POPCAP ‘14: Outstanding African Photography
Posted on September 3, 2014 by Julia Schiller
The international photography competition POPCAP is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 edition. The award aims to foster interest in and support for contemporary African photography.
This year’s winners – from The Ivory Coast, South Africa, Belgium, The Netherlands and Democratic Republic of the Congo – were chosen by an international panel of judges via an online judging process. The winning artists will have their works presented later this year at seven exhibitions in Europe and Africa.
POPCAP ‘14 The Winners
Joana Choumali | Hââbré, The last Generation, 2013–2014
Ilan Godfrey | Legacy of the Mine, 2011–2013
Léonard Pongo | The Uncanny, 2011–2013
Steketee & Blankevoort | Love Radio, 2014
Patrick Willocq | I am Walé Respect Me, 2013
7 exhibitions in Africa and Europe
The prize is comprised of a series of exhibitions in which the winning works are presented. Its realization is made possible through collaboration with African and European partner organizations. The exhibitions are open-air and publicly accessible, and take place as part of a series of international photography festivals, thus increasing international attention for the chosen artists and their work.
The winning artists will have their works presented later this year at seven exhibitions in Europe and Africa. The mother exhibition Image Afrique will open its doors on September 11th in Basel Switzerland.
The POPCAP exhibitions
- PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin, Ireland 1–31 July 2014
- Image Afrique, Basel, Switzerland 1–25 September 2014
- Cape Town Month of Photography, Cape Town, South Africa 1 Oct – 1 Nov 2014
- Lagos Photo Festival, Lagos, Nigeria 25 Oct – 26 Nov 2014
- Eyes On, European Month of Photography, Vienna, Austria 28 Oct – 30 Nov 2014
- Festival lnternaticional de Fotografia Cabo Verde, Mindelo, Cape Verde 14 Nov – 12 Dec. 2014
- Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1–7 Dec. 2014
POPCAP is a non-profit organization. Its aim is to raise the profile of African photography in the arts and provide more publicity for artists engaging with the African continent. Each year, five winning portfolios are exhibited at international exhibitions in a publically-accessible location. In 2014 there will be 7 exhibitions in Ireland, Switzerland, South Africa, Nigeria, Austria, Cape Verde and Ethiopia. The 2014 edition received applications by 720 artists from 88 countries, 24 of which were from African countries. POPCAP was first awarded in 2012. The call to POPCAP ‘15 opens on December 1st, 2014.
piclet.org is an international online portal that has been presenting the portfolios of contemporary photographers since 2009, as well as maintaining an international catalogue of important photography festivals, magazines and institutions. It was established by Berlin-based Swiss artist Benjamin Füglister. The execution of the competition and the exhibitions is organized in collaboration with Liaison Association for Cross-Disciplinary Culture, represented by arts manager Angela Nyffeler in Zurich, Switzerland.
Benjamin Füglister was born in Zurich in 1978 and grew up in the Basel region. He has lived in Berlin since the completion of his studies at HGKB in Switzerland and HKU in the Netherlands. In his creative work he deals with social conventions and their visual transformation, with a particular focus on photography as an interface for observation and as a medium for the visualization of ever-changing views of humanity. Benjamin Füglister has been an editorial contributor to European Photography since 2006 and in 2009 he founded piclet.org, a platform for handpicked photographic portfolios, which awarded the POPCAP prize for the first time in 2012.
Learn more about the winning projects on the POPCAP website!