20 Photographers Who Were Chosen By The AAP Magazine For Giving A Powerful Tribute To Women All Around The World

The results of the 23rd edition of AAP Magazine’s ‘Women’s Photography Contest’ is here and the pictures are as powerful as ever. The competition is a tribute to women all around the world.

As the AAP magazine revealed on Bored Panda, “The perception of women as a subject has changed over time. Up until the 1960s and ’70s, society saw women only as mothers and wives, confined to a very specific role. Yet, since the dawn of time, they never ceased to transfigure – through their actions or words – our society. From the very beginning of photography, they never relented escaping from the societal norms to question and document the world.” Check out the winning images in the gallery below.

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#1 1st Place Winner: Susanne From The Series Daylight By Susanne Middelberg

“Dancer, actress, photographer. In my portraits, I am looking for honesty and vulnerability. I believe that vulnerability makes us nicer human beings and that this makes the world a little more friendly and more understanding. People who show themselves vulnerable give the other the confidence that they themselves may be who they are. I am most fascinated when I can see opposite qualities of a person at the same moment.”

#2 2nd Place Winner: Arrangement In Green And Black #10 From The Series ‘Arrangement In Green And Black,’ Portrait Of The Photographer’s Mother By Aline Smithson

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“This series had serendipitous beginnings. I found a print of Whistler’s painting, and it started me thinking about the genre of portraiture, the strong compositional relationships going on within Whistler’s painting, and the evocative nature of unassuming details. The series is printed in silver gelatin yet becomes richer with the treatment of hand painting. My patient 85-year-old mother posed in over 20 ensembles, but unfortunately passed away before seeing the finished series.”

#3 3rd Place Winner: Ranch Sage From The Series ‘Natural Order’ By Maura Allen

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#4 American Beauty From The Series ‘Nod Of Recognition’ By Jane Levine

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#5 Babushka From The Series ‘Russian Fairy Tales’ By Frank Herfort

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“Babushka Aleksandra, at the home of her daughter Elena at a village between Saint Petersburg and Moscow, near the city of Bologoye. Aleksandra warms up and wears the famous or typical Russian Valenki, felt boots.”

#6 Paris 2021 From The Series ‘Women Are Still Beautiful’ By Giuseppe Cardoni

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“Tribute to Gary Winogrand.”

#7 Ruby Red From The Series ‘Selfhood’ By Vicky Martin

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“Ruby Red is taken from the series Selfhood, The female characters in this series search for a sense of independent identity crafted through outward appearance and signalled through dress and posture, challenging the traditional assessment of character made via eye contact. Each image contains its own distinctive narrative, separate from the other photographs in the series, connected only through the motif of disguised eyes.”

#8 ISIS Mother From The Series ‘Women Of Islamic State’ By Lenka Klicperová

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“When the Kurdish troops liberated the capital of Caliphate Raqqa, I finally met them – women who in a special way frightened and fascinated the world. Women of Islamic State fighters, the wives of the most dangerous men on this planet. They crossed the front lines, some died also with their children. Some of them survived. They were detained in camp Ain Issa near Raqqa, Syria’s. Surrounded by their enemies – Kurds.”

#9 Makiko Sugawa From The Series ‘Maze Of Metamorphosis’ By Silvia Alessi

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“Makiko Sugawa is an artist, an illustrator. Because of a cancer, she lost her left leg completely, well above the knee. And in fact, her prosthesis must be tied to her waist with a belt. She knows that clothes and fashion can have a big impact on how a woman feels about herself. So if a woman with a disability can be “stylish”, other girls in the same condition can follow her example. This conviction led her to parade on the catwalks using Fumio Usui’s splendid creations.”

#10 Sophia With Roses From The Series ‘Ode To Beauty’ By Pat Rose

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“Studio portrait with natural light.”

#11 Hands On Chest From The Series ‘Growing Old’ By Marna Clarke

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#12 Julie T’s Feet From The Series ‘Embrasure’ By Julie Fowells

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“Julie Tolentino is a modern dancer/performance artist. These are her feet.”

#13 Creative Growth From The Series ‘Noisy Brain’ By Sandra Klein

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“I consider this diptych a portrait of how I create my imagery. I begin with a spark of an idea and obsessively develop it.”

#14 Milla From The Series ‘Women In The Flow’ By Lisen Stibeck

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#15 Green Dress From The Series ‘Conversations With Myself’ By Jo Ann Chaus

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#16 June At Hasenheide From The Series ‘German Youth’ By Aaron Deppe

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#17 Lost In Thought From The Series ‘About Women’ By Andrea Torrei

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“Dire Dawa, Ethiopia 2019.”

#18 Shima From The Series ‘Neopictorialist ‘ By Francis Willey

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#19 Reindeer Moss, Cumberland Island From The Series ‘Land Of The Yaupon Holly’ By Anne Berry

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“Cumberland Island, 2019, from Land of the Yaupon Holly.”

#20 Sister Maria Grazia From The Series ‘Habito’ By Monica Testa

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Saumya Ratan 

Saumya loves to explore beautiful, crazy, and wholesome stuff. She seeks to find something interesting in everything and strives to share her inspirations and explorations with people all over the world.

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