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Sensing the world around you

Sucheta Das, International

Capture the human senses 2013 marked the ninth edition of Metro Photo Challenge, and we were incredibly excited about letting the world loose on this editions topic. For 2013, we asked our readers to capture more of a process than a thing. A process both they and their camera have a lot of experience with: sensing the world around them. We know the camera is an expert at sensing and recording visual phenomena, but how did the participants persuade it to capture other stimuli, like taste and touch? So it’s with great gratitude and a truly honour to be able to present this fine selection of some of the best photos submitted in the six categories: Hearing, Sight, The Six Sense, Smell, Taste and Touch. With more than 120.000 images submitted by 39.000 participants in 203 countries, Metro Photo Challenge continues as the world’s largest photo competition. A great thanks to all sponsors, partners and jury members for making Metro Photo Challenge 2013 an incredible success.

See you all for the 10th edition anniversary of Metro Photo Challenge in autumn 2014!

Hearing Our senses of hearing and sight are closely linked. Visual clues help us understand what we hear people say to us, and soundtracks and other types of auditory stimuli enhance the way we experience visual input. But what about hearing alone? And the sounds we hear? Can these phenomena be expressed in a photograph? We often hear thunder – or maybe that eerie silence – before we see the storm. And we live in a world of sounds that send all kinds of signals to us. Every hour of every day.

Ana Cecilia Armejo, Peru

Oleksandr Svysunov, Russia

Juaeliton Campos, Brazil

Eva-Maria Steger, Portugal

Ricardo Biserra, Brazil

Saumalya Ghosh, USA

Gui Lopes, Brazil

Tara Lowry, Canada

Esthefania Bedoya, International

Peter Leone, Brazil

Pascal Deruyck, Belgium

Dignitas, International

Thijs Brienen, Netherlands

Noora Eronen, Belgium

Marcel Jirรกsek, Czech Republic

Felipe Sant Ana Pereira, Brazil

Fokje Otter, Netherlands

Stephan Lemay, French Canada

Chris Stephens, Sweden

Felipe Valduga, USA

Armando Serralde, Mexico

Dimas Oliveira, Brazil

Roy Fochtman, International

Arianne van der Veen, Netherlands

Sara Vertanen, Finland

Ale Silva, Brazil

Marcio Fabian, Brazil

SIGHT Of course you can take pictures of things – asking your camera to act as a third eye that records the things you see. But can you photograph the seeing itself? And if so, how would you do it? Is our sense of sight about our own physiology? The way our eyes and mind deal with visual input? Or is it a form of negotiation between the thing we see and the way we see it? Do our eyes even have to be involved? They’re not when we see things in dreams, are they?

Jan Mohammad Shaikh, International

Amélie Legrand, France

Erdõs Júlia, Hungary

Алексей Ханыков, Russia

Sudipto Das, International

Simon Victor, Sweden

Karine Gazaryan, Russia

Gerardo Torres, Chile

Kanehun Kane, Hong Kong

Valk贸 D谩vid, Hungary

AbĂ­lio Silveira, Portugal

Mario Cucchi, International

Felicia Simion, Canada

Regien Paassen, Holland

Carlos Rosas, International

Ilyas Essadek, Belgium

Sandip Das, USA

Mounir Rabhi Hallner, Sweden

Cristian Cadiz Contreras, Chile

Renata Maranh채o, Brazil

Mila Ivanova, International

Majed Alfaraj, USA

Johan Persson, Sweden

Bruno Gomes, Brazil

Martin Martel, French Canada

Lia Marmelstein, International

SIXTH SENSE Nobody knows what the sixth sense is but you. Is it a premonition that something is about to happen? Or is it the return of a loved one to haunt your dreams – or daydreams? Is it déjà vu? Is it an out-of-body experience? Is it visual, auditory, tactile…? Or is it beyond ordinary sensory perception – that gnawing sensation in the pit of your stomach? The deeply personal nature of the sixth sense makes this theme the most challenging of all this year. You’re on your own. You and your camera. And – for this theme alone and only if you wish – your retouching and advanced editing skills.

Tani Pilz, International

Юлия Напольская, Russia

Юлия Напольская, Russia

Evgeny Matveev, Russia

T贸th Zolt谩n, Hungary

Natan Bolckmans, Belgium

Lukas Marcel, Colombia

Ana LĂ­gia, Brazil

Maja Topagic, International

Olof Holm, Sweden

David Mauquoy, Belgium

Carlos Pinho, France

Tania Volobueva, Russia

Alexey Mikhaylov, Russia

Federico Ariu, Belgium

Sebastiรกn Aliaga Mena, Peru

Dominika Wypych, Sweden

Dongjoo Artursson, Sweden

AudrĂŠ Kieffer, French Canada

Юлия Напольская, Russia

Desiree Meijer, Netherlands

Colin Pauwels, Belgium

Raphael Alves, Brazil

GaĂŤtan Chekaiban, France

Sára Révai, Hungary

AudrĂŠ Kieffer, French Canada

Dmitri Maruta, Russia

Denise Abbade Miller da Silva, International

SMELL A rose smells like a rose, but what does that smell like? Just abstractly? Translated into another sense? Can your camera capture the scent of a rose? Or of anything else? Are some scents easier to capture visually than others? And when, where and how do scents leave their traces? Perhaps it would make more sense – to you – to explore the act of smelling. The practice of the sense. Who engages in it? People, to be sure, but people as cultured beings – or as the human animal? Or maybe just plain animals.

Hans Bornfalk, Sweden

Juha Lampinen, Finland

Adriana Garcia Assis, Portugal

Octavio Benalcazar Rivera, Ecuador

Thais Buarque, Brazil

Francesco Grillo, Italy

Ciaran Butler, International

Andres David Jaramillo Lafuente, Ecuador

Rosane Motta, Brazil

Ricky Siegers, Netherlands

Mario Dias, Brazil

Sofia Ă–rberg, Sweden

Anderson Augusto, Brazil

Marcel van Balken, Netherlands

Raphael Alves, Brazil

Sudipto Das, International

Garamvári Gábor, Netherlands

Jossefien Mongaré, Belgium

Taste What does taste look like? Is it in colour or black and white? Do different tastes have different colours or shades of grey? And where does a taste actually reside? Is it in the thing that tastes? Or is it inside you, only coming to life when you taste something that tastes? Good or bad. Pure or more diffuse. Can a taste sound like anything? Can you feel a taste? And is it possible to imagine a world without taste? If so, what would life be like? Surely less interesting – but different in other ways too? Is taste only about pleasure or displeasure? Or does our sense of taste serve other, less obvious purposes?

AudrĂŠ Kieffer, French Canada

Anderson, Brazil

Helga Boom, Belgium

Thiago Lontra, Brazil

Rodrigo Corona, Mexico

David BermĂşdez Medina, Colombia

Jim Henderson, Canada

Marcelo Teixeira, Brazil

Virginia Yunes, Brazil

Ирина Козороr, Russia

Leo Vainio, Finland

Dennis Keizer, Netherlands

Salym Fayad, Colombia

Tomรกs Svoboda, Czech Republic

Gabriel PĂŠrez, Mexico

Nagy Antal Balรกzs, Hungary

Isabelle Theiller, France

Kicia Randagia, Italy

Charlotte Valerie Feijen, Netherlands

Petr Žižák, Czech Republic

Cathy Bjรถrk, Sweden

Kurt Drubbel, Belgium

Natasha Mota, Brazil

J.C. Celmer, Brazil

Audrey DubĂŠ, French Canada

Guillaume Marlin, France

Martina Gebarovska, Czech Republic

TOUCH Close your eyes and touch something near you – your phone, a pen, your own shoe, maybe. Can you describe it in visual terms? Sure, you could trace its outline and probably even draw it. But what about the way it feels to the skin? Soft, steely, clammy, rough, porous, wet‌ Can you capture tactile sensations with your camera, and express them in purely visual terms? Or do we really have to portray a touch to communicate this human sense visually? A tickling feather. Toes in the sand. A paper cut. The first caress.

Santhosh Kumar, USA

Shanna Maassen, Netherlands

Emmy Persson, Sweden

Maurice Spees, International

Pedro Nunes Siqueira, Brazil

Manon Van Wezenbeek, Netherlands

Ale Vianna, Brazil

Anderson Fagundes, Brazil

Raquel Huijgen, Netherlands

Raquel Huijgen, Netherlands

Alexis Robitaille, French Canada

J贸zsef Vavreczky, Hungary

Gaรกl Benjรกmin, Hungary

Adrienn J贸zan, Hungary

Tamรกs Berki, Hungary

Daniel Rosero, Ecuador

Frank Joe Hansen, International

Gianfranco Zanobini, Peru

Antoine De Winter, Belgium

Tamรกs Gillicze, Hungary

Javier Rincon, Guatemala

Daniel Ponce de Leon, Sweden

Raquel Huijgen, Netherlands

JĂşlio Matheus, Brazil

Maciej Makowski, International

Dongjoo Artursson, Sweden

Focusing on the future Reach for Change invests in social entrepreneurs with ideas for improving the lives of children. Through our work in 2013, we improved the lives of over 1 million kids across the globe. In order to identify the challenges we collectively face, we strive to see and understand the world from a child’s perspective and listen to children’s stories. Each and every one of these amazing photos of children that was submitted during Metro Photo Challenge 2013 tells a powerful story. We believe it’s our responsibility to listen to them. Reachforchange.org All photos from Metro Photo Challenge 2013.

Credits Photographers Abílio Silveira Adriana Garcia Assis Adrienn Józan Ale Silva Ale Vianna Alexey Mikhaylov Alexis Robitaille Amélie Legrand Ana Cecilia Armejo Ana Lígia Anderson Augusto Anderson Fagundes Andres David Jaramillo Lafuente Antoine De Winter Arianna van der Veen Armando Serralde Audré Kieffer Audré Kieffer Audré Kieffer Audrey Dubé Bruno Gomes Carlos Pinho Carlos Rosas Cathy Björk Charlotte Valerie Feijen Chris Stephens Ciaran Butler Colin Pauwels Cristian Cadiz Contreras Cyril Blanchard (Cover)

Daniel Ponce de Leon Daniel Rosero David Bermúdez Median David Mauquoy Denise Abbade Miller da Silva Dennis Keizer Desiree Meijer Dignitas Dimas Oliveira Dmitri Maruta Dominika Wypych Dongjoo Artursson Dongjoo Artursson Elena Kuznetsova Emmy Persson Erdõs júlia Esthefania Bedoya Eva-Maria Steger Evgeny Matveev Federico Ariu Felicia Simion Felipe Sant Ana Pereira Felipe Valduga Fokje Otter Francesco Grillo Frank Joe Hansen Gaál Benjámin Gabriel Pérez Gaëtan Chekaiban Garamvári Gábor Gerardo Torres

Gianfranco Zanobini Gui Lopes Guillaume Marlin Hans Bornfalk Helga Boom Ilyas Essadek Isabelle Theiller J.C. Celmer Jan Mohammad Shaikh Javier Rincon, Jim Henderson Johan Persson Jossefien Mongaré József Vavreczky Juaeliton Campos Juha Lampinen Júlio Matheus Kanehun Kane Karine Gazaryan Kicia Randagia Kurt Drubbel Leo Vainio Lia Marmelstein Lukas Marcel Maciej Makowski Maja Topcagic Majed Alfaraj Manon Van Wezenbeek Marcel Jirásek Marcel van Balken Marcelo Teixeira

Marcio Fabian Mario Cucchi Mario Dias Martin Martel Martina Gebarovska Maurice Spees Mila Ivanova Mounir Rabhi Hallner Nagy Antal Balázs Natan Bolckmans Natasha Mota Noora Eronen Octavio Benalcazar Rivera Oleksandr Svysunov Olof Holm Pascal Deruyck Pedro Nunes Siqueira Peter Leone, Petr Žižák Raphael Alves Raphael Alves Raquel Huijgen Raquel Huijgen Raquel Huijgen Regien Paassen Renata Maranhão Ricardo Biserra Ricky Siegers Rodrigo Corona Rosane Motta Roy Fochtman

Salym Fayad Sandip Das Santhosh Kumar Sára Révai Sara Vertanen Saumalya Ghosh Sebastián Aliaga Mena Shanna Maassen Simon Victor Sofia Örberg Stephan Lemay Sucheta Das Sudipto Das Sudipto Das Tamás Berki Tamás Gillicze Tani Pilz Tania Volobueva Tara Lowry Thais Buarque Thiago Lontra Thijs Brienen Tomás Svoboda Tóth Zoltán Twan Zijlstra Valkó Dávid Virginia Yunes Алексей Ханыков Ирина Козороr Юлия Напольская Юлия Напольская

Publisher: Metro International Cover photo: Cyril Blanchard, France, Metro Photo Challenge 2013 Production and layout: Emilie Rud, Metro International | Johanna Runebjörk, Metro International Partners: Reach for Change and Colourbox

Reach for Change page Top left to right Karine Gazaryan Carolina Silva Marcela Muñoz Krizia Trabucco Kasper Nymann Leandro Martins Владимир Ламзин Alexis Zorba Andreas Schiffer Lennart Östling Janne Olkkonen Samir Zarrouk Brice Retailleau Claudia Benavides Marie Tihon Nuno Lobito Bernabe Della Mattia Dongjoo Artursson Marina Gensmann

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