During a final round of judging today the work of German-born Hans-Christian Schink was singled out as the winner of the first REAL Photography Award. Schink's black and white print, which uses a photographic effect known as ‘true solarisation' forms part of a long-term project entitled ‘1 h' that will be presented as a series of 12 images from different places on earth depicting ‘movement'.
Michel Tilmant, Chairman of the Executive Board of ING Group, presented the first REAL Photography Award - a cheque worth EUR 50,000 in prize money - to Hans-Christian Schink at an award presentation ceremony held at LP II Art Centre in Rotterdam this evening.
Commenting on the winning photograph on behalf of the jury Roger Hargreaves, jury chairman, said: "We were drawn to, and intrigued by the exquisite landscape between the violent gash that streaked across an otherwise tranquil landscape. This, we discovered, was the mark of the sun as it aired across the sky in the one hour it took to make the exposure. Hans-Christian Schink's photograph has reinvigorated black and white photography with a new contemporary verve and has created a visual tension that hints at trouble to come in a wilderness paradise. His work truly reflects the award theme."
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