Foto8 and HOST Gallery are pleased to announce that the award for Best in Show at the Foto8 Summer Show 2009 goes to Torben Weiss for his image “Mr Brohr in his room full of pictures” and the Public Vote has been awarded to Sofie Knijff.
The panel of judges (see below) were impressed by the high standard and diversity of all selected entries and discussed the considerations that constitute the success of a single image: formal qualities of composition, technical competence of the photographer and originality. Yet, the deciding factor was ultimately the context of the image.
As described by judge Graham Wood: “This image is asking questions. The assumption is he’s in prison, but he may not be; he might just be lonely. You imagine it is sinister, yet these are images from everyday magazines. It’s the way the guy looks which makes it sinister. Not many pictures are asking so many questions. I feel I could keep coming back to this and asking more.”