New East Photo Prize 2018: get to know our finalists

Running from 12 October – 1 December 2018, the New East Photo Prize exhibition offers a unique glimpse into the contemporary self-identity of an underrepresented region and the lives of its people. Get to know the finalists, with fresh updates each week

8 October 2018

Launched in 2016, the New East Photo Prize seeks to broaden perceptions of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia through the medium of photography. After receiving a wide range of entries from 26 countries, the biennial prize is back with a new set of 16 finalists exploring modern-day witchcraft, graduation albums, legendary cosmonauts, contested territories and more. Running from 12 October – 1 December 2018, the New East Photo Prize exhibition offers a unique glimpse into the contemporary self-identity of an underrepresented region and the lives of its people. Get to know the finalists below and join us on 11 October for the private view at Calvert 22 Foundation, when we will announce this year’s winner.

New East Photo Prize 2018: get to know our finalists

Shooting Romania’s opulent Orthodox churches

New East Photo Prize 2018: get to know our finalists

A peculiar look at 21st Century witchcraft

New East Photo Prize 2018: get to know our finalists

Remembering Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space

New East Photo Prize 2018: get to know our finalists

Whimsical photos of weird sanatorium treatments

New East Photo Prize 2018: get to know our finalists

Moments of calm in Crimea’s troubled waters

New East Photo Prize 2018: get to know our finalists

A futuristic Yugoslav swimming pool takes a step closer to space

New East Photo Prize 2018: get to know our finalists

The spellbinding, unknown world of Russia’s Mari pagans

New East Photo Prize 2018: get to know our finalists

Discover the relics of Hungary’s industrial past

New East Photo Prize 2018: get to know our finalists

Documenting modern Christianity through its mesmerising baptism ceremonies

New East Photo Prize 2018: get to know our finalists

Postcard views from strikingly empty resorts

New East Photo Prize 2018: get to know our finalists

Unearthing the folkloric power of Latvia’s Devil’s Lake

New East Photo Prize 2018: get to know our finalists

An alternative Ukrainian school graduation album

New East Photo Prize 2018: get to know our finalists

Walk the corridors of power in these faded communist-era hotels

Check back each week as we introduce the work of another New East Photo Prize 2018 finalist.