Photo News – Renaissance Photography Prize 2013 finalists and shortlisted photographers announced


© Jackson Patterson, © Lorenzo Vitturi

“Judging the Renaissance Prize was a very rewarding challenge. We couldn’t reach a unanimous decision after an intense day of collective judging, so the individual judges spent a few days reflecting on the broader shortlist. I, for one, feel very proud to be associated with this award. The shortlisted photographers are strong and original, whilst funds are raised to benefit the important work done by The Lavender Trust.”
Chris Littlewood, Director of Photography at Flowers Gallery.

© Bryan Schutmaat, © Hanna Putz

12 individual photographs and series have been shortlisted for the top prizes in the Renaissance Photography Prize. 60 photographs will be exhibited from 3-7 September at the Wapping Project Bankside, near Tate Modern, in London, and the winners will be announced at a special fundraising reception and awards ceremony on 5 September. The full list for those selected can be seen here.

© Arnis Balcus, © Kate Peters

Shortlisted for Best Single Image and Category Prizes
Albert Bonsfills (Spain)
Cinzia Camela (Italy) and
Jackson Patterson (United States)

Miska Draskoczy (United States)
Kate Eshelby (United Kingdom)
Kate Peters (United Kingdom)

In Between
Sophie Harris-Taylor (United Kingdom)
Jason Larkin (United Kingdom)
Kate Peters (United Kingdom)

© Mirjina Vrbaski, ©Kate Peters

Shortlisted for Best Series and the Runner-Up Prize
Hanna Putz (Austria)
Lorenzo Vitturi (United Kingdom)
David Watson (United Kingdom)

In total, there were 5000 entries from 64 countries. Thee judges for the Series category included Chris Littlewood, Simon Bainbridge (editor British Journal of Photography), Nadav Kander (photographer) and me. Monica Allende was supposed to be on the judging panel, but could not make it.

The press release mentions that “agreeing on a shortlist was particularly difficult for the judges this year as the competition attracted so many strong submissions”. This is true, however, it was also a case of the judges having different opinions on the key contenders and needing more time to make the crucial decisions and justify their choices. I would like to write a post on the process, without giving away the names of the winners or runners up, as it highlights some of the concerns that judges have when looking at work and I feel that there are some important pointers to consider these days with online judging.

The Renaissance Photography Prize is an international photography award that showcases outstanding photography from emerging or established photographers while raising funds to support young women with breast cancer. All profit from entries is donated to The Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care, UK. In the five years since its inception, Renaissance has raised over £200,000 for the charity. The awards ceremony also serves as a fundraising event and the public can book tickets through the Renaissance website.

The 2013 judging panel consisted of:
Simon Bainbridge – Editor, British Journal of Photography
Julia Fullerton-Batten – Photographer
Miranda Gavin – Editor-at-Large, Hotshoe International
Nadav Kander – Photographer
Chris Littlewood – Director of Photography, Flowers Gallery, UK
Brett Rogers – Director, The Photographers’ Gallery, UK
Sophie Wright – Cultural & Print Room Director, Magnum Photos


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