Freelance fails to snap up Photography Prize

Freelance photographer Phil Collins has failed to secure the Deutche Börse Photography Prize after judges decided the 2006 accolade should go to American-born Robert Adams.

The British freelance did however scoop the runners up prize of £3,000 alongside two other finalists, Alec Soth from the USA, and Yto Barrada from Morocco.

All three photographers who made the competition’s shortlist will continue to see their work displayed in London at The Photographers’ Gallery until April 23.

The exhibition will then travel to Germany, where the spotlight is expected to focus on the victor of the competition, 69-year-old Robert Adams.

A panel of European judges decided his exhibition, entitled ‘Turning Back – A Photographic Journal of Re-exploration,’ had the biggest contribution to contemporary photography over the last year.

He showcased man’s adverse affect on natural habitats, depicting vividly destruction, deforestation and development caused by industry over the scrub, grasslands and hills of Oregon.

For over 40 years, Adams’s photographs have documented the impact industrial development has had on the landscape of the American West, where he grew up and still lives today.

“It's nice that people are paying attention to the work,” Adams said after hearing he had won, America’s Photo District News reported.

“This award also serves to bring all the attention to the environmental problem I address in my images.”

Adams said he would donate his £30,000 prize money to Human Rights Watch, the global charity for social justice.

“However concerned I am about the environment, I'm even more concerned at the moment with a collapse in human decency,” he said.

The shortlisted photographers were nominated by the Academy, a group of European photography experts invited by The Photographers’ Gallery.

Each photographer was nominated for a significant exhibition or publication that was unveiled during 2005.


3rd April 2006

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