Sebastian Copeland

TIFA Announces 2020 Winners

February 4, 2021

Tokyo International Foto Awards 

Announces Winners of 2020 Competition

Selection of 2019 TIFA Winners

Selection of 2020 TIFA Winners (from top to bottom and left to right): Fresh Meat by Sh Sadler, Where is Adam? by Cheraine Collette, Requiem Pour Pianos by Romain Thiery, A Sheep by Claudia Guido, Butterflies in the Stomach by Carlos Gamez de Fransisco, Fishermen of the Mangroves by Les Sharp, Garbage in the Cloud by Piotr Zwarycz.

Los Angeles, February 3rd, 2020 – The Tokyo International Foto Awards is delighted to announce the category winners and finalists in its 2020 Photography Competition for the professional and non professional/student categories.

A stellar international jury of renowned photography experts judged a the entries
from more than 100 countries around the world to finally select these outstanding category winners.


Sebastian Copeland was chosen Photographer of the Year for his truly humbling photography book, Antarctica – The Walking Giant, showing us the least explored continent and the danger it faces due to climate change. The book was made under a collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio to spread awareness of the crisis of global warming.

Antractica – The Walking Giant by Sebastian Copeland

The Discovery of the Year award was given to Diana Cheren Nygren for her work When The Trees Are Gone. Her work explores the concept of city folk searching for a moment of peace in the urban jungle, where nature has been taken over by by human-made buildings.


In order to support and honour the outstanding work of both professional and amateur photographers around the world during the COVID-19 crisis, International Photo Awards will match the cash prizes that are awarded this year to the Category Winners with an equal cash donation to the charity of the winning photographer’s choice in their community.

When The Trees Are Gone by Diana Cheren Nygren


Tokyo International Foto Awards 

Professional Category Winners of 2020

ADVERTISING – Fresh Meat by Sh Sadler

ARCHITECTURE – Requiem Pour Pianos by Romain Thiery

BOOK – Antarctica – The Walking Giant by Sebastian Copeland

EDITORIAL – Women Protesting Over Abortion Ban in Poland by Bartosz Mateńko

EVENTS – Beneath the Surface of Competitive Seadiving by Kohei Ueno

FINE ART – Fishermen of the Mangroves by Les Sharp

NATURE – A Sheep by Claudia Guido

PEOPLE – A Painful Necessity by Gabriele Micalizzi

PORTFOLIO – Butterflies in the Stomach by Carlos Gamez de Fransisco

SCIENCE – Viveria by Ela Kurowska

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Women Protesting Over Abortion Ban in Poland by Bartosz Mateńko


Tokyo International Foto Awards 

Student/ Non-Professional Category Winners of 2020

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New Faces and … In The Class, Automotive Class by Marcin Majkowski

ADVERTISING – New Faces and … In The Class, Automotive Class by Marcin Majkowski

ARCHITECTURE – Snake’S Zaha by Roberto Corinaldesi

BOOK – The Consolation of Dew by Joel Pulliam

EDITORIAL – Hong Kong Conflict by Wei Fu

EVENTS – Timoncap 2019 by Sergio Ferreira Ruiz

FINE ART – Urban Tetris by Mariyan Atanasov

NATURE – Ribbon Dance by Richard Li

PEOPLE – Promised Land by Michal Konrad

PORTFOLIO – When the Trees are Gone by Diana Cheren Nygren

SCIENCE – Pathology Atlas by Oltea Sampetrean