Indigenous Photography

Sinchi 2018 Photo Competition Winners

Sinchi’s annual photography competition provides a unique opportunity for visual story tellers around the world to be recognised for their talent and commitment to cultural diversity.

The theme for the 2018 competition was cultural practice, inspired by anything from customs, events, spirituality to community and artistic expression. Our judging panel paid close attention to clarity of expression, overall artistic impression and potential social impact.

Participants were invited to submit individual images or a series featuring up to a maximum of six photos with accompanying captions, welcoming images from both remote and urban environments. This competition is not limited to indigenous culture.

“The challenge is for all of us to care enough about what lies outside our own world.” – UNESCO declaration on cultural diversity


After an extended judging period with our acclaimed judges Jimmy Nelson, Wayne Quilliam and Josue Rivas, we have finally determined this years’ winners.

With almost double the amount of entries from our inaugural competition last year, the quality and social merit far exceeded our expectations. Showing their support for the transfer of knowledge to future generations, the winning photography represents a unique documentation of different cultures across the globe and will be exhibited for a month in 2019 at renowned Amsterdam venue Pakhuis de Zwijger. The opening takes place on February 21st, keep a look out on our Events page to get the details.

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