The Rise Art Prize exhibition kicked off with a bang (and many a Patron Tequila cocktail). Artists and judges came from all corners of the world to celebrate at the launch party and awards ceremony at House of Vans in London.  In its debut year, the Rise Art Prize reviewed over 16,000 artists with 2,300 entries whittled down to just 25 finalists from the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the Americas and Australasia.

Members of the final panel admiring Heja Rahiminia‘s Looking for Utopia: Refugees series.

The Rise Art global judging panel, featured 9 acclaimed artists – including Gavin Turk, Fiona Banner and Richard Wilson – and renowned curators and arts journalists. They viewed the works in person on the night. After much deliberation, the judges cast their votes.

Gina’s winning photograph of an abandoned sanitorium was described as “an exquisite observer of beautiful decay” by judges who crowned her

UK Artist of the Year and Photographer of The Year.

Gina’s photo was hand picked by photography legend David Bailey along with the other judges on the panel, Harland Miller, Ben Eine, Gavin Turk and Fiona Banner who recognised her ‘creative excellence, original ideas and technical skill’.


Gina Soden’s winning photo Klinik


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