Hahnemühle Student Photo Competition

Hahnemuehle’s first student photo competition have begun, starting with the submission phase. Are you in? Face the challenge and meet our jury!

For our student photo competition, we have assembled an internationally renowned jury who will evaluate your photos from a professional perspective. Our jury, made up of photographers, photo journalists, gallerists and other experienced photo industry experts, will evaluate your photo series according to the following criteria:

  • artistic quality – composition, creativity and visual persuasiveness
  • technical quality – technical/practical implementation
  • quality of content – congruence between the concepts and visual implementation

Enter our competition and impress the jury with your work and creativity!
Over the next few weeks, we will introduce the members of the jury one by one.
Here we go!

Rolf Nobel is a professor of photography at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and Hannover University of Applied Sciences, where he played a key role in designing the photojournalism and documentary photography degree course. He helped to transform the programme into one of the largest in Germany, and one of the most successful academic photojournalism training institutions in the world.

As well as working on his own photography and book projects, Rolf Nobel runs photojournalism, street photography and travel photography workshops for the Deutsche Journalistinnen- und Journalisten Union (dju), the ver.di training institute and the German Press Agency (dpa), among others. He is also a member of numerous juries, for example the UNICEF Photo of the Year, the Alfred Fried Photography Award, the VGH Fotopreis and the Pressefoto Bayern competition.

Rolf Nobel is a co-founder of the photography association FreeLens and a member of their advisory board. He is also the founder and director of Lumix Festivals for Young Photojournalism in Hannover and director of the GAF photo gallery, also in Hannover.

In 2016, the German Photographic Association awarded Rolf Nobel with the Dr Erich Salomon Prize, one of the most prestigious photography awards in Germany.

Rolf Nobel Jury Hahnemühle Student Photo Competition
Rolf Nobel Jury Hahnemühle Student Photo Competition
Hamidah Glasgow Jury Hahnemühle Student Photo Competition
Hamidah Glasgow Jury Hahnemühle Student Photo Competition

Hamidah Glasgow has been the Executive Director and Curator at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado since 2009. Hamidah holds a master’s degree in humanities with a specialization in visual and gender studies and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.

Hamidah’s contribution to photography has included curatorial projects, national portfolio reviews (FotoFest, Photolucida, Medium, Center, Filter, etc.), contributions to publications and online magazines.

She received the 2018 Hal Gould Vision in Photography Award and is a co-founder of the Strange Fire Collective. This collective is dedicated to photo-based work that engages with current social and political forces, highlighting the work of women, people of colour, and queer and trans artists, writers, and curators.

Hamidah – (Pronounced Ha-me-dah) is interested in a wide variety of work both finished projects, work-in-progress, and creative brain storming. Hamidah can assist with editing, sequencing, and project development. She is looking for photo-based artists for exhibition opportunities and web-based features. She is not interested in traditional nudes, traditional landscapes, or commercial work.

Vincent MarcilhacyJury Hahnemühle Student Photo Competition
Vincent MarcilhacyJury Hahnemühle Student Photo Competition

Vincent Marcilhacy joined Agentur VU‘ in 1996 where he held several positions, before creating the Special Projects department dedicating to support photographers through philantropic initiatives. He designed there the programme for the 20th Anniversary of VU’ in 2006 (which gave rise to many publications, conferences and exhibitions) and continued to develop collective projects inviting photographers to confront their sights to contemporary issues. In 2008, he founded VU MAG, biannual magazine with aim to open up our approach to photography.

Each issue has become an ongoing reflection on a theme by the photography and other forms of creative dialogue with the image. In 2009, he takes over the management of Galerie VU’, founded in 1997, which he supports since the development in France and abroad with a brand new exhibition space in Paris.

In 2012, Vincent Marcilhacy created ‘The Eyes Publishing’ that he develops since through the publication of a biannual revue ‘The Eyes’ of photbooks and consulting assignments in photography and publishing. Vincent Marcilhacy is also managing Picto Foundation, an organism founded by Picto photo la with aim to support photoghy actor. He is finally teaching business startegies and tecnics in schools of photography.

Zelda Cheatle is a well-known curator and editor of photography. After some years taking photographs, she began a gallery career at the Photographers Gallery in London from 1982 to 1988, working with internationally renowned photographers and emerging British and European artists using photography.

From 1989 to 2005, the eponymous Zelda Cheatle Gallery exhibited important work from many illustrious names and consistently showed young and emerging artists, whilst acknowledging the importance of the history of photography and exhibiting iconic work from across the 20th century. From 2005 to 2012, Zelda Cheatle was responsible for initiating, sourcing and establishing the first Photography Fund.

Primarily collecting fine prints of the 20th century, the Fund Collection included the Eve Arnold Archive of vintage prints and a significant Russian collection from Rodchenko to Lissitzky and the Vhutemas School, and a collection of 20th Century iconic works from Sudek to Steichen. Today, Zelda is currently curating, reviewing and assessing photography on an international basis.

Zelda Cheatle, Jury Member Hahnemühle Student Photo Competition
Zelda Cheatle Jury Hahnemühle Student Photo Competition
João Kulcsár Jury Hahnemühle Student Photo Competition
João Kulcsár Jury Hahnemühle Student Photo Competition

João Kulcsár has a MA from the University of Kent, England. He was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University. Professor and coordinator of photography at Senac University. President of REDE of producers of photography in Brazil.

Curator of photographic exhibitions in Brazil as: Claudia Andujar, Yanomami, Maureen Bisilliat, Bolivia, Thomaz Farkas “retrospective”, Lewis Hine “America photographs from FSA”, “Magnum 60 years”, Edward Curtis “Portrait”, “Observers, photographers of the UK scene since 1930 until today”, “Immigrant Portrait” Ellis Island, Arno Rafael Minkkinen “Body as evidence”, “Magnum Cinema Portraits, Identity Dialogues”, Henri Cartier-Bresson “Firts Photographs” and Elliott Erwitt “Dog’ Life”.

He is author of books as: Herança Compartilhada; Árvores da Cidade de São Paulo; Impressões Visuais; Observadores da Cena Britânica; Viva o Brasil; Retratos Imigrantes; Acervo do MIS-SP ( Memória Paulistana; Lambe-lambe, fotógrafos de rua nos anos 70; e Ferrovia Madeira-Mamoré) and website editor.

Born in Germany in 1958, Joachim Schmeisser is best known for his major photographic series he has done in East Africa – his iconic portraiture of Elephants – especially the Orphan Elephants at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya.

He started this project in 2009 – during a stopover on a trip to the mountain gorillas in Rwanda and the Hadzabe in Tansania. Everything changed once he found himself surrounded by these baby elephants and his short travel break turned into a wonderful friendship and terrific project. It is still ongoing even today and has become a matter close to his heart.

In 2012, Joachim Schmeisser won the prestigious Hasselblad Award for this work. In 2017, his book »Elephants in Heaven« was launched by the German Publisher teNeues and sold out within 4 months.

»I feel like this work—for me—is an unprecedented example of the perfect balance between creating an icon, and working with an icon.« writes Art Editor Fridey Mickel of the TAZ Berlin about his work and Matthias Harder, Chief curator of the Helmut Newton Foundation Berlin, speaks in his foreword about him as a man of conviction with an ecological, visual approach. »He gives something back to the land and ultimately infects us with his enthusiasm for the elephants.«

Joachim Schmeisser’s intention is to show the beauty and uniqueness of our planet and to increase sensitivity for a topic that concerns us all. In addition he is the owner of FineArt Gallery immagis in Munich and familia with curating and printing FineArt Photography.

Joachim Schmeisser Hasselblad Master member of jury
Joachim Schmeisser Hasselblad Master member of jury
Kathrin Köhler Galerie Immagis Member of Jury
Kathrin Köhler Galerie Immagis Member of Jury

After her studies of Business Management, Kathrin Köhler worked together with her partner, a professional photographer, in the Advertising and Design scene.

In 2009, she founded the gallery IMMAGIS in Germany and specializes in contemporary photographic art. IMMAGIS stands for excellent, classic, and extravagant positions in the international photography scene; from the world’s leading photographers to promising young talents. IMMAGIS is based in Munich’s museum district. More information at: www.immagis.de

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