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“AN INSTANT” – Announcing the winners


We’re delighted to present the results of Life Framer edition II’s seventh theme! Life is a gas, and so for this theme we asked you to forget the past, put the future on hold, and focus on the now – a detail, an expression, an action, a feeling.  The photography competition was judged by Matt Eich.

Matt is a much sought-after independent photographer born and based in Virginia, USA. His work centres on social documentary storytelling, exploring individuals and communities, the issues they face and their sense of identity – from his own backyard and family to the societies of Peru, Rwanda, Botswana, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom. He said about the selection:

“I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of interpretations of the theme “An Instant.” I gravitated towards frames where the light, color, form and content all coalesced. Selecting and ranking images can seem like an arbitrary task, but in the end I was thinking about images that have staying power … photographs that diffuse the temporary nature of the ‘instant’.”

You can discover the winning images below and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter. Congratulations to all the talented photographers featured and thank you all for your support.

All images © the photographer.



First Prize: Pablo Maestres

“Photography is in many ways a meditation on the past. The instant is gone as soon as we push the button. This image encapsulates the theme with the fleeting nature of smoke, light, and beauty.” – Matt Eich


Second Prize: Andrea Hamilton

“This image uses the frame well, packing every inch with information. It holds my eye and lets me wander around a little bit. Waiting long enough for just the right moment to punctuate the scene would elevate the image, but it still works on many levels.” – Matt Eich


Third Prize: Sinziana Velicescu

“I appreciated the attention to light and form in this image and the gesture helps to convey a sense of narrative.” – Matt Eich


Winning photographers: Kyler Zeleny, Thomas Morelfort, Brett Henrikson, Dien Nguyen, Alessio Zemoz, Vivienne Luo Wang, Lodoe Laura, David Krovblit, Isabella Stahl, Nick Isden, Manfred Vogel, Oliver Eglin, Zachary McCauley, Adrian Wai, Krzysztof Szczurek, Lucy Maratkanova, Paola Paredes

Feedback and comments 

Constructive comments are provided so that photographers who submitted their work can learn to curate their best work and so we can all discover a bit more about photography. This month’s valuable feedback is provided by our guest critic Rachel Segal Hamilton: a freelance writer and contributor to The British Journal of Photography (BJP), VICE, Photomonitor and The Royal Photographic Society Journal.

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A prestigious jury, 4 international exhibitions and $12000 in prizes.

Photographers retain full and exclusive rights to their submitted work. Entries are judged anonymously so that execution, originality and overall impact shine through.