Jurors’ Picks

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Ewa Doroszenko

Poland
Selected by Isabella van Marle
Head of Exhibitor Relations Unseen
I have chosen Ewa Doroszenko’s proposal as my favourite because it was the most outstanding and surprising one. I find it very clever how the photographer translates criticism on society in an artistic manner. The projects are reflecting on the meaning of images in the digital age. New technologies such as virtual reality and beauty apps are shifting our perception of what nature and beauty are. The proposal has a clear message and is creatively constructed. ‘The Promise of Sublime Words’ is my aesthetical favourite.
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Jordan Gale

USA
Selected by Grzegorz Kosmala
Editor-in-Chief of doc! photo magazine
I am very impressed by the applications for this year’s edition of DEBUTS. Choosing the one was really difficult. My favourite is Jordan Gale, who although submitted only one project, delighted me with the sincerity of speech and the way of conducting his narrative. It takes a lot of courage to talk about yourself and your loved ones in this way, especially when their past is marked by dark episodes. The more I appreciate the fact that Jordan has allowed us into his world. His project is not only a story about the family, but also a picture of the contemporary American province.
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Sergey Melnitchenko

Ukraine
Selected by Elviera Velghe
Director of FoMu – FotoMuseum Antwerp
The submission by Sergey Melnichenko is my personal favourite because the quality of each photo project is very high. The three projects are three times different. But it proofs to me that the photographer may vary, but still keeps his skills on top. The projects overwhelmed me by their atmosphere that grabs me by the throat. Every project shows a high original potential with beautiful, rich photography. In ‘Behind the Scenes’ the photographer gets us an insight of an emotional aspect of burlesque theatre. It is very intimate; gorgeous photos with extremal colours and contrasts. Even though the theme of ‘Passengers’ is not complicated, the photos keep stuck in my memory. In the last project ‘Polaroids from China Part II Monochromes’ every photo is a piece of art. I love the way the photographer approaches a topic with an adjusted photographic style. Sergey has a sharp photographic eye, sensitive enough to get the composition right, the contrasts good and excellent narrative photos.
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Sergey Melnitchenko

Ukraine
Selected by Peter Bauza
Award-Winning Photographer
It was not easy to review, score, and then narrow down all the many brilliant entries, with a high standard. But among the many impressive submissions for the DEBUTS contest this year, the artist of ‘Behind the Scenes,’ ‘Passengers’ and ‘Polaroids’ was able to maintain a style, a story, and a narrative. Sergey Melnichenko has a bright and above-average language and is able to express his emotions and feelings.
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Anna Pfeiffer

Italy
Selected by Sarker Protick
Award-Winning Photographer
An approach of Anna Pfeiffer to photography is smart, intelligent and playful at the same time. I am impressed by the quality of her portfolio which consists of three different projects, all having an effort to reinvent from one another while still having a strong personal attachment to the subject matters. These body of works also has interesting possibilities to present in many different forms of book and exhibitions.

Winners

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Kirsten Bitzer

USA
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Michele Crameri

Switzerland
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Ilaria Di Biagio

Italy
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Ewa Doroszenko

Poland
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Jean-Felix Fayolle

France
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Jordan Gale

USA
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Ilias Georgiadis

Greece
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Mirek Kaźmierczak

Poland
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Paweł Łączny

Poland
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Raj Lalwani

India
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Camille Leveque

France
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Sergey Melnitchenko

Ukraine
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Sergey Melnitchenko

Ukraine
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Filippo Nicoletti

Italy
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Valentyn Odnoviun

Lithuania
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Anna Pfeiffer

Italy
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Natalia Poniatowska

United Kingdom
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Sergey Stroitelev

Russia
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Gihan Tubbeh

Peru
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Federico Vespignani

Italy
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Adam Wilkoszarski

Poland

Jury

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Peter Bauza
Award-Winning
Photographer
Munich, Germany
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Grzegorz Kosmala
Editor-in-Chief
doc! photo magazine
Warsaw, Poland
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Isabella van Marle
Head of Exhibitor Relations
Unseen Amsterdam
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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Sarker Protick
Award-Winning
Photographer
Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Elviera Velghe
Director
FoMu – FotoMuseum Antwerp
Antwerp, Belgium