Tribal Series Wins International Portrait Photographer of the Year 2022

International Portrait Photographer of the Year

A portfolio featuring a photo of a tribal warrior wielding a rifle has won the second International Portrait Photographer of the Year 2022 competition. It along with 101 other top entries will be included in an annual finalists book.

The Best of Portrait Photography

Following the success of its launch last year, the International Portrait Photographer of the Year competition returned in 2022 to celebrate the best portrait photography around the world. The contest has four categories — The Portrait Story, The Family Sitting, The Environmental Portrait, and The Character Study, in addition to the overall winner. The contest also highlights the top 101 portrait photographs which are included in a printed book.

“As judges and successful entrants know, being a prize-winner is partly opinion and partly luck,” the organization says. “That’s why we put more emphasis on being in the Top 101 as there is plenty of room for a variety of tastes, approaches, and styles. And any of the Top 101 photographs could be a prize winner on the day.”

The overall first cash prize is $3,000, while each category winner receives $1,000 along with $500 and $250 for second and third places respectively. This year’s 618 entries were judged using scores and several rounds of review. To place in the top 101, photographers had to get an average score of around 81% to 85% from the judges.

Unlike most other competitions, the second International Portrait Photographer of the Year 2022 competition put emphasis on a portfolio instead of solo images.

Overall Winner

International Portrait Photographer of the Year

Jatenipat Ketpradit, also known by JKBOY and whose base is in Thailand, was named the overall winner. His portfolio was praised by the judges for featuring emotive portraits of people from different tribes all over the globe, including Mongolia and Ethiopia’s Suri tribe.

I always spend at least one week with each tribe’s tribal members. Spend first 2-3 days to find the location and the direction of sunlight,” says Ketpradit. “Then choose the subject by their character, outfits, and their story.”

“If you visit here, you must follow their rules and regulations by giving them gifts. He talks about the winning photograph. He says, “They may be wary initially, but once they are convinced you aren’t a threat, they will accept you and embrace you Throughout the journey the image of tribal warriors holding a pair gun became familiar to me.”

The Character Study

Guy Bellingham, United Kingdom, the winner of The Character Study category.
Peter Rossi, Australia, the second place in The Character Study category.
Peter Rossie, Australia, the third place in The Character Study category

The Environmental Portrait

Daniel Taveira, Brazil, the winner of The Environmental Portrait category
Peter Rossi, Australia, the second place in The Environmental Portrait category
Ovi D Pop, Romania, the third place in The Environmental Portrait category

Portrait Story

Karen Waller, Australia, the winner of The Portrait Story category
Peter Rossi, Australia, the second place in The Portrait Story category
Kris Anderson, the third place in The Portrait Story category

Family Sitting

Stephanie Lachance, Canada, the winner of the Family Sitting category
Brian Cassey, the second place in the Family Sitting category
Peter Rossi, the third place in the Family Sitting category

More information about the awards, including the finalized awards book with the top 101 entries, can be found on the International Photographer of the Year website.


Image credits: All photos individually credited and provided courtesy of the International Portrait Photographer of the Year.

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