On Award

Upon the decision of an expert four‑member jury, the ON Award is given to an artist for a progressive and inventive work in the field of photography and new media. This is one of the festival's means to offer optimum conditions of support and promotion.


Within the ninth OFF Bratislava, the jury awarded the prize ON award to the Polish student Jadwiga Subczyńska from University of Arts in Poznań. Her project titled Remorphing, Renaming, Remaining describes the formation of a new type of material by combining a civilization waste with products of the nature’s activity and asks question about the lastingness and transformation of human made artefacts.
The 2017 awardee became a Finish artist Eetu Linnankivi with his six video-portraits of young men titled Be Like A Man. The subtlety of his insight into the sensitive male soul is underlined here by an almost static video frame.
In 2016 the prize went to the Polish student Katarzyna Wojtas from the University of Visual Arts Poznan. Her installation of layered found photographs titled “I do not trust memory” materialized a vision of an archive as a living evolving entity where something new originates from something old.
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In the last seven years, the judges have consisted of renowned personalities from the world of photography: Vladimír Birgus, Michaela Bosáková, Judita Csáderová, Lucia L. Fišerová, Milota Havránková, Jana Hojstričová, Peter Homola, Šymon Kliman, Jarosław Klupś, Dušan Kochol, Bohunka Koklesová, Juraj Králik, Zuzana Lapitková, Rafal Milach, Lucia Nimcová, Michaela Pašteková, Dita Pepe, Dorota Sadovská, Pavel Maria Smejkal, Ľubo Stacho, Štěpánka Stein, Ján Strieš, Jindřich Štreit, Miro Švolík, István Virágvölgyi, Matúš Zajac and Jaro Žiak. Together with the ON Award, an original piece by the ceramist Simona Janišová, the winner is automatically granted the possibility to exhibit next year at the OFF Bratislava presenting a new series related to the current festival theme.


The OFF_festival Bratislava publication activity involves two volumes of the awarded series review, ON_award 2010 – 2012 and ON_award 2013 – 2015. Upon the decision of an expert four-member jury, the ON_award is annually given to an artist for a progressive and inventive work in the field of photography and new media.