Center's Choice Award Winners Announced
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The annual Center Choice Awards winners have been announced. The Awards recognise outstanding photographers in three categories – Curator’s Choice, Editor’s Choice and Gallerist’s Choice awards. This year, over 6,000 images were submitted to the Choice Awards from 25 countries all over the world. The Curator’s Choice Award goes to Michael Chelbin, the Editor’s Choice Award has been presented to Merritt Hewitt, while Andrea Stultiens scooped up the Galleris’s Choice Award.
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CENTER’S CHOICE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The annual CENTER Choice Awards recognize outstanding photographers in three categories – Curator’s Choice, Editor’s Choice and Gallerist’s Choice awards. This year, over 6,000 images were submitted to the Choice Awards from 25 countries all over the world including Australia, Israel, Korea, Poland and Singapore.
These awards are juried by some of today’s most esteemed professionals in the art and photography industries including the Senior Photo Editor from Newsweek Magazine; the Assistant Curator of Photography at the Victoria & Albert Museum, UK; and the Senior Curator at the Photographer’s Gallery The awards offer photographers the opportunity to get their work on the desks of these important decisionmakers, and hundreds of noteworthy photographers apply, making for a competitive international awards program.
The awards package is designed to offer the winning photographers exposure via The Curve exhibition at the CENTER space as well as a feature in an online magazine Fraction, and will be available for at least one year on the CENTER website.
CURATOR’S CHOICE AWARD ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
JUROR: Ashley Givens, Assistant Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum, UK
1st PLACE – Michal Chelbin, Queens, NY, USA
2nd PLACE – Meggan Gould, Brunswick, ME, USA
3rd PLACE – Kurt Simonson, Long Beach, CA, USA
EDITOR’S CHOICE AWARD ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
JUROR: Jamie Wellford, Senior Photo Editor, Newsweek Magazine
1st PLACE – Merritt Hewitt, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
2nd PLACE – Wyatt Gallery, Galisteo, NM, USA
3rd PLACE – Mathias Braschler & Monika Fischer, Brooklyn, NY, USA
GALLERIST’S CHOICE AWARD ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
JUROR: Stefanie Braun, Senior Curator, The Photographer’s Gallery, UK
1st PLACE – Andrea Stultiens, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2nd PLACE – George Awde, Westwood, MA, USA
3rd PLACE – Nigel Bennet, Cambridgeshire, UK
Juror Stefanie Braun writes:
Photography is currently at a really exciting stage and the malleable and progressive nature of the medium was very palpable in the works presented here. Ultimately, I was looking for strong consistency and coherence in the presented bodies of work and images that were visually arresting as well as innovative. In addition, there needed to be something that intrigued me, that hooked me, a quality quite elusive and difficult to explain. Most importantly though is that the work is asking questions about the world we live in and I found that all of these qualities were present in the winning bodies of work.
CENTER is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that honors, supports and provides opportunity to gifted and committed photographers. The programs offered by CENTER provide platforms for photographers to show their work and bring meaningful photography to light.