ZEISS Photography Award 2016: The winner has been chosen
The prize goes to Tamina-Florentine Zuch from Hanover, Germany with her photo series documenting a train journey through India. The jury was thrilled with the many high-quality submissions.
3,139 photographers from 116 countries and 22,000 images – these three numbers mark the first ever ZEISS Photography Award “Seeing Beyond”. In the award with the theme “Meaningful Places” photographers could showcase their talent to a renowned jury and to the broader public. “The results are superb – we were really excited by the breadth and quality of the applications,” praised Scott Gray, CEO of the World Photography Organisation, which organizes the ZEISS Photography Award.
Tamina Zuch has an incredible eye for composition, light and a feel for the right moment.
Steve Bloom, juror of the ZEISS Photography Award 2016
Tamina-Florentine Zuch is the name of the worthy winner of the ZEISS Photography Award 2016. The 25-year-old is a student of photojournalism and documentary photography in Hannover. She traveled through India by train for a period of six weeks in 2015. Her pictures show children sleeping in hammocks in stuffy train carriages, men risking their lives as they ‘surf’ railway cars, and exotic landscapes as they pass by. Her “Indian Train Journey” brings this journey to life. Some of the images, which are very intimate, demonstrate Tamina’s photographic expertise at such a young age, her patience, and her sensitivity and tact in dealing with subjects from a completely different culture. “Tamina Zuch has an incredible eye for composition, light and a feel for the right moment. She combines these characteristics again and again in her pictures,” said Steve Bloom, one of the three jurors, enthusiastically. “‘Indian Train Journey’ is a very personal and poetic journey that is told by a fresh, young voice,” added Hans-Peter Junker, juror and editor-in-chief of the reportage magazine View.
As the winner, Tamina will receive ZEISS lenses of her choice for a total value of EUR 15,000, as well as an offer to cooperate further with ZEISS. Seven other photographers – Melanie Hübner (Germany), Francisco Salgueiro (Portugal), Patricia Ackerman (Argentina), Helen Mountaniol (Ukraine), Jorge Lopez Munoz (Spain), Erez Beatus (Australia), Lasse Lecklin (Finland) – made it to the shortlist. Their work can be seen at the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House in London from April 22 to May 8, 2016.
With a new theme, the ZEISS Photography Award will enter a new round in the course of 2016. “We want to create a platform for photographers to show their art and their idea of creation to an interested public, and to pay tribute to that,” said Dr. Winfried Scherle, Executive Vice President Consumer Optics Business Group of Carl Zeiss AG. And Scott Gray is already looking forward “to working with ZEISS on more contests in the coming years.”
The photos of the participants that were shortlisted can be found here: “ZEISS Photography Award 2016: The Shortlist”
More about Tamina-Florentine Zuch, her photo series “Indian Train Journey” and here photography in general can be found here: Zuch on the move