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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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