Upon the decision of an expert four‑member jury, the LEE Award is given to an artist for a progressive and inventive work in the field of photography and new media. The partnership, based on shared values, was established between the OFF Bratislava festival and the LEE brand. It reinforces the effort to offer optimum conditions of support and promotion. Together with the LEE Award, an original piece by the ceramist Simona Janišová, the winner will also receive a 5000 Euro prize.


Dog Days on the Chaparral is an installation comprised of photographic sculptures. The winner of the LEE Award, Hugo Teixeira, describes the artwork: “Although I define myself as both Portuguese and American, as someone who immigrated as a child, my identification as one or the other ebbs and flows. The work embodies this slipperiness in fabricated sculptures which collage images of both landscapes.”

The jury members were: Joe Bugni, Marc Ohrem-Leclef, David Pujado and Dušan Kochol.
The second LEE Award in the history of the festival was given to Turkish artist Ali Saltan for his project Araf. In the form of staged portraits, the author allegorizes as Limbo (Araf in Turkish) the state of Afghan refugees who have been waiting in a Turkish camp to be accepted by one of the Western countries. By using the deliberately chosen form of portraits on an unidentified background Saltan points out the uprooting of these people from their homeland, leaving only their hopes in the future.

The jury members were: Joe Bugni, Michael Huey, Robert Morat and Dušan Kochol.
In 2020 the jury gave the inaugural LEE Award to Soraya Zaman for the project American Boys. In their colour portraits they try to reveal the world of the transmasculine community in the United States in a supporting and sincere way. They capture their subjects, aged 18 to 35, at distinct stages of their transformation.

The jury members were: Joe Bugni, Maya Hristova, Lorena Moreno Vera and Dušan Kochol.

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