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About the Award
A key focus of the BarTur Photo Award has always been the immense power photography has in influencing the way that we understand and engage with the world around us. Using photography as a means to express ideas and values, the BarTur Photo Award 2020 will cross boundaries and help bring communities together.
In its sixth edition, the BarTur Photo Award also aims to transform the lives and careers of those who participate, like it has done for the previous winners. The BarTur Photo Award (2011 and 2012) in collaboration with University of the Arts London, and the BarTur Photobook Award (2014, 2015 & 2017) in collaboration with the Photographers Gallery, London have all supported, developed, and promoted students and recent graduates to help them realize their potential.
The BarTur Photo Award will be open again in October 2020 and inviting applications from both professional photographers and current students.
The BarTur Photo Award encourages diversity of photographic approaches that reflect vibrant and continuing photographic traditions. At the same time, the Award embraces and reveals how our audience is engaging with new forms and approaches to image making in a technologically changing world. It demonstrates how they respond to and represent both their own personal contexts and some of the more pressing and dominant issues of our time. The anticipated range of work will represent fine art, documentary, fashion, advertising, journalism, and other genres of image making.
The BarTur Photo Award was conceived by Amnon BarTur after considering the positive impact that tutors and lecturers had on him when he was studying at London College of Printing and Graphic Arts (now London College of Communication, University of the Arts London).
“I remember some of my tutors and lecturers vividly. Bill Jay the editor of Creative Camera magazine and Album Magazine in the 60’s was one of them. Bill went out of his way to introduce me to art directors and picture editors working for magazines, newspapers and advertising agencies. He made a huge impact on my career and professional success.
Through the BARTUR PHOTO AWARD I would like to do the same, introduce the award competitor’s work to distinguish panel of Judges of picture editors, art directors, gallerists, Museum
directors and other industry leaders. Further exposure through our extensive PR, travel exhibition and permanent online exhibition to be seen by many tens of thousands of professionals and the media around the globe. There is nothing like exposure and recognition it is vital to an emerging photographers as to a successful professional photographers.
At the same time, this award celebrates the life of my late wife, British artist Ann Lesley BarTur, whom I met at a college event and who died after a long illness when she was only 37, mother of our sons Armon and Gil."
The BarTur Award was first established in 2011 with the generous support of Amnon and Armon BarTur in memory of their wife and mother the late Ann Lesley BarTur (1947-1984), a talented British Artist. To know more about Ann Lesley BarTur, please click here