Focus on the Story

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Location: Washington, D.C.
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Presenting the Winners of the Focus on the Story Portrait Awards 2021
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Feb 26, 2021
Focus on the Story is proud to announce that Italian photojournalist Alessio Paduano is the grand prize winner in the Focus on the Story Portrait Awards 2021 for his photograph of a man struggling with the social stigma of having contracted Covid-19.

Juror Matt Sayles, an L.A.-based photographer, wrote: "I feel this image perfectly encapsulates the shame and fear around receiving a positive diagnosis of Covid-19. It is the perfect combination of beautiful, haunting, and illustrative.”

The first runner-up is German photographer Mirja Maria Thiel for a portrait that was part of a project exploring themes of sexuality and aging. The second runner-up is American photographer Kate Warren for an evocative portrait of a man partially submerged in a river.

As the grand prize winner, Paduano will receive a $1,000 award, with Thiel receiving $500 and Warren receiving $250. All three images, along with the honorable mentions and select finalists, will be exhibited at the fourth Focus on the Story International Photo Festival in June.

Presenting the Winners of the Focus on the Story Portrait Awards 2021 - Focus on the Story
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