▲ Wang Sowi’s “Show and Biyangdo" which won the Grand Prize in the 6th Jeju International Photo Competition.
Taiwanese photographer Wang Sowi was announced as the Grand Prize winner of the island’s prestigious 6th Jeju International Photo Competition on Nov. 5. It is the first time the top prize has gone to a non-Korean.
This year’s theme was “Jeju’s nature, UNESCO Triple Crown” and 1,391 appli-cants from 19 countries sent in 4,500 photos.
The best of the bunch was Wang Sowi’s “Shower and Biyangdo,” which captures the island in inclement weather as a flock of gulls above seem to mirror the chopping of waves below. Competition judge Yang Sukyeon of Jeju Halla University said the image was judged for its “mood and heart” rather than “instant visible beauty.”
Winners in the Fine Arts category included Jeju Weekly contributing pho-tographers Douglas MacDonald and Eric Hevesy. Canadian MacDonald, who won in the category for the fifth year in a row, said he was pleased to be chosen from such a competitive field. His shot, “Hyeon-gje Island,” was taken at a spot on the south coast abundant with algae-covered rocks.
▲ "Hyeongjedo Island" by Douglas MacDonald won in the Fine Arts category of the 6th Jeju International Photo Competition.
“They looked like mini islands in the water. I used a long exposure to freeze the movement of the waves, creating a cotton-candy like effect. It's a photo I've wanted to take for a long time and on this day all the natural elements came together perfectly,” he said.
American Eric Hevesy was a thrilled first-time winner with “Sanbangsan Night-scape.” He was thankful that everything came together one opportune night for a technically difficult shot.
“The temple lights aren't on very often so it was the perfect opportunity to juxtapose the intricacy of the temple's design with the jagged natural beauty of Sanbangsan. The fact that it was a clear, starry night as well really made the shot special,” he said.
▲ 'Sanbangsan Nightscape' by Eric Hevesy won in the Fine Arts category of the 6th Jeju International Photo Competition.
Grand prize: Wang Sowi (Shower and Biyangdo/Taiwan)
Golden prize: Gwan Gakseok (Blank made by nature/Seoul)
Silver prize: Kim Jingi (Twin rainbow on Saebyeol orum/Busan), Park Jeongyeon (Horizon looking to horizon/Seoul)
Bronze prize: Oh Doyeon (Canola flower sea/Gyeonggido), Yun Sinae (Udo stonewall and birds/Gyeonggido), Choi Dowon (Jeju’s horses/Seoul)
Other winners: 20 people including Li Valentina (Sunrise in Seongsan/Uzbekistan), Eric Hevesy (Sanbangsan Nightscape/U.S.A.) and Douglas MacDonald (Hyeongjedo Island/Canada)
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