The 2019 Finalists

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

Johan Willner und Peo Olsson

Johan Willner und Peo Olsson

Heaps – plain and simple. Though often overlooked, they are always present; some are only temporary, while others have filled the landscape for centuries. This basic architectural shape, reflecting mankind’s impact upon nature, is at the centre of what has now become a photographic series comprised of many variations on this theme.

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Sebastian Wells

Sebastian Wells

With time, many of the provisional lodgings used as temporary homes by refugees evolve into parallel public spaces, each with its own particular rhythm. For his “Utopia” project, Sebastian Wells photographed everyday life in 24 different refugee camps. He quickly came to realise that they all share certain factors in common.

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Enayat Asadi

Enayat Asadi

Iran is an important hosting and transit country for Afghan migrants fleeing their homeland. One of the most lethal routes runs along Iran’s eastern border, where migrants are subjected to looting, kidnapping, human trafficking and rape. Enayat Asadi has succeeded in documenting their fate.

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Tomas van Houtryve

Tomas van Houtryve

What meaning do photographs play in shaping our collective memory? The Belgian photographer Tomas van Houtryve offers an unusual answer to this question in the form of his series “Lines and Lineage”. In this work he takes current photographs and, using a process from the early days of photography, projects these images into the past.

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