The 2012 LUCEO Student Project Award Winner
After a long and wonderful deliberation on Thursday, June 8th by jurors Michael Wichita, Pamela Chen, Maggie Steber, Heather Hakimzadeh and Nicole Fruge, we are very excited to announce the recipient of the 2012 LUCEO Student Project Award. This year’s winner is Alena Zhandarova of Russia. She will receive $1,000 and mentorship from a LUCEO member of her choosing. As part of the award her work is also featured on the CNN Photo Blog.
The jurors felt that her portfolio “City of Brides” (a selection of which can be seen below) best represented her ability to fulfill her proposal for “Run Forest.” Keep your eyes on the LUCEO blog for more information about Alena and to see her work progress over the course of the year.
The selection process was broadcasted live from LUCEO’s YOU ARE HERE exhibition space at LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph. It was also recorded and is viewable here. Judges Michael Wichita (AARP) and Nicole Fruge (Education Week) will still select from the list of 10 finalists to award assignments.
You can learn more about the Student Project Award and other LUCEO events at LOOK3 including The Hunt by visiting our festival site at LUCEO@LOOK3.
A detail of prints installed on behalf of @harmreductioncoalition at the 58th Commission on Narcotic Drugs in #Vienna, #Austria. The work draws from 400 portraits paired with text written by each subject advocating for a more human drug policy that includes harm reduction among its tenets. #HarmReduction, as a practice, is a relatively simple and pragmatic approach to drugs which focuses on the issue through the lens of public health rather than through the criminal justice system (which, globally, can carry sentences up to and including life in prison and death.) Its adoption into formalized policy has been a steady and incremental journey that has spanned roughly three decades.