ING Unseen Talent Award Finalists

by Unseen July 17 2018

The ING Unseen Talent Award is an initiative of ING and Unseen that gives new European photography talent a stage to present their work on a global scale. ING sees an important role for artists within society for their often provocative and insightful perspectives on societal changes. Stemming from ING’s mission to enhance a culture of innovation and change, the incentive photo award for new talent was initiated in collaboration with Unseen in 2012. 

The ING Unseen Talent Programme encourages emerging artists to explore the boundaries of contemporary photography and helps them kick-start their career. It introduces the finalists to extensive networks, providing support from experts and opportunities to exchange ideas with photography professionals. In 2018, the programme was led by the internationally established British installation artist, filmmaker and photographer, Isaac Julien. Under his supervision, the selected artists created new work within the theme, New Horizons: Exploring the promise and perils of the future.

Unseen and ING are delighted to announce that Jaakko Kahilaniemi (1989, Finland), has won the ING Unseen Talent Award Jury Prize, with his artwork Nature Like Capital, and will receive €10,000 to invest in a new project. Alexey Shlyk (1986, Belarus) has won the Public Prize and will receive a commission to create new work for the ING Collection. Mentored by internationally acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Isaac Julien (1960, United Kingdom), the winners spent the two months in an extensive coaching course, creating new work for the ING Collection related to this year’s theme: New Horizons: Exploring the promise and perils of the future. The resulting work of the winners and all competing artists is on display this weekend during Unseen Amsterdam 2018. 

ING Art Management and Unseen selected the five finalists from a long-list provided by experts associated Futures, the new photography platform for emerging European photographic talent. The scouts who compiled the list are associated with: British Journal of Photography (United Kingdom), CAMERA (Italy), Hyères Festival (France), FOMU (Belgium), Fotofestiwal Łódź (Poland), PHotoESPAÑA (Spain), PhotoIreland (Ireland), Photo Romania Festival (Romania), Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center (Hungary) and Triennial of Photography Hamburg (Germany).

The winner of the ING Unseen Talent Award 2018 were chosen by an international jury, including Emma Bowkett (Director of Photography, FT Weekend Magazine), Florian Ebner (Chief of Photography, Centre Pompidou), Fiona Tan (internationally renowned visual artist and filmmaker) and Sanne ten Brink (Head Curator, ING Collection) and received a €10,000 project production fund. In addition to the Jury Prize, a Public Prize was awarded to the finalist with the most online votes. The winner of the Public Prize received a commission to create new work for the ING Collection. 

Read more about past editions here.

Photo: ING Unseen Talent Award Ceremony, 2017 © Maarten Nauw

See the videos of the 2018 finalists below. 

ING Unseen Talent Award Ceremony, Unseen Amsterdam, 2018 © Maarten Nauw