American Photo Open 2019: Meet This Year’s Finalists

David Schonauer, American Photography, October 15, 2019

The judges have spoken.


And today we reveal the ten finalists of the American Photo Open 2019 competition. Congratulations to Hardijanto Budiman; Julia Fullerton-Batten; Dean Gibson; Corina Howell; Zay Yar Lin; Rebecca Moseman; Tomas Neuwirth; Ernesto Ortiz; Md Tanveer Hassan Rohan; and Alain Schroeder.


All will have their work spotlighted in a variety of online venues and at a photo industry event in New York City. They will also pick up some very nice prizes from our partners: a Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Canon or Nikon mount), value $599, a SanDisk SD card, Skylum’s Aurora HDR, a PhotoShelter 1 year standard account and a Fujifilm XP130 camera.


And one will soon be named the grand-prize winner of the contest at our annual American Photography Party in New York City on November 7, taking home $5,000, plus a Tamron SP 70-200 F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Canon or Nikon mount), value $1299, a SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD, a Skylum suite of software( including Luminar, Aurora HDR and Photolemur, a Fujifilm X-T3 camera, a two-hour business consultation with The Photo Closer and a PhotoShelter 2 year Pro account.


This year as last, we received entries from all over the world, from photographers at every level, from amateurs and enthusiasts to pros. And, as last year, we were very impressed by the execution and imagination we saw. We want to thank everyone who entered. And remember, the AP Open 2020 contest will kick off next March.


Herewith, this year’s talented ten:


Julia Fullerton-Batten: “Tower Bridge”


“The River Thames is not even the longest river in the British Isles and a mere pygmy in comparison with many other rivers in the world, yet its significance to British and world history is immense,” notes fine-art photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten, who lives in West London, “just a short walk from the river.” Her proximity to the river and her interest in its history led her to create a series called “Old Father Thames,” a unique reimagining of true stories told through illustrative images shot in the visual style Fullerton-Batten is known for: richly detailed, meticulously staged, and cinematically lit.


One image from the series tells of a beach created in the shadow of London’s famous Tower Bridge and opened to the public in 1934. Fullerton-Batten chose to represent the beach in its 1950s heyday, with a cast of women and children in vintage swimwear and period dresses.


See more of Julia Fullerton-Batten’s work at her website.