For the sixth year in a row the organization of photography festival Rovinj Photodays awards contemporary photographic creation and authors, whose works were selected in 9 official categories. The contest, announced earlier this year, received a total of 7500 photographs.
The annual award nominees, three in each category, were chosen by an international jury in which successful international curators and experts for photography participated, headed by the president of the jury, the director of the Technical museum in Zagreb, curator, documentarian and art historian Markita Franulić.
– We were pleasantly surprised by the large number of quality photographs and articulated concepts submitted to the contest – Franulić said, adding that the selection was difficult and required paying attention to each author and photograph.
As expected, the largest turnout of authors was in the landscape category, but among the best ranked were Boris Hnatjuk (Samobor), Nikola Šerventić (Zagreb), Mario Pućić (Zagreb). Equally popular was the architecture category with the nominees Mario Pućić (Zagreb), Ivana Planinić (Novi Zagreb – Istok) and Bojan Mrđenović (Zagreb). Nikola Predović (Zagreb), Maja Jokić (Zagreb) and Suzana Holtgrave (Pula) proved to be the best in the fashion category. Among the nominated authors in the publication category were Eikon studio d.o.o. (Pula), Nenad Šaljić (Split) and Luka Tomac (Popovača), and in the category of applied photography Miljenko Bernfest (Zagreb), Romano Decker and Dejan Kutić (Zagreb), and Barbara Šarić (Zagreb). Documentary photography was represented by Igor Sitar (Zagreb – Gornja Dubrava), Mario Topić (Zagreb) and Dalibor Talajić (Rovinj). Three authors were chosen in the nude/body category, Igor Popović (Pula), Nives Milješić (Zagreb), Iva Korenčić (Zagreb), and in the portrait category Kristian Macinić (Poreč), Dario Belić (Velika Gorica) and Nikola Šerventić (Zagreb).
Among seventy registered art concepts, the best rated were by Bojan Mrđenović (Zagreb), Nina Đurđević (Samobor) and Davor Konjikušić (Zagreb).
The works of all the finalists will be included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Crafts, and exhibited as a part of the festival finale, from June 7 in Rovinj, where the winners will be presented with awards and cash prizes. The winner of this year’s Award for lifetime achievement is the recognized photographer Josip Klarica. A retrospective exhibition of this internationally successful photographer will be held as a part of the festival in Rovinj. Special awards for contributions in photography will be awarded to authors who indebted Croatian photography with their photographic and art historical work, Zvonimir Baričević and Miljenko Smokvina.
The festival finale will also include a series of workshops, lectures and exhibitions of local and international masters of photography.