ING Unseen Talent Award 2017: Announcing the finalists

by Unseen June 23 2017

Unseen and ING are delighted to announce the five finalists of the ING Unseen Talent Award 2017. The award was set up by ING and Unseen to give European photography talent a platform to present their work on a global scale and to nurture emerging artists helping to shape the future of photography.

Finalists 2017

Tom Callemin (b. 1991, Belgium). Callemin’s work gains meaning from elision. Playing with light and shadows, his work creates a meaningful ambiguity, speaking to the audience’s imagination.

Tom Callemin, 2017 © Tom Callemin_0.jpg

Andrea Grützner (b. 1984, Germany). Grützner investigates the contrast between the familiar and the unfamiliar, through examining the individual’s perception of space and historic structures.


Alexandra Lethbridge (b. 1987, UK). Lethbridge’s work blends facts with fiction in order to stretch the audience’s perception of the presented themes such as reason, emotion and imagination.  


Robin Lopvet (b. 1990, France). Exploring themes such as movement, progress and time, Lopvet works with both photography and video in order to explore issues of language, economics and parody.


Stefanie Moshammer (b. 1988, Austria). In Moshammer’s work she captures our common experience through an interplay of visual conceptual poetry and documentary photography.


ING Art Management and Unseen have selected the five finalists from a long-list of recently graduated photographers, handpicked by Tim Clark (Editor-in-Chief and Director, 1000 Words Photography Magazine), Celina Lunsford (Artistic Director, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt), Zippora Elders (Artistic Director, Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen), Lucy Conticello (Director of Photography, M, Le Monde), Sebastian Vaida (Artistic Director, Photo Romania Festival) and Franek Ammer (Co-Creator, Wroclaw’s TIFF Festival, curator at the Fotofestiwal team in Łódź).

Longlist 2017
The 2017 ING Unseen Talent Award long list includes: Gema Polanco Aseni (SP), Juno Calypso (UK), Aruanà Canevascini (CH), Carmen Catuti (DU), Tom Callemin (BE), Nickel van Duijvenboden (NL), Rebekka Deubner (FR), Mazaccio & Drowilal (FR), Andrea Grützner (DU), Dominika Gesicka (PL), Dominic Hawgood (UK), Alex Heide (DU), Irena Kalicka (PL), Vendula Knopová (CZ), Robin Lopvet (FR), Alexandra Lethbridge (UK), Abel Minnée (NL), Stefanie Moshammer (AU), Ryan Moule (UK), Quoc-van Ninh (DU), Panagiotis Papoutsis (GR), Peter Watkins (UK) and Barbara Traver (SP).

Each finalist is rewarded with an extensive Talent Programme, led by the internationally renowned photographer Nadav Kander, and a commission for the ING Collection. During this coaching course the selected artists will be making a final work within this year’s theme Common Ground, encouraging the discovery of similarities amongst differences. The photographic works will be exhibited during Unseen Amsterdam 2017 at the ING Unseen Lounge.

The international jury, consisting of Francis Hodgson (Professor in Culture of Photography University of Brighton, Founder Prix Pictet & Former Head of Photographs Department Sotheby’s), Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (Professor Exhibition Studies and Spatiality, University of Arts Helsinki) and Maryam Eisler (Photographer, Trustee of Whitechapel, Co-Chair of Tate’s MENAAC & Unseen Ambassador) among others will decide on the Jury winner of the ING Unseen Talent Award 2017. Ralph Hamers (CEO ING) will announce the winners at the Award Ceremony during the official opening night of Unseen Amsterdam on the 21st of September. The Jury Prize winner will receive a €10,000 project production fund. The winner of the Public Prize will receive a commission to create new work for the ING Collection.

We are overly eager to see the new work produced by this year's finalists’ during the Talent Programme.

Click here to see past editions of the ING Unseen Talent Award.

Photo Credit: Unseen Amsterdam, 2016 © Iris Duvekot