Calvert 22 Foundation and The Calvert Journal today announce the shortlist for the inaugural New East Photo Prize. The award seeks to champion outstanding projects that offer an insightful, contemporary perspective on the people and countries of the New East.

The 18 shortlisted photographers come from a wide variety of countries across the New East, from Poland and Russia to Croatia and Kyrgyzstan. Their work ranges in style and subject matter from landscape to portraiture, social commentary and vibrant still life.

The finalists for the prize will be announced by 17 October. Finalist photographers will be shown in a group exhibition at Calvert 22 Foundation’s space in London. They will also have their work featured by New East Photo Prize partners the Guardian, Bird in Flight and other regional organisations. 

Entries are being judged by an international panel of leading figures from photography, art and media including award-winning photographers Donald Weber and Alexander Gronsky, Roger Tooth, Head of Photography at the Guardian and Observer, award-winning artist Taus Makhacheva and Ekow Eshun, Creative Director of Calvert 22 Foundation.

The winner of the New East Photo Prize will be offered the opportunity to publish a photobook based on their submitted work. 

The shortlist is as follows:

Lucian Bran, Romania
Alexander Epikhov, Russia
Ziyah Gafic, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Katrina Kepule, Latvia
Aleksey Kondratyev, Kyrgyzstan
Dmitry Lookianov, Russia
Eugenia Maximova, Bulgaria
Rafal Milach, Poland
Egor Rogalev, Russia
Sasha Rudensky, Russia
Andrey Shapran, Russia 
Michal Siarek, Poland
Michał Sierakowski, Poland
Lana Stojićević, Croatia
Andrejs Strokins, Latvia
Elena Subach, Ukraine
Danila Tkachenko, Russia
Vladimir Vasilev, Bulgaria

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