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From the Changing Perspectives series © Jamey Stillings

Third edition of the Syngenta Photography Award opens, with a $65,000 prize

The third Syngenta Photography Award is now open for entries and explores the theme ‘Grow-Conserve’. As the world’s population continues to increase, so does the tension between our growing demand for more food, energy and resources, and the protection of our planet. How can we manage economic, social and technological growth in a way that supports the needs of today as well as for future generations? Bold and transformative action is needed. Professional and amateur photographers from all over the world are invited to submit applications in two categories – the Professional Commission and the Open Competition. The Award prize totals $65,000 which includes a $25,000 professional commission for the first prize winner in the professional category to develop a photography project around the theme of the year. An exhibition will be held in March 2017, featuring the work of the finalists for the Award as well as images that illustrate the themes that have emerged from the submissions. Entries will be judged by a distinguished international judging panel chaired by the author and curator William …



Trevor Paglen wins the Deutsche Börse photography prize 2016

Paglen, the 42-year-old multimedia photographer from Maryland, US, who spends his days working as a geographer working out of the Department of Geography at the University of California at Berkeley, won for his work The Octopus, first shown at Frankfurter Kunstverein last summer. He sees his work as an ongoing effort “to help develop a visual and cultural vocabulary around surveillance.” The Octopus is a continuation of Paglen’s ongoing exploration into data collection, military surveillance, drone warfare and how they interlink through various, often conflicting and overlapping governmental agencies. The series shows us images of restricted military and government areas, as well as skyscapes showing the vapour trails of passing drones. The Octopus was the result of an exhaustive collaboration with scientists, astronomers and human rights activists concerned with the modern surveillance culture. The series started proper in November, 2013, when Paglen hired a helicopter to take aerial, nighttime shots of the US National Security Agency headquarters in Maryland, the National Reconnaissance Office in Virginia and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Virginia. These agencies, responsible for all national security apparatus, including the deeply controversial …


Abandoned warship in the Kola Bay, Murmansk, Northwestern Region, January 2005

The 2016 IAFOR Documentary Photography Award calls for ‘Justice’ entries


In January 2015, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) announced the launch of the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award – an award which seeks to promote and assist in the professional development of emerging documentary photographers and photojournalists. The theme of this year’s award is “justice”, launched “in the hope photographers will submit work that explores justice from a variety of perspectives.” The award partners with photography institutions including World Press Photo, University of the Arts London and British Journal of Photography, among others, and is judged by leading professionals in the field of documentary photography and photojournalism, including Founding Judge Paul Lowe (Panos Pictures/University of the Arts London), Ed Kashi (VII Photo Agency) and photographer Simon Roberts. Winners will be announced this summer at The European Conference on Media, Communication and Film, running from July 11 to July 14, 2016, in Brighton, England. The Grand Prize Winner will receive £1,000 cash award, acceptance into the Metro Imaging Mentorship Programme, and a nomination by World Press Photo for the Joop Swart Masterclass. The winner’s photography will be exhibited in the UK and …



Photographer nominated for Turner Prize 2016 shortlist

Pryde, who was born and raised in London, is now the Professor of Contemporary Photography at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany. She is represented by London’s Simon Lee Gallery. She is one of the first artists working primarily in stills photography to be nominated for the prestigious prize, one of the most coveted in the British arts landscape. The Turner Prize returns to Tate Britain with an exhibition of work by the four shortlisted artists opening on 27 September. The winner will be announced in December at an awards ceremony live on the BBC, the new broadcast partner for the prize. The Prize, established in 1984, is awarded to a British artist of under fifty years old who has demonstrated an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding April this year. Pryde is up against sculptors Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton and Helen Marten, each of whom have a divergently varied approached to their medium. Pryde has arguably gained more of a profile for her work in America than in her native …


Woman I (Cards), 2014. From the series FLAT DEATH © Sara Cwynar. Courtesy Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto.

FOAM Talent launches in London

It is not often that you meander around a gallery space and can barely get past the hoards of students, professionals and new talents of photography as they press together to see the photography on display. Such was the bustling opening night of the eclectic FOAM Talent, a group show of 21 up-and-coming photographers under the age of 35, at the Beaconsfield Gallery in London. The photography on display here has already been featured in a dedicated issue of the FOAM magazine, and is now exhibited in over two large rooms in a dynamically curated showcase of more than 100 photographs. “The range of different work is important,” says curator, Mirjam Kooiman. “What ties them together is that they’re young and that they have a strong, autonomous vision, whether it’s through studio or documentary photography.” This year, there is a noticeable emphasis on the physical presentation of the images, adding a new sculptural aspect to the exhibition. Jean-Vincent Simonet, a French photographer, invites us into a psychedelic world of vivid colour marbled with metallic shine. For each display of …


KABUL, AFGHANISTAN | 2015-04-17 | M. (23), an afghan rapper and part of a duet band from Herat, hangs out at Aria Cafe on a hot Friday afternoon. Born and raised in Iran, M. is critical of afghan government and that is boldly seen in his music as well as his lifestyle.

Discovering Kiana Hayeri, winner of the Chris Hondros Fund award in the Emerging Talent category

Largely unknown beyond photography circles, Hayeri is the new recipient of the revered photojournalism award, in memory of the late Chris Hondros, who died covering the war in Libya in 2011. Hayeri was born in Iran, but moved to Canada at the age of 17 without speaking a word of English. Initially finding it hard to settle into her new home in Toronto, Hayeri spent the next few years familiarising herself with the creative subjects and a new language.  Inspired by the work of the Canadian photojournalist, Dominic Nahr, it was there that she first began to develop her photography skills, using her camera as a way to ‘bridge the gap’ between two very different cultures as a form of expression as well as communication. “I fell in love with photography because I didn’t have to speak, explain myself or write essays for it,” she says. “I was doing really well and picking up everything quickly. And I was making friends.” Nevertheless, Hayeri returned to her home in the Middle East, and began work on projects that focused on …


Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards 2016 announces Best Photography Book Shortlist

Since 1985, the awards have been one of the UK’s leading prizes for books on photography and the moving image. In addition to the Book Awards, the Foundation contributes to the National Media Museum First Book Award, in partnership with the celebrated photobook publisher MACK. The recipient of this prize works alongside MACK to realise a monographic book project of previously unpublished work. Here are the shortlisted projects for the 2016 edition of the prize: Best Photography Book Award Shortlist Selected by judges Anne Lyden (Chair), Mark Power and Julian Stallabrass This year’s photography shortlist includes a retrospective of rare Soviet photobooks, a meditation on memory through the prism of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and an insight into the lives of nine young people living in post-revolution Iran. · The Soviet Photobook 1920–1941, by Mikhail Karasik, edited by Manfred Heiting (Steidl) · The Erasure Trilogy, by Fazal Sheikh (Steidl) · Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album, by Newsha Tavakolian (Kehrer Verlag) Best Moving Image Book Award Shortlist Selected by judges James Bell (Chair), Rhianna Dhillon …


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