Winner of the 2012 Award

The winner of the Pride Photo Award 2012 is Dutch photographer Chris Rijksen. The winning photo comes from his series ‘Gender as a Performance’.


The jury stated that the entries showed ‘a great diversity of esthetics, topics and sexual identities, while stories about transgender identities and stories formed the majority’.


Of the winning picture the jury said: “In searching for a photo that can, in one image, communicate what Pride Photo Award is about we chose this photo for the combination of impact and subtlety. There is a will to interact with the public, to connect with the audience.”


The winning photo is part of a series called ‘Gender as a Performance’ which also won the second prize in this year’s theme category, ‘Chameleons/Double Life’. In these pictures we see the photographer wearing clothes that are out of fashion and using an old-fashioned wire shutter release for taking the photos. “The outfits, the posture and the wire shutter release are carefully chosen to minimize distraction”, explains Pride Photo Award 2012 winner Chris Rijksen. “I tried to present recognizable archetypes through clothing, showing the malleability of gender. For a long time I felt I had to make a series about this issue, but I just couldn’t find the right way. ‘Gender as a Performance’ is my best effort to date.”


The photographer: Chris Rijksen, also known as Prins Christel, is a Dutch visual artist and was born in Utrecht, The Netherlands in 1991. Rijksen moved to the city of The Hague a couple of years ago to study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and is now a 4th year student. He works freelance on commissions for companies and is also a photographer and picture editor for the Dutch LGBT youth magazine and website Expreszo.

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


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