The 6th International Jalón Ángel Photography Awards more international than ever before: Jean-Claude Delalande (France), Chasovitin Dmitry (Russia) and Rakayet Ul Karim Rakim (Bangladesh) are announced winners
The 6th International Jalón Ángel Photography Award lives up to its name with the awards going to several countries. The winner of the Portrait category is Jean-Claude Delalande (Draveil, France), Travel – Chasovitin Dmitry (Sredneuralsk, Russia) and Education and Cooperation -Rakayet Ul Karim Rakim (Chittagong, Bangladesh).
All three will receive an award consisting of an emblematic trophy, a diploma and one thousand euros. This sixth edition has received more than 3,700 entries with participation from 105 countries: Spain, Russia, Iran, France, India, Bangladesh, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cyprus, the Philippines, Finland, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Japan, Mali, Montenegro, Nepal, New Zealand, Panama, French Polynesia, Dominican Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Zimbabwe, Turkmenistan, Curaçao, among others.
The jury was formed by Mónica Carabias Álvaro (PhD in History of Contemporary Art from the Complutense University of Madrid and Specialist in Contemporary Photography), Judith Prat (Aragonese photojournalist, focusing on documentary photography and who has covered different conflicts in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America) and Pilar Irala-Hortal (director of the Jalón Ángel Photographic Archive and professor and researcher in the photography department at San Jorge University).
The director of the Archive remarked on "the consolidation of the Jalón Ángel Photography Award in the international arena, as well as the quality of the images", she also added that "having the opportunity to judge the large number of images that are submitted allows you to peer into many corners of the world, a kaleidoscope of faces, looks and landscapes. " The doctor in History of Contemporary Art, Mónica Carabias, affirms that "it has been a pleasure to be part of the sixth edition of the Jalón Ángel International Photography Award, as it is committed to photography as an artistic language to make the reality of fundamental topics such as education and training visible and thus achieving a better and more egalitarian society ".
The jury praised the winning photograph of the Portrait category, entitled Adria for the dynamic composition and representation of an everyday scene, which manages to capture great intensity with several stories in a single snapshot. The ambience and sheer strength were key to naming the author, Jean-Claude Delalande de Draveil (France) winner. He studied at the photography school in Montreuil sous Bois and has exhibited his work in Paris: BnF, MEP, Marseille, Belgium, Vichi, Bordeaux, Belgrade, Luxembourg, among other cities.
The winning image in Travel, entitled Icon, portrays a trip within another trip in an aesthetically powerful scene. The trip is achieved in several aspects: architecture, art, culture. The warmth of the pictorial portrait contrasts with the cold of the atmosphere, which is one of the reasons why Chasovitin Dmitry from Sredneuralsk (Russia) was awarded the prize. He is specialised in commercial photography for children and urban photography, his images have also been published in Russian media.
This sixth edition has an additional winner corresponding to the special category of Education and Cooperation, to mark the 25th anniversary of the San Valero Dominican Foundation (FUNDOSVA), one of the centres of the San Valero educational group. The winner is the photograph titled Hunger for education as the jury said it is a hopeful, innovative and original image. It shows a different type of school, by the railway tracks, but demonstrates a desire to learn, which adds a certain surreal air. The author is Rakayet Ul Karim Rakim (Chittagong, Bangladesh), a photographer who has achieved different recognitions such as the Hamdan International Photography Award- "WATER 2020", Global Photography · The 11th Mobile Photography Contest, Hamdan International Photography Award- "HOPE 2019", Silk Road Youth International Photography Competition (Excellence Award) and the Xposure International Photography & Film Festival (Top 05 Nominee).
In addition, the jury has wanted to make several special mentions:
- Gunar Binde. Portrait, by Yuliya Matskevich (Minsk, Belarus) for its excellent execution and classic yet impeccable lighting with an enigmatic and mysterious feel.
- El pueblo, by Alfonso Gangutia Otero (Cantabria, Spain) for the dose of irony it offers, the splendid setting and the genre used, highly developed in modern times: new documentary photography. The image is a combination of portrait, report, memory and family album.
- Untitle, by Javier Arcenillas (Madrid, Spain) for the local scene and the setting. It is a history of stories, full of narrativity, memories, memoirs and invites you to want to find out more about those lives while still being very cultural.
- Island Tap, by Jesús Alonso Casimiro-Soriguer (Málaga, Spain) for offering a different type of place in the travel genre and offering another approach to the standard portrayed cultures. It is an image that transports the viewer to form part of the scene, with a very cinematic aesthetic and magical realism. In addition to being very poetic and transmitting the cold environment.
Education and Cooperation Category:
- Ansia de conocimiento, by Antonio Aragón Renuncio (Cantabria, Spain) for being a very rich, technically perfect photograph with a very aesthetic character, well composed and having a literary and narrative style. It represents the theme perfectly and is original, it reflects the situation of many children who have to make long journeys, after working arriving to school exhausted, but with an interest in learning.
- Child working the lesson, by Kazim Kuyucu (Konya, Turkey) for capturing the essence of the genre by portraying that moment of pure concentration and effort in front of his books. The setting, technique and colour used give strength to the message, demonstrating a perfect composition in a complex situation.