Edmund Clark, body of work, 2009

Edmund Clark won the 2009 prize with a work-in-progress – Guantanamo Bay, which considers the effects of the facility on former detainees in Britain and abroad via images of the hard-to-access detention camp and former prisoners’ homes. Clark’s previous long term project, Still Life Killing Time, was published by Dewi Lewis in 2008 and made Clark a finalist in the inaugural New York Photo Awards. His work is held by the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


Giulio di Sturco, single image, 2009

Aged just 30, young Italian photographer Giulio di Sturco has already won a World Press Award (First prize, singles, Arts and Entertainment category, 2009) and had his work projected at the Visa Pour l’Image, as well as being commissioned by Geo, Vanity Fair and Marie Claire. He won the single image prize with an image depicting a victim of religious violence in India, part of his ongoing work in the country. Di Sturco is distributed under VII Photo’s mentor programme.


Walter Astrada, single image, 2008

Argentinian photographer Walter Astrada won the first-ever single image category of the International Photography Award with a harrowing shot of a female victim of femicide in Guatemala. He has won numerous World Press Photo awards and is currently working in Africa, documenting violence and unrest for agencies such as Associated Press and Agence France Presse.


Beso Uznadze, body of work, 2008

Bezo Uznadze is based in London but comes from Tbilisi, Georgia, and scooped the body of work prize in 2008 with a haunting collection of portraits from his hometown. Showing the stress wrecked by years of political instability, his images suggested the horror of war in a very subtle, nuanced way. Uznadze has won numerous other awards, and his images have been selected for two of the NPG’s Portrait Prizes.


Carla Verea, winner, 2007

Young Mexican photographer Carla Verea picked up the BJP International Photography Award in 2007, when the prize had just one category, with a powerful set of portraits of Guatemalan bodyguards. Since then her images have gone on show at the XII Bienal of Photography in Mexico City and curator Daniel Garza Usabiaga’s show in the Museo de la Cuidad de Mexico. Verea also attended the prestigious Joop Swart Master Class in 2009, arranged by World Press Photo in Amsterdam.


Charlie Crane, winner, 2006

British-based documentary photographer Charlie Crane won the 2006 award with a series of images on North Korea, entitled Welcome to Pyongyang. Showing the glossy surface of a state in which little goes uncensored, his work was a revealing insight into the secretive state’s self-image. The project has since been published as a book by Chris Boot, and Charlie went on to scoop won of the top honours in the Lucie Awards in 2007.


Frank Herfort, winner, 2005

German photographer Frank Herfort scooped the prize in 2005 with a series of images of Russian citizens in repose in Moscow. Herfort’s contested with bitterly cold conditions and the language barrier to shoot the project, which beat off a host of far better known photographers. Herfort is now based in Germany and Russia, where he shoots for clients such as Adidas, Nike and Aeroflot and titles such as Wallpaper, Stern, Jalouse and The Observer. He won an award in the Px3 Prix de la Photographie Paris in 2009.