First Place

The Last Portrait

Mehrdad Vahed
Independent
Iran

Vadi-Rahmat cemetery of Tabriz, Blocks 65 and 57, mothers, fathers, husbands, wives and childrens are sleeping at here. They are the victims of the Covid-19 epidemic buried in these blocks. According to Iranian culture and customs, a portrait of the deceased is engraved on a tombstone.

Mehrdad Vahed Yousefabad was born 1991 in Tabriz, Iran. He started photography in 2015 as a freelance photographer. After graduating from MSc of Mechatronics at IAUT, he focused on long term projects in issues of urban life and environment changes. He was selected as nominee for Talent of the Year 2020 in International Photography Grant, finalist of FINI 2020 Festival and finalist In portfolio section of HIPA 2019 for his project ‘’Hope in the rain’’ about Drought crisis of Urmia Lake.

[ COVID EXPRESSIONS ] An interpretive project that reflects the personal experiences, feelings and thoughts related to COVID-19 and its impact. It may be conceptual or artistic in the approach. Submissions do not have to adhere to documentary principles. Alternate processes and digital manipulations are allowed. Each submission consists of 5 to 20 images. Each participant is allowed to enter up to 2 submissions. The images must be taken in 2019 or 2020.

Judges for Covid Expressions
Anshika Varma
Jiro Ose
Suejin Shin
Khalil Hamra
Rena Effendi
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