/ 2017 / Portraiture / Self-Portrait


  • Prize
    Silver in Portraiture/Self-Portrait
  • Photographer
    Laura Hospes, Netherlands
  • Studio
    Laura Hospes Photography

When talking became too difficult I tried to kill myself. I failed, so I
talked about it with my camera.

Laura Hospes (1994) has been capturing her own self with the camera since the tender age of 16, out of a need to connect with people. This need has not waned over the years; it has only become more necessary. Hospes' self portraits are her way of making clear what is inside of her. Her camera consoles and understands her better than anyone else. Photography is her medium to accept and process the many struggles in her life. The resulting images are intense and arresting, as well as being a captivating glimpse inside the world of a young woman dealing with depression and anxiety.

Hospes was named one of the 50 best emerging photographers of 2015 by the international jury for the Lensculture Emerging Talent Awards. Her work has been frequently featured both home and abroad.

Awards 2018 Zilveren Camera, 2nd place
Zilveren Camera, 2nd place category Documentary National (February, 2018)

2017 IPFL, shortlisted
International Photofestival Leiden, shortlisted (October, 2017)
2017 Young Masters Art Prize, highly commended
Young Masters Art Prize, Highly Commended, initiative from the Cynthia Corbett Gallery London (June, 2017)
2017 Belfast PhotoFestival, winner
Belfast PhotoFestival, winner with photobook UCP (June, 2017)
2017 Beeldend Gesproken, shortlisted
Beeldend Gesproken Kunstprijs, shortlisted (May, 2017)
2017 FotoFilmic, shortlisted
FotoFilmic, shortlisted with series Vleugellam (March, 2017)
2017 Jacob Riis Documentary Awards, finalist
Jacob Riis Documentary Awards, finalist with series UCP (March, 2017)

2016 Life Framer, honorary mention
Life Framer Awards, theme Youthhood, Honorary Mention (November, 2016)
2016 FAPA, nominee
Fine Art Photography Awards, category: people, nominee (June, 2016)

2015 SO2015, honorable mention
SO2015, honorable mention for SO2015 Student Award (December, 2015)
2015 One Eyeland, finalist
One Eyeland Photography Awards, Subcategory People-Self-Portrait: finalist (December, 2015)
2015 MIFA, 1st and 2nd place
Moscow International FotoAwards, Subcategory People-Self-Portrait: 1st place, Subcategory Book-Fine Art: 2nd place (November, 2015)
2015 LensCulture, Grant Winner
LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards, Grant Winner (August, 2015)
2015 De Donkere Kamer, 1st place
Pitch "De Donkere Kamer #6", 1st place (June, 2015)

2014 AVRO, best 50
Zelfportret AVRO, best 50 (March, 2014)
2014 Fotovrijdag, 3rd place