Now in its second year, the winning photographers of Portfolio Review 2014 have been named as Maurice van Es, Oliver Hartung, Christian Kryl and Jan van der Til. The photographers were awarded prizes to the value of €9000 at an awards ceremony in Düsseldorf last week.
Van Es, Hartung and Kryl were each given €2500 to produce a photo essay commissioned by arts organisation Arte Creative. Van der Til was awarded a voucher worth €1500 for high-end photo printing at Düsseldorf-based photo lab Grieger.
In addition, every participant was given a premium account at online platform Salon.io, and will have the opportunity to participate in workshops to create their new websites at the company’s offices in Berlin.
The portfolio reviews took place at art museum NRW-Forum in the city centre during the third Düsseldorf Photo Weekend from 31 January to 02 February. Participants were invited to submit two portfolios to the professional photo-led jury. The 27 successful photographers (including one duo) were then invited to present their work to a panel of reviewers in front of an audience.
The eight-strong jury included Berlin-based artist Joachim Schmid, independent curator Marc Feustel, managing editor of Foam magazine Elisa Medde and Le Bal’s Sebastian Hau, among others.
The goal, say the organisers, was “to offer talented photographers from around the world a forum to discuss their work with a wide range of photography experts. We were looking for strong individual portfolios by photographers who aren’t that well known or who haven’t exhibited widely. We didn’t restrict ourselves to any one genre of photography.”
The reviews were open to international photographers of all ages.