Award of Excellence

Away From Others

Ali Hamed Haghdoust


Emergence of pandemic of Covid-19 during last two years caused long quarantine and continuous closings in cities and public places such as sport clubs. However, these restrictions never stopped the true sport lovers from exercise and in some cases increased their will. My son Hamid who is 16 years old, in spite of shortages for supporting high expenses of body building instruments, made primitive means of sport such as weights, barbells, benches etc. in home, using home furniture. Using the sport applications in cellphones started exercises without fear of Covid-19 at home.

Ali Hamed Haghdoust was born in 1981 in Iran, Tabriz. He is a documentary photographer based in Iran. He has produced images of humanitarian issues that have made headlines in Iran. Ali is a freelance photographer that is dedicated to documenting Iranian life to produce an unflinching record of the person’s life. His images, which focus on raising awareness of human rights, have been published by AP Images, Sipa press, Time, New York Times, National Geographic, Washington post, Boston, Guardian, Webistan … and several Iranian newspapers and news agencies. He has also documented Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey. He has published critically acclaimed collections of his photography with the group exhibition and his works have also been accepted in most of domestic festival in Iran.

[ 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. All images must be taken in 2021.

Judges for Covid Expressions
Ikuru Kuwajima
Tanvi Mishra
Sanjit Das
Maika Elan
Oded Wagenstein