Martin Faltejsek from the Czech Republic has won first prize in The Macallan (single-malt whisky) Masters of Photography ‘The Last Word’ competition for his story, Personality. “’Embrace your imperfections, they make you who you are’. I profoundly stand for this. In this photo I wanted to show human/our defencelessness and how vulnerable we are. Human personality is something really strange, weird, easy-to-hurt and suggestible. I simply do not get mean people.”
Second prize goes to Jonathan Agami. The story: GENIE: “Is that the singer of that band? Or is it “Your wish is my command?..” * Ivar, the leading singer of a Swedish band.”
Third prize to Gabor Dvornik. The story: Life: “When you are young, you run and hustle, you dare, you get wounded and you do it again and again. If you are wise enough, you learn from your errors and will do better from day to day. Life gives this experience but is a costly thing – gives you scars and wrinkles to your face.”
The global competition attracted almost 1,000 entries, over 2,500 images and 2,625 public votes. It was launched in celebration of The Macallan’s third Masters of Photography Series, collaboration with Annie Leibovitz. Celebrating Annie Leibovitz’s world famous portraits, photography aficionados were invited to upload a portrait they have taken with one word – ‘The Last Word’ – capturing the mood of their photograph. Online votes were cast to create a shortlist of 50 images. A judging panel of three then selected the winners.
Martin wins a two-night stay in Edinburgh for two, visits The Macallan, Easter Elchies House with a full distillery tour and photography-themed visit and samples a selection of The Macallan’s finest whiskies. He also receives a Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera.