30 under 30: The winners

30 under 30: The winners

By marti72 10/02/14

30 under 30, run by The Photography Show and Magnum Photos, offers 30 IdeasTap photographers the chance to have their work exhibited at the NEC in Birmingham. From a shortlist of 60, our judges have chosen the winners. And here they are...

Michael Alberry

“Romany way of life was once defined by constant mobility and rootlessness. However, rather than living in caravans, the majority of Roma people live in flats and houses. My project Forest, My Father explores the daily rituals of a Roma family.”


Lynn Rothwell

“Voice-over explores the idea of the ordinary becoming the extraordinary through photography. In questioning our visual expectations of the everyday, it highlights the cinematic qualities found within our normal surroundings.”


Charlie Shoemaker

“Facreton is a small suburb in the Cape Flats, an infertile area of land just outside Cape Town. This series looks at the youth of a community battling to cope with some of the highest homicide rates in the country, widespread drug addiction, gang problems, poor education and high unemployment.”


Svala Ragnars

“Orka (Icelandic for "energy") highlights the visual impact of renewable energy production, which is creating an interrupted landscape of tormented rifts, beautiful geometry and strange land art that reshape the surface of nature.”


Dmitry Kostyukov

“The Russia Left Behind: On the jarring, 12-hour drive from St. Petersburg to Moscow, another Russia comes into view, one where people struggle with problems that belong to past centuries.”


Albert Elm

“Fish Out of Water focuses on winter journeys on railways in northeast Asia: the trans Siberian, the Baikal-Amour Mainline and the trans Manchurian. The project is about making sense of things. In the process of understanding cultures you encounter, you learn something about yourself.”


Amrita Chandradas

“Project 6.9 addresses the impact on Singapore of its population growing to 6.9 million. Singapore has progressed from third to first world within the last 40 years. What has been compromised in that process?” 


Lolita Bourdet

“My grandmother's village in Western Canada, Plamondon, was founded in the beginning of the century by a group of French settlers. From family archives and photographs taken on the spot, I transcribe their quest for a promised land.”


David Degner

“In Cairo mahraganat (festival) music blasts from tuk-tuks, cigarette stalls and cranked up cellphone speakers; auto-tuned voices mixing with heavy electronic rap beats. The young singers discuss pride, community, sex, and religion, seething about their frustrated expectations of a better life.”


Adriane Ohanesian

“The KIA is the last remaining major rebel group in Myanmar that has not signed a ceasefire agreement with the government. In Kachin, women have few opportunities, outside of serving in the KIA. This is a look into the lives of young women going through their first experiences of military training.”


Aapo Huhta

“According to Finnish folklore, the world was created in Kalevala, now called Kainuu, on the Finnish-Russian border. These days Kainuu is known as the area with the highest suicide rate in Finland and a stronghold of the nationalist TrueFinns party.”


Ilana Panich-Linsman

“The Tree and the Apple: Tilting Toward Adolescence is a photographic documentation of the daily life of Emily Dextraze, an 11-year-old beauty pageant competitor who lives in Westfield, Massachusetts, a small town of 42,000 people in Western New England.”


Javad Parsa

“My project is about Iranian immigrants and refugees in Oslo, Norway. Tens of thousands of people leave Iran every year, impelled by a lack of political, religious, economic and social freedom to go in search of a better life.”


Maxim Dondyuk

“With the collapse of Soviet Union, a centralised system of tuberculosis control was also lost. Ukraine has the highest rate of TB in Europe, second only to Russia. Every hour four cases of TB are recorded. Each year TB kills over 10,000 people.”


Vasantha Yogananthan

“Piémanson beach, in the Camargue Regional Nature Reserve, welcomes thousands of visitors every year from France and Europe. These visitors set themselves up on the sand for several months, then move on at the end of the summer, leaving no trace.”


Hugo Aymar

“The Curial estate, built in the late 1960s, is in the 19th district of Paris, on the north east edge of town. During the 2000s, the neighbourhood was in the news for a gang attack, a minor stabbing, drug dealing. I decided to meet the inhabitants, and discovered a different place from the one shown by the media.”


Vittoria Mentasti

“A woman with two Names is an ongoing project on the Inuit of Nunavut, a large region in the Canadian Arctic. The transition away from their nomadic roots has led to alcoholism, domestic violence and unemployment, symptoms of a society floating between the past and present.”


William Lakin

“Florida Club is an exploration of the town of Great Yarmouth and the surrounding area on the east coast of England, photographed during the first four months of 2013. In the cold winter months the streets are sparsely populated; the wind rolling in off the North Sea makes for a surreal atmosphere.”


Marco Casino

“For young people in Katlehong, South Africa, where violence, poverty, alcohol and drug abuse and AIDS are rampant, train surfing is a search for social redemption. These pictures are part of a long-term project about townships 20 years after the end of apartheid.”


Alejandro Cegarra

“The Tower of David is a skyscraper located in downtown Caracas, Venezuela. Construction began in 1990, and in 1994 was abandoned. Thirteen years later, approximately 2,000 families occupied the space illegally.”


Drew Anthony Smith

“I have been documenting fairs since I became a professional photographer, chasing colour and light around city, county, and state fairs from coast to coast. What is often thought of as a dated tradition is something that shows the similarities across the United States.”


Michele Palazzi

“In the last decade the economy of Mongolia has grown at an unprecedented rate, with GDP expanding by more than 10% per year, mainly due to investment in copper, gold and coal mining. In this accelerated and deregulated development local populations and traditional ways of life are in crisis.”


James Morgan

“Wildlife crime not only threatens nature’s species, but exacerbates poverty and corruption, funding international crime. This series traces the story from beginning to end, crossing continents from Gabon to Thailand in order to document the crime, its consequences, and efforts to resist it.”


Mehran Hamrahi

“Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iran's population has grown to 76 million people, of which 70% are under 35. Despite its 7,000 year-old history and its rich culture and civilization, the youth are still deprived of basic human rights.”


Luisa Whitton

“What About the Heart? is about a niche of the Japanese robotics industry that is driven by a philosophical pursuit to understand what it means to be human. The series challenges the dichotomy of human/ not human.”


Adrian Wykrota

“The wedding in Poland is evolving. People still enjoy traditional amusements – hog roast, weddings in old estates – but now illuminated disco dance floors, costumes and pyrotechnics are more popular.”


Ayman Oghanna

“My father left Iraq in the 1970s. In 2009, I flew to Baghdad. My preconception of Iraq had been framed through the US military and war: barbed wire, American soldiers and carnage. When I arrived, I was shocked. Iraq looked unfamiliar. There was violence, sure, but also people trying to rebuild ordinary lives.”


Mustafah Abdulaziz

“Water is a long-term project on our most precious and dwindling resource. Water or the lack thereof, dominates how we live our lives and often, how they end. Countries documented include Sierra Leone, India, Ethiopia, Somalia and Pakistan. The next phase looks at damming in China and desalination in UAE.”


Maggie Shannon

“Martha’s Vineyard is a Massachusetts island, known as a beach resort. Teeth of the Sea explores islanders’ ambivalent relationship with the sea and with outsiders by focusing on the enduring memory of two historical events: the 1969 tragic drowning of Mary Jo Kopeckne and the 1975 making of Steven Spielberg's thriller Jaws.” 


Tim Bowditch

“Leaf Peeper is a book about Momijigari, the Japanese tradition of visiting scenic places in autumn to see the leaves of the trees turn red. The photographs follow a Japanese man on the tourist trail around an Imperial villa in Kyoto as he takes endless pictures of the darkening leaves as well as the architecture within the villa.”


Congratulations to them all!

In addition to having their work exhibited, the 30 photographers will take part in exclusive portfolio reviews, with the following industry experts:

  • Lynn Chambers, Picture Editor, Save the Children
  • Louise Clements, Artistic Director, FORMAT Festival and QUAD
  • Shannon Ghannam, Content Strategy and Development, Reuters News Agency
  • Harry Hardie, founder, Here Press
  • Max Houghton, Senior Lecturer in Photography, London College of Communication
  • David Hurn, Magnum photographer
  • Olivier Laurent, Acting Deputy Editor, British Journal of Photography
  • Tim Paton Advertising Manager, Magnum Photos
  • Hannah Watson, Director of Trolley Books
  • Fiona Rogers, Cultural and Education Manager, Magnum Photos 

The 30 winners will also automatically be nominated for three “people’s choice” awards, voted for by the public, via social media. The award winners will have their work showcased on The Photography Show and Magnum Photos websites.


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