The 2016 Finalists

Please find here the series of our ten finalists 2016 with exclusive reports and interviews.

Esther Teichmann

Esther Teichmann

A sensual reflection on nostalgia and loss: in her ‘Mondschwimmen’ cycle, Esther Teichmann guides the viewer through a melancholic dreamworld, composed of autobiographical and fictional elements.

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Sadegh Souri

Sadegh Souri

They are female, nine years old and of an age to be held responsible for their crimes – in Iran. Murder, armed robbery and drug trafficking are punishable with death by hanging, to be carried out when they come of age. The girls spend the waiting time in jails and correction centres. In ‘Waiting Girls’, the Iranian photographer Sadegh Souri reveals this strange procedure within Islamic Penal Law.

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Giulio Piscitelli

Giulio Piscitelli

Italian photographer Giulio Piscitelli dedicates his ‘Informal Facilities in the Jungle’ series to the social changes taking place in Europe’s largest refugee camp. An architectural study as a metaphor for the transformation of one of the biggest crises in recent years.

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Max Pinckers

Max Pinckers

With his ‘Two Kinds of Memory and Memory Itself’ series, Max Pinckers deals with the expectations, clichés and stereotypes we have of Japan. He staged his conceptual images while spending two month in Saitama Prefecture north of Tokyo, and sees his work as an exploration of the associations that have become part of how western cultural circles view the land of the rising sun.

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Stéphane Lavoué

Stéphane Lavoué

In the north-east corner of the US state of Vermont, on the border with Canada, lies a very special kingdom. The beauty of the austere landscape and, in particular, the residents of the North East Kingdom, are the focus of the series that the French photographer has been working on for many years. It is hard to get hold of him right now, because he is on the road again.

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Guillaume Herbaut

Guillaume Herbaut

Between 2014 and 2016, Guillaume Herbaut followed the conflict in Ukraine, a country he has been travelling to over the past 15 years. His fragmentary picture series reveals the ailing inner life of a country with a constitution caught between past and present.

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Vincent Delbrouck

Vincent Delbrouck

The Belgium photographer, Vincent Delbrouck, does not consider himself part of a photo-journalistic tradition: his body of work reflects an intuitive expression of his subjectivity, going beyond the moment and any kind of boundaries and preconceived ideas.

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William Daniels

William Daniels

Since the Séléka rebel alliance from the north of the Central African Republic brought about the fall of President François Bozizé on 24 March, 2013, the country is sinking into a maelstrom of violence. What began as a coup against the government, has escalated into a bloody conflict between Christians and Muslims. The victims of the violence are, above all, the civil population. William Daniels travelled to a country mostly forgotten by the media.

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Fulvio Bugani

Fulvio Bugani

“Soul” y Sombras – ‘Soul and Shadows’: the title of Fulvio Bugani’s series may sound bleak, but his pictures are anything but – strong colours, bright lighting and, of course, the resulting deep shadows. The Italian photographer’s pictures are as rich in contrast as the Cuban soul he went searching for.

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Juan Pablo Bellandi

Juan Pablo Bellandi

Venezuela is descending into chaos. The capital, Caracas, has the highest murder rate in the world. For the country’s inhabitants, crime, violence and murder have become the sad reality of everyday life. Juan Pablo Bellandi spent ten months with the police in his home town of Mérida, accompanying them on their life-threatening operations.

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