Lua Ribeira has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Firecracker Grant for her striking documentary series ‘Noises in the Blood’; a documentation of dancehall culture.
Her series, Noises in the Blood, explores the celebration of a ritual, embracing consciously the exotic stereotype towards a different culture looking at the immediate differences between photographer and the subject, opening a dialogue about the English Jamaican women and their manners within a shared context.
Ribeira was born in Galicia, Spain and studied Sciences of Information at University of Vigo, as well as studying Graphic Design at Bau, Escola Superior de Disseny, Barcelona.
About The Firecracker Photographic Grant
Firecracker was established in 2001 by Fiona Rogers to promote European women working in photography. In 2012, Firecracker launched its inaugural photographic grant which has so far provided a combined £3000 alongside professional printing and finishing credits totalling £3,000 from Genesis Imaging to support four female photographers working on documentary projects.
Through a combination of self-initiated fundraising and our support, the 2015 grant fund is a minimum financial contribution of £1000 plus £1000 credit of professional photographic printing, mounting and bespoke framing services from Genesis.
The Firecracker Photographic Grant 2015 Judging Panel:
Submissions are judged by an independent panel of industry experts from diverse disciplines across the creative sectors; including picture editors, commissioners, art buyers and gallerists. This year’s judging panel included:
Simon Bainbridge, Editorial Director at British Journal of Photography.
Lucy Davies, writer & critic.
Max Houghton, Senior Lecturer, MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography.
Stuart Smith, designer and co-founder, GOST.