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Genesis of Desire
grand prize, simon paul, school of visual arts 
fine art & personal work
FINE ART & PERSONAL WORK
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GRAND PRIZE :
SIMON PAUL
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genesis of desire
A studio-based project informed by Simon's own struggles with masculinity, body dysmorphia and gender expectations, "Genesis of Desire" is a black-and-white series of collages of male bodies that exist in physical and imaginary planes.
Mars, Roving
grand prize, samuel lee, syracuse university
fashion & portraiture
FASHION & PORTRAITURE
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SAMUEL LEE
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mars, roving
Lee captured this series as a way of coping with social anxiety. The series is, he says, "a depiction of a benevolent solitude where one's mind can wander, something like a daydream of a martian colony."
City Soleil : Eager to learn
grand prize, urim hong, art center college of design
documentary
DOCUMENTARY
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URIM HONG
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city soleil : eager to learn
Hong's series captures the children in City Soleil who are thriving and learning despite the town's impovershed conditions.
Sister
grand prize, jackie weik, wamogo regional
high school
HIGH SCHOOL
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JACKIE WEIK
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sister
A portrait series of Weik's sister.
There Are Many Wonders in a Cows Head
grand prize, brendon kahn, california college of the arts
travel & landscape
TRAVEL & LANDSCAPE
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BRENDON KAHN
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there are many wonders in a cows head
Through the lens of tourists, Iceland is often depicted as "an outdoorsman paradise," Kahn writes. His series aims to capture "what exists behind the curtains of wonderlust. The nuances of Icelandic life persists in the turn the traveler does not take."
Impossible Paint
grand prize, pratik mahesh parulekar, academy of art university in san francisco,california
still life
STILL LIFE
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PRATIK MAHESH PARULEKAR
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impossible paint
A personal project that explores surrealism, form and color and is inspired by MC Escher's impossible shapes.
The Border
honorable mention, yuki iwamura, international center of photography
documentary
DOCUMENTARY
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YUKI IWAMURA
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the border
Iwamura's series captures the 5,000 migrants from Central America who are seeking refuge in the States, but await their asylum case number to be called in the border city of Tijuana, Mexico.
UNTITLED  (Portraits)
honorable mention, ingmar björn nolting, fachhochschule dortmund university of applied sciences and arts
fashion & portraiture
FASHION & PORTRAITURE
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INGMAR BjöRN NOLTING
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untitled (portraits)
A collection of personal portraits captured to "calm my buzzing mind and become more observant of what is happening around me," Nolting says.
Indian Land for Sale
honorable mention, donna garcia, savannah college of art and design
fine art & personal work
FINE ART & PERSONAL WORK
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DONNA GARCIA
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indian land for sale
Garcia's series reflects on the 1830 Indian Removal Act, which, she says, forced many east coast Indian tribes to make a deadly 1,000-mile trek across the Mississippi so the government could sell their land.
Cowboy America
honorable mention, harlan beeton, ross school 
high school
HIGH SCHOOL
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HARLAN BEETON
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cowboy america
A project that paints Western Texas as a metaphor for the American Dream. Writes Beeton, "these images hold personal significance as well as sociopolitical importance as a testament to our political climate, ideals and values as a nation."
Solitary Serenity
honorable mention, colton stevens, northeastern university
travel & landscape
TRAVEL & LANDSCAPE
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COLTON STEVENS
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solitary serenity
Stevens' series depicts the feelings and emotions that conjure up when looking at the stars. "By photographing some of my moments alone with the stars, I hope to shre the beauty and awe I have experienced in the past," he writes. "I want to encourage others to travel away from the cities and lights of so-called civilization to seek out the night sky and all it has to offer."
Something of Value
honorable mention, jessica campbell, rochester institute of technology
still life
STILL LIFE
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JESSICA CAMPBELL
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something of value
A series featuring found objects – many of which were disposed as trash. "Photographed with care and dignity," writes Campbell, "this series attempts to evoke grandeur through otherwise trivial subjects."
Shake it Off
honorable mention, lanny xiuzhu li, international center of photography
multimedia & video
MULTIMEDIA & VIDEO
HONORABLE MENTION
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LANNY XIUZHU LI
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shake it off
A performative reflection on how memories influence clothing choices and what it means to Li's identity. The three-minute video is part of a larger project called "every wardrobe an IDENTITY" that looks in to personal stories about style, memory and gender identity in the Asian queer community.
(Hopeless) חסרת ישועה
grand prize, ori highbloom, school of visual arts
multimedia & video
MULTIMEDIA & VIDEO
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ORI HIGHBLOOM
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(hopeless) חסרת ישועה
In Israel, men and woman have mandatory conscription, but after service, they are expected to fulfill traditional male and female roles in society. "Hopeless" is inspired by the conflicting ideals this places on Highbloom, who grew up in Israel. "What roles does a woman have to fulfill? Am I capable of letting go of the expectations only when I'm far away from my own people? I still don't know the answer to those questions," she writes. "In this video, I'm questioning what I used to know."
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