2020 PROJECT GRANT WINNERS
ALESSIO MAXIMILIAN SCHRODER
The Shape Of Self
The Shape of Self is a series of portraits focused on transgender communities of West Bengal. This project aims to represent the struggled identities of trans people, stressing the individuality of each person.
The Children of Carrowbrowne
As Ireland’s largest minority group, travellers are often ostracised from the mainstream Irish society for their nomadic way of life and pushed to the periphery of urban spaces.
While the moonlight showers upon my dark robe
Pressure to perform, career, comparatively early marriage. The lives of young Chinese are shaped by conservative ideas of their families and society. However, the most populated country in the world is a fast changing one.
VITILIGO is a series of environmental portraits which allows the viewer inside a private dimension, one which is often painful and too often, rejected.
Sapeurs of the Congo
The series is about people who are part of a fashion subculture in Congo called La Sape - Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes (Society of Ambiance-Makers & Elegant People). Its followers are known as "sapeurs" or "sapeuses" for women.
PROJECT GRANT FINALISTS
TOBY BINDER Germany
Wee Muckers - Youth of Belfast
The images of the project were photographed in six different Protestant and Catholic neighbourhoods in Belfast. The photo essay depicts the ubiquity of unemployment, drug crime and violence afflicting Belfast’s youth providing an intimate and immediate insight into the daily lives of a whole generation.
BARBARA ZANON Italy
Daily life of a family with three children with autism
This is an ongoing long-term project, which tells the story about an Italian family living with Autism Spectrum Disease (ASD). Emilia and Francesco, after having tried for a child for years resorted successfully to artificial insemination and had twins, Luisa and Riccardo.
JULIA RUNGE Germany
The project "Shebeen Queens” focuses on the female entrepreneurs who have been able to assert themselves as strong, emancipated women within this often-dangerous scene. Many of the women have been hit by strokes of fate. Some of them have lost their jobs or are no longer able to do so for health reasons, others do not have enough income from their jobs to live on, so they have to run a shebeen on the side until late at night.
FEDERICO ESTOL Uruguay
There are 3,000 shoe shiners who go out into the streets of La Paz and El Alto suburbs each day in search of clients. They are from all ages and in recent years have become a social phenomenon in the Bolivian capital.
I would like to congratulate all the finalists in the Projects Category. The jury performed an insightful and unenviable task in their selections by rewarding straightforward documentary work that shared a common theme in these winning projects below. Stories about social exclusion and prejudice; about being the minority in a majority world; about being a bit different and about wanting to break free of conventionalism and entrenched traditions.
These are real-world issues facing humanity today more than ever because of globalisation and the rise of exclusivism, populism and sectarianism in our modern societies. These 10 projects and many others in the 185 submissions we received tackle these issues head-on. Photographers as storytellers, have a duty to inform and express their visions through the camera and these are prime examples.
Steven Lee, Director, KLPA