The winning images have been unveiled in the 2018 ZEISS Photography Awards, with Belgian photographer Nick Hannes scooping the top prize in a competition that included 90,000 submissions from over 140 countries around the world.
The winning series is entitled Garden Of Delight, and was captured from 2016 to 2017 over the course of five trips to Dubai. The collection of images examines leisure and consumerism in the country, and was chosen as the overall winner under the theme of “Seeing Beyond – Untold Stories”. Each photograph was meticulously planned, with locations ranging from a prototype underwater holiday villa to a sub-zero bar in a Dubai shopping mall. In the work, the photographer explores ideas around globalization and capitalism, and was praised by the panel of judges for the unique character and narrative displayed throughout the photographs.
“The winning series stood out because each image captures a real moment and tells a story of its own. And yet they knit together so well to give an overall sense of what life might be like for locals in the metropolis that is Dubai,” said Jury member Chris Hudson, Art Director, National Geographic Traveller (UK). Talking about his success, Nick Hannes said, “I am very honoured and grateful to receive this award. ‘Garden of Delight’ is a self-initiated and self-funded project. I am glad I persevered. This recognition proves that it was worth to keep going and dig deep into my subject.”
As the winner of the ZEISS Photography Award, Hannes received €12,000 (US$14,676) worth of ZEISS lenses and €3000 (US$3669) to cover travel costs for another photography project. The 2018 ZEISS Photography Award judges also recognized nine further series of works by other photographers, and all of the work is due to be exhibited at Somerset House London as part of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition from 20 April to 6 May, 2018.
Now in its third year, the ZEISS Photography Award is a collaboration between the World Photography Organisation (creators of the Sony World Photography Awards and PHOTOFAIRS ) and ZEISS. The award challenges photographers worldwide to submit a body of work addressing a selected theme.