2016 New East Photo Prize Exhibition
& New East Photo Weekend

An exhibition featuring work by the finalists of the inaugural New East Photo Prize and a series of workshops aimed at photographers of all ages keen to develop their professional practice

4 Nov – 18 Dec 2016
Wed – Sun, 12pm – 6pm 
Free entry

New East Photo Weekend
2 Dec  – 3 Dec 2016


2016’s New East Photo Prize exhibition showcases selected work by the finalists nominated for the first edition of the New East Photo Prize.

A Calvert 22 Foundation initiative supported by The Calvert Journal, the Prize champions contemporary perspectives on the people and countries of the New East (Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia), welcoming the work of professional and non-professional photographers alike. Its inaugural edition closed for submissions on Friday 19 August 2016 with a total of 1,030 entries from 25 New East countries.

The finalists have been nominated by an international panel of leading industry professionals and their work reflects a range of approaches and subject matters encompassing the use of video, portraiture and landscape photography.

The judging panel includes award-winning photographer Donald Weber, Creative Director of Calvert 22 Foundation Ekow Eshun, leading curator and critic Kate Bush, and Head of Photography for the Guardian and the Observer Roger Tooth, amongst others.  

  • Sasha Rudensky, from Tinsel and Blue


New East Photo Prize Finalists

The finalists participating in the exhibition at Calvert 22 Foundation from 4 November – 18 December 2016 are as follows:

Ziyah Gafic, Bosnia: Paradise Lost
Katrina Kepule, Sit Silently
Eugenia Maximova, Associated Nostalgia
Sasha Rudensky, Tinsel and Blue
Alexander Epikhov, Badlands
Andrey Shapran, Cape North. Chukotka
Michał Siarek, Alexander
Michał Sierakowski, Uranium
Lana Stojićević, Black Hill
Danila TkachenkoLost Horizon
Vladimir Vasilev, T(h)races

More info here


Winner & Special Prizes 

2016 New East Photo Prize Winner – Michał Siarek, Alexander

The winner of the Prize was announced with a reception on Thursday 1 December 2016. Michał Siarek will see his winning project, Alexander, published as a photo book produced by Calvert 22 Foundation. Find out more about the winning series here.

Bird In Flight Special Prize – Elena Subach, The Sacrifice

A £1,000 grant dedicated to unfinished documentary projects was awarded by New East Photo Prize partner Bird In Flight to Elena Subach to help complete The Sacrifice.

Metro Imaging Mentorship Award – Lana Stojićević, Black Hill

Metro Imaging awarded their Mentorship Award to Lana Stojićević for her project Black Hill. The mentorship will be tailor-made to suit the needs of the artist, who will be fully supported over a 12 month period and receive £1,000 credit with Metro Imaging.

  • Ziyah Gafic, from Bosnia Paradise Lost


New East Photo Weekend

To complement the exhibition, from Friday 2 December – Saturday 3 December, Calvert 22 Foundation will host the New East Photo Weekend, with a series of interactive events including masterclasses, panel discussions, one-on-one portfolio reviews and print swaps aimed at photographers of all ages.

The programme will cover the essential steps to becoming an independent member of the professional photographic community while championing excellence from across Eastern Europe.

Events will be led by industry experts such as award-winning photographer Donald Weber, Roger Tooth, Head of Photography at the Guardian, artists Taus Makchacheva and Alexander Gronsky, and Kate Bush, Head of Photography at the Science Museum’s Media Space.

Early bird tickets (on sale until 10 Nov 2016)

£45 / £35 (students) + booking fee

Standard tickets (on sale after 10 Nov 2016) 

£65 / £55 (students) + booking fee

More info here 


New East Photo Prize judges

Donald Weber – Photographer, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lange-Taylor Prize and two World Press Photo Contest awards

Ekow Eshun – Creative Director of Calvert 22 Foundation, former Director of ICA London

Kate Bush – Head of Photography at Media Space/Science Museum and the National Media Museum

Taus Makhacheva – Artist, winner of the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art Foundation Prize

Marina Paulenka – Founder and Director of the international photography Festival Organ Vida in Zagreb, Croatia, and the Organ Vida Photography Association

Alexander Gronsky – Landscape photographer, recipient of the Aperture Portfolio Prize and the World Press Photo 3rd place award for Daily Life stories

Roger Tooth – Head of Photography at the Guardian and Observer

Olga Osipova – Photo Editor of Bird in Flight, an online publication about photography and visual culture

  • © Michal Siarek, from Alexander