Launched on the 22nd of March and made possible by the financial support of FIDAL, the business law firm, the first edition of the FIDAL Photo Awards was a resounding success the world over. 500 entries were made to the FIDAL Youth Photography Awards and 250 to the FIDAL Documentary Photography Award. In the end, Philippe Grollier was presented with the FIDAL Documentary Photography Award and Michal Siarek came out on top in the FIDAL Youth Photography Awards.

FIDAL Documentary Photography Award

Following their deliberations on June 16th, the panel declared Philip Grollier the winner of the FIDAL Documentary Photography Award. The €20,000 in grant money will help him complete his project over the course of two years. Finally, his work will culminate in an exhibition.

During hour-long sessions, the 5 finalists Anna Filipova, Ambroise Tézenas, Julien Goldstein, Philippe Grollier and Vincent Catala were grilled by the panel on their projects. It was by no means an easy choice, as each candidate advocated their project with true fervor. When all was said and done, it was Philippe Grollier who rose to the occasion and took home the award for his committed work on Northern Ireland. For 15 years, he has been documenting this country, whose wounds, inflicted by several decades’ of deadly conflict, have yet to fully heal. After his series entitled Peace Process, created in Derry in 2007, and his Bonfires series on sectarian violence between Catholics and Protestants, the photographer started work on the Peacewall series, which covers the “peace walls” splitting apart neighborhoods along the outskirts of Belfast.

Image tirée de la série “Peacewalls” / © Philippe Grollier
Image tirée de la série “Peacewalls” / © Philippe Grollier
Image tirée de la série “Peacewalls” / © Philippe Grollier
Image tirée de la série “Peacewalls” / © Philippe Grollier

FIDAL Youth photography awards

The panel came together on June 16th and awarded Michal Siarek, a young Polish photographer, 25 years of age, for his Alexander series. He headed to Macedonia, where since 2010 the government has been spearheading a project to redefine the country’s identity to venerate Alexander the Great. To carry out his project, he is receiving a €5,000 grant meant to assist him in completing a plan laid out in collaboration with the panel. His work particularly stood out amongst the 50 top entries presented to the panel.

Image tirée de la série “Alexander” / © Michal Siarek
Image tirée de la série “Alexander” / © Michal Siarek
Image tirée de la série “Alexander” / © Michal Siarek
Image tirée de la série “Alexander” / © Michal Siarek
Image tirée de la série “Alexander” / © Michal Siarek
Image tirée de la série “Alexander” / © Michal Siarek

The 25-year-old Polish photographer, Wiktoria Wojciechowska, and Kevin Faingnaert, a 31-year-old Belgian photographer, were deemed “Panel Favorites.” The next edition of the FIDAL Youth Photography Awards will take place from the July 1st to October 31st, 2016.

Image tirée de la série “Sparks” / © Wiktoria Wojciechowska
Image tirée de la série « Føroyar » / © Kevin Faingnaert