this picture demonstrates to us what happens when light and geology is combined. The photographer is an artist producing works in stained glass, silver, and photography, combining them for these truly special shots. 

Photography. Poetry by Chin-Fa Tzeng - Bronze in Book 

This book was published in September 2016 with a collection of photographs and poems. The photographer attempted to create images in poetry, poetic works in the images. Each photo is accompanied by a poem to express the same mood. 


Bonus Favourite: Lost America by Matthew Portch - First Place in Fine Art

Lost America shows us a quiet stillness in a forgotten landscape that is, in a sense: ‘on-pause’. Places appear frozen in time, their inhabitants absent or long since departed. Ardently stagnant in their appearance, the images aim to unlock a moment of reflective contemplation and instil a melancholic feeling of familiarity. 

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