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Ernest Cole Award Winner 2013

We are excited to announce that 2013 winner of the Ernest Cole Award is Graeme Williams, whose submission is titled in da city’. The study explores Johannesburg's inner city which has served as a first stop for many new arrivals since its formation as a mining town many years ago, yet is a city that has always been vibrant and is in a constant state of flux. Graeme portrays ‘da city’ in a dreamlike, tourist way as if one were a tourist that is approaching a foreign place with the associated disorientation that comes with this. The body of work is an attempt to avoid a critical observational photojournalistic approach and to rather approach the subject with a softer outsider's gaze. Williams has a long history of looking critically at issues in South Africa and the continent. He has published and exhibited widely in South Africa and abroad. His books include:- The Edge of Town – Monograph. Graphis/Highveld Publishing. 2011. Graeme Williams Photographe – Editions de L'Ceil. Selection of recent work. 2010 The Inner City. Exploring isolation through life in Johannesburg. 2000. The Floor. A book documenting the last year of open outcry trading on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. 1996. Please also see
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Ilan Godfrey announced as the 2012 winner of the Ernest Cole Award

First of all thank you to all of the applicants that submitted their work for consideration for the 2012 Ernest Cole Award. The submissions we received this year were of an extremely high standard, which left the adjudication committee with some tough decisions to make. The committee sat in July and have selected this year's winner. We are also excited to inform you that during the adjudication session, a decision was taken to introduce an annual Master Class. Invites will be extended to some of the 2012 Award Applicants by the Committee. We will announce further details in the near future. More importantly, who won the 2012 Award? We are excited to announce that this year’s winner is Ilan Godfrey, whose submission is titled Legacy of the Mine’. More about Ilan can be found at his website The study explores the consequences of mining on South Africa's land and people - an exploration of the need for economic growth versus protection of the environment. Once a symbol of wealth and formidable force in the development of SA, the mine today reveals the scars of neglect and decay, which poses a threat to our society. Please join us in congratulating Ilan on his win!
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