In The Dominance series, the acute condition of women in Iran has been reflected using the female body as a confiscated object of the patriarchal society. The portrait of these women, devoid of subjectivity, has been shown through an exaggerated made up stage. A cold and lifeless face with revealing eyes, the background, what they have in their hands, and what they wear reveal their emotion and even their condition in the society. In the exaggerated arrangement of the elements on the stage in each frame, there are implicit and repeated references to the contemporary history of Iranian women and their pent-up Fury. Domestic and cultural violence against Iranian women has always been a serious threat to their growth and prosperity. Discriminations in the family and society has been a great barrier in front of them. They even cannot express their emotions. These suppressions and oppressions leads them to many problems. These days, Iranian women demand freedom with the slogan of "Woman, Life, Freedom". In fact, it is the greatest movement during recent decades in Iran. Iranian Women fix their eyes towards the future, and a hope that it will hold a better situation for them.

Award of Excellence

The Dominance

Maryam Saeedpoor

Maryam Saeedpoor was born in 1984, in Tehran, Iran. She graduated in Iranian Youth Cinema Society and University of Applies Science and Technology-The Faculty of Media in Photography in 2005. Throughout her life, Maryam has 13 years coopration with media. In recent years, she is working in Advertising Photography, Portrait Photography as well as extended collaboration with Book Publishers. Awards • Highly Commended Winner, BarTur Photo Award, 2022 • Gold Award, Meihodo Festival, japan 2021 • Finalist, POYi Festival, USA 2021 • Selected Artist-Painter in Youth Art Festival 2000 (1379) and 2001(1380) in painting • Selected Artist-Painter in Real and Hyper-Real Paining Exhibition in Niavaran Art Centre 2005 (1384) and Tehran Modern Art Museum in 2006 (1385) • Selected Artist in Urmia Youth Festivals, Photo of the Month Exhibition in Saad Abad Palace in Tehran, Isfahan Social Documentary Photo in 2007 (1386) and Biennial Photography in 2008 (1387) Selected Solo Exhibitions • 2014 (1394) “From the Black Letters” –Az mian-e Horoof Siah- Rah-e Abrisham Gallery, Tehran, Iran Selected Group Exhibitions • 2014 (1394), Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, California-USA • 2016 (1395), “26 Women Photographer”, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran and Istanbul Art Centre • 2016 (1395), “Exhibition on the Occasion of International Women’s Day”, Elaheh Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran • 2018 and 2019 (1397-8) Summer Photo Auction, Mojdeh Gallery, Tehran, Iran

[ PORTRAIT SERIES ] A series of photographs that reflects a strong sense of identity or narrative. Respect for the dignity of the person is important. Submissions do not have to adhere to documentary principles. Alternate processes and digital manipulations are allowed. 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 Portrait Series
Sandipa Malakar
Willy Kurniawan
Zhou Yang
Ki-Ho Park
Suzanne Lee
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