LENS CULTURE (Alexander Strecker)
EUROPENA PRESS AGENCY EPA (María Mann)
From it’s creation back in 2011, the PhotOn Festival has made an effort to dedicate a very important part of its program to support the works done by the novel authors, photographers who are not known by the public, through the PhotOn Grant, and which covers different activities such as the Portfolio Reviews of the 10 finalists and their Multimedia Screenenings.
On the occasion that Valencia is World Food Capital in 2017, Photon Festival with the support and sponsorship of Quinua Real, has created a new thematic prize for the best documentary report on the situation of food and agriculture in the world.
Quinua Real was born with the objective of offering high quality organic food and developing products that improve the lives of consumers and the environment. With this prize, Quinua Real will award a work that will raise awareness about the importance of food and the risk situation in which we live and feed.
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CHERNOBYL (project) //
Few kilometers from Chernobyl, there is a radioactive atmosphere that can not be seen but can intuit itself. Food are contaminated by Cesium 137 and Strontium, its inhabitants consume daily making radioactive isotopes are deposited in your body gradually. These people still want to live in this area; this place is their home, their live.
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PROJECT:VENEZUELA SIN CHAVEZ //
The death of President Hugo Chavez on March 5, 2013 marked a before and after in Venezuela, thus opening a new political era that is still to be defined. The Caribbean country has been immersed in an escalation of events and difficulties, which are today its most visible face an economic crisis plaguing the country and gradually becoming a political and social crisis. The political vacuum left by the death of Chavez has orphaned not only to Chavism, but the Venezuelan political scene. Although both claim and defend their legacy, the distance between the Government of Maduro and Chavez bases are getting bigger.
FISHSHOT (project) //
Fish Shot is a documentary, photographic and audiovisual project, which portrays the hardest and least known reality of Finland . A country that stands for quality of life but it hides high rates of suicide, homicide and violence. The common denominator present in more than half of the above cases, is the excessive consumption of alcohol. A problem rooted in Finnish society causes, directly or indirectly, a huge number of deaths among the population.
A subjective look that relies on social geographical environment surrounding the individual and based on data and experience gathered in the country. Images that try to reflect the atmosphere and conditions under which the Finnish society live: the emotional isolation, emotional repression and exaltation of self-sufficiency largely explain the causes of their problems.
WINTER DONBASS //
Winter has come to the region of Donbass. What a year ago was a quiet, tourism and the richest region of Ukraine, has now become a devastating war scenario. A stagnant war that has claimed more than 6,000 lives and has displaced more than two million people.
The citizens of Donbass have spent the winter under shelling, hiding in underground shelters, with continuous power outages, water, gas or electricity due to the destruction of infrastructure, trying to repair the houses, mines, hospitals or destroyed schools and temperatures they have reached -25.
When asked when the conflict ends, no one answers soon
WINNER 2014 GRANT PHOTON
” Working far Away”
Presents the life of people on the edge of precariousness. They go where the work is. Most of them can live during the year thanks to these temporary works. Other manage to live with occasional jobs. But they all have the need to leave their homes for supporting it. The journey, the hardness and the loneliness is what the work of Irving Villegas brings to our reality.
WINNER 2013 GRANT PHOTON
It is an ongoing long-term documentary and a project that explores religious communities in 10 countries of 4 continents. In his work, Jordi Pizarro seeks to document and to understand how religious communities are formed through religion, or otherwise, how beliefs are strengthened through preservation of traditions and how the faith is reinforced through rituals, sharing a common interpretation of truth and strengthening the idea of community.
WINNER 2012 GRANT PHOTON
” Gypsy Days”
It takes us to Vicolo Savini, a gipsy camp located in the centre of Rome, on the banks of the Tiber River. Its population comes mainly from the former Yugoslavia and of Muslim religion, which grew in size during the Balkan War. Considered one of the most populated urban settlements of Europe, its population lives under harsh conditions and is facing a heavy situation of marginalisation.
WINNER 2011 GRANT PHOTON
“Brothels living in the darkness”
Sexual workers of Bangladesh living in a society that has forced them to remain in the dark while men love and reject them at the same time, demanding their services while try to get rid of them permanently. That intolerable contradiction is what marks their daily life.