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Untitled from the series “ Printed Suspensions”, 2018-2019, © Ignacio Barrios, Winner of the Genesis Postgraduate Award 2019
Untitled from the series “ Printed Suspensions”, 2018-2019, © Ignacio Barrios, Winner of the Genesis Postgraduate Award 2019
Untitled from the series “ Printed Suspensions”, 2018-2019, © Ignacio Barrios, Winner of the Genesis Postgraduate Award 2019

Genesis are delighted to announce that the Genesis Postgraduate Award is back for the third year. The 2020 award is open to all students currently on a postgraduate course in the United Kingdom.

The award is our way of encouraging the next generation of arts practitioners, who have taken a leap to complete a postgraduate degree in photography or art related disciplines. From years of experience working with students, we’re only too aware of the financial pressures faced in the production of final work. And of our responsibility to help foster new talent as leaders in production for the creative industries.

The award is the full production of one individual’s degree show using our range of services (up to the value of £2000). Alongside this, we are offering 12 months mentoring and support, promotion via our newsletter and social media channels and invites to industry events and exhibitions.

Please be mindful in your application of the services we offer and how they could help you realise your work.

The deadline for submissions to be sent for consideration is the 10th March 2020 at 23.59.

Genesis Imaging Postgraduate Award Judging Panel 2020:


Laura Noble, Gallerist and Curator

Laura Noble is the Director of L A Noble Gallery in London. She is also a curator and author of The Art of Collecting Photography, with primary essays in many monographs including Wall and Peace – Kai Weidenhöfer, 2020, Form & Function – Chloe Rosser, 2018, At Home with the Furries – Tom Broadbent, 2018, Estate – Robert Clayton, 2015, In Paradiso, Deborah Baker, 2014, Hidden Identities: Unfinished – Yvonne De Rosa, 2013, and many more. She is a proud feminist and is currently working on a new book focusing on the role of women in the photography industry.

Laura is the guest curator for the London Art Fair’s prestigious fourteenth edition Photo 50 exhibition 2020 – Occupy the Void. She lectures on all aspects of collecting photography, professional and gallery practice globally and as a regular visiting lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute in London. She curates at L A Noble Gallery and independently at venues worldwide.

Michael Birt, Portrait Photographer

Born in Liverpool, Michael Birt is considered one of the leading portrait photographers of his generation. He has worked extensively for the best publications in London and New York, creating a unique body of work. He was under contract to Tina Brown’s Talk magazine in New York, 1999-2001 — where he produced Talking Pictures, a monthly collection of celebrity portraits with quotes from the sitters. He has exhibited extensively worldwide, a collection is held at the National Portrait Gallery, Gold Medal winner in the Royal Photographic Society’s International Print Exhibition 2009 and participated in the National Portrait Gallery’s, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize five times.

Averil Curci, Director of Curation at Kovet.art

Averil is the Director of Curation at Kovet.art, an art tech start up that will present emerging art in online exhibitions and pop up gallery events.
Averil holds a BA in Art History from Boston University, and 15 of years of experience working within the art world internationally. She began her career in New York as the director of Hamburg Kennedy Art Advisory & Projects. Following this, she became the director of Brancolini Grimaldi, a contemporary photography gallery based in Florence, Rome and eventually London. There she worked closely with both emerging and established artists — curating exhibitions and art fairs, developing special projects, events and publications. Since 2016, Averil has been a private Art Advisor to international clients, and also mentor to emerging artists, providing creative direction, strategic and commercial advice.

Mark Foxwell, Creative Director at Genesis Imaging

Creative director of Genesis Imaging, Mark Foxwell is based in London and is a photographic printer of 40 years standing, working closely with renowned Photographers and Artists. His prints have graced the walls of some of the top museums and galleries in the world, including MOMA and the Tate Modern. He is consumed by Photography and his current aim, and hope, is to give back as much as he has gained from this passion.

Ignacio Barrios, Photographer and Winner of the Genesis Imaging Postgraduate Award 2019

Ignacio Barrios is a Spanish visual artist working with photography. In 2019, Ignacio completed an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art in London.

Barrios mainly works with photography while blurring boundaries with painting and sculpture. He is interested in creating a dialogue between public and privates spaces by using the street and the studio as different backgrounds to capture his installations composed by domestic objects part of our daily life. Ignacio has exhibited his work at MadridFoto in 2011 with Galeria Moriarty, at Getty Images Gallery London (Renaissance Photography Prize 2015 & 2017) and with Estudio Figueroa-Vives in Havana since 2012.  In July 2020, Ignacio will be an artist in residence at the BilbaoArte Foundation.

Ignacio was the 2019 Genesis Postgraduate Bursary Awards Winner.