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PHOTOGRAPHIC AWARDS (article first published : 1999-11-21)

The winner of the first prize in the 1999 Commonwealth Photographic Awards is Rian Horn from South Africa. He received £2,000 for his winning photograph, which was taken in Sophiatown. “It shows a woman as she commutes to her place of residence through the barriers of the past: razor wire fences using by South African police to control crowds and keep people out. The hole in the fence is just the beginning of a country undergoing reform to freedom,” Rian explains.

After completing schooling and his military service, Rian started studying photography. While qualifying in all fields, he specialised in advertising and fashion photography. In the early 1990’s, South African photographers Joao Silva and Greg Marinovich greatly depicted the images that South Africans seldom saw. The work influenced Rian’s decision to pursue press and feature photography and he has been working in Johannesburg as a freelance photographer and full time press photographer for the Star newspaper since 1995.

The judges were: Baroness Helena Kennedy (Chair of the British Council), Sir Shridath Ramphal (former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth) and photographer Yolanda Crisp. The awards were sponsored by the Commonwealth Foundation, the Guardian Foundation, the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, the Commonwealth Press Union and the Freedom Forum in South Africa.




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