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Nikon-NOOR Academy | Announcing the participants for the 2019 Masterclass in Austria

We are delighted to announce the participants selected for the 2019 Nikon-NOOR Academy, which will take place in Vienna, Austria.

The tutors for this masterclass are Sanne De WildeBénédicte Kurzen and Pep Bonet

We would sincerely like to thank all the people who sent forward their applications and congratulate the photographers who will participate to the masterclasses.

Vanessa Szopory

Naomi Frank

Dalmonia Rognean

Salih Basheer

Florian Sulzer

Mattia Martoriati

Sabina Candusso

Filippo Taddei

Ruben Hamelink

Nadezhda Ermakova

Monika Jia Rui Scherer

Carolina Rappezzi

Ingrid Halvorsen

Hanna Kristin Hjardar

Sam Murray

NOOR Urges Action on Climate Emergency

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NOOR supports the Global Climate Strike that will take place on September the 20th and encourages everyone to join the movement.

 

NOOR dedicates September to our Environment

For more than a decade, NOOR Authors have documented our growing climate crisis caused by fossil fuel production and material consumption along with the political forces enabling this planetary catastrophe. Through our work we have also pointed to solutions to help ensure sustainable human presence on this planet. The need for action is urgent.

As world leaders meet in New York City next month and climate actions are planned world wide, we will dedicate the month of September to sharing stories on the environment from our archive and works in progress. Please follow these stories on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

We encourage our media partners, researchers, and our community to do the same.

Sanne De Wilde & Benedicte Kurzen | West Indian Day Carnival

NOOR visual-storytellers Sanne De Wilde and Benedicte Kurzen will be in New York City for Labor Day to cover the West Indian Day Carnival. The duo won a World Press Photo award earlier this year for their collaborative visual project on twinhood in Nigeria.

Markovci, Slovenia, March 2019. Benedicte Kurzen / NOOR

Markovci, Slovenia, March 2019. Benedicte Kurzen / NOOR

Labor Day in New York City is host for the most colourful and wildest parade in the U.S. Labor Day Parade, or West Indian Day Carnival. It gathers around two million people in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, on the first Monday of September.

People dress up as politicians, celebrities, or simply put on really vivid and bright costumes with feathers and crystals. The parade marches along the Eastern Parkway accompanied by the sounds of drums, whistles, reggae and calypso music, and sometimes people throw powdered paint at each other. Vendors sell some great ethnic treats and beverages along the way so that both marchers and watchers can fuel up and continue to party.

Since Trump was elected president, the interracial relationships have deteriorated to a state where most Americans (65%) – including majorities across racial and ethnic groups – say it has become more common for people to express racist or racially insensitive views (Pew Research Center). Yet the Caribbean community is historically embedded in the making of New York City as a cultural melting pot.

Caribbean immigration to New York City has been prevalent since the late 1800s and the early 1900s. This immigration wave saw large numbers of people from Jamaica, Haiti Cuba, Dominican Republic Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago. Since the nineteenth century, Caribbean immigrants were counted among some of the most influential members of black American society, holding positions as religious leaders, educators, politicians, and entrepreneurs. In New York City, they contributed with their unique cultural experiences to help shape the state’s identity.

The Carnival is rooted in the 1930's initiatives by Ms. Jessie Wardell and some of her West Indian friends who started it all by staging costume parties in big, enclosed places due to the cold weather of February. Late winter is a traditional time for the pre-Lenten festivities held in most Christian countries around the world. Organizers wanted to change the indoor locations to the open air spaces to keep the true carnival spirit with parading in bright costumes to the sounds of music.

Nikon-NOOR Academy | Applications open for the 2019 Masterclasses in Austria and Spain

Nikon Europe and the NOOR Foundation are delighted to announce that applications for the 2019 series of Nikon-NOOR Academy Masterclass in Spain and Austria are now open!

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The Nikon-NOOR Academy Masterclass in Vienna, Austria, will take place from October 14 to October 17, and the Nikon-NOOR Academy in Barcelona, Spain from November 11 to November 14.

During each of the four-day trainings, 15 selected participants will work together with three NOOR authors as their tutors, to share experiences, work on portfolios, improve editing skills and learn how to create more impactful visual stories. 

NOOR and the NOOR Foundation are committed to encouraging aspiring photojournalists and documentary photographers. Masterclasses are provided free of charge for all participants, made possible with the continued support of Nikon Europe.

Nikon-NOOR Academy Masterclass in Zurich © Jon Lowenstein / NOOR

Nikon-NOOR Academy Masterclass in Zurich © Jon Lowenstein / NOOR

All masterclasses are open to young and emerging visual storytellers from all nationalities and locations within Europe.  We highly encourage visual storytellers from Austria and Spain to apply to their local country’s masterclass. There are no age restrictions, however the masterclass is more suited for emerging photographers at a early/mid career stage. Applicants are required a basic knowledge of English as the masterclass will take place in English. To apply to the Nikon-NOOR Academy, please apply through our Picter Call For Applications page (links below).


Please contact us at education@noorimages.com for any questions regarding the masterclass or to promote the Nikon-NOOR Academy.


Location: Vienna, Austria
Fee: Free of Charge
Tutors: Sanne De Wilde, Pep Bonet, and Andrea Bruce
Dates: 14 - 17 October 2019
Deadline to apply: Sunday, September 8th 2019, 23:59 CET


Location: Barcelona, Spain
Fee: Free of Charge
Tutors: Tanya Habjouqa, Sebastian Liste and Jon Lowenstein
Dates: 11 - 14 November 2019
Deadline to apply: Sunday, September 8th 2019, 23:59 CET


 
 

To power the Nikon-NOOR Academy Masterclass applications, we teamed up with our partner Picter, an online platform hosting contests, call for applications as well as tools for professional image-makers simply their workflow. Find out more about their platform here.

Benedicte Kurzen & Sanne De Wilde | Land of Ibeji at the 2019 World Press Photo Exhibition in Montreal, Canada

From August 28th to September 29th, the travelling exhibition of the World Press Photo Exhibition arrives to Montreal, Canada. Sanne De Wilde and Bénédicte Kurzen will be there for the exhibition opening where they'll showcase their project "Land of Ibeji" by NOOR, that was made possible with the Nikon European Ambassador Grant.

© Esther de Jongh

© Esther de Jongh

Bénédicte Kurzen and Sanne De Wilde | Land of Ibeji winners of the 2019 Voies Off Awards

The project "Land of Ibeji" by Bénédicte Kurzen & Sanne De Wilde won the 2019 Voies Off Awards. The Voies Off Festival gathers a selection of exhibitions and independent photographic initiatives that blossom in Arles every year for the Rencontres d'Arles.

© Sanne De Wilde and Bénédicte Kurzen

© Sanne De Wilde and Bénédicte Kurzen

Benedicte Kurzen and Sanne De Wilde | Land of Ibeji featured in De Volkskrant and Culture Trip

The photographic project "Land of Ibeji" by NOOR visual-storytellers Sanne De Wilde and Benedicte Kurzen was featured in De Volkskrant and Culture Trip magazine's "The Gender and Identity" Issue, which launched on 4 July. The magazine is available at Tube and train stations in London, airports, hotels, cafés and cultural hubs in London and other major UK cities.

© Sanne De Wilde and Bénédicte Kurzen

© Sanne De Wilde and Bénédicte Kurzen

NOOR at World Press Photo | Bénédicte Kurzen & Sanne De Wilde Win the Portrait Category

We're extremly proud to share that our Bénédicte Kurzen and Sanne De Wilde were awarded 1st prize of the World Press Photo Contest, Portrait series with their collaborative photographic project Land of Ibeji discovering the mythology of twinhood in Nigeria.

Through a visual narrative and an aesthetic language that is meant to reflect and empower the Yoruba culture that celebrates twins, Bénédicte Kurzen and Sanne De Wilde extend their gaze beyond appearance - with symmetry and resemblance as tools - to open the eyes to the twin as a mythological figure and a powerful metaphor: for the duality within a human being and the duality we experience in the world that surrounds us.

Communities have developed cultural practices in response to this high twin birth rate that vary from veneration to demonisation. In some areas, shrines are built to worship the spirit of the twin and celebrations are held in their honour. In others, twins are vilified and persecuted for their perceived role in bringing bad luck in particular to rural communities.

In Yoruba beliefs, each human has a spiritual counterpart, an unborn spirit double. In the case of twins the spiritual double has been born on earth. The friction, between communities celebrating twins and rejecting them, lies in perception of the twin as an extremely powerful spirit. Some see it as threat and as something that cannot remain on earth and has to be sent back to the heavens where it normally resides.

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On receiving their award, Bénédicte Kurzen and Sanne De Wilde shared:

"The project is an invitation to look beyond identity as appearance and beyond the exoticism of the identical by calling upon a universal mythological figure: The Twin. It is an invitation for the viewer to travel back into the past and through that rediscover the present and move into the future.

We hope the ‘Ibeji’ project will inspire other creators. We would love for Nigerian artists to contribute from their perspective and expand on the project. We are very grateful for the participation and patience of the people we photographed and the time they spent with us."


Sanne De Wilde continues: "It's so special to share this together, for us this project really symbolises doing something that you often feel that you are doing alone, but we are all doing together. We want to convey a universal experience through storytelling. We also want to thank the NOOR Family and Nikon Europe in believing and supporting this challenging project and allowing us to develop this project fully."

"We would like to have a special thought tonight for a man who was very close to us, his name is Stanley Greene, and we think he would be super proud. We're very happy that a story that is conveying depth and diversity, that is shaping Nigeria, which is a beautiful country that we owe so much to - it has been my home for a very long time - is being recognised for its beauty and values. Finally, I have a special thought for all my brothers and sister from Nigeria, photographers that don't have the same opportunities and we will keep talking about them and pushing them in the world," concludes Bénédicte Kurzen


This project was graciously supported
by the Nikon Europe Ambassador program.

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Our March Monthly Newsletter is out!

Our March Monthly Newsletter is out now, so make sure to check out the latest activities and opportunities to engage with us here!

Link to the newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/noorimages/march-2019-monthly-newsletter-v2

 OBOCK, DJIBOUTI - MAY 2018 
Under Arabic graffiti that reads “You cannot search for the beauty of love, it comes to you” armed fighter jets have been drawn on the opening of a canvas tent in Obock Camp. Sketched by Yemeni refugee Mohamed Al Abid, the drawings depict the bombing raids in Taiz from which he fled with his pregnant wife.