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The Winners of the Hariban Award 2014

2014 marked the first year for the Hariban Award, an innovative prize that offers one photographer the opportunity to work with the master artisans at the Benrido Collotype Atelier in Kyoto for two weeks. The jury was comprised of Simon Baker (Curator of Photography/International Art, Tate Modern), Naoko Ohta (Curator, Gallery 916/Tokyo-Ga Project), Tsuguo Tada (Special Editorial Advisor, Iwanami Shoten) and Tsuyoshi Ito (Program Director, Project Basho/ONWARD). In its inaugural year, the competition received 131 submissions from around the world.
Grand Prize Winner
Awoiska van der Molen — www.awoiska.nl
The 2014 jury chose Dutch photographer Awoiska van der Molen as the grand prize winner. Awoiska spent two weeks in Kyoto in 2014 working with collotype masters, and her resulting images will be displayed this April at the Kyotographie, an international photography festival in Kyoto. In the video below, Awoiska describes her experiences at the atelier.
Awoiska Van der Molen is known for her monochrome landscapes, which in her words “arise out of a desire to penetrate deeply into the core of the isolated world in which she photographs.” In 2011 she was the finalist at the Hyères Photography Festival in France and in the same year she won the Alt. + 1000 prize at the Festival de la Photography de la Montagne, Rossinière, Switzerland. Her first monograph ‘Sequester’ published in 2014 was awarded the Silver Medal at the ‘Best Book from All Over the World’ competition. Awoiska van der Molen is represented by Kristof De Clercq Gallery, Ghent (BE) and Purdy Hicks Gallery, London (UK). Currently based in Amsterdam and Umbria, Italy.
© Awoiska van der Molen 


© Awoiska van der Molen 


Juror’s Choice Award

The jury awarded three photographers special recognition for their excellent work. These photographers will have their work published in the Collotype catalogue.


  • Antony Cairns:

London-based photographer Antony Cairns, who spends most of his time photographing the city, has a practice deeply rooted in exploring the boundaries and fragility of chemical-based photography.


  • Marco van Duyvendijk

Marco van Duyvendijk has traveled through Eastern Europe and Asia making work, and in 2014 published a photo book about Riko, a butoh dancer in Kyoto.


  • Tenmi Hanagi:

Tenmi Hanagi, a self-taught artist, has exhibited her work solo since 2003, mainly in Tokyo.

Honourable Mentions

Six additional photographers received honorable mentions.


  • Zen Teh
  • Dongwook Lee
  • Yutaka Matsubara
  • Hiroyoshi Inoue
  • Dana Fritz
  • Brett Henrikson