In June 2023 Fundación MAPFRE is launching the 2nd edition of the KBr Photo Award, a biennial international prize that reaffirms the Fundación’s support for artistic creation.
This support takes the form of promoting the winning photographer on a national and international level and furthering their career with a cash prize, two exhibitions and an associated catalogue. With this initiative Fundación MAPFRE is increasing its support for photography in the context of the KBr’s programme. Alongside the exhibitions, lecture cycles and activities associated with the programme, the KBr Photo Award both consolidates and expands the Fundación’s activities relating to contemporary photography.
The KBr Photo Award is open to Spanish and non-Spanish photographers aged over 18 who intend to produce a new photographic project or complete an already started one, both previously unpublished and not entered in any similar competition. Candidates must have a career in which they have had at least one solo exhibition or publication.
The winner will be awarded the sum of 25,000 Euros (twenty-five thousand Euros) gross to undertake the selected project within 10 months of the official communication to the winner by Fundación MAPFRE in October 2023.
In addition to the financial award, Fundación MAPFRE will produce and organize an exhibition in Espai 2 of the KBr Barcelona Photo Center in February 2025 which will present the results of the winning project. The project will also be presented in May of that same year in the Fundación MAPFRE exhibition spaces in Madrid.
To accompany the exhibition Fundación MAPFRE will publish a catalogue in one or various languages, published by the Fundación or in collaboration with third parties.
The winner will be chosen by an international jury comprising 4 leading figures in the art world, in addition to Fundación MAPFRE´s photography chief curator of said institution and will announce their decision in October 2023. Jury members will have access to all the documentation submitted by entrants if they request it from Fundación MAPFRE during the course of their deliberations.
– Michael Mack (Art book publisher based in London)
-Alona Pardo (Curator at Barbican Art Gallery in London)
-Valentín Roma (Director of La Virreina Centre de la Imatge Barcelona)
-Elisabeth Sherman (Senior Curator and Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the International Center of Photography, New York)
-Carlos Gollonet (Chief Curator of Photography at Fundación MAPFRE)
P.º de Recoletos, 23, 28004 Madrid, Spain
June 01, 2023 to September 01, 2023