jury awards

On October 22, 2016, 271 participants across seven cities took to the streets to document 12 themes in 12 hours. APIS in 2016 joined the Photo Marathon in Ljubljana for the first time. We joined other on the ground organizers from Beirut, Algiers, Palermo, Napoli, Marseille, representing community associations in each city.

This collective action gathered 3,088 photos documenting one day across the Mediterranean region.

We asked participants to consider the concepts of migration and heritage when interpreting the themes. We hope that the photographs will evoke powerful emotions and spark conversations. The archive represents a rich visual dialogue across multiple cities; images that overcome the linguistic interpretations that the organizers pondered over.


The many realities that exist in our cities, societies, zones of comfort and discomfort, are constantly changing partly due to the flow of people to and from our communities, resulting in changing demographics, culture, and economy. This certainly affects how people react, preserve, and/or defend their heritage, or even question others’.


We also wanted to capture a nostalgic sense of tradition or history, evidence of the past, but also indications of changing times and a fluid heritage. Participants were challenged to photograph the following themes: morning, work, language, intersection, saudade, diaspora, hero, someone’s dream, foreign flavors, pattern, nationalism, and waiting.



The archive of 3,088 photographs not only reveal life in a particular city, but also represent the collective effort to communicate the interpretation of the 12 themes’ meaning across borders and cultures. Collective documentary photography goes beyond documenting places and themes; through this model, we strive to document perceptions. The jury members (bio’s) were impressed and intrigued by the interpretation of the collection of themes by the selected winners, who use their images to communicate a story on behalf of their city.


Participants who submitted a complete set of 12 photographs were qualified for the jury selection process. Jury members selected each finalist based on their complete set; not based on a singular photograph. Winners were chosen based on four categories: documentary value and interpretation of theme, overall impression, creativity, and technical quality. The jury is composed of notable individuals in the field of photography and academia, representing each of the participating cities.


The winners will be awarded publication of a selection from their 2016 Photo Marathon submissions by international and local publications such as L’Oeil de la Photographie, Agenda Culturel, Gazzetino Vesuviano, CafeBabel, and will be featured in the next issue of FRAME LIFE magazine. Exhibitions of the winners’ photographs will also take place in Marseille and Algiers in 2017. City-specific awards will also be distributed. In the coming days and weeks we will be featuring their images and commentary on our social media along with other finalists. On behalf of the jury and organizers, we would like to congratulate the 7 winners:


Wiame Lasri / Algiers: “My aim was to capture my sensitivity to the little things of daily life that are there and that we tend to ignore. The themes were very inspiring; my will was to put poetry in the image and also to give human characteristics to my subjects without necessarily photographing people.”


Krix Berberian / Amman: “You don’t have to leave your car to capture vivid stories happening in an instant. I decided to take every photo from inside the car using the same stand point without missing the opportunity to create a strong connection with every story. All I needed was a moment; I could never recapture that instant if I was a second too late.”


Wissam Andraos / Beirut: “I captured the photos in one street which for me represents the current state of the city. Every street has its hero, and at every junction and under every bridge you will find foreign workers waiting for action. The private companies are creating a class intersection between rich streets and streets of the poor.”


Teja Pahor / Ljubljana: “Since one of the main themes of Photo marathon was migration I decided at the beginning to portray the series through a story of a person who migrated to Slovenia. To achieve this, I imagined a person I know and who faced many challenges at the time of his arrival to Slovenia. Also every time we got new themes I stopped and tried to imagine what this person would feel if somebody would give him the words we received. This is what I tried to capture.”


Jean Michel Melat Couhet / Marseille: “Behind the image of Marseille and its “faits divers”, you can find men and women who, because of their cultural diversity, make this city, with its fabulous light, a place apart in the French landscape. They are all proud of their roots and their differences which, on this Marseillaise land, unite them in one identity.”


Pasquale Marinelli / Napoli: “I went to the places that represent (my) culture: The National Archaeological Museum of Naples, MADRE Museum for Contemporary Art, between the arches of Via dei Tribunali Anjou, in the Neapolitan alleys that stimulate the five senses, especially the taste and smell. In short, I tried to recreate a Napoli by a double vision: a stranger to herself and known to itself.”


Giulia Montoneri / Palermo: “I have two favorite pictures: the first one is called “heroes”. It represents our life’s best heroes, our grandparents. In their youth, in Sicily, many of them experienced true poverty, wars, hunger and skepticism about a better future to come. But they also know that happiness could be found in little things, like an old bike and walking under the sun.”


Discover the seven cities through the images from the 2016 Photo Marathon at FRAME website by clicking HERE .