[I]talian photographer Antonella Monzoni, French photographers Julie Glassberg and Jacques Borgetto are the three winners of the first edition of the Vienna International Photo Awards 2012 for documentary photography.
Vienna International Photo Awards (VIPA), aims to support photography by awarding 3 cash prizes: 1st prize (EUR 4000), 2nd prize (EUR 2000) and 3rd prize (EUR 1000). Besides the total value of EUR 7000 in cash prizes, the 3 winners and the 10 short-listed finalists will be published in the VIPA’s official catalogue and will take part in a group exhibition at the KUNSTNETZWERK Gallery in Vienna during November 2012 (in partnership with Eyes On – European Month of Photography in Vienna).
Winners have been selected by a board of professionals of the photo industry: Michael Ackerman (photographer, U.S.), Raed Bawayah (photographer, PS), Carola Dertnig (lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, A), Thomas Licek (director of « Eyes-On » European Month of Photography Vienna, A), Hannamari Shakya (curator and editor of Photo Raw Magazine, FIN), Horst Stasny (photographer and curator, A).
Antonella Monzoni (First Prize) works in both black and white and color, aiming for sharp contrasts and full colour saturation. In her most recent works she has pursued her longstanding fascination with the cultural production of memory, symbols and venues of memory as signs of belonging: Madame (won the Mario Giacomelli Award in 2007 and was selected at PhotoEspana-Descubrimientos in 2008), Somewhere in Russia (won the Chatwin Photography Award in 2007), Silent Beauty (achieved honorable mention at the International Photography Awards in 2008). In 2009 with her documentary Ferita Armena (Wounded Armenia), she received the Amnesty International Special Mention at the Festival of Human Rights, was a finalist for the Amilcare Ponchielli Award and selected at slideshows Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan.
Julie Glassberg (Second Prize) was born and raised in Paris, France. Her interests are primarily based on the diversity of world cultures, subcultures, underground scenes as well as the misfits of society. Currently based in New York City, her work has been published in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The International Herald Tribune, Le Monde, Aamulehti, Neon Magazine, Stern View, Polka Magazine… She has been awarded by the Lucie Scholarship Emerging Grant, the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography, the POYi Award of Excellence, Px3, and recently became an American Photography 27 winner.
Jacques Borgetto (Third Prize) is a «travelling photographer» from Chile to Argentina, from Tibet to Mongolia, Africa, and in many other countries, his eyes are looking in the world around other cultures. His photographs are part of private and public collections, National Library, Museum of Le Mans, European House of Photography… He exhibited in many venues and festivals: Meeting of Arles, Vendôme Photographic Promenades, Photographic Pierrevert Nights… He has published several books for Watermark Publishing.
Vienna International Photo Awards (VIPA)
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[ Submitted by Celia Clement ]