PHMuseum 2020 Photography Grant winners have been announced.
The jury, comprised of Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (Professor at University of Arts Helsinki), Azu Nwagbogu (Director AAF and Lagos Photo), Roderick Van Der Lee (Fromer Photo London Director), and Tanya Habjoqua (Photographer at NOOR Agency) has awarded the £ 6,000 PHmuseum 2020 Photography Grant 1st prize to Noelle Mason for her series X-Ray Vision vs. invisibility. By appropriating images collected from border patrol, vigilantes, commercial security websites, and other sources into hand-made objects, the project reflects about the phenomenological effects of vision technologies on the perception of undocumented immigrants.
“Noelle’s work impressed the jurors, particularly relevant during this worldwide crisis that has fundamentally changed the way documentary photography can be conducted in movement and access,” judge Tanya Habjouqa explains. “Her visual treatment and interventions turn work that could be clinical — x-rays — into an intimate commentary on the human condition and where we are as a society today. “
The £ 3,000 2nd Prize was claimed by Pierfrancesco Celada’s When I Feel Down I Take A Train To The Happy Valley, a documentary-based series that examines Hong Kong’s complex sense of belonging. “Documenting the Umbrella Revolution, Celada captures almost surreal scenes with quiet grace” says Jodge Roderick van der Lee.
Fred Ramos was awarded the £ 3,000 3rd Prize with The Dark Triangle, a stark visual essay that illuminates some of the main factors that are driving migration from Central America.
The New Generation Prize – awarded to a photographer under 30 years of age – went to David Nana Opoku Ansah for his work Area Boys & Brotherhood. Impressed with the consistency and visual language adopted by the young Ghanian photographer, “the jurors are confident that the is a photographer to watch for the future” says Judge Azu Nwagbogu. David wins a monetary prize of £ 2,000 to help support his future projects and a free, four-hour consultation with a mentor of her choice from the PHmuseum Online Education Program.
All of these works, included the Honorable Mentions, will feature in projections at the next editions of Cortona On The Move (Italy), Lagos Photo Festival (Nigeria), Verzasca Foto (Switzerland), and Jakarta International Photo Festival (Indonesia).
Away from the monetary prizes, Jacob Balzani Lööv’s project / Ustica / was granted a solo exhibition at PhEST, set to take place in Monopoli, Italy in September. “In the era of post-truth, photography can be an extraordinary remedy and become an instrument of reconciliation with perceived reality. / ustica / managed to be on the eve of the fortieth anniversary of the massacre. Collecting and combining the scattered fragments of that semantic explosion with wisdom and simplicity, bringing image and word back to the real “explains the curatorial team that assigned the prize.
Jean-Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni won a solo exhibition plus book presentation at PHmuseum Lab with their series Güle Güle, focusing on the Eurasian metropolis of Istanbul.
Silvia Rosi (Encounter) was awarded a solo exhibition at Getxophoto, the international Photography Festival held in Getxo, Basque Country under the curatorship of Jon Uriarte.
In the other prizes on offer this year, Tasneem Alsultan (Saudi Tales of Love), Tsz Yeung Tsang (Language Of The Unheard), and Marco Garro (The Gold We inherited, the Gold of Our Dreams) all won features on World Press Photo’s online publication Witness; and Florence Goupil (Don Benito Qori-Huaman), Jono Terry (You Still Owe Him A Boat), and Aleksandra Zaborowska (Eclipse) were each awarded a 60-minute online portfolio review as part of the PHmuseum’s Education Program.