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The Spirit of Place and Cultural Diversity - Photographic Award

Accademia Apulia UK is proud to present Genius Loci, the international Photographic Prize aimed at promoting emerging photographers of all nationalities based in the United Kingdom and in Italy. The prize aims to foster stronger cultural links between the two countries through the Arts.
A distinguished jury of their peers will select the photographers who best interpret and explore the relationship between the spirit of place and cultural diversity. Based upon these recommendations, the Jury will reconvene to evaluate the candidates’ folders and bestow the prize accordingly, on 20 November 2010. The award ceremony is planned for Friday, 11 February 2011 at the Royal Horseguards, 1 Whitehall Place, London SW1, in the presence of the Jury and Committee of Accademia Apulia.
There are no fees to enter the competition. The winner will be awarded a cheque for £ 1,000.00

Jury
Gabriele Torsello – Photo Journalist
Gareth Harris – The Art Newspaper
Gianluca Longo – ES Magazine
Christopher Sims – Fashion Photographer
Jennifer Francis Faure – Royal Academy of Arts
John Ingledew - University of Gloucestershire
Lia De Venere – Accademia di Belle Arti, Bari
Michele Traversa – Editor in chief, LSD Magazine

For more information see: www.accademiapulia.org

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photography competition discovers new talent in the UK and in It

“Inaugural photography competition discovers new talent in the UK and in Italy"

The three finalists for the inaugural Accademia Apulia Photographic Award have been announced after over 300 participants of all nationalities entered the competition.

The Photographic Award, Genius Loci, Spirit of Place and Cultural Diversity, was established in 2009 by Accademia Apulia UK to champion the importance of diversity in a fast-changing world. The Award is intended to inspire artists from different communities to reflect on their local heritage and customs, and how these, in turn, inform their own understanding of their community. 

An international panel of judges, applauded the distinctive intepretations of all those who entered, but felt that the following three candidates best captured the spirit of the prize:
 
Alex Boyd
An award-winning photographer, Alex, 26, presented breathtaking views of the pristine Scottish landscape. In all the frames an anonymous subject stands with his back to the camera, symbolising the Scots relationship with nature.
  
Stefano Morelli
Stefano, 31, captures the struggle of a Roma community to maintain their own identity whilst being seemingly invisible to broader society. 
 
Matteo Sandrini
For several days and always at the same time, Matteo, 25, positioned himself on the main street of the Carmine district of the Italian city of Brescia and photographed people passing by and used these images to create a collage showing the diversity at the heart of his city.  

The work of the three finalists is to be shown in a group exhibition on 11/02/2011 in the presence of cultural representatives from the UK and Italy, in association with the Patron of the Accademia Apulia UK, Nancy Dell’Olio. The Award Ceremony is to take place at the prestigious Royal Horseguards, Whitehall, where the overall winner will be announced and presented with a £1,000 cash prize.
 
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The Accademia Apulia UK was launched in October 2008. It is a non-profit organisation based in London and specifically designed to foster a cultural and professional dialogue between the UK and Italy. The Accademia comprises established professionals, from all walks of life, whose membership provide the organisation with a strong network of support.

The organisation is committed to nurturing an international artistic dialogue. This is reflected in the inaugural Accademia Apulia Art Award. To date, the Award has received the endorsement of the British Council, the Italian Cultural Institute, the British Consulate-General in Milan and the government of Apulia, where the Accademia’s own journey began.

Jury
Jennifer Faure Francis (Royal Academy of Arts), Gareth Harris (the Art Newspaper),John Ingledew (University of Gloucestershire), Christopher Sims (Christopher Sims Photography), Lia De Venere (Accademia di Belle Arti, Bari), Gianluca Longo (ES Magazine), Gabriele Torsello (ProPugliaPhoto), Michele Traversa (LSD Magazine)

www.accademiapulia.org

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I saw this exhibition - the

I saw this exhibition - the finalists' work was amazing, especially the Scottish landscapes by Boyd

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