Ilir Tsouko
New East Photo Prize 2020
Winner & Finalists Announced
Calvert 22

Calvert 22 is proud to announce that Alexey Vasilyev from Russia has been named the winner of the New East Photo Prize 2020 for his project Sakhawood. The prize is presented by Calvert 22 Foundation and The Calvert Journal to give an international platform to photographers of the New East – Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia — and provide a unique glimpse into the self-identity of this underrepresented region and the lives of its people.

Two special prizes have also been awarded as part of this year’s competition. New East Photo Prize judge Davide Monteleone and Spazio Labo’ presented the Mentorship Award to Uzbek photographer Hassan Kurbanbaev. His project Logomania: Owning the World at Half Price examines Uzbekistan’s obsession with Western luxury brands through staged photos featuring counterfeit Chanel and Gucci products. Kurbanbaev will be invited to attend the Tutorship in Visual Storytelling training course organised by Davide Monteleone and Spazio Labo’, offering individual coaching for visual storytellers in their early career.

The finalists / shortlisted:

Agnieszka Sejud​, ​Hoax.
Alexey Vasilyev, ​Sakhawood.
András Ladocsi, ​Swallow.​
Hassan Kurbanbaev​, ​Logomania: Owning the World at Half Price​.
Igor Elukov, ​The Book of Miracles​.
Ilir Tsouko, Starting Over: From the Donbass to Chernobyl​.
János R. Szabó, ​Stories along the Öreg-Túr River.
Justyna Górniak, ​Haytarma.​
Lilith Matevosyan, ​I had left my home early in the morning.
Marina Istomina, ​Suffocation.​
Tomasz Liboska, ​Turn Around.