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Tim Matsui – The Long Night


Between one and three hundred thousand women are being trafficking in the USA today. Many of the girls started on the streets at twelve or thirteen. Around 85 per cent ran away from home. This is the subject of Tim Matsui’s The Long Night, which won the 2015 World Press Photo’s Multimedia competition for best feature documentary this month. As one of the oldest and most respected photojournalism and documentary photography competitions, World Press Photo’s award is testament to the subtlety and strength of Matsui’s film, and the years he spent researching the subject. Although the film began life with a grant from the Alexia Foundation, Matsui first began looking at sexual violence and victimisation fifteen years ago, before creating a non-profit organisation that tries to engage communities in the tragedies taking place in their midst. “As a result, I think I’m able to bring a fairly deep understanding of the issue and its root causes,” Matsui tells BJP. Set in Seattle, The Long Night explores a street-view perspective of sex trafficking, following the police charged with trying to limit it, and the …


BJP Breakthrough Awards – Call for Entries


British Journal of Photography is proud to announce our inaugural BJP Breakthrough Awards, a prestigious photography award singularly capable of connecting the next generation of photographers with the established photography industry. We are inviting photographers on undergraduate courses, and within five years of graduating (including current MA students), to submit work to be judged by an influential panel of leading industry professionals. Photographs can be captured in any format – film, digital or mobile – and can be of any style or genre. The competition is open to students and graduates from around the world. In partnership with Olympus, Free Range and theprintspace, winners will have their work exhibited at British Journal of Photography’s dedicated pop-up exhibition space in Shoreditch, East London’s creative hub. The four category winners will have their work presented by our editorial team at an exclusive launch event, and gain international exposure through our award-winning online and print channels. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: 12 noon (GMT) on Friday 8th May 2015. For more details go to our dedicated BJP Breakthrough website. 


Syngenta Photography Award exhibition – Review


As you walk through the Syngenta Photography Award, its difficult to shake off the feeling that the future looks grim. We know we’re consuming resources at an unsustainable rate. And still we carry on the same. Oddly, the sheer scale of the problem makes it easier to shrug off. Now in its second edition, the Syngenta Photography Award hopes to counter such apathy by highlighting photography that explores global challenges. Last year’s theme was Rural-Urban, this year it’s Scarcity-Waste. On this theme, and currently showing at Somerset House’s East Wing gallery, is winning photo essays by the 2015 winners of the professional award Mustafah Abdulaziz (1st), Rasel Chowdury (2nd), Richard Allenby-Pratt (3rd) and open award Benedikt Partenheimer (1st) Camille Michel (2nd) Stefano De Luigi (3rd). Worrying statistics accost visitors from the walls – “By nearly 2025 nearly 3.4 billion people will face water scarcity”, one reads – and objects in display cases, including a carrot discarded by a supermarket as too ugly to sell, signal an educational intent. Environmental photography can sometimes struggle to engage …


HIPA Awards – General category

Harish Chavda’s image of the British athlete Dwain Chambers, winning a race he never expected to compete in, has won first prize for the General category at the HIPA photography awards in Dubai. Taken at the UK Athletics Olympic trials in Birmingham in 2012, just a few months before the London Olympic Games, the picture offers the redemption and  controversy that has dogged the career of Chambers. The athlete, once regarded as the UK’s premier sprinter, was banned from competing in the Olympic Games, after he admitted using performance enhancing drugs. That year, the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned his lifetime Olympic ban, deeming it non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. After winning this race, in which he was considered a rank underdog, he competed in the 2012 London Olympics. In second place is the Iranian photographer Ali Rajabi Shomali’s photograph of 6th Avenue in Manhattan, New York City. Taken in January 2014, during one of the coldest winters in New York’s history, Shomali captured the city’s pedestrians determinedly crossing a road that is recognisable for …


Giovanni Troilo finds a silver lining after World Press exclusion

“I am a very reserved person so it was really a heavy blow,” says Giovanni Troilo of having his series La Ville Noire, The Dark Heart of Europe excluded from World Press Photo, after he had been awarded first prize in the Contemporary Issues – Story category. “But I am discovering there is also a positive side.” Troilo’s images were rejected on 03 March after WPP discovered one of them – a shot depicting an artist with live models – had been taken in Molenbeek, Brussels. The project as a whole had been presented as a study of another town, Charleroi, leading WPP managing director Lars Boering to state that, “We now have a clear case of misleading information and this changes the way the story is perceived. A rule has now been broken and a line has been crossed.” Troilo doesn’t deny the error but says it was “involuntary”; he adds he doesn’t really understand why the jury decided to exclude his work, as in the past other photographers have made similar errors without being withdrawn. But he says his intentions one …


Images from Dominic Hawgood's series Under the Influence, which has won the BJP's International Photography Award series category. Images © Dominic Hawgood.

VIDEO: Dominic Hawgood – International Photography Award Winner

“Staging is not the same as faking.” That phrase, from photography academic David Campbell, was the bedrock for Dominic Hawgood’s Under the Influence, a highly conceptualised look at faith and meaning in a world of images. The series scooped the series category of BJP’s International Photography Award, and Campbell’s phrase is now helping shape the 27-year-old’s approach to the exhibition he won, which opened today at London’s TJ Boulting Gallery. The series examines human behaviour in contemporary African churches in London, “and the merchandising of these modern rituals”; inspired to start it after witnessing an exorcism first-hand, he also explores “the theatrical practice of deliverance”. These techniques suggest a certain cynicism about religion but Hawgood says that wasn’t his intention. He’s simply considering whether we can experience something authentic in a knowingly constructed environment – or via carefully crafted imagery. “Ideas are formed through the imagery presented to us, removing us from actual life experiences, adding another layer of distance that evokes a desire to experience the real, close up,” he wrote in The Therapeutic …


Come to Dominic Hawgood’s Private View


The BJP’s International Photography Award series category attracted 733 entries from all over the world. The winner is a young British photographer, Dominic Hawgood. Dominic’s prize is a major solo exhibition at TJ Boulting gallery, the respected gallery in Fitzrovia, London. Hawgood has spent all week in the gallery, creating a “3D experience” – a new floor, new walls, and the most remarkable light show to showcase his photography. The British Journal of Photography are hosting a private view of the exhibition on Thursday 19th February, from 6pm to 9pm. There will be free wine. And you’re invited. Details are here. “The winner and runners up show that an idea or a story together with a strong execution become more and more crucial in the practice of a photographer,” commented curator and communications specialist Erik Kessels, one of the judges who’d picked him out. “This made the selected works stand out from the others.” Hawgood’s winning project, Under the Influence, is an off-centre exploration of evangelical Christianity, which uses the visual tropes of advertising to create a bold, …


Daily life, or what remains


What Remains, which won 2nd Prize in Daily life, Stories in World Press Photo announced today, is a touching portrait of a Bangladeshi couple struggling with old age. Sarker Protick, their grandson, relies on subtlety, simplicity and visual minimalism to draw the viewer into their realm and elicit sympathy. The outcome comes as an inevitable shock. “I find it intriguing how things change with time in our life – relationships and surroundings as well as how we live on with death, loss, disappearance and all that remains,” says Protick. “By default a photograph stores the past, but it also has the ability to project itself in the future. Somewhere there’s a point where time doesn’t work linearly anymore. Timelessness, that’s the point I want to reach.” Protick didn’t set out to be a photographer but in late 2008, while he was studying for a BA in marketing, his mother gave him a cell phone with a built-in camera. He started taking pictures of anything and everything, especially his friends, and once he graduated, enrolled at Pathshala, the South …


Mads Nissen – in his own words

I met a gay guy. He was a gentle, soft young man in his early twenties. We met in a bar and we talked about his life. Suddenly, another young guy very aggressively got into his face and asked him if he was a faggot. And my friend just very gently answered him: “Yes, I’m a homosexual.” So the guy just jumps right in and starts punching him. I was speechless. You read about it, you talk about it. But seeing homophobia right in front of you, and seeing a modern country openly attacking someone for being gay… I didn’t know whether to cry or get into the fight. I started to document the different aspects of homophobia in Russia. I met men who pretend to seduce gay men, capture them and torture them on video before putting it online – and there’s more than a hundred of these videos. I photographed a young lesbian couple who have three children and are facing up to losing them, just because they’re gay. I photographed the leaders of the church. I’ve …


A strong year for portraiture at World Press Photo

Outside of Mads Nissen’s moving image of a gay couple in Russia, which took the overall prize at World Press Photo this year, were several others that sensitively place a person or people centre frame. Acknowledged across the two awards in the Portraits category (singles and stories) were powerful images of Russian women depicted in domestic settings by the late Andy Rocchelli; military academy cadets in Europe by Paolo Verzone; a woman in China – her feet locked to the chair she is sitting on – who has been accused by authorities of working in the illegal sex trade, by Liu Song; and an eight-year-old girl, decadently dressed to go to a Halloween party, in Texas by Lisa Krantz. But it was an image of a little girl in Australia, dressed all in purple, and a project about a community of sex offenders in southern Florida that took the top awards in this category. Australian photographer Raphaela Rosella, who featured in BJP‘s June 2014 issue, won first prize in the Portraits, Singles category. In the image, we see a young veiled Aboriginal girl (Laurinda) standing at a bus stop waiting for a …


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