Archive for the 'Grand Prize Winners' Category

The House on KVR Swamy Road

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

By Sivani Babu Grand Prize Bronze Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards We push through a sea of people and cows, the dust and smog swirling red and heavy, giving the scene around us the hazy air of a vintage photograph. A calf chews languidly on a banana as flies buzz around its head. […]

Grand Prize Silver Winner: The Citroën and the Pomegranate

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

By Matthew Félix Grand Prize Silver Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards I’ve traveled extensively.  But you’d never know it from the looks of my apartment.  Between an almost obsessive insistence on traveling light—never carrying more than one backpack, which fits into any overhead bin—and a general aversion to accumulating things, I hardly ever bring back […]

Grand Prize Gold Winner: The Mystery of the Sahara

Friday, March 1st, 2019

By David Robinson Grand Prize Gold Winner of the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards In 1965, I was driven across the Sahara by a woman whose real name I never knew. I’ve been trying to find her ever since. I was working in Nigeria at the time. In West Africa, even if you never see the […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner: Mitty in Rome

Friday, March 16th, 2018

By Juilene Osborne-McKnight Grand Prize Bronze winner of the Twelfth Annual Solas Awards Trastevere They have cleaned the fountain in the Piazza of Santa Maria in Trastevere. This means that it no longer works.  Water spills over the basin and down the sides. On the lone dry step, the King of the Gypsies has taken […]

Grand Prize Silver Winner: Crossing Shibuya

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

By Aaron Gilbreath Within Tokyo’s populous Shibuya ward lies the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing. By some estimates, 2,500 people cross here during rush hour each time the signal changes. Locals call it “The Scramble.” Every day, over two million passengers pass through neighboring Shibuya Station, commuting to work and enjoying the area’s countless shops and […]

Grand Prize Gold Winner: All the Grains of Sand

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

By Angelique Stevens It was a full moon, which meant from my vantage point, I could see his naked silhouette shining blue as he washed his body behind the big lorry. I was naked too, behind the Land Rover.  The body was so familiar, that wiry frame, those graceful hands, the shaven head and the […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner: The Remnants of War—A Meditation on Peleliu

Monday, March 27th, 2017

By Anna Vodicka On Peleliu, the roads are paved with coral—a once-living thing, a hardy animal. The coral came from the inland ridges and valleys of this two-by-six-mile speck among specks in the island nation of Palau, in western Micronesia, an almost invisible scene in the shadow of bigger acts in the Pacific, where land itself […]

Grand Prize Silver Winner: Bubble-Up

Friday, March 17th, 2017

By Katherine Jamieson A tropical love story in Guyana. The one-room schoolhouse rang with the din of teenage girls’ voices in the humid afternoon air. Someone had erased the sentences with their adjectives and nouns underlined from the black wooden slab we used for a chalkboard and scrawled out a rough schedule for the upcoming […]

Grand Prize Gold Winner: Jordan’s Bull

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

By James Michael Dorsey A magical day in Mali. Hippos surfaced with wiggling ears as the boat man poled our dhow past the submerged herd. We were both tense, expecting a bluff charge, while only feet away white pelicans with long golden beaks floated in the shallows casually scooping minnows in their great fleshy pouches. […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner (tie): The Good Captain

Friday, March 11th, 2016

By Glenda Reed “When the sea is calm, every ship has a good captain.” —Sailing proverb I watched the sleeping ocean from a corner of the cockpit. In the deep darkness, blind waves broke and collapsed in rhythmic, drawn-out hisses, luring me to sleep as they misted me with spray. Even in sleep, the ocean […]

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