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Canon announces the Grand Prize winners for its New Cosmos of Photography 2017 photo competition

Date:2017-11-13 18:29:25

Mr. Trond Ansten & Mr. Benjamin Breitkopf, were declared the Grand Prize winners of Canon's New Cosmos of Photography 2017 (40th edition) photo competition for their work "17 toner hvitt", at a public meeting of the Grand Prize selection committee held at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum on Friday, November 10.

From April 20 to June 15, the New Cosmos of Photography accepted entries for the competition 2017. In 2015 the range of eligible entries was expanded to include online submissions of digital works (stills and videos) in addition to conventional photo prints, which attracted 1,705 submissions from individuals and groups both inside and outside Japan. Seven Excellence Award winners and 11 Honorable Mention Award winners were selected by the Excellence Award Selection Committee from those entrants. The Excellence Award winners, attended a public meeting of the Grand Prize selection committee held on November 10 as Grand Prize candidates. Every candidate gave a presentation and faced questioning by the selection committee, after which the committee convened and chose Mr. Ansten and Mr. Breitkopf as the Grand Prize winners.  

A Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens kit was awarded to Mr. Ansten and Mr. Breitkopf, in addition to 1 million (approx. US$ 8,840) in prize money, and also the right to hold an exhibit of new work at the New Cosmos of Photography 2018 Exhibition to be held in fall of next year. Further details of the Grand Prize public selection committee meeting will be made available on the New Cosmos of Photography website.  

The New Cosmos of Photography 2017 Exhibition of Excellence Award winners, including Grand Prize winners Mr. Ansten and Mr. Breitkopf, and Honorable Mention Award winners will continue until November 19 (Sunday) at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum.  

The New Cosmos of Photography is a cultural support project of Canon, to discover, nurture, and support new photographers who pursue new possibilities in creative photographic expression.

The annual contest, launched in 1991, has been open to the public regardless of the age or nationality of entrants or the number or format of entered works. As such, the contest encourages the creation of original works that push the boundaries of photography's potential and systematically assists and nurtures award winners through exhibitions and published collections of their winning works as well as through publicity on the New Cosmos of Photography website. To date, the New Cosmos of Photography contest has accepted 27,406 entries from both individuals and groups, and has turned out a great number of outstanding photographers who are enjoying widespread success around the world. As a result, the contest has come to be regarded today as a gateway to success for new photographers.

About the winning entry  

"The people who appear in this film essay, which is also a work of art, are attempting to resolve the contradictions in their existence and to find some kind of meaning, through snow and cod, and occasionally through bizarre means. This film serves as a metaphor, with both documentation aspects and dramatic aspects, and takes up the question of what is today's Arctic and the issue of managing resources in a region of rising geopolitical tensions."