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Portfolio Reviews – Photomonth at the Museum of Childhood with Citizen Skwith, Daniel Alexander and Dougie Wallace

Photos above © Citizen Skwith, Petting Zoo

The same day as the Tri-pod show PV took place at the Phoenix Brighton, I did a day of portfolio reviews at the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green for Photomonth. It’s the fourth year that I’ve done this and I’m always happy to be invited back.

I never know what to expect from the people I see and there are always some surprises, such as Citizen Skwith‘s clever signs and wonderful sense of humour (see photos above). Plus, reviewers get paid which is not always the case.

I’m posting a few iPhone photos from Photomonth’s recent portfolio reviews of some of the work that I came across, although I didn’t record all of it. If you were there and want to let people know about your work, post a comment with a link to your website/work.

So, in no particular order, here are a few projects that I saw. More from the reviews to come in another post later next week.

Daniel Alexander says of 1day6cities project. “Today it is exactly a year on from  11.11.11 when the films were all shot. The project is also being exhibited at Oxford House until the end of this month.” This gives you all time to see it before it comes down.

1DAY6CITIES from 1day6cities on Vimeo.

“1DAY6CITIES is a global photography project that took place on the 11th November 2011 – 11.11.11, in London, Dubai, Shanghai, Auckland, San Francisco and São Paulo. Using word of mouth, email and social networks we put together an international team of photographers to create a unique twenty-four hour snapshot of this day across six very different cities around the globe. At exactly 00.00 Coordinated Universal Time (world time/GMT) photographers in each of these cities captured their first image in an event that saw photographs being taken every 30 seconds for the following 24 hours.

“The brief was for the photographers to shoot the most interesting thing happening in their city, at the time they had chosen to shoot. The cities were chosen because they are roughly an equal time difference apart meaning the films show the sun travelling around the earth through the course of the day.” The edited film is shown above and the edited stills can be seen on the 1day6cities website. There is a full list of the contributors on the website.

Dougie Wallace arrives wearing a pale blue/grey and black ensemble and carrying his colour coordinated portfolio. He smells of fish. Well, his breath does, on account of the fish pie he ate for lunch. He shows me his work, see Mumbai Rickshaw drivers shot and the Stags, Hens and Bunnies (working title) project, which is near to completion, and documents the day and night antics of hen nights and stag parties in the north.

There’s more than a hint of the Carry On about the subjects of some of these shots – all of which are well observed and captured with a wry sense of the absurd. Referring to himself as ‘The Martin Parr of the Facebook’ generation, take a look for yourself…

Citizen Skwith uses photography to document the signs that he makes and places in public places. Subverting and playing with the language of warning signs, Citizen Skwith’s works are a clever form of street art made available for everyone to enjoy. His website features all of his work and is well worth a look. I’ve already ordered the time traveller Blue Plaque for my hallway.

Filed under: Photographers, Photography Festivals, street art, Visual Artists Tagged: 1day6cities, Citizen Skwith, Daniel Alexander, documentary photography, Dougie Wallace, Hens and Bunnies, london, Museum of Childhood, Petting Zoo, photomonth, portfolio reviews, Stags, stop motion, street art

Brighton Photo Biennial 2012 – Trevor Paglen’s Geographies of Seeing show podcast with Lighthouse director Honor Harger

Lighthouse director Honor Harger. Photo © Wendy Pye

Social scientist, artist, writer and provocateur Trevor Paglen uses photography to explore the secret activities of the U.S. military and intelligence agencies. For me, Geographies of Seeing was one of Brighton Photo Biennial’s to-see shows, not least for Paglen’s multi-dimensional approach to his subject matter. Who could resist taking time to look at the work of someone who is described as a ‘provocateur’, especially as I first saw some of this work at Frieze art fair a few years ago and was intrigued back then.

On the press tour of the show I got a chance to discuss the work with Lighthouse director Honor Harger who provides an informed and articulate insight into Paglen’s work in the audio podcast below. Click on the link below and then again on the link, it goes green as you rool over it, in the next page. It is 17mins 26secs long.


Trevor Paglen Geographies of Seeing Photo © Wendy Pye

“The Other Night Sky uses data from an international network of amateur satellite watchers to track and photograph classified spacecraft. Echoing the efforts of historic astronomers, Paglen documents astral movements that don’t officially exist.

Trevor Paglen Geographies of Seeing Photo © Wendy Pye

“In the series Limit Telephotography Paglen adapted the super-strength telescopes, normally used to shoot distant planets, to reveal top-secret U.S. governmental sites, sometimes 65 miles away from his camera; covert bases, so remote they cannot be seen by an unaided civilian eye from any point on Earth.

 Show photos above. Photo © Miranda Gavin

“Paglen coined the term “Experimental Geography” to describe practices coupling experimental cultural production and art-making with ideas from critical human geography about the production of space, materialism, and praxis. His work, such The Other Night Sky has received widespread attention for both his technical innovations and for his conceptual rigour. He is also author of three books including Torture Taxi (2006), the first book to comprehensively describe the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program, I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me (2007), which is a look at top-secret military programmes, and Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon’s Secret World, which is a broader look at secrecy in the United States.

Honor and I at the show. Photo © Wendy Pye

“Paglen (born in 1974) is an American artist, geographer, and author, currently based in New York. His work deliberately blurs lines between science, contemporary art, journalism, and technology to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to see and interpret the world around us. He has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; The Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams; the 2008 Taipei Biennial; the Istanbul Biennial 2009, and numerous other solo and group exhibitions.” From press release. Presented and curated in partnership with Lighthouse.

Filed under: Artist Talks, Photographers, Photography Festivals, Visual Artists Tagged: brighton, Brighton Photo Biennial 2012, experimental geography, Geographies of Seeing, Honor Harger, Lighthouse, photo show, space photography, Trevor Paglen

Brighton Photo Fringe Photo Stroll Part Two – Richard Glynn, PhotoVoice and Brighton ArtsFORUM 2.0 with Farnham student Catherine Symons

Welcome to the second part in Catherine Symons’ Photo Stroll on the press view for Brighton Photo Fringe 2012.


Richard Glynn – Lost Waltz. Photos © Catherine Symons.

Situated on the North Lawn, St Peter’s Church is this intriguing outdoor exhibition by Richard Glynn, a Wideyed exhibition curated by Human Endeavour.

In 1869 Josephine Bowes and her husband decided to make a grand house, which was also designed to be a place for their large artwork collection to be shared with the people of Teesdale, County Durham. However, the Bowes didn’t live to see the completion of this project, and although some rooms were open to the public, some were incomplete.

“The images are of a space in transition; an unfulfilled dream about to find new life, but tinged with the stillness and sadness of what might have once been.” From Wideyed website.

There is something captivating about this exhibition. There is the busy traffic of Brighton all around, and yet, encapsulated within the lawn, is the stillness of the subjects in these photographs. On until 18 November.


PhotoVoice, Having Our Say Too. Photos © Catherine Symons.

PhotoVoice is an organisation which was set up to encourage and allow people from socially excluded groups to express themselves through photography and story telling.

The exhibition is currently displayed in one of the Photo Fringe’s hub spots – The Redroaster café. Showcased work is from a two-year project working with young people from around the UK who have been sexually exploited.

Many of the participants had never used a camera before so PhotoVoice set up  workshops. What was so apparent, when talking with the young people about the work they made, was how much it helped them and how much they enjoyed working with PhotoVoice and photography. “It gave me something to focus on and I would definitely like to continue with photography.”

The hard-hitting subject of the images displayed in this busy café highlight how this is an every day occurrence and one that should not be ignored.

Over the next year, PhotoVoice will deliver three more projects and combine them to make a DVD. This DVD will be a resource for practitioners working with young people, supported by The National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People. Ended 20 October.

Brighton ArtsFORUM 2.0

Female Fighters, Amelie Shepherd. Photos © Catherine Symons.

Brighton Media Centre hosted a selection of work from Brighton ArtsFORUM facilitators and presenters as part of Brighton Photo Fringe.

Artists include Murray Ballard, Peter Bennett, Martin Everett, John Ferguson, Emer Gillespie, Fiona Harvey, Beatrice Haverich, Julia Horbaschk, Vanessa Jones, Catherine Larré, John Mallett, Jacqueline McCullough, Ellen Montelius, James Reid, Amelia Shepherd, Mariya Ustymenko and James Withey.

Brighton ArtsFORUM aims to facilitate and support critical debate, where artists can articulate and discuss the concerns of their work in progress.

Included in the exhibition is photographer Amelia Shepherd with her series Female Fighters. Portraits of female fighters are presented alongside audio interviews on a video screen. The women have all been documented in the moments straight after fighting or sparring. The idea behind Amelia’s work came from her own participation within the sport, as she comments upon misconceptions of female fighters. Ended 17 October.

Filed under: Photo Stroll, Photographers, Photography Festivals, Uncategorized Tagged: Amelia Shepherd, Brighton ArtsFORUM, Brighton Media Centre, Brighton Photo Fringe, Catherine Symons, Female Fighters, Josephine Bowes, Lost Waltz, PhotoVoice, Redroaster café., Richard Glynn, The Bowes Museum, The National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People.

Brighton Photo Fringe Photo Stroll Part One – Jinkyun Ahn, The Photocopy Club and The Unphotographable with Farnham student Catherine Symons

Trying to get work together for the Brighton Photo Fringe with Tri-pod and our work-in-progress show IS THAT IT (more to come later), plus moving and looking for work has been full on.

I’m now based in Brighton, for the time being, and while I find my feet, I asked Farnham student Catherine Symons, who attended the press view, to cover it for the blog. It’s great to get another perspective, let go and allow someone else the space to preview the shows…

So, I now hand over to Catherine for the first of two posts.


Confrontation 1 from On The Surface Of Images © Jinkyun Ahn. Photo courtesy of the artist and The Phoenix Brighton

On Saturday 6 October the Brighton Photo Fringe 2012 was launched, starting at Phoenix Brighton. Phoenix Brighton is used this year to showcase OPEN 2012.  Over 100 submissions were received and On The Surface Of Images by Korean photographer Jinkyun Ahn was selected as the winner by Clare Grafik, Susanna Brown and Oliver Chanarin.

Photographer Jinkyun Ahn in conversation with Afshin Dehkordi, Photograph by Catherine Symons

Ahn’s first major solo exhibition On The Surface Of Images shows his photographic work on the subject of his parents, looking at the theme of mortality. “The empty plot that my parents prepared for their after-life is an image of death that will be fixed eternally in the landscape, as well as, in my mind.” From the artist’s statement.

Photographs by Catherine Symons

Walking around the exhibition, there is the experience of the different elements and processes that Ahn went through in his mind when making this body of work. He comments on the distance and isolation he experienced through showing the fragmenting of his parents with their faces darkened or dismembered in different ways.

On The Surface Of Images runs until 18 November.


Photos Catherine Symons.

The fifth exhibition from The Photocopy Club is on show at The Phoenix Brighton. The Brighton-based company opened in 2011 with the aim to have six bi-monthly open submission exhibitions. The idea behind this organization is to take photographs from the internet and instead put them into the public’s hands.

100 photographers work is displayed on chipboard, including envelopes and notes sent in, which adds a rawness to the project. Bringing together a variety of different images, the aesthetic of the work allows the tactile nature of the photograph to come back into play and for the work to be disseminated to a wider audience.

This show is followed by the exhibition DUO hosted by WEARELUCKY/HOLYGHOST – a show looking at the work of four pairs of young photographers. Details of their next submission exhibition can be found at The Photocopy Club deadline 18 November.


© Michael David Murphy & The Entente

Brighton Photo Fringe designers, Michael David Murphy and The Entente invited members of the public to contribute to their work, whereby they take elements of the unphotographable and combine this with text.

Photo by Catherine Symons

“Opportunities missed.  Simple failures.  Occasions when I wished I’d taken the picture, or not forgotten the camera, or had been brave enough to click the shutter.” Michael David Murphy.

The result is a graphical representation of what would have been and is achieved through combining bold black text with coloured symbols. The text and symbols give the viewer a snippet of the whole image and engaging the viewer’s imagination to allow them to determine the image that they would like to see.

Allow your imagination to run free with this thought-provoking installation.

All shows at The Phoenix Brighton. Open Tues-Sun 11:00-17:00.

Filed under: Photo Stroll, Photographers, Photography Festivals Tagged: Afshin Dehkordi, Catherine Symons, Jinkyun Ahn, Michael David Murphy, On The Surface Of Images, Phoenix Brighton, The Entente, The Photocopy Club, The Unphotographable

Brighton Photo Fringe 2012 – Blind Field presents Origins of Encounter until 21 October

Blind Field are showing Origins of Encounter at the Phoenix Brighton until Sunday 21 October as part of the Brighton Fringe 2012. The artists involved are Joan Alexander, Luke AR Hamblin and Louise Maher, all of whom, according to the press release, “examine notions of the encounter in relation to place, narrative and the photograph”.

© Joan Alexander – Study V – Facing North Window – 60 Minutes

Joan Alexander
“Alexander’s work explores the margins of inscription and projection, the unacknowledged spectra between positive and negative. Alexander is interested in the ‘latent image’. A visual in waiting, from between times, like the line between shadow and light; the line, like a map, is always a metaphor. Alexander’s practice immerses the viewer within a passage of time through an encounter with the movement and interruption of light. Her projections create a space where the viewer must pass through lines of light drawing attention to their presence. The correlation between printed and projected material asks for a closer examination creating awareness to the tangible and intangible nature of her practice.”

© Luke AR Hamblin – A study of still life. Sunflowers

Luke AR Hamblin
“Hamblin is interested in the way in which photography enables us to dissect the world and pull it apart. For Hamblin making photographic pictures is about assembling a Cast of characters, analysing their poses, placing them in the picture frame. Hamblin has developed a complex process of picture-making, exploring the role of perception and portrayal in our engagement with ‘place’. His series Studies for a theory of the Epic Photograph encourages us to think about how simple aspects of pose and gesture can embody whole narrative worlds. Drawing on references from early twentieth century modes of portrayal: theatre, cinema and painting, Hamblin’s photographs offer the viewer undisclosed narratives to decipher and re-construct.”

© Louise Maher – Old Head, Kinsale 2006-2012

Louise Maher
“Maher’s practice concentrates upon the inextricable relationship we have to our environment. By focusing on everyday expressions of this connection, she explores perceptions of the encounter. Maher’s approach stems from an appreciation of the historical development of street photography, yet it is also influenced by a typological approach. She values the photograph’s capacity to simultaneously document and picture the world. Her photographic series’ unite aspects of spontaneity and formalization to create a visual language that presents the viewer with space to translate.” From the press release.

Filed under: Photographers, Photography Festivals, Photography Shows Tagged: Blind Field, brighton, Brighton Photo Fringe, Joan Alexander, Louise Maher, Luke AR Hamblin, Origins of Encounter, photo show

Photo Tips – Portfolio reviews advice, comments and tips from photographers and reviewers

As promised yesterday, here’s the link to the PDF version of the above feature which first appeared in F2 freelance photographer magazine (Aug/Sept 2010).

I hope it helps photographers plan so that they can make the most of their precious funds and time. There are more than a few tips shared by the interviewees about planning for a review, attending the review and following up.

F2 Portfolio Review feature

Filed under: Photographers, Photography Festivals, Portfolio reviews Tagged: advice, F2, F2 freelance photographer magazine, Miranda Gavin, photography portfolio reviews, portfolio review, tips

Photo News – FOTOTRIENNALE.dk 2012 Meeting Place Portfolio Reviews in Denmark opens 1 August

“The portfolio review of FotoTriennale.dk was a fantastic chance for me to get an initial idea of the amazingly complex photo scene, especially in Denmark and Northern Europe. I was overwhelmed by the quality of the works displayed and the exhilarating discussions with the artists.
Rudolf Scheutle, 2009 Portfolio Reviewer; Curator, Münchner Stadtmuseum,

Get ahead of the game and book your places for the portfolio reviews taking place during the opening days of the festival from 4-7 October at Brandts, Odense as part of the FotoTriennale.dk. Participating photographers can choose from 28 international curators, museum directors, gallery owners, magazine editors and publishers.

♥ In the next post, I’ll atttach a PDF from an article that I wrote for F2 photo magazine last year. There are interviews with photographers and tips for making the most of a review as well as comments from reviewers. ♥

Online booking opens on 1 August at 12:00 noon. Participating photographers will have the opportunity to select and book portfolio reviewers online by signing up for 5, 10 or 15 reviews.

More than 80 photographers from around the world took part during FotoTriennale.dk 2009.

Read more for a full list of this year’s Portfolio Reviewers…

Portfolio Reviewers

FotoFest International, USA

Camera Austria International, Austria

Galleri Image, Denmark

PHOTOVISA/Russian Academy of Arts, Russia

Light Work, USA

KATALOG, Museet for Fotokunst, Denmark

The Finnish Museum of Photography, Finland

Encuentros Abiertos, Argentina

Museet for Fotokunst, Denmark

Fotografisk Center, Denmark

Voies-Off, France

Representative for Schilt Publishing, The Netherlands

Dewi Lewis Publishing, England

Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Germany

The Photographers’ Gallery, England

Zul Ediciones, Mexico

European Photography, Germany

Preus Museum, Norway

i-bmp, France

Blue Sky Gallery, USA

Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Canada

Turmeric Earth, India

Reykjavik Museum of Photography, Iceland

Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Germany

FotoFest International, USA

Lianzhou International Photo Festival, China

Filed under: Photo Trienalles, Photographers, Photography Festivals, Portfolio reviews Tagged: Brandts, Denmark, FotoTriennale.dk, Odense, photo festival, photography portfolio reviews, portfolio reviews

Photo News: Sony World Photography Awards 2012 Shortlist announced

The World Photography Organisation announces the shortlist for the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards.  Billed as the global photographic event of the year, the Sony World Photography Awards celebrate the very best in photography from around the world, from the next generation of emerging photographers through to the established masters of the art.

The 2012 competition has garnered increased worldwide interest with over 112,000 entries from 171 countries, with the shortlisted images depicting the stories of extraordinary lives from around the world.  The Professional competition reflects a turbulent year of global events with the war in Libya; the Greek and European economic crisis; the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan and the fall of Gaddafi, in the Photojournalism & Documentary categories.  The shortlist for the Fine Art and Commercial categories gets to the very heart of daily life –  a small sheep-farming community in Iceland; the rice harvest in South China; a religious pilgrimage in Poland and gold diggers in Chile.

This year the honorary jury found the quality of work exceptionally strong across all categories, discovering many photographers new to the Sony World Photography Awards roster.  Manuel Geerinck (Belgium);  Lee Chee Wai (China); Alejandro Cartagena (Mexico), Irina Werning (Argentina); Gwenn Dubourthoumieu (Republic of the Congo) and Simon Norfolk (UK), are but a few of the new names to place as finalists and shortlisted photographers.

Returning photographers from previous years, include 2010 Professional Landscape winner, Peter Franck (Germany); who this year is a finalist in three categories; 2011 Professional Contemporary Issues and Current Affairs winner, Javier Arcenillas (Spain); and Chan Kwok Hung (Hong Kong) whose stunningly dramatic image ‘Buffalo Race’ won the  Overall Open Competition in 2011.

W M Hunt, Chair of the Honorary Judging Committee, commented: ‘As a judge, you bring an open mind and a passion for photography – its presence and its present, its past and its legacy.  You are hopeful and hungry to see great work that is fresh and full, expecting the exceptional.  The rewards are rich and delightful.  It is a pleasure to present this year’s selections.’

Astrid Merget, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation added: ‘Looking at the vast collection of shortlisted work across the categories, is truly gratifying this year.  Within the Professional awards, the bodies of work are beautifully presented and distinctive, whilst in the Open categories, the single snapshots are diverse and demonstrate excellent skill within the amateur market.  The new Youth competition also delighted us, as we were thrilled to find some exceptional budding talent.’

Shortlisted photographers have their work exhibited at a major exhibition at London’s Somerset House, to coincide with the award ceremony in April 2012.

The shortlist for the Professional Competition was selected by the Honorary Judging committee which was chaired by esteemed photographic consultant W.M. Hunt. This year the Open entries were judged by a pre-selection committee of inspectors from Shutterstock, WPO and representatives from Sony.  The Youth Competition was judged by a WPO and Sony selection committee.

The annual Sony World Photography Awards ceremony and gala dinner will take place on 26 April at the Hilton Hotel in London’s Park Lane.  The awards celebration will once again take place alongside World Photo, London, a month-long event which brings an eclectic mix of photographic events for all to enjoy.

The opening weekend of World Photo London will be held at Somerset House from 27 – 30 April with selected events including portfolio reviews, workshops, symposiums and the Sony World Photography Awards winners’ exhibitions, which continue through to 20 May 2012.  Honorary Judges for the 2012 Awards and other international industry experts will be leading many of the festival events.

Honorary judging committee:
Presiding Chair: W. M. Hunt (USA) Photographic Consultant.

Chairs: Michael Benson (UK) Director, Prix Pictet; James Reid (UK) Photography Director of Wallpaper*; Claudia Hinterseer (Netherlands) Managing Director and co-owner of NOOR.

Additional Jury: Jodi Bieber (South Africa) Photographer; Jon Jones (UK) Director of Photography Sunday Times Magazine; Rebecca Lewis (US) Vice-President and Senior Agent for Art+Commerce; Prabuddha Dasgupta (India) Photographer; Shizuka Yokomizo (Japan) Photographer.

In each category the judges could select up to three finalist photographers and up to seven additional shortlist photographers.  From the finalists, the winners plus 2nd and 3rd place will be chosen and announced at the awards ceremony on 26 April.

In selecting the shortlist, jury members are required to choose a minimum of 3 photographers with a maximum of 10 in each category.

Photographers entering the Professional competition may enter a minimum of 2 and maximum of 10 images per category, being judged on a body of work; those entering the Open category, are judged on a single snapshot in any category.

Images submitted must have been taken in 2011 for the Open Competition, whilst Professionals may have taken their images in 2011, or first published their work in 2011.

A selection of photos will be added tomorrow once the press zone has been accessed. For today, see over for the FULL list of Finalists and Shortlisted photographers.

Photographers are listed alphabetically.


Current Affairs


●      Fernando Alfonso Brito Lizárraga (El Debate de Culiacan)Mexico

●      Rémi Ochlik (IP3 Press)                                 France

●      Donald Weber (VII PHOTO)                                Canada


●      Javier Arcenillas                                       Spain

●      Fabio Bucciarelli                                       Italy

●      Pietro Masturzo                                         Italy

●      Giorgos Moutafis                                        Greece

●      Goran Tomasevic                                         United Kingdom

Contemporary Issues


●      Kasia Bielska                                            Poland

●      Alessandro Grassani                                      Italy

●      Gustavo Jononovich                                       Argentina


●      Francesco Giusti                                         Italy

●      Sebastian Liste                                          Spain

●      Ivor Prickett                                            Ireland

●      Jose Luis Rodriguez Maldonado               Columbia

●      Natasha Shulte                                           Ukraine

●      Anastasia Taylor-Lind                                   United Kingdom

●      Donald Weber (VII PHOTO)                       Canada



●      Alejandro Cartagena                                      Mexico

●      Maja Daniels                                             Sweden

●      Simon Norfolk                                            United Kingdom


●      Philippe Leroux                                          France

●      Kerry Mansfield                                          United States

●      Francesca Oggiano                                        Italy

●      Huage Shang                                             China

●      Salvi Danés Vernedas                                     Spain



●      Pawel Kopczynski (Thomson Reuters)     Poland

●      Andrew McConnell                                     Ireland

●      Palmer + Pawel                                       United Kingdom


●      Delfosse Colin                                       Belgium

●      Alvaro Deprit                                        Italy

●      Mikhail Domozhilov                                   Russian Federation

●      Adam Pretty                                          Australia

●      Scott Robin Barbour                                  New Zealand

●      Robin Utrecht                                        Netherlands

Nature & Wildlife


  • David Chancellor (Institute)                  United Kingdom
  • Jacek  Kusz                                   Poland
  • Palani Mohan                                  India


  • Salil Bera                                                   India
  • Terence du Fresne                                            Switzerland
  • Barbara Leven                                                United States
  • Suren Manvelyan                                           Armenia
  • Tapash Paul                                                  Bangladesh

Arts and Culture


●      Rob Hornstra                                            Netherlands

●      Anastasia Taylor-Lind                                   United Kingdom

●      Mattia Vacca                                            Italy


●      Javier Arcenillas                                       Spain

●      Jacek Swierczynski                                      Poland

●      Yannick Cormier                                         France

●      Alvaro Deprit                                           Italy

●      Susana Girón                                            Spain

●      Davide Monteleone                                       Italy

●      Andrea Santolaya                                        Spain




●      Javier Arcenillas                                     Spain

●      Peter Franck (Büro stoltenhoff)              Germany

●      Laura Pannack                                         United Kingdom


●      Michael Blann                                         United Kingdom

●      Felipe Cantillana                                     Chile

●      Jan von Holleben                                     Germany

●      Miguel Navarro                                        United Kingdom

●      Michelle Siu                                          Canada

●      Roberto Soares-Gomes                                  Brazil

●      Daniele Testa                                         Italy



●      Jan Brykczynski                                        Poland

●      Luis Henry Agudelo Cano                               Colombia

●      Peter Franck                                                          Germany


●      Giancarlo Ceraudo                                         Italy

●      Andrea Hamilton                                             United Kingdom

●      Cristina De Middel                                           Spain

●      Yurian Quintanas Nobel                                  Spain

●      Gianluca Pulcini                                              Italy

●      Lisa Wiltse                                                         United States



●      Peter Franck                                                          Germany

●      Elizaveta Porodina                                          Germany

●      Jayden Tang                                                    United Kingdom


●      Michelle Beatty                                                United Kingdom

●      Susi Belianska                                                  Italy

●      Romano Decker Dejan Kutic                           Croatia

●      Filippo Del Vita                                                Italy

●      Alice Pavesi                                                     Italy

●      Dasha Ketsko                                                   Ukraine

●      Frauke Thielking                                               Germany




●      Igor Chirikov                                                    Russian Federation

●      David Ibernón Boria                                        Spain

●      Simon Norfolk                                                   United Kingdom


●      Robin Broderick                                               Canada

●      Riccardo Budini                                               Italy

●      Tamas Bujnovszky                                            Hungary

●      Alejandro Cartagena                                      Mexico

●      Paula Gortazar                                                United Kingdom

●      David de Jong                                                Netherlands

●      Michael Joseph                                               United States



●      Lei Liu                                                               China

●      Paolo Marchetti                                               Italy

●      Irina Werning                                                   Argentina


●      Gwenn Dubourthoumieu                   The Democratic Republic of Congo

●      Lavinia Parlamenti                                           Italy

●      Johann Rousselot                                            France

●      Javier Arcenillas                                              Spain

●      George Mayer                                               Russian Federation


Finalists :

●      Rona Chang                                                   United States

●      Lee Chee Wai                                                  Malaysia

●      Mitch Dobrowner                                            United States


●      Regis Boileau                                                   France

●      Ximena Etchart                                                Argentina

●      Jeroen Hofman                                                Netherlands

●      Zhang Kechun                                                 China

●      Matthias H. Risse                                              Germany

●      Chaoliang Shen                                       Taiwan, Province of China

●      Stephen Wilkes                                                 United States

Still Life


●      Renan Cepeda                                               Brazil

●      Rena Effendi (INSTITUTE)                                     Azerbaijan

●      Helen Thompson                                              United Kingdom


●      Michal Cole                                                  United Kingdom

●      Peter Franck                                                  Germany

●      Martina Geccelli                                              United Kingdom

●      Miri Mor                                                         Israel

●      Song Nian Ang                                                Singapore

●      Gicheol Shin                                            Republic of Korea



●      Manuel Geerinck                                                Belgium

●      Luis Mallo                                                  United States

●      Cristina De Middel                                           Spain


●      Carlo D’Orta                                                    Italy

●      Photographer Hal                                            Japan

●      Giuseppe Parisi                                                Italy

●      Carlos Henrique Reinesch                                Brazil

●      Sanne Maloe Slecht                                        Netherlands

●      Frauke Thielking                                               Germany

●      Patricia van de Camp                                    Netherlands

Open shortlisted photographers

In each category judges were able to select up to ten images.


●      Babul Bhatt                                                      India

●      Patrice Carré                                                   France

●      Filippo Di Rosa                                                 Italy

●      Fabrizio Intonti                                                 Italy

●      Francisco Mendes                                            Portugal

●      Rui Nunes                                                      United Kingdom

●      Fulvio Pellegrini                                                Italy

●      José Ramón Montes                                        Spain

●      Thai Son Huynh                                                Vietnam

Arts & Culture

●      Dovile Dagiene                                               Lithuania

●      Levi Fanan                                                       Brazil

●      Kushal Gangopadhyay                                   India

●      Antonio Iubatti                                                Italy

●      Sanket K                                                          India

●      Klaartje Lambrechts                                         Belgium

●      Oliver Mezger                                                  Germany

●      Tan Nono Rahardian                                       Indonesia

●      Samanta Sollima                                             Italy

●      Paul Störm                                                    Australia


●      Alexandr Afonin                                            Russian Federation

●      Sandra Cifo                                                  United States

●      Paul Irving                                                  United Kingdom

●      Milan Makarský                                               Czech Republic

●      Frank Martin Eisele                                           Germany

●      Rodolfo Mejías                                                Venezuela

●      Jochen Resch                                                  Germany

●      Oren Shved                                                     Israel

●      Victor Vargas Villafuerte                                  Canada

●      Antonios Vlachou                                            Slovakia

Low Light

●      Elmar Akhmetov                                              Kazakhstan

●      Edoardo Brotto                                                Italy

●      Ignasi cunill                                                 Spain

●      Teng Hin Khoo                                                 Malaysia

●      Sergey Kochmak                                             Russian Federation

●      Christoph Krüger                                            Germany

●      Belentsova Natalia                                          Russian Federation

●      Pansiri Pikunkaew                                            Thailand

●      Derrick Woo                                                   Hong Kong

●      Heng Zee Kek                                                  Singapore

Nature & Wildlife

●      Nadav Bagim                                                  Israel

●      Anita Erdmann                                                Canada

●      Handri Fitrido                                                Indonesia

●      Felicitas Frei                                                 Switzerland

●      Giovanni Frescura                                           Italy

●      Peter Krejzl                                                 Czech Republic

●      Chan Kwok Hung                                             Hong Kong

●      William Lee                                                 United States

●      Kuntal Paul                                                    India

●      Petar Sabol                                                      Croatia


●      Pramiga Aditya                                               Indonesia

●      Ionut Hrenciuc                                                 Romania

●      Istvan Nagy                                                     Netherlands

●      Noel Plaszkó                                                    Hungary

●      Matthew Post                                                   Australia

●      James Rider                                                     United Kingdom

●      Terry Soo                                                          Australia

●      Ian Taylor                                                     United Kingdom

●      steve Williams                                                United Kingdom

●      Denise Worden                                                United States


●      Victoria Bolshemennik                                     Israel

●      Tommy Braxton                                              United Kingdom

●      Thomas Dymond                                             United Kingdom

●      Mehmet Fatih Yaldiz                                        Turkey

●      Ana Gregorič                                                Slovenia

●      Paul MacKinnon                                              United Kingdom

●      Christine Pearl                                             United States

●      Fulvio Pellegrini                                             Italy

●      Zulkifli Thalib                                         Indonesia

●      Игорь Лобанов                  Russian Federation
(I have no idea what the name above translates as in English, it was written like this in the press release. If anyone can translate this, pls do so in a comment and I will change it.)


●      Ricky Alexander                                               Indonesia

●      Nguyen Duc Tri                                                Vietnam

●      Gerold Guggenbuehl                                      Switzerland

●      Arnold Jumpay                                                Philippines

●      Anom Manik Agung                                        Indonesia

●      Kivera Mara                                                 Réunion

●      Diana Mrazikova                                             Slovakia

●      Meghann Prouse                                             United States

●      Nick Redman                                                   United Kingdom

●      Piotr Stasiuk                                                  Poland

Split Second

●      Cemhan Biricik                                                United States

●      Tobias Bräuning                                               Germany

●      Samuel Chan                                                  China

●      Andrzej Chrobot                                              Poland

●      Alessandro Falco                                             Italy

●      Don Horne                                                    Ireland

●      Johnny Joo                                                    United States

●      Gustavo Magnavacca                                   Argentina

●      Greg Parker                                                  United Kingdom

●      Peter Prazenka                                                Slovakia


●      Krzysztof Browko                                         Poland

●      Krzysztof Browko                                         Poland

●      Marco Lachmann-Anke                                  Germany

●      John Lai Teck Kee                                         Malaysia

●      Carlos Macedonio                                          Brazil

●      N S Ng                                                     Singapore

●      Keith Pace                                               Malta

●      Suprijanto Suprijanto                                       Indonesia

●      George Turnbull                                             United Kingdom

●      Malte Wittmann                                               Germany

Youth shortlisted photographers


  • Hanne Grannestad                                          Norway
  • Lam Ka Ho                                                 Hong Kong
  • Sahil Lodha                                               India
  • Merijn Mulder                                                   Netherlands
  • Carolina Paltrinieri                                     Italy
  • Adrian Pelegrin  Bonet                                 Spain
  • Kolyaskin Sergey                                  Russian Federation
  • Benedek Varga                                               Hungary


  • Alla Aliokhina                                              Ukraine
  • Kolyaskin Sergey                                  Russian Federation
  • Thamyres Matarozzi                                         Brazil
  • Adrian Pelegrin Bonet                                     Spain
  • Bernard Pieterse                                        South Africa
  • Imanuel Thallinger                                         Austria
  • KaziSudipto                                               Bangladesh
  • Kseniya Sovenko                                     United States


  • Tertious Alio                                 Russian Federation
  • Hadi Asgari                                   Iran
  • Lidia K                                       United Kingdom
  • Darya Kasyanova                               Russian Federation
  • Samujjwal Sahu                                India
  • Karina Sembe                                  Ukraine
  • Kolyaskin Sergey                              Russian Federation
  • Felicia Simion                                Romania
  • Marina Tkhorzhevskaya                         Russian Federation
  • Berta Vicente                                 Spain

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