Dior announced the winners of the fifth edition of the “Dior Photography and Visual Arts Award for Young Talents” on July 8. Organized since 2018 in conjunction with Luma Arles and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles (ENSP), the competition showcases and recognizes up and coming talents.
Unique in the world of luxury, this award has since its creation established a compelling dialogue between creative young talents and leading international photography and art schools.
This year’s prestigious jury, chaired by photographer Samuel Fosso, included Maja Hoffmann, Founder and President of Luma Arles, Simon Baker, Director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie and Jérôme Pulis, International Director of Communications for Christian Dior Parfums, joined by photographer Estefania Peñafiel Loaiza and Swiss multidisciplinary artist Maya Rochat.
The 14 finalists – Emilio Azevedo, Joseph Craven, Gael Del Rio, Rachel Fleminger Hudson, Yuka Iwahashi, Fernanda Liberti, Ashley McLean, Sophie Meuresch, Thando Mfundo Ngidi, Youngjoo Sul, Jesus Torio and Kaiyuk Wong – were asked to create a work inspired by the competition’s recurring “Face To Face” theme. Their visions of a singular world expressed a diverse array of aesthetic approaches, unified by a shared passion.
Following deliberations, the jury awarded the “Prix Dior de la Photographie et des Arts Visuels pour Jeunes Talents” to Rachel Fleminger Hudson, from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Her work “explores our inextricable links with clothing and questions the boundaries between the dreamed and real self-image, performance and authenticity.” She will receive a 10,000-euro grant from Maison Dior, along with a commission for a creative work.
The jury also awarded Special Mentions to Margaux Laurens-Neel from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, and Lin Yuhan from the Tokyo University of the Arts.
Photos by the winner and works by the other finalists will all be exhibited in the Parc des Ateliers at the Luma Arles Foundation until September 25.