The inaugural Syngenta Photography Award exhibition will be staged at London’s Somerset House, and will run from Friday 17th – Tuesday 21st of May, 10am – 6pm daily.
The Syngenta Photography Award is a new international accolade which will be awarded to one of six finalists from six different countries. Sponsors Syngenta are a world-leading environmental research and crops company, employing over 27,000 people worldwide. Their motto is simply: ‘Bringing plant potential to life’.
The new award has been devised in an attempt to stimulate dialogue, and increase awareness, around key global challenges through compelling imagery. The theme of the award this year is ‘Rural-Urban’, which will focus on both the positive and negative relationships between rural and urban settings, as well as exploring how such issues affect global resources.
The exhibition, curated by Candlestar, will be comprised of work from both the Professional Commission and Open Competition categories, with three representatives from each. The photographs which are in contention for the award have been organised thematically into the following fields: urban sprawl; greening urban environments; deforestation; food production; infrastructure and migration. Both the Open Competition and Professional Commission will be separately positioned in terms of first, second and third place, respectively.
The artists making up the Professional Commission are Jan Brykczyński of Poland, Pablo Lopez Luz of Mexico, and Mimi Mollica of Italy. The Open Competition places have been filled by André François of Brazil, Holly Lynton of the United States, and Vitaliy Popkov of Ukraine.
Additionally, there will be work on display from over 50 other artists, which will further convey the serious impact that tension between rural and urban habitats can have on the environment.
All entries to the award were judged by an international panel featuring curators, publishers, photographers and editors. The chairman of the panel is highly esteemed author and curator William A. Ewing.