All posts tagged: IPA

Paul Thulin’s Pine Tree Ballads

In the early 1900s, Paul Thulin’s great-grandfather settled on the coast of Maine because it resembled his homeland of Sweden. Thulin’s family has returned to Gray’s Point each summer for over a century. Runner-up in the Series category at BJP‘s International Photography Awards 2016, Thulin’s photographic sequence resonates, he says, “with a subtext of struggle and hope that mirrors my narrative sense of self and heritage.” We talked to Thulin about the creation of his stunning series: How did you first get into photography? My journey into photography started as a way to rebel against my growing contempt and frustration with the limits of language to effectively communicate. In 1996, I returned  from a stressful year of studying Philosophy in a Master’s program at Syracuse University and I remember wanting to escape into the mountains to possibly join a Zen monastery; I wanted to meditate and remain silent in an effort to really just experience the world. This desire led me to discover the writings and images of photographers Minor White, Frederick Sommer, and Emmet Gowin, …

2016-01-27T15:04:18+00:00

Culture of the Confrontation: live from the Ukrainian Revolution

As winter approached in late 2013, the rumblings of political, social and civil discontent in Ukraine was growing louder by the day. When Viktor Yanukovych, the nation’s president, rejected a deal with the European Union for a $15bn aid package from Russia, many citizens were furious. Promising greater political integration and closer cultural ties, lots of Ukrainians saw the EU deal as a new path for the country, whose economic predicament was worsening.  On the 21st November, up to 20,000 protesters gathered in Kiev’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) after spreading messages on social media. By the 24th, their numbers had swelled – somewhere between 50,000 and 200,000, depending on who you asked. As pro-EU demonstrators chanted and marched, a small group attempted to storm the Government Building. That’s when the trouble really began. The wave of civil unrest flooded the streets, fuelled by a heady mix of Cold War-era hostilities, far-right opportunism and pan-European democratic idealism. What became known as Euromaidan led to the Ukrainian Revolution, with President Yanukovych being ousted from power in February …

2016-07-08T17:11:49+00:00

IPA 2016: Announcing the Single Image runners-up

Last month we announced the winners of the 2016 International Photography Awards, with Juno Calypso winning the Series Award for her project Joyce, and Felicity Hammond winning the Single Image Award for her image Restore to Factory Settings. Competition in the Single Image category was fierce, with over 1500 entries from 92 different countries spanning from portraiture to photojournalism, landscape to fine art. As entries were whittled down to the final few, there was spirited debate among the judging panel, which included TJ Boulting’s Hannah Watson, Magnum Photo’s Emily Graham, Tate’s Emma Lewis and photographer Ewen Spencer. This week we’ll be announcing the runners-up, starting with the Single Image category.   Vincenzo Montefinese Indelible images documenting the ongoing migrant crisis has gripped the world in the past 12 months, so it came as little surprise that this year’s IPA received several strong entries depicting scenes of broken borders and desperate families fleeing conflict. Yet Italian photojournalist Vincenzo Montefinese’s approach was different. His shortlisted image was taken in his hometown – the southern Italian city of Taranto, in which …

2016-01-12T14:06:29+00:00

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 …

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

Bruno Ceschel, Sean O’Hagan and more to judge the BJP International Photography Award

Would you like The Guardian’s photography critic Sean O’Hagan to see your work? Or Bruno Ceschel, founder of Self Publish, Be Happy? How about Kate Bush, Head of Photography at Media Space? Now you can, via the BJP International Photography Award. The competition is divided into a series and a single image category. The series category will be judged by Bruno Ceschel, director of Self Publish, Be Happy and SPBH Editions; Sean O’Hagan, photography critic for The Guardian and The Observer; Hannah Watson, director of TJ Boulting gallery and Trolley Books. The single image category will be judged by Emily Graham, Cultural and Education Manager at Magnum Photos; James Reid; director of photography at Wallpaper* Magazine; Ewen Spencer, award-winning photographer and film maker; and Hannah Watson of TJ Boulting. Both the series and the single image winner will have their work printed and framed by theprintspace, exhibited for two weeks at London’s TJ Boulting Gallery in 2016, and published across BJP’s print and digital channels. The BJP International Photography Award has been running since 2005. Previous winners …

2017-10-24T15:27:49+00:00

Smoke and mirrors

With just a couple of weeks until his exhibition opens at TJ Boulting Gallery, Dominic Hawgood is hard at work finalising the prints. His project, Under the Influence, is a deliberately stagey look at the theatrics of modern-day Churches, so he’s creating a carefully controlled, immersive installation to show it off. “The priority is finding a way to control the lighting in the room, to make sure we can create atmosphere for the work to sit in,” he told BJP earlier this month. “It’s about using a few elements in the space, just to change it enough to create a certain feeling.” Hawgood won the show after scooping the series category of BJP‘s International Photography Award, and is working with competition sponsor Spectrum Photographic to create it, making two lightboxes and five large black-and-white vinyl prints that will be stuck directly to the wall. “I’ve worked with LED panels, dim reflectors and bounce light, to try and contrast the glossiness of the screens and the matt finish of the vinyl,” he explains. “Hopefully, when all …

2015-04-17T14:12:56+00:00

Dominic Hawgood wins BJP’s International Photography Award

“I want people to think about what is being presented to them, and to ask questions: where were these images taken? Is this a studio setup or a documentation of real life? I want people to make up their own minds,” says Dominic Hawgood of his project Under the Influence, which has won the series category of BJP‘s International Photography Award. Inspired by the evangelical Christianity popular amongst African communities in London, Hawgood’s series mixes photography, lighting design and CGI to create a highly stylised take on deliverance and exorcism – that hints at the theatricality that accompanies these rites. Strikingly different to current trends in photography, it was selected the winner from 733 entries by Erik Kessels, curator and founder of KesselsKramer creative agency; Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers’ Gallery; Emma Bowkett, photography director of the FT Weekend Magazine; Bruno Ceschel, director of Self Publish, Be Happy and SPBH Editions; and Hannah Watson, director of TJ Boulting gallery and Trolley Books. [bjp_ad_slot] “The winner and runners up of this year’s BJP photography competition show …

2017-10-24T15:34:30+00:00

Jane Hahn wins the single image IPA prize

With clients such as the New York Times, Time, the International Herald Tribune and Washington Post Magazine, Jane Hahn knows what makes a good story, and what makes a striking single image. Her winning single image in the BJP’s 2014 International Photography Award shows her talent for both – depicting a woman returning home after bathing in the Badia East informal community, it’s taken from her on-going work in Lagos. “This image is part of a personal long term project I began earlier this year, photographing those who have been affected by the forced evictions that have been taking place in Nigeria, especially in Lagos, all in preparation for its mega city status,” Hahn told BJP. “Unfortunately I don’t have more information on the woman as she was just passing by when I was speaking to those on the edges of the photo. She wasn’t willing to speak as she was in a hurry, so I took this shot as she was walking away.”[bjp_ad_slot] Hahn took the shot in February, one year after Badia East’s residents woke …

2015-04-17T14:19:27+00:00

Best of the rest – the IPA single image runners up

With just shy of 1000 entries to the single image category of BJP’s International Photography Award this year, the three runners-up did exceptionally well. Erik Ahman was selected for a shocking shot of a Golden Dawn victim in Athens; Jennifer Bruce for a tense photograph of hostel residents being strip-searched in Johannesburg; and Federico Floriani for an unusual black-and-white image. “The final four images selected are really strong, and importantly they show variety in terms of their style and content,” commented Bruno Bayley, editor of UK Vice and a member of the judging panel alongside Sean O’Hagan, photography critic for The Guardian and The Observer; Alexia Singh, editor-in-charge of the Wider Image Desk, Reuters; Sarah Thomson, head of art production, Fallon London; and Hannah Watson, director of Trolley Books and the TJ Boulting gallery. “For me, Jennifer Bruce’s photograph stood out for being one of the most engaging in the selection, full of awkwardness and humiliation, and covering a relatively under-reported situation,” Bayley added. “It was moving without being as confrontational or viscerally shocking as Ahman’s photograph from Greece …

2014-11-26T14:05:57+00:00

Peter DiCampo on winning the 2010 IPA

BJP’s 2014 International Photography Award is up and running and receiving entries – so we we’ve taken some time out to ask Peter DiCampo, winner of the 2010 series category prize, about how it was for him. DiCampo won with a project called Life Without Lights, which shows life in rural Ghana at night and is the first chapter in an ongoing project on fuel poverty; his images were exhibited at the Association of Photographers’ then-gallery in East London (the IPA now works with the central London TJ Boulting Gallery), and were printed by Spectrum Photographic (who are still our sponsors). We didn’t even bribe him to give these answers! BJP: Why did you enter the competition? Peter DiCampo: I entered the competition for the hope of recognition, of course, and was especially excited to enter this one as it is not only an award but also the chance for a solo exhibition. I had recently completed a large body of work, and was so thankful for the chance to exhibit it (my first solo exhibition at the time). BJP: …

2014-11-26T21:59:47+00:00

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