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IPA 2016: Meet the judges

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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 …

2015-11-05T19:00:36+00:00

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 …

2015-11-06T11:41:37+00:00

Faces of a Revolution #7: Safeya's Tears
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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, …

2015-11-05T13:34:56+00:00

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

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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 …

2015-10-30T13:01:02+00:00

Only two weeks left to enter the International Photography Awards 2016

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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 …

2015-11-03T12:51:48+00:00

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WeTransfer announced as Media Partner for the IPA 2016

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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: www.bjpipa.com

2015-10-02T10:52:53+00:00

Winner of the Unseen Dummy Award announced

Amsterdam’s annual celebration of photography Unseen Photo Fair closed for the year earlier this month, but not before showcasing some of the most interesting work in contemporary photography. During the fair and festival, Yoshinori Masuda won the Unseen Dummy Award for his photobook, Tiger 2. For his project, the Japanese photographer visited a zoo to depict two tigers in a state of repose, hinting at ideas around the dangerous state of nature and the  unsettling power of the gaze. Much of Masuda’s thinking behind Tiger 2 was influenced by an eclectic jumble of high-minded influences, including mathematical laws and scientific theories, but he was initially prompted by the simplest of reasons: “I was attracted by [the tigers]. Therefore I photographed them.” Masuda was immensely grateful for receiving the award, but as he tells the BJP, the most pleasing aspect of the award is the larger audience the prize affords: “I just want people to have the book in their hands, and enjoy it until it falls apart.” Masuda was chosen by an international jury, consisting of …

2015-09-30T10:20:41+00:00

Winner of the ING Unseen Talent Award announced at Amsterdam’s Unseen Photo Fair

Yesterday marked the official opening of Unseen Photo Fair, the Amsterdam festival organised by Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Platform A and Vandejong Creative Agency, with exhibitions, events and awards taking place all over the city. Beginning with a bang, the winner of the ING Unseen Talent Award has been announced, with Luxembourger photographer Sophie Jung receiving a project production fund of €10,000. The ING Unseen Talent Award is a joint initiative between Dutch financial institution ING and Unseen, providing an international platform for new Belgian, Luxembourg and Dutch photography talent to present their work to an international audience. Jung was chosen from a shortlist of five finalists, who spent the past two months working on a photograph based on the theme ‘Who are we here for?’:  Lara Gasparotto, Olya Oleinic, Sébastien Bonin, Sophie Jung and Sjoerd Knibbeler. The jury was comprised of curatorial professionals from across the industry, including Frits Gierstberg (Curator, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam), Kaat Celis (former Chief of Photography, De Morgen and founder of visual management company Sluitertijd), Sanne ten Brink (Head Curator, ING Collection), Duncan Forbes (Director …

2015-09-18T11:55:44+00:00

Amira and her Children by Ivor Prickett © Ivor Prickett/UNHCR/Panos Pictures

Shortlist for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 announced

Four photographs have been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015, the major international photography award organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London. Beginning in 1993, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize has become the National Portrait Gallery’s signature exhibition, attracting contemporary photographers around the globe and offering extensive exposure to seasoned photographers and talented amateurs. The prize will be announced on the 10th of November 2015, with the first prize winner receiving £12,000. The shortlisted portraits include: Hector by Anoush Abrar is inspired by the dramatic chiaroscuro lighting of Baroque paintings. The Iranian-born Swiss photographer was strongly influenced by Caravaggio’s work, particularly his painting Sleeping Cupid from 1608. Abrar explains: “Somehow I needed to make my own Sleeping Cupid. I found my portrait of Hector so powerful and iconic that it inspired me to continue this project as a series called Cherubs.” Ivor Prickett’s photograph Amira and her Children, of a displaced Iraqi family who had fled their village near Mosul after Isis took control of the area. The documentary photographer has …

2015-09-14T12:50:01+00:00

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See the winners of BJP & theprintspace’s Showcase Competition

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This year Joseph Ball, graduate of the BA photography programme at Falmouth University, was selected as the best in show at the Free Range Graduate Shows by BJP’s editorial director Simon Bainbridge. In addition to Ball, photographers Nic Rue and Ross Parker were highly commended.  Despite only recently graduating, Ball’s work is self-assured, focusing on the way images are absorbed in contemporary society and how that affects man’s relationship with the natural world. “There’s a constant onslaught of information through advertising and television and the internet and social media, so I’m reacting to that in my own way just by shooting impulsively at things I find strange. “Then I layer process upon process onto these images and leave artefacts of each process behind to hint at this confusion and just how deceptive and other-worldly images can be.” His grainy, bleakly monochrome photographs push the limits of an image’s capabilities to draw the viewer’s attention to the deceptive qualities of photography. “If you look at something like Google Street View, there are these seemingly objective presentations of …

2015-09-07T16:24:01+00:00

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