[ PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR, ASIA ] This premier category is open to all photographers — independent, agency, wire service, or newspaper photographers. Please submit 10 to 50 images per portfolio consisting of at least two stories. Single images are optional. Each participant is allowed to enter only one portfolio. All images must be taken in 2022.

Judges for Photographer of the Year, Asia

Jilson Tiu
Sandipa Malakar
Uma Bista
Willy Kurniawan
Takaaki Iwabu
Zhou Yang
Parisa Azadi
Ki-Ho Park
Nathan Tsui
Suzanne Lee
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Photographer of the Year, Asia

Sergei Stroitelev

I am a Russian born freelance photographer and visual artist residing in Georgia and working on a regular basis with Helsingin Sanomat, De Volkskrant, VICE UK/USA, Meduza, Novaya Gazeta, others. My photographic practice primarily focuses on the exploration of the issues of modern society. With the help of different visual languages and forms I look at problems of identity of minorities, gender, health and racial prejudice, ecology, consequences of the conflicts and natural disasters. I often execute very personal photographic projects exploring my very own inner demons, past and family. I am the awardee of the number of international contests such as: NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Bartur Photo Awards, Pictures of the Year International, Pictures of the Year Asia, Istanbul Photo Awards, Direct Look Photocontest, Hellerau Portraits Awards, Luis Valtuena Humanitarian Photography Award and many more.


Ugur Yildirim

I was born in the city of Tunceli in the east of Turkey in 1985. I studied journalism and philosophy at Ankara University. While continuing my education, I have done special news and photo projects for many magazines and newspapers. I have covered the war for Syria, ISIS military operation in Mosul, refugee migration in the Aegean, Myanmar Arakan crisis, Gaza, Libya, Azerbaijan-Nagorno-Karabakh, Ukraine-Russia War, especially in many countries in Asia and Africa. I have worked in war-conflict areas and crisis zones in different parts of the world. I had the chance to report and photograph important events in the world. I have won many national and international awards with the photos I have taken. I work on news and photography projects focusing on humanitarian questions/consequences arising from War- Crisis and its aftermath.

Award of Excellence

Nazanin Hafez

Nazanin Hafez (born 1991 in Shiraz), is a visual artist based in Iran and Germany. she is graduated with a B.A. in Media Art and Design at Saar College of Fine Arts in Saarbrücken and is currently Proceedings her Postgraduate studies in Fine Art at Academy of Fine Arts in Mainz. Most of her artworks express social and political critiques especially towards the politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which she incorporates into various art forms such as photography and collage.

Award of Excellence

Thomas Peter

Thomas Peter was born in Gera, Germany in 1978. Studied Russian Literature and History at School of Slavonic and East European Studies in London, joined Reuters in Moscow in 2005, thereafter based in Berlin, Tokyo. He has been based in Beijing since 2017.