Explore the captivating collection of the top 20 winning and finalist photos from the ViewSonic ColorPro Awards 2023. Centered around the theme “Rise,” this year’s competition saw Meric Aktar from Turkey clinching the 1st place with his remarkable photo, “The Return of the Buffalo Shepherd.” Immerse yourself in this gallery showcasing 20 enchanting images, and for an extended visual experience, visit their website for additional captivating photographs.
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#1. 1st Place: The Return of the Buffalo Shepherd by Meric Aktar, Turkey
This shot is the story of a buffalo shepherd in Dokuzpınar Village of Kayseri province, Turkey. The buffalo shepherd is on his way back home with his herd, which consists of about 500 buffalos. Every sunset is the beginning of a new adventure for the buffalo shepherd. His journey begins in the early morning in the Hürmetçi Grasslands and ends near the bank of a creek while his herd crosses the dusty path under the sunset light. The shepherd sometimes rears up his horse and his dog bites the ankles of slow buffaloes to fasten the crossing. This journey offers a visual feast every day of the summer months.
#2. 2nd Place: Rise by Jonas Hafner, Germany
Like plants, we humans also undergo a transformation over time and grow through our challenges and experiences.
#3. 3rd Place: Caro boy by Svetlin Yosifov, Bulgaria
The Karo tribe, living in the area southeast of the River Omo in Ethiopia, is a group of just over 1,000 tribespeople. They survive on agriculture and the natural annual flooding of the Omo River.