· Professional photographers Clem Ono, Carol Allen-Story, Robert Fairer and Brunel Johnson among judges for the inaugural Anna Steinhouse Photography Award
· Photographers of all levels encouraged to submit “My New World” themed images to help document our changing daily lives
· Competition is free to enter from 8 July until 19 August 2020
Some of the nation’s most acclaimed photographers have joined forces to launch the Anna Steinhouse Photography Award, a new prize for the most original image capturing life during and beyond the COVID-19 lockdown.
Street photographer Clem Ono, photojournalist Carol Allen-Story, lifestyle and people photographer Brunel Johnson, fashion photographers Robert Fairer and Guy Hills, food photographer Nia Ravichandran, and social media expert Ali Clifford, will join Anna Steinhouse to judge the award, which aims to collectively record people’s experiences of lockdown and post-lockdown life in Britain.
The judges are calling on amateur and established photographers across the country to submit images which best capture the theme “My New World”, reflecting on the challenges, differences, aspirations, bravery, kindness, love, anger, grief, frustration and humour, which embody our new realities.
The winning image will be displayed for a week in the prestigious photography gallery, the Atlas Gallery in Mayfair, London, while the winner will also receive a cash prize of £1,000, a framed print of their work and a mentoring and portfolio review session with a high-profile professional photographer. Ten runner-up images will also be selected for display in an online exhibition.
The prize is free to enter for photographers of all levels, from amateur to professional. To participate, simply upload your image to Instagram, follow and tag @anna.steinhouse to your image and add the hashtags #AnnaSteinhouseAward and #AS_MyNewWorld. The winner, along with ten runners up, will be announced on 24 August 2020.
Commenting on the prize, Robert Fairer stated: “As we come out of this unprecedented, enforced semi-hibernation, this competition is the perfect opportunity for creatives to reflect and express the changes (both good and bad) that they see and feel around them. The theme is open to a wide interpretation and as a judge I am excited to see these changes from so many different viewpoints - we have all had such varied experiences over the past few months. I am also nervous to see the imagery that may come out of the hardships that so many will have endured. It will be a stark but necessary reminder of this period in time. I am keeping an entirely open mind, ready to be surprised.”
Carol Allen-Story said: "I am delighted to be a part of this new imaginative photography contest, which was inspired by the COVID-19 crisis to support artists whose opportunities for work and recognition have been depleted by the pandemic. The contest is free to enter and provides an opportunity for the winner to benefit, not only from the cash prize, but equally as important, mentoring and portfolio reviews by the participating photographer jurors. I am looking forward to seeing what emerges from the prize."
The award is founded by artist, photography enthusiast and Patron of the Arts, Anna Steinhouse. She commented: “During the last six months, many people’s lives have been put on hold - some have endured great hardship and loss, while others have had to reinvent themselves in order to thrive. We have all lived and experienced lockdown in different ways, but all of us are having to adapt to what is widely-accepted as a new world. I wanted to help support photographers through these difficult times by launching a prize that visually documents these unprecedented times, while also celebrating the medium of photography and its ability to accurately capture this momentous part of our collective history. I am delighted to have the support of such a talented and reputable panel of judges and I’m looking forward to seeing how photographers respond to the theme.
For further information about the Anna Steinhouse Prize and to view the full terms and conditions, visit: https://www.annasteinhouse.com/post/launching-anna-steinhouse-photography-award