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                 The 2012 Kepesita "Hitchhiking" Photo Contest is CLOSED

1st Prize:   Vladimir Kovalchuk   (image #236)
2nd Prize:  Damir Sabitov          (image #67)
3rd Prize:   Bettina Gál              (image #62)

Public's Choice:  Mohammed Asad Muhaisen   (image #42)

Congratulations to the winners!

I would like to thank you all who have participated in the photo contest, and the jury for their work and support!

Nathaniel Wilder about the 1st Prize winner:
"We chose this image (#236) as the winner of the contest for a few reasons...
This photograph has a strong feel to it. It expresses a common occurrence among those who have hitch-hiked a lot--that of exhaustion. It encapsulates that feeling of waiting by the side of the road, having watched your hope for an easy ride seem to slip away with the hours. I can really sense the resignation of the rider here in his expression, his eyes (as he looks down the road at oncoming traffic), and his body language also makes it seem as if he has almost given up. The passing vehicle contributes to this feeling of time slowing down as does the mistiness/cloudiness of the day--sort of a gloom that makes hitch-hiking less fun than if it were to be taking place on a beautiful, sunny day. I am led to feel that this is truly a documentary image.
In addition to that, it is well composed and artistically carried out. The blur of all things behind the subject allows the subject and his expression to pop out of the frame. And the photographer clearly knew what he was doing, getting low for perspective and moving slightly to the side to allow for the subject's expression to continue to focus on looking down the road for a ride. It is a thoughtful photograph.
I love this image--how it feels and how it really captures the feeling of hitch-hiking at one of its real, less than ideal, moments!!"

Ludovic Hubler about the 2nd Prize winner:
"This picture (#67) represents a triple challenge: A woman hitchhiking, in the dark, during a cold winter on the snow. We are here awarding the mental strength of this girl proving that everything is possible if you dare to give a try!"

Lusy Incera about the 3rd Prize winner:
"This photo (#62) has been selected for its creative and metaphorical character and summarized in a simple click a lot of elements and feelings that go along with the fact hitchhike...
The protagonists are reflected on the landscape around them and put the viewer of the picture as the person driving and decides whether to stop or not... so that responsibility for decision makes anyone who sees a part of the hitch without getting up from the chair and without taking your eyes off the computer screen...
It's like a scene from a road movie where all information concerning travel by thumb is summarized in a mirror, two people, a landscape and an observer who decides to stop and pick up these travelers to be part of the selection of this contest..."

1st Prize:   Vladimir Kovalchuk   (image #236)
2nd Prize:  Damir Sabitov          (image #67)
3rd Prize:   Bettina Gál              (image #62)

Public's Choice:  Mohammed Asad Muhaisen   (image #42)

Congratulations to the winners!

I would like to thank you all who have participated in the photo contest, and the jury for their work and support!

Nathaniel Wilder about the 1st Prize winner:
"We chose this image (#236) as the winner of the contest for a few reasons...
This photograph has a strong feel to it. It expresses a common occurrence among those who have hitch-hiked a lot--that of exhaustion. It encapsulates that feeling of waiting by the side of the road, having watched your hope for an easy ride seem to slip away with the hours. I can really sense the resignation of the rider here in his expression, his eyes (as he looks down the road at oncoming traffic), and his body language also makes it seem as if he has almost given up. The passing vehicle contributes to this feeling of time slowing down as does the mistiness/cloudiness of the day--sort of a gloom that makes hitch-hiking less fun than if it were to be taking place on a beautiful, sunny day. I am led to feel that this is truly a documentary image.
In addition to that, it is well composed and artistically carried out. The blur of all things behind the subject allows the subject and his expression to pop out of the frame. And the photographer clearly knew what he was doing, getting low for perspective and moving slightly to the side to allow for the subject's expression to continue to focus on looking down the road for a ride. It is a thoughtful photograph.
I love this image--how it feels and how it really captures the feeling of hitch-hiking at one of its real, less than ideal, moments!!"

Ludovic Hubler about the 2nd Prize winner:
"This picture (#67) represents a triple challenge: A woman hitchhiking, in the dark, during a cold winter on the snow. We are here awarding the mental strength of this girl proving that everything is possible if you dare to give a try!"

Lusy Incera about the 3rd Prize winner:
"This photo (#62) has been selected for its creative and metaphorical character and summarized in a simple click a lot of elements and feelings that go along with the fact hitchhike...
The protagonists are reflected on the landscape around them and put the viewer of the picture as the person driving and decides whether to stop or not... so that responsibility for decision makes anyone who sees a part of the hitch without getting up from the chair and without taking your eyes off the computer screen...
It's like a scene from a road movie where all information concerning travel by thumb is summarized in a mirror, two people, a landscape and an observer who decides to stop and pick up these travelers to be part of the selection of this contest..."We are happy to announce the winners of the 2012 Kepesita Photography Competition:

1st Prize:   Vladimir Kovalchuk   (image #236)
2nd Prize:  Damir Sabitov          (image #67)
3rd Prize:   Bettina Gál              (image #62)

Public's Choice:  Mohammed Asad Muhaisen   (image #42)

Congratulations to the winners!

I would like to thank you all who have participated in the photo contest, and the jury for their work and support!

Nathaniel Wilder about the 1st Prize winner:
"We chose this image (#236) as the winner of the contest for a few reasons...
This photograph has a strong feel to it. It expresses a common occurrence among those who have hitch-hiked a lot--that of exhaustion. It encapsulates that feeling of waiting by the side of the road, having watched your hope for an easy ride seem to slip away with the hours. I can really sense the resignation of the rider here in his expression, his eyes (as he looks down the road at oncoming traffic), and his body language also makes it seem as if he has almost given up. The passing vehicle contributes to this feeling of time slowing down as does the mistiness/cloudiness of the day--sort of a gloom that makes hitch-hiking less fun than if it were to be taking place on a beautiful, sunny day. I am led to feel that this is truly a documentary image.
In addition to that, it is well composed and artistically carried out. The blur of all things behind the subject allows the subject and his expression to pop out of the frame. And the photographer clearly knew what he was doing, getting low for perspective and moving slightly to the side to allow for the subject's expression to continue to focus on looking down the road for a ride. It is a thoughtful photograph.
I love this image--how it feels and how it really captures the feeling of hitch-hiking at one of its real, less than ideal, moments!!"

Ludovic Hubler about the 2nd Prize winner:
"This picture (#67) represents a triple challenge: A woman hitchhiking, in the dark, during a cold winter on the snow. We are here awarding the mental strength of this girl proving that everything is possible if you dare to give a try!"

Lusy Incera about the 3rd Prize winner:
"This photo (#62) has been selected for its creative and metaphorical character and summarized in a simple click a lot of elements and feelings that go along with the fact hitchhike...
The protagonists are reflected on the landscape around them and put the viewer of the picture as the person driving and decides whether to stop or not... so that responsibility for decision makes anyone who sees a part of the hitch without getting up from the chair and without taking your eyes off the computer screen...
It's like a scene from a road movie where all information concerning travel by thumb is summarized in a mirror, two people, a landscape and an observer who decides to stop and pick up these travelers to be part of the selection of this contest..." 

1st Prize:   Vladimir Kovalchuk   (image #236)
2nd Prize:  Damir Sabitov          (image #67)
3rd Prize:   Bettina Gál              (image #62)

Public's Choice:  Mohammed Asad Muhaisen   (image #42)

Congratulations to the winners!

I would like to thank you all who have participated in the photo contest, and the jury for their work and support!

Nathaniel Wilder about the 1st Prize winner:
"We chose this image (#236) as the winner of the contest for a few reasons...
This photograph has a strong feel to it. It expresses a common occurrence among those who have hitch-hiked a lot--that of exhaustion. It encapsulates that feeling of waiting by the side of the road, having watched your hope for an easy ride seem to slip away with the hours. I can really sense the resignation of the rider here in his expression, his eyes (as he looks down the road at oncoming traffic), and his body language also makes it seem as if he has almost given up. The passing vehicle contributes to this feeling of time slowing down as does the mistiness/cloudiness of the day--sort of a gloom that makes hitch-hiking less fun than if it were to be taking place on a beautiful, sunny day. I am led to feel that this is truly a documentary image.
In addition to that, it is well composed and artistically carried out. The blur of all things behind the subject allows the subject and his expression to pop out of the frame. And the photographer clearly knew what he was doing, getting low for perspective and moving slightly to the side to allow for the subject's expression to continue to focus on looking down the road for a ride. It is a thoughtful photograph.
I love this image--how it feels and how it really captures the feeling of hitch-hiking at one of its real, less than ideal, moments!!"

Ludovic Hubler about the 2nd Prize winner:
"This picture (#67) represents a triple challenge: A woman hitchhiking, in the dark, during a cold winter on the snow. We are here awarding the mental strength of this girl proving that everything is possible if you dare to give a try!"

Lusy Incera about the 3rd Prize winner:
"This photo (#62) has been selected for its creative and metaphorical character and summarized in a simple click a lot of elements and feelings that go along with the fact hitchhike...
The protagonists are reflected on the landscape around them and put the viewer of the picture as the person driving and decides whether to stop or not... so that responsibility for decision makes anyone who sees a part of the hitch without getting up from the chair and without taking your eyes off the computer screen...
It's like a scene from a road movie where all information concerning travel by thumb is summarized in a mirror, two people, a landscape and an observer who decides to stop and pick up these travelers to be part of the selection of this contest..."

 

1st Prize:   Vladimir Kovalchuk   (image #236)
2nd Prize:  Damir Sabitov          (image #67)
3rd Prize:   Bettina Gál              (image #62)

Public's Choice:  Mohammed Asad Muhaisen   (image #42)1st Prize:   Vladimir Kovalchuk   (image #236)
2nd Prize:  Damir Sabitov          (image #67)
3rd Prize:   Bettina Gál              (image #62)

Public's Choice:  Mohamme 
2nd Prize:  Damir Sabitov          (image #67)
3rd Prize:   Bettina Gál              (image #62)

Public's Choice:  Mohammed Asad Muhaisen   (image #42)

Kepesita is pleased to announce the '2012 Kepesita "Hitchhiking" Photography Contest'.

   Anyone globally is welcome to participate in this competition which is hoping to support the cultural aspects of hitchhiking. We are looking for creative perspectives on thumb travel, hitchhiking. Hitchhiking as a gate to different cultures and local communities through people, as a "greener" way of traveling, as an adventure, as a lifestyle, as a low budget way to get from A to B built on a simple, human gesture and trust, as a feared and in some places forbidden way of traveling...
   Hitchhiker photographers are invited to submit images that are (clearly) related to hitchhiking. The photographs must be submitted electronically, sent to: [email protected]

Entry: Free Entry
Deadline: 30.09.2012 (30th of September, 2012)

Prize Details: The competition will award 4 prizes. The shortlisted photos will be published on the Kepesita website (kepesita.org). The international jury will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize. There will be a Public's Choice awarded, too, by voting on the Kepesita Facebook Page. All winners will be notified by e-mail.

 

                                                    1st Prize:  $500   +book*
                2nd Prize: $200   +book*
                  3rd Prize:  $100   +book*

                  Public's Choice: a copy of the award winning book 'Le Monde en Stop' hand signed by the author Ludovic Hubler (in French).*

   *All 4 awarded artists will receive a handmade and personally hand signed copy of the book "Vagabonding in the Axis of Evil - By thumb in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan"  by Juan Pablo Villarino AKA the Acrobat of the Road.

 

 

Technical Specifications: Photo submissions can be color or black and white, and must be high resolution images, in .jpg format, max. file size is 2 Mb. You may submit max. 3 images.
Digital Modifications: Adding borders, frames, watermarks and the use of artistic filters are not permitted. Other modifications (cropping, rotating, resizing, red-eye removing, filters to sharpen, soften, etc., improving contrast, color balance, etc.) are permitted.
Copyright: The photographer retains the copyright of the images submitted as a competition entry. The entrant must hold copyright of any photograph entered in this competition. Kepesita reserves the right to request supporting evidence.
Usage Rights: Kepesita reserves the rights to use the photograph entries in any future publicity by Kepesita, including use on the Kepesita website (kepesita.org) and other online or printed promotional activities.
Kepesita reserves the right to reject any submitted photo. Photographs featuring any inappropriate material will be rejected.
Further questions may be sent to: [email protected]

 

If you do not receive a confirmation email -which means we got your image(s)- within 2 weeks after you submit your photography, contact Kepesita via email.