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.
Best photo series 2021
1st prize: "While I was waiting", Julia Autz
Julia Autz documents in her award-winning photo series "While I was waiting" the dreams and longings of a young generation in Belarus, searching for a path between awakening and repression.
2nd prize: "SUPERNATURE", Karina-Sirkku Kurz
The photo series "SUPERNATURE" by Karina-Sirkku Kurz explores the questions of the perception of our own body as a home and to which artificial manipulations it may be subjected.
3rd prize: "Living Room, San Francisco & Berlin", Jana Sophia Nolle
The long-term artistic project "Living Room" by Jana Sophia Nolle includes research and photographic installations in San Francisco and Berlin, contrasting the wealth of upper-class apartments with the precarious situation of homeless people.
Best young talent 2021: "Sometimes the sky above usis open", Sarah Grethe
Sarah Grethe accompanies her mother her childhood home, a farm in southern Germany. She creates a playful look back into memories that are revived at the scene by the intense images in the photo series "Sometimes the sky is open above us."
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.