“The beautiful blooms seemed lonely and desolate. Sadly, it reminded me of the fact that soon it would be razed to the ground, into dull but common urban landscape with standing skyscrapers,” says Lv Meng. His photograph comes from the series Urban Fringes which explores the growth of megacities as the slowly expand outwards and take over the countryside.
“Between colonialism and cosmopolitism, between a sense of not belonging and their nationality, many use the word Schizophrenie to describe how it is to construct their identity in the middle of two antagonistic cultures,” explains Carolina Arantes. Her project, First Generation, follows the lives of young Afro-French women living in the Parisian suburbs as they overcome prejudices and culture clashes. It has now been awarded the 2017 Firecracker Photographic Grant, securing Arantes £2,000 to help her complete the project.
“There is this feeling that if someone has won an award, then it will not be a mistake if they are awarded again. But unfortunately selecting this way does not highlight fresh gems and talents. It just creates trends, but not excitement and new-comers. We at Gomma are not afraid to prize unknown photographers,” says founder Luca Desienna. This year’s awards are now open for submissions with past winners boasting solo exhibitions, international magazine features and photobook publications since bagging the award.
Portrait of Britain returns for a second year with 100 more images that encapsulate life the length and breadth of the UK. From almost 8,000 entries this year, the final hundred will now be displayed in a digital exhibition across JCDecaux screens in shopping centres and commuter hubs around the country throughout September. In partnership with Nikon, the photography giant, Portrait of Britain aims to show the social and cultural diversity of people in the UK and showcase everyday citizens and unsung heroes in a gallery of the people, by the people, for the people. Simon Bainbridge, Editorial Director at the British Journal of Photography, was excited about the latest portraits for 2017, saying, “Collectively, the portraits celebrate the unique heritage and diversity of modern Britain, as much as its thriving photography culture and the myriad styles and approaches they employ in their work.”
Fiona Rogers founded her online Firecracker platform to help showcase the best talent in female photography. What followed was a community of photographers all celebrating and sharing amazing work and it wasn’t long before the Firecracker grant was born. “It felt like the natural evolution was to be even more supportive. Something that went beyond showcasing work online. It started out pretty small: everybody contributed £10 to put into the pot and then we managed to flip that into a grant that was £1,000 and now it’s grown to £2,000.”
For two months last April and May, Aurore Valade isolated herself in a remote village in the Haute-Bigorre region of France. The result? Her photography project Se Manifester, which has been awarded this year’s Photo Folio Review at the Rencontres d’Arles festival. “Etymologically, ‘to manifest’ is the action of making visible. I feel that could be a beautiful definition of photography too,” says Valade.
German photographer Felix von der Osten scooped the Undergraduate Series Award for his documentary project The Buffalo that could not Dream. Currently studying BA Photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund, this ongoing project began in the summer of 2014 when he spent time living with the community of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana. British photographer Adama Jalloh won the Undergraduate Single Image for her street portrait of a young boy in south London. Taken from her ongoing series You fit the description, the work reflects on the frequency of police stop and search operations targeting young black and asian men. Jalloh is currently in her final year of BA Commercial Photography at Arts University Bournemouth. Tanya Houghton took the Graduate Series Award for This Must Be The Place, which uses folded and re-photographed landscape images to explore contemporary cartography and the unseen lines of our journeys. She is currently studying for an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths University, London. Finally, artist and portrait photographer Tim …
Get down to the Business Design Centre, Islington, London from 11-13 December to see cutting-edge technology and the AOP Awards exhibition. This year is the 31st anniversary of the awards, which have been expanded to 21 categories and were judged by luminaries such as Rankin, Tom Stoddart, Daniel Moorey (from Adam&EveDDB), Sarah Thomson (from Fallon) and Sarah Pascoe (from BBH). The two-level exhibition includes images from all the finalists in all 21 categories, including both AOP members and non-members. The Awards will be announced at a ceremony/party from 6pm-late on Thursday 11 December; tickets cost £20 for AOP members and £25 for non-members. This year the Awards are accompanied by a trade fair on 12 and 13 December, including cutting edge camera gear, new products and services for professional photographers from companies such as Linhof, Leica, Fujifilm and Direct Photographic. The event also includes a talks programme, with presentations from photographers such as Tim Flach and Matt Stuart, and from industry experts such as The Print Space’s Stuart Waplington. For more information, click here.
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 …
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 …