LONDON.- Twelve international photographers have been announced as the winners of the 2017 Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards. The legendary photography agency, Magnum Photos, and LensCulture have joined forces for the second time to produce this opportunity to recognize, reward and support photographic talent. Each photographer will be awarded a cash prize and will also receive international exposure through Magnum Photos and LensCultures combined audience of over 6.5 million. The winning projects will be shown in a digital exhibition at The Photographers Gallery in London later this year and exhibited at photography festivals worldwide. Furthermore, the laureates will be awarded access to expert guidance from Magnum and LensCulture.
The twelve winners of the prestigious award hail from all over the world and deal with a diversity of subjects. Nick Hannes, the Documentary series winner, pursued a project featuring the culture of the elite in Dubai, while Lissa Riveras striking portraits of her non-binary partner explore contemporary notions of gender and its narratives in todays society. All told, the series and single image awards include six categories: Street, Portrait, Photojournalism, Open, Fine Art and Documentary.
Street: Argus Paul Estabrook, South Korea Losing Face
Portrait: Lissa Rivera, United States Beautiful Boy
Photojournalism: Jason Florio, United Kingdom Destination Europe
Open: Medina Dugger, Nigeria Chroma: An Ode to J.D. Okhai Ojeikere
Fine Art: Daniel Shipp, Australia Botanical Inquiry
Documentary: Nick Hannes, Belgium Bread and Circuses
Street: Hakim Boulouiz, Switzerland Choral
Portrait: Artur Zdral, Poland Kasia
Photojournalism: Szymon Barylski Fleeing Death
Open: Britta Jaschinski, United Kingdom Confiscated
Fine Art: Ellie Davis, United Kingdom Stars
Documentary: Retam Kumar Shaw, India Street Wrestling