[ DAILY LIFE PICTURE STORY ] A narrative picture story that reflects the everyday human experience, celebrates life, or chronicles a cultural trend. Respect for the dignity of the person is important. Each submission consists of 5 to 10 images. Each participant is allowed to enter up to 3 submissions. All images must be taken in 2022.

Judges for Daily Life Picture Story
Jilson Tiu
Uma Bista
Takaaki Iwabu
Parisa Azadi
Nathan Tsui
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First Place

From Day to Day

Sergei Stroitelev

This story is dedicated to a small family from St. Petersburg (Russia). Inna is 33 years old, and her daughter Dasha is 15. Just a few years ago, their life was completely different. Inna had a beloved man who replaced Dasha's father, she had a job as an administrator in a hospital. However, everything has changed dramatically. Inna's beloved one Sergey died of a drug abuse, and soon after Inna became ill, she began to have problems with coordination and walking. Only two years later, doctors in Moscow were able to make the correct diagnosis - ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) - an incurable and progressive disease leading to complete disability of the patient and subsequent death. The disease is poorly studied and the average life expectancy is also unknown, because it all depends on a patient's health. By that time, Inna could no longer walk and moved in a wheelchair. She almost lost the ability to talk. At the moment, the life of 15-year-old Dasha is completely devoted to her mother. She does all the housework, feeds her mother, helps her take a bath. She does not have the opportunity to meet friends and even attend classes at school. The girl admits that she had to grow up very early. More recently, Inna held her little daughter in her arms, now they have changed places. This family, with whom I spent more than six months filming this story, live in their own special world, finding motivation to move on day by day. This is a story about female power and strongest love.
Manang, a district that borders Tibet, China, had a population short above 6,500 residents are mainly dependent upon agriculture and tourism. The elderly here are mainly suffering from either single or double cataract blindness, which is a dense, cloudy area that forms in the lens of the eye causing impaired eyesight. The cataract blindness is hampering their daily life as they cannot see clearly. Traveling for up to ten days from their remote homes, the cataract patients along with family members come to Chame Community Eye Center in Chame, a district headquarter of Manang to receive the free cataract surgery by Dr. Sanduk Ruit on 24 May. One after the other they are given anesthesia before Dr. Ruit, who established the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Nepal in 1994, makes two tiny cuts in the eye, removes a cloudy jelly-like lens, and replaces it with one of the intraocular lenses. The surgery takes less than 5 minutes to complete. In a single day, Dr. Ruit carried out 62 surgeries from 08:45 am to around 10:00 pm. The joy of the patients, who soon after pack and prepare to return to their homes next day, is the happy awarding and inspiration for Dr. Ruit. 'Sometimes when a mother sees her child for the first time after surgery, these are very powerful inspirations, and what else you want in your life, says Dr. Ruit while sitting happily and seeing his patients depart.


Echo in the Mountains

Svetlana Bulatova

South Ossetia is a tiny breakaway region inside the internationally recognized borders of Georgia, which has lost de facto control of this region. While not officially recognized, South Ossetia is an enduring entity on the South Caucasus political map and deserves attention and nuanced study. The South Caucasus is considered foremost a place of boundaries and divisions. It has been for centuries a borderland and is today fragmented by blockades and frontlines as a result of conflicts that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union broke down. South Ossetia has fissured away from its North borders and subsumed after the fall of the Soviet Union into the newly independent state of Georgia. That didn't go down well with the South Ossetians and fighting broke out toward the end of 1990, leading to some 1,000 deaths. A cease-fire in 1992 muted tensions for a time, but an escalation in August 2008 led to a full-blown five-day war with the participation of Ossetian, Russian and Georgian forces. Despite winning South Ossetia nominal nationhood, the European Union doesn't recognize this Georgian breakaway. Not many countries aside from a few Russian allies — such as Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Syria — and three small Pacific Ocean Island states have recognized South Ossetia as an independent state. It is often referred to as disputed territory in analytical reviews and the media.

Award of Excellence

Pskov Tortuga

Mikhail Lebedev

In the Middle Ages, pirates and robbers lived on the Talab Islands, and now their descendants, fishermen, live here. Over the centuries, the huts have been equipped with electricity and showers, and boat oars have been replaced with motors, but the locals still have to live outside the law: fishing quotas are too small to feed a family. The residents of Talab continue to play cat and mouse with fishery inspectors. Every morning, relying on luck and experience, the fishermen sail to their native lake to check their nets.

Award of Excellence

The Same Song

Yang Yang

In March 2022, nucleic acid testing was being carried out in a community in China, and the expression and mouth shape of residents were together, as if they were singing the same song.The photographer, as a participant, discovered this interesting moment. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 at the end of 2019, China has launched a policy of normalized nucleic acid testing. In communities where the epidemic situation is relatively serious, free nucleic acid testing is regularly provided for residents.

Award of Excellence

Born and Raised

Vladislav Bulenkov

As a child, I thought that when I become an adult, I would also have children. And back then it seemed that this moment was very far away, and as if it would never come. I did not imagine myself as someone else, someone bigger and more important than I am. Now I am still the same as I was when I was 31 years old. But there is a feeling of anxiety and expectation from things familiar to the eye. Outwardly, nothing has changed, but everything seems to be different. Imminent changes excite me and inflame the atmosphere around me. And I feel like time is speeding up, the gap between me and me in the new role of a father is shortening. I’ve heard a lot from friends about what it’s like to have a baby. Now I can only imagine what will await me in the future after my son is born.