The theme was judged by Patrick di Nola, Head of Reportage at Getty Images and Co-Founder and Director of Verbatim Agency – representing some of the best photojournalists in the world.

Your image was shortlisted in the top 20 images for Life Framer theme 9: Six Continents.

Here’s what Patrick and the Life Framer team had to say about your image:

Emmanuel shows a mastery in framing – each element of the image is perfectly weighted to produce a balanced, assured composition. Paired with muted tones it makes for an aesthetically rich image. The blandness becomes vivid.
There’s also something in its subject matter – it conjures thoughts of our need to tame the harshest of environments; to build walls and contain nature into neat pockets. It’s bleak in its emptiness. A suburban scene, sculpted by man, but completely uninhabitable.

Patrick Di Nola / Verbatim & Getty Images /

Patrick di Nola is Founder and Commercial Director of Verbatim Agency – a recently-launched subsidiary of Getty Images handling commercial photo & video assignments). He represents a roster of award-winning photojournalists, and is a regular juror and reviewer, at photography events in the UK and internationally.

Judging Panel

We collaborated with world class photographers from diverse backgrounds and with defiant originality. Naming a few:  Aaron Huey, Robin Schwartz, Matt Eich, Simon Roberts, Stacy Kranitz, Phil Anderson, Alex Fradkin, Brian Finke, Peter Dench, Stefano De Luigi, Chris Buck, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Olivia Bee, Steve Bisson, Vincent Fournier, Gerardo Montiel Klint and more.

Each monthly theme is judged by an industry leader with a wealth of experience and expertise to their name. They select a shortlist and winning photographers, as well as providing feedback and critique.

Judges include editors for TIME and GUP Magazine, gallerist Brian Paul Clamp (ClampArt), and globally-acclaimed photographers such as Bruce Gilden, Olivia Arthur, Ed Kashi and Mona Kuhn.