MTV and All Out, a global movement for love and equality, have released the winners of the Global LGBT+ Photo Contest. The contest was the organisation’s first-ever international LGBT+ photography competition that sought submissions in three categories that tracked the lives and experiences of LGBTQIA+ people through the pandemic. Those categories were Resisting, Supporting and Healing.
The competition launched on May 17 which is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and
Transphobia or IDAHOBIT Day. The competition received over 1,800 photographs from 387 photographers from all over the world.
The winning photos will be featured on MTV’s billboard at 1515 Broadway in Times Square to celebrate Pride and to commemorate the Stonewall riots of June 28, 1969. They will also be featured in an outdoor exhibition at World Pride Copenhagen in a main square of the Danish capital and at exhibition spaces across the world.
The jurors that decided the winners of each category are renowned in their respective fields. The jurors were Isabel Okoro, Nelson Morales, Mengwen Cao, Maurizio Fiorino, Gui Mohallem and Charmaine Poh.
The winner of the category Resisting is Cansu Yıldıran from Turkey. Their submission was titled Kurdish Trans Women; the photograph showed two Turkish women who kissed at a Women’s Day protest and were violently arrested and sent to trial for their act of transgression. The piece shows how the Turkish government imposes strict discrimination against trans women and LGBT+ people. The runner-ups are Younes Mohammad and Erica Voget for their respective pieces titled Adam and The Real Does Not Fade.
The winner of the category Supporting is Inésio Samuel from Mozambique. His photograph is titled Fearless and depicts “fearless men, walking holding hands”. The runner-ups are Emilia Martin in collaboration with Magdalena Ignaczak and Daria Jonc with their piece titled Magda And Daria and Mike Kear for his piece Untitled.
The winner of the category Healing is Hao Nguyen from Canada. The winning submission is titled Bonita & Midori that was taken for a queer Asian collective called, New Ho Queen. The runner-ups are Gøneja and Georgia Niara for their pieces Lea Rose and Aquilo Que Importa (That Which Matters).