Melbourne-based photographer, Forough Yavari, has won the 2023 International Portrait Photographer of the Year competition with a collection of images of women.

Born in Iran during the Iranian Revolution, Forough is an award-winning fine art portrait and fashion photographer based in Melbourne. Inspired by her life experiences, Forough’s work focuses on portraying the narrative behind the lives of women from around the world. In 2018, Forough was awarded the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Master of Photography. She was awarded the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) Master of Photography in 2019, and the Double Master of Photography from WPPI in 2020. She received her Master of Photography with Distinction from the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) in 2021.

Individual category winners in this year’s competition are:

  • The Character Study: Frederic Aranda, United Kingdom,
  • The Environmental Portrait: Jo Kearney, United Kingdom,
  • Portrait Story: Joseph Smith, Malta,
  • Family Sitting: Raoul Slater, Australia.

Click here for all the details and winners, including the preliminary flip book.