2016’s New East Photo Prize exhibition showcases selected work by the finalists nominated for the first edition of the New East Photo Prize.
A Calvert 22 Foundation initiative supported by The Calvert Journal, the Prize champions contemporary perspectives on the people and countries of the New East (Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia), welcoming the work of professional and non-professional photographers alike. Its inaugural edition closed for submissions on Friday 19 August 2016 with a total of 1,030 entries from 25 New East countries.
The finalists have been nominated by an international panel of leading industry professionals and their work reflects a range of approaches and subject matters encompassing the use of video, portraiture and landscape photography.
Ziyah Gafic, Bosnia: Paradise Lost
Katrina Kepule, Sit Silently
Eugenia Maximova, Associated Nostalgia
Sasha Rudensky, Tinsel and Blue
Alexander Epikhov, Badlands
Andrey Shapran, Cape North. Chukotka
Michał Siarek, Alexander
Michał Sierakowski, Uranium
Lana Stojićević, Black Hill
Danila Tkachenko, Lost Horizon
Vladimir Vasilev, T(h)races
The winner of the Prize, who will see their work published as a photo book produced by Calvert 22 Foundation, will be announced with a reception on Thursday 1 December.
A Special Prize (£1,000 grant), dedicated to unfinished documentary projects, will be awarded by New East Photo Prize partner Bird In Flight, an online magazine about photography and visual culture.
In addition, London's leading pro-photographic lab Metro Imaging will be offering a Mentorship Award to a chosen New East Photo Prize finalist. The mentorship will be tailor-made to suit the needs of the individual and the winner will be fully supported over a 12 month period, and also receive £1,000 credit with Metro Imaging.
Donald Weber – Photographer, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lange-Taylor Prize and two World Press Photo Contest awards
Ekow Eshun – Creative Director of Calvert 22 Foundation, former Director of ICA London
Kate Bush – Head of Photography at Media Space/Science Museum and the National Media Museum
Taus Makhacheva – Artist, winner of the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art Foundation Prize
Marina Paulenka – Founder and Director of the international photography Festival Organ Vida in Zagreb, Croatia, and the Organ Vida Photography Association
Alexander Gronsky – Landscape photographer, recipient of the Aperture Portfolio Prize and the World Press Photo 3rd place award for Daily Life stories
Roger Tooth – Head of Photography at the Guardian and Observer
Olga Osipova – Photo Editor of Bird in Flight, an online publication about photography and visual culture