VINCENT VAN GOGH PHOTO AWARD
Nuenen, 15 September 2017
Polish Photographer wins first edition of the Vincent Van Gogh Photo Award
Bartlomiej Jurecki is the winner of the first edition of the Vincent Van Gogh Photo Award. During the opening ceremony of the exposition, which took place in the Vincentre Museum in Nuenen, the winner of this international photo competition was announced. The winning photo shows a wheatfield with typical intense colours. It was a unanimous decision by the jury. ‘ When you squeeze your eyes, you see and feel Van Gogh, you almost feel the warmth and you can almost breath the smell of fresh hay’. Martijn Pronk (Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam) announced the winner. The winning photo, as well as all 49 nominated photos, can be seen at the open air photo exposition in Nuenen, which is held from 16 September until 8 October in het centre of Nuenen and is freely accessible.
‘The quality of the entries was very high’ according to Pieter Snoeijen, Chairman of Rotary Club Nuenen. The photo competition was organised by Rotary Club Nuenen, in order to bring the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to the attention of a wide public in a contemporary way. “If Van Gogh lived in the present time and used a camera instead of a painting brush; what would he capture?”. This question as well as Vincents statement “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty in everything!” were the inspiratation of the photo competition. Over 600 entries were submitted from photographers from over 75 countries!
From these 600 photos, the jury selected 3 winning photos. Eric Lussot from France won the second prize and Michael Angelo Richardson from the Netherlands won the third prize. Now is the time for the public to bring out their votes. The public can vote for the remaining 47 photos and choose their own favourite photo. The vote can be done on Facebook. Everyone can participate until 8 October! Please have a look on our website for more information: