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Shoot Ball, Not Gun

Earlier this year, Sebastian Gil Miranda won First Place in the Campaign category at the Sony World Photography Awards 2015 for his project Shoot Ball, Not Gun. The documentary project took place on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, where he visited one of the most dangerous slums in Argentina where two rival gangs violently struggle for turf and power. Focusing on the town’s children, he photographed them playing football within the courtyard of the Chapel Our Lady of Luján. The children, for whom hearing indiscriminate gunshots at night is common place, are connected to these gangs, with fathers, brothers and family friends caught up in the bloodshed. With entries to the 2016 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards closing soon, we caught up with Miranda to discuss the project.     What’s the genesis of the project? Usually I work helping NGOs and social foundations. In this case, I knew that Uniendo Caminos, a foundation dedicated to educational support for children in various slums of Buenos Aires, needed content to offer workshops in a centre that …


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EyeEm and VII Photo team up for Untold Stories

Founded five years ago, EyeEm has gone through several iterations – at once an online photographic community, a social network and a magazine. Their most recent and successful business model has been as a marketplace for imagery, giving photographers the chance to sell their images via agencies like Getty Images. While the Berlin company is clearly more aligned with the tech industry’s Silicon Valley DNA, they’ve been making in-roads with serious photographers. They recently held their first EyeEm festival in Germany, receiving 100,000 entries. Now, they’ve teamed up with VII Photo Agency to find the best emerging talent on their platform under the banner of Untold Stories. “It came from several discussions I had with Ed Kashi and Ron Haviv,” explains Severin Matusek, Vice President of Community at EyeEm. He was impressed with VII’s sought-after mentorship scheme which has ran since 2008, connecting young photojournalists with an experienced VII photographer for two years and gain the benefit of their knowledge and experience. “I wanted to do something similar with EyeEm, but with amateur shooters. Most people …


Camopi, February 2015 © Christophe Gin for the Carmignac Foundation

Christophe Gin wins 6th edition of the Carmignac Foundation’s Photojournalism Award

Christophe Gin has been awarded the 6th edition of the Carmignac Foundation’s Photojournalism Award, winning a €50,000 grant for Colonie, his work ruminating on lawless areas in France. Created in 2009, the award has sponsored photojournalism in conflict zones and neglected regions; previous winners include Robin Hammond (featured in our latest Portrait issue) and recent Magnum Photos nominee Newsha Tavakolian. The award was mired in controversy last year, after Tavakolian contended that the foundation’s benefactor, French investment banker Edouard Carmignac began to interfere with with the presentation of her work to an “unacceptable” degree. The foundation disputed her remarks, claiming the postponing of her project was due to purported threats to the photographer’s safety, which it said Tavakolian reported. It would seem any acrimony has abated, however – Tavakolian’s work will be part of the Carmignac Foundation’s upcoming retrospective at Saatchi Gallery, London. It features 40 works produced since the award’s inception by all laureates – Kai Wiedenhöfer, Massimo Berruti, Robin Hammond, David Monteleone, Tavakolian and this year’s winner Christophe Gin. Colonie, Gin’s winning project delved into French Guiana, a region in …


Five Girls 2014 by David Stewart © David Stewart

Winner of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 announced


David Stewart is this year’s winner of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 for his group portrait of his daughter and her friends. The National Portrait Gallery presented the £12,000 award to the London-based photographer last night at the awards ceremony. The winning portrait Five Girls 2014 depicts the distance between a seemingly close group of friends, and mirrors a photograph he took of them seven years ago, which was also displayed in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize in 2008. Stewart says about the photograph: “I have always had a fascination with the way people interact – or, in this case, fail to interact, which inspired the photograph of this group of girls. While the girls are physically very close and their style and clothing highlight their membership of the same peer group, there is an element of distance between them.” Second prize has been awarded to Hector, Anoush Abrar’s photograph of a young boy, inspired by Caravaggio’s painting Sleeping Cupid; third prize has gone to Nyaueth, Peter Zelewski’s photograph of a woman …


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IPA 2016: Meet the judges


With days to go before the deadline to enter the International Photography Awards 2016, we spoke to three of the judges – Bruno Ceschel, Emily Graham and Diane Smyth – about what kind of work excites them and how getting your work seen is a career boost in itself. With decades of experience judging and curating photographic work between them, all three note the importance of presenting something new. BJP’s deputy editor Diane Smyth says: “I’m interested in seeing projects that present a new way of looking, something I haven’t seen before. I’m not necessarily stuck on innovation, but when looking at a lot of work in a short space of time, you definitely notice trends and zeitgeists running through the mass of projects. That means that the people who do something different, something more individual, really stand out.” Bruno Ceschel, writer, curator, publisher and founder of Self Publish, Be Happy agrees. “I hope to see things that are unexpected, this competition is a chance to see what you don’t normally come across because you …


Untitled © Joanna Piotrowska, Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015

New monochromes at the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015

“It’s a new approach to photography!” says Tereza Zelenkova of the inaugural Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, which features three emerging photographers, all of whom shoot in black-and-white. She’s joking, but it’s striking – but what’s even more striking is how differently they’ve all used it. Zelenkova’s project, shot in her native Czech Republic, takes a sombre, somehow sinister look at the local landscape, objects and people; Joanna Piotrowska’s work, on the other hand, recreates poses from self-defence manuals in delicate, subtly modulated tones. Matthew Finn, meanwhile, shows images of his mother shot over the very long term; the most straight in style, they nonetheless convey a traumatic time marred by declining mental health. All three are UK based and within ten years of establishing their photographic careers; as well as winning a place at London’s Jerwood Space, their success in the prize meant they were awarded £5000 each to work on the projects they are exhibiting, and mentored by experts such as Alec Soth, Broomberg & Chanarin and Michael Mack. “The money was definitely really helpful, but the mentorship was just as good,” says Piotrowska. “If you don’t talk about your work it …


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Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2016 shortlist announced

Identity, migration, surveillance and loss are the key themes of the 2016 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, which encompasses projects on the surveillance state and drone warfare to the women that took part in the Arab Spring. The shortlisted artists have been nominated for the following projects: Laura El-Tantawy, born in 1980, and who identifies as British-Egyptian, was nominated for her self-published photobook In the Shadow of the Pyramids (2015). In images that span from 2005 to 2014, this project depicts the atmosphere and rising tensions in Cairo in the events leading to and during the January revolution in Tahrir Square between 2011 and 2013. El-Tantawy grew up between Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the US. In the Shadow of the Pyramids explores parallel narratives of her own family’s history with the search for identity of a troubled nation. She combines old family photographs and her own witness accounts with portraits of protestors and streets scenes that expresses the violence and euphoria of the crowds. Erik Kessels, born in 1966 in The Netherlands, was nominated for his exhibition Unfinished Father at Fotografia Europea, …


IPA 2016: We speak to Hannah Watson, director of TJ Boulting gallery


Now in its 10th edition, British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Awards are one of the world’s leading showcases for contemporary photographic talent. One of the marquee prizes IPA winners will receive is a two-week exhibition of their work at TJ Boulting, a central London gallery with a reputation for hosting daring, challenging art of all disciplines.  Hannah Watson is director of TJ Boulting Gallery and publishing house Trolley Books, and is also on the elite IPA judging panel. She has worked with some of the best photographers in the world, including Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Alex Majoli and Philip Jones Griffiths, and has a reputation for publishing exceptional stories in photography, photojournalism and contemporary art. TJ Boulting is a gallery that works with all disciplines and not just photography, so how does she see photography in relation to other kinds of work? “I think of photography as any other medium. I’m looking forward to seeing work which is not prescribed photography. I think photography can restrict itself, if you start thinking like that. In art …


Only two weeks left to enter the International Photography Awards 2016


British Journal of Photography’s annual International Photography Award is one of the world’s leading showcases for contemporary photographic talent. This year marks the award’s 10th edition, and the competition has established itself as an important springboard for future voices in photography, providing an opportunity for entrants to get their work in front of the most influential voices in the industry. This year’s judges have been drawn from the worlds of photography, art and media, and represent some of the world’s most prestigious cultural organisations. The panel consists of: Shoair Mavlin (Curator of Photography, Tate Modern), Sean O’Hagan (Photography critic, The Guardian), Kate Bush (Head of Photography, Media Space), Emily Graham (Cultural & Education Manager, Magnum Photos), Bruno Ceschel (Founder, Self Publish, Be Happy), Hannah Watson (Director, TJ Boulting Gallery and Trolley Books), Ewen Spencer (photographer and publisher), James Reid (Photography Director of Wallpaper*) and our very own Diane Smyth (Deputy Editor, BJP). The judges will select an outstanding single image and series of work to be exhibited at TJ Boulting, an innovative gallery in the …



WeTransfer announced as Media Partner for the IPA 2016


Valued by creatives across the globe for the speed and simplicity of its file transfer service, WeTransfer’s commitment to artistic vision is integrated into its design with full screen backdrops that function as both advertising space and a curated showcase of inspirational artwork. As official Media Partner of the IPA 2016, winners of the award will receive the additional prize of a four-week showcase on the WeTransfer homepage, reaching over 70 million users worldwide and providing an unmissable opportunity for exposure to the international creative community. Runners up in each category will receive WeTransfer Plus accounts, complete with long term storage, increased upload sizes and password protected transfers. For full details of this year’s International Photography Awards visit:


BJP Staff