/ 2018 / Portraiture /

Meeting Sofie

  • Prize
    Gold in Portraiture/Family, 2nd Place winner in Portraiture
  • Photographer
    Snezhana von Büdingen

In my series “Meeting Sofie,” I depict the life of a 19 year old girl with down syndrome
born into a German emigrant family in Denmark. For the last eight years Sofie has been
living with her family on a small farm in east Germany. She enjoys being alone as well as
with the few people with whom she van build close relationships – her family, the farm
animals, and her boyfriend Andy. The series gives the viewer a glimpse into the lives
Sofie and her family. It shows Sofie’s emotional world, which may be akin to ours.

Snezhana von Buedingen, born in 1983 in Perm, Russia, studied Communication Management with an emphasis in Journalism at the University in Osnabrueck. From 2013 she studied at the Fotoakademie Cologne, finishing her Diploma in 2016.

Awards Nominations: Nikon Photo Award (2017, Winner), Hellerau Portraitfotopreis (2017, Finalist), PROFIFOTO („New Talent Award“, Winner), Felix Schoeller Photo Award (2017, Shortlist), VERZASCA Foto Award (2017, Finalist), SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (2017, Shortlist category „Portraiture“), Felix Schoeller Photo Award (2015, Finalist). Exhibitions: Hellerau Festspielhaus (2018, Dresden, Germany), Summerset House (2017, London, UK), NRW Forum (2017, Düsseldorf, Germany), Verzasca (2017, Swiss), Cultural History Museum (2015, Osnabrück, Germany).