A distinguished jury comprised of James Estrin (The New York Times), Christopher Anderson (Magnum Photos), Arianna Rinaldo (Cortona On The Move Festival), and Roberto Huarcaya (Centro de la Imagen de Lima) has awarded Tomas van Houtryve the PMH 2015 Grant first prize ($2000) for his series Blue Sky Days.
Reflecting on the darker uses of photography in the twenty-first century, with a specific focus on the American drone war, Tomas van Houtryve’s Blue Sky Days considers the tools of state power and the gap in public understanding of contemporary imaging technologies. To open up a visual narrative on these issues, van Houtryve deployed his own drone – equipped with a high resolution camera – above the skies of America and captured scenes reminiscent of those targeted by the US military during their conflicts in Pakistan and Yemen. The resulting images bring clandestine war and the growing nature of surveillance into common consciousness.
Blue Sky Days was selected as the winner from 994 entries by Christopher Anderson, photographer and member of Magnum Photos; James Estrin, co-editor of The New York Times Lens Blog; Arianna Rinaldo, Director of Cortona On The Move Festival; and Roberto Huarcaya, Director of Centro de la Imagen de Lima. Estrin said of the winning series: “Blue Sky Days is one of the most important photo essays done in the last few years. It tackles issues that are very difficult to photograph but central to modern existence – privacy, government intrusion, and modern antiseptic warfare.”
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Maciek Nabrdalik received a 2nd place prize in the Daily Life singles category of the Polish BZ WBK Press Foto contest. The winning image is from the Sea Change project of which Nabrdalik is a part of.
The winning image depicts: “5 am. Saturday’s party is about to finish. Bars and clubs on the banks of Vistula river have been Warsaw’s hottest party spots for the last few years.”
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The Honorary Jury of the world’s largest photography competition today names Donald Weber as the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards’ Still Life Photographer of the Year.
Donald Weber, from Toronto who is a member of the acclaimed VII Photo and is represented by Circuit Gallery in Toronto, was selected from over 87,000 entries to the Professional competition for a series titled “Molotov Cocktails”. The winning work details the crude hand-made weapons of the Euromaiden protesters in Kiev, Ukraine, called Molotov cocktails. The series is a part of his book Barricade: The Euromaidan Revolt by Schilt Publishers.
Talking about his win Weber comments: “What I like about the Sony World Photography Awards, is that the categories are not dogmatic, it’s not about so-called rules, but finding the best work, regardless of how it was shot. The fact that my series ‘Molotov Cocktail’ won shows the diversity of image and story that are recognized.”
The photographer was presented his award and the latest Sony digital imaging equipment at a gala ceremony held in London attended by industry leaders. The winning series will be shown at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House, London and will be published in the 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book.
Now in its eighth year, the Sony World Photography Awards annually presents the world’s best contemporary photography across a range of genres and is the world’s largest photography competition. Free to enter and open to photographers of all abilities, it is an authoritative voice in the photographic world and attracts both emerging talent and established artists.
The awards’ international judging juries are comprised of esteemed industry experts and the competition offers incredible exposure, credibility and recognition not only to its winners, but also those on its shortlist. The 2015 awards attracted recording breaking entries, with 173,444 images submitted from 171 countries, confirming its position as the world’s biggest photography competition.
Describing the work Donald Weber says: “Molotov Cocktails have been the weapon of choice for the Euromaidan protestors in Kiev. Using fire to their advantage, the protestors were able to defend their barricades, extend their lines and fortify their positions. In order to set fire to tanks, armoured vehicles, buses, and tires in opposition to local cops, Kiev’s protestors used thousands and thousands of Molotov Cocktails, inspiring and mobilizing people throughout the city to collect as many bottles as possible.”
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The VII Photo Internship Program is a four-month part-time commitment of roughly 40 hours per month. The position pays a monthly stipend of 300 euros.
Candidates must be based in Europe — ideally either France, Germany, Italy or the United Kingdom. Work may be done remotely, however candidates local to Rome have the opportunity of working from VII photographer Davide Monteleone’s studio.
Candidates should have or be pursuing a degree in photography or possess comparable photography work experience. The position requires a fluency in written and spoken English. Fluency in German, French or Italian would be of great additional benefit.
The workflow is quite varied and encompasses all facets of the agency. It is important to note that it is very office heavy. While the intern will have the opportunity to interact with the the photographers, the position is definitely agency-centric. Being organized, efficient and responsible are necessary to be considered for this.
The intern will assist with prepping images for the archive, which includes captioning and key wording. Additionally, the intern will work on fulfilling research requests, which come from our varied clients. This involves searching through our extensive archive to find images that will satisfy given parameters. The intern may also assist in marketing efforts such as social media campaigns and the compilation of our monthly newsletters.
- Fluency in English (fluency in German, French or Italian preferred)
- Understanding of IPTC
- Familiarity with HTML and WordPress
- Research requests
- Writing and editing captions and keywords for images
- Post and share news and events on social media and VII’s website
- Assist in the creation of the monthly newsletter
- General office tasks
To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “VII Internship” by April 15, 2015.
The winners of the Syngenta Photography Award 2015 have been announced. In response to this year’s theme of “Scarcity-Waste” VII’s Stefano De Luigi submitted his work on the drought in Kenya, and received third prize in the Open Competition.
“Scarcity-Waste is the second edition of the Syngenta Photography Award. In a world of limited resources, scarcity and waste have become fundamental social, political and environmental issues of our time. In the past 50 years, the world’s demand for natural resources has doubled. If we continue to use resources and generate waste at the current rate, by 2030 we will need the equivalent of two planets. But we only have one. Something needs to change.”
An exhibition of the winners’ work is on view through April 10, 2015 at the Somerset House in London.
Read the full press release here. View the online exhibition here.