Davide Monteleone wins Follow Your Convictions grant

David Monteleone is congratulated by Martin Bachmann, CEO of Maurice Lacroix. © Michael Kooren / Hollandse Hoogte

World Press Photo and Maurice Lacroix are pleased to announce that the Italian photographer Davide Monteleone has received the first Follow Your Convictions grant for his project Reversed See.

 A grant of €20,000 was handed to Monteleone by the CEO of Maurice Lacroix, Martin Bachmann, at the World Press Photo Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 7 May in Amsterdam. The grant is a new initiative, and given to one of the year's prize-winning photographer who has submitted a story proposal for review by a special grants jury. The grant is intended to support the realization of Monteleone's submitted story proposal.

Reversed See will focus on the Mediterranean Sea, the history, the civilizations and cultures along its shores and on the changes that are now sweeping its coasts. Monteleone writes in his story proposal, "Europe has been taken aback by the season of riots and conflicts sweeping through North Africa and the Middle East; it has been unprepared for the wave of immigration reaching its shores. But, as we witnessed centuries ago, the sea that once separated two worlds has rolled back to join them. The relationship between the former powers and the countries on the periphery is shifting."

The jury chose the submission of Davide Monteleone for its concise concept and the potential to highlight a multitude of thematic aspects, allowing for differing visual and technical interpretations. The story has a specific underlying idea that is historically rooted yet contemporary. The jury further said, "Davide's language is rich and colorful and he shows great ability to convey the essence of any subject he chooses. Looking for excellence and high quality, and given the complexity of the story proposal and its options, he is the ideal recipient." The jury members of the Follow Your Convictions grant were Nicole Aeby (Switzerland) head of photography die Schweizer Journalistenschule, Martin Bachmann (Switzerland) CEO Maurice Lacroix, Philippe Dudouit (Switzerland) photographer, Michiel Munneke (the Netherlands) managing director World Press Photo and Daniel Schwartz (Switzerland) photographer.

Michiel Munneke said, "World Press Photo aims to support professional photography on a wide international scale. We are also increasingly looking into ways of providing direct incentives to stimulate important new work for which it would be difficult to find funding. I am very pleased Maurice Lacroix makes it possible for us to support the further development of a strong idea by an award-winning photographer and, in this way, to let him follow his convictions."

Maurice Lacroix is the official watch partner of the World Press Photo Awards Ceremony. In addition to the grant, the partnership also entails the presentation of a special edition watch to the first prize winners of each category during the Awards Ceremony.

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