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Education
June 9, 2014
by London Office
Image courtesy of Richard Davenport

Magnum Photos and education partners IdeasTap recently announced the winners of the 2013 Photographic Award, at an exhibition held at London's Truman Brewery.

The three winners are Souvid Datta (16-22), Lee Price (23-30) and Abbie Trayler-Smith (31+). They were selected from 9 finalist photographers by an expert panel of judges including Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur, Self Publish Be Happy founder Bruno Ceschel, NOWNESS creative content director Anne Bourgeois-Vignon and Magnum’s cultural and education manager Fiona Rogers.

Since October last year, each photographer had been developing a “dream project” with the aid of £1,500 funding and mentoring sessions with Magnum photographers and industry professionals.

The judges admired the ambition of Souvid Datta's project, which looks at the human cost of pollution in China. Bruno Ceschel was impressed by the way Datta had been inspired to explore the project after a friend suffered the effects of China's pollution problem. “A story that is personal to him prompted him to embark on a big issue,” Bruno said. "Using his own experience in this way made the project less abstract and more powerful."

Uganda is one of the toughest places in the world to be gay – all the more so since the 2014 Anti-Homosexuality Act was passed. Continuing themes in his previous work, Lee Price travelled to Uganda to document the situation for gay people there. Anne Bourgeois-Vignon described the project as “a delicately conceived body of work with a subtle approach to dealing with a very difficult topic”, noting that “his video work really stood out.”

Abbie Trayler-Smith has been working on 'The Big O', a project exploring childhood obesity, for four years – but with the funding she has taken it in new directions, working with more young people. “Her work was photographically very strong, and done in a sensitive, heartfelt way with huge respect for her subjects,” said Olivia Arthur.

Applications for the 2014 Photographic Award are now open. This year we have extended the submissions to include global photographers of any age. Applications are open until 17th July.

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