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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.