Danger: High Voltage! Whether we encounter it in storms, thrillers, sports, games, electricity, conflict, or love—our lives are full of tension. Tensions arise in all forms and levels of intensity: they can tickle our nerves or engulf us in stress; sometimes they can even be deadly. Tension is invisible yet real and tangible, and it influences our decisions and actions. This makes visualizing tension a great challenge. What shapes can it take? How does tension arise, and how is it released? And how does it interact with its opposite, relaxation? Young and emerging photographers were invited to interpret the theme of this year’s competition, “tension”, freely and also metaphorically.
With the Vattenfall Photo Prize, C/O Berlin and Vattenfall intend to support narrative photography and to present talented young photographers to a broad audience. The winners will not only receive prize money but also have their work shown in a solo exhibition at C/O Berlin in October 2011. With a total of 27,000 euros in prize money, the Vattenfall Photo Prize is one of the most generous awards for emerging photographers in Germany: the first prize is 10,000 euros, the second prize is 8,000 euros, and the third prize is 6,000 euros. There is also a 3,000 euro special prize for the best individual photograph. Entries were judged by a professional jury. Ingo Taubhorn, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Stephan Erfurt, C/O Berlin, Robert Lebeck, photographer, Wolfgang Dirschauer, Vattenfall GmbH Hanna Marie Ebert, Vattenfall Collection selected the three strongest bodies of work from the entries submitted.