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The Spirit of Place and Cultural Diversity

January 3, 2011

Inaugural photography competition discovers new talent in the UK and in Italy

The three finalists for the inaugural Accademia Apulia Photographic Award have been announced after over 300 participants of all nationalities entered the competition.

The Photographic Award, Genius Loci, Spirit of Place and Cultural Diversity, was established in 2009 by Accademia Apulia UK to champion the importance of diversity in a fast-changing world. The Award is intended to inspire artists from different communities to reflect on their local heritage and customs, and how these, in turn, inform their own understanding of their community.

An international panel of judges, applauded the distinctive intepretations of all those who entered, but felt that the following three candidates best captured the spirit of the prize:

Alex Boyd

An award-winning photographer, Alex, 26, presented breathtaking views of the pristine Scottish landscape. In all the frames an anonymous subject stands with his back to the camera, symbolising the Scots relationship with nature.

Stefano Morelli

Stefano, 31, captures the struggle of a Roma community to maintain their own identity whilst being seemingly invisible to broader society.

Matteo Sandrini

For several days and always at the same time, Matteo, 25, positioned himself on the main street of the Carmine district of the Italian city of Brescia and photographed people passing by and used these images to create a collage showing the diversity at the heart of his city.

The work of the three finalists is to be shown in a group exhibition on 11/02/2011 in the presence of cultural representatives from the UK and Italy, in association with the Patron of the Accademia Apulia UK, Nancy Dell’Olio. The Award Ceremony is to take place at the prestigious Royal Horseguards, Whitehall, where the overall winner will be announced and presented with a £1,000 cash prize.

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