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And the Winner Is…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
tags: culture, europe, making sense, network, semiotics
The panel of judges – representing Semionaut editorial and the board of award sponsors Space Doctors, also including a leading academic expert on semiotics – is unanimous in declaring the winner of the Semionaut New Writers’ Award 2014:
Hannah Hoel, for her article “Is this Heaven? Reflections on Barthes and Facebook”.
Here are some quotes from the judges:
“It gets underneath and says something new about photography in the digital age – which is so ubiquitous and so commented on it’s a wonder there is anything left to say about it”.
“Very clever, relevant, on the money. A definite wow factor in the writing that sets it apart in a field of gifted and insightful analysts”.
“Telegraphic and often aphoristic. Yet, analytic and well targeted. A subjective voice makes it engaging – but general enough in its observations to make it applicable to numerous cases”.
“I thought this was remarkable, and love this line on Instagram: ‘The camera trespasses upon the living and the photograph lingers as a ruin’”.
Our thanks to everyone who entered for the high quality of work submitted. We will be contacting all the short listed writers direct with the panel’s feedback. Watch out for more pieces which will be published in due course.
Special thanks too to Space Doctors for their generosity in sponsoring the prize. And to Pavla Pasekova for her inspiration and unstinting support provided to contestants and judges from start to finish.