Tina Schelhorn, Curator's Choice

Juror Statement

First Place:

Marc Asnin

Second Place:

CURATOR'S CHOICE: Juror's Statement

JUROR Tina Schelhorn

Being a juror is a great honor, a great challenge and great fun. Starting with around 480 photographers with mostly 6 images each is is a hard task.... first round browsing through the images makes you dizzy and overwhelmed with visual signals from the diversity and wide range of different photographic perspective, styles and ideas. After this first overview, which is important to get a feeling for the kind of works you are dealing with, you get into a flow and going through the series again and again you are able to extract part by part what is important to you in this special selection. Judging is a very personal, subjective experience. It reflects the vision of the judge just as the work created reflects, or should, the vision of the photographers. I am a curator and doing exhibitions for nearly 30 years, I look at series of images and in my mind try to make an exhibition of it.... I look for a narrative, a story, a rhythm, a vision. The fine-tuning in the end from a shortlist of 20 photographers to the final three prizes was difficult, but highly exiting. I selected 3 complete different bodies of work.... works that attracted or provoked my attention again and again, surprised me and triggered something.

Marc Asnin confronts us in this long term documentary with the life of his uncle. His intense lack-and-white photographs portray a multi layered personality and lets us participate in everything in the life of Uncle Charlie: ... sex, drugs, guns, anger, pain, tenderness, love. Its a brilliant visual narrative.

Melissa Moore uses Hippie era environments like tree houses and Green architecture buildings for her staged images. Playful and with subtle humor she transforms wilderness landscape and human forms into an utopian story of nature that let me smile and wonder.

The images of the trees in Yan Wang Preston series look like out of a terraforming project in a science fiction – like modular units in a terra-shaping construction project. Bandaged and wrapped up these trees are waiting like aliens for a new place in reality and made me curious about the whole story behind.

A big thank you to all participating photographers for sharing their works and visions with me. With this selection you gave me the opportunity to share my view on the visual world today and my perception of the synchronicity and and layers of images of reality.


Second Place: Melissa Moore


the tree with the lights in it 


pow wow 

lloyd house 




fable (whaling station) 



winter gone