Nick Hannes Wins 2018 Zeiss Photography Award

by Photo Life

© Nick Hannes, Belgium, Winner, ZEISS Photography Award // Image Name: Floating Villa, Dubai 2017 // Image Description: A butler is welcoming visitors to a prototype of The Floating Seahorse, an underwater holiday villa, situated at the Heart of Europe, a man-made archipelago 2.5 miles off Dubai. The villa features underwater bedrooms and bathrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for views of marine life. Each villa comes with a personal butler. By the time the ambitious project is complete there will be more than 125 floating villas, which cost as much as 2,5 million Euro each. Renting the villa will cost 5,000 Euro a day.

The World Photography Organisation and Zeiss have announced Belgian photographer Nick Hannes as the winner of the third annual Zeiss Photography Award “Seeing Beyond.” Hannes’ series Garden of Delight focuses on Dubai and the idea of “capsularization.”

Project Description
“The rapid transformation of Dubai from a regional trade center in the 60s to the ultramodern metropolis today, is a fascinating case study in market-driven urbanization. Dubai’s excessive entertainment industry has a big impact on Emirati society. The traditional islamic values are being challenged by imported Western lifestyle. Dubai is a clear example of the phenomenon of ‘capsularization’: Our globalized world is transforming into a dual society, characterized by separation and exclusion. The first world is an archipelago of shielded islands or ‘capsules’ where it’s pleasant to live; the second world is all the rest: an ocean of poverty and chaos. In a capsular society, public space becomes privatized; capsular architecture—such as gated communities and malls—simulates public space on private ground. This new urbanity, characterized by artificial inner spaces, runs like a thread through this series, that raises questions about authenticity and sustainability.”

Jury member Chris Hudson, Art Director, National Geographic Traveller (UK), said, “The winning series stood out because each image captures a real moment and tells a story of its own. And yet they knit together so well to give an overall sense of what life might be like for locals in the metropolis that is Dubai.”

Hannes will receive €12,000 worth of ZEISS lenses and €3,000 for travel expenses related to a photography project. The images by Hannes and the shortlisted photographers will be exhibited at Somerset House, London, as part of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition from April 20 to May 6.

The nine shortlisted photographers are:
Toby Binder, German, for the series “Themmuns – Youth in Northern Ireland”
Sarah Blesener, American, for the series “Beckon Us From Home”
Snezhana von Buedingen, Russian, for the series “Permer Frost”
Stephanie Gengotti, Italian, for the series “Circus love, Les Pêcheurs de Rêves”
Tadas Kazakevicius, Lithuanian, for the series “Soon to be Gone”
Mark Leaver, British, for the series “TIGHT”
Gowun Lee, South Korean, for the series “I’m Here with You”
Stefano Morelli, Italian, for the series “Suspension”
Kicia Randagia, Polish, for the series “Scelte”

© Nick Hannes, Belgium, Winner, ZEISS Photography Award // Image Name: Chill-out Ice Lounge, Dubai 2016 // Image Description: Saudi tourists are having a hot chocolate at the Chillout Ice Lounge, a subzero bar with ice sculptures, situated at Oasis shopping mall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on January 6, 2016.

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