Portraits of Humanity: a photo series celebrating the human spirit

Featuring drag acts, snake charmers and a Syrian family reunited, the shortlist for this year’s Portrait of HumanityAward brings to focus the whole gamut of human emotions.

The competition, now in its fourth year of existence, celebrates the joy, grief, hope and bravery that make us who we are. Its images provide a window into the cultures, communities, and people of the world.

The 200 photos were taken in 2021. They show a world emerging from a pandemic, and tentatively stepping into the unknown. 

Judges had to narrow down the shortlist. 30 winning imagesThis will be shown at PHOTO 2022Between 29 April – 22 May in Melbourne

For those who can’t make it to Australia, all 200 images are to feature in the Portrait of Humanity Vol.4 bookHoxton Mini Press published the book.

You can view the gallery below for some of the selected images and the personal stories they tell. 

Main image: Leigh Anderson