CENTER Announces 20th Annual International Photography Awards & Grants Winners

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Project Launch Grant Winner Inés Dümig’s “Apart Together” featured on CNN

CENTER Editor's Choice 2nd Place Winner Daesung Lee

CENTER Editor's Choice 2nd Place Winner Daesung Lee's "Futuristic Archaeology"

The process is highly competitive, with submissions from artists in 40+ countries and jurors from TIME magazine, CNN, the National Gallery of Art, London’s National Portrait Gallery, the National Galleries of Scotland, and Italy’s Photolux Festival.

CENTER has announced its 2015 Awards & Grants winners, naming Inés Dümig of Germany and Justin Kimball of the United States as recipients of $5,000 grants for the advancement of their documentary photography projects.

Now in its 20th year, CENTER Awards & Grants attract entries from artists working in 40+ countries. The process is highly competitive, with jurors from TIME magazine, CNN, the National Gallery of Art, London’s National Portrait Gallery, the National Galleries of Scotland, and Italy’s Photolux Festival identifying outstanding documentary and fine art work.

The Awards & Grants are announced in the weeks preceding CENTER’s Review Santa Fe, one of the world’s premier photography events. This year Review Santa Fe takes place June 11-14 in downtown Santa Fe, NM. The winning work will be exhibited at Santa Fe’s Center for Contemporary Arts and the winners will give public presentations of the projects throughout the weekend.

Dümig and Kimball won grants for documentary work focusing on the lives of the forgotten and invisible. Dümig’s documentary project, “Apart Together,” documents the fragmented existence of Sahra, a Somali refugee living in Munich. The work is now being featured on CNN as a direct result of the grant. Kimball’s “Brick and Mortar” focuses on formerly thriving coal, steel, paper and farming communities along the East Coast of the US.

The Choice Awards recognize outstanding photography in three categories: Curator’s Choice, Editor’s Choice, and Director’s Choice. Winners receive recognition and career advancement via exhibition, publication, portfolio reviews and more.

"I found that the strongest submissions included not only the most compelling and effective photographs, but also clearly articulated statements of intent,” said Project Development Grant Juror Sarah Greenough, curator with the National Gallery of Art. “I chose the work that … was both visually sophisticated and conceptually strong, with pictures that burned themselves into my memory."

View more information about CENTER Awards & Grants.

2015 WINNERS

$5,000 PROJECT LAUNCH GRANT
JURORS » Anne M. Lyden, International Photography Curator, National Galleries of Scotland; Bernadette Tuazon, Senior Photo Editor, CNN Digital; Jack Woody, Publisher, Twin Palms
GRANT PRIZE RECIPIENT: Inés Dümig, Germany
View Düming’s Apart Together
JUROR'S CHOICE WINNER » Antoine Bruy, France
JUROR'S CHOICE WINNER » Alejandro Duran, NY, USA
JUROR'S CHOICE WINNER » Pablo Lopez Luz, Mexico

$5,000 PROJECT DEVELOPMENT GRANT
JUROR » Sarah Greenough, Curator, National Gallery of Art
RECIPIENT » Justin Kimball, MA, USA
View Kimball’s Brick and Mortar

THE CHOICE AWARDS

CURATOR'S CHOICE AWARDS
JUROR » Philip Prodger, Curator, National Portrait Gallery
1ST PLACE » Monika Sziladi, NY, USA
2ND PLACE » Amanda Marchand, NY, USA
3RD PLACE » Chris Bennett, OR, USA

DIRECTOR'S CHOICE AWARDS
JUROR » Enrico Stefanelli, Director, Photolux Festival
1ST PLACE » Danila Tkachenko, Russia
2ND PLACE » Sebastien Tixier, France
3RD PLACE » Salvatore Calafato, Italy

EDITOR'S CHOICE AWARDS
JUROR » Alice Gabriner, International Photo Editor, TIME
1ST PLACE » Phyllis Dooney, NY, USA
2ND PLACE » Daesung Lee, France
3RD PLACE » Alexandros Lambrovassilis, NY, USA

ABOUT CENTER
CENTER is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization founded in 1994 that honors, supports and provides opportunities for gifted and committed photographers. For 20 years, CENTER has helped photographers around the globe advance their careers and grow to their full potential.

ABOUT REVIEW SANTA FE
Designed to facilitate relationships between photographers and leading industry professionals, CENTER’s Review Santa Fe is one of the world’s premier events for photographers seeking recognition and career advancement. Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, CENTER connects up to 100 photographers with today’s most relevant and esteemed reviewers, including curators, editors, publishers, gallerists, and others who can offer professional development advice and opportunities. This year’s Review Santa Fe is honoring one of the most illustrious of photography curators, Anne Tucker, who is retiring after 39 years at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, at a tribute dinner 6/13.

Review Santa Fe is supported in part by the Santa Fe Arts Commission and New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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