Exhibition of all the LensCulture Exposure Awards Winners and Finalists: Photo London 2016, Somerset House, May 19-22

The work of the LensCulture Exposure Awards Winner and Finalists will be shown as part of the LensCulture exhibition at Photo London 2016, London’s premier photography fair! We hope to see you there!


First Prize: Vanja Bucan, Germany/Slovenia
From the series ”Camouflage

Camouflage is an ongoing series whereby I research the differences between photography and painting. I do this by way of adding symbolic and interpretative layers to my photographs—thus making a photo within a photo.

Second Prize: Matej Povse, Slovenia
From the series ”Refugees on the Balkan Route

It was only a matter of time before the refugees from Syria took a route close to my home country (Slovenia), to reach a safer place somewhere in Europe. I approached them with my camera to record their misery.

First I met them in Serbia, trying to cross the border, during the night, to Hungary. Back then, only a few dozen individuals took this “Balkan route.” There, I joined them on their night walk to the European Union.

It was harsh and emotional to observe what a human being had to go through just to feel safe.


Third Prize:
Alejandra Lòpez-Zaballa, Mexico
From the series ”The Beginning of Life Alon

This image is part of a project I did at an orphanage in Oaxaca in February 2015.

This photograph I find especially strong because of its aesthetics, its harmony and how beautifully it shows the atmosphere and space of the orphanage.

And last but not least, the meaning of the image is essential: it reminds us how easily we can provide simple and creative toys to kids. After all, their strongest toy is their imagination and in order to use it, they do not need anything too sophisticated, complex or expensive.


Finalist: Anna Filipova, France
From the series ”Research at the End of the World

Ny-Ålesund is situated on the 79th parallel north, on the Svalbard archipelago. This makes it the most northerly permanent civilian settlement in the world. It houses the largest laboratory for modern Arctic research in existence.

It has very restricted access both because of the scientific projects that are conducted there and the measuring instruments that are situated around the area. To come to the settlement you have to be either a scientist working on a project with one of the stations or maintaining the infrastructure of the place. Exceptions are rare.


Finalist:
Antonio Masiello, Italy
From the series ”European Migrant Crisis

Refugees and migrants reach the coast of the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 11, 2015.


Finalist: Alia Ali, Morocco
From the series ”Cast No Evil

In her photographic series, “Cast No Evil,” Alia Ali invites the viewer to analyze their subjective perception in regards to inclusion and exclusion and the threshold in which the transition between the two occurs. What are the perimeters that define each?

The artist highlights the notion of the immediate duality that occurs in any given situation; to have one, you must have the other for either to exist. In this case, understanding inclusion requires us to be critical of what it means to be excluded. In order to be included, must one come from a state of exclusion or vice versa

Finalist: MD Tanveer Rohan, Bangladesh
From the series ”Living with Innocence

After a long, tiring day, a group of kids studying in Madrasa (a school for religious studies) find solace in a make-shift football game.

It didn’t matter to them who won or lost after the game but to cherish the soft rays of the evening sun. They might call it a “celebration with sand and joy.” This photograph was taken near Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Finalist:
Filip Warwick, United Kingdom
From the series ”Ukraine: Front-Line, Civilians and Soldiers

Carrying on daily life along the front lines of the Ukraine conflict has resulted in civilians living in fear and desperate conditions. Over the past year, rocket and shrapnel fire has damaged many residential areas, leaving ordinary people to pick up the pieces.

After weeks of fighting, the locals hiding out in basements venture out to seek supplies. A bread delivery van causes a stampede as they crush each other while attempting to grab simple bread loaves.


Finalist:
Giacomo Vesprini, Italy
Smoking Area, Istanbul

After getting a degree in psychology, I decided to work as a photographer. I made this decision for multiple reasons but first, and foremost, because I love the medium of photography.

To me, street photography is the best approach that I could desire and I think it is particularly fitting for me: I like to observe what happens around me and try to avoid influencing these situations. I think this is part of my personality and I’m just enough lucky enough to find a way to express it. To put it psychologically, sublimation (the Freudian one) is quite important to me and I think my photographs express that.


Finalist:
Carolina Sanchez-Monge, United States
From the series ”Twins

Throughout history, twins have meant something special for different cultures.

I’ve always felt very attracted to them and never thought I would have some of my own.

In Gabon, West Africa, where I was living, having twins or triplets was something out of this world. I became pregnant and when people in the village found out I was going to have twins, they came to me to touch my big belly for good luck. They believed that whomever had twins could have some kind of supernatural powers.


Finalist:
Lance Laurence, United States
From the series ”Wayfaring Explorer

This image represents the relationship of humanity’s position within nature. Our obsession with geometry and environmental conditioning stands out against the backdrop of the natural curves and valleys of Idaho.

The colored bee-boxes within the valley both cultivate and navigate nature while displaying a somewhat un-regimented positioning. The rows of cubes sit both organically yet artificially, playing with the natural order of the existing environment. What arises, then, is a careful balance between ordered arrangement within the natural, and slight discord within the manmade.


Finalist:
Justine Tjallinks, Netherlands

From the series ”The Outsiders

The new generation will see boundaries fade and determine for themselves what is the norm. There is beauty in the unusual. Celebrate different.

—LensCulture


Editor’s Note: Be sure to explore the work of all the
other winners and finalists of the LensCulture Exposure Awards. Congratulations to all!