– A norwegian photographer has picked up the top prize at the Sony World Photography Awards, now in its sixth year. 32-year-old Andrea Gjestvang beat over 122,000 entries, from 170 countries, with her portraits of the 2011 Utøya shooting survivors. Her emotional images, showing young faces that reveal the scars inflicted upon them in the massacre, have rightly picked up the top honours and will show at Somerset house until 12th May. The awards exhibition presents international contemporary photography from professionals and amateurs, ranging from fashion to wildlife.
– The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery in London has now opened. The exhibition reveals and celebrates the finalists who are in with a chance of winning £30,000. The nominations this year include images sourced from Google Streetview and retrospective black and white photography.
– An imaginary portrait painter is one of four artists up for the 2013 Turner Prize. London artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye depicts subjects that are entirely imaginary and don’t exist in the real world. She’s in with a chance of winning £25,000, if the installation and performance artist finalists don’t beat her to it. The winner will be announced in December.
– Details about the UK’s first comic art festival have been released and it promises to be an exciting event for all involved. The festival will be held in Kendal, Cumbria, and will feature live drawing, talks, workshops, films and much more. Visit www.comicartfestival.com for more information.