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Now that the year is coming to a close, lets take some time to reflect on the achievements of some of the best and brightest in the photography industry. Each year the international photography awards (ipa) holds an international photography contest in which they hand pick the most promising and talented individuals to receive a Lucie Award. The Lucie Awards is a premiere annual event honoring the greatest achievements in photography. The photography community from around the globe pays tribute to the most outstanding people in the field. Each year, the Lucie Advisory Board nominates deserving individuals across a variety of categories. Once these nominations have been received, an honoree in each category is selected. The honorees are presented with the Lucie statue during a spectacular evening at the Lucie Awards gala ceremony in New York. Winners of Photographer of the Year, Discovery of the Year, Deeper Perspective Photographer and Moving Image Photographer of the Year were announced at the fifteenth annual Lucie Awards on October 29th, 2017. Lets look back at on the winners of this years awards…

The winner of the International Photographer of the Year award was Alex Telfer for his series Lurpak. Alex Telfer, in addition to photographer of the year, also won the first place award for Advertising photography. His winning entry was an outdoor Campaign for the Danish brand of butter, Lurpak. The work depicts the visceral nature and enthusiasm of home cooks really going for it in their kitchens.

The winner of the discovery of the Year award was Mariano Belmar for his series La Mancha 2017. Mariano Belmar, in addition to discovery of the Year, also won the first place award for Fine Art photography. His winning entry was his black and white series, La Mancha 2017. According to him, the work depicts a modern view of the myth of windmills.

The winner of the Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year award was Giles Clarke for his series Yemen 2017. His winning entry was a portrait of modern day Yemen and depicts the daily hardships faced by the people living there. Giles Clarke is a featured photographer with Getty Images Reportage. The 'Yemen 2017' series was photographed on assignment for UN-OCHA in early 2017. Described in Clarke’s own words, “After two years of relentless conflict, Yemen faces a humanitarian crisis quickly engulfing the majority of its population. According to latest United Nations reports published, an alarming 18.8 million people - almost two thirds of the population - need humanitarian assistance or protection support. Since mid-2015, when Houthi rebel forces took over the capital city of Sana'a, at least three million people have fled their homes from regions now embroiled in a prolonged ground war. Then, in April 2017, the country got hit by a devastating cholera epidemic. A country already wounded badly by war is now being kicked hard whilst down. In the words of an exhausted doctor who I met whilst there... "Please... Pray hard for Yemen."