The Syngenta Photography Award is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition will return to Somerset House in London for a
30 January 2017
Eric Tomberlin, Garden of Earthly Delights, Issaquah, WA, USA, 2010, © Eric Tomberlin
The Syngenta Photography Award is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition will return to Somerset House in London for a third year. The exhibition will bring together 92 images from 43 pho-tographers, representing 22 countries; each depicting powerful responses to the theme of Grow-Conserve. Among them will be photographs submitted by the six shortlisted photographers: Lucas Foglia (USA), Claudia Jaguaribe (Brazil), Yan Wang Preston (United Kingdom) (Professional Commission); Robin Friend (United Kingdom), Matt Hamon (USA) and Kenneth O’ Halloran (Ire-land) (Open Competition).
The winners of the 2016-2017 edition will be announced on 8 March at an award ceremony taking place at Somerset House.
The exhibition will be on show in the West Wing Galleries of the iconic Somerset House.It explores various issues linked to the overarching theme Grow-Conserve, including the challenge of food security as the global population continues to grow; conflict, climate change and sustainability. The exhibition questions whether or not it is realistically possible to do more with less in order to conserve what we have today for the next generation.
Crucial to the success of long-term sustainability is the health of mankind and the health of the planet. While we need to grow our economies, we also have to take care not to sacrifice our health and well-
being with every technological step we take forward. How do we look after our workers, and how do we protect ourselves from the byproducts of our own advancements including pollution? Photographs by David Verberckt and Akos Hegedus explore these challenges in Bangladesh and Beijing respec-tively.
The exhibition also looks closely at the rapid growth of our cities and the impact this growth has on the land and how we use it. How do we keep both our cities and countryside healthy? Johann Rousselot parallels urban and rural existences in his image, which pictures a shepherd grazing his flock in front of high-rise blocks of flats in Greater Noida, India. Once a farmland, Rousselot reveals how much of the area has been acquired by real estate developers, with less than 20 of the 216 origi-nal villages undeveloped.
A number of the exhibited works explore the pertinent topic of displacement, which has become commonplace in our growing world as conflict and climate change drive more and more people out of their homes. Cypriot photographer, Yiorgios Doukanaris brings a poignant image entitled, Home which shows an Eritrean refugee woman sleepless in the former refugee camp in Calais.
In spite of the challenges, many of the photographers’ responses point to solutions to the Grow-Conserve tension. Photographers observe how mankind can and has created innovative solutions to power the future; from Jamey Stillings’ photographs of the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project near Tonopah, Nevada; to Anna Filpova’s picture of climate control researchers in Ny-Ålesund, Norway.
Guilhem Alandry; Elena Anosova; KM Asad; Trent Davis Bailey; David Bedoya; Gohar Dashti; Ian McNaught Davis; Yiorgios Doukanaris; Peter Essick; Anna Filipova; Ashley Fischer; Robin Friend; Lucas Foglia; Matt Hamon; Akos Hegedus; Claudia Jaguaribe; Francois Knoetze; Ryan Koopmans; Alan McFetridge; Kendall McMinimy; Noritaka Minami; Mark Neville; Kenneth O’ Halloran; Temitope Olaniyi; Rajendra Mohan Pandey; Matteo Pasin; James Porschen; Richard Allenby-Pratt; Yan Wang Preston; MD Farhad Rahman; Probal Rashid; Johann Rousselot; Jocelyne Saab; Tor Seidel; Toby Smith; Jamey Stillings; Brad Temkin; Eric Tomberlin; David Verberckt and Simon Wan.
Notes to Editors:
The Syngenta Photography Award:
Launched in 2012, the Syngenta Photography Award was created to stimulate dialogue around key global challenges and to establish an important platform to explore issues of global significance through photography.
For the Professional Commission, professional photographers were invited to submit a series of 5– 10 compelling images relating to the theme, accompanied by a creative project proposal of a maximum of 500 words exploring the theme in a more in-depth way, for a commission worth up to US$25,000. Three prizes will be awarded in the Professional Commission category: first prize: US$15,000, plus up to US$25,000 for the commission project; second prize: US$10,000; third prize: US$5,000.
The Open Competition is open to all photographers who are 18 years or older whether amateur, professional or student. Photographers were invited to submit between 1-3 thought-provoking and captivating images exploring the theme of Grow-Conserve. The jury members will award three prizes in the Open Competition category: First prize: US$5,000; Second prize: US$3,000; Third prize: US$2,000.
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About Somerset House:
A unique part of the London cultural scene, Somerset House is an historic building where surprising and original work comes to life. From its 18th-century origins, Somerset House has been a centre for debate and discussion – an intellectual powerhouse for the nation. Somerset House is today a key cultural destination in London in which to experience a broad range of artistic activity, engage with artists, designers and makers and be a part of a major creative forum – an environment that is re-laxed, welcoming, and inspirational to visit while providing a stimulating workplace for the cultural and creative industries.
Since its opening in 2000, Somerset House has built up a distinctive outdoor public programme in-cluding Skate, concerts, an open-air film season and a diverse range of temporary exhibitions throughout the site focusing on contemporary culture, with an extensive learning programme at-tached. In October 2016, Somerset House launched Somerset House Studios, a new experimental workspace connecting artists, makers and thinkers with audiences. The Studios provide a platform for new creative projects and collaboration, promoting work that pushes bold ideas, engages with urgent issues and pioneers new technologies. Somerset House is also one of the biggest community of crea-tive organisations in London including The Courtauld Gallery and Institute of Art, King’s College Lon-don Cultural Institute and over 100 other creative businesses. It currently attracts approximately 3.4 million visitors every year. www.somersethouse.org.uk
Dates: 9 March – 28 March 2017
Opening hours: Saturday – Tuesday: 10.00 – 18.00
Wednesday – Friday: 11.00 – 20.00
Address: West Wing Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA