The four winners were selected by an international jury prechaired by Italian photographer Roberto Polillo, which met in Venice at the headquarters of the Istituto veneto di Arte Scienze e Lettere, a partner in the pro-ject. The awarded portfolios touch on important themes such as memory and history, identity and representation, the juxtaposition between vivent being and automaton, and the creation and search for fantastic worlds.
The first prize went to Andrey Podlednev (Russia) and the second prize to Madeleine Brunnmeier (Germany). The third and fourth prizes were awarded respectively to Aleksandr Lialiushkin (Russia) and W.VV.VV (Singapore). The special prize awarded by the De Pietri Artphilein Foundation in Lugano went to Madeleine Brunnmeier and consists of the publication of an art book in a bilingual, English and German edition (Artphilein Editions). The exhibition set up in Spazio Maraini at Villa Malpensata in Lugano, features 24 large-format photographic prints, six for each of the winners. The exhibition is also accompanied by a bilingual (in Italian and English) catalog published by Fondazione culture e musei editions, which contains all ten photographs in each portfolio.