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The London International Creative Competition (LICC) is excited to unveil the exceptional winners of its 2023 competition, spotlighting extraordinary creative brilliance from across the globe. Celebrating groundbreaking and innovative works across diverse creative fields such as visual arts, interior design, photography, architecture, and more, LICC invites you to explore the remarkable talent showcased in its latest edition across various categories.

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#1

"Father" By Tammy Swarek

"Father" By Tammy Swarek

Winner in Shoot (photo/video)

This is the start of a project about how humans are disconnected from nature, and how the world constantly tries to remind us that we are not. Can we overlook our emotions and the fact that we actually are... nature? We evolve, nature evolves... and so may this project.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is my friend Matt Benson and his little daughter! They are such an amazing family!

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Bored Panda reached out to Tammy Swarek, the photographer behind the winning series ‘Father.’ The artist shared with us more about the inspiration behind the project: “My journey into the ‘Father’ series began unexpectedly during preparations for an underwater shoot with the Benson family. Joanna Benson, the mother, was apprehensive about being underwater, unlike her husband, Matt, a natural swimmer. This contrast shifted my focus towards the father-daughter relationship. Surprisingly, my search through historical art for inspiration revealed a significant gap: fathers, if depicted, were often shown as detached, a stark contrast to the involved and loving fathers of today. This realization spurred me to blend modern life with historical themes, aiming to showcase the rich, yet overlooked, narrative of fatherhood.”

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#2

"Dancing Fabric" By Angelina Dorogi

"Dancing Fabric" By Angelina Dorogi

Finalists in Shoot (photo/video)

Showing the way fabric can dance when on a technically skilled dancer.

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"Ripple" By Takatoku Nishi

"Ripple" By Takatoku Nishi

Winner in Build (architecture)

On sunny days, when the sun shines and a certain amount of wind blows, light is led into the space from the pipes in the ceiling, creating a phenomenon of light that looks like drops falling onto the surface of the water. The light constantly moves with the wind and falls to reveal new sights. This architectural space is a remarkable manifestation of the seasonal, daily, and time-of-day changes caused by the atmosphere, and the sights that can be experienced differ depending on the time of day when you visit. It is an accidental creation of nature, which we humans cannot manipulate.

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Tammy told us more about the idea of crafting emotional narratives through art: “Creating ‘Father’ posed unique challenges, particularly in portraying the nuanced relationship between fathers and children. The societal stigma around male affection meant navigating a fine line to depict intimacy and love. Flowers and water became central symbols in my work; flowers for their universal language of emotions, and water symbolizing cleansing and a new perspective on fatherhood. We send flowers for so many reasons, love, death, sympathy, and congratulations. They signify emotional responses to things that are sometimes difficult to handle. They soften the hard edges of life in the most beautiful and delicate way. Water represents cleansing, rebirth and an alternate reality to our own. I felt like that fit our theme because reality of paternal love has been hidden from public view. Each element was carefully chosen to support the narrative of a deep, meaningful paternal connection.”

#4

"Midnight-Cowboy Saddle Drawing" By Marshall Harris

"Midnight-Cowboy Saddle Drawing" By Marshall Harris

Winner in Create (art)

Graphite on Mylar drawing measuring 54" x 64" I create saddle portraits of historic western saddles. They are drawn with extreme attention paid to detail and are created at 100% scale. They look as if you could take them and put them on a horse and ride away.

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#5

"Hi Ho-Voice Development Toys For Autistic Children" By Yu Hsin Lu

"Hi Ho-Voice Development Toys For Autistic Children" By Yu Hsin Lu

Finalists in Use (product)

In the early stages, children with autism have differences in social interaction, language, and social communication compared to typical children. Low-functioning individuals with autism show significantly poorer performance in both receiving and expressing language and may even have no verbal expression ability. To address communication and social interaction, modular products can be used to promote interpersonal communication training, helping children with autism who have deficiencies in verbal expression to develop their oral communication skills.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The funny thing is: is it "poorer performance" by the children with autism? Or is it poorer perfomance in understanding by so-called "neurotypical" people of children that are somewhat different.

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The conceptual artist continued: “Designing the sets for ‘Father’ was an extensive process, from researching to integrating meaningful symbols to evoke the feeling of historical art while showcasing men in nurturing roles. This required careful consideration of every detail, ensuring that each photograph told a story of love, connection, and the transformative power of fatherhood.”

#6

"Putting On Label" By Devin Depamphilis

"Putting On Label" By Devin Depamphilis

Finalists in Shoot (photo/video)

I believe that many people take great comfort in food, which brings back memories of one’s life, especially childhood. Some food reminds you of comfort and happy times, whereas others create the opposite feelings. The challenge of this project was to see past everyday food and connect with your inner child. This photo demonstrates a minimalist approach to a distinct perspective utilizing macro photography, food, and miniature figures. My macro photography captures food in a fun and exciting manner, which, in turn, will put a smile on your face.

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"Changsha Poly City Gather" By Siyuan Tao

"Changsha Poly City Gather" By Siyuan Tao

Finalists in Build (architecture)

Embracing the harmony of natural ecology and urban life, the designer simulates the natural form of the wetland and takes “urban forest” as the theme, with ecology, vitality and pleasure as principles in this forest-style community park. Vegetation, light and shadow, deer, winding paths, and landscape installations give people sensory enjoyment. Parent-child interaction, fun play and daily social contact are integrated, and facilities like the deer house slide, runway and seesaw become the media linking nature, the community and the outside. Here, beautiful moments and feelings keep happening.

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We were wondering what the photographer hopes the viewers take away from experiencing her series. Swarek answered: “I hope the ‘Father’ series illuminates the importance of the paternal bond, which has always been crucial yet rarely celebrated in art. The series aims to broaden the perception of fatherhood, featuring diverse representations from grandfathers raising grandchildren to two-dad families and beyond. My hope is for viewers to see the strength and depth of father-child relationships, challenging preconceived notions and celebrating their resilience and growth.”

#8

"Untiteled" By Ida Fiva Bech

"Untiteled" By Ida Fiva Bech

Winner in Shoot (photo/video)

This is the start of a project about how humans are disconnected from nature, and how the world constantly tries to remind us that we are not . Can we overlook our emotions and the fact that we actually are...nature? We evolve, nature evolves... and so may this project.

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#9

"Flexidryer" By Jiang Wei-Ting, Prof. Li Kai-Chu

"Flexidryer" By Jiang Wei-Ting, Prof. Li Kai-Chu

Winner in Use (product)

FlexiDryer is an innovative appliance that combines hand drying, air drying and clothes drying. With its electric heating and fan devices and structural design, it offers a wide range of solutions for users in various situations. This appliance can be mounted on the wall as a hand dryer and can also be detached as a hair dryer. When there are wet clothes, you can hang them on the pole to dry. Built-in negative ion module and air filter effectively clean dirty air to improve air quality and create a fresh and pleasant environment.

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Tammy has also shared with us her future aspirations for continuing a journey with the series: “‘Father’ is just beginning, with a remarkable lineup of families to photograph throughout the year, leading up to its first solo show at the South Arkansas Art Center in El Dorado this December. This series is a testament to the power of art to heal, connect, and challenge societal norms, inspired by personal loss and a desire to spotlight the unseen beauty of fatherhood.”

#10

"Pignic Cafe Yoyogi Park" By Masahiro Yoshida

"Pignic Cafe Yoyogi Park" By Masahiro Yoshida

Winner in Decorate (interior)

Pignic is a breeder and directly manages a cafe. It provides a place where people can interact with micro pigs in a stress-free style and relax. Humans feel softness, warmth, healing and experience a peace of their mind and achieve a sense of fulfillment by interacting with the animals. Therefore, by expressing all corners with soft curves, we have designed a healing and relaxing space both for people and pigs. By plastering up all the walls and ceiling as well as applying coating and illustration from above, we have managed to create an interior where all corners are curved surfaces.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't care how well it is decorated, this is false advertising. There are no real "mini pigs", such breeds do not exist. So basically what you interact with are piglets. Let's imagine what happens to them once they are fully grown.

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"The 24 Solar Terms Series" By Wu Liang

"The 24 Solar Terms Series" By Wu Liang

Finalists in Illustrate (graphic)

The ancient Chinese divided the sun's annual circular motion into 24 segments. Each segment was called a specific solar term and was used to guide agricultural affairs and farming activities. However, people today who don't have access to nature might not grasp how changes in solar terms impact farming and crop growth. Oatysis, as an enterprise deeply engaged in grain food, presented 24 posters and other materials with Bright Woo Studio to promote the Chinese traditional solar term culture and lead people to pay more attention to agricultural production.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pretty sure these are pictorial transformations of actual Chinese characters. Interesting as is; more if the character is known.

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Lastly, we found out more about the artist’s personal reflection regarding her meaningful project: “Starting ‘Father’ was a turning point during a period of profound grief after losing my mom to Alzheimer’s. Sharing the first image felt like a leap of faith, met with an encouraging response that felt like a gift from my mom, especially from Michael Silverwise, professor at the International Center of Photography in NYC, whose participation adds depth to the project. The series gained momentum, attracting attention from Jill Brooke, former CNN correspondent and founder of 'Flower Power Daily,' who will be documenting the journey, enriching the narrative and connection to the audience.

Winning the 2024 London International Creative Competition was a highlight, bringing joy and a sense of achievement to everyone involved, especially to young Parker, who hopes ‘Harry Potter sees me because he lives in London too.’”

#12

"Cherries" By Tobias Meier

"Cherries" By Tobias Meier

Finalists in Shoot (photo/video)

A model poses with two oversized cherry props. Fashion editorial for Basic Magazine, published June 2023.

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"Hemerocallis" By Yu Chiao-Hui

"Hemerocallis" By Yu Chiao-Hui

Winner in Decorate (interior)

The brand design is based on the owner's surname Wu and the three cats raised at home as the design concept. The right angle of the space is rounded, and repeated stacking is carried out to make the original single arc become a smooth surface, and finally extend to the shape of the space facade. From the customer's point of view, the use of curves in the space weakens the sense of panic that the clinic brings to pets and humans.

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"Woman In Leaves" By Katelynn Hoadley

"Woman In Leaves" By Katelynn Hoadley

Finalists in Create (art)

The image is an allegory to dealing with chronic pain. It's a condition that myself and many others deal with daily but often goes unnoticed. In order to be able to continue with everyday tasks and work a person with this kind of pain has to pretend that everything is fine to get through the day. Almost like a flower would in a garden.

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"Cannoli Sofa" By Claudia Surrage, Christian Cowper

"Cannoli Sofa" By Claudia Surrage, Christian Cowper

Finalists in Use (product)

For this project we were gifted an insightful look into a culture not previously explored. Romania's brutalism, seen in architecture across the country, guided us in creating this introductory design for Romanian company Arbore. The Cannoli highlights the core wooden elements so often hidden behind upholstery and celebrates the materiality and form it could create. Cannoli challenges the look of traditional sofa construction by externally wrapping the cushioned elements in an exposed experimental bent oak structure, utilising the signature oak used by Arbore in a new and innovative way.

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"Divan" By Arash Pourdana

"Divan" By Arash Pourdana

Finalists in Use (product)

Court. Design idea: It is an Iranian instrument called "divan". In addition to the efficiency of the chair, the beauty of the design has also been considered. This chair is very comfortable and can be used to relax in crowded environments. Inside, audio bands are used to play music. The body material is walnut wood. Technical specifications: Height 200 cm Width 90 cm Length 70 cm

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"Transforming Bowie: From Fragment To Series Of Iconic Images" By Ratka Lugumerski-Teber

"Transforming Bowie: From Fragment To Series Of Iconic Images" By Ratka Lugumerski-Teber

Finalists in Create (art)

Collage is more than an art form; it's a profound means to explore and express intricate artistic ideas. By confronting Bowie, an iconic figure, I deconstruct his image, delving into the depths of iconography. This isn't merely a visual journey; it's a cognitive exploration. Collage encourages reflection on the symbols, contrasts, and oppositions that underpin artistic creation. I constantly experiment with techniques and materials to unveil new layers, ultimately resulting in acrylic paintings.

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"The Womb Of The City" By Seitaro Yamazaki

"The Womb Of The City" By Seitaro Yamazaki

Finalists in Decorate (interior)

Concept room to reconsider the spatiality of the city center. Through a space of discontinuous silence located in the center of the urban bustle, the project explores the contradictions and multifaceted nature of the urban environment, while at the same time suggesting the possibility of restructuring and harmonizing the urban environment. Underlying the installation is the contrast between the hustle and bustle of the city and its silence, a contrast that illustrates the tensions and contradictions that city dwellers experience in their daily lives.

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Seriously. It would be more interesting without the incredibly inflated pseudo-enophile jargon.

#19

"Pullman Shenzhen North" By Yang Bangsheng

"Pullman Shenzhen North" By Yang Bangsheng

Finalists in Decorate (interior)

Pullman Shenzhen North is located less than 200 meters from the Shenzhen North Railway Station. With the railway as the core element, the design responds to the local context and urban communities. From the ground lobby to the sky lobby, signal lights and sleeper-inspired artwork are artfully arranged. The guest room is highlighted by the curved ceiling and enveloping furniture. Local stone is used extensively... Since its opening, the hotel has quickly become the first choice of business travelers to the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, gaining great popularity in the market.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

yup, that's what I thoiught, right off- by golly, it's a train thing...

#20

"Meraki Life" By Yun Ya Lan

"Meraki Life" By Yun Ya Lan

Finalists in Decorate (interior)

With the rise of the music generation, explore the unknown world, appreciate the new look of music, provide an exhibition space for both auditory and visual enjoyment, feel the music with heart, appreciate each music creator, promote popular music, and let more people know the whole picture of "music".

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank goodness music has a new look. We were forgetting.