The 27th edition of The International Fashion and Photography Festival opened in Hyères on April 27. Curated by Michel Mallard and Raphaëlle Stopin, the Festival is presenting works by 10 photographers competing for the Photography Grand Prize, and boasts several exhibitions on display throughout the city and its outer lying regions. Nearly 800 entries were submitted from around the world for this prestigious festival and prize. After a rigorous first selection, 60 works were presented to a jury of 11 international photography personalities* who selected the winner of the Grand Prize, the LVMH Prize, that will be presented for the first time this year, and to offer a grant in partnership with the School of Visual Arts. The jury selected 12 photographers** before choosing the winners. During the inaugural weekend, the jury presented the Photography Grand Prize to Canadian photographer Jessica Eaton for her series "Cubes for Albers and LeWitt". Dutch artist Florian van Roekel was given the first LVMH Digital Photography Prize for his work entitled “How Terry Likes His Coffee”. It was young Swiss photographer Namsa Leuba who won the grant and will study next year in the Photo Global program of the School of Visual Art, one of the most prestigious American art schools. Photo Global offers an intensive one year residency providing access to high tech equipment and top notch photographers.
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