Please check out the winners on the POYLATAM site and the NYT Lensblog. TPS member Pablo Corral Vega has been published in National Geographic magazine, is Culture Secretary for the city of Quito, founder and director of nuestramirada.org and also runs POYLATAM with Loup Langton in conjunction with the University of Missouri.
This is an excerpt from LensBlog…
A Portuguese photographer, Daniel Rodrigues — who only five years ago was unemployed and had to sell his gear to buy food and pay the rent — has been named Ibero-American Photographer of the Year in the fourth POY Latam contest. Santi Palacios of Spain was awarded second place and Andres Kudacki of Argentina took third.
The biennial contest was started in 2011 by the photographers Loup Langton and Pablo Corral Vega to recognize and promote photography in Latin America. Photographers from Spain and Portugal were allowed to participate starting in 2013. This year’s contest drew more than 1,900 entrants.
Although Latin American photographers were long overlooked by historians, curators and photo editors in the United States and Europe, Mr. Corral Vega said they have surged to the forefront of documentary photography over the last decade.
“I believe Latin American photographers are more willing to navigate freely between fine art and documentary photography,” he said. “I’m not talking about manipulation of the images, but about a sensibility that allows a subjective vision. I’m convinced this is the best moment for Latin American photography because photographers are not looking at Europe and the U.S.A. for references. The photographers we want to emulate are in our region.”
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