On Award

Upon the decision of an expert four-member jury, the ON Award is given to the best student project from the section OFF Academy. This is one of the festival's means to offer optimum conditions of support and promotion. Together with the ON Award, an original piece by the ceramist Simona Janišová, the winner is automatically granted the possibility to present the work at the solo exhibition during the next year of the festival of contemporary photography OFF Bratislava.


The fourteenth ON Awardee is Taiwanese photographer Yu-Chen Hsu from the University of Europe for Applied Sciences in Germany. Her project entitled Last serves as a time capsule of the memories of the millennial generation. A capsule that preserves non-digital images for the future when they no longer exist.

The jury members were: Tomáš Agat Błoński, Zuzana Pustaiová, Gabriella Uhl and Michaela Bosáková
The annual ON Award for 2022 and the solo exhibition opportunity went to Martina Havlová from University of West Bohemia in Pilsen for her project entitled My Coat Got Caught in Brambles. The project consists of a photo book, texts and seven pewter casts of nature products. It is primarily an invitation to perceive the passing of time, not as a line, but as a circle, symbolizing an optimistic return to the beginning.

The jury members were: Walter Bergmoser, Gábor Arion Kudász, Michaela Obermair and Zuzana Lapitková
At this, our twelfth festival, the ON Award went to Austrian artist Peter Pflügler, from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, for his personal project Now Is Not the Right Time. It is based on the long-kept secret that his father once tried to commit suicide. However, as the author himself states, the whole work grew into a reflection on secrets and the impossibility of keeping them.

The jury members were: Szilvia Mucsy, Olja Triaška Stefanović, Jan van Woensel and Zuzana Lapitková
The eleventh ON Awardee is Hungarian photographer Bence Molnár from the Rippl-Rónai Faculty of Arts and Theatre, Szent István University, Kaposvár. His black and white document Inside tries to capture the feeling of loneliness that results from schizophrenia, using a conceptual approach. At the same time, it is intended to point out that the human being is primarily a social creature.

The jury members were: Andrej Balco, Verena Kaspar-Eisert, Tomáš Pospěch and Zuzana Lapitková
In 2019 The jury has chosen the work by the Hungarian student Daniel Szalai from the Moholy‑Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest titled Stadtluft Macht Frei which uses complex visual means to comment on the urban politics of Vienna towards pigeons. At the same time, it offers a parallel to the oppression created in the world of human social groups.

The jury members were: Damas Gruska, Reiner Riedler, Evžen Sobek and Zuzana Lapitková
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 jury members were: Jana Hojstričová, Jarosław Klupś, Dita Pepe and Zuzana Lapitková
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The OFF Bratislava festival publication activity involves three volumes of the awarded series review, ON Award 2010 - 2012, ON Award 2013 - 2015 and the more extensive ON Award 2010 - 2018. 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.

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