Created in 2008, the Prix Levallois is a springboard for young international photographic creation. For ten years, it has been rewarding photographers under 35. A freedom of tone and expression that seduces young photographers whose approaches are free from any artistic division. The Prize doesn’t require a theme nor a format, only the quality of the work counts in the process of selecting artists.
Each year there are fifteen nominees. Their projects are presented with impartiality and good will in front of a jury in order to reward a Laureate and a Special Mention. The jury is composed of five members : four people from the world of photography and a member of the City of Levallois' town hall. The Audience award is attributed after an online vote that gives voice to all photography lovers.
Award-winning photographers will be guided by the curators who will help them finalise their project. The challenge is to reveal the quality of their proposition, by highlighting its intelligence and sensitivity.
Photographs of the three winners will be shown at the Galerie L’Escale in Levallois, in October-November.
The Laureate (winner of the first prize) receives a 10 000 € grant, the Special Mention receives a DSLR camera.
IIII The 2019 sponsor : Rip Hopkins
Rip Hopkins, an English photographer born in 1972, is the sponsor of the 2019 edition and will be a member of the jury. He will host the prize award ceremony during Les Rencontres d’Arles in July 2019 and the opening of the exhibition at the Galerie l’Escale of Levallois in October 2019.
« Rip Hopkins seems at first “unclassifiable”, he escapes the usual artistic categories, and surprises with the heterogeneity of his course and his images. [...] At the border of documentary and fiction, realism and a subjective point of view, Rip Hopkins subtly intermixes testimony with plastic preoccupations (lights, colours, lines, motifs set in resonance), without denying himself a few detours through humour or the incongruous. [...]Photography is here, in the artistic and human sense, a meeting. » Jean-Emmanuel Denave, Identité(s) 08, Lyon Septembre de la photographie, Milan, Silvana Editoriale, 2008
IIII Exhibition The 2019 laureates
The show presented at the Galerie l’Escale of Levallois from October 4 to November 23, 2019, will present the works of the three awarded photographers.
The opening and the award ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 3, from 7:00 PM, in attendance of the sponsor, Rip Hopkins, the laureates and the members of the jury.
The Prix Levallois will receive a €10 000 grant and the Special Mention, an Olympus Pen-F DSLR camera.