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THE WINNERS
OF THE 2020 GOMMA GRANT
ARE:

First Prize: Işık Kaya
Second Prize: Antone Dolezal
Third Prize: Salah Benacer

Honorable Mention: Hashem Shakeri

Best documentary: Pierpaolo Mittica
Best Black and white: David Molina Gadea
Best Rising Talent: Alexander Tatarenko
A Covid special prize, 'Boundaries of thin air': Arseniy Neskhodimov

Best Rising Talent:
Alexander Tatarenko

Boundaries of Thin Air:
Arseniy Neskhodimov


Shortlisted photographers

Here below the 42 shortlisted photographers of the 2020 Gomma Photography Grant.

Aaron Yeandle

PPE-19

Aaron Yeandle
PP-19

Alessandro Rampazzo

Love Notes

Alessandro Rampazzo
Love Notes

Alex Turner

Blind River

Alex Turner
Blind River

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Alexander Tatarenko

The Factory

Alexander Tatarenko
The Factory

Alisa Martynova

Nowhere Near

Alisa Martynova
Nowhere Near

Antone Dolezal

Part of Fortune and Part of Spirit

Antone Dolezal
Part of Fortune and Part of Spirit

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Antonio González Caro

Gallero

Antonio González Caro
Gallero

Arseniy Neskhodimow

Safety Cards

Arseniy Neskhodimow
Safety Cards

Celine Croze

Mala Madre & SQEVNV

Celine Croze
Mala Madre & SQEVNV

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Ciro Battiloro

Santa Lucia

Ciro Battiloro
Santa Lucia

David Molina Gadea

Before The Scaffolds

David Molina Gadea
Before The Scaffolds

Fabrizio Spucches

Once upon a time in 2020

Fabrizio Spucches
Once upon a time in 2020

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Felix Adler and Thomas Victor

Flatten the curve

Felix Adler and Thomas Victor
Flatten the curve

Francesco Merlini

He's Come a Long Way That's My Boy

Francesco Merlini
He's Come a Long Way That's My Boy

Gabriele Cecconi

TiàWùK (Kuwait in reverse)

Gabriele Cecconi
TiàWùK (Kuwait in reverse)

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Grzegorz Welnicki

US

Grzegorz Welnicki
US

Hai Pang

The Darkness

Hai Pang
The Darkness

Hashem Shakeri

Cast Out of Heaven

Hashem Shakeri
Cast Out of Heaven

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Ingvar Kenne

The Ball

Ingvar Kenne
The Ball

Işık Kaya

Second Nature

Işık Kaya
Second Nature

Jackie Mulder

Thought Trails

Jackie Mulder
Thought Trails

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Jin Li

Secret City

Jin Li
Secret City

Josef Kovac

Second Nature

Josef Kovac
Second Nature

Julia Gunther

Chedino

Julia Gunther
Chedino

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Julie van der Vaart

The Dance

Julie van der Vaart
The Dance

Klaus Pichler

The Petunia Carnage

Klaus Pichler
The Petunia Carnage

Lorenzo Castore

Glitter Blues

Lorenzo Castore
Glitter Blues

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Mara Sánchez-Renero

Iluikak

Mara Sánchez-Renero
Iluikak

Natalia Ershova

Journey to the edge of the room

Natalia Ershova
Journey to the edge of the room

Neubert Claudia

Råne

Neubert Claudia
Råne

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Olesia Kim

Summertime

Olesia Kim
Summertime

Oliver Raschka

The world ain't enough

Oliver Raschka
The world ain't enough

Peter Dobiš

Lost Souls

Peter Dobiš
Lost Souls

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Pierpaolo Mittica

Semipalatinsk, the nuclear weapons' crime

Pierpaolo Mittica
Semipalatinsk, the nuclear weapons' crime

Pol Kurucz

Subway To Nowhere

Pol Kurucz
Subway To Nowhere

Romain Bagnard

Medusa

Romain Bagnard
Medusa

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Salah Benacer

The Berikas

Salah Benacer
The Berikas

Silvia Alessi

My Quarantine in Bergamo

Silvia Alessi
My Quarantine in Bergamo

Spiros Zervoudakis

Terra Incognita

Spiros Zervoudakis
Terra Incognita

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Stanek Jakub

In anticipation of the sun

Stanek Jakub
In anticipation of the sun

Tomasz Laczny

ERNA HELENA ANIA

Tomasz Laczny
ERNA HELENA ANIA

Victoria Jung

Birds of passage

Victoria Jung
Birds of passage

About the Gomma Photography Grant

The acclaimed photography grant contest from Gomma. Open to everyone. The seventh year in the making. From this year a new concept and submission procedure.

The Gomma Photography Grant is a grant contest tailored to fund and support photographers working in various genre. Begun in 2014, the Gomma Grant has quickly acquired a reputation for being ethical and quality-focused, with an eye for spotting fresh talent and encouraging those already in the spotlight. Photographers that are recognized through the Gomma Grant are known to have grown their career to a higher level, both professionally and artistically.
A bit of history... Gomma has come a long way since the first Gomma Magazine came out in 2004. Throughout the years, Gomma has been actively promoting photographers and their work, both established and emerging photographers. We worked with internationally renowned artists, such as Roger Ballen, Anders Petersen, Michael Ackerman, Keizo Kitajima, and Daido Moriyama. The Gomma Grant is open to everyone. Any medium, black & white or colour, analogue or digital. Gomma's juror and editors are looking for consistency, personality, and courage.

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Guidelines

The 2020 Gomma Grant contest comes with a few novelties...

This year all profits generated will be donated to charities battling the current global crisis.
We have also decided to make the whole submission process easier and smoother.

As with 2020, we have simplified the submission process. Fewer and more straightforward forms.

• You can submit black & white or color, analogue or digital. Polaroid/ instagram etc...
• Any genre: Portraiture/ Documentary/ Fine Art/ Black & white/ Photojournalism...
• 6 to 24 images at 72 dpi
• Longest size minimum 1300 pixels.
• JPGs - sRGB/ RGB
• A short introduction to your work
• Please name your images as follow: Name-Surname-imageNumber.jpg

Two deadlines: one end of August and one beginning of November.

We at Gomma believe in community and in the endless power that togetherness can generate.
Deadlines:

• FINAL deadline: Tuesday 03 November 2020


Fees:

• € 35 for the final deadline.

We like to reward photographers that do not follow the trends and are not copycats of any kind.

We are looking for photographers with a fresh eye, courage, and a distinct personality. Someone that has no fear to show their own soul throughout the work.
Artists that have the curiosity to investigate the common and capture the every day.

All profits generated from the 2020 Gomma Grant contest will be donated to charities battling the current global crisis.

That's right, we will donate all net profits from this year’s Gomma Grant. We picked three international charities, one from the UK, one from Italy, and one from the USA. More charities might be added in the near future. This depends on the number of submissions we receive and the amount photographers donate.
The current three charities chosen are:

• Emergency, Italy
• NHS Together, UK
• CDC Foundation, USA

2020 Gomma Grant Prizes

• € 1000 cash prize.
• Gomma Photography Grant Winner Certificate.
• Worldwide international exposure through the Gomma social network and media partners.
• Proposal to the Gomma publishers network (magazine and books publishing).
• Direct proposition to esteemed international galleries and curators.
• Featured and interviewed by major photography magazines.
• Own dedicated post on the Gomma Facebook page and Instagram.
• € 500 cash prize.
• Gomma Photography Grant Certificate.
• Worldwide international exposure through Gomma social network and media partners.
• Proposal to the Gomma publishers network (magazine and books publishing).
• Own personalized post on Gomma Facebook page and Instagram.
• € 200 cash prize.
• Gomma Photography Grant Winner Certificate.
• International exposure through Gomma social network and media partners.
• Proposition to esteemed international galleries and curators.
• Own personalized post on Gomma Facebook page and Instagram.
• € 100 cash prize.
• Gomma Photography Grant Winner Certificate.
• Proposition to esteemed international galleries and curators.
• Featured and interviewed along the major photography magazine.
• € 100 cash prize.
• Gomma Photography Grant Winner Certificate.
• International exposure through Gomma social network and media partners.
• Proposition to esteemed international galleries and curators.
• Own personalized post on Gomma Facebook page and Instagram.
• Gomma Photography Grant Winner Certificate.
• Proposition to esteemed international galleries and curators.
• Featured and interviewed along the major photography magazine.
• Gomma Photography Grant Winner Certificate.
• Proposition to esteemed international galleries and curators.
• Featured and interviewed along the major photography magazine.


Final Deadline

• Tuesday 03 November 2020

• € 35 final submission fee

Winners results announcement: 29 January 2021


Why should I submit to photo contests?
In photography, like in many other creative industries, exposure means jobs. It can open doors to a new collaboration, publishing, and commissions. Photo contests are still a very useful and successful way to get your work known across a wide international audience.

Many photographers probably feel sick and tired of photo competitions, there are simply way too many. Every day we see new photo contests springing up, and it is difficult to decide whether one is more ethical and reliable than another.
Who are the jurors for this year's grant?
With the latest edition we decided to keep the jury secret. Jurors will be announced when the judging process has ended.
How should I choose a photo contest?
We have compiled a brief set of points below. We suggest you follow these points as you question yourself about the photo contest you are thinking of applying to:

a) The year it was established. Find out when the contest started. The older the better. If it's a new contest, investigate the company/organization behind it.

c) The submission fees. Are the fees reasonable? If not, ask yourself why the fees are so high. Are those high fees justifiable?

d) The dimension. If the contest is huge and receives thousands of entries your chances of winning or being shortlisted is, obviously, less than if you take part in a smaller photo competition.

So be very critical about the work you are submitting and about the contest itself.
Why should I submit to Gomma Grant?
If photo contests were shops, imagine the Gomma Grant like a bijou, quality-focused, collectables shop compared to the Walmart kind of supermarket of the major photo competitions. It depends on what you are looking for and how you would like your work to be judged.
Your first Gomma Grant was free, why do you charge now?
Please remember that running a contest for a grant like this one comes with substantial costs - from the submittable.com platform fees, to web hosting/web developing & graphic design costs, to the time-consuming selection process (which can take months), marketing and advertising expenses, etc.
How long does the selection process take?
The jury begins their assessment on 5th November 2020 and it ends on 19th February 2021.
Copyrights and Rights Usage information?
For Copyrights and Rights Usage information: https://www.gommagrant.com/copyright2020.html
Are multiple entries allowed?
Yes, you are allowed to submit more than one entry, as long as the images are from different bodies of work.
I started this 'ongoing' project a long time ago, can I still submit it?
Yes, it does not matter when you started this work.
Is it possible to edit submissions?
Editing submissions will be possible upon request.
Do you accept submission from two photographers?
Yes, if you create a work with another photographer you can submit jointly.

Latest News Recent achievements by Gomma Grant shortlisted and winners.

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Camillo Pasquarelli, Best Rising talent at Gomma Photography Grant 2019, is featured in the renowned "il Reportage" magazine.
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Margaret Lansink, published her new book.
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Igor Pisuk, Third PLace winner at Gomma Grant in 2016 published his first book.
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Marie Tomanova published with Paradigm.
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Marie Tomanova, Best Rising talent at Gomma Photography Grant 2018, has signed with Paradigm Publishing.
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Rafael Heygster interviewed by the British Journal of Photography.
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The winner of the Gomma Grant 2019, Rafael Heygster, is interviewed and featured in the renowned British Journal of Photography...
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Why submitting to Gomma Grant?

We’re Ethical

Gomma Grant rewards the work, not the name, and not the curriculum vitae. We award photographers regardless of their past success or network. We look at the works with fresh minds and eyes freed from any dogma or modus operandi.

We’re Longstanding

Gomma started almost 20 years ago, in 2004 from a south London basement-flat. We are established but still young because we don't want our many years of experience to steal our freshness and our beginners' minds.

We have Magic

There is something magical and awkward and stylish at the same time about Gomma. We are pretty unique with a constant out-of-the-box attitude. We don't believe the hype and don’t follow any trends. We are the trend makers.

We love Simplicity

We don't like articulated slogans and sophisticated vocabulary. We believe that the arts should be for everyone. And this is why from this year we have made it simpler to submit your work for the grant.

We’re not money-driven

Gomma is run by a few artists that have their own means of economic nourishment from other jobs. So we don't know too much about profits and business. That is why from this year, due to the recent dramatic circumstances we have decided to donate all our net profits to charities.

We're Supportive

We do not just award cash prizes because we also push both the winning and shortlisted works. Photographers that are recognized through the Gomma Grant are known to have grown their career to a higher level, both professionally and artistically.

What people say?

The Gomma Grant has been going since 2014, and has picked up a reputation for finding cutting-edge and emerging work.

The British Journal of Photography.

What people say?

Gomma Grant does award undetected photographers from around the world that work in various genres.

All About Photo.

What people say?

Since its foundation in 2004, Gomma has gained a reputation for promoting emerging photographers, oftentimes completely unknown within the industry, applying a strict meritocratic approach to judging.

Photographic Museum of Humanity/ Ph Museum.

What people say?

I always looked at the Gomma Grant as something very special; a kind of graduation in a specific kind of authorial and uncommonly amazing photography.

Marco Marzocchi - Gomma Grant Winner
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