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Pride Photo Award is a platform for inspiring stories about sexual and gender diversity. By sharing these images and the stories they tell in various locations, we create a space for dialogue. Thus we empower marginalized groups, stimulate people to critically review their ideas and convictions, and create a greater freedom for people to be themselves.
For the 2019 contest, 409 photographers from all over the world submitted nearly 3.800 photos. The contest had four categories: Single Images, Stories, an Open category, and the 2019 theme category Unique.
On the one hand, it’s about new ways of storytelling. Innovative ways to seduce people to look at the world in a different way, and to step into lives and stories that are often far removed from their comfort zone. Secondly, this year’s theme looks for stories about unique people, who live their lives without compromise or shame for being different. It’s about the courage to be yourself, no matter what.
A jury of internationally renowned photography experts selected the winning photos and the winner of the 2019 Pride Photo Award: a photo of two action figures kissing, from the series PLAY TOY by South Korean artist Seungwook YANG.
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