IdeasTap Photographic Award shortlist

IdeasTap Photographic Award shortlist

By Tom Seymour 06/07/11

The standard of photography in the IdeasTap community is unbelievably high and trimming the shortlist for the IdeasTap Photographic Award was a hard task. We can now proudly reveal the final 12, each producing compelling, coercive, beautiful bodies of photography... 

All 12 shortlisted applicants will receive a mentoring session with a Magnum Photographer, £60 of Blurb book vouchers and £150 to have their pictures printed, framed and exhibited at IdeasTap HQ.

From these 12, six will be selected – one from each category in each age group. The six finalists will each receive £1,500 to shoot their dream project, create a multimedia Magnum in Motion project and a second mentoring session.

Finally, a winner from each age group will be picked. The overall winners of the Award will each receive £5,000 and sought-after internships at Magnum – one with the Magnum in Motion team in New York (one week); the other a six-week paid internship with Magnum in London.

 

Age category: 16 to 22 

Theme: Conceptual 

Luisa Whitton’s austere ”double portraits” of the same person shot twice and then exposed next to each other seems to invert the momentary nature at the core of the medium. 

See her portfolio here. 

Wil Reed’s expressionistic, starkly lit, black and white shots of jail cells, tunnels and towers have a pensive, lonely, introspective quality.

See his portfolio here. 

Theme: Photojournalism

Rajan Zaveri’s piercing portraits of Bedouin children, women and men and the golden, dusty landscape on which they eke out a living seem to suck you into their centre.

See his portfolio here. 

By perforating the shell of the Soviet Star City, Masha Gruzdeva provides an amazing insight into the inner workings of the cold war space race.

See her portfolio here. 

Theme: Environmental 

Alex Moore shoots a range of interiors and exteriors, but one thing unites his work – everyone’s scoffing. In his fixation on good rubbish food, Alex has evoked something truly British.

See his portfolio here.

Charlie Hey’s visual documents of the tin and copper mines of Cornwall collide modern and age-old mining practices into one body of work.

See his portfolio here.

 

Age category: 23 to 30 

Theme: Conceptual 

Charley Murrell impressed the judges with her stylised yet intimate impressions of children seeking – through clothes and poses - to wish their youth away.

See her portfolio here.  

There’s an aged, ghostly, luminous quality in William Arnold's timeframe shots of vacated offices and bedrooms, where air and Vermeer-ish light seems to assume a life of its own.

See his portfolio here.

Theme: Photojournalism 

Roman Sakovich’s portraits of the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy - the largest underground laboratory in the world for experiments in particle physics – look like the imagined set of a lost Kubrick film. 

See his portfolio here.

Michael Carroll's monochrome portraits of Indochinese people afflicted by Agent Orange or the Khymer Rouge have an untarnished humanity at their core.

See his portfolio here.

Theme: Environmental 

Jon Cardwell’s pictures of Colorado miners stood before a white background and stripped of their context are fascinating studies of man, industry and nature.

See his portfolio here

Maria Kjartans’ snowcaps, tundras and frozen oceans provide a compelling depictions of some of our most inhospitable and isolated environments.

See her portfolio here. 

 

Image courtesy of keithpatterson on Flickr.

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