The theme of this year’s contest was
Celebrating the Unseen
After two digital rounds, the jury of the Pride Photo Award 2022 met on Friday 21 January to discuss the entries and to decide on the winning photos. One in the category Single Image and one in the category Series.
The jury was surprised by the many incredible stories in this year’s contest. After much discussion, the jury members were able to come to a unanimous decision for both winners. The jury felt it was essential to use this platform not only to celebrate the unseen in visual storytelling but to ensure that the authors of these works were equally representative of the stories they chose to tell.
‘Whilst acknowledging the incredible effort made by the Pride Photo team, as well as the jury, to invite diverse submissions to the photo contest. The jury panel felt that many voices were not present among the competition. We hope to create further awareness of this disparity in participation and subsequent representation and aim to develop our own practices to encourage greater inclusivity in future contests.’
Pride Photo Award 2022
Winner single image
The winner in the Single Image category, Haneem Christian’s (South-Africa) breathtaking image The Lovers, resonated deeply with every member of the panel. The jury reveled in the soft expression of this urgent story, a tender and seldom seen portrait of not only the intimacy between these two Muslim men, but of Islam away from the still prevalent Islamophobic gaze.
This image is from a series that explores the depths, beauty, and sacred nature of Queer Love. Queer Muslim love. A love that is so vast and incredible but very rarely spoken about or celebrated. This image uses anonymity as a way to
Haneem Christian (25) is born and raised in Grassy Park in Cape Town. Christian is a graduate of Gender Studies and Environmental and Geographical Sciences from the University of Cape Town. After graduating, Christian forged their way as a formidable Creative Director and Photographer, with a particular focus on representation within the Black and Brown LGBTQIA+ community. In February 2020, Christian delivered a body of work with NON Worldwide at the Institution of Contemporary Art after being been named one of four mentors for The Orms Mentorship Program, as well as an ongoing mentor for young artists in the Lalela Project.
Pride Photo Award 2022
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