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CAP Prize 2021: Five outstanding African photography series awarded with the 10th CAP Prize, the Contemporary African Photography Prize.

The winners are:
Aàdesokan, Nigeria
Katel Delia, France
Jason Florio, United Kingdom
Fabrice Monteiro, Belgium
Joseph Obanubi, Nigeria

The prize is directed at photographers whose work engages with the African continent or its diaspora. It consists of a series of exhibitions produced in collaboration with major photography festivals in Africa and the rest of the world.

The five winners were announced at Photo Basel International Art Fair on 22 September 2021.

The CAP Prize aims to raise the profile of African photography within the arts and to encourage a rethinking of the image of Africa. Each year five winners are selected by an internationally sourced panel of judges, enabling the promotion of African photography worldwide. The CAP Prize is open to artists of any age and descent. Submitted photographic series must consist of 10  to 25 images. There is no entry fee. www.capprize.com

The five winners – in alphabetical order –  were selected from approximately 800 applications to the CAP Prize 2021 by a panel of 21 international judges.

Akinbode Akinbiyi, photographer and curator, Berlin, Germany
Brendon Bell-Roberts, editor, Johannesburg, South Africa
Stephanie Blomkamp, editor, Capetown, South Africa
Françoise Callier, curator, Angkor, Cambodia
Yves Chatap, curator, Paris, France
Lucy Conticello, photo editor, Paris, France
Lassana Igo Diarra, curator, Bamako, Mali
Christine Eyene, curator, London, England
John Fleetwood, curator, Johannesburg, South Africa
Benjamin Füglister, founder of the CAP Prize, Berlin, Germany
Paul Geraghty, chair, Dublin, Ireland
Nanina Guyer, curator, Zürich, Switzerland
Elda Harrington, curator, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Franziska Jenni, curator, Basel, Switzerland
Ala Kheir, photographer, Khartoum, Sudan
Anna Kućma, director, Kampala, Uganda
Andreas Müller-Pohle, artist and publisher, Berlin, Germany
Uche Okpa-Iroha, photographer and director, Lagos, Nigeria
Jürg Schneider, curator and historian, Basel, Switzerland
Fiona Shields, photo editor, London, England
Sandra M. Stevenson, photo editor, New York City, USA

CAP Prize 2021 – ABOUT

Initiated by Benjamin Füglister in 2012, the CAP Prize consists of global exposure at major international photography exhibitions such as at the IAF Basel – Festival for Contemporary Art in Basel, Switzerland. In previous years the CAP Prize winners exhibition was on show at LagosPhoto Festival in Nigeria, at FIFCV Festival Internacional de Fotografia de Cabo VerdeEyes On – European Month of Photography in Vienna, Austria, at the Uganda Press Photo Award (UPPA) in Kampala, Uganda or at the Bamako Encounters in Bamako, Mali, just to name a few. The five CAP Prize winners are annually invited to the main exhibition at the IAF Basel – Festival for Contemporary Art and spend one week in Basel. The laureates are invited to join the Edition POPCAP, an edition of limited fine art prints of the awarded series. A catalog documenting the five winners’ works is published in time for the award ceremony. As of 2017 the CAP Prize is produced by the CAP Association based in Basel, Switzerland

In a nutshell: The CAP Prize is a prize that raises the winners’ international exposure and builds a high-level network for future projects. Information about how to enter can be found here.


The CAP Prize advisory board consists of both international art experts and Africa experts who are supporting the CAP Prize team:

Touria El Glaoui, director, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, United Kingdom
Thomas Licek, president, European Month of Photography, Vienna, Austria
Marcel Tanner, former director, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland
Christoph Tannert, artistic director, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Artur Walther, art collector, The Walther Collection, New York, USA

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