Photographer Rafal Milach's latest work is a delightful collection of pictures that depict winners of various state and local competitions in Belarus.
His portraits capture a wide range of those at the top of their game, though the categories are free ranging, including:
- the best couple in love
- the best Jennifer Lopez lookalike
- the most beautiful staircase
- the best milkmaid of the Slutsk region
The work is naturally enough entitled Winners and is part of Milach's ongoing work examining propaganda in post-Soviet bloc countries.
Each portrait is a delight, framed to perfection, with the background details telling the story as much as the sitter themselves.
Milach's pictures have gained international recognition, including a World Press Photo award as well as being shown in solo exhibitions from Poland to China.
Here are a few from the series for you to enjoy.
All photographs by Rafal Milach, courtesy Institute. Winners is published by GOST books.