The international photography competition POPCAP is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 edition. The award aims to foster in-terest in and support for contemporary African photography. This year’s winners – from The Ivory Coast, South Africa, Belgium, The Nether-lands and Democratic Republic of the Congo – were chosen by an international panel of judges via an online judging process. The winning artists will have their works presented later this year at seven exhibitions in Europe and Africa.
POPCAP ’14 The winners
Joana Choum Ali
Born in 1974 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Lives in Abidjan Cococy, Ivory Coast
Hââbré, The last Generation, 2013
In the photographic series The Last Generation Joan Choumali presents portraits of the “last gen- eration” of scarified people in Abidjan. The series questions identity in a contemporary Africa torn between its past and present.
Born in 1980 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Lives in Cape Town, South Africa
Legacy of the mine,
‘The mine’, irrespective of the particular minerals extracted, is central to understanding societal change across South Africa and is comparable to mining concerns around the world. In Legacy of the Mine, countless stories of personal suffering are brought to the surface and the legacy of ‘the mine’ is revealed.
Born in 1988 in Liège, Belgium. Lives in Brussels, Belgium
The Uncanny is a documentary project that has been conducted in Democratic Republic of Congo since the political elections held in Autumn 2011. The project aims to show the collateral impact of the war instead of the direct hits.
born in 1974 in Hoorn, The Netherlands. Lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands eefje Blankevoort,
born in 1978 in Montreal, Canada. Lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The multimedia project Love Radio takes place twenty years after the genocide in Rwanda. It is based on a popular radio soap and is comprised of episodes of love and hate, showing the complex process of reconciliation.
Born in 1969 Strasbourg, France. Lives in Kinshasa in Democratic of Congo
i am Walé respect me, 2013
I am Walé Respect Me tells the story of the initiation ritual of the Ekonda pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Ekondas believe that the most important moment in the life of a woman is the birth of her first child. This series is a personal reflection of women in general and the Walé ritual specifi ally.
, the piclet.org prize for contemporary African Photography is being held for the third time in 2014. It is directed at artists who deal with photographic content related to the African continent
and/or its diaspora. POPCAP
aims to raise the profile of African photography within the art world and provide more publicity for artists who engage with the African continent. The current edition received submissions from 720 artists from 88 countries, 24 of whom were from African countries. The five winning works will be selected online by an internationally-sourced 24 person panel.