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Ernst Coppejans - Goud

Not many photo series manage to go deep while staying accessible, like this series largely about gay men in West Africa. The jury was moved by the work. The images are in a staged documentary style, but also demonstrate a clear societal importance. While many photographers are able to get their subjects into their studio without much effort, this photographer and his subjects took a real risk to work on the photos, since they could’ve been sentenced to prison. The jury was impressed that, even though the topic is sensitive, the images are rich in composition, form and colour. Each image is intriguing in its own way – yet together, they form a complete photo story without any noise.

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Robin de Puy - Zilver

Fantastic work. The photographer’s signature is visible in every single image and the series is well composed. Using a retro aesthetic, the series as a whole convinced the jury through its consistency. The portraits are perfect: very stylish but with a raw edge to them.

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Jean-Luc Truijens - Brons

Within the nude genre, this work is truly beautiful and original. Since the beginning of time, people have been looking for beautiful abstract forms in the human body, and this is a great execution of that search. It’s a relief to see nude photography that isn’t commercial or cliché. The images are simultaneously flat and 3D. They’re both glossy and sturdy, and the series has an outspoken signature. Even though colour is part of the basic grammar of image-making, there are few artists who really know how to work with it – and this photographer does.

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Renate Beense - Brons

A cheerful series that radiates energy through dynamic images. Even though some of the things in the photos aren’t particularly pretty to look at it, the photographer’s eye is fresh, and continues to surprise. It’s a documentary series, yet the visual signature of the photographer is visible throughout. The rawness of the series is beautiful: there is really a story behind this series and you can feel it.

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Carla Kogelman

A classic series. Photography of great quality and the maker’s signature is apparent in all photos.

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Jaap Stahlie

This series touches. The pairing of portraits with photos of surfaces is beautifully done. The way in which the people’s faces look up is mysterious and beautiful, as are the colours and shadows on the subjects’ faces. This series is created with a good eye for light and colour.

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René van der Hulst

If you send a photographer to a shoe factory, you usually won’t get great pictures. This series, however, is from an uneventful old-fashioned shoe factory and it shows daring that the photographer did this series as commissioned work. The use of diptychs makes for a fresh way of storytelling. It’s storytelling with forms: it’s all about the composition. The repetition of diptychs throughout the series is attractive.

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Gea Schenk 

Good casting. It’s a documentary series about twins who have lived together all their lives and never married. Even though it’s done in an old-fashioned way the images tell an interesting story of two characteristic persons. The interest for such a story, and telling it well, is in fact very 2014.

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Gerrit Schreurs

These close-ups are done very well. The photographer gave himself a clear task, which makes the series successful. He photographed the remains of a deserted school building up close and without changing anything. This meticulous working process adds depth to the series.

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Nico Bastens

This is a well¬ photographed series with a gripping story. Each image makes you curious about the next one. It’s possible that the two characters are brothers, but you can’t know for sure. They might be soldiers or ballet dancers, or both. The mystery makes it interesting. The series triggers curiosity about the full story, while it’s also okay that it remains a mystery.

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Marieke van der Velden

The series shows a clash between tradition and decadence. Each photo combines two things: a background that tells a story and the directness of a powerful, realistic portrait. What you see is what you get, there are no extra layers added on. The series has a clear signature and definitely embodies a sign of the time.

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Alek Bruessing

This is one of the few photographers who knows how to successfully mix colour images with black and white into one series. The separate images are truly wonderful.

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Jacqueline Dersjant

A lot of photo stories these days are too composed, but this one is a real reportage, and it’s done beautifully, too. The viewer gets close to the skin of a few boys who are setting things, and each other, on fire. There’s a lot of roughness to the images, but the story is complete.

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Jouk Oosterhof

This work is very 2014. There are some truly beautiful photos in this series. The jury was convinced of the quality of the work because the concepts are great and the photographer has a clear signature visible in each image.

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Maarten Kools

The photos are very diverse yet they all fit together in one series. The images make the viewer wonder how the story evolves. A very well executed project.

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Jitske Schols

These images grind. What’s the story? One character seems to return in a few images, but we don’t know what’s happening. Still, it’s clear that there is a story unfolding. The series catches one’s attention and holds it.

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Arjen Schmitz

China is happening. This series on urban China is quite well known photography, but it’s also a sign of the times and very well executed. The photographer has a clear signature, and the series is well selected - one of the hardest things to do for a photographer.

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Mike Harris

Subjects turning away from the photographer’s lens seems to be a trend of 2014. But such moments can only be interesting if they are captured well. This series did so. It’s documentary, even though it seeks the appearance of staged moments, which creates a nice tension. The series is clearly contemporary but also shows a distinct signature.

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Bastiaan Woudt

This is reminiscent of Man Ray’s work, but the series goes beyond copying earlier work. It has a signature of its own and offers an excitingly fresh perspective on the human body.

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Tara Fallaux

Good photography with great compositions. The series is quite neat, all the photos are comfortable, and in fact they could’ve been a bit more uncomfortable. The series captures well the warmth of circus life and creates intrigue about the lives of people on fairgrounds.

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Petra van Velzen

Drag has already been photographed a lot, so viewers might be saturated with the topic, but it can still fascinate visually and can be approached in many different ways. This is a strong series because you sometimes want to look away from it. One of the jury members even confessed to being scared of one of the photos. These are “painful photos” the jury concluded, which means that the photographer was really able to touch on something.

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Gerritjan Huinink

The moments in this series are very well chosen. In every photo, something happens and the topic is interesting. The photo with the calf is beautifully done.

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Jeroen Hofman

The series becomes better the longer you look at it. The setting alone is already photogenic, but then the photographer did something extra with it: the series has a cinematic feel. The photos seem to be staged and that makes them stronger. The jury furthermore praises the different perspectives that the photographer used.

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Du Choff

This series makes you feel uneasy, which is its strength. The fact that the images aren’t staged, makes the story even more exciting. Because the images grind, you won’t easily forget them.

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Alex ten Napel

It has been done before: portraits of dogs or hairless cats against a neutral background. But these photos of chickens form a very tight series that is also pretty. The photos are moments registered well. The photos are almost too neat, but it’s great that there’s one photo with a black background – the “black sheep” among the chickens. The forms are beautiful and it’s fantastic that one of the chickens suddenly has a different posture than the others.

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Marijke de Gruyter en Jet Vervest

These are portraits of children in a fresh and unusual way. The series is stylised, but not in a cliché way. There are some very good portraits, with beautiful colours and a recognisable signature. It makes the viewer interested to see more.

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Robert_Peek

The images look a bit like old postcards. The filter is used to get a certain atmosphere across, though the jury wondered if a filter was needed for this consistent series. The photos already captured the atmosphere so well. Simply a beautiful series.

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Cindy Baar

Very 2014, with objects covering parts of people’s faces. Yet the series isn’t cliché at all since it’s done precisely and with a good eye for detail. Simply a beautiful series.