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Urban Gaze Photography Exhibition

Urban Gaze exhibition puts emerging photographers in the spotlight at Keyes Art Mile

Open from 2 May until 30 June 2019

The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) is proud to announce the winners of the Urban Gaze documentary photography competition.
Entrants to the competition were challenged to show the Gauteng City-Region through their lens and submitted photos across five categories. One winner was selected in each category and the top-scoring image won overall.

The winners are:
Overall Winner: Mokone Mphela
Histories and Futures: Jaco Roets
Place and Movement: Kgao Mashego
Economy and Economic Life: Alastair Mclachlan
Sustainability and the Environment: Mark Lewis
A Province and Its People: Thato Mabaso

The winners were announced and given their prizes at the opening of the Urban Gaze documentary photography exhibition on May 2nd in the Atrium of the Keyes Art Mile. The Overall Winner walked away with a stunning Fujifilm XT100 camera and a Fujifilm XF50mm lens and the five category winners won the Fujifilm SQ20 polaroid cameras with film. All six winners walked away with R5000 vouchers for photographic equipment.
The exhibition is a stunning showcase of the work of these Gauteng-based photographers, and the many diverse aspects of Gauteng, South Africa’s most populous and diverse province It includes work by the winners as well as some of the top shortlisted entrants and provides a
fascinating, deep and intimate focus on the places, people, issues and elements that make up
the Gauteng City-Region.

The Urban Gaze photography competition is run by the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) and is designed to mobilise the creativity of photographers in the Gauteng City-Region. Open to all Gauteng City-Region residents over the age of 18, this unique documentary photography competition aims to open up space for emerging photographers and create a database of images to use in the GCRO’s research publications and online platforms. The competition was open from December 2018 to March 2019. “GCRO is passionate about the Gauteng City-Region and its people, and we are privileged to showcase this set of photographs, taken by people who live in this extraordinary place. The Urban Gaze competition invites us to see the city-region through the eyes of its residents, to document both what is familiar and what is strange, to illuminate the unseen, and to make visible the contradictions of our urban society”. Dr Rob Moore, (Executive Director, GCRO)

The Urban Gaze exhibition also presents a body of work by established South African photographer, Musa Nxumalo for the duration of the competition exhibition – a bonus for lovers of fine art photography. Urban Gaze opened as part of Keyes Thursdays and it is undoubtedly a major drawcard for Gauteng’s fine art lovers and supporters. The exhibition will remain open until 30 June 2019 and the work will live on in the research
outputs of the GCRO.


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