Image Afrique is an annual photography exhibition with the aim of redefining the image of Africa and offering a stage for African photography. Five outstanding photographic projects from international photographers are on show as part of POPCAP.
POPCAP is a contemporary African photography competition that was created in order to promote African photography in the arts and to increase publicity for artists whose work deals with the African continent.
The award consists of seven international exhibitions, with the aim of drawing attention to African photography worldwide and giving artists an opportunity to network. All entries are reviewed by the jury, which consists of 23 internationally established curators, journalists, artists, gallery owners, publishers and collectors in the field of photography.
Photography is booming like never before. Events such as festivals, exhibitions, fairs, workshops and competitions are springing up like mushrooms all over the place. It is difficult to even remotely keep track. Although POPCAP considers itself to be among the younger types of fungi, it has some very unique mycelia. POPCAP is not just about celebrating photography, but about fostering an amalgamation of a range of initiatives within the field of African photography. With the third edition in 2014, in cooperation with Image Afrique, the mother exhibition in Basel and six other exhibition partners in Europe and Africa, we have succeeded in establishing an exciting network that will ensure the winning works are made available to a broad and relevant audience.
What began in 2012 with 140 entries and just one exhibition has grown in a mere two years to 720 submissions and seven exhibitions. We are delighted with the success and approval that POPCAP has garnered within the global photography scene. This supports POPCAP and thus the promotion of African photography through the lively sharing of our call-out and through media coverage of the exhibitions and winners. The theme of African photography has even been taken up by large global media companies, which shows that a broad audience is interested. We look forward to further consolidating our African photography network and to discovering and promoting new talents within the photographic world.