The shortlist of this year's VONOVIA AWARD FOR PHOTOGRAPHY has been determined: Eight up- and-coming and 25 professional photographers have made it to the final selection. The jury will select the four prize winners from the shortlist of 33 finalists on Thursday, 30 September 2021, in Hamburg. Due to Corona, the award ceremony will take place on a smaller scale. It will be broadcast via stream. Host Bianca Hauda (arte) will lead through an entertaining evening with invited guests from the cultural sector, jury members and the finalists of the VONOVIA AWARD FOR PHOTOGRAPHY 2021.
The VONOVIA AWARD FOR PHOTOGRAPHY was announced for the fifth time on the theme of HOME / ZUHAUSE. Launched in 2017, the award comprises three main prizes in the category "Best Photo Series" and a Young Photographer Award for photographers under 26 years of age. The award is endowed with prize money of 42,000 euros and is awarded annually.
This year's submissions are particularly distinguished by their intensive examination of social issues of our time, which are reflected in the themes of identity, culture of remembrance, gender equality and migration. Dealing with different forms of housing is also the focus of many submissions. Likewise, questions about digitalisation and the consequences of the lockdown, which suddenly made home/ ZUHAUSE seem completely different, are among the work's subjects. All the submitted photo series take a look at very different countries, ranging from Ukraine to Australia, from Ghana to the two American continents, and display a great diversity of photographic and conceptual approaches. Also striking this year is the range of participating generations - the age of the applicants ranges from 20 to 80 years - as well as the majority of female positions with almost two thirds of all submissions.