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THE 2023 CAP PRIZE CALL FOR ENTRIES

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Meet the 2022 winners

The International Prize for Contemporary African Photography (CAP Prize), in partnership with the Eiger Foundation, is now accepting work that engages with the African continent or its diaspora from November 2022 to 7 February 2023. 

A panel of international curators, publishers, editors and artists will review the submissions. 25 artists will be shortlisted and 5 shortlisted artists awarded the CAP Prize 2023, which will include a series of large-scale outdoor exhibitions around the globe. Winners will be announced at Photo Basel International Art Fair in June 2023. 

Tatenda Chidora’s photograph of Zamo Ndhlazi, Merry Christmas
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The panel of judges for CAP Prize 2023, which will feature international experts from the field of photography, will be announced gradually between November 2022 to 7 February  2023. 

There is no submission fee. 

The 2022 CAP Prize was decided by a panel of 18 international judges. Some of them includes Akinbode Akinbiyi, Roger Ballen, Stephanie Blomkamp, Yves Chatap, Benjamin Füglister, John Fleetwood, Makeda Best, Anne Nwakalor, and Uche Okpa-Iroha, amongst others. 

The 25 artist that made the shortlist includes Salih Basheer (Sudan), Caimi & Piccinni, Tatenda Chidora (Zimbabwe), Colin Delfosse, Luke Dray, Nneka Iwunna Ezemezue (Nigeria), Stephan Gladieu, Pippa Hetherington (South Africa), Amina Kadous (Egypt), Heba Khalifa (Egypt), Robert Nzaou Kissolo (Congo), Vuyo Mabheka (South Africa), Remofiloe Nomandla Mayisela (South Africa), Ayobami Ogungbe (Nigeria), Lee-Ann Olwage (South Africa), Adetona Omokanye (Nigeria), Léonard Pongo, Mahefa Dimbiniaina Randrianarivelo (Madagascar), Dione Roach, Fatimazohra Serri (Morocco), Ngadi Smart (Sierra Leone), Mekbib Tadesse (Ethiopia), Pamela Tulizo (Congo), and Charlotte Yonga (Sudan). 

Five outstanding African photography series were awarded the 11th annual CAP Prize – The Contemporary African Photography Prize.

Amina Kadous, Remofiloe Nomandla Mayisela, Lee-Ann Olwage, Mahefa Dimbiniaina Randrianarivelo, and Pamela Tulizo, emerged as winners of the 11th annual CAP Prize for 2022.

About Amina Kadous

Amina Kadous (b. 1991) is an Egyptian visual artist based in Cairo. Her work explores themes of memory and identity. She believes in the transience of experience. Nothing lasts, and documentation of experiences, objects, and moments in the physical world last only until it is passed on.

Her work has been exhibited in Amsterdam, Saudi Arabia, France, London, Boston, Paris and Mali, Italy and The Netherlands. After getting awarded the Contemporary African photography Prize in 2022, she was also awarded the Prix De La Photo Madame Figaro at Arles Photography Festival 2022.

Untitled, from the White Gold series (2021).
Image courtesy of CAP.
Amina Kadous, from the series and room installation piece ‘If My Grandfather Had Written Me A Letter’, 2018. 
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About Remofiloe Nomandla Mayisela

Remofiloe Nomandla Mayisela (b. 1994) is a Johannesburg-based lens-based artist whose imagery is inspired by her own experiences breaking free from widely held social norms and taboos. Mayisela’s imagery primarily explores aspects of women’s lives through self-portraiture. 

Her work is primarily self-portraiture with a strong performative component. Mayisela’s imagery delves into aspects of women’s lives by drawing on her own experience of breaking social and political sexual taboos.

Untitled, from Lip Service series (2021).
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Eggs, from Lip Service series (2021).
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About Lee-Ann Olwage

Lee-Ann Olwage (b. 1986) is a visual storyteller and photographer from South Africa. Identity, collaboration, and celebration are central to her work. She is interested in using photography as a tool for collaboration and celebration. 

With her long-term projects, she hopes to create a space where the people she works with can actively participate in the creation of images that they believe tell their stories in an affirming and celebratory way.

Untitled, from Kakenya’s Dream series (2022).
Image courtesy of CAP. 
Untitled, from Kakenya’s Dream series (2022).
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About Mahefa Dimbiniaina Randrianarivelo 

Mahefa Dimbiniaina Randrianarivelo (b. 1991) is a visual artist from Madagascar. Their work, “Sarotava”, which translates to “mask” in Madagascar, is a series of images based on a single concept: portraits of random people without heads. The strangers lack heads so they can’t be judged, even unconsciously, for their appearance. The series intended to focus on the way Malagasy people live. 

One doesn’t have to know the people in the series personally to know they’re all trying their hardest, hence the lack of heads. They are the product of Malagasy’s history, whether they are Catholic, Muslim, straight, or gay, and the future of the country is dependent on these individuals.

Isoraka, Antananarivo, from Sarotava series (2022).
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Ampitatafika, Antananarivo, from Sarotava series (2022).
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About Pamela Tulizo

Pamela Tulizo (b. 1993)  is a documentary photographer and journalist from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Her work raises awareness of Congolese women, their inner strength and resilience, despite the political, ecological, and economic instability of her region in Eastern Congo. 

In 2020, she won the Dior Photography and Visual Arts Award for Young Talents for her series, “Double identity”. The series, “Double Identity” was one of the works that was selected and awarded the 11th annual CAP Prize for 2022. With the work, she highlights the dual identity of Goma women. 

Untitled, from Double Identité series (2019).
Image courtesy of CAP.
Untitled, from Double Identité series (2019).
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Author

Iyanuoluwa Adenle is a graduate of Linguistics and African Languages from Obafemi Awolowo University. She is a creative writer and art enthusiast with publications in several journals. She is a writer at Art News Africa.

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