The ING Unseen Talent Award is a joint initiative by ING and Unseen Photo Fair. Every year five new European photography talents are rewarded with an extensive empowerment programme. This includes coaching sessions with an internationally established artist, like Rineke Dijkstra, and a range of workshops with different professionals in the field - not to mention the chance to create a work of art for the ING Collection on a specific theme.
This is the first time that the artworks created by the finalists of the last three awards are on show together. An exclusive exhibition space at Neumünster Abbey will be dedicated to new work by Luxembourg's Sophie Jung (1982), last year's winner. The exhibition furthers one of the main goals of the ING Unseen Talent Award: to give talented new artists public exposure and to support them at the beginning of their career.
Past finalists and winners of the ING Unseen Talent Award:
2015: Sophie Jung (1982) winner, Lara Gasparotto (1989) winner public prize, Olya Oleinic (1991), Sebastien Bonin (1977), Sjoerd Knibbeler (1981).
2014 Anne Geene (1983) winner, Maurice van Es (1984) winner public prize, Lana Mesic (1987), Alexandra Hunts (1990), Jan Rosseel (1979).
2013 Ola Lanko (1985) winner, Willem Popelier (1982), Anika Schwarzlose (1982), Natascha Libbert (1973), Florian van Roekel (1980).
Last year's themes where: 2015 Who are we here for? 2014 Innovative, 2013 Face of the Netherlands