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16th Annual International Color Awards


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I was delighted to be involved in such a worthwhile and renowned competition, given the very high standard of material submitted, judging winners proved extremely difficult”  Laura Paterson – BONHAMS, New York


International Color Awards – Winner Announcement

Winners for the 16th Annual International Color Awards were announced at a prestigious online Winners & Nominee Photoshow streamed live Saturday, April 29, 2023. 

The Gala Ceremony was attended by industry leaders and the photography community from around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the world’s premier event for color photography. Top honors for Photographer of the Year went to:

Professional Photographer of the Year:
1st – Jeroen Nieuwhuis (Els Enfarinats, The Flowered Ones) – Netherlands
2nd – Lacey Criswell (Trophies) – USA
3rd – Carmen Troesser (Sisters) – USA

Amateur Photographer of the Year:
1st – Tharaka Bibule Witharana (Far Away, So Close) – Sri Lanka
2nd – Pinu Rahman (Lost Childhood) – Bangladesh
3rd – Renate Wasinger (Autumn) – Germany

The international Jury included captains of the industry from The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; The Art Channel, London; Groninger Museum, Netherlands; Koller Auctions, Zurich; Preus Museum, Norway; Throckmorton Fine Art Gallery, New York; Publicis Groupe, Warsaw; Chung 24 Gallery, San Francisco; Kolle Rebbe, Hamburg; Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr Auctions, Brussels; Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Philadelphia; William Shearburn Gallery, Saint Louis; Museo d’arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo), Bologna; and Clamp, New York who honored Color Masters with 608 title awards.

It was a real pleasure to participate on the jury of the 16th International Color Awards. These occasions are precious for getting to know new artists and understanding where the contemporary taste is leading, with themes that interest, fascinate and capture the collective gaze”. Said Juror Lorenzo Balbi, Director of Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo).

The Photoshow will remain on rotation until May 14th.

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography. 



International Color Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography.



For seventeen years International Color Awards has been committed to bringing you world-class Juries selected from the most influential names in the industry. Annually a new jury pool is created to ensure the program’s reputation for recognizing first-movers, new emerging talent and current trends across the industry. Jury members are selected by exclusive invitation to join the international panel and sent ballots to log on, review the entries and make their nomination selections. Only by having the greatest talent from both sides of the lens do we produce the intoxicating and diverse collections of color photography the program is renowned around the globe for showcasing.

THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM – Los Angeles – James A. Ganz, Senior Curator of Photographs
GRONINGER MUSEUM – NETHERLANDS – Marion Steensma, Head of Collections
CLAMP – New York – Brian Paul Clamp, Owner & Director
FILA – New York – John Lin, Executive Creative Director, VP of Basketball
BONHAMS CORNETTE DE SAINT CYR – Brussels – Caronline Gentsch, Specialist Contemporary Art
PREUS MUSEUM – Norway – Hege Oulie, Curator
KOLLER AUCTIONS – Zurich – Gabriel Mueller, Head of Photography
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART (ICA) – Philadelphia – Halle Ringle, Chief Curator
B/E BENJAMIN ECK GALERIEN – Munich – Benjamin Eck, Director & Founder
REDKITE NFT – London – Angie Davey, Art Consultant & Advisory
THROCKMORTON FINE ART GALLERY – New York – Norberto Rivera, Photography Director
KUNSTSAMMLUNGEN & MUSEEN AUGSBURG – Germany – Dr. Thomas Elsen, Director of H2 / Contemporary Art
WUNDERMAN THOMPSON INTELLIGENCE – New York – Emma Chiu, Global Director
THE ART CHANNEL – London – Joshua White, Founder
DUDA PROPAGANDA – Warsaw – Tiago Pinto, Art Director
CHUNG 24 GALLERY – San Francisco – Diane Chung, Owner & Gallery Director
PUBLICS – Warsaw – Alexandra Prata, Head of Design
KOLLE REBBE – Hamburg – Savina Mokreva, Senior Art Director
NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART – Raleigh, Maya Brooks, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art
APARTHEID MUSEUM – Johannesburg – Christopher Till, Director
MUSEO DÀRTE MODERNA DI BOLOGNA (MAMbo) – Bologna – Lorenzo Balbi, Director
PHOTO-EYE GALLERY – Santa Fe – Anne Kelly, Gallery Director
WILLIAM SHEARBURN GALLERY – Saint Louis – Katherine Rodway Vega, Director – Saint Louis
HIGH MUSEUM OF ART – Atlanta – Maria L. Kelly, Assistant Curator of Photography
THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART – Washington DC – Diane Waggoner, Curator, Dept. of Photographs

SOURCE: International Color Awards

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