Photo credit: © Goran Jovic

Goran Jovic, a professional photographer from Imotski, Croatia, won the Gold Award in a contest also open to amateurs.

Goran’s photo, simply called ‘Observer’, won the portrait category and the $1,000 top prize.

Paul Richards from Edinburgh was among three photographers to earn honourable mentions for his image entitled ‘Champagne Pool’.

Daniel Oxtoby, a UK photographer who set up the competition, said: ‘The idea was to showcase some of the brilliant, creative and inspiring work carried out by photographers across the world.

‘And it certainly succeeded! The standard of entries was outstanding, and the judges had a hard time deciding the winners of each category.’

Casey Mayer from the USA won the Arts & Fashion category; Yves Demers Paris from Canada triumphed in Nature & Landscape; and Siyuan Ma from Singapore clinched first place in the Street & Architecture section.

Oxtoby added: ‘Well done to all those who entered – your work was truly amazing.’

Judges included Kenneth Hughes, a photo editor for Bloomberg Photo Service in New York; Gerry Brakus, creative editor at New Statesman; and Benedict Brain, editor of Digital Camera magazine.

Storm-starboard-by-Yves-Demers-Paris.webPhoto credit: © Paul Richards

Champagne-Pool-by-Paul-Richards.webPhoto credit: © Yves Demers Paris

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