A photo from the series PLAY TOY by South Korean photographer Seungwook YANG wins the 2019 Pride Photo Award.
PLAY TOY © Seungwook Yang
 
This photo, of two identical superhero action figures, posed as if they are kissing, on a colorful flower-print cloth, reminds us of acting out romantic fantasies as a child. Using two male superheros, Seungwook YANG subtly hints at LGBT children being heroes themselves. The vibrant image turns an act that might be reprimanded out of the shadows of shame and into the spotlight as a celebration of love.
 
The 2019 jury chose this image out of 3.800 images entered by 409 photographers of 65 different nationalities.
 
The other winners are:

1st prize in the category Unique: Rites by Vaughan Larsen, (American)
2nd prize in the category Unique: Chameleon by Ugo Woatzi, (French)
3rd prize in the category Unique: Burma Love by Chiara Luxardo, (Italian)
 
1st prize in the category Stories: Musas muxe by Nelson Morales, (Mexican)
2nd prize in the category Stories: Immigration LGBTQ in Buenos Aires by Carloman Macidiano Céspedes Riojas, (Peruvian)
3rd prize in the category Stories: Jugaad – Of Intimacy and Love by Marc Ohrem-Leclef, (German)
 
1st prize in the category Open: From Europe with Love by Mickey Aloisio, (American)
2nd prize in the category Open: Flower Beauty Boys by Corinne Mariaud, (French)
3rd prize in the category Open: The House of Bangy Cunt by Anja Matthes, (German)
 
1st prize in the category Single Images: Group of gay men share a room in Kampala by Keiji Fujimoto, (Japanese)
2nd prize in the category Single Images: Another day as greatness by Micha Serraf, (Zimbabwean)
3rd prize in the category Single Images: Paola by Koen Suidgeest, (Dutch)
 
Special Mention: Concealed, Portraits of LGBT Gun Owners by Blake Little, (American)
Special Mention: Sharia Law Against LGBT by Hotli Simanjuntak, (Indonesian)
Special Mention: Badasses by Seungwook YANG, (South Korean)
Special Mention: PLAY TOY by Seungwook YANG, (South Korean)

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

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