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Fat cats, physics and family life: winning images from the CR Photography Annual

James Fairbank, head of brand marketing at Rapha, chose a striking series of stills from a short film by Andrzej Dragan for Best in Book. The film features model Kasia Kausa and explores the concept of time dilation (explained here) with eerie results:

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“I was immediately drawn in, and found this to be an extremely rich experience visually,” says Fairbank.

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Sophie Ebrard – Finca La Prospera

Sophie Ebrard’s Finca La Prospera series records the lives of a family living on the outskirts of Buenos Aires and offers an intimate look at everyday moments.

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Jess Crombie, head of visual creative at Save the Children, says: “I chose the series because I loved the tender interaction between family members. The photographer is invisible … she manages to capture intimate moments in a way that only family members can typically do.”

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“It reminds me of Sally Mann’s images of her children (in the best way) in the absolute lack of self-consciousness and the feeling that you are gazing on something utterly real,” Crombie adds.  “The image of the boy with the gauze is the standout still, it is painterly and thoughtful an thought-provoking and contains great narrative. It makes you want to look at it for a long time, which is what the best photographs should do – capture something or a moment that captivates, pricks the imagination and keeps you looking.”

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Tim Flach & Antony Crossfield – Sunday Times Rich List

Tim Flach worked with digital artist Antony Crossfield to create these brilliant ‘fat cat’ images of Simon Cowell, Elton John and Richard Branson for a campaign by Grey London to promote the Sunday Times Rich List:

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The series was chosen by Adam&Eve DDB’s Daniel Moorey, who applauded the strength of the idea and the craft behind it: “I don’t think it’s that easy to make a cat look like a person, but the recognition of the celebrity hits you after just the right length of time.

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“The simple, but slightly different background on each execution, and the little bit of vignetting give the right amount of craft without overpowering the directness of the idea,” he says.

For more Best in Book winners, see our posts on Nick Ballon, Guy Farrow and David Sykes‘ work here.

Entries for the Photography Annual close today (Friday 18 September) – and remember, we have a free to enter category this year for students and recent graduates.

For full details on how and what to enter or to submit your work, see photographyannual.creativereview.co.uk

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