Photo: Pure freedom by Oleksandr Berezko

For our recent “Imagine The Possibilities” Photo Quest with, we asked you to submit photos that showcased feelings of freedom. You submitted great images that really captured a sense of spontaneity, choice, and uninhibitedness.

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And the lucky winner is… Oleksandr Berezko with his image “Pure Freedom.”

Pure freedom by Oleksandr Berezko on

Read our judge’s thoughts on this photo:
Sometimes it is not necessary to show the subject’s eyes in order to communicate a feeling. This portrait is a clear example where a few elements—like the model’s smile and attitude, a colourful scarf, and a seagull in the background—can create a very nice and relaxed image.

Meet the photographer, Oleksandr Berezko: I am a semi-pro photographer and PhD in Computer Science, interested in design and visual communication, from Lviv, Ukraine. I started taking pictures with black and white film cameras quite early, thanks to my father who has also been a passionate amateur photographer since his childhood. My first digital camera gave me a completely different perspective on photography at the age of 24 and, followed by a DSLR in a couple of years, let me dive much deeper. Today my camera is always with me, which allows me to enjoy working on photography projects and experimenting with different genres in search of my own style.

Berezko also gives us the story behind his winning photo: I took this photo in July 2016 at the Black Sea shore near the village of Kobleve, Ukraine. It was a surprisingly cold day when swimming is not an option, so two beautiful girls, who turned out to be architecture students, were entertaining themselves collecting seashells at the beach. Spare time sometimes provokes creativity—they willingly agreed to a photoshoot. So that how it was—spontaneous models (one with awesome blonde dreads), natural soft light, strong salty wind, cries of seagulls and a unique feeling of pure, existential freedom with unlimited possibilities—the one you want to recollect.

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For more inspiration, take a look through the submissions by our runners up:

Let the rain fall by Jennifer Sauer on

Hiker. by Valeri Lysytsya on

Locking towards the Sun by Oleksandr Mazur on

Dolomiti rising. by Jelle Canipel on

Sunset in Santa Cruz by John Henry on

DSC by Rick Lawrence on

The mirrored lagoon by Valeria Paulina Lustres on

On top of the world #2 by Alexandru Laurus on

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