German photographer Andrea Grützner has been awarded the €10,000 ($11,848.50 USD) Jury Prize of the 2017 ING Unseen Talent Award. Robin Lopvet has won the Public Prize, which comes with a commission to create new work for the ING Collection. The three finalists for the awards are Belgium photographer Tom Callemin, UK-based photographer Alexandra Lethbridge and Austrian photographer Stefanie Moshammer.
Grützner won for her series “Hive,” which explores how architecture can act as a metaphor for orientation or alienation. Lopvet, the Public Prize winner was chosen by the public in an online poll. He won for his work “Économie de marché” (Market Economy), a digital collage that depicts the food waste from a French market.
The jury for this year’s prizes consisted of Maryam Eisler, photographer, co-chair of Tate’s MENAAC and Unseen Ambassador; Francis Hodgson, photography professor at the University of Brighton and founder of Prix Pictet; Dana Lixenberg, photographer; Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, professor of exhibition studies and spatiality at University of Arts Helsinki; and Darius Sanai, editor in chief of Condé Nast International.
The competition, which began in 2013, is run in partnership between the global financial institution ING and Unseen, a platform for emerging photographers to showcase their work. The theme for this year’s competition was “Common Ground,” which encouraged photographers to explore “similarities amongst differences,” according to Unseen. “This year’s submissions touched on global issues including gender, consumerism, cultural diversity and communication. The artists proved that the medium of photography can convey a range of perspectives surrounding the theme,” the juries commented in a prepared statement.
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