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The wonderfully weird winners of The Mind’s Eye Photo Awards

The wonderfully weird winners ...
Honorable Mention - Flying Frog. Wallace’s Flying Frog is a moss frog found in Malaysia and western Indonesia
Honorable Mention - Flying Frog. Wallace’s Flying Frog is a moss frog found in Malaysia and western Indonesia
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1st place - Across the River, Burma
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1st place - Across the River, Burma
Honorable Mention - Cemetary. Small cemetery in winter outside of a village named Rejvíz in Jeseníky Mountains, Czech Republic
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Honorable Mention - Cemetary. Small cemetery in winter outside of a village named Rejvíz in Jeseníky Mountains, Czech Republic
Honorable Mention - Break Away. A man falling off a bull in a rodeo event held in Taralga Australia
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Honorable Mention - Break Away. A man falling off a bull in a rodeo event held in Taralga Australia
Honorable Mention - Waterlilies harvesting. Farmers are washing waterlilies and packing before sending off to market in Mekong delta, Vietnam, in flood season
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Honorable Mention - Waterlilies harvesting. Farmers are washing waterlilies and packing before sending off to market in Mekong delta, Vietnam, in flood season
2nd Place - Avery Skipalis (33), outside of her house, posing together with all the firearms she owns, Tampa, Florida
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2nd Place - Avery Skipalis (33), outside of her house, posing together with all the firearms she owns, Tampa, Florida
3rd Place - Philomena.
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3rd Place - Philomena.
Honorable Mention - The Polar Night. It looks like the darkness of evening, but this is 14:25 in the afternoon during the long polar night in Russia's arctic capital city Murmansk
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Honorable Mention - The Polar Night. It looks like the darkness of evening, but this is 14:25 in the afternoon during the long polar night in Russia's arctic capital city Murmansk
Honorable Mention - Perfect Binding. A women and her cat wonder through the streets of Los Angeles
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Honorable Mention - Perfect Binding. A women and her cat wonder through the streets of Los Angeles
Honorable Mention - Eye Sea. A school of Bigeye trevaly and divers at Cabo Pulmo National Park, Mexico
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Honorable Mention - Eye Sea. A school of Bigeye trevaly and divers at Cabo Pulmo National Park, Mexico
Honorable Mention - Making Soy Sauce. Cu Da in Hanoi, Vietnam, where villagers have been making soy sauce since its founding more than 400 years ago
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Honorable Mention - Making Soy Sauce. Cu Da in Hanoi, Vietnam, where villagers have been making soy sauce since its founding more than 400 years ago
Honorable Mention - Reflection: Departed
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Honorable Mention - Reflection: Departed
Honorable Mention - Flying Frog. Wallace’s Flying Frog is a moss frog found in Malaysia and western Indonesia
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Honorable Mention - Flying Frog. Wallace’s Flying Frog is a moss frog found in Malaysia and western Indonesia
Honorable Mention - The Lost Swimmer
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Honorable Mention - The Lost Swimmer
Honorable Mention - Untitled - Man on a White Horse, Buffalo, WY
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Honorable Mention - Untitled - Man on a White Horse, Buffalo, WY
Honorable Mention - Hot Kiss. A monkey entering a Japanese hot spring
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Honorable Mention - Hot Kiss. A monkey entering a Japanese hot spring
Honorable Mention - The Grand Procession. Mourners walk alongside the car carrying the casket of the Skulener Rebbe, Rabbi Yisroel Avrohom Portugal, a popular Brooklyn Rabbi
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Honorable Mention - The Grand Procession. Mourners walk alongside the car carrying the casket of the Skulener Rebbe, Rabbi Yisroel Avrohom Portugal, a popular Brooklyn Rabbi
Honorable Mention - Polar Bear Pet
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Honorable Mention - Polar Bear Pet
Honorable Mention - Step by Step. Impression Lijiang is a cultural show which demonstrating the traditions and lifestyle of local Naxi, Yi and Bai ethnics of the area. It is the second outdoor production of famous film director, Zhang Yimou which debuts an open-air performance at the foot of Yulong Xueshan (Jade Dragon Snow Mountain)
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Honorable Mention - Step by Step. Impression Lijiang is a cultural show which demonstrating the traditions and lifestyle of local Naxi, Yi and Bai ethnics of the area. It is the second outdoor production of famous film director, Zhang Yimou which debuts an open-air performance at the foot of Yulong Xueshan (Jade Dragon Snow Mountain)
4th Place - Sustenance 4
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4th Place - Sustenance 4
Honorable Mention - The Wall Frame, Arizona
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Honorable Mention - The Wall Frame, Arizona
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Now in its fifth year, The Mind’s Eye is online photography magazine All About Photo’s annual competition. The winning and celebrated images this year span everything from photojournalism to abstract art, with a fascinating focus on the strange or uncanny.

The winners were selected from thousands of entries by a seven-person jury including Julia Dean, the founder of the Los Angeles Center of Photography, and Laurent Baheux, a UN ambassador for the environment. The top five winners share a prize pool of US$10,000.

Honorable Mention - Polar Bear Pet
Honorable Mention - Polar Bear Pet

As well as noting four of the top five prizes were awarded to female photographers, unusual in the still male-dominated field, All About Photo points out that almost all of the winning photographs were black and white, despite the majority of submissions being in color.

“Unlike previous years,” All About Photo writes in announcing its winners, “it also seems that the jurors were more attracted to beautiful and soothing images rather than violent and unsettling ones. Perhaps a subconscious need has arisen in each one of us to escape the terrible events that are happening in the world right now.”

1st place - Across the River, Burma
1st place - Across the River, Burma

The top prize went to US photographer Monica Denevan, for a sublime shot of a young boy traveling down a river in Burma. The image comes from an ongoing series by Denevan called "Songs of the River: Portraits from Burma."

2nd Place - Avery Skipalis (33), outside of her house, posing together with all the firearms she owns, Tampa, Florida
2nd Place - Avery Skipalis (33), outside of her house, posing together with all the firearms she owns, Tampa, Florida

Other more compellingly surreal images highlighted by the jury include an incredible shot taken at two in the afternoon in Russia’s arctic capital city Murmansk; a Florida women proudly displaying her significant gun collection; and a beautifully captured shot of a man falling off a bull that almost resembles a renaissance painting.

Honorable Mention - Break Away. A man falling off a bull in a rodeo event held in Taralga Australia
Honorable Mention - Break Away. A man falling off a bull in a rodeo event held in Taralga Australia

Take a look through our gallery at more highlights from All About Photo’s The Mind’s Eye Awards 2020.

Source: All About Photo via PhotoPublicity

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3 comments
guzmanchinky
These are incredible.
Chuck Cronin
Stunning
ljaques
Some fascinating, most too weird. Like the cat, the frog, Sustenance 4, and my fave Reflection: Departed.