IAFOR Documentary Photography Award | Winners 2015

We are delighted to announce that Hosam Katan from Syria has been selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2015 for his brave and important work from his hometown of Aleppo, Syria. Congratulations, Hosam, on this well-deserved achievement.

Simon Norfolk had this to say about Hosam’s work:

“Hosam’s work stood out for me for its fierce, go-where-no-one-else-can-go bravery. I admire what he’s done but also that he was requesting funding to keep doing what he does and not go off globe-trotting. A crucial story, and it’s not often that you can say without hyperbole that if he doesn’t record it, it will not get recorded.” Simon Norfolk (July 2015)

Congratulations also to Yasmin Balai (Second Place), Romain Champalaune (Third Place), Olga Ingurazova (Commended Entry) and Liton Masud Alam (Commended Entry).

Grand Prize

Hosam Katan

Second Place

Silver Linings
Yasmin Balai

Third Place

Samsung Galaxy
Romain Champalaune

Commended Entry

Scars of Independence
Olga Ingurazova

Commended Entry

Requiem for Freedom
Liton Masud Alam

Special thanks to our judges, Paul Lowe, Simon Norfolk and Emma Bowkett, and The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), University of the Arts London, Centre for Documentary Practice, RMIT University, Medill School of Journalism, MediaStorm and World Press Photo for their support during this inaugural year of the competition.

For more information about the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award, please contact Thaddeus Pope, Creative Director (tpope@iafor.org).

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Posted by Thaddeus Pope

Thaddeus Pope is the Director of Visual Communications for The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) and the Creative Director of the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award.


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