Paul Koeleman wins 2011 Audience Award

Paul Koeleman wins the Audience Award  of Pride Photo Award 2011 with his series ‘Good Old Gays’: portraits of gay and lesbian couples that have been together for over 30 years.  “The idea that gays and lesbians only hang around in darkrooms and are incapable of having a lasting relationship is incorrect,“ he says.


Visitors of the 2011 Pride Photo Award exhibition could nominate their favorite of the 18 series shown. With 18% Paul Koeleman’s series ‘Good Old Gays’ had a clear lead over the runner-up, ‘A Series of Questions’ by L. Weingarten, who garnered 14,5% of the votes. In his photos, transgenders hold up a sign with a question they were asked, such as: ‘Do you still have a vagina?’ or ‘Why can’t you be a regular gay guy?’


The third place went to a Dutch photographer as well: ‘Same Time, Same Place’ by Martijn Gijsbertsen. His series show victims of gay related violence. Google Map projections depict the location of these hate crimes as visual scars.


It is remarkable that so many of the winners are Dutch. Five of the 18 winners of 2011 are from The Netherlands and both the jury and the audience have awarded Dutch photographers. It confirms the Dutch reputation for excellent portrait photographers such as Paul Huf and Anton Corbijn. In 2010, all three prizes in the World Press Photo Portraits category went to Dutch photographers.

Pride Photo Award is an annual international contest for photos about sexual and gender diversity.


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