Once each year, the BFF – aka the Professional Association of Freelance Photographers and Film Creators – offers a one-of-a-kind scholarship to promote twelve participants with BFF mentors, including illustrious names such as DARIUS RAMAZANI, MONICA MENEZ, KATJA RUGE, MAXIMILIAN KÖNIG, STEPHAN LUCIUS LEMKE, ASJA CASPARI, TOBIAS HABERMANN and KAI UWE GUNDLACH, as well as multiple-day workshops culminating in an awards ceremony in the beautiful Baltic Sea resort Zingst, followed by an exhibition tour.
This year’s theme is ‘And then everything was blue’. BFF is looking for the twelve best young photography talents with inspiring perspectives of the world of tomorrow. Awaiting the participants chosen by the expert jury is a unique BFF photographer mentoring program, € 1000 in production funding, multiple-day workshops, prizes from EIZO and ADOBE, as well as presentation at the exhibition premiere in gallery quality produced by Whitewall in cooperation with Epson, the awards ceremony, the promotion awards magazine and plenty of media attention!
“Back when I was the BFF Chairman, I already loved the days in Hamburg and Zingst, when all of the participants and mentors would come together, work on the concepts, exchange ideas, cook together in the evening and spend an intensive time with one another,” Darius RAMAZANI tells GoSee.
This year’s jury is made up of Alice Feja (Head of Art Buying, Kolle Rebbe), Anna Gripp (Photonews), Simone Gutberlet (Head of Art Buying, C3 Creative Code and Content GmbH), Prof. Dr. Markus Hilgert (Secretary General of the Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States), Sebastian Lux (F.C. Gundlach Foundation), Götz Schleser (Photographer, BFF Chairman), and Edda Fahrenhorst (Curator of horizons zingst Environmental Photo Festival).
The works by the new finalists will be produced by BFF main partner Whitewall in cooperation with EPSON and presented at the opening weekend of horizons zingst Environmental Photo Festival from 20 – 29 May, 2022. During which the three winners will also be awarded.
Eligible for application through 14 November, 2021, are students of Photography, Photo Design, Communication Design, Visual Communication and Liberal Arts in the fourth semester or higher, as well as freelance photography assistants, with at least two years and a maximum of four years of experience assisting, from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Applicants can be no older than thirty years of age. Further information is available via BFF. In charge of the competition are BFF members Sonja Hofmann and Götz Schleser.
Jonas UNGER c/o BIRD PRODUCTION photographed actor and Swedish Kyokushin Master Dolph Lundgren for CDLP MOBILITÉ. The Sportswear Essentials Collection is made from recycled and organic materials. CDLP Art Director Christian Larson chose the Swedish actor because of his experience of life, philosophy and his commitment to strengthening the mind as much as the body : “He’s truly the antithesis of traditional masculinity, he is humbly self-aware, connected to his emotions, peacefully confident, inspirational, and aspirational.”
The campaign and lookbook were photographed on a sunny day in Marbella, where the Hollywood star has lived for several years. Dolph Lundgren gained international fame in the role of Soviet boxer Ivan Drago in Rocky IV – The Fight of the Century. He then appeared in numerous action movies, directed and wrote a fitness book.
Before that, Jonas UNGER c/o BIRD PRODUCTION had the chance to stage pop icon Sébastien Tellier for Swedish menswear label CDLP (GoSee NEWS).
About – CDLP was founded in 2016 to revolutionize men’s underwear, launching a new generation of products crafted with intention and purpose. Today, CDLP is a design house of focused luxury essentials in the categories of underwear, tops, swim- and poolwear, performance, and home. Developed with innovation in Sweden, the line is consciously manufactured in Europe using future-proof materials.
GoSee : cdlp.com & bird-production.com
Yendry Cony Fiorentino, aka Yendry, is a Dominican-Italian singer and songwriter. Yendry first became popular in Italy in 2012 thanks to her participation in the sixth edition of X Factor Italy, which brought her a record deal with Sony Music Italy.
On 15 April, 2021, she was among the performers at the Latin American Music Awards 2021. And on 7 June, 2021, she was nominated as Best New Artist at the MTV Millennial Awards 2021. Her Spotify profile has meanwhile more than twelve million streams.
Mathilde BRESSON c/o ALYSSA PIZER MANAGEMENT photographed the singer for the label TRUE RELIGION.
True Religion : “All eyes on Yendry – the Afro-Latina pop artist serves unconventional style at her own tempo. Yendry speaks the language of self love and staying true to your most authentic self. In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, we tapped into the wisdom of Afro-Latina pop artist Yendry – our minds set on learning what provokes her unconventional style and unapologetic attitude towards life, music, and why making mistakes is better than not trying at all. The vibes were good, the conversation was even better.”
The American fashion label True Religion Apparel Inc. was founded in 2002 by the couple Denn Jeffrey and Kim Lubell. The first True Religion store opened in Los Angeles in December 2002.
GoSee : truereligion.com/stories/yendry & alyssapizer.com