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.


In 2019 The jury has chosen the work by the Hungarian student Dániel 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.
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.
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In the last ten 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, Jaro Žiak, Damas Gruška, Reiner Riedler, Evžen Sobek and Zuzana Lapitková. Together with the ON Award, an original piece by the ceramist Simona Janišová, the winner is automatically granted the possibility to present new work at the solo exhibition during the next year of the festival of contemporary photography OFF Bratislava.


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.