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Winners Announced: OpenPHOTO 2013

Victories and Violations


The 2013 annual OPENPhoto prize has been awarded to Pete Muller for his series:
"In the Shadow of Change - South Sudan's Transition to Independence."


Muller's striking colour series on the world's youngest nation's birth pangs as various minority peoples face great difficulties in finding democractic and economic space. 

A southern Sudanese boy eats ice cream inside the only shop in the south that sells it. The ice cream shop is part of a pre-independence wave of development that aims to transform the southern capital of Juba from a sprawling town into a political capital on par with neighbouring countries. (c) Pete Muller

First Runner-up is Conrad Bornman for his photo essay: "Karretjie Mense" an essay on the last nomadic people of South Africa's desert regions who are facing an end to their itinerate way of life.

Following the enactment of Nigeria’s hateful and punitive new anti-gay law in January, we have temporarily removed the photos of the men that were taken by Second Runner-up, Andrew Esiebo, for his remarkable series, "Who We Are".*

*Update 10 February 2014: Three portraits remain visible after Andrew contacted all his other subjects and honoured their wishes not to be shown publicly.



There are 3 Honourable Mentions: Lungelo Mbulwana, Max Bastard and Tadej Znidarcic