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Photobook Prize. Israel. Deadline: July 20, 2020

The 2020 Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography
Special COVID-19 Edition
Winner will receive a $20,000 grant for the publication of a photography book

The Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography, a collaboration between PHOTO IS:RAEL and the Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Fund, will be awarded for the fifth time this year to a photographer whose works demonstrate excellence in the field of photography.

Following the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic, this year’s award process will feature a unique format that will adhere to the necessary restrictions without compromising its goal of supporting excellent photographers and the stories they tell, which are now more important than ever.

This year’s winner will receive a $20,000 grant for the publication of a professional photography book through BLOW UP PRESS, a Warsaw-based boutique publishing house. The winner will be announced in November 2020, and the book will be published and launched in November 2021 at the 9th International Photography Festival. During the course of that year, the winner will work on the production of the book together with PHOTO IS:RAEL’s Chief Curator and BLOW UP PRESS’ Head Designer. The book will then be distributed through various professional platforms around the world.
The winner will also receive royalties from the sale of the book.

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A professional panel of judges will review all award finalists and will select a photographer who demonstrates thought, quality, originality and excellence in photography, as well as the potential to create a comprehensive body of work suitable for publication as a book. The submitted portfolios will be delivered to the panel anonymously, with no identifying markers, and will be judged based on their excellency, quality and originality.

Of the works submitted, the panelists will select 20 finalists for a group exhibition at the International Photography Festival, which will take place in November 2020 in Tel Aviv.*

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Members of the Jury

David Adika, Photographer and head of the Photography Department at Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem
Michael Benson, Founder, Candlestar/Photo London
Maya Benton, Curator, Art Historian and Visiting Professor at Yale University
Dr Susan Bright, Curator and Writer, France / UK
Krzysztof Candrowicz, Curator and Researcher
Sian Davey, Artist, UK
Mirjam Kooiman, Art Historian, writer and Curator at Foam Photography Museum, Amsterdam
Grzegorz Kosmala, Founder and Director, BLOW UP PRESS, Poland
Dafna Meitar Nechmad, The Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Fund
Rivka Saker, Chairman of Sotheby’s Israel, Founder and board chair of ARTIS
István Virágvölgyi, Curator, Photo editor, Secretary of the Capa Grand Prize Hungary

Bob Newman, 2019 Meitar Award Finalist
Registration schedule:

The Registration will be open from 17.6.2020 – 20.7.2020 23:59 (Israel time)
Registration rate is $35.00 – a subsidized rate for this year’s special edition
Photographs must be submitted via the award website
For questions and additional information please contact meitar@photoisrael.org

PHOTO IS:RAEL, an independent not for profit organization, active since 2009 with the aim to create social change through the language of photography.

*It should be noted that considering the latest global situation around the COVID-19 outbreak, PHOTO IS:RAEL will make every effort to hold the festival as planned. In case the festival will not be able to open as planned, PHOTO IS:RAEL will make all reasonable efforts to reschedule the IPF within a reasonable period of time. If need be, we will consider the option hold an online version of the festival, including exhibitions and a program of online lectures and events.

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Join us for an Online Lecture by by Gloria Oyarzabal
2019 Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography Winner
Tuesday, the 30th of June at 19:00 (Israel time zome)

Gloria Oyarzabal, 2019 Meitar Award Winner
Join us for an online lecture with Meitar Award 2019 Winner – Gloria Oyarzabal on her winning series “WOMAN GO NO’GREE” and other works.
The project “WOMAN GO NO’GREE” was shot in Nigeria between 2017-2019. Through this work, Oyarzabal investigates the effect of colonization on the concept of women and the impossibility of universalizing feminist discourses.

The lecture will be online and free of charge.
Please pre-register here: https://forms.gle/pDPrcAeZgeLYTSBP9
A link to a ZOOM conference will be sent to your email prior to the lecture.

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Tel Aviv 6607742
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