International Prize for Contemporary African Photography

Past Editions


POPCAP '14 at Image Afrique from on Vimeo.

2014 saw offering POPCAP for the third time. The award received 720 applications from 88 countries. The five winning artists were invited to attend the inauguration of the Image Afrique exhibition presenting their work in Basel, Switzerland. This exhibition was followed by POPCAP ‘14 shows at MoP6, the Cape Town Month of Photography in South Africa, the LagosPhoto Festvial in Nigeria, Eyes On – Month of Photography, Vienna, Austria, at FIFCV in Mindelo, Cabo Verde and Addis Foto Fest in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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POPCAP ‘14 winners are:

Joana Choumali, born in 1974 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Lives in Abidjan Cococy, Ivory Coast.
Ilan Godfrey, born in 1980 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
Léonard Pongo, born in 1988 in Liège, Belgium. Lives in Brussels, Belgium.
Anoek Steketee, born in 1974 in Hoorn, The Netherlands. Lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Eefje Blankevoort, born in 1978 in Montreal, Canada. Lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Patrick Willocq, born in 1969 in Strasbourg, France. Lives in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.


POPCAP '13 Exhibition and Stroll at Münsterplatz Basel from on Vimeo.

The 100 winning works selected for POPCAP ’13 were initially presented as large-scale posters at Münsterplatz in Basel, Switzerland between June 6 and 23, 2013. The exhibition was visited daily by roughly 500 people, making a total of more than 10,000 viewers. POPCAP ’13 reached a broad audience via the PhotoIreland exhibitions in three exhibition centres in Dublin, Limerick and Cork. The open air exhibition in October 2013 comprising 43 large-scale prints on Victoria Island, Lagos concluded the POPCAP ’13 exhibition cycle and was very well received by the Lagosian audience.

POPCAP’ 13 winners are:

Anhua Collective, David Rengel, born in 1978 in Torreblanca de los Caños - Sevilla, Spain. Lives in Madrid, Spain.
Anhua Collective, Álvaro Laiz, born in 1981 in León, Spain. Lives in Madrid, Spain.
Dillon Marsh, born in 1981 in Cape Town, South Africa. Lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
Cristina de Middel, born in 1977 in Alicante, Spain. Lives in London, UK.
Alexia Webster, born in 1979 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Graeme Williams, born in 1961 in Cape Town, South Africa. Lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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POCPAP was first awarded in 2012. In the centre of Basel, during Art 43, we celebrated the completion of the first edition of POPCAP (the Prize for Contemporary African Photography) by screening the five winning portfolios. These screenings reached around 1000 people daily and due to positive feedback we extended the show from five to eight days.

The POPCAP ’12 winners are:

Guillaume Bonn, born in 1970 in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Lives in Paris, France.
Nabil Boutros, born in 1954 in Cairo, Egypt. Lives in Paris, France.
Namsa Leuba, born in 1982 in St-Aubin, Switzerland. Lives in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Adolphus Opara, born in 1981 in Lagos, Nigeria. Lives in Lagos, Nigeria.
Paolo Patrizi, born in 1965 in Rome, Italy. Lives in Tokyo, Japan.