New horizons for Unseen winners

21 September 2018 ... min read Listen

21 September 2018

Promising young photographers Jaakko Kahilaniemi and Alexey Shlyk are the winners of the 2018 ING Unseen Talent Award. Jaakko, 29, from Finland, won the €10,000 Jury Prize with his work Nature Like Capital, while Alexey, 32, from Belarus, was voted the public’s favourite.

“Winning this award gives me the opportunity to showcase my work.” The winners share their experience.

“Embracing the theme for this year (New Horizons: Exploring the promise and perils of the future), we were impressed by Jaakko’s intriguing presentation, which effectively communicated ideas around man’s complex relationship with nature,” the jury said in their report.

This year’s judges were Calvin Klein senior art director Chris Bedson, Emma Bowkett of FT Weekend Magazine, Sanne ten Brink, chief curator of the ING Collection, artist and filmmaker Fiona Tan and Florian Ebner, chief of photography at the Centre Pompidou.

The public prize winner Alexey was chosen in an online vote. He will be commissioned by ING to create a new work for the bank’s corporate art collection.

The three other finalists were Dávid Biró (1992, Hungary), Pauline Niks (1982, the Netherlands) and Eva O’Leary (1989, Ireland).

The winners were announced in Amsterdam by Erik Van Den Eynden, CEO of ING in Belgium.

The ING Unseen Talent Award is an initiative of ING Bank and contemporary photography platform Unseen. It was created to provide a platform to showcase exceptional European photography talent on an international level.

Unseen winners

The winners: Jaakko Kahilaniemi (Jury Prize) Alexey Shlyk (Public Prize)

The winners: Jaakko Kahilaniemi (Jury Prize) Alexey Shlyk (Public Prize)

Some of the finalists' works

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