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Two Photo Contests, Two Conflicts of Interests, Two Different Responses

Photography competitions garner hundreds of thousands of entries per year and give away about as much money to a small subset of winners. But when those competitions are judged by well-known photographers —which is expected of any prestigious competition — this industry is small enough that it is mathematically impossible to avoid the possibility of a conflict of interest arising.

The Best Photos from GuruShots’ ‘Amazing Architecture’ Challenge

GuruShots, the "World's Greatest Photo Game," has announced the winners of its "Amazing Architecture" challenge, which received thousands of entries and over 54.8 million votes. The "Top Photographer" winner of the contest is Angelo Di Stella of Italy (whose photo is seen above).

How One Photo Changed the Lives of a Refugee Father and Son

Photographer Mehmet Aslan captured an image in April 2021 of a father and son with amputated limbs in a Turkish refugee camp. His powerful shot went on to tug at heartstrings, win a prestigious international photo competition, go viral online, and completely transform the subjects' lives.

The Best Photos from GuruShots’ ‘Traveling The World’ Challenge

GuruShots, the "World's Greatest Photo Game," has announced the winners of its "Traveling The World" challenge, which received thousands of entries and over 66.9 million votes. The "Top Photographer" winner of the contest is Iryna Raichuk of Switzerland (whose photo is seen above).

Portrait of a COVID-19 ER Doctor Wins $120,000

Brazilian wildlife and landscape photographer Ary Bassous was documenting the COVID-19 pandemic at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro when he photographed a doctor taking her lunch break after 8 hours of continuous work in the emergency room. The photo, titled "Duty," has now won $120,000, the biggest cash prize in the photography industry.

The Best Photos from GuruShots’ ‘Life in Macro’ Challenge

GuruShots, the "World's Greatest Photo Game," has announced the winners of its "Life in Macro" challenge, which received thousands of entries and over 75.7 million votes. The "Top Photographer" winner of the contest is MichaMettier of Switzerland (whose photo is seen above).

The Best Photos from GuruShots’ ‘Beach Days’ Challenge

GuruShots, the "World's Greatest Photo Game," has announced the winners of its "Beach Days" challenge, which received thousands of entries and over 53.4 million votes. The "Top Photographer" winner of the contest is amuhlh of the United States (whose photo is seen above).

The Best Photos from GuruShots’ ‘At the Beach’ Challenge

GuruShots, the "World's Greatest Photo Game," has announced the winners of its "At The Beach" challenge, which received thousands of entries and over 53.4 million votes. The "Top Photographer" winner of the contest is Amuhlh of the United States (whose photo is seen above).