After receiving 140 photographic entries, Picle has announced the winner of its first annual ‘Game Screenshot of the Year’ Award for 2021. With 904 votes, the $200 cash prize goes to @umbrashots for her stunning submission, “The Strength We Need Is All Around Us” captured in Ghost of Tsushima, a Sucker Punch Productions game for PS4 and 5.
“I’m grateful and proud to be a virtual photographer and I’m excited to see this new perspective on videogames become a new art form,” states umbrashot in response to her win. “The feedback from the community has been amazing and I’m so excited to be part of this.”
Game Screenshot of the Year Award: The Entries
The dramatic winning image of Jin Sakai on horseback marks the first year of this annual award hosted by Picle, a new platform that showcases virtual photography and gaming screenshots across all its channels. And to help increase photographers’ exposure, Picle’s community of visually engaged gamers plans to continue to offer prizes and awards as it grows.
In the ‘Game Screenshot of the Year’ entries, several submissions were captured in Ghost of Tshushima, three of which (by @gamevnom, @sigrun.vp, and @silverb) made it onto the shortlist alongside the winning image. Additional runners-up included @anni3toth’s image of Taro’s Mask from Kena: Bridge of Spirits, @rachelcasper.vp’s figurative image from No Man’s Sky, and captivating portraits of Eivor from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla by both @junos_wings and @warriorqueenvp.
Picle: A much needed platform to showcase virtual photography
The creativity and skill exhibited by the artists in the competition positions Picle as a hub of stunning imagery, a tight-knit online community, and a much-needed platform to host this growing artform.
To see more from Picle, including the full award shortlist, make sure to give their site a visit. Don’t forget to follow the winner on Instagram, @umbrashots, to add some award-winning photography to your feed.
For more virtual photography eye-candy, check out our article ‘Virtual Photography: What It Is and Who to Follow’ featuring an interview with Matthew Goring from the Society of Virtual Photographers.