2012 Award Winners in Genres I to III


The work of the jury was not easy with 5,500 website impressions from 58 countries (Stand 12/2012: 7,500 website impressions from 63 countries) and 250 works submitted.

We are presenting the results here under “Award Winners in 2012” and “Special Mentions in 2012.”

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I. Photography – Youth Category

Sebastian Vogt, 17, Germany

 

     From his series,
     the photograph “untitled”


It is not clear if it is an act of violence or whether the boy lying on the ground needs help. However, the heart on the shirt of the tall boy emphasizes a positive aspect – the help being given.

Sebastian “staged” himself in this photograph. For this reason, his work is one of the submissions deserving of special recognition for openly addressing the topic of violence and demonstrating courage by presenting his work in public.
 
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I. Photography – Amateur Adult Category

Matthias Ernst, Germany
 

     From his series,
     the photograph “Rot für Rotseher - körperliche Gewalt”
     (“Red for those who see red – physical violence”)


It is about physical violence. The red card and the injuries of the boy concentrate the theme to the point that it says “STOP violence,” an intense and convincingly depicted statement taking a stand against violence.

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I. Photography – Amateur Adult Category

Gerhard Scheidig, Germany

 

     From his series,
     the photograph “Mama”


The photograph speaks clearly and vividly conveys how a child is misused as a “tool” against the unloved (ex-)partner.

“Mama” – the cry of a child which conveys the unbearable division of the world into black and white, good and evil, combined with the shocking text and the suppressed longing for the (loving) mother.

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I. Photography – Professional Category

Andy Fox, Germany



     From his series,
     the photograph “Rays of Hope 7”


Only the blurred outlines of women in black and white pass by – itself already a contrast – the figures seem to be moving in a parallel world, not noticed by the men and the boy in the background. The scene captures the profound separation of both worlds.

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I. Photography – Professional Category

Frank Bayh  and  Steff Rosenberger-Ochs, Germany

Five-part series “Ruhig Brauner” (“Quiet Brown One”)

 

         


Today’s children are brutally initiated into a reality which glorifies violence without being given the change to recognize and understand its background historically and in the real world. Gaining an understanding of it would require too much, and wrongheadedly presented to children in a playful way as merely an exciting reality show or game.

These photographs by Bayh and Rosenberger-Ochs brings out these aspects very well, realities and history are avoided with playful and childish ease – without blaming children for our society and industry makes it possible, the work is striking both in terms of its motif and execution.

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II. Short Films – Youth Category 

Jacqueline Pawliczek, Germany


Kurzfilm "Mein Glücksbringer"


The filmmaker received the award for her outstanding and versatile work in the areas of screenplay writing, directing and acting. Among other attributes, she impressed the jury with the number of artistic solutions in the work submitted.

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II. Short Films – In Professional Training 

Anthony Schatteman, Belgium


Kurzfilm "Kus me zachtjes"


Here latent aggression against minorities can be felt without blatantly depicting violence, the conflict could break out at any moment, but is resolved without violence. The stillness of the film is compelling.

Diese hervorragend gemachte Arbeit zeigt eine interessante Dramaturgie mit This remarkable work has an interesting dramaturgy with convincing acting performances and is implemented with excellent skill. A very strong overall performance! This film received the most votes from the jury.

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III. Animation Films – In Professional Training

Natalie Bitutski, Germany
 

Animationsfilm „Schattensprung“

     ("to jump over one's own shadow")


The figure shuts himself off from the world – stands in his own shadow. In his loneliness he is left to himself and is obsessed with his belongings. One day he encounters his other side, learns to share and be trusting and learns about true wealth, which is more valuable than all his material riches.

The animated film “Jump over your shadow” skilfully unites the creative, dramaturgical preparation of a story reflecting a theme for the contest. It was told using elaborate stop-motion animation technique rendered in several pictorial layers. The materials used lend the film its own unique character which stands out especially in terms of its stop frame image composition.

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