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Hope Contest: And the winner is…

Myself and Beat Eisele are pleased to announce the winner of my Hope Contest: Johannes Siglär from Vienna (Austria) with his vision of “Hope”:

"Hope" © Johannes Siglär

"Hope" © Johannes Siglär

We felt that this image was the most intimate and subtle rendering of hope we recieved. There is so much to be read in the old man’s face. A technically and artistically great capture of the complexity that human emotions are! Congratulations Johannes!

What we didn’t know when we chose this image as the winner, is that it shows Johannes’ father and a very personal story of hope behind it. I’ll let Johannes explain in his own words:

“Several years ago, when my father suffered a stroke, hope got the dominant emotion for each and every one of us. We all had only one thought: that this incident may pass without consequences. Fate decided otherwise, our dreams didn’t come true. As a result life got challenging for my father, a permanent struggle with frustration gaining the upper hand. Yet still: from time to time, rarely, there’s a glimmer of hope, when a movement, a smile, a twinkle in his eyes calls to mind the echoes of times gone by. Having the opportunity to capture moments like this, when the joy of living surpasses everything else, is much more than I might expect from photography.”

While the image itself speaks volumes, knowing the story behind it makes it that much stronger and I’m very thankful that Johannes shared it with us!

Johannes says about himself that art in its many forms has always dominated his life. When time between his family and job became sparse, he traded his pencils and acrylics for a camera in order to fulfill his need for creativity in the few slots of free time that remain. Make sure to check out his Flickr and Blog to find more of his outstanding work in portraiture!

And of course a big thanx to all the other participants who sent in their vision of hope! Here are a few of the runners up:

"Hope" © àsìkò

"Hope" © àsìkò

Àsìkò’s interpretation is more of a conceptual nature drawing on different layers of religion and society. We liked it a lot because it is so different to most of the other submissions.

"Hope" @ Michaela Müller

"Hope" © Michaela Müller

Michaela’s submission yet again reflects a different facet of hope. While fishing seems a little superficial at fist glance, it actually draws on ancient, mostly christian concepts of hope and absolution.

Personally I think we should do this again. It’s a thrill to see what people come up with, when asked to deliver their own vision of a given theme!

Posted by nicolas_henri on September 21st, 2010 :: Filed under Contest, Photography
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