Story by Nads Missen


The winning photo, titled "Connection," was taken by photographer Nads Missen and shows two men embracing in a passionate kiss. The photo is part of a series that captures the intimate moments between same-sex couples in Russia, where homosexuality is often seen as taboo.

Missen's photos offer a rare glimpse into the private lives of LGBT people living in Russia, who must navigate their relationships carefully due to discrimination and hostility from both the government and society at large. Despite the challenges they face, these couples have found love and connection with each other – something that is beautifully captured in this stunning photograph.

The photo was taken in Saint Petersburg, Russia and is one of the many photos that Missen has taken as part of his on-going project documenting LGBT life in the country.

Missen's photo is a moving reminder of the universal power of love, and its ability to triumph over even the most challenging circumstances.

The photo is of two men embracing in a passionate kiss. They are shirtless and their chests are pressed together. One man has his eyes closed and the other is looking at the camera with a gentle expression. The background is blurred, but it appears to be an apartment or hotel room with colorful curtains or tapestries hanging from the windows.

Nads Missen

About the photographer

Nads Missen is a Danish photographer who has been documenting LGBT life in Russia since 2013. His work seeks to shed light on the challenges that members of the LGBT community face in a country where homosexuality is often seen as taboo.

Missen's photo series has been featured in a number of prestigious publications, including The New York Times, Time Magazine, and National Geographic. In 2016, he won the Weird Press Photo of the Year award for his photograph "Jon and Alex," which captured two men kissing in Moscow.

Photos in this series