Spectacular Winning Images of the International Portrait Photographer of the Year 2021

The 2021 International Portrait Photographer of the Year Winners. Congratulations to Forough Yavari, the inaugural winner of the International Portrait Photographer of the Year. Forough’s portrait titled ‘Solitude’ won The Portrait Story Category as well as the overall prize.


“Solitude”. The overall winner of the International Portrait Photographer of the Year was this incredible work by Forough Yavari from Australia. (Photo by Forough Yavari/International Portrait Photographer of the Year)

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“People of the River”. This is a Karo tribe family; father, mother, two sisters and two brothers. The tribe, who live along the Omo River in east Africa, incorporate rich symbolism into their rituals by using ornate body art, headdresses and body scarification to express beauty and significance. (Photo by Jatenipat Ketpradit/International Portrait Photographer of the Year)


“Ern, Cat and Verandah”. Ern Hendry lives in Point Turton on Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. (Photo by Karen Waller/International Portrait Photographer of the Year)


“The Man of Golden Fibers”. Workers appear to be wearing large golden wigs as they carry 50kg bundles of jute on their shoulders. Their bodies are enveloped, with only their faces visible. (Photo by Azim Khan Ronnie/International Portrait Photographer of the Year)


“The Loneliness of Grief”. Forough Yavari has won second prize in the portrait story category for this image. (Photo by Forough Yavari/International Portrait Photographer of the Year)


“Bonn Mariee: Asking the Question”. Bonn Mariee – born just over a couple of decades ago with an innate curiosity, red hair and freckles. (Photo by Brian Cassey/International Portrait Photographer of the Year)


“Tribal Identity”. A young Suri boy, his face painted with white clay, is surrounded by women who have decorated their arms with bronze bracelets. The tribe in the Omo Valley of Ethiopia maintains important symbols of tribal identity, such as face and body painting. The shapes and colors convey strong bonds and meaning. (Photo by Zay Yar Lin/International Portrait Photographer of the Year)

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“The Boxer”. Nancy Flammea has won third prize for this shot in the portrait story category. (Photo by Nancy Flammea/International Portrait Photographer of the Year)


“I Have a Dream”. This portrait is named for the speech delivered by the US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr during 1963’s March on Washington, in which he called for an end to racism. (Photo by Forough Yavari/International Portrait Photographer of the Year)


“Maiden of the Suri Tribe”. She is 25 years old, not yet married and still guarded by her family. A man in the Suri tribe can only marry when he has 60 cattle, which are presented to his bride’s family as the price of marriage. (Photo by Zay Yar Lin/International Portrait Photographer of the Year)


“A Quiet Connection”. Nancy Flammea has won third place in the family sitting category for this photo. (Photo by Nancy Flammea/International Portrait Photographer of the Year)


“The Mundari Cattle Herder”. A herder in South Sudan. (Photo by Josef Bürgi/International Portrait Photographer of the Year)

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