Emerging Photographer Fund

The Emerging Photographer Fund 2019

Shima & Shiva

By Azadeh Besharati

EPF 2019 RECIPIENT – $10,000

Shima & Shiva speaks about two twins who suffer from a genetic disorder and are fighting for a happy life in Iran.

The Fujifilm Young Talent Award 2019

Sleep Creek

By Paul Guilmoth & Dylan Hausthor


Sleep Creek manipulates a landscape that is simultaneously autobiographical, documentary, and fictional. As described by the artists, it “is an obsession between the subject and the photographer—a compulsion to reveal its shrouded nature.”

The Emerging Photographer Fund 2019 –  Shortlist

Ute Behrend

Azadeh Besharati (winner)

Pieter Bas Bouwman

Andrés Cardona

Turjoy Chowdhury

Matt Eich

Robin Friend

Jaakko Kahilaniemi

Janne Korkko

Daniel Kovalovszky

Eva O’Leary

Lavinia Parlamenti and Manfredi Pantanella

Sathish Kumar

Jansen van Staden

The full essays of all winners and shortlisted entries will be published here on BURN magazine.

The Fujifilm Young Talent Award 2019 –  Shortlist

Chris Donovan

Lila Engelbrecht

Mariia Ermolenko

Lyu Geer

Paul Guilmoth & Dylan Hausthor (winners)

Anniina Joensalo

Eleana Niki Konstantellos André

Jimmy Lee

Ingmar Björn Nolting

Andrea Orejarena & Caleb Stein

Mafalda Rakoš

Ana Zibelnik

Their full essays will be published on BURN magazine.

Emerging Photographer Fund 2018 – Judges:

(in alphabetical order)

Alfredo De Stéfano | Director of the photography festival Luz del Norte

NayanTara Kakshapati | Curator, co-founder of the Nepal Picture Library and the photography festival Photo Kathmandu

Kosuke Ohara | Photographer

Kathy Ryan | Director of Photography for The New York Times Magazine

Kevin Wy Lee | Photographer, founder of Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA)

Previous EPF Winners:

The 2008 Emerging Photographer Fund grant was awarded to
Sean Gallagher for his essay on the environmental Desertification of China.

The 2009 Emerging Photographer Fund grant was awarded to
Alejandro Chaskielberg for his 8×10 format essay on the Parana River Delta ‘The High Tide’.

The 2010 Emerging Photographer Fund grant was awarded to
Davide Monteleone for his essay ‘Northern Caucasus’.

The 2011 Emerging Photographer Fund grant was awarded to
Irina Werning for her essay ‘Back to the Future’.

In 2012 three Emerging Photographer Fund grants were awarded:
one major to Matt Lutton for his essay ‘Only Unity’ and
two minors to Giovanni Cocco for his essay ‘Monia’ and to Simona Ghizzoni for her essay ‘Afterdark’.

In 2013 four Emerging Photographer Fund grants were awarded:
one major to Diana Markosian for her essay ‘My Father The Stranger’ and
three minors to Iveta Vaivode for her essay ‘Somewhere on Disappearing Path’,
Oksana Yushko for her essay ‘Balklava: The Lost History’ and
Maciej Pisuk for his essay ‘Under The Skin; Photographs From Brzeska Street’.

In 2014 two Emerging Photographer Fund grants were awarded:
one major to Alessandro Penso for his essay ‘Lost Generation’ and
one minor to Birte Kaufmann for her essay ‘The Travelers’.

In 2015 the Emerging Photographer Fund was awarded to Danila Tkachenko for ‘Restricted Areas’, and
the Fujifilm Young Talent Award to Sofia Valiente for ‘Miracle Village’.

In 2016 the Emerging Photographer Fund was awarded to Annie Flanagan for ‘Deafening Sound’, and
the Fujifilm Young Talent Award to Aleksander Raczynski for ‘Views’

In 2017 the Emerging Photographer Fund was awarded to Antoine Bruy for ‘Outback Mythologies’, and
the Fujifilm Young Talent Award to Aleksey Kondratyev for ‘Ice Fishers’

In 2018 the Emerging Photographer Fund was awarded to Shadman Shahid for ‘No Quarter’, and
the Fujifilm Young Talent Award to Tabitha Barnard for ‘Cult of Womanhood’

Editor’s note:

I cannot express my thanks enough to MaryAnne, Sohrab, Fiona, Azu and Adam. They worked together to finely tune their choices, looked at the finalists from every angle and awarded the EPF grants to the photographers they felt most deserving. Of course, once it got down to the finalists, choices became extremely difficult, but that is a given… and they did an admirable job. Thank you.
Special thanks also to Michael Loyd Young, EPF funder and BURN Magazine board member.
A heartfelt thank you also to Fujifilm for making it possible for the EPF to keep the focus on the future generations, the young ones, the ones with a vision already making a mark now… and just might make another jump soon.
Thanks to the Magnum Foundation.


Burn Magazine revolves around the EPF. Our most important curatorial contribution to the oftentimes chaotic landscape of photography today. By choosing a jury whose lifetimes have been spent in looking at photographs and making photographs, we try to give our Burn readers a distilled version of the best work of all that flows before their eyes every day.
Most importantly our mission is to give recognition to the finest emerging authors out there and to provide some funding to at least a few to keep going and to continue making a mark. Our previous winners prove this is not in vain.
Many thanks especially to the 2019 EPF team Anton Kusters, Diego Orlando, and Mallory Bracken. They all show amazing dedication to the spirit of doing something which just feels good. To provide a platform for the up and coming.

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