Graduate Photographers Award 2016 Winners Announced

May 23, 2016 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers | Comment |

Ten recently graduated photographers have been announced as the winners of the Graduate Photographers Award 2016. The award provides a new opportunity for photographers, acknowledging the best emerging practitioners providing them with exposure to both a public and highly professional audience. The ten winners include Nicholas Constant, Emma Gruner, Tom Heatley, Sean Padraic Birnie, Sara Sandri, Vincenzo Sassu, Charan Singh, Erin Solomons, Peter Watkins and Feiyi Wen. Each winning photographer has won mentoring from a Magnum photographer, a portfolio review event with the nomination panel and a slideshow of their work at Photo London.

Graduate Photographers Award Press Release

WINNERS OF THE GRADUATE PHOTOGRAPHERS AWARD 2016 ANNOUNCED

Magnum Photos and Photo London present The Graduate Photographers Award 2016 In association with RBB Economics

Ten recently graduated photographers have been announced as the winners of the Graduate Photographers Award 2016 in association with Magnum Photos and Photo London. The winners of the award, supported by RBB Economics, have won mentoring from a Magnum photographer, a portfolio review event with the nomination panel and a slideshow of their work on Thursday 19 May 2016 at Photo London.
 
The winners are: Nicholas Constant, Emma Gruner, Tom Heatley, Sean Padraic Birnie, Sara Sandri, Vincenzo Sassu, Charan Singh, Erin Solomons, Peter Watkins and Feiyi Wen.

The Graduate Photographers Award provides a new opportunity for photographers, acknowledging the best emerging practitioners providing them with exposure to both a public and highly professional audience. A team of ten highly skilled industry experts each nominated ten outstanding photographers who have graduated from a UK degree course relating to photography or lens-based media in the last three years. From these nominations, the final selection of ten photographers have been identified by a panel of judges: Michael Benson, Co-director of Candlestar, Co-director and Founder of Photo London; William A. Ewing, curator, writer and former Director of the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne and former Director of Exhibitions at the International Center of Photography, New York, Martin Barnes, Senior Curator of Photographs at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Fiona Rogers, Global Business Development Manager at Magnum Photos; and Magnum photographer Mark Power.
 
The Graduate Photographers Award builds on the collective commitment from Magnum Photos, Photo London and RBB Economics in the support, development and advancement of early career photographers. The public slideshow of the winner’s work will be shown at Photo London on Thursday 19 May from 11.00 – 17.30 in the Screening Room at Somerset House.
 
Emily Graham, Cultural & Education Manager at Magnum Photos London said, 'We are delighted to be partnering with Photo London for the second year to identify the UK’s rising photographic talent. Magnum are committed to supporting the next generation of image makers, and this award provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate and support exceptional photographic work being produced by UK graduates. The standard of the shortlist was extremely high, demonstrating a diverse range of approaches to both image making and storytelling.'
 
Michael Benson, Co-director of Candlestar, Co-director and Founder of Photo London said, 'In a very short time Photo London has become a recognised platform for the celebration of excellence in photography. We are particularly keen to help nurture emerging talent. Not only through our own residency and mentorship awards but also through our support for such pioneering initiatives as the Magnum Graduate Award. It is truly inspiring to be able to present these outstanding young photographers alongside such masters of the form as Don McCullin.'

Simon Bishop, co-founder and Partner at RBB Economics, said, ', ‘RBB Economics is delighted to support the Magnum Photos & Photo London Graduate Photographers Award. We are thrilled to be able to offer this unique opportunity to develop new artistic talent and offer a platform for young practitioners to show their work on such a prestigious and global scale.'

The nomination panel comprised:
 
Emma Bowkett, Photography Director at the FT Weekend Magazine | Tim Clarke, Curator, Media Space, and Editor, 1000 Words Magazine | Louise Clements, Artistic Director of QUAD, and Co-Founder and Artistic Director/Curator of FORMAT Festival | John Duncan, Editor, Source Photographic Review | Emily Graham, Cultural & Education Manager at Magnum Photos | Harry Hardie, co-founder of publisher 'Here Press', Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Westminster and Lecturer in Photography at the University of the Arts, London, Director of Cultural projects for Panos Pictures | Ashleigh Kane, Arts & Culture Editor, Dazed & Confused | Emma Lewis, Curator, Tate Modern | Michael Mack, Founder & Director of MACK | Aaron Schuman, writer, curator and lecturer at the Arts University Bournemouth and the University of Brighton.



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