Initiated by ING and Unseen, the ING Unseen Talent Award is an exciting initiative focused on fostering new photographic talent. The Award provides an international platform for emerging European artists to present their work on a global scale.
Each year, cultural scouts select a pool of emerging talent from across Europe, from which five top talents are chosen by ING and Unseen. These talents follow an extensive talent programme, whilst creating new work for the ING Collection in response to a chosen theme. The programme includes three coaching sessions by an internationally established artist, as well as a range of workshops with various industry professionals. Previous coaches include the likes of Desiree Dolron, Rineke Dijkstra, Todd Hido and Nadav Kander.
The final works are later presented in an exhibition at Unseen Amsterdam, the leading international event for contemporary photography, hosted each September in Amsterdam. The winner - who receives a production fund of €10.000 -, is selected by an international jury, and is announced at Unseen Amsterdam.
In recent years, themes have included 'Common Ground' (2017), encouraging the discovery of similarities among differences, and 'Fool for Love' (2016), exploring the passion and devotion required to pursue one's dreams. For the exhibition during Fotobookfest Moscow, Natalia Grigorieva (Founder and Chief Curator of Lumiere Brothers Center) has handpicked six finalists from the past two years: Andrea Grützner (DE), Alexandra Lethbridge (UK), Thomas Albdorf (AU), Miren Pastor (SP), Tereza Zelenkova (CZ) and Felicity Hammond (UK).