21st July 2017 by Jolyon Webber

Magnum/LensCulture Awards 2017

Twelve international photographers have been announced as the winners of the 2017 Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards. The legendary photography agency, Magnum Photos, and LensCulture have joined forces for the second time to produce this opportunity to recognise, reward and support photographic talent. The series and single image awards include six categories: Street, Portrait, Photojournalism, Open, Fine Art and Documentary.

The winning projects will be shown in a digital exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery in London later this year and exhibited at photography festivals worldwide. Furthermore, the laureates will be awarded access to expert guidance from Magnum and LensCulture. The twelve winners of the prestigious award hail from all over the world and deal with a diversity of subjects.

Nick Hannes, the Documentary series winner, pursued a project featuring the culture of the elite in Dubai, while Lissa  Rivera’s striking portraits of her non – binary partner explore contemporary notions of gender and its narratives in today’s society. Other winners include Daniel Shipp’s Botanical Inquiry series for Fine Art, Median Dugger’s series Chroma: An Ode to JD Okhai Ojeikere, inspired by the Nigerian photographer’s seminal images of Afro-Carribean hair styling, British photojournalist Jason Florio’s Destination Europe detailing the current global migration crisis and Argus Paul Eastbrook’s documentation of South Korean student protests in Losing Face.

Argus Paul Eastbrook – Losing Face

Read All About It. During a cold winter evening, a man sells Workers’ Solidarity newspa- pers to protesters marching towards the presidential Blue House. The headline reads: ”Park Geun-hye Resign Now.” © Argus Paul Estabrook. Street Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Dark Horse. A protester rides a fiberglass horse in Gwanghwamun Square to deliver his message to others. Throughout the many public demonstrations, the largest one had an estimated 1.7 million participants. © Argus Paul Estabrook. Street Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Jason Florio – Destination Europe

Bangladeshi and Pakistani migrants wait to be evacuated from the fetid hold of a smuggler’s boat off the coast of Libya. 414 migrants and refugees were found lost at sea off the coast of Libya. The men, women and children were crammed into a fishing boat designed for a crew of 10, including 150 packed below the deck. Migrant Offshore Aid Station located the vessel with their camera drone and intercepted it, rescuing all onboard. © Jason Florio. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Gambian and other West African migrants lay exhausted on the deck of the Migrant Off- shore Aid Station ship after being rescued from a packed rubber boat that was starting to sink off the coast of Libya. © Jason Florio. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Median Dugger – Chroma: An Ode to J.D. Okhai Ojeikere

Chroma © Medina Dugger. Open Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Lissa  Rivera – Beautiful Boy

Apartment, Venice, 2016. © Lissa Rivera. Portrait Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Daniel Shipp – Botanical Inquiry

Arterial Road Duct. © Daniel Shipp. Fine Art Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Nick Hannes – Dubai: Bread and Circuses

Hub Zero, Dubai, January 2017. Emirati boys playing a game of pool at Hub Zero, an immersive entertainment hub located at City Walk shopping mall. © Nick Hannes. Documentary Series Winner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

Desert Road, Dubai, September 2016. © Nick Hannes. Documentary Series Win- ner, Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2017.

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