THE 10TH EDITION OF THE JULIA MARGARET CAMERON AWARD FOR WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS
Juried by Amber Terranova
The 10th edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, juried by Amber Terranova, is dedicated to the remarkable photographer who was the juror of the first edition, the late Mary Ellen Mark. 4,580 images from 57 countries were received in this occasion.
Please scroll down to access the Galleries with the selected images in the different categories.
'As a photo editor and educator I always appreciate the opportunity to see the multitude of entries in photo competitions. To look through thousands of photographs representing different styles and themes in one sitting is a valuable experience for both the juror and the photographer, even if one’s work is not selected. The photographers are given a chance to think about how their work functions on a more universal level in front of a larger audience and use that experience to further refine how they edit and present a series or an iconic image.
In the 2017 edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron award, the submissions varied from documentary and reportage to conceptual, fine art photographs in over 15 categories from all over the world. In the list of winners and runners up (actually honorable mentions,) I selected work that felt original and fresh, hitting a purely aesthetic and conceptual note, or work that revealed a compelling human truth in a documentary series, instantly grabbing my attention and raising my curiosity about the subject matter. The judging process offers up a unique entry way into seeing trends or picking up on a temperament, as seen in the various series dealing with identity in the current political climate. Though none of those series were selected, I liked observing the effort made by these photographers to engage in this contemporary visual dialogue on protests.
In KK Pauls´s winning series, Only Child, I was struck by the work’s sculptural qualities. The construction element of layering photo paper materials seemed to compliment the complex family situations that motivated KK Paul to create this personal body of work. After viewing the images, amongst hundreds of others, the collage technique, and her effort to express her feelings about the child, resonated with me on some level. I was inspired by how it felt more like an object, something tangible almost malleable, like the delicate feelings in the work. The images raised my curiosity and left me asking questions. And in the jurying process, it´s always a series that leaves one wanting to know more, whether it’s a comfortable feeling or not, that rises to the surface.'
TO SEE THE galleries of THE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES, PLEASE click in the respective links below.
(please note thumbnails are cropped to fit in square size; to see the full size of each image click in the thumbnails)