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Street Wrestling. Image: Retam Kumar Shaw, Documentary Single Image winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

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A dozen photographers from all over the world have been named winners at the 2017 Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards.

Covering an array of themes, from foliage to fitness, Magnum and LensCulture have revealed the 12 winning photographers for their annual awards.

Separated into two categories, the six series winners and six single-image winners will each receive $3,000 and $1,500, respectively.

One of the winning photographers is based in Ireland, with Galway-based Polish professional Szymon Barylski’s ‘Fleeing Death’ winning the Photojournalism Single Image prize.

His photography showcases refugees waiting at the checkpoint in Idomeni, Greece in 2016.

The winning projects will be shown in a digital exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery in London later this year and exhibited at photography festivals worldwide.

The list of festivals includes Voies Off Arles, FORMAT International Photography Festival, Belfast Photo Festival, Athens Photo Festival, Circulation(s) Photo Festival, Tokyo International Photography Festival, Cortona on the Move, Medium Festival of Photography and Copenhagen Photo Festival, among others.

The organisers will provide “expert guidance” to the winners, too, with the images shared throughout their combined audience of around 6.5m.

Here, we include all 66 winning images, a full 51 more than last year.

Single Image

‘Street Wrestling’. Image: Retam Kumar Shaw. Documentary Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Street Wrestling. Image: Retam Kumar Shaw, Documentary Single Image winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

‘Choral.’ Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Image: Hakim Boulouiz. Street Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Choral. Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Image: Hakim Boulouiz, Street Single Image winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

‘Untitled.’ Image: Artur Zdral. Portrait Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Untitled. Image: Artur Zdral, Portrait Single Image winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

‘Fleeing Death.’ “Refugees in the queue for the checkpoint at Idomeni, Greece. March 6, 2016”. ImageL Szymon Barylski. Photojournalism Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Fleeing Death. “Refugees in the queue for the checkpoint at Idomeni, Greece. March 6, 2016.” Image: Szymon Barylski, Photojournalism Single Image winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

‘Confiscated.’ “Surely an elephant foot is of no real use to anyone but the animal itself. These elephant feet were attempted to be smuggled from Africa to the US, but were seized by the American Border Patrol and are currently stored at the National Wildlife Repository Denver, Colorado, USA. I have been documenting illegally traded wildlife products since August 2016 at borders and airport across the globe.” Image: Britta Jaschinski. Open Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Confiscated. “Surely an elephant foot is of no real use to anyone but the animal itself. These elephant feet were attempted to be smuggled from Africa to the US, but were seized by the American Border Patrol and are currently stored at the National Wildlife Repository, Denver, Colorado, USA. I have been documenting illegally traded wildlife products since August 2016 at borders and airport across the globe.” Image: Britta Jaschinski, Open Single Image winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

‘Stars.’ Image: Ellie Davies. Fine Art Single Image Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Stars. Image: Ellie Davies, Fine Art Single Image winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Documentary Series –‘Bread and Circuses’

Hub Zero, Dubai, January 2017. Emirati boys playing a game of pool at Hub Zero, an immersive entertainment hub located at City Walk shopping mall. Image: Nick Hannes, Documentary Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Hub Zero, Dubai, January 2017. Emirati boys playing a game of pool at Hub Zero, an immersive entertainment hub located at City Walk shopping mall. Image: Nick Hannes, Documentary Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Desert Road, Dubai, September 2016.Image: Nick Hannes, Documentary Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Desert Road, Dubai, September 2016. Image: Nick Hannes, Documentary Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Global Village, Dubai, January 2017. Global Village is a family entertainment destination with a shopping experience at 32 pavilions representing more than 75 countries. Major landmark buildings from the whole world have been reconstructed here. Image: Nick Hannes, Documentary Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Global Village, Dubai, January 2017. Global Village is a family entertainment destination with a shopping experience at 32 pavilions representing more than 75 countries. Major landmark buildings from the whole world have been reconstructed here. Image: Nick Hannes, Documentary Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Oasis Mall, Dubai, January 2016. Image: Nick Hannes, Documentary Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Oasis Mall, Dubai, January 2016. Image: Nick Hannes, Documentary Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Chillout Ice Lounge, Dubai, January 2016. Saudi tourists having a hot chocolate at the Chillout Ice Lounge, the first ice lounge in the Middle East, with ice sculptures, ice seating and tables, all at a subzero temperature. Image: Nick Hannes, Documentary Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Chillout Ice Lounge, Dubai, January 2016. Saudi tourists having a hot chocolate at the Chillout Ice Lounge, the first ice lounge in the Middle East, with ice sculptures, ice seating and tables, all at a subzero temperature. Image: Nick Hannes, Documentary Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Beach party, Dubai, January 2016. Russian women celebrating Friday brunch at a beach club in Dubai. Image: Nick Hannes, Documentary Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Beach party, Dubai, January 2016. Russian women celebrating Friday brunch at a beach club in Dubai. Image: Nick Hannes, Documentary Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Floating Seahorse, Dubai, January 2017. The Floating Seahorse is an underwater holiday villa at the Heart of Europe, a man-made archipelago 2.5 miles off Dubai. It features underwater bedrooms and bathrooms. By the time the ambitious project is complete in 2018, there will be more than 125 floating villas, which cost as much as £2.2m each. Image: Nick Hannes, Documentary Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Floating Seahorse, Dubai, January 2017. The Floating Seahorse is an underwater holiday villa at the Heart of Europe, a man-made archipelago 2.5 miles off Dubai. It features underwater bedrooms and bathrooms. By the time the ambitious project is complete in 2018, there will be more than 125 floating villas, which cost as much as £2.2m each. Image: Nick Hannes, Documentary Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Full moon yoga session, Dubai, September 2016. Full moon yoga session at Fairmont The Palm Hotel and Resort in Dubai. Image: Nick Hannes, Documentary Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Full moon yoga session, Dubai, September 2016. Full moon yoga session at The Fairmont Palm Hotel and Resort in Dubai. Image: Nick Hannes, Documentary Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Nightclub, Dubai, September 2016. Image: Nick Hannes, Documentary Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Nightclub, Dubai, September 2016. Image: Nick Hannes, Documentary Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Bluewaters Island, Dubai, September 2016. Fireworks above the artificial Bluewaters Island in Dubai, on the occasion of the Islamic feast of sacrifice. Image: Nick Hannes, Documentary Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Bluewaters Island, Dubai, September 2016. Fireworks above the artificial Bluewaters Island in Dubai, on the occasion of the Islamic feast of sacrifice. Image: Nick Hannes, Documentary Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Fine Art Series – ‘Botanical Inquiry’

Established Supply Corridor. Image: Daniel Shipp, Fine Art Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Established Supply Corridor. Image: Daniel Shipp, Fine Art Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Defunct Industrial Site. Image: Daniel Shipp, Fine Art Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Defunct Industrial Site. Image: Daniel Shipp, Fine Art Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Arterial Road Duct. Image: Daniel Shipp, Fine Art Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Arterial Road Duct. Image: Daniel Shipp, Fine Art Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Residential Embankment. Image: Daniel Shipp, Fine Art Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Residential Embankment. Image: Daniel Shipp, Fine Art Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Idle Railway Land. Image: Daniel Shipp, Fine Art Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Idle Railway Land. Image: Daniel Shipp, Fine Art Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Utilities Access Route. Image: Daniel Shipp, Fine Art Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Utilities Access Route. Image: Daniel Shipp, Fine Art Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Southern Remedial Exclusion. Image: Daniel Shipp, Fine Art Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Southern Remedial Exclusion. Image: Daniel Shipp, Fine Art Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Mixed Use Enclosure. Image: Daniel Shipp, Fine Art Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Mixed-Use Enclosure. Image: Daniel Shipp, Fine Art Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Rezoned Industrial Division. Image: Daniel Shipp, Fine Art Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Rezoned Industrial Division. Image: Daniel Shipp, Fine Art Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Regeneration at Perimeter. Image: Daniel Shipp, Fine Art Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Regeneration at Perimeter. Image: Daniel Shipp, Fine Art Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Open Series – ‘Chroma: An Ode to J D Okhai Ojeikere’

Chroma. Image: Medina Dugger. Open Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Chroma. Image: Medina Dugger, Open Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Chroma. Image: Medina Dugger. Open Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Chroma. Image: Medina Dugger, Open Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Chroma. Image: Medina Dugger. Open Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Chroma. Image: Medina Dugger, Open Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Chroma. Image: Medina Dugger. Open Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Chroma. Image: Medina Dugger, Open Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Chroma. Image: Medina Dugger. Open Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Chroma. Image: Medina Dugger, Open Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Chroma. Image: Medina Dugger. Open Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Chroma. Image: Medina Dugger, Open Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Chroma. Image: Medina Dugger. Open Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Chroma. Image: Medina Dugger, Open Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Chroma. Image: Medina Dugger. Open Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Chroma. Image: Medina Dugger, Open Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Chroma. Image: Medina Dugger. Open Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Chroma. Image: Medina Dugger, Open Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Chroma. Image: Medina Dugger. Open Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Chroma. Image: Medina Dugger, Open Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Photojournalism Series – ‘Destination Europe’

Onboard a fishing boat 30 miles off the coast of Libya, a Bangladeshi man begs to be released from the overcrowded hold of the boat where he was packed with 150 men in slaveship-like conditions. The boat carried 414 migrants and refugees attempting to reach Italy. The migrant boat was intercepted by the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station’s rescue ship, and all the people onboard were evacuated. Image: Jason Florio. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Onboard a fishing boat 30 miles off the coast of Libya, a Bangladeshi man begs to be released from the overcrowded hold of the boat where he was packed with 150 men in slaveship-like conditions. The boat carried 414 migrants and refugees attempting to reach Italy. The migrant boat was intercepted by the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station’s rescue ship, and all the people onboard were evacuated. Image: Jason Florio, Photojournalism Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

On an old fishing boat carrying 561 migrants 50 miles off the coast of Libya, an Eritrean man is commanded to stay below the deck where he was packed with over 200 other men. The migrants were rescued by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station ship after they received a distress call saying the migrant boat was taking on water and in imminent danger of sinking. Image: Jason Florio. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

On an old fishing boat carrying 561 migrants 50 miles off the coast of Libya, an Eritrean man is commanded to stay below the deck where he was packed with more than 200 other men. The migrants were rescued by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station ship after they received a distress call saying the migrant boat was taking on water and in imminent danger of sinking. Image: Jason Florio, Photojournalism Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

A Syrian mother holds on to her 8 month old son after the boat they were being smuggled on from Turkey to Greece capsized when the Turkish smuggler lost control of the boat. To the left, a Syrian father holds onto his 2 year old daughter who, unknown to him at the time, was already dead. Three children died in the incident; the other 20 people were rescued by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station team. Image: Jason Florio. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

A Syrian mother holds on to her 8-month-old son after the boat they were being smuggled on from Turkey to Greece capsized when the Turkish smuggler lost control of the boat. To the left, a Syrian father holds onto his 2-year-old daughter who, unknown to him at the time, was already dead. Three children died in the incident; the other 20 people were rescued by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station team. Image: Jason Florio, Photojournalism Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

On a rescue boat in the Aegean Sea, a Syrian mother with her two dead children is comforted by a member of Migrant Offshore Aid Station who rescued her and 22 others fleeing the civil war. Their small boat capsized after the Turkish smuggler driving it at high speed lost control. Three children drowned in the tragedy. The smuggler was sentenced to 120 years in jail by a Greek court. Image: Jason Florio. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

On a rescue boat in the Aegean Sea, a Syrian mother with her two dead children is comforted by a member of Migrant Offshore Aid Station who rescued her and 22 others fleeing the civil war. Their small boat capsized after the Turkish smuggler driving it at high speed lost control. Three children drowned in the tragedy. The smuggler was sentenced to 120 years in jail by a Greek court. Image: Jason Florio, Photojournalism Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

A Turkish smuggler is made to look at the bodies of three Syrian refugee children by Greek police. He was smuggling 22 Syrians from Turkey to Greece when, due to his reckless high-speed driving, the small boat they were on flipped over and capsized a few meters from the Greek shore. He was sentenced to 120 years in jail; 40 years for each child. Image: Jason Florio. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

A Turkish smuggler is made to look at the bodies of three Syrian refugee children by Greek police. He was smuggling 22 Syrians from Turkey to Greece when, due to his reckless high-speed driving, the small boat they were on flipped over and capsized a few metres from the Greek shore. He was sentenced to 120 years in jail – 40 years for each child. Image: Jason Florio, Photojournalism Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Bangladeshi and Pakistani migrants wait to be evacuated from the fetid hold of a smuggler’s boat off the coast of Libya. 414 migrants and refugees were found lost at sea off the coast of Libya. The men, women and children were crammed into a fishing boat designed for a crew of 10, including 150 packed below the deck. Migrant Offshore Aid Station located the vessel with their camera drone and intercepted it, rescuing all onboard. Image: Jason Florio. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Bangladeshi and Pakistani migrants wait to be evacuated from the fetid hold of a smuggler’s boat off the coast of Libya. 414 migrants and refugees were found lost at sea off the coast of Libya. The men, women and children were crammed into a fishing boat designed for a crew of 10, including 150 packed below the deck. Migrant Offshore Aid Station located the vessel with their camera drone and intercepted it, rescuing all onboard. Image: Jason Florio, Photojournalism Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Bangladeshi and Pakistani migrants wait to be evacuated. Image: Jason Florio. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Bangladeshi and Pakistani migrants wait to be evacuated. Image: Jason Florio, Photojournalism Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Gambian and other West African migrants lay exhausted on the deck of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station ship after being rescued from a packed rubber boat that was starting to sink off the coast of Libya. Image: Jason Florio. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Gambian and other West African migrants lay exhausted on the deck of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station ship after being rescued from a packed rubber boat that was starting to sink off the coast of Libya. Image: Jason Florio, Photojournalism Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

At dawn a small wooden boat carrying 21 Bangladeshis and one Congolese is spotted drifting in international waters by Migrant Offshore Aid Station. The engine had broken down, and the migrants, who had set out before midnight from Libya, had been floating without direction or means of communication throughout the night. Image: Jason Florio. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

At dawn, a small wooden boat carrying 21 Bangladeshis and one Congolese person is spotted drifting in international waters by Migrant Offshore Aid Station. The engine had broken down, and the migrants, who had set out before midnight from Libya, had been floating without direction or means of communication throughout the night. Image: Jason Florio, Photojournalism Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Gambian and other West African migrants just rescued from a packed rubber boat off the coast of Libya huddle on the deck of Migrant Offshore Aid Station’s ship. In the background, their rubber boat is set ablaze to prevent smugglers, who were circling during the rescue, from taking the engine and boat back to Libya to use again. Image: Jason Florio. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Gambian and other West African migrants just rescued from a packed rubber boat off the coast of Libya huddle on the deck of Migrant Offshore Aid Station’s ship. In the background, their rubber boat is set ablaze to prevent smugglers, who were circling during the rescue, from taking the engine and boat back to Libya to use again. Image: Jason Florio, Photojournalism Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Portrait Series – ‘Beautiful Boy’

Blindfold, 2016. Image: Lissa Rivera. Portrait Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Blindfold, 2016. Image: Lissa Rivera, Portrait Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Living Room I (Portrait as a Wife), 2017. Image: Lissa Rivera. Portrait Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Living Room I (Portrait as a Wife), 2017. Image: Lissa Rivera, Portrait Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Motel, Virginia, 2015. Image: Lissa Rivera. Portrait Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Motel, Virginia, 2015. Image: Lissa Rivera, Portrait Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Aloha Hotel, Palm Springs, 2017. Image: Lissa Rivera. Portrait Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Aloha Hotel, Palm Springs, 2017. Image: Lissa Rivera, Portrait Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Lavender Gown, 2016. Image: Lissa Rivera. Portrait Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Lavender Gown, 2016. Image: Lissa Rivera, Portrait Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Courtesan I, 2015. Image: Lissa Rivera. Portrait Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Courtesan I, 2015. Image: Lissa Rivera, Portrait Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

White Carpet Odalisque, Family Home, 2015. Image: Lissa Rivera. Portrait Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

White Carpet Odalisque, Family Home, 2015. Image: Lissa Rivera, Portrait Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Pink Bedroom, 2017. Image: Lissa Rivera. Portrait Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Pink Bedroom, 2017. Image: Lissa Rivera, Portrait Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Poolside, Family Home, 2015. Image: Lissa Rivera. Portrait Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Poolside, Family Home, 2015. Image: Lissa Rivera, Portrait Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Apartment, Venice, 2016. Image: Lissa Rivera. Portrait Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Apartment, Venice, 2016. Image: Lissa Rivera, Portrait Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Street Series – ‘Losing Face’

Read All About It. During a cold winter evening, a man sells Workers’ Solidarity newspapers to protesters marching towards the presidential Blue House. The headline reads: ”Park Geun-hye Resign Now.” Image: Argus Paul Estabrook. Street Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Read All About It. “During a cold winter evening, a man sells Workers’ Solidarity newspapers to protesters marching towards the presidential Blue House. The headline reads: ‘Park Geun-hye Resign Now’.” Image: Argus Paul Estabrook, Street Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Dark Horse. A protester rides a fiberglass horse in Gwanghwamun Square to deliver his message to others. Throughout the many public demonstrations, the largest one had an estimated 1.7 million participants. Image: Argus Paul Estabrook. Street Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Dark Horse. “A protester rides a fibreglass horse in Gwanghwamun Square to deliver his message to others. Throughout the many public demonstrations, the largest one had an estimated 1.7m participants.” Image: Argus Paul Estabrook, Street Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Student Protesters March. “Among the most vocal and energetic groups taking part in the anti-president demonstrations are young South Korean students.” Image: Argus Paul Estabrook. Street Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Student Protesters March. “Among the most vocal and energetic groups taking part in the anti-president demonstrations are young South Korean students.” Image: Argus Paul Estabrook, Street Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Resistance. An overwhelming number of police confront protesters around downtown Seoul. Through their sheer physical presence and energy, they easily barricade numerous public streets, alleys, and metro exits. Image: Argus Paul Estabrook. Street Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Resistance. “An overwhelming number of police confront protesters around downtown Seoul. Through their sheer physical presence and energy, they easily barricade numerous public streets, alleys and metro exits.” Image: Argus Paul Estabrook, Street Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Behind Bars. “Imprisoned and surrounded by journalists, a protester plays President Park Geun-hye during the Christmas Eve demonstration in Seoul, South Korea.” Image: Argus Paul Estabrook. Street Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Behind Bars. “Imprisoned and surrounded by journalists, a protester plays President Park Geun-hye during the Christmas Eve demonstration in Seoul, South Korea.” Image: Argus Paul Estabrook, Street Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Seoul Spirit. “Protesters continue their enthusiasm during the 19th straight weekend of demonstrations. As traditional musicians play in the crowd, others lose themselves to dance and chants.” Image: Argus Paul Estabrook. Street Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Seoul Spirit. “Protesters continue their enthusiasm during the 19th straight weekend of demonstrations. As traditional musicians play in the crowd, others lose themselves to dance and chants.” Image: Argus Paul Estabrook, Street Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Judgment Day. “A tense moment before the Constitutional Court reveals its unanimous decision to uphold the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. The historic ruling, delivered by acting Chief Justice Lee Jung-mi, took about 20 minutes and was televised live from the main courtroom on March 10, 2017.” Image: Argus Paul Estabrook. Street Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Judgment Day. “A tense moment before the constitutional court reveals its unanimous decision to uphold the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. The historic ruling, delivered by acting chief justice Lee Jung-mi, took about 20 minutes and was televised live from the main courtroom on March 10, 2017.” Image: Argus Paul Estabrook, Street Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Waiting in the Wings. “A young child sits with friends and family before participating in a parade celebrating Park Geun-hye’s official removal from office.” Image: Argus Paul Estabrook. Street Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Waiting in the Wings. “A young child sits with friends and family before participating in a parade celebrating Park Geun-hye’s official removal from office.” Image: Argus Paul Estabrook, Street Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Victory. “Protesters rejoice as a triumphant mood overtakes Gwanghwamun Square on March 11, 2017.” Image: Argus Paul Estabrook. Street Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Victory. “Protesters rejoice as a triumphant mood overtakes Gwanghwamun Square on March 11, 2017.” Image: Argus Paul Estabrook, Street Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Parting Thought. As the protests fade into memory, South Korea finds itself bearing witness to an unknown political reality. With its emergence, new questions arise. What comes next? Where will the spirit of vigilance lead us? Where do we go from here? Image: Argus Paul Estabrook. Street Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Parting Thought. “As the protests fade into memory, South Korea finds itself bearing witness to an unknown political reality. With its emergence, new questions arise. What comes next? Where will the spirit of vigilance lead us? Where do we go from here?” Image: Argus Paul Estabrook, Street Series winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017

Gordon Hunt is a journalist at Siliconrepublic.com

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