The Terry O’Neill Award is showcasing some of our most intrepid photographers this year with the winner, Italian photographer Giorgio Bianchi, claiming first prize for his haunting series of images – Behind Kiev’s Barricades.
“Giorgio’s work is amazing. It’s world-class and I think he is going to go on to do even greater things in the future. This year the Award attracted the highest quality entries in the nine years since it was established. Judging this year was the toughest yet but immensely rewarding and exciting.”
– Terry O’Neill
Photographers submit a series of between three and ten images in one of a range of categories. Bianchi’s dark but brilliant series was shot in the Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital and site of increasingly aggressive protests against government officials. Around five-thousand deaths have occurred and the streets of Kiev had become a battle ground when Bianchi ventured into the capital with his camera, capturing the tension, the violence and amazing moments of intimacy with some of his subjects.
“Every photographer’s dream is to have his or her work noticed and respected. I love the work of Terry O’Neill – he is a master. To meet him and spend time with him talking about my work was a lot of fun, and an honour.”
– Giorgio Bianchi
An exhibition of the winning and shortlisted entries went on display for 10 days on Tuesday the 20th January with this weekend being your last chance to see some of the best examples of photography from around the globe.
Finishing this Sunday 1st February at The Strand Gallery, 32 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6BP. The Terry O’Neill Award is a free entry exhibition. For more information go to www.oneillaward.com.
Maxine Kirsty Sapsford, Arts Editor