The Royal Photographic Society Awards 2018

08 November 2018

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Image: 'Jimmy Paulette on David's bike, NYC 1991' by kind permission of Nan Goldin.


Luminaries of the Photography World Honoured at 140th Royal Photographic Society’s Awards

• American photographer Nan Goldin receives the prestigious Centenary Medal and  Honorary Fellowship from the RPS

• Esteemed figures from worlds of art, science, film, publishing, and education celebrated for their commitment to photography

Nan Goldin, Vanessa Winship, Juno Calypso, Mat Collishaw, Sarah Moon, and Jamie Hawkesworth, as well as prominent directors, educators, curators, writers, publishers, producers, and scientists, are some of the exceptional figures from the photography world who will be honoured at The Royal Photographic Society’s Awards this year. Regarded as most prestigious and comprehensive international photography awards, 2018 marks the 140th anniversary of the awards, established in 1878. Spanning the fields of art, science, education, film, and publishing, the 18 awards will be presented on 29th November at the Royal Society in London and once more celebrate an array of luminaries for their contribution to photography.

The revered American photographer, Nan Goldin, has been awarded the prestigious Centenary Medal recognising the sustained and significant input she has made to the art of photography. Known for her deeply personal and candid portraiture, Goldin will also receive an Honorary Fellowship from the RPS.

Juno Calypso, the young British photographer whose intimate self-portraits have already garnered international acclaim, receives the Vic Odden Award, for a notable achievement in the art of photography by a photographer aged 35 or under, studying photography in the UK.

Thomas Dworzak, President of Magnum Photos, is awarded The Hood Medal, which recognises a photographic project dealing with public social concerns, for his involvement in Europa: An Illustrated Introduction to Europe for Migrants and Refugees, a multi-lingual guidebook produced and made widely available for the displaced arriving into Europe.

The Award for Outstanding Service to Photography has been presented to Brett Rogers, OBE, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, for her continued contribution to photography on a global scale.

Dr Fred Espenak receives the Award for Scientific Imaging for his astronomical photographs that have been published internationally. Known widely as "Mr. Eclipse,” the now retired astrophysicist was NASA's expert on solar and lunar eclipse predictions and created its comprehensive eclipse website which his images illustrate.

Six leading photographic artists have been awarded Honorary Fellowships of the RPS – Edmund Clark; Mat Collishaw; Professor Karen Knorr; Sarah Moon; Zanele Muholi; and Vanessa Winship. Each photographer is recognised by the Society for their intimate connection with the science or fine art of photography.

Other recipients of the 2018 Royal Photographic Society’s Awards include Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, co-chairs of the celebrated film production company Working Title; Professor Jacques Dubochet, Professor Joachim Frank, and Dr Richard Henderson who were awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for their method to visualise biomolecules; cinematographer Rachel Morrison; writer Gerry Badger; publisher Bruno Ceschel; Professors Kev Dhaliwal and Mark Bradley, whose combined work has transformed the development of disease research; Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington; David Bate, professor of photography at the University of Westminster, London, among many others. Additional awards have been presented to integral members of the RPS whose work has been key to the long running success of this distinguished and internationally recognised Society.

In addition to these awards, the RPS has announced a number of bursaries to fund individuals at each stage of their career, as well as global photographic and film projects that address environmental awareness and social documentary. These bursaries reflect the Society’s ongoing commitment to supporting and nurturing photography in all its many forms.

The Society’s President Robert Albright HonFRPS said: “The Royal Photographic Society is uniquely placed to recognise individuals working across all areas of photography, creating new work, using photography for scientific purposes, inspiring and educating others and presenting great photography through publications and film. This year’s recipients join an illustrious group dating back to 1878.”

Full List of 2018 Winners:

1. The Centenary Medal (& Honorary Fellowship)
Established in 1993, the Centenary Medal is awarded in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography

2018 Recipient: Nan Goldin
Born in Washington, D.C., in 1953, Goldin began photographing at the age of fifteen. Receiving a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 1977, she moved to New York in 1978 where she documented her “extended family” and the post-Stonewall gay subculture. These photographs, along with those taken in London, Berlin, and Provincetown, Massachusetts, became the subject of her most notable work, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. Her work often explores LGBT bodies, moments of intimacy, the HIV crisis, and the opioid epidemic. It has been published and exhibited extensively worldwide and is included in the collections of numerous major museums and institutions. She lives and works in Berlin, Paris, and New York.

2. The Progress Medal
Established in 1878, the Progress Medal is awarded in recognition of any invention, research, publication or other contribution that has resulted in an important advance in the scientific or technological development of photography or imaging in the widest sense.

2018 Recipients: Professor Jacques Dubochet; Professor Joachim Frank, and Dr Richard Henderson
Jacques Dubochet, a Swiss honorary professor at the University of Lausanne; Joachim Frank, a German-born professor at Columbia University in New York; and Dr Richard Henderson, a Scottish scientist and professor at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, are three structural biologists who shared the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Their groundbreaking work has resulted in the development of cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM), a method for generating 3D images of life-building structures encased in atom-level detail. Combining revolutionary sample preparation, cutting-edge imaging, and sophisticated image analysis, cryo-EM's existence marks the start of a new era of biomedicine, based on the fine detail of the previously invisible structures and shapes of molecules.

3. The Award for Outstanding Service to Photography (& Honorary Fellowship)
This award recognises outstanding and influential contributions to photography and/or imaging in their widest meanings. It is to be made to a notable person who has contributed over a significant period of time to the global world of the application of photography.

2018 Recipient: Brett Rogers, OBE
Born in Brisbane, Australia in 1954, Brett Rogers, OBE, is Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, London, the first publicly funded Gallery dedicated solely to photography in the UK. Before joining the Gallery in 2006, she was Deputy Director of Visual Arts at the British Council, where she was responsible for establishing the British Council’s Photography Collection and curating an ambitious programme of international touring exhibitions on British photography. Rogers was awarded an OBE for services to the arts in the Queen’s Birthday Honors in May 2014.

4. Honorary Fellowships
Awarded to distinguished people who have an intimate connection with the science or fine art of photography.

2018 Recipients: Edmund Clark; Mat Collishaw; Professor Karen Knorr; Sarah Moon; Zanele Muholi; and Vanessa Winship

Edmund Clark – Born in 1963, Edmund Clark is a British photographer whose work links issues of history, politics, and representation through a range of references and forms including photography, video, documents, and found images. A recurring theme is engaging with state censorship to represent unseen experiences, spaces, and processes of control in contemporary conflict and other contexts. He has exhibited and been published widely and received The RPS Hood Medal in 2011.

Mat Collishaw – London based artist Mat Collishaw is a key figure in the generation of British artists who emerged from Goldsmiths College, London in the late 1980s. Born in 1966, he makes work that envelops the viewer in a twilight world poised between the alluring and the revolting, the familiar and the shocking, the poetic and the morbid. Collishaw’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo shows around the world and can be found in public collections globally.

Professor Karen Knorr – Born in 1954, Karen Knorr is a German-born American photographer who uses text alongside digital collages of animals, objects, and actors in museums and architecture to challenge the authority and power of heritage sites in Europe and more recently in India. Her work explores Rajput and Mughal cultural heritage and its relationship to issues of feminine subjectivity and animality. She is Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts and lives in London.

Sarah Moon – Born in France in 1941, Sarah Moon has been a fashion photographer since 1970 but from 1985 started to create more personal work shown in galleries and on film. She has created and developed a very personal universe, around three main themes: the evanescence of beauty, the uncertain, and the passing of time. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums all around the world and published in many books.

Zanele Muholi – Zanele Muholi is a visual activist and photographer born in Umlazi, Durban, in 1972, who lives in Johannesburg. Muholi’s self- proclaimed mission is ‘to re-write a black queer and trans visual history of South Africa for the world to know of our resistance and existence at the height of hate crimes in SA and beyond’. Muholi co-founded the Forum for Empowerment of Women in 2002 and continues to train and co-facilitate photography workshops for young women in the townships.

Vanessa Winship – For British photographer Vanessa Winship, born 1960, photography is a process of literacy, a journey of understanding. Her work explores the fragile nature of our landscape and society, how memory leaves its mark on our collective and individual psyches. These long-term projects of portrait, landscape, reportage and documentary photography, are located mainly in Eastern Europe but also in the USA. In 2011 Winship was the first woman to win the Henri Cartier Bresson foundation award. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

5. Award for Cinematic Production
Established in 2017, this award celebrates outstanding achievement or sustained contribution in the production, direction or development of film for the cinema, television, online or new media.

2018 Joint Recipients: Tim Bevan, CBE and Eric Fellner, CBE
Tim Bevan, born 1957, and Eric Fellner, born 1959, have, since 1992, co-chaired Working Title Films and can be counted as the most successful British producers of their era. Together they have made more than 100 films that have grossed over $7.5billion worldwide and won 14 Academy Awards, 40 BAFTA Awards, and numerous prizes at the Cannes and Berlin International Film Festivals. Their films include Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994); Elizabeth (1998); Notting Hill (1999); Billy Elliot (2000); Bridget Jones's Diary (2001); Atonement (2007); Frost/Nixon (2008); Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011); The Theory of Everything (2014); and Darkest Hour (2017). Among the many prestigious awards that they have been honoured with, they received CBEs for services to the British film industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honors in May 2005.

6. Combined Royal Colleges Medal
The Combined Royal Colleges Medal is awarded for an outstanding contribution to the advancement and/or application of medical photography or the wider field of medical imaging. Established by the Society in 1958, in collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians of London, the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

2018 Joint Recipients: Professor Kev Dhaliwal and Professor Mark Bradley
Professors Kev Dhaliwal and Mark Bradley, along with Professor Chris Haslett, initiated a strategic partnership to develop and translate optical molecular imaging in pulmonary disease. Based at the Department of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, the group has focused on the application of chemistry to solve medical problems (chemical medicine) resulting in this extensive collaboration of “smart-probes” for clinical and pre-clinical imaging. Their work has seen them develop the first method to see bacteria in human lungs within seconds at the bedside. This ability to visualise pathology at such resolutions offers unparalleled opportunities to develop new diagnostics and new therapeutic strategies. Now, overseeing an interdisciplinary team, Dhaliwal and Bradley are developing these technologies to be used across the UK and internationally, as well as for other diseases.

7. Award for Curatorship
This Award recognises excellence over a period of time in the field of photographic curatorship through exhibitions, associated events, and publications.

2018 Recipient: Sarah Greenough
Sarah Greenough is senior curator and head of the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington where in 1990 she became the founding curator of the department of photographs. She has been responsible for establishing its collection of photographs, as well as its exhibition and publication programme. She has organized numerous exhibitions on 19th and 20th century photography and is the author of many publications, both having won many awards.

8. Award for Editorial, Advertising and Fashion Photography
Awarded to an individual for outstanding achievement and excellence in the fields of editorial, advertising, and fashion photography.

2018 Recipient: Jamie Hawkesworth
Jamie Hawkesworth’s approach to photography is grounded in the subtle, elegiac, and playful heritage of British documentary photography. Born in Ipswich in 1987, since 2013 Hawkesworth has travelled widely, creating photographs and films that make subtle observations of what he finds. His distinctive editorial commissions have been published in Acne Paper, AnOther, Dazed & Confused, Double, i-D, Love, Man About Town, The New York Times Style Magazine, Self Service, Vogue Paris, W, and WSJ Magazine. He has also created highly original and innovative campaigns and catalogues for J.W. Anderson, Loewe, Alexander McQueen, and Miu Miu.

9. Education Award
Inaugurated in 2011 and awarded for outstanding achievement or sustained contribution in photographic education.

2018 Recipient: David Bate
David Bate is Professor of Photography at the University of Westminster. Between 1998 and 2016 he led its MA Photographic Studies course, a renowned programme that combined innovative photographic practice and theory. Bate’s many lectures and publications have advanced the study of practice, history and theory of photography. Today he is working on the new digital forms of computing image transforming photography and the way we use and understand digital images.

10. The Hood Medal
Established in 1933 and awarded within the art or science of photography for a body of photographic work produced to promote issues of public service or concern to society

2018 Recipient: Thomas Dworzak
Thomas Dworzak, who was born in Germany in 1972, is a photojournalist who was elected President of Magnum in 2017. In 2016 he spearheaded the collaborative and independent initiative, Europa: An Illustrated Introduction to Europe for Migrants and Refugees, a guidebook for the displaced arriving into Europe. Published in four languages, 5000 copies of the book were distributed on the ground by aid services. It was also made available as a downloadable e-book, so it could be accessed as widely and easily as was possible to those who needed it most.

11. J Dudley Johnston Award
For sustained excellence or a single outstanding publication in the field of photographic criticism or the history of photography.

2018 Recipient: Gerry Badger
Born in 1946, Gerry Badger is a British photographer, architect, and photographic critic. He has written extensively for the photographic press and has curated numerous exhibitions. He has written introductory essays to many photographic monographs and has also those to reprints of classic photobooks as well as writing many critically acclaimed books on photography himself.

12. Lumière Award
For major achievement in the field of cinematography, video, or animation.

2018 Recipient: Rachel Morrison
Cinematographer Rachel Morrison works at the forefront of cinema, channeling each story’s core emotion into arresting imagery. For her work on Mudbound, in 2018, she became the first woman to be nominated for a Best Cinematography Oscar and for Best Feature Film by the American Society of Cinematographers. She is the first woman to have lensed a Marvel superhero movie, Black Panther. She has been nominated for two Emmys and earned the New York Film Critic’s Circle award for Best Cinematography.

13. Award for Photographic Publishing
This award is given to an individual for outstanding achievement or sustained contribution in the field of Photographic Publishing in its broadest sense.

2018 Recipient: Bruno Ceschel
Bruno Ceschel is the director of Self Publish, Be Happy, which he founded in 2010, and a visiting lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, and École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL). His latest book Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Photobook Manual and Manifesto was published by Aperture in 2015. Ceschel gives lectures and workshops internationally, organises events at prominent arts institutions, and consults for leading companies interested in contemporary photography.

14. Award for Scientific Imaging
This award is given to an individual for a body of scientific imaging which promotes public knowledge and understanding.

2018 Recipient: Dr Fred Espenak
Fred Espenak, known widely as "Mr. Eclipse,” is a retired astrophysicist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. His primary research involved using infrared spectrometers to probe the atmospheres of the planets. He also became NASA's expert on solar and lunar eclipse predictions and created NASA's most comprehensive eclipse website (eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov). Espenak’s astronomical photographs have appeared in both national and international publications.

15. Selwyn Award 35 Years and Under
Introduced in 1994 and given to those 35 years and under who have conducted science-based research connected with imaging.

2018 Recipient: Dr Emma Talbot
Dr Emma Talbot received her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Durham in 2014, with a focus on high speed photography of flows inside drying inkjet droplets to predict drying times and to look at oscillation frequencies following impact on different surfaces. The findings of which have been presented in publications and at conferences and are supported by a major global player in the chemical industry where inkjet printing is seen as a potential dispensing and patterning technique. Talbot successfully continues to use imaging in her science-based research to produce work of both academic and industrial relevance.

16. Vic Odden Award
For a notable achievement in the art of photography by a photographer aged 35 or under, studying photography in the UK. Endowed in memory of Vic Odden, one of the UK’s best known and respected photographic retailers.

2018 Recipient: Juno Calypso
Born in 1989, Juno Calypso is a British photographer whose self-portraits are personal works about feminism, isolation, loneliness, and self-sufficiency. Working alone she creates highly stylised works using unusual destinations as stages to perform solitary acts of desire and disappointment. Calypso's work, which includes video and installation, has been exhibited internationally and is part of the Hyman Collection of British photography. She lives and works in London.

17. Fenton Medal & Honorary Life Membership
Established in 1980 and named after Roger Fenton, one of the Society’s founders and until February 1856 its Honorary Secretary. For a member or non-member who has made an outstanding contribution to the work of The Royal Photographic Society.

2018 Recipients: Geoff Blackwell ARPS; Ken Grier; Ann Lanagan; and Dr Ann Miles FRPS

Geoff Blackwell – Combining his financial expertise from a career in Accountancy and a passion for history, Geoff Blackwell joined the Society in 2006 and was awarded his LRPS in 2007 and his ARPS in 2009. A member of the Historical Group, he has served on their committee and as Treasurer since 2009. In 2013 he was elected as a Trustee and as Treasurer of the Society until September 2017. He is a frequent speaker at camera clubs and elsewhere on aspects of the history of photography.

Ken Grier – For the past 19 years, Ken has worked as Creative Director at The Macallan. He has built its single malt whisky up to become one of the most recognised in the world and through his collaboration with the Society, the awards ceremony has enjoyed the support of The Macallan for the past seven years. Ken’s love of photography is reflected in The Macallan Masters of Photography Series where he worked with important photographers Rankin; Albert Watson; Annie Leibovitz; Elliott Erwitt; Mario Testino; Steven Klein and Magnum Photos.

Ann Lanagan – An interest in photography stemmed from Ann Lanagan’s childhood in Sydney. She moved to England with her husband, Jack Lanagan, where they both nurtured their love of photography. Joining the RPS in 1991, Jack took over the Society’s Australian Chapter, then The Victorian Chapter, with Ann taking over the Newsletter for the Chapter, which she transformed and produced until the end of 2017. She continues to contribute to work of the Chapter and the RPS.

Ann Miles – With a background in scientific publishing and therefore present at the beginning of digital manipulation, Ann Miles joined the RPS in the 1990s. She gained an Associateship in Nature and a Fellowship in Visual Arts and served as Deputy Chair of the Fine Arts Panel as well as Deputy Regional Organiser for East Anglia. Lecturing at many nationwide RPS weekends and events, Miles runs regional workshops on digital processing as well as taking an active role in the Society’s Nature Group.

18. The Members’ Award and Honorary Life Membership
For an ordinary member who, in the opinion of Council, has shown extraordinary support for the Society over a sustained period.

2018 Recipient: Dr Mike Christianson ASIS FRPS
After leaving university, where he studied chemistry to doctoral level, Mike Christianson worked for thirty years in the Research Division at Kodak Limited in Harrow, London. Since joining the RPS in 1995, his roles have included Executive Editor of the Society’s Imaging Science Journal, Chairman of the Imaging Science Group committee and member of the Imaging Science Qualifications Panel. Currently he is a member and Treasurer of the IS Group’s committee. For the last 15 years he has organised Good Picture, the annual series of one day symposiums related to imaging science at University of Westminster in Central London.

RPS Bursary Recipients

20. Joan Wakelin Bursary
Administered in partnership with The Guardian, the annual Joan Wakelin Bursary is named in memory of photojournalist Joan Wakelin HonFRPS, a legacy from whom funds the bursary, and is awarded for the best proposal for a photographic essay on an overseas social documentary issue

2018 Recipient: Silvana Trevale
Working closely with three or four families, Silvana Trevale’s project will explore Venezuelan youth, in relation to how the crisis in their country has affected their reality. It will focus on the increasing migration and the lack of opportunities and vision for a successful future.

21. Environmental Bursary
In partnership with The Photographic Angle, the RPS offers two £3000 one-year bursaries to support a photographic project that will promote environmental awareness.

2018 Under 30 Recipient: Sandra Angers-Blondin
Through an exhibition and an online gallery, Sandra Angers-Blondin’s project will portray the environment and wildlife of Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island, an uninhabited island off the north coast of the Yukon in the Canadian Arctic. Focusing on the island and surrounding waters that are home to a broad range of wildlife and vegetation, she will highlight the global change processes that threaten these natural habitats and the balance of Arctic ecosystems.

2018 Over 30 Recipient: Harry Borden HonFRPS
Four Hugs Wide and into the Trees will explore our relationship with the arboreal through stories of people who love, live and work with trees and woodland across Great Britain. This project will consider a world where people acknowledge our species as part of a larger ecosystem and live their lives accordingly.

22. Postgraduate Bursary
As part of the Society’s remit as an educational charity, it offers an annual bursary of £3500 in support of a postgraduate student studying in the UK or abroad.

2018 Recipient: Ioanna Sakellaraki
Greek photographer Ioanna Sakellaraki’s project, Aidos, will be shot on medium format analogue photography. Seeking to develop like a myth about life and death, the work contextualises the idea of mourning in the wider field of Greek drama and psychology; home to a tradition of ritual lament that dates back to ancient times.

23. The RPS Cinematography Award
This award, in partnership with DepicT!, Watershed’s micro short filmmaking competition, is awarded for the best cinematography within the selected 90 second short films. Judged in the Autumn, the 2018 winning film will be shown at next year’s awards ceremony.

2018 Recipient: Francesco Faralli
The Society and the Festival share a passion for image making and forward-thinking, and an ambition to uncover and progress distinctive creative talent. Twice Oscar and BAFTA nominated Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey ASC BSC (Atonement and Anna Karenina) and The Greatest Showman, selector on behalf of The Royal Photographic Society, said about Italian film maker Francesco Faralli’s film: “Beautifully made and with such a distinct photographic signature, I loved Traum(a) Novelle.”

24. DepicT! Overall Winner also supported by The Royal Photographic Society
DepicT! is Watershed’s international short film competition focused on uncovering emerging international filmmaking talent that shows originality, imagination and the ability to engage in just 90 seconds.

2018 Recipient: Leonid Grigurko - Head Over Heels
The DepicT! Award went to Russian film maker Leonid Grigurko for his film about an Earth girl who experiences an unearthly dream. The DepicT! jury felt it was “beautifully choreographed, making imaginative and physical use of the camera within a set frame. We also loved the young protagonist’s complete sense of freedom as she launches into space. Anything is possible."

Additional Information

About the RPS Awards
• The RPS awards selection committee is made up of senior members of the Society and respected external advisors, working in different spheres of photography, who determine the eventual winners.

• Recent Award recipients have included photographers Terry O’Neill, Steve McCurry, Annie Leibovitz, Sir David Attenborough and Dr Brian May CBE.

• The Royal Photographic Society is a registered charity No.1107831 which exists to educate members of the public by increasing their knowledge and understanding of photography and in doing so to promote the highest standards of achievement in photography in order to encourage public appreciation of photography.

• The RPS has a membership of over 11,650 internationally. Membership is open to all, irrespective of experience or knowledge. No qualifications are required to join, simply a passion and love for photography or images, its technologies or applications.

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