Current Third year student Adele Reed was recently shortlisted for this year’s Bar Tur Photobook prize for her work:
I was recently shortlisted among 29 artists for the Bar Tur Photobook Prize hosted at The Photographer’s Gallery, London. The prize, currently in its second year, is open to emerging photographers and artists who are either studying at or have graduated from a UK institution in the past five years. It awards an art book proposal with the opportunity to work with both The Photographer’s Gallery and the independent UK based publishing house Here Press to produce a debut book to the value of £20,000.
This year’s judging panel consisted of The Photographer’s Gallery director Brett Rogers, Hannah Watson, Chloe Dewe Mathews, Celia Davies, Cheryl Newman, and Ben Weaver and Harry Hardie of Here Press.
On Tuesday 1st December I was invited to attend the ceremony at The Photographer’s Gallery announcing the results. On the evening the gallery provided complimentary canapés and Prosseco to a busy room comprised of mingling industry professionals and hopeful young graduates, and a looped slide-show displayed on the main wall exhibited an example of each shortlisted work. Speeches were given by Brett Rogers, Here Press and finally Amnon Bar-Tur who announced the four runners-up and presented the award to this year’s winner Jack Latham.
In its first year application eligibility reached only as far as London-based universities, however this year it was opened up nationwide, and received almost 300 submissions from 29 different institutions through a free of charge open call online submission process which asked for a short written proposal and portfolio of up to 20 images. Rogers commented on the diversity and quality of the applicants, which proves extremely promising for the exciting future of contemporary art-book practice.
My own book idea may not have won this particular prize, but having the proposal acknowledged in such a way gives me genuine encouragement to follow it through to its fruition sometime in the future.
Read further information about the winner and runners-up in this Royal Photographic Society article:
To find out more information about Adele and her work visit http://www.adelemreed.co.uk, and follow her on twitter, @thecatbath