POPCAP, the prize for contemporary African Photography is directed at photographers whose work engages with the African continent and/or its diaspora. The prize consists of global exposure at major international photography exhibitions.

POPCAP aims to raise the profile of African photography within the arts. Each year five winners are selected by an internationally-sourced panel of judges, enabling the promotion of African photography worldwide and helping to avoid geographically and culturally one-sided views of the portfolios. Due to its extensive application in a day-to-day context, we consider photography to be the ideal medium through which to foster an unhindered exchange of ideas about the image of Africa.

POPCAP was initiated by Benjamin Füglister in 2012. In its first edition five winners were chosen from 140 submissions by a panel of nine internationally-sourced judges. In 2013 POPCAP received 360 submissions from 57 countries, which were judged by a 14 person panel. The POPCAP ‘14 edition received 720 applications from 88 countries, which were reviewed by a panel of 23 international judges. The roughly 800 submissions to POPCAP '15 were judged by 19 international experts and the five winning portfolios were presented at  7 international art exhibitions. 

Further information on our previous editions of POPCAP can be found here.