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Talents

Supporting and developing emerging talents in their artistic development is an integral part of the C/O Berlin Foundation’s mission and work. C/O Berlin is an exhibition space for photography and visual media that brings people together and gives them a space to exchange ideas, engage in conversation, and create a network of young international contemporary photographers.

The C/O Berlin Talent Award is the only prize of its kind in Europe. Each year it recognizes the exceptional work of one photographer and one art critic under the age of 35. The C/O Berlin Talent Award honors one outstanding young photographer and art critic each year, awarding 10,000 in total (7,000 in the photography category and 3,000 in the art criticism category). Along with a cash award, the winning photographer is honored with a solo exhibition at C/O Berlin. A publication accompanying the exhibition is put out by Spector Books in Leipzig and contains work by the prizewinning art writer. Applications for the C/O Berlin Talent Award are not public and only accepted following nomination by the selection committee. Entrants to the C/O Berlin Talent Award competition are nominated by a high-ranking expert jury. The awards committee selects five candidates for its short list, from which the prizewinner is selected. The shortlisted candidates are introduced in the C/O Berlin newspaper and their work is presented online as part of C/O Berlin’s cooperation with the magazine Der Greif. Media partner arte covers the C/O Berlin Talent Award and the winner’s exhibition.

The C/O Berlin Foundation has supported the work of emerging photographers and art critics since 2006. To date, over 80 young talents have received support and been exposed to a broad audience through exhibitions and publications. These include the photographers Stefanie Moshammer (2018), Sebastian Stumpf (2008) and Tobias Zielony (2007) as well as critics Andreas Prinzing (2018), Katja Müller-Helle (2012), Steffen Siegel (2009) and Florian Ebner (2006).