After announcing all the results of the First Half of B&W CHILD PHOTO COMPETITION in July 2014 there was one photographer whose work stand out and got a very positive feedback from our Judging Panel. His name is Goran Jovic – documentary photographer from Croatia. At this point, Goran already took first place in The Portrait Category with his famous photograph “Rain Boy” and the second place in the Street&Documentary Category with the photograph “The Line”. Heading forward with these scores, in the second half of the competition, once again, he won the first place, but this time in The Silhouette Category with the photograph “Harvester of the sea”. This outstanding results made him The Grand Winner for 2014 on B&W CHILD PHOTO COMPETITION.
Q: Hi Goran! We are so happy to have you here again. Tell us, how does it feel to be The Grand Winner of B&W CHILD PHOTO COMPETITION 2014?
A: It is an honor to receive such recognition and it is a personal satisfaction to have your work recognized by prominent experts.
Q: Can you tell us the story behind your winning image “Harvester of the sea”. Where and how did you take this photograph?
A: The photograph “Harvester of the Sea” was taken one morning on Zanzibar Island, Tanzania. Its story is actually unfinished, and questions are there to be – who is this boy? A lonely fisherman who is resting after his early morning fishing… more than this will never be found out!
Q: Last year, we had a chance to see your photographs rocking on B&W CHILD PHOTO COMPETITION leaving strong impression on our judges. This year, you are part of the Judging Panel along with Magdalena Berny, Kate T. Parker and Katie Andelman. Are you excited?
A: It’s a great honor to be part of the Panel with these people, particularly Magdalena Berny whose work is really inspiring and I’ve been following it for a long time.
Q: You have a rich experience when it comes to participating in photography contest. As one of the judges, do you have any advice for photographers who are planning to enter B&W CHILD PHOTO COMPETITION 2015? What you will be looking for in the “winning photograph”?
A: If a photographer makes a contact while feeling and photographing the emotion of the person, his/her photograph will have a story that I would like to find.
Q: Since our last interview you’ve been traveling. You’ve been to Indonesia and did a photo reportage on the tribe Mentawai. Can you tell us more about this experience? Why you wanted to photograph this tribe?
A: Mentawai are people who truly live their legend and that was enough for me to hit the road and experience their spirit. Prejudices made at the first impression are more than deceiving because these “savages” are probably the most civilized people I have ever met.
Q: It’s impossible not to ask…What’s going on here?
A: It yet another usual day in my “office” … photographing sikeirei in his natural environment.
Q: You have a lot of experience with Africa. Can you tell us some main differences between African and Indonesian tribes?
A: The biggest difference is how they treat their children. In Africa, children are people’s last priority while in Indonesia they are the most important family member.
Q: What do you photograph when you are not traveling?
A: I mostly photograph weddings or I make a portrait of a person with exquisite character. Also, I like to photograph my nephews because we have a special connection.
Q: What’s the plan for 2015? Where are you planning to travel?
A: Plan for 2015 includes North America and South Sudan.
Thank you Goran! We wish you inspiring and creative photo year!
For more great photographs, visit Goran’s website.
B&W CHILD PHOTO COMPETITION 2015 – 2nd Annual International Photo Contest in B&W Child Photography is open for submissions! To enter, click here.