The International Photography Festival is proud to present the 20 Finalists of the 2019 Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography.
The Meitar Award, a collaboration between PHOTO:ISRAEL and the Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Fund, is awarded for the fourth time this year for a body of work which demonstrates originality and excellence in the field of photography. The award winner will be announced during the festival and will receive a $14,000 grant for the purpose of presenting a solo exhibition at the 2020 photography festival.
A jury of leading professionals from all over the world has reviewed the submissions anonymously. This year, the exhibition features works by 20 finalists chosen by the jury from close to 600 submissions.
The Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Fund sponsors a wide range of bodies and activities pertaining to education and culture in Israel and overseas. The Fund was established by Zvi Meitar in 2004 with the aim of supporting young people outstanding in their field and promoting selected projects.
David Adika, Photographer and Head of the Photography Department at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
Nathalie Herschdorfer, curator and art historian specializing in the history of photography, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Le Locle, Switzerland
Mirjam Kooiman, Art historian, writer and curator at Foam Photography Museum, Amsterdam
Laura Letinsky, Artist and Professor, University of Chicago, Department of Visual Arts
Dafna Meitar-Nechmad, The Zvi and Ofra Meitar Foundation
Doron Rabina, Chief Curator, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Moshe Rosenzweig, OAM, Founder and Artistic Director, Head On Photo Festival Sydney, Australia
Rivka Saker, Chairman Sotheby’s Israel, Founder and board chair of Artis
Marta Weiss, Senior Photography Curator, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London
The twenty finalists are:
Troi Anderson (USA), Manuel Armenis (Germany), Toby Binder (Germany), Mickey Brandt (Israel), Francesca Catastini (Italy), Gabriele Cecconi (Italy), Michael Danner (Deutschland), Chirag Jindal (New Zealand), Michael Liani (Israel), Lillia Luganskaia (Netherlands), Karl Mancini (Italy), Valery Melnikov (Russia), Eliko Ner-Gaon (Israel), Bob Newman (USA), Gloria Oyarzabal (Spain), Claudio Rasano (Schweiz), George Selley (UK), Michal Solarski (Poland), Mirjam Stenevik (Norway), Alys Tomlinson (UK).