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The waiting is now over for a thousand photographers from around the world who entered this year’s Renaissance Photography Prize. Judges, including Nadav Kander, Brett Rogers from The Photographers’ Gallery and BJP editor Simon Bainbridge, have selected 60 photographs that will be exhibited at the prestigious Wapping Project Bankside, near Tate Modern in London from 3–7 September. Of these, 12 individual photographs and series have been shortlisted for the top prizes. The winners will be announced at a fund-raising reception and awards ceremony on 5 September.
The Renaissance Photography Prize is an international photography award that showcases outstanding photography from emerging or established photographers while raising funds to support young women with breast cancer. All profit from entries is donated to The Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care, UK. In the five years since its inception, Renaissance has raised over £200,000 for the charity.
Photographers from all over the world were invited to enter single images (categories Expression, Ordinary and In Between) and/or series of work (open category). Agreeing on a shortlist was particularly difficult for the judges this year as the competition attracted so many strong submissions. Chris Littlewood, Director of Photography at Flowers Gallery, judged the prize this year:
Judging the Renaissance prize was a very rewarding challenge. We couldn’t reach a unanimous decision after an intense day of collective judging, so the individual judges spent a few days reflecting on the broader shortlist. I for one feel very proud to be associated with this award. The shortlisted photographers are strong and original, whilst funds are raised to benefit the important work done by The Lavender Trust.
Shortlisted for Best Series and the Runner-Up Prize:
Hanna Putz (Austria)
Lorenzo Vitturi (United Kingdom)
David Watson (United Kingdom)
Shortlisted for Best Single Image and Category Prizes:
Albert Bonsfills (Spain)
Cinzia Camela (Italy) and Jackson Patterson (United States)
Miska Draskoczy (United States)
Kate Eshelby (United Kingdom)
Kate Peters (United Kingdom)
Sophie Harris-Taylor (United Kingdom)
Jason Larkin (United Kingdom)
Kate Peters (United Kingdom)
The awards that will be announced at the awards ceremony on 5 September are:
Renaissance Photography Prize 2013 Best Single Image
Category Prizes Single: Expression / Ordinary / In Between
Renaissance Photography Prize 2013 Best Series
Runner Up Prize Best Series
The awards ceremony also serves as a fundraising event and the public can book tickets through our website. We will send out more information about the event.
The 2013 judging panel consisted of:
Simon Bainbridge – Editor, British Journal of Photography
Julia Fullerton-Batten – Photographer
Miranda Gavin – Deputy and Online Editor, HotShoe International
Nadav Kander – Photographer
Chris Littlewood – Director of Photography, Flowers Gallery, UK
Brett Rogers – Director, The Photographers’ Gallery, UK
Sophie Wright – Cultural & Print Room Director, Magnum Photos
In previous years the distinguished panel of judges, all of whom donate their time and expertise, has included Martin Parr, Eamonn McCabe and editors, curators and directors from respected UK institutions such as The Photographers’ Gallery, Michael Hoppen Gallery, Rhubarb Rhubarb and the Sunday Times Magazine.
[I] was absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted for the Renaissance Prize, it’s such a great cause to be involved in and to be part of it all is just brilliant. Really looking forward to seeing all the work exhibited in September. Kate Peters, shortlisted in two categories this year.
The Renaissance Photography Prize was founded in 2006 by Fiona Gifford, a lawyer and keen amateur photographer who was diagnosed with breast cancer aged 34.
During my recovery period, day-to-day concerns became irrelevant, and I became more aware of the moments that really matter in life - moments of emotion, human connection, and wonder at the beauty of nature. What better way to represent those moments than through photography?
Six years on, the Renaissance Photography Prize has become an established fixture in the photography world, and enjoys support from photographers, editors, curators and photography organisations all over the world.
For more information please visit the website www.renaissancephotography.org