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Linelle Deunk - Gold

It’s remarkable that it’s possible to score so high in a 2015 contest with classical photography. This is the winner by a large margin. The series has a beautiful use of light, and precise hues of black and white on the people’s skin. It’s black and white photography done very well. Colour photography would have distracted from the beautiful and precise forms and lines.
The combination of portrait and landscape photography works well: they show where the people in the portraits are living, and as a viewer you feel like you’ve been there, too. As a whole, the series has a timeless quality. This is photography from a long tradition. Yet, since black and white photography is regaining popularity, the series is also very much part of 2015 – it sets the standard.

Eddo Hartmann - Silver

Everything looks too wide and too big, in other words: megalomaniac. The colour grey comes out well. You can see right away that these aren’t photos of an easy-going country. That message is apparent in each element in the images.
It is quite special that this photographer got access to North Korea and that he was allowed to photograph there. Even though he probably did exactly what was asked of him, to a Western audience, the photos have the opposite effect. The people in it are trying to look good and make a good impression, however, to the viewer everything looks orchestrated and fake.

Martijn van de Griendt - Bronze

This photographer is a hunter. He captured the way these people are looking at each other very well. Every person has a unique glance, that couldn’t have been directed — they’re real moments captured well. It is very good reportage, you can feel that the photographer was among the people that he photographed. The images seem to pop out of their frames, they’re nicely ‘in your face’. It’s a fresh series.

Kiki Groot - Gold Studentwork

A revelatory series with beautiful images. The photographer has photographed a boy with autism. You get very close to the boy, and get to know what his surroundings look like, what he plays with. It’s a short series but it’s a super strong edit, and very much 2015.


Annabel Oosteweeghel - Honorable mention

Nothing changed in this house for many decades. All the photos are staged, which gives them a nice cinematographic feel. It’s just a beautifully done series.

Jouk Oosterhof - Honarable mention

This is a photographer with a unique signature and creative identity. The atmosphere, the postures, the design and the technical side: they are all well executed and show a very personal style.

Peggy Kuiper - Honorable mention

It’s about fashion, but every now and then you wonder: is this allowed in a fashion series? Because this work is also about sex. The series has a good use of colours and interesting postures. It’s a different and exciting work.

Laura Hospes - Honorable mention studentwork

Intimacy, purity, reality and rawness. It’s about feeling. It’s close to your heart, not your head. It’s honest. The series raises questions: what am I looking at? Some images are reminiscent of Sanne Sannes and others of Ed van der Elsken. There’s a good use of light. The repetition in the series works, it’s very skilled. It’s admirable that you dare to show yourself in that way, in your most unhappy moments. The series isn’t vain, yet very beautiful.

Dylan van Vliet - Studentwork

Confronting. It touches you. If you look at the portraits, you feel uneasy. You’re being seduced. It’s pure and honest. It feels real, yet there’s also something glamorous to it. The combination of colour and black and white is done well.

Goran Turnsek - Studentwork

It’s a series about arms and hands, and what you can do with them. It’s a funny subject, because when people are being photographed they often don’t know what to do with their hands. The series shows a unique signature and is nicely alienating. The identities of the models are gone, and then suddenly in one image it returns. The weird postures are done very well.

Iebeltje van der Spoel - Studentwork

They seem like monsters, these car wrecks. It’s a nice idea and magnificently executed. There’s much to discover in these photos. It isn’t a project that you can do in between things. The individual images are interesting, but as a series it works, too. It’s a tight series, with the cars’ headlights at the same height in each image, which makes the cars’ different ‘identities’ stand out. You would like to hang these images on a wall, but size does matter: you would like to see it in very large format.

Misha Pipercic - Studentwork

If you’re able to produce such a series, you show that you have a good eye and most importantly: that you know how to edit. This photographer has the qualities of a documentary filmmaker and a bookmaker. The sequence of the images is well thought out, and the photographer makes sure to tell a story.

Jeroen Luijt - Studentwork

This is really painting with light. Technically the series is done very well. There’s depth to the two dimensional image, and even a suggestion of movement: one object seems to go faster than the other. The images are simple but you keep looking at them. They have a special concentration and a focus that not many images possess. All photographers have done this kind of photography at some point in their career, yet this series clearly stands out.

Jacqueline van den Heuvel

This series provides a nice look into Dutch communes. It’s interesting that it’s documentary work and yet the photos are staged. It’s also alienating: the images are a little stiff, while a lot is happening in the photos. The different groups look different. You can feel their unique atmospheres and dynamics. The glances and postures of the different people within each photo vary, too. Even though there is coherence, there is also difference. Some photos look like Leonardo da Vinci scenes. It’s a great subject, a consistent series, and it’s technically well photographed.

Stephanie Driessen - Studentwork

Very graphic and abstract, yet it’s also possible to recognise rooms and objects in the images. The colours and compositions are well done. You need to look very precisely: what does the image consist of? The photographer has a good eye, and used colours in a very subtle way: it’s white on white on white, with a little grey. The resulting images are just great.

Bastiaan Woudt

You would like to own these photos. They almost look like Man Ray, but are still very different. It’s classic work with a personal touch.

Marieke van der Velden

Good subject choice. You can see that the photographer is really interested in what she’s showing. Straight up virtuous.

Marie Cecile Thijs

This series has a recognisable signature. Beautiful still lifes. It’s classic but also modern and it’s very strong work.

Maeve Stam

This series has a cinematographic feel. It’s free, loose and delicious. It might seem like some of the images don’t cohere with each other, but the series as a whole does. It’s rock ‘n’ roll.

Rob Severein

This is a very good documentary series and good reportage. Beautifully placid images with a good use of light. The series tells a story from the first image until the last.

Imke Panhuijzen

Weird in a good way. With each image you feel like looking further. When you pay attention, you see more and more unexpected things. That crazy dog, the golden carrots, the plasters on the model’s face. Every time you look you think: hey, there’s more.

Marijn Scheeres

This is a fun series about morning rituals. You get cheerful when you see it. The photographer captured nice moments, and she has captured them well. A unique style.

Suzanne Rensink

This is a balanced, almost classic, fashion series. The models have beautiful stiff postures. In the images you could furthermore read a reaction to old anthropological photos: the photographer gave these images a twist. It’s nicely done.

Femke Reijerman

The series has a very beautiful use of light, strong compositions and great colours. These are almost graphic images. Even though the moments are made up, they also somehow look accidental and real.

Elmer van der Marel

It’s only a small series, but it consists of five very strong images, with a beautiful use of light. A whole story is told in just a few images and yet it doesn’t need more, it’s complete the way it is.

Carla Kogelman

This photographer has a very recognisable personal style, and a good eye. She knows how to share her enthusiasm for photography. She captured beautiful moments. It’s as if she wasn’t there, everybody is doing her or his own thing in a relaxed manner. It’s black and white photography with a nice feel. The series consists of twelve photos, and each of those twelve you’d like to own.

Ursula Jernberg

This photographer has an eye for details, and makes the viewer look at them, too. She deliberately works with blurring and focusing, which has the desired effect. You would like to know what exactly is happening in the images. And then, when you look better, it hurts. The framing was done very well, too. These photos should be printed in big sizes.

Rein Janssen

If you’re talking 2015, these are portraits of modern food. People have started to look at food differently, they easily pay a lot of money for a funny looking fruit, just because it’s beautiful or trendy. This series captures that trend very well. The photographer has found his own way of working with food: he is able to add several layers to the image, and yet he photographs in analogue.

Barrie Hullegie

Very fascinating. Those beautiful bodies and then there’s that photo of a grumpy head in between. It’s weird, abrasive, and blunt. You instantly feel something, whether you want to or not. You’d like to see these images in big format so the light comes out nicely.

Ilse Frech

Beautiful moments. The photos are like Polaroids, yet with a great use of colour. This series is very much 2015.

Bob Eshuis

This is a mess. It’s dirty, it smells, it’s lovely. The photographer must have had a lot of fun making these photos. It’s a clear accusation against consumerism but simultaneously a pastiche on classic still lifes – that’s a great combination.

Ernst Coppejans

This photographer looks for dignity in a portrait. He doesn’t make people seem miserable. The photographer is present in his photos, because you can see that there is contact with the portrayed person. And there is also contact with the viewer. It matters that these three people, the model, the photographer and the viewer, are looking at each other. The photographer takes you with him on his travels.

Henri Blommers

Surprising work: weird and different. It’s a daring series, but it works. There’s a lot to be seen in these images. It would be nice to show this series in a bigger format.

Saskia Aukema

The photographer asked women who wear a niqab in the streets, what they wear when they’re at home. It’s a nicely executed series, with a good concept that actually has content – it goes beyond ‘just a styling thing’. The serious side speaks from the photos, yet they’re also funny. The fact that you can’t see the women’s faces makes the photos stronger. The kid’s feet sneaking into one of the photos is a funny detail.

Maarten Kools - Honorable mention

The images raise questions: what is this, what are we looking at? What is the story behind these photos? Is this blood? Was someone bitten by a dog? There is a leg missing over there. It’s very exciting. It’s a weird combination of images, while together they’re also a coherent series. It’s raw photography and it’s original in all aspects.