Surreal portrait of wrestlers in India wins 2023 reFocus Awards Color Photography contest

May 17, 2023

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Surreal portrait of wrestlers in India wins 2023 reFocus Awards Color Photography contest

May 17, 2023

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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reFocus Awards has announced the 2023 winners of its annual Color Photography contest. Among 20 categories and six overall winners, you’ll see plenty of magnificent images of different genres and with different stories and sentiments. We bring you this year’s winners, as well as some information about the contest.

This year, photographers from 69 countries worldwide submitted their best work to the contest and the jury selected two photographers of each first, second, and third place. One of each winner belongs to the Professional category, and the other to the Non-professional. The first place in the Professional category was awarded to Belgian photojournalist Alain Schroeder for his image Kushti. It explores Kushti, a traditional form of Indian wrestling, and Schroeder captured the wrestlers relaxing after training. One wrestler examines the eye of another who has something in his eye. “Living and training together promotes camaraderie, solidarity and fraternity in this universe where time has stood still, ” the photographer explains.

© Alain Schroeder/reFocus Awards 2023

In the non-professional category, the first place was awarded to João Coelho for his dystopian environmental portrait titled Scavengers. Taken at the end of the day, it captures a man at the dump which resembles a post-apocalyptic scenario. “The atmosphere is heavy, almost palpable, interspersed with the living flames of the fires spewing toxic fumes that mix with the warm evening air,” the photographer writes. !It is the time of the scavengers, the last hope at the dump.”

© João Coelho/reFocus Awards 2023

reFocus features 20 categories, and other than the overall winners, the contest selects the best image in each of them:

  • Abstract
  • Aerial
  • Architecture
  • Conceptual
  • Domestic Animals
  • Events
  • Fashion & Beauty
  • Film/Analog
  • Fine Art
  • Landscapes
  • Minimalism
  • Nature
  • People
  • Photojournalism
  • Portrait
  • Still Life
  • Street
  • Travel
  • Underwater
  • Wildlife

Take a look at the full gallery on reFocus, and enjoy the category winners and the overall winners below. You’ll also find more photos from other reFocus contests via the links below.

Overall winners – 2nd and 3rd place

© Sebastian Mader/reFocus Awards 2023; Professional, 2nd place
© Peter Juzak/reFocus Awards 2023; Non-Professional, 2nd place
© Nina Tberg/reFocus Awards 2023;  Non-Professional, 3rd place
© Mark Sommer/reFocus Awards 2023; Professional, 3rd place

Category winners

© Tony M North/reFocus Awards 2023; Professional, Nature
© Tommaso Rada/reFocus Awards 2023; Professional, Film/Analog
© Thomas Freyer/reFocus Awards 2023; Professional, Fashion & Beauty
© Robin Malátek/reFocus Awards 2023; Professional, Film/Analog
© Pat Kennedy-Corlin/reFocus Awards 2023; Professional, Fine Art
© Omar Morais Rodrigues Marques/reFocus Awards 2023; ; Professional, Photojournalism
© Natasha Pszenicki/reFocus Awards 2023; ; Professional, Portrait
© Gleici Rufatto/reFocus Awards 2023; Professional, Minimalism
© Florian Ledoux/reFocus Awards 2023; Professional, Aerial
© Dale May/reFocus Awards 2023; ; Professional, Conceptual
© Cody Cobb/reFocus Awards 2023; Professional, Landscapes
© Claire Bunnik/reFocus Awards 2023; Professional, Domestic Animals
© Christian Redermayer/reFocus Awards 2023; Professional, Architecture
© Bellot Audrey/reFocus Awards 2023; Professional, Domestic Animals
© Azim Khan Ronnie/reFocus Awards 2023; Professional, Travel
© Anindito Mukherjee/reFocus Awards 2023; Professional, Street
© Andreja Ravnak/reFocus Awards 2023; Professional, Abstract
© Andrea Michelutti/reFocus Awards 2023; Professional, Underwater
© Alireza Bagheri Sani/reFocus Awards 2023; Professional, Conceptual
© Alain Schroeder/reFocus Awards 2023; Professional, Events
© Yevhen Kostiuk/reFocus Awards 2023; Professional, Aerial
© Talia Greis/reFocus Awards 2023; Non-Professional, Underwater
© Svetlin Yosifov/reFocus Awards 2023; Non-Professional, People
© Stephane Navailles/reFocus Awards 2023; Non-Professional, Street
© Renate Wasinger/reFocus Awards 2023; Non-Professional; Minimalism
© Matt Portch/reFocus Awards 2023; Non-Professional, Fine-Art
© Kevin Kielty/reFocus Awards 2023; Non-Professional,Events
© Judith Kuhn/reFocus Awards 2023; Non-Professional, Landscapes
© Judith Kuhn/reFocus Awards 2023; Non-Professional, Architecture
© Ivan Ferrer/reFocus Awards 2023; Non-Professional, Portrait
© Gianni Maitan/reFocus Awards 2023; Non-Professional, Wildlife
© Fenqiang Liu/reFocus Awards 2023; Non-Professional, Wildlife
© Elizabeth Knight/reFocus Awards 2023; Non-Professional, Still Life

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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