We’re thrilled to announce 30 of the winning photographs from the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards Single Images Category, to be exhibited as part of a group street exhibition in Brooklyn, New York later this year. Congratulations to Dorie Hagler, Matthew Bagley, Zerb Mellish, Anna Neubauer, Daniel Heilig, Mona Singh, Karene-Isabelle Jean-Baptiste, Sunniva Hestenes, Ryan Peticca, Susan Borowitz, Tris Lovering, Dom Marker, Devin Lunsford, Inga Pae, Cuneyt Gumushaneli, Lua Kobayashi, Gemma Pepper, Stefano Lotumolo, Tom Winter, Valeria Cammareri, Shou Yi Daniel, Iara Mora Watanabe, Grzegorz Piotrowski, Priscilla Ong, Artem Shestakov, and Sebastian Dijkstra Nilander for being selected by this year’s judging panel.
The Single Image jurors for the 7th Annual Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards were Maura Friedman, Associate Photo Editor at National Geographic; Karen Comer Lowe, Executive Director and Chief Curator at Hammonds House Museum; Kainaz Amaria, Visuals Editor at Vox; H Eugene Foster, freelance photographer and Adjunct Instructor at ICP; Jason Baron, photography consultant and former Head of Photography at the BBC; and Aaron Turner, photographer, educator, and founder of the Center for Photographers of Color at the University of Arkansas, School of Art.
The theme for this year’s Single Image submissions was Show Us Today’s World Through Your Lens, interpreted by the winning photographers in a wide variety of ways. Some took a documentary approach, with Dorie Hagler photographing the Queer Liberation March in New York City and Shou Yi Daniel covering the work of chemical troops in Taipei amid the pandemic. Others, including Sunniva Hestenes and Susan Borowitz, veered into surreal territory, tapping into current anxieties with emotions with ambiguous, open-ended pictures.
Still more celebrated cherished moments in everyday life. Zerb Mellish, a first-generation Liberian-American photographer, captured the bond between a mother and child, while Daniel Heilig spotted a family playing soccer in the Jebel Shams mountains of Oman. Diving into the depths of the ocean, Matthew Bagley celebrated the beauty of the natural world at a time when it faces dire threats.
We encourage you to browse all the winning photographs here. If you’re in the Brooklyn area during the exhibition, we hope you’ll check them out in person. Another 30 single images will be exhibited in Los Angeles, and all winning pictures from the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards will be published as part of our upcoming photobook, so stay tuned for details.