Accademia Apulia UK launches 'Migration, Stories of a Journey' International Photography Award

December 20, 2011

With the Patronage of Amnesty International, the British Council, the European Commission Representation in the UK and the International Organisation for Migration, Accademia Apulia UK is pleased to announce the opening of submissions for their 2011 Photography Award.

Launched in October 2008, Accademia Apulia UK is a non-profit organisation based in London, which aims to foster a cultural and professional exchange between communities across Europe. Our commitment to nourishing an international artistic dialogue is reflected in the Accademia Apulia Photography Award – an art prize designed specifically to encourage and celebrate emerging artists. 

‘Migration, Stories of a Journey’ is aimed at promoting emerging photographers of all nationalities based in the European Economic Community whose work explores the lives and development of migrants worldwide. The project has been sponsored by Belluzzo & Associates, Gattarella Resort, Metro Imaging, Publiglobe, The Royal Horseguards and Terra Vergine.

The fundamental principle of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”, however whilst for many migration is a positive experience, many others endure human rights violations, exploitation and xenophobia.

The focus of this award is to highlight migrants’ struggle and difficulties as they seek a better life in their adopted country. Entrants will be assessed by leading figures in the fields of Photography and Journalism:

  • Barbara Roche - Migration Museum Project
  • Diane Smyth - British Journal of Photography
  • Jennifer Francis - The Royal Academy of Arts
  • John Ingledew - University of Gloucestershire
  • Lucilla and Fabrizio Barbieri - Coppi Barbieri
  • Stefano Tura – RAI
  • Steve Macleod – Metro Imaging
  • Susan Jenkins - The Art Newspaper

Prize 

Three finalists will be revealed on 10 January 2012 and the winner on 10 Feb 2012. Their works will be showcased in a group exhibition curated by Elisa Canossa at the Royal Horseguards in London. The three finalists will be flown in as guests of Accademia Apulia for two nights. The winner will also receive € 1000 cash prize.

Entries opened on 18th October 2011 and are free. The closing date for entries is 30 December 2011. To enter the competition please visit www.accademiapulia.org