Ilvy Njiokiktjien awarded Silver Camera 2013

Robin de Puy wins National Portrait Prize 2013, Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen win Canon Prize 2013

The Silver Camera Award 2013 is the foremost prize for press photographers in the Netherlands. At this afternoon’s festive award ceremony at the Hague Museum of Photography, it went to Ilvy Njiokiktjien (b. 1984), a photojournalist who has often focused on South Africa. Her photograph of the final honours paid to Nelson Mandela was submitted in the Foreign News category and selected from over 10,000 entries as the best press photo of 2013. Njiokiktjien is the first woman ever to win the Silver Camera Award (established in 1949).

Ilvy Njiokiktjien was returning from South Africa to the Netherlands on the very day Nelson Mandela died. When she heard about his death, she decided to fly straight back to attend the funeral and record the atmosphere in the country. Her winning picture shows the streets of Pretoria with people crowding the roadsides to see Mandela’s funeral cortege pass by and to pay their respects. The jury felt the young winner had captured the essence of this worldwide news story: a mixture of mourning and gratitude for South Africa’s first black President. It thought her entry was an ingenious photograph taken at the right place and time to communicate the various levels of what was happening. In 2008 Njiokiktjien won first prize in the National Geographic Photography Contest and during last year’s Fotoweek she was appointed National Photographer of the Netherlands (a photographic equivalent to the Poet Laureate).

Robin de Puy (b. 1986) winner of the Dutch National Portrait Prize 2013
Since winning the Photo Academy Award in 2009, Robin de Puy has been regarded as a leading light in the field of Dutch photojournalistic portraiture. The 28-year-old photographer had not just one, but two portraits nominated this year. Her winning portrait of An-Sofie Kesteleyn in moody black-and-white is a sympathetic, natural portrait of a fellow photographer who has recently suffered a serious illness. By contrast, her portrait of Eva Jinek features eye-catching bright colours and is heavily stylized, with a strongly decorative graphic quality. The jury reported that “If you can show two such diametrically opposed examples of what a good portrait can be and do it to such a high standard, you are entitled to call yourself a versatile photographer”.

Rob Hornstra (b. 1975) and Arnold van Bruggen (b. 1979) win Canon Prize 2013

This is the fourth year that the Canon Prize for Innovative Photojournalism has been awarded. The Silver Camera Foundation intends the prize to encourage and reward innovative forms of narration and presentation within photography. The most innovative of all the entries in 2013 was Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen’s The Sotchi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus.

The jury finds the term ‘wide-ranging’ almost inadequate to describe this project, which has managed to maintain keen public interest over many years and reached completion in 2013. “It is a consistently stylish multimedia assemblage comprising an exhibition, a book, a website, many articles and other publications. An exemplary project, it offers numerous lessons for contemporary photographers and mediamakers: how to go on telling urgent stories in an independent way in today’s world; how important it is to engage in collaborations that recognize and acknowledge partners’ professional expertise; and how an entirely personal note can be struck and maintained within a large-scale multimedia project.”

The winning pictures and other nominated photographs will remain on show at the Hague Museum of Photography until 6 April 2014. Thereafter, they will move to venues in Assen, Naarden and elsewhere.

Caption for winning photograph, Silver Camera Award 2013:
Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Nelson Mandela passes through the streets of Pretoria. People in Pretoria crowd the roadside to see Nelson Mandela’s funeral cortege pass by and to pay their respects to South Africa’s first black President. 12 December 2013.

Note to editors: Further information available from Brigitte Timmermans, +31 (0)70 3381 137 /06 41229772 (Hague Museum of Photography,, or Monique van Gool, Silver Camera Foundation, +31 (0)6 - 2365 7589,

All the nominated photographs can be viewed on

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    Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Nelson Mandela door de straten van Pretoria. In de straten van Pretoria staan mensen massaal langs de weg om de kist van Nelson Mandela te zien passeren en de laatste eer te bewijzen aan de eerste zwarte president van Zuid-Afrika. 12 december 2013.