Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography

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Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography
Awarded forOutstanding contributions for field of photography as contemporary art.
Presented by
First awarded
  • 2010; 9 years ago (2010)
No. of laureates5 Prizes to 5 Laureates as of 2016

The Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography is an international bi-yearly photography prize awarded by Israel Museum in Jerusalem.


The Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography was created by Shalom Shpilman in 2010 and was awarded once a year. After the Shpilman Institute of Photography was closed in 2013, the Shpilman family endowed the Israel Museum in Jerusalem to award the prize every two years.[1] The goal of the prize is to award individuals who work in photography. The prize money is 45000 USD. The decision is made based on review by an international jury of five jurors, appointed by Israel Museum. Candidates are nominated by art professionals, working with Israel Museum.


year winner theme honorable mentions jury members
2010 Michal Heiman [2] Contribution of art to psychoanalysis, and vice versa. Nissan N. Perez, Peter Galassi, Shlomo Lee Abrahmov (on behalf of Shpilman family), Marta Gili, Hanan Laskin
2011 Assaf Shaham [3]
2012 John Jacob[4] Reliquum: That Which Remains Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Katia Mazzucco Nissan N. Perez, Dana Arieli-Horowitz, Hanan Laskin, Bodo von Dewitz, Wilkes Tucker
2014 Lisa Oppenheim[5] Experimental photography deriving from original research in the social history of the medium Monika Faber, Quentin Bajac, Ruth E. Iskin, Galit Eilat, Noam Gal
2016 Servet Koçyiğit Localities Marion Belanger, Richard Moss, David Adika, Alec Soth Virginia Heckert, Sebastian Cichocki, Gal Ventura, Noam Gal


  1. ^ "Major collection of contemporary Israeli photography acquired by the Israel Museum". Art Daily.
  2. ^ Ignacio Villarreal. "Israel Museum Awards Michal Heiman First Shpilman International Prize".
  3. ^ Hadas Reshef. "A Photographer With Politics in the Frame".
  4. ^ "Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography, 2014". Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  5. ^ Henri Neuendorf (19 December 2014). "Lisa Oppenheim Wins 2014 Shpilman Prize - artnet News". artnet News.

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