The Australian team has won the World Photographic Cup (WPC) for the second time in eight years, with defending champion Brazil in second place followed by Canada and Spain in a tie for third.
The Australian team was Joshua Holko, Steve Scalone, Forough Yavari, Scott Portelli and Andy Cheung.
The WPC was founded in 2013 as a cooperative effort by The Federation of European Photographers (FEP) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA).
Each country is allowed to enter one team, and each team can enter up to three images in each of the six categories: Portrait; Wedding; Commercial (including advertising, architecture, industrial,fashion); Illustrative/Digital art; Reportage/Photojournalism; Nature (Landscape/Wildlife).
Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded to the individual creator in each category.
Teams are awarded points based on aggregate score of top ten placements in all categories. With three medals and three top 10 finishes, Team Australia was the 2021 Cup winner. Australia also won the WPC two years ago, joining Portugal and the US as the only teams to win it more than once.
‘Some may have thought we would cancel the World Photographic Cup this year – said WPC CEO Giuseppe Scozzi, opening the ceremony. ‘At the contrary, we had a record number of 38 entries! Unfortunately, we have to present the awards virtually once but we do plan to host an awards ceremony that includes all of our 2020 and 2021 winners in Rome again, finally in person, on the spring of 2022.”
‘For the last year the world has been gray and dreary,’ added WPC Committee Member Anna Kaleva Tsagklas. ‘But the fog is starting to lift, and when it does, the world will crave the colour and life that you give it. Because … photography is important to our world.’