Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

SIPEP2018: The Last Photograph

The Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem


In 2010 The Israel Museum, Jerusalem proudly announced the creation of the Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography. This new prize was created by the Shpilman family and the Shpilman Institute for Photography together with the Israel Museum, in recognition of photography as a leading contemporary cultural medium, and with the joint objective of cultivating original work in the field of photography. The prize, in the amount of $ 45,000, is awarded once every two years based on the review and decision of an international jury composed of five leading professionals.

One of the most generous prizes in the field of art photography worldwide, the Shpilman Prize aims to support contemporary photographic projects relating to questions of the current human condition and the world of art within it.

Eligible candidates are artists working with photography, or photographers working in or around the art world, whose most recent or in-progress work relates to the given theme. As explained above, the SIPEP 2018 theme is The Last Photograph. Candidates are invited to submit their application after being nominated by art professionals appointed by the Israel Museum.

For the 2018 edition of The Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography, we invite artists and photographers to share their most recent or still-in-progress work relating to the idea of the very last shot taken by a camera. Was the last photograph already taken at some point along the trajectory of the medium's technological evolution, or does this moment await us in the near future? The question is open to interpretation and debate, in which the very term 'photograph' stands as an ambiguous notion rather than a clearly defined object. A body of work that grapples with the theme of The Last Photograph may comment on the history of photography or on the artist's own biography. Alternatively, a project of this sort could evoke and respond to the work of artists from the past, or touch upon the possibilities of a future in which photographs will be no more. We welcome proposals of artworks and projects in any camera-based medium, format, or genre, whether in print or on screen, photography or video.