Finalists 2017

In the following weeks, we will present to you exclusive stories and interviews with all 12 finalists.

Dominic Nahr

Dominic Nahr

On March 11, 2011, the worst earthquake in Japan’s history took place off the country’s eastern coast. The resulting tsunami cost the lives of around 20,000 people, destroyed thousands of houses and impacted the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant with full force – a worse-case scenario, where the area surrounding the homes of countless people was declared an exclusion zone. Dominic Nahr has visited the area ten times since then, to work on his long-term project, ‘Nothing to see here’.

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Gideon Mendel

Gideon Mendel

The water took everything but their lives: for his long-term project, “Drowning World”, Gideon Mendel photographed victims of flooding all around the planet.

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Sergey Melnitchenko

Sergey Melnitchenko

Virtually no photographer has got as close to the dancers at a Chinese club as the Ukrainian Sergey Melnitchenko. He was with them backstage, offering rare insight into life in the cheap entertainment business. His own experience as a dancer served him well. With great sensitivity, the images reveal the reality of a tough profession despite its frolicsome appearance under the spotlight. 

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Aleksey Kondratyev

Aleksey Kondratyev

In Astana, northern Kazakhstan, modernism romps around in gaudy colours. Irrespective, ice fishermen sit on the frozen river Ishim, hoping to make a good catch. The tents they use to protect themselves from the icy cold have been patched together with the leftovers of consumerism and capitalism.

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Yoann Cimier

Yoann Cimier

The French photographer explains how his ‘Nomad’s Land’ series came about. There are times when one simply stumbles across photographic themes on the street or, better still, on the beach.

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Clara Chichin

Clara Chichin

Clara Chichin’s “Under the eyes that few minutes exhaust” series is characterised by enchantingly beautiful, mysterious images taken in high-contrast black and white.The pictures have more in common, however: they are imprints of that which remains after something is lost.

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Terje Abusdal

Terje Abusdal

Tradition and mysticism, provenance and belonging, facts and fiction: Terje Abusdal’s long-term “Slash & Burn” project draws a picture both mysterious and impressive of the Forest Finns, an ethnic group in Norway who live in close touch with nature.

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