The 2018 Finalists

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

Stephen Dock

Stephen Dock

Children with tired faces, bare walls with straggling remnants of barbed wire, unfounded, aggression in the eyes of men. This is what Northern Ireland looks like today, as captured it in the “Architecture of Violence” series by French photographer Stephen Dock. The times of armed conflict are over, yet the country’s soul can find no peace.

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Christian Werner

Christian Werner

In his “Road to Ruin” series, German photographer Christian Werner explores new ways of reporting on conflict situations. With quiet images that border on poetic, he speaks about the lives of the people in Bashar al-Assad’s Syria following the fall of East Aleppo.

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Elsa Stubbé

Elsa Stubbé

The motifs in this series offer no explanation, but rather are baffling nature studies, that emerged during a number of trips the photographer took in Europe and to Canada, visiting nature reserves, as well as zoos and botanical gardens. Detached from their original context, they captivate the viewer, taking them on a poetic journey through a very special cosmos of the imagination.

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Samuel Gratacap

Samuel Gratacap

Samuel Gratacap has been following refugee trails and visiting camps around the Mediterranean for more than ten years. He took photographs on the Italian island of Lampedusa, in southern Italy, Tunisia and Libya, observing refugees as they wait, as they set themselves up in exile, and as they deal with their new homelands. This has resulted in studies and portraits on both sides of the borders that divide, but also at times unite.

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Ernesto Benavides

Ernesto Benavides

Despite humankind knowing better, the destructive exploitation of nature and of the planet’s natural resources continues unhindered around the world. In his “Dredges” series, the Peruvian documentary photographer, Ernesto Benavides, offers a disturbing glimpse at illegal gold mining in the Amazon region.

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Vanja Bucan

Vanja Bucan

“Fill the earth and subdue it,” is the divine commandment found in Genesis 1:28, the Judaeo-Christian story of creation. Vanja Bucan’s “Sequences of Truth and Deception” series does not reveal whether this is a good or a bad thing; however, she stages the dominion of humanity over the planet in an intriguing manner.

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Daniel Chatard

Daniel Chatard

For his “Niemandsland” (No Man’s Land) project, Daniel Chatard journeyed to the brown coal district in North Rhine-Westphalia – right into the heart of the action, where an apparently endless conflict is being played out between long-term locals, environmental activists, mining employees and the police.

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Mary Gelman

Mary Gelman

Svetlana is a facility run by the anthroposophic Camphill movement, and lies about 150 kilometres east of St. Petersburg. For nearly two years, Mary Gelman returned frequently to visit the place – a wholistic children’s initiative where handicapped people can live and work free of any prejudice or discrimination.

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Max Pinckers

Max Pinckers

A meeting has just taken place between Donald Trump, USA, and Kim Jong-un, North Korea, which resulted in the signing of an agreement that may one day be considered “historic”. Maybe photographers will no longer need to use subversive methods to take pictures in the isolated Asian country – as was still the case for Max Pinckers.

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