The Winner of the
2015 Gomma Photography Grant is:

Javier Arcenillas with Red Note

The Second Place Winner is:

Massimo Branca & Igor Marchesan


Inside Outside Under Bucharest

In a tie for Third Place, the Winners are:

Magdalena Switek with Borderlines


Igor Pisuk with Deceitful Reverence



The twentyfive shortlisted photographers for the 2015 Gomma Photography Grant are:

Alfonso Moral, Christian Werner, Debi Cornwall, Felix von der Osten, Filippo Venturi, Frank Machalowski, Igor Pisuk, Ilias Georgiadis, Ingetje Tadros, Jasper Bastian, Javier Arcenillas, Jorge Lopez Munoz, Julien Lombardi, Kirill Ovchinnikov, Lisa Elmaleh, Magdalena Switek, Massimo Branca & Igor Marchesan, Megan Doherty, Michele Sibiloni, Mingo Venero, Paul Thulin, Pierpaolo Mittica, Vasantha Yogananthan, Wiktoria Wojciechowskaand Zora Murff.




This year's Jury:

Amanda Lo - Zen Foto.
Manager of the Zen Foto Gallery, Tokyo. Editor and designer of Zen foto publication.

Andy Adams - FlakPhoto.
Founder, Editor and Publisher of FlakPhoto. Host of The FlakPhoto Network (FPN) and curator of Making Pictures of People.

Colin Pantall - Lecturer.
Senior Lecturer at the University of South Wales, UK and a regular writer for the British Journal of Photography and other publications such as The International Herald Tribune, The Independent, Aperture Magazine, Gomma Magazine and Photo-Eye Magazine.

Christian Caujolle - Critic.
Internationally acclaimed and renowned critic. He is also the founder of Agence VU, a Prix Pictet nominator and a regular writer for publication such as The Internazionale and L'Oeil de la Photographie.

Giovanni Picchi - LUZ Agency.
General Manager at LUZ Agency and LUZ Academy.

Gilou Le Gruiec, Gallerist at Agence VU Gallery.
Gilou has been working at VU since 1991 and at the Gallery VU, since its creation in 1998. Curating exhibitions at VU gallery or outside, she is also responsible of the sales.

Grzegorz Kosmala - doc! photo magazine, DEBUTS.
Founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of doc! photo magazine and contra doc! Creator of the DEBUTS project and coordinator of the 7th and 8th editions of BZ WBK Press Foto.

Heidi Romano - Photobook Melbourne.
Festival Director at Photobook Melbourne. Curator and designer at 'Unless you will'.

Laura Valenti - Photolucida, Critical Mass.
Outreach Director of Photolucida and Critical Mass photo contest.

Luca Desienna, Gomma.
Head Director of Gomma Books ltd and the Chief Editor of the MONO trilogy. He regularly takes part in photo contests jury, such as the Daylight Awards, DEBUTS, Photolucida and the Lugano Photo Festival contest.

Peggy Sue Amison, East Wing.
Artistic Director at East Wing Gallery, Dubai, and a sought-after juror for renowned contests such as Tokyo International Photography Competition, Daylight Photo Awards, in addition, she is also a Board Member of the Belfast Photo Festival.



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The new grant by Gomma for a photographer for an ongoing project. Now in its second year. The 2014 winner photographer was Ksenia Yurkova.



Any medium, black & white or color, analogue or digital.

What we are looking for is consistency, personality and courage.


You must submit between 12 and 50 images from the same body of work. Please note that this work must be an ongoing project that you are looking to complete within approx 18 months from the grant deadline. The grant prize must be spent on the realization and completion of this work and/or its distribution. You can spend it the way you want; you could boost your films supply, load your darkroom with chemicals, buy new lens, get hard drives and memory cards, or you could use it to fund your printed material and photobook … It is up to you as long as it is invested in this work.


All we ask from you is to keep us updated on the progress and let us know how you spent the grant. This will help us improve the grant contest of the following years.

Grant timetable





What you need to prepare:

• 12 to 50 images at 72 dpi

• 1000 pixels longest size

• A short artist statement

• A short biography

• A breakdown of how you will spend the grant



We believe that today, more than ever before, photographers need help and funding. This is one of the reasons why we decided to create opportunity. We hope that next year the prize will raise, so mark 31st October in your calendar as another important deadline: the Gomma Photography Grant.



What are we looking for:

  • Personality
  • Constancy
  • Innovation
  • Truthfulness
  • Originality
  • Courage
Previous years:
The Winner Photographer for the 2014 GPG, Gomma Photography Grant, was: Ksenia Yurkova.

The photographers shortlisted for the 2014 Gomma Grant were: Martin Bollati, Ben Brody, Stephane Charpentier, Madison Dinelle, Alessandro Falco, Ilias Georgiadis, François Grivelet, Owen Harvey, George Holroyd, Luisa Huebner, Marlena Jablonska, Navin Kala & Luisa Dörr, Vakho Khetaguri, Helio Leon, Joseph Lopez, Megan May, Samuel Miralles, Lorena Morin, Tito Mouraz, Massimiliano Perasso, Peter Petersen, Nikos Pilos, Igor Pisuk, Léonard PONgO, Julie van der Vaart, Krzysztof Wladyka, Paula Winkler and Hiroshi Yamauchi.

Submissions now closed. 2016 Grant will open this Summer.


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