Dimitris Michalakis, winner APWA 2020, «42 days»
Yiannis Antonopoulos, winner APWA 2019, «SouthEast of Eden»
Antonis Pasvantis, runner up APWA 2020, Sombre Caste
Byron Smith, runner up APWA 2020, Londonderry
Athens Photo World Award
Athens Photo World, with a donation by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, is organising for the third year the annual Photojournalism Award for professional photographers living and working in Greece and/or Cyprus.
Athens Photo World will award a 5,000€ cash prize to an ongoing or complete project of photojournalism or documentary photography, created after January 2018.
Always aiming to promote the work of photographers and photojournalists, and familiarise the public with contemporary photojournalism and its contribution to recording history as it is written, APW contributes in its own way to encouraging and enhancing their vocation and their ability to remain committed to their work and vision.
The awarded photographic project will be exhibited at the next Athens Photo World at an individual exhibition of the photographer.
A new jury will be appointed every year. For 2021 the panel consists of photojournalists Yorgos Karahalis and Simela Pantzartzi and photography professor Anastasia Markidou..
Those interested are invited to submit a portfolio of twelve (12) photographs, explanatory text and a brief resume.
The winner of the Athens Photo World 2021 Award will be announced by Dimitris Michalakis, winner of the 2020 Award, at the closing event of APW 2021 on the 30th of May at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.
Participation in the Athens Photo World Award contest is free.
Photographer - Photojournalist
Yorgos Karahalis was born in 1966 in Athens, Greece, where he lives and works.
He started working as a self-taught news photographer in 1987. In 1988, he co-founded “Prisma”, a local news photo-agency. During the next 10 years he managed to publish his work all over the Greek major newspapers and magazines.
In 1996, he left “Prisma”, signed a contract with Reuters news agency and began working almost exclusively for Reuters. After 10 years, in 2007, he joined Reuters as a staff photographer based in Athens.
For almost 20 years, as a Reuters photographer, he travelled in many countries covering all aspects of news and sports photography, and received a training session in photo-editing in
His work has been published in the most significant publications around the world.
He stopped working for Reuters in 2014, and since then he works on a freelance basis.
Currently he works with Associated Press and Bloomberg, and covers European Commission assignments in Greece.
He is married with two children.
Photographer – Photojournalist
Simela Pantzartzi was born in Heidelberg, Germany. She studied photography at Photokinissi College in Athens while already working as a photojournalist since 1985.
From 1985 to 1995 she worked as a freelancer.
In 1996 she started collaborating with the international agency European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) which continues to this day.
From 1998 to 2019 she worked as a staff photojournalist for the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA) while for the last year she has switched to the position of photo-editor.
During her 35-year career in photojournalism she has covered the Romanian Uprising against the regime of communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989.
In 1997 she covered the civil uprising in southern Albania, achieving a world exclusive.
In 2000 she travelled to Baghdad and photographed the consequences of the Gulf War and the embargo on the lives of the Iraqis, succeeding, along with members of an international mission of volunteers from four countries, in lifting the embargo on flights to and from Iraq.
In 2004 and 2008 she worked for the Olympic Games in Athens (Greece) and Beijing (China) respectively.
She has participated in several group exhibitions related to the 10-year recession in Greece and the refugee-immigration crisis.
Her photos have been published repeatedly on the front pages of major newspapers, magazines & web sites around the world such as IHT, NY Times, The Washington Post, Stern magazine, The Guardian, El Pais, Telegraph and others, as well as in university publications and books of international institutions.
Anastasia Markidou works as an associate professor at The Department Of Photography and Audiovisual Arts (School of Applied Arts and Culture, University of West Attica). She holds a PhD in History and Aesthetics of photography (University of Westminster, United Kingdom). Since 1990 she has exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions, in Greece and abroad. She has been invited to work and exhibit in situ from UK Projects and was commissioned to produce photographic work for the Delphi cultural Centre and Skopelos Photographic Centre. Her work forms part of the collection of the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography and the Museet For Fotokunst, Brandts Klaedefabrik (Danmark). She also works as an independent curator and editor.
Her publications include the monograph Constructions (2009) which was distinguished as one of the best photo books of the year by the Photo Book Festival in Kassel, Germany and the theory essay Photography: Critical Readings (2015). In 2018, she was appointed by the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography (2018) to curate the group exhibition SelfImages and edit the accompanying publication.
Who can participate?
The competition is open to professional photographers / photojournalists living and working in Greece and/or Cyprus, except for APW organizing team, interns, contractors, sponsors, or an immediate family member of any of the foregoing.
Which are supposed to be the topics of the project?
Any documentary / photojournalism project/body of work.
How many photos should there be sent?
The desired number of photos is 12. Fewer photos can be submitted as long as they create a complete photographic body of work.
What are the technical specifications of the photographs?
The photos are submitted in jpeg format, at 72dpi and 3000 pixels on their large side. In case of qualifying for the finalists, the jury reserves the right to request the RAW (original) files.
Which is the time frame of the submitted photographic project?
The submitted photos must have been shot within the previous three years (from January 2018 onwards). However, if the 10% of the project has been shot at a previous point in time, these photos may be included in the entry.
Can the winners of the previous competitions participate in the competition again?
What is the submissions’ deadline?
The deadline for submissions is set for Sunday, April 18, 2021, at 23:59 Athens time, 20:59 GMT
When will the results of the contest be announced?
The results will be announced on Sunday, May 30, 2021 in an event which will take place according to all health and safety protocols against COVID-19 that will be in effect at the time.
Terms and Conditions
About the candidates
All photojournalists and photographers are eligible to enter the contest regardless of their nationality and residence except for members of APW organizing team, interns, contractors, sponsors, or an immediate family member of any of the foregoing.
Technical specifications for submitted photos
The photo must be an original creation and not a composite. Only single exposure and single frame pictures will be accepted (multiple exposures, polyptychs, stitched panoramas, either produced in-camera or with image editing software etc will not accepted)
With their participation, the photographers guarantee that they are the copyright owners of the submitted photos and that they maintain all the rights arising from their intellectual property.
The participant must certify and warrant if asked that the submitted photo(s) does not violate the rights of a third party or any copyright. In the event of a proven intellectual property conflict between the participating photographer and a third party, participation will be considered null and void.
APW is not responsible for intellectual property violations that might have resulted through the submissions of photos.
Judging and notification of selected photographers
After the contest closes on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 23:59 Athens time, 20:59 GMT, qualifying photos will be judged on adherence to the contest challenge through its message clarity, composition and overall presentation. The jury’s decision is final. Any attempt by a participant to influence the result or subvert the photo competition will lead to immediate disqualification.
If an entrant is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made to do so, APW reserves the right to offer the prize to the next best entry.
Rights and ownership
By submitting their photos to the APW contests, participants agree to grant APW free of charge the right to use the photo exclusively and solely for the promotion of the contest in all media, social media and press releases. APW guarantees to mention the full name of the chosen contestant when used in its promotional material.
APW reserves the right to modify or cancel the contest or any of the arrangements, schedules, plans or other items directly or indirectly related to the contest, at any time if extreme circumstances (e.g. earthquake, war, terrorist attack, pandemic) make such a decision necessary.
The personal information provided to APW by the entrants shall only be used for the sole purposes of this contest. All participants are entitled to access, cancel, oppose and rectify the details about the personal data (such as names, addresses, etc.) by editing their submission at any time.
Participation in the contest, in no manner constitutes an endorsement or support by APW of the entrants’ views or aims. Candidates shall not advertise or otherwise claim to have obtained any such endorsement or support. APW name and logo are the property of APW and should not be used in any manner whatsoever without the prior consent of APW. APW must approve in writing any statement, advertisement, press release or similar communication in any media, relating to candidate’s participation in the competition.
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