Project Description

“ANIMAL KINGDOM” – Announcing the winners

 

We’re delighted to present the results of Life Framer edition II’s sixth theme! An encounter with an animal is now a rarity in many people’s lives. Blame it on the urbanized world and so for this theme we asked you to explore the animal kingdom, exotic and domestic, wild and tamed. From comfort, to fear, to wonder – animals as a nuisance, a companion or a commodity… The photography competition was judged by Robin Schwartz.

Robin Schwartz is an acclaimed photographer whose art is part of permanent public collections in some of the most prestigious museums across America and Europe including the Museum Of Modern Art and the MET museum in NYC. She is also the author of the mesmerizing photobook: Amelia and the Animals, recently crowd-funded by Aperture Foundation, and exploring inter-species relationships.  She dwelled on the selection between first, second and third prizes, going back and forth for quite some time. We caught up with Robin and asked her about the judging position. She said “The images were so different from one another and equally wonderful in their own genres. I ultimately decided to select what surprised me, along with what stayed with me. I do wish I could have had a tie for the first prize, and a few more honorable mentions.”

You can discover the winning images below and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter. Congratulation to all the talented photographers featured and thank you all for your support. And remember only animals were not expelled from paradise!

 

 

First Prize: Sophie Gamand

“At first, I questioned if this was a staged diorama of a taxidermy dog. Then I accepted this images, without that information, and I hoped the dog to be living at the time the photo was taken.  Museum dioramas have been on my mind a lot lately. They represent what we either have no more of, as well as substituting for the real animal that still exists. I have been thinking that people appreciate dioramas more than the messiness of real life. Excuse me, I digress. This photograph’s scenario is a lovely combination of an unusual dog, almost hidden behind the plants and a magical landscape. The idea of it all takes my breath away.  The Xoloitzcuintle dog in the desert landscape is like nothing I have seen. How unusual, the hairless do