International exposure photography award
Twelve international photographers have been announced as the winners of the inaugural Magnum and LensCulture Photography Award.
Twelve international photographers have been announced as the winners of the inaugural Magnum and LensCulture Photography Award. The jury selected the winners for series and single images from Documentary, Street, Portrait, Fine Art, Photojournalism and Open categories. The Documentary Series winner was Mauricio Lima, for a body of work made in Idomeni, Greece, titled Refugees.
Cris Toala Olivares
Cris Toala Olivares was the Single Image winner in Documentary for this photo of tear gas shot at demonstrators during a protest over a controversial barrier near the village of Nilin in the West Bank.
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The Street Series winner was Dougie Wallace for Harrodsburg. The work is an "expose of the emergence of an ultra-affluent elite who have turned London into a global reserve currency, changing the face of our city". Wallace gets close to his subjects, a flash in one hand and a camera in the other, catching them in accidental, often unaware moments.
Mea Shearim is an Ultra Orthodox neighbourhood of Jerusalem. Ofir Barak's Street-winning shot captures a moment of everyday life in the city within a city.
Jens Juul of Denmark was the Portrait Series winner for his work Six Degrees of Copenhagen, which includes this shot of a woman smoking a cigarette. Juul portrays random people whom he engages on the streets of Copenhagen. These chance meetings end up with him taking highly personal photos of the people he has met.
"I want my pictures to leave the feeling of vacuum, timelessness and the people's love for nature, all of which hit me during my time in St Charles in the Appalachian Mountains," says Hannah Modigh, the winner for a Single Image in the Portrait category.
Sandra Hoyn, winner of the Photojournalism Series Award, focused on the female sex workers of the Kandapara brothel in the district of Tangail, Bangladesh, in a project titled The Longing of the Others.
Civilians escape from a fire at a house destroyed by an air attack in Donbass, Luhanskaya, eastern Ukraine, in Valery Melnikov's first-placed shot in the Photojournalism Single Image category.
Julián Barón García
The Open Series category was won by Julian Baron Garcia of Spain for C.E.N.S.U.R.A. which presents an alternative view of the political landscape. "In the end, my work examines how the state the politicians defend so stubbornly vanishes by their actions - their images and all the paraphernalia that surround them are simply an ivory tower in which they believe they can live."
The Single Image winner in the same category was Asger Ladefoged of Denmark for Daesh. The image shows Ahmad, a young man in his early twenties, who is a member of Isis, following his arrest by Kurdish YPG militia based in Syria.
Aaron Hardin's project The 13th Spring examines his feelings on fatherhood. "I wondered if my daughter would be marred by the world, like her father and her father's father." The work won the Fine Art Series category.
You can see all the award-winning images and complete projects at www.lensculture.com. All photos courtesy Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2016. (Kyle Weeks photo Palm Wine Collector, Kunene Region, Namibia. 2015)