ROSL PHOTO 23
Winner | Md. Zobayer Hossain Joati, My Beloved Grandparents, 2022
Md. Zobayer Hossain Joati, My Beloved Grandparents, 2022
Sometimes life gets in the way, this is the sentiment that motivated My Beloved Grandparents, a captivating portrait of Md. Zobayer Hossain Joati's own relations - awarded the winner of ROSL PHOTO 23. Shot on a OnePlus 8T mobile phone, it becomes the first time that a mobile image has won the main prize and was selected by the judges for its intelligent cinematic composition, utilising the frame within a frame and its arresting tension between foreground and background subject matter.
"I don't get the opportunity to meet with my grandparents that often." Joati writes, "I don't get the chance to spend quality time with them. Moreover, they live in a rural area and I live in an urban environment and it often affects my relationship and communication with them". This perhaps explains both the trust and tenderness in capturing them in such a candid moment. In 2022 Joati returned to his village on a visit with his parents to his hometown Rajbari, Bangladesh during Eid-ul-Adha, a prominent festival celebrated across the world by the Muslim community. The trip included spending time with his grandparents and capturing them in this intimate moment talking with one another, deep in thought, seemingly both close and distant.
My Beloved Grandparents is a record of passing time, a reminder to Joati of his grandparents growing age - eight months later his grandmother passed away.
Runner-Up | Ypatia Kornarou, She Said, 2023
Ypatia Kornarou, She Said, 2023
Taken from the photographic series of the same name, She Said by Ypatia Kornarou was awarded as ROSL PHOTO 23 Runner-Up. Kornarou narrates through visual storytelling the emotional connection between a winter swimmer and the sea. The shots were taken in March 2023 at the end of winter in Greece. This visually arresting image sees her student Eleni Aliferi, gazing out beyond the horizon - further inspection shows a matching rising tide in the lower half of her clothing.
Writing of her project, "When Ypatia met Eleni, she said she had a seabed inside her. She said that when she dives into its depth, it is because she is looking for a bouquet of flowers to rise together to the surface. She continued by saying that if anything happens to her while she is in the sea, she will be gone happy."
Judges commented on the poetic nature of the composition and subject, with the intriguing interrelationship between the wetness of the clothing and the sea beyond.
The Madiha Aijaz Prize | Radoslav Sviretsov, BasketGlow, 2023
Radoslav Sviretsov, BasketGlow, 2023
Radoslav Sviretsov is this year’s recipient of The Madiha Aijaz Prize, awarded to a young photographer of promise in memory of former ROSL ARTS alumni, filmmaker and photographer, Madiha Aijaz (1981 – 2019).
BasketGlow is a true collaboration, upon learning that a newly renovated basketball/hybrid sports court had been unveiled next to his former workplace in Sofia, Bulgaria - a brightly coloured painted surface by artist Nikolay Petrov (also known as GLOW), Sviretsov began his research on this new canvas. "His mission was clear," he writes of GLOW, "to reimagine and present familiar sports grounds in a non-standard and aesthetically pleasing way."
"As I delved deeper into the details of this remarkable project, I couldn't help but visualize potential photographs in my mind. I found myself pondering a question: "What if we removed the constraints of the third dimension and allowed everything to exist on a single plane? How would this altered perspective transform the world of sports?". Sviretsov enlisted the assistance of his university architecture teacher, himself a passionate basketball enthusiast, in constructing this vision with a DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone camera over the course of a two hour shoot.
It was this unique perspective in storytelling that impressed the judging panel, coupled with the setting and unconventional vibrancy of GLOW's basketball court design that make Radoslav Sviretsov such an exciting prospect in contemporary photography.
ROSL PHOTO 23 Shortlist:
Fabiano Accorsi (b. 1969) Pistoia, Italy - Mom & Son
Md. Shamim Al-Noor (b. 1989) Gazipur, Bangladesh - Return Home
Javier Arcenillas (b. 1973) Madrid, Spain - Horse
Petra Basnakova (b. 1997) Zlin, Czech Republic - Forbidden Kingdom
Daniel Bassett (b. 1984) Cornwall, UK - Dark Energy
Mpumelelo Buthelezi (b. 1994) Soweto, South Africa - ©-Mpumelelo Buthelezi- Zimboze-3_ukhuzihlukanisa_Isolation_photography_01.jpg
Daniela Calò (b. 1970) Rome, Italy - Nunset
Jonasz Cieslak (b. 1996) Legnica, Poland - Interlock
Panagiotis Dalagiorgos (b. 1989) Athens, Greece - Caterpillar Under the Spotlight
Carlos Idun-Tawiah (b. 1997) Accra, Ghana - Don’t Say Cheese
Visule Kabunda (b. 1997) Lusaka, Zambia - Slowly, Surely
Barbora Koubková (b. 2004) Prague, Czech Republic - The Mountain Point
Raphaël Neal (b. 1980) Saint Leonards-on-Sea, UK - Shane
Guillaume Petermann (b. 1985) Brussels, Belgium - Delousing Time
Diwakar Redhu (b. 1992) Portsmouth, UK - Forbidden Fruit
Francisco Salgueiro (b. 1972) Lisbon, Portugal - Angel
Felicitas Yang (b. 1994) Paris, France - Three Princesses
Jocelyn Bain Hogg, documentary photographer and educator, author of four photographic books including The Firm (Trolley, 2001), Course Leader at London College of Communication for BA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography
Charlotte Jansen, journalist and author of Photography Now: Fifty Pioneers Defining Photography for the Twenty-First Century (Tate, 2021) and Girl on Girl: Art and Photography in the Age of the Female Gaze (Laurence King Publishing, 2017)
Seamus Murphy, documentary photographer and filmmaker, recipient of seven World Press Photo awards for his photographic work in Afghanistan, Gaza, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Peru and Ireland
Hannah Starkey, artist, awarded the Vogue Condé Nast Award (1997); the 3rd International Tokyo Photo Biennale’s Award for Excellence (1999), the St. James Group Ltd Photography Prize (2002), and the Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society (2019)
Nilupa Yasmin, artist and educator, included in many permanent and private collections including Government Art Collection, The New Art Gallery Walsall and Birmingham Museums Collection. She is a Lecturer in Photography and recently completed her MA in Photography Arts at University of Westminster