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Grand Prize Winner of PhotoVoice summer edition awards has been announced

Congratulations to Bente Stachowske, a freelance photographer based in Hamburg, Germany who picked up the grand prize at last night’s exhibition launch held at theprintspace.


The grand prize winner of theprintspace PhotoVoice Awards Summer Edition has been announced!

Bente’s work Living On The Anchor documents the lives of the anchor-outs, a community of people who live off-shore on the watery edge of Sausalito, a San Francisco city where some of the richest people of the American society reside.

“Their boats differ from one another as much as the owners do from themselves. Some boats are so cluttered that there is hardly any space for living left, while others are tidied up and clean. The people who live on these boats live their very own version of the American dream of freedom. Some want to live close to nature, others do not want or cannot afford to pay rent. People who do not get their bearings in society, who do not fit into the norm or who used to be homeless found a place to stay. Some consider the bay a permanent solution; others a temporary refuge.

When viewed from the land, the boats in the bay convey an idyllic impression. They enhance the maritime townscape of Sausalito. From this perspective it is quite difficult to get an idea of the owners and their way of life aboard. Life on water also holds everyday risks and challenges. During severe winter storms, everybody is vigilant. Boats that come off the anchor chain pose a threat to their owners and to others.

Of the more or less 100 people who lie at anchor and live in Richardson, only a few are depicted. Some residents of Sausalito welcome the anchor-outs as neighbours, many merely tolerate them and still others are bothered by them. They think of the anchor-outs as a threat and even call them freeloaders and thieves. This is why the anchor-outs community constantly worries about losing its independence.” - Bente Stachowske, Living On The Anchor

PhotoVoice is the award-winning charity which uses photography to deliver positive social change. Earlier this year, PhotoVoice and their partners - professional print lab theprintspace - launched the inaugural theprintspace PhotoVoice Awards.

This quarter’s competition theme was ‘Stories of Community’ and was judged by a panel of respected photographic experts, which includes acclaimed photographer Ben Hopper, founder of the Miniclick Photo Talks Jim Stephenson, and curator/photographer Stuart Pilkington.

Tom Elkins, CEO of PhotoVoice, said: “As with each of the previous competitions, we’ve been amazed at the quality of the submissions and the compelling stories they tell. Selecting a shortlist wasn’t an easy task for the judges, but the work from the six finalists offers a coherent collection which really highlights the theme of ‘Stories of Community’. Congratulations to all of them, and in particular Bente for her success.“

Bente, along with the 5 finalists, has her series showing in a group exhibition at theprintspace. 

The exhibition runs from today Friday 21st August until Tuesday 1st September, Monday - Friday, 9am to 7pm at theprintspace Gallery, 74 Kingsland Road, E2 8DL, London.

A selection of the finalists’ work is available to purchase online and at the exhibition via theprintspace’s new print sales platform, thehub. View the finalists’ galleries here:

We’ll be announcing the Autumn edition at the beginning of September, and the theme is ‘Stories of Encounters’. For more information, keep an eye on our blog!


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