Announcement: The Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017 Winners
Magnum photographers and industry experts pick the winners of this year's awards
Today the names of 41 photographers, who have been recognized in The Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017 have been announced. A jury—consisting of Magnum photographers, world-renowned curators and experts from organizations, such as National Geographic and Aperture, aimed to recognize a cross-section image makers creating a wide range of work, covering a broad subject matter and style.
The winning photographers—who come from 24 countries on 5 continents—presented a remarkable array of subject matter, stylistic approaches and personal visions. Here, we present category winners for a series of images, single images, the juror’s personal picks, and the runners up.
All 41 photographers’ work will be shown at a digital exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery in London later this year. In addition, the 12 winners will receive $27,000 in cash awards as well as vouchers to participate in a Magnum photographer’s workshop somewhere in the world.
The jury was comprised of Magnum photographers Alec Soth, David Hurn – whose image of a 1997 Ms Senior pagent in Arizona features above, and Susan Meiselas, as well as noted members of the photographic community: LensCulture editor Jim Casper, Azu Nwagbogu, founder and director of the LagosPhoto Festival and the African Artists’ Foundation, Sarah Leen, Director of Photography at National Geographic Magazine, Lesley Martin, creative director at Aperture Foundation, and photographic consultant Yumi Goto.
“I was very impressed by the series entries—there was so much great work to choose from, it was often quite challenging to pick. I thoroughly enjoyed being introduced to many new photographers and working with a stellar group of judges. A wonderful experience!”
— Sarah Leen, Director of Photography, National Geographic Magazine and Partners
Documentary Series Winner – Nick Hannes (Belgium), for Bread and Circuses
Fine Art Series Winner – Daniel Shipp (Australia), for Botanical Inquiry
Open Series Winner – Medina Dugger (Nigeria), for Chroma: An Ode to J.D. Okhai Ojeikere
Photojournalism Series Winner – Jason Florio (United Kingdom), for Destination Europe
Portrait Series Winner – Lissa Rivera (United States), for Beautiful Boy
Street Series Winner – Argus Paul Estabrook (South Korea), for Losing Face
Single Image Winners
“It can be overwhelming to navigate the sea of images we all live in. But through the process of judging the Magnum Photography Awards, I came to admire the beauty of this oceanic vastness while also discovering some rare, photographic gems.”
— Alec Soth, Magnum Photographer, Magnum Photos
Fine Art Single Image Winner – Ellie Davies (United Kingdom), for Stars
Documentary Single Image Winner – Retam Kumar Shaw (India) for Street Wrestling
Open Single Image Winner – Britta Jaschinski (United Kingdom), for Confiscated
Photojournalism Category Single Image Winner – Szymon Barylski (Ireland) , for Fleeing Death.
Portrait Single Image Winner – Artur Zdral (Poland)
Street Single Image Winner – Hakim Boulouiz (Switzerland), for Choral
“I was surprised to find such a high level of innovation and creativity within the various categories of entries for the LensCulture Magnum Photography Award. It was personally a pleasant experience for me—and for curators working in contemporary visual culture, it is a treasure trove.”
— Azu Nwagbogu, Founder and Director, LagosPhoto Festival and the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF)
Antonio Faccilongo (Italy), Panos Kefalos (Greece), Zhang KeChun (China), Sasha Maslov (United States), Gregg Segal (United States), Ash Shinya Kawaoto (Japan), Jonathan Bachman (United States), Thomas Alleman (United States), Jens Juul (Denmark), Gabriel Romero (United States), Paul D’Haese (Belgium), Roei Greenberg (Israel), Emilien Urbano (France), Ramona Deckers (Netherlands), Karen Pulfer Focht (United States), Amos Nachoum (United States), Matthew Sowa (United States), Farida Lemeatrag (Belguim), Ana Carolina Fernandes (Brazil), A.M. Ahad (Bangladesh), Thom Pierce (South Africa).
See all of the finalists on LensCulture here.