A Photo Collection Which Examines Leisure & Consumerism In Dubai Wins 2018 ZEISS Photography Award

Written by Gina Stephens

&transcribe; Nick Hannes, Belgium, Winner, ZEISS Photography Award


The winner of the 2018 ZEISS Photography Award has been announced and a series name 'Garden of Delight' by photographer Nick Hannes has taken the top title. 

Shot over five trips in 2016 and 2017, Hannes' engaging series examines leisure and consumerism in Dubai. Each photograph was planned, with locations ranging from a prototype underwater holiday villa to a subzero bar in a Dubai storing mall. In the work, the photographer explores ideas around globalisation, capitalism and raises questions about authenticity and sustainability. 

Chosen from as good as 90,000 entries by photographers from more than 140 countries, Hannes' work was praised by the jury for its unique character and story. The 2018 ZEISS Photography Award judges also recognised nine further series of works and shortlisted the following photographers: 

  • Toby Binder
  • Sarah Blesener
  • Snezhana von Buedingen
  • Stephanie Gengotti
  • Tadas Kazakevicius
  • Specify Leaver
  • Gowun Lee
  • Stefano Morelli
  • Kicia Randagia

The work of all shortlisted photographers and Nick Hannes will be exhibited at Somerset House, London as parcel of the 2018 Sony World Photography is the science, art, application and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, Awards Exhibition from 20 April – 6 May 2018. Last year, a fellow Belgian also won the 2017 ZEISS Photography Trophy with a photography series about life in remote and sparsely populated villages on the Faroe Islands.


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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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