Polarity wins 2016 Audience Award

‘Polarity’ by Ukrainian photographer Lana Yanovska, a work about androgyny and gender opposites, has won the Audience Award for the 2016 edition of Pride Photo Award.
 
Of the 13.156 people who visited the Old Church, where the 2016 exhibition of the winning images of Pride Photo Award was on display, almost one in six voted for ‘Polarity’.
 
Polarity © Lana Yanovska
 
For her winning series, Lana Yanovska asked androgynous people to pose twice: one more classically ‘male’ and once more ‘female’. Thus, she reveals how much gender roles are an act, and confronts the viewer with their own gender norms. The series also won first prize in this year’s theme category ‘Insiders/Outsiders’.
 
 
Mélanie and her family © Vincent Gouriou, Quimper (2015)
 
Vincent Gouriou’s photo series ‘Mélanie and her Family’ came in second for the audience award. It shows us the daily life of a young transgender girl in the French region of Brittany.
 
 
Manhattan Sunday 05:14 © Richard Renaldi
 
The stunning series ‘Manhattan Sunday’ by American photographer Richard Renaldi came in third. It playfully takes us to the nightlife of the Big Apple, as Saturday night bleeds into Sunday morning.
 
The winning series showcase the beauty of diversity and transformations, both in daily life and by the great variety of photographic styles.

Pride Photo Award is an annual international contest for photos about sexual and gender diversity.

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