1. Prize Lene Münch
2. Prize Malte Wandel
3. Prize Michael Disqué
Prize for the best single photo Toby Binder
The topic of this year's call for submissions was cooperation. What conditions are required for cooperation, and what benefits do these associations produce? What different forms of cooperation exist? Participating photographers were invited to offer their own interpretation of this theme in a series of eight to ten photographs or to present a metaphorical rendering. The four winners have translated this challenge into multifaceted, visually striking works-showing, for example, eternal loyalty among fraternity members, inner affinities to the GDR among former guest workers from Mozambique, surprising connections among seemingly unrelated newspaper images, and the fate of "child witches" in Nigeria.
With a total of 27,000 euros in prize money, the Vattenfall Photo Prize is one of the most generous awards for emerging photographers in Germany: the first prize is 10,000 euros, the second prize is 8,000 euros, and the third prize is 6,000 euros. There is also a 3,000 euro special prize for the best individual photograph. Beyond the prize, the photographs of the winners will be presented in an exhibition at C/O Berlin until 15 January 2012.
This year 200 artist have applied. Entries have been judged by a professional jury. Ingo Taubhorn, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Stephan Erfurt, C/O Berlin, Robert Lebeck, photographer, Rainer Knauber, Vattenfall Europe AG, and Hanna Marie Ebert, Curator of the Vattenfall Collection have selected the three strongest bodies of work from the entries submitted.
Contexts for the presentation of classic documentary photojournalism have been declining over the last decade with the digitization and restructuring of the print media market. It has become almost impossible for young photographers today to shoot their own stories and find venues to publish them. With the Vattenfall Photo Prize, C/O Berlin and Vattenfall intend to support narrative photography and to present talented young photographers to a broad audience. The winners will not only receive prize money but also have their work shown in a solo exhibition at C/O Berlin in October 2011.
Vattenfall is Europe's fifth-largest producer of power and largest producer of heat. Social engagement is an essential component of Vattenfall's corporate philosophy. Through its commitment to the promotion of culture, Vattenfall recognizes outstanding artistic accomplishments by individual artists and art projects.