Nick Hannes wins 2018 ZEISS Photography Award

Garden of Delight, a stunning photography series by Belgian photographer Nick Hannes, has won the 2018 ZEISS Photography Award “Seeing Beyond – Untold Stories”, alongside nine shortlisted photographers.

A butler is welcoming the press to a prototype of The Floating Seahorse, an underwater holiday villa, situated at the Heart of Europe, a man-made archipelago 2.5 miles off Dubai. The villa features underwater bedrooms and bathrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for views of marine life. Each villa comes with a personal butler. By the time the ambitious project is complete there will be more than 125 floating villas, which cost as much as 2,5 million Euro each. Renting the villa will cost 5,000 Euro a day. This photograph is part of the series ‘Dubai. Bread and Circuses’, a documentary on leisure and tourism in Dubai.
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Shot over five trips in 2016 and 2017, Hannes’ winning series examines leisure and consumerism in Dubai. Each photograph was meticulously planned, with locations ranging from a prototype underwater holiday villa to a subzero bar in a Dubai shopping mall. In the work, the photographer explores ideas around globalization and capitalism and raises questions about authenticity and sustainability.

Chosen from nearly 90,000 entries by photographers from more than 140 countries, Hannes’ work is praised by the jury for its unique character and narrative. They applauded its ability to address a current subject through a captivating and lighthearted visual story.

Talking about his success, Hannes says:

“I am very honored and grateful to receive this award.
‘Garden of Delight’ is a self-initiated and self-funded project. I am glad I persevered. This
recognition proves that it was worth to keep going and dig deep into my subject.”

As the winner of the ZEISS Photography Award, Hannes receives €12,000 worth of ZEISS lenses and €3,000 to cover travel costs for a photography project. The photographer also has the opportunity to personally work with ZEISS and the World Photography Organisation.

The 2018 ZEISS Photography Award judges also recognized nine further series of works and
shortlisted the following photographers:
Toby Binder, German, for the series “Themmuns – Youth in Northern Ireland”
Sarah Blesener, American, for the series “Beckon Us From Home”
Snezhana von Buedingen, Russian, for the series “Permer Frost”
Stephanie Gengotti, Italian, for the series “Circus love, Les Pêcheurs de Rêves”
Tadas Kazakevicius, Lithuanian, for the series “Soon to be Gone”
Mark Leaver, British, for the series “TIGHT”
Gowun Lee, South Korean, for the series “I’m Here with You”
Stefano Morelli, Italian, for the series “Suspension”
Kicia Randagia, Polish, for the series “Scelte”

The work of all shortlisted photographers and Nick Hannes will be exhibited at Somerset House, London as part of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition from April 20 – May 6, 2018.
Now in its third year, the ZEISS Photography Award is a collaboration between the World Photography Organisation and ZEISS. The award challenges photographers worldwide to submit a body of work addressing
a selected theme.

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