Back for a second year, Dior are hosting their Photography Award for Young Talents that aims to “foster dialogue between the world’s leading photography schools and give budding students the chance to get their foot in the door." Open to art students and recent graduates around the world, the 2019 edition will see home-grown talent from the Fine Arts and Design College of University Of Sharjah compete for the chance to have their work showcased in an exhibition in France and win the artist’s grant.
The theme for this year is “woman-women’s face” and the words “colour,” “femininity” and “beauty.” Each participant will have to submit a series of photos and/or videos before the jurors will deliberate and whittle down hundreds of applicants before choosing 11 finalists. The winning line up, which will be announced on 26 March, will then have their work displayed in The Grande Halle of the Parc Des Ateliers in Arles.
Last year Yoonkyung Jang, a 23-year old South Korean photographer from Seoul took home the prize of a €10,000 (approximately Dhs41,300) artist’s grant at the show’s opening ceremony at the Arles Photo Festival.
University of Sharjah’s Fine Arts & Design faculty also took place last year, with artist Khoula Hamada as one of the 11 laureates in 2018, where iconic German fashion photographer Peter Lindberg was on the judging panel.
In association with the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie and The Luma Foundation, the rest of the judging panel was completed by Simon Baker (Director of the Maison Européenne De La Photographie), Maja Hoffmann (Founder and President of The Luma Foundation), and Claude Martinez (President and CEO of Christian Dior Parfums).
The collective exhibit will open 1 July and run until 22 September in Arles.
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