Portraiture Category Winner: Michael Hanson

American Photo Images of the Year 2009

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Portraiture-Category-Winner-Michael-Hanson

Michael Hanson
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*Portraiture Category Winner*Omo Valley, Ethiopia. Portrait of a man holding a rifle.Michael Hanson
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Michael-Hanson2

*Portraiture Category Winner*Omo Valley, Ethiopia. A portrait of a young boy in the Omo Valley.Michael Hanson
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Michael-Hanson3

*Portraiture Category Winner*Omo Valley, Ethiopia. Body decoration remains an integral part of life in the Omo Valley as seen here on a woman's arm. Repeated cutting and inducing infection help create scars.Michael Hanson
Otto

Otto

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title: *OttoFloat like an angelCarly Costello
Personalities-of-Tasmania1

Personalities-of-Tasmania1

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title:* Personalities of Tasmania1Portion of Tasmanian Portrait Series Book.Catherine Hall
Personalities-of-Tasmania2

Personalities-of-Tasmania2

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title: *Personalities of Tasmania2Portion of Tasmanian Portrait Series Book.Catherine Hall
Personalities-of-Tasmania3

Personalities-of-Tasmania3

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title: *Personalities of Tasmania3Portion of Tasmanian Portrait Series Book.Catherine Hall
Personalities-of-Tasmania4

Personalities-of-Tasmania4

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title:* Personalities of Tasmania4Portion of Tasmanian Portrait Series Book.Catherine Hall
Personalities-of-Tasmania5

Personalities-of-Tasmania5

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title:* Personalities of Tasmania5Caption: Portion of Tasmanian Portrait Series Book.Catherine Hall
Personalities-of-Tasmania6

Personalities-of-Tasmania6

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title:* Personalities of Tasmania6Portion of Tasmanian Portrait Series Book.Catherine Hall
Personalities-of-Tasmania7

Personalities-of-Tasmania7

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title: *Personalities of Tasmania7Portion of Tasmanian Portrait Series Book.Catherine Hall
Personalities-of-Tasmania8

Personalities-of-Tasmania8

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title: *Personalities of Tasmania8Portion of Tasmanian Portrait Series Book.Catherine Hall
Personalities-of-Tasmania9

Personalities-of-Tasmania9

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title: *Personalities of Tasmania9Portion of Tasmanian Portrait Series Book.Catherine Hall
Personalities-of-Tasmania10

Personalities-of-Tasmania10

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title: *Personalities of Tasmania10Portion of Tasmanian Portrait Series Book.Catherine Hall
I-am-a-Money-lover

I-am-a-Money-lover

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title:* I am a Money loverClaudio Rasano
I-am-a-Money-lover2

I-am-a-Money-lover2

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title: *I am a Money lover2Claudio Rasano
EX-Soviet1

EX-Soviet1

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title:* EX Soviet1Claudio Rasano
EX-Soviet2

EX-Soviet2

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title: *EX Soviet2Claudio Rasano
EX-Soviet3

EX-Soviet3

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title: *EX Soviet3Claudio Rasano
EX-Soviet4

EX-Soviet4

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title:* EX Soviet4Claudio Rasano
EX-Soviet5

EX-Soviet5

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title: *EX Soviet5Claudio Rasano
EX-Soviet6

EX-Soviet6

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title:* EX Soviet6Claudio Rasano
EX-Soviet7

EX-Soviet7

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title: *EX Soviet7Claudio Rasano
Alexander

Alexander

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title: *AlexanderPeople and Promises of Hanna Street #1Guennadi Maslov
Alla

Alla

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title:* AllaPeople and Promises of Hanna Street #2Guennadi Maslov
Burning-Dolls-with-Tara

Burning-Dolls-with-Tara

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title: *Burning Dolls with TaraPeople and Promises of Hanna Street #3Guennadi Maslov
Costia

Costia

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title: *CostiaPeople and Promises of Hanna Street #4Guennadi Maslov
Elena-s-News

Elena-s-News

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title:* Elena's NewsPeople and Promises of Hanna Street #5Guennadi Maslov
Fiodor

Fiodor

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title:* FiodorPeople and Promises of Hanna Street #6Guennadi Maslov
Katia

Katia

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title: *KatiaPeople and Promises of Hanna Street #7Guennadi Maslov
Number-on-Roof

Number-on-Roof

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title: *Number on RoofPeople and Promises of Hanna Street #8Guennadi Maslov
Officer-Tolia

Officer-Tolia

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title:* Officer ToliaPeople and Promises of Hanna Street #9Guennadi Maslov
Pavlov-Sisters

Pavlov-Sisters

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title: *Pavlov SistersPeople and Promises of Hanna Street #10Guennadi Maslov
Egyptian-Star

Egyptian-Star

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title:* Egyptian StarAhmad El-Fishawy, Egyptian Cinema StarLara Sawalha
Francois

Francois

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title: *FrancoisPart of a series of close-up portraits.Morne Van Zyl
Ntebogeng

Ntebogeng

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title: *NtebogengPart of a series of close-up portraits.Morne Van Zyl
Jeremy

Jeremy

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title:* JeremyPart of a series of close-up portraits.Morne Van Zyl
JP

JP

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title:* JPPart of a series of close-up portraits.Morne Van Zyl
Rachel

Rachel

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title:* RachelPart of a series of close-up portraits.Morne Van Zyl
Tammy

Tammy

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title:* TammyPart of a series of close-up portraits.Morne Van Zyl
Steve

Steve

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up **Title:* StevePart of a series of close-up portraits.Morne Van Zyl
Frozen-Man

Frozen-Man

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up**Title: *Frozen ManMy friend Mike got caught outside on a very cold day in Northern Canada.Shimon Karmel
Andree-Ann

Andree-Ann

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up**Title:* Andrée-AnnSherbrooke 2009Yves Harnois
Caroline

Caroline

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up**Title:* CarolineSherbrooke 2009Yves Harnois
Catherine

Catherine

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up**Title: *CatherineSherbrooke 2009Yves Harnois
Dominique

Dominique

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up**Title:* DominiqueSherbrooke 2009Yves Harnois
Katerine

Katerine

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up**Title: *KaterineSherbrooke 2009Yves Harnois
Melie-Anne

Melie-Anne

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up**Title:* Mélie-AnneSherbrooke 2009Yves Harnois
Rebecca

Rebecca

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up**Title: *RebeccaSherbrooke 2009Yves Harnois
Sara

Sara

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up**Title: *SaraSherbrooke 2009Yves Harnois
Sarah

Sarah

*Portraiture Category Runner-Up**Title:* SarahSherbrooke 2008Yves Harnois
A-young-boy

A-young-boy

*Portraiture Category Winner*Omo Valley, Ethiopia. A young boy stands on stilts in the middle of the road hoping to receive a tip.Michael Hanson’s portraits prove that sometimes the most original images come when a photographer steps outside his comfort zone. When the Seattle-based documentary photographer made a trip to Ethiopia’s remote Omo Valley, he discovered that its villagers, members of ancient tribes who have not adopted Western ways, have grown used to posing for tourists. “There was no way they were going to let me photograph them in a natural way,” says Hanson, whose solution was to ditch his reportage style in favor of stark black-and-white portraiture. By focusing purely on the villagers and their tribal markings, Hanson was able to convey not just the essence of their personalities, but the compelling culture that has shaped them.Michael Hanson