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Projects exploring mysterious religious rituals in Russia, Soviet health resorts in Poland, and Ukrainian school graduations all feature on the shortlist for this year’s New East Photo Prize. Including 16 photographers from Latvia, Romania, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Croatia, Slovakia and Azerbaijan, the shortlisted series will be exhibited as part of a group show this autumn. 

“Each of the shortlisted photographers demonstrate a unique approach to the people, places and stories that shape the region,” says Ekow Eshun, creative director of Calvert. “The prize has proven itself once again to be an important space for emerging photographers to gain international recognition, and we look forward to working with each of them in the exhibition and beyond.”

The overall winner, and the winners of two special prizes, will be announced at the private view of the exhibition on Thursday 11 October at Calvert in Shoreditch. The judges this year includes Ekow Eshun; Joanna Ruck, deputy head of photography at The Guardian; photographer and educator Tomasz Kulbowski; and Marina Paulenka, founder and artistic eirector of Organ Vida—International Photography Festival.

New East Photo Prize is on show at Calvert 22 Foundation, 22 Calvert Avenue, London E2 7JP from 12 October – 2 December 201 https://calvert22.org/new-east-photo-prize-2018-exhibition/

From the series Heavy Waters © Alnis Stakle
Furnishing the Sacred © Boglárka Éva Zellei
From the series Infirmi © Michal Solarski
From the series After Season © Adam Wilkoszarski
Owners of small glass workshop in Kharkiv built a mini exhibition of monuments, from Ivan Franko to Volodimir Lenin. Kharkiv, 2017. From the series Wild Fields © Michał-Sierakowski
From the series City of Gardens © Elena Subach and Viacheslav Poliakov
From the series Orthodoxia © Antal Bánhegyesy
From the series Vinietka (Ukrainian graduation album) © Join the Cool collective
From the series Shared Waters © Ilkin Huseynov
From the series Victory © Peter Trembeczki
From the series Edifice © Karol Pałka
From the series Sunny Side © Lana Stojicevic
Head of the Museum of the First Flight Lyudmila Demina in the interior of the main exposition of the museum. From the series Gagarin © Daria Garnik
From the series The Devil’s Lake © Viktorija Eksta
From the series Ural Mari © Fyodor Telkov
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