POPCAP was awarded for the fourth time in 2015. The competition received submissions from 700 artists from 58 countries, 45% of which came from African countries – an increase of 7% since the 2014 edition. The five winning portfolios were selected by an internationally-sourced 19 person panel of judges via an online judging platform. POPCAP was shown at seven international photography events such as Les Rencontres de la Photographie Ghar el Melh in Tunisia, Image Afrique in Basel, Switzerland, OBSCURA festival of photography in Malaysia, LagosPhoto Festival in Nigeria, Biennale de la Photographie Bamako, Mali and Les Rencontres de la Photographie in Fès, Morocco.

POPCAP '15 winners are:

Filipe Branquinho
Born in 1977 in Maputo, Mozambique
Lives in Maputo, Mozambique

Zed Nelson
Born in 1965 in Kampala, Uganda
Lives in London, United Kingdom

Tahir Carl Karmali
Born in 1987 in Nairobi, Kenya
Lives in New York City, USA    

Zied Ben Romdhane
Born in 1981 in Tunis, Tunisia
Lives in Tunis Ariena, Tunisia

Romaric Tisserand
Born in 1974 in Toulouse, France
Lives in Paris, France

Click here to go to the POPCAP ‘15 microsite.

POPCAP '14 at Image Afrique from on Vimeo.

2014 saw offering POPCAP for the third time, this time receiving 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.

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

Click here to go to the POPCAP ‘14 microsite.

POPCAP '13 Exhibition and Stroll at Münsterplatz
 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 Sevilla, Spain
Lives in Madrid, Spain

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 Mexico City, Mexico

Alexia Webster
Born in 1979 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Lives in Cape Town, South Africa

Graeme Williams
Born in 1961 in Cape Town, South Africa
Lives in Johannesburg, South Africa

Click here to go to the POPCAP ’13 microsite.


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.

View of the exhibition in June 2012, Basel, Switzerland

View of the exhibition in June 2012, Basel, Switzerland

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