Kevin Faingnaert, Belgium, wins 2017 ZEISS Photography Award
As the 2017 ZEISS Photography Award winner, Kevin Faingnaert receives €12,000 worth of ZEISS lenses and €3,000 in travel expenses to complete a photography project.
Kevin Faingnaert lives and works in Gent, Belgium, and is a social documentary photographer with a degree in Sociology. His work mainly focuses on small groups and communities that are removed from mainstream culture and his images have been published internationally.
Talking about his winning series “Føroyar”, Faingnaert comments: “In February 2016 I immersed myself within the Faroese community, I couch-surfed and hitch-hiked my way across the islands, finding doors opening to me everywhere I went. There, across swathes of snow-veiled landscapes and bordered by dramatic coastline, villages are slowly dropping into decline as more and more of their inhabitants are emigrating from the islands in pursuit of greater opportunities. In these clear and pristine landscapes, where villages with populations as low as ten huddle together on the edge of cliffs, I tried to reveal a community hanging on firmly to their roots and traditions, while underlining that one day these villages must inevitably disappear.”
March 14, 2017: The World Photography Organisation and ZEISS today announce Belgian photographer Kevin Faingnaert as the winner of the 2017 ZEISS Photography Award “Seeing Beyond”. Faingnaert is recognized for “Føroyar”, a stunning photography series about life on remote and sparsely populated villages on the Faroe Islands.
Now in its second year, the theme of ZEISS Photography Award was ‘Meaningful Places’ which challenged professional photographers to look past the ordinary and everyday and submit a body of work that captured extraordinary aspects of the world we live in. The award is a collaboration between the World Photography Organisation and ZEISS and is designed push the creative talents of photographers worldwide.
The winning work was selected from more than 31,000 images, submitted by 4,677 photographers from 132 countries to the 2017 award.