All posts tagged: Awards

“I am excited to work from the birthplace of photography,” Natasha Caruana tells BJP

At this year’s Les Rencontres d’Arles festival in the south of France, Natasha Caruana was named 2014 BMW Young Photographer in Residence at the Nicéphore Niépce Museum. “I was told in advance that I had reached the last few photographers, and had prepared an acceptance speech in French,” Caruana told BJP at the festival. “The announcement was nerve-wracking, but I’m so happy to have won. It will be incredible to spend this time making my own work, receiving support from the museum and also drawing on its archive.” This is the fourth year of the BMW residency, which aims to “offer ongoing support and to foster a close link with the artists based on shared values”. Caruana will spend three months at the historic museum in Chalon-sur-Saône, the birthplace of Nicéphore Niépce,  – credited as the inventor of photography – and will have complete creative freedom. In addition to the three-month residency, Caruana received a €6000 grant to fund her time in France. Caruana spoke to BJP about her expectations and hopes for the residency, and offers an insight into her current way of working. BJP: What does winning mean to …


Carmignac Gestion winner talks to BJP

Tavakolian, who was born in Tehran in 1981, was awarded the €50,000 prize for her report on Iran’s lost generation – young people who are caught between an increasingly modern society, and religious and cultural traditions of old. The Award, which was founded by the Carmignac Foundation in 2009, has a different theme each year. For the 5th edition, photographers were asked to submit portfolios about Iran. The aim of the Award is to support and promote photography of lesser known areas of conflict, by providing funding to a photographer to produce an in-depth photographic report. Past winners include Panos Pictures photographer Robin Hammond, who won in 2012 for his work about life in Zimbabwe under the rule of Robert Mugabe, and Italian photographer Davide Monteleone, who won last year’s edition for his work in Chechnya. Monteleone’s resulting body of work, Spasibo, will be on show at the Saatchi Gallery in London from 11 October to 9 November. Tavakolian, who began shooting professionally at the age of 16, has been published in Time Magazine, The New York Times, …


Mack releases Frowst by Joanna Piotrowska

Joanna Piotrowska’s publication Frowst won Mack’s First Book Award in April this year, and has just been published by the London-based publisher. The book features a series of black-and-white staged photographs of members of Piotrowska’s family. Through her images, the Royal College of Art graduate explores the idea of anxiety and the family, touching on themes such as family relationships, which can be both oppressive and rewarding, and dysfunction within the family unit. Piotrowska’s carefully posed subjects – quite often positioned in close proximity to each other – look almost sculptural. The result is a series of images that are intimate yet claustrophobic, and unsettling at the same time. It is no accident that the meaning of the book’s title refers to a warm but stuffy atmosphere. [bjp_ad_slot] Polish-born Piotrowska, who has exhibited her work in countries including Ireland, Spain, France, Poland and the UK, was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013, and the exhibition Jerwood Encounters: Family Politics, curated by Photoworks. The First Book Award, now in its third year, is awarded to a photographer who has not yet had a book published by a third-party publishing house. Industry professionals are invited …


Director of The Photographers’ Gallery receives OBE

Brett Rogers has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday 2014 Honours List for services to the arts. In her thirty-year career, Rogers has been instrumental in establishing photography as a leading art form, both in the UK and internationally. Rogers was appointed director at The Photographers’ Gallery in 2005, and to date has led the London gallery through a number of changes, including a move to new premises on Ramilles Street in Soho and an 18-month-long £9.2m redevelopment project, which saw the gallery transformed into a world-class exhibition and education space for photography. The gallery re-opened to the public in May 2012. [bjp_ad_slot] Prior to The Photographers’ Gallery, Rogers, who moved to the UK from Australia in 1980 to study a Masters at The Courtauld Institute of Art, worked at the British Council from 1985 to 2005 in the Visual Arts Department, where she was director of exhibitions. During her time at the British Council, she was responsible for establishing its photography programme and policy, as well as organising major exhibitions that include: Anish Kapoor for the British Pavilion at the 44th Venice Biennale in 1990; Look at Me – Fashion and …


IdeasTap and Magnum Photos announce award winners

Abbie Trayler-Smith, Souvid Datta and Lee Price have been named winners of the 2013 IdeasTap and Magnum Photos Photographic Award. Each photographer wins £5000; in addition, Datta and Price will receive paid placements with Magnum Photos in London or New York. Panos Pictures member Trayler-Smith won the 31+ age category with The Big O, a long-term personal project that looks at childhood obesity; Mumbai-born Datta won the 16 to 22 category with his series that looks at the human cost of pollution in China; and Manchester photographer Price was named winner of the 23 to 30 category for his series, Against the Order of Nature, which explores LGBT communities in Uganda.  The announcement was made last night at the Truman Brewery, off Brick Lane in east London, where an exhibition of work by all nine shortlisted photographers is on show until 25 May. [bjp_ad_slot] The award, now in its fifth year, aims to identify, showcase and celebrate emerging documentary photographers, and to help them “take their careers to the next level”. Self Publish, Be Happy founder Bruno Ceschel, who was one of the judges, said: “We were looking for projects we felt were heading …


Photobook competition calls for entries

The Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards are back. Celebrating the best photobooks from the past year, the competition awards prizes in two main categories: PhotoBook of the Year and First PhotoBook. The former prize is awarded to a photographer and his or her publisher for “the photobook deemed to be the best of 2014”, chosen from a shortlist of 20 books. The $10,000 First PhotoBook prize is awarded to a photographer for his or her debut photobook, selected from a shortlist of 10 books. [bjp_ad_slot] New to the competition this year is a third category: Photography Catalogue of the Year. The new prize recognises the increasing number of high-quality exhibition catalogues being produced. It will be awarded to “the publication, publisher, or institution responsible for the exhibition catalogue or museum publication judged to be the best of 2014”, write the organisers in a press statement. American photographer Todd Hido is on this year’s jury, although the full panel has not yet been announced. The judging takes place in two stages: an initial jury meets in New York in September, to create the shortlist of 35 titles across all …


Canon Female Photojournalist Award open for entries

First created and supported by the French Association of Female Journalists, the Canon Female Photojournalist Award is back with a new sponsor: Elle magazine. [bjp_ad_slot] The award is handed out each year during Visa pour l’Image, the world’s largest photojournalism festival, and comes with a €8000 grant to produce or complete an ongoing one-year photojournalistic project. The competition is opened to professional women photojournalists of any age and nationality, with the winner selected in June by a jury made up of photography and press professionals. “Applicants will be judged both upon the presentation of their project and their previous work,” say the organisers. “Among the selection criteria are the quality of the photographs, as well as the journalistic thoughts and relevance of the chosen subject.” The winner’s work will also be shown at Visa pour l’Image in 2015. The deadline for entries is 26 May. For more details, visit the Visa pour l’Image website. Stay up to date with stories such as this, delivered to your inbox every Friday.


Advertorial: Syngenta Photography Award

The second Syngenta Photography Award is now open for entries and explores the theme of scarcity and waste. In a world of limited resources, these have become fundamental social, political and economic issues of our times. The Syngenta Photography Award is a celebration of artistic skill and brilliant photography. It is a call for photographs that tell stories about scarcity, waste and the tensions between them. Photographers, whatever their approach, are invited to submit images that explore these important issues, to spark a dialogue about our changing planet. The Award invites professional and amateur photographers from all over the world 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 at Somerset House in London in March 2015, featuring the work of the finalists for the Award as well as images that illustrate the themes …


Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize calls for entries

The Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor documentary prize, organised by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, was first launched to encourage collaboration between a photographer and a writer in the tradition of Dorothea Lange and Paul Taylor who worked together on the seminal work American Exodus. Last year, however, the prize was relaunched to allow solo photographers and artists to apply to the grant. The $10,000 cash prize serves to support “documentary artists – working alone or in teams – who are involved in extended, ongoing fieldwork projects that rely on and exploit, in intriguing and effective ways, the interplay of words and images in the creation and presentation of their work.” The changes were introduced after the Center for Documentary Studies launched its Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University, which brings together two forms of artistic activity: “the documentary approach and experimental production in analog, digital and computational media,” says Duke University. There are no restrictions regarding age, nationality, or subject matter. The deadline for entries is 07 May, with the winner …


Ian Parry Scholarship 2014 opens for entries

Photographers have until 07 July to enter this year’s Ian Parry Scholarship. Launched in 1991 in honour of Ian Parry, a 24-year-old photojournalist who was tragically killed whilst on assignment for The Sunday Times in December 1989 in Romania, the Scholarship comes with a £3500 grant for the production of a documentary body of work. The winner is also automatically added to the final list of nominees for the Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam, and will join the Reportage by Getty Images agency as an Emerging Talent. [bjp_ad_slot] “This year is the 25th Anniversary of the Ian Parry Scholarship,” says Rebecca McClelland, the organisation’s creative director. “We will be remembering Ian and marking this special occasion with a series of new free events, publications and exhibitions.” She adds: “The scholarship provides an important platform to showcase your work and also the chance to be mentored by us in the photographic industry. We are looking for stories that have been well-researched with originality and not necessarily in far flung destinations.” For more details about the scholarship and to …


BJP Staff