Roger Ballen Foundation

The Roger Ballen Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of education of photography in South Africa.

The foundation creates and supports programmes of the highest quality to further the understanding and appreciation of the medium. Working with artists from around the world, our program enables students and general audiences to engage with notable contemporary photographic art that would otherwise not be seen in South Africa.

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Photography Award 2015

This year the foundation will launch the first Roger Ballen Photography Award at the Joburg Art Fair. The award will be granted to a photographer whose work illustrates ground breaking vision just as Ballen’s work has pushed the boundaries of photography for the past 40 years. For this inaugural award applicants will be allowed to submit a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 digital images that best represent their creativity. The award is one of the few photography awards aimed at young emerging photographers in South Africa. It is a national award that seeks to reach as wide an audience as possible.

The Roger Ballen Photography Award is also one of the few awards focusing on black and white photography. This is not only an important medium as there are fewer photographers specialising in the medium, but also it is becoming a unique form of photography as the world moves into a highly digitized age. The award aims to encourage young photographers between the ages of 18 and 30 years to experiment and explore the medium of black and white photography. The award is open to all young South African aspirant photographers based in South Africa.

The Grand Prize includes a three day sponsored trip to Paris Photo 2016 where the winner will have the opportunity to attend one of the world’s largest and most prestigious contemporary photography art fairs. The competition closes on 30 April 2016.

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For more information about the award, as well as how to enter, please visit the Roger Ballen Foundation website: