Success Stories

From headlining leading biennials to presenting solo shows at top cultural institutions, Aesthetica Art Prize alumni continue to demonstrate excellence across the globe.


Alec von Bargen

2019 Prize | Alec von Bargen has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Les Rencontres d’Arles.

Alinka Echeverria

2017 Prize | Echeverría is a Prix Elysée nominee. She has worked with BBC Four and shown work at LACMA, as well as MMFA, Canada.

Andre Lictenberg

2014 & 2018 Prizes | Lichtenberg has exhibited at The Barbican, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; as well as Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach.

Andrea Luka Zimmerman

2016 Prize | Andrea Luka Zimmerman is BIFA-nominee and Jarman Award-winner. She has an Arts Council Collection exhibition from 2022 until 2023.

Andrew Leventis

2021 Prize | Leventis’ recent work Contemporary Vanities has been exhibited at Mint Museum, New York in 2022. He has exhibited at APT Gallery.

Arseniy Neskhodimov

2020 Prize | Neskhodimov won the Wellcome Photography Prize in 2020, as featured in The Guardian. He has since won a BIFA, TIFA and MIFA.

Attilio Fiumarella

2016 Prize | Fiumarella won Portrait of Humanity 2020. He has been commissioned work by The Guardian, L’OBS and The Financial Times.

Baff Akoto

2022 Prize | Baff has exhibited at ICA, London and the British Film Institute. They produced QUEEN OF GLORY which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Ben Cullen Williams

2021 Prize | In 2020 Cullen Williams’ public art project A=V was unveiled in Covent Garden, which made the front page of the Financial Times.

BOY/GIRL

2018 Prize | The duo BOY/GIRL’s clients include Vogue Brazil, Vogue Arabia, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Bloomingdales, Harrods and Glass Magazine.

Caroline Burraway

2013 Prize | Burraway is the 2021 Wells Cathedral winner of the JGM Gallery Prize. She has exhibited at Venice Biennale and Saatchi Gallery, London.

Cathryn Shilling

2021 Prize | Shilling is a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. She has exhibited many times at the British Glass Biennale, Birmingham.

Chirag Jindal

2020 Prize | Jindal won the Royal Photographic Society’s Under 30s Award in 2020 and the RT Nelson Emerging Artist Award in 2019.

Chloe Rosser

2017 Prize | Rosser has shown at Open Eye Gallery, Barcelona Foto Biennale and UK Parliament. She has published a photobook entitled Form & Function.

Darren Nisbitt

2014 & 2016 Prizes | Nisbett is a Sony World Photography Awards finalist, and has been published in The Sunday Times and The Independent.

Davide Luciano & Claudia Ficca

2014 Prize | The artistic duo have since been featured in New York Times. Other features include Elle, The Independent and The New Yorker.

Ellie Davies

2016 Prize | Davies won the Magnum Awards 2017. She was the Professional Fine Art Series Winner of the 12th Pollux Awards.

Emma Hartvig

2017 Prize | Hartvig is published by Plastik, The Telegraph and Hatje Cantz Verlag. Her client list includes: Chanel, Miu Miu and Mercedes Benz.

Emmanuelle Moureaux

2017 Prize | Moureaux has created for UNIQLO and ISSEY MIYAKI. She was selected for Architizer’s A+ Awards and NOW Gallery’s 2020 commission.

Erik Deerly

2020 Prize | Deerly was a semi-finalist for the International Music Video Awards 2020, for Entropy. He also featured at Czong ICA, South Korea in 2022.

Gabriela Torres Ruiz

2016 Prize | In 2020, Ruiz became a LensCulture award-winner. She received funding from the Volkart Foundation in 2021 for her exhibition project.

Gillian Hyland

2018 Prize | Hyland’s was the Female in Focus Photography winner 2019 and ADC Annual Awards winner 2020. Her subjects include Cate Blanchett.

Giulio di Sturco

2019 Prize | di Sturco was nominated for the Prix Pictet 2019, with a show at the V&A. His photobook, Ganga Ma, has been featured in FT.

Hagar Vardimon

2015 Prize | Commissions include New York Times Magazine, Warner Bros, The Sunday Times, Elle, Wired, Allure, Urban Outfitters and JW Anderson.

Hannah Honeywill

2015 Prize | Honeywill is part of the Royal Society of Sculptors. She opened a new exhibition, Vera, with support from Arts Council England in 2021.

Henry Driver

2016 Prize | Driver has exhibited in Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Barbican. In 2021 he created a video journey project commissioned by BBC Arts.

Ingrid Hu

2015 Prize | Hu’s clients include the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the V&A Museum. She received a D&AD award in Spatial Design.

Jakob Steensen

2021 Prize | In 2020 Steensen exhibited Berl-Berl at Berghain, Berlin. He was a finalist for the Future Generation Art Prize at Venice Biennale 2019.

James Tapscott

2021 Prize | In 2021 Tapscott created a permanent public sculpture for Weiwuying City Park, Kaohsiung, Taiwan entitled Arc ZERO: Eclipse.

Jane & Louise Wilson

2019 Prize | In 1999, the duo were shortlisted for the Turner Prize. In 2020, they coordinated the Royal Academy’s 252nd Summer Exhibition.

Jasmina Cibic

2017 Prize | Cibic has works exhibited at The Louvre, Whitechapel Gallery, and MoMA. She was shortlisted for the 2018 Film London Jarman Award.

Jenn Nkiru

2019 Prize | Nkiru is a Cannes winner; her video for Beyoncé won a Grammy in 2020. She was selected for the 2019 Whitney Biennale exhibition.

John Keane

2015 Prize | Keane was Official British War Artist with Imperial War Museum. Shows include Flowers Gallery and Royal Academy, London.

Julia Fullerton-Batten

2019 Prize | Fullerton-Batten is a Hassleblad Master. Her work has been shown at ICP, Fotografiska, Open Eye Gallery and Aperture Foundation.

Julia SH

2021 Prize | SH’s was selected for the Fotografiska, New York exhibition Nude in 2022. In 2021 she won Sliver in Fine Art at Prix de la Photographie, Paris.

Julia Vogl

2011 Prize | Vogl is a member of the Royal British Sculpture Society and has hosted a TEDx Talk. Her work has been exhibited at Tate Modern, London.

Julian Day

2015 Prize | Day’s work has been presented at Tate Modern, London; Academy of Music, London; MoCA, Sydney; and MASS MoCA, Massachusetts.

Juliana Kasumu

2021 Prize | In 2021 Kasumu’s short won Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Storytelling at AFI Fest. Her short is also screening at the BFI Flare 2022.

Julio Bittencourt

2017 Prize | Bittencourts work has been published in magazines such as Foam Magazine, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and The New Yorker.

Kitoko Diva

2021 Prize | In 2021 Diva exhibited at Guggenheim Museum, New York and Tate Modern, London. She featured at the 2021 IDFF Amsterdam.

Laura Stevens

2015 Prize | Stevens was the recipient of the British Journal of Photography Award in 2018 and was a Prix HSBC Pour la Photographie finalist in 2019.

Liss LaFleur

2018 Prize | LaFleur’s exhibitions include The Tate, Reykjavik Art Museum and the Czong ICA. She is the 2020-22 Kennedy Center Citizen Art Fellow.

Liz West

2016 Prize | West’s commissions include National Trust and London Design Festival. Her work has been published in The Times and The Independent.

Lottie Davies

2015 & 2018 Prizes | Davies has been featured by the BBC and The Guardian. She has taken part in FORMAT Festival and the 209 Women exhibition.

Lucy Knox

2013 Prize | In 2019 Knox was runner up for Best Narrative Music Video at Vivid Festival in Sydney. She has shown work at MoMA, New York.

Marcus Lyon

2015 Prize | Lyon’s work has featured in British Journal of Photography, The Guardian and New York Times. His latest book I.Detroit was published in 2020.

María Molina Peiró

2019 Prize | Molina Peiró has exhibited at the Louvre and MMCA Seoul. She featured at International Film Festival Rotterdam and BFI London Film Festival.

Marie Harnett

2017 Prize | Harnett’s permanent collection locations include MoMA, New York and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.

Maryam Tafakory

2019 Prize | Tafakory has exhibited at MoMA Doc Fortnight, IFFR and BFI London. She received the Ammodo Tiger Short Award at the 51st IFFR in 2022.

Monica Alcazar-Duarte

2021 Prize | In 2021 Alcazar-Duarte was awarded a British Arts Council Grant. She is a member of the jury panel of The Royal Photographic Society.

Patty Carroll

2020 Prize | Carroll’s work has been featured in the The British Journal of Photography. She published the photobook Anonymous Women: Domestic Demise.

Peter Davis

2018 Prize | Davis is an elected member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts. In 2021, he exhibited for the John Moores Painting Prize.

Rachel Ara

2016 Prize | Ara’s work has been featured in the V&A and Barbican. In 2020 Ara won the coLAB award Women Make Sculpture commission.

Reginald Van de Velde

2018 Prize | Van de Velde has since shown work at Les Rencontres d’Arles and MMCA, Seoul. He received Aerial Photographer of the Year 2020.

Reuben Wu

2019 Prize | In 2020, Wu was selected for the Sony World Photography Awards with Lux Noctis. Selected clients include Apple, Audi, Google and IBM.

Rhea Storr

2020 Prize | Storr is an artist-in-residence at Somerset House, London. Exhibitions include the MOCA, Los Angeles and Saatchi New Sensations.

Romina Ressia

2020 Prize | Her work features in a permanent collection at the Columbus Museum of Art, USA. In 2020, Ressia won 2nd prize at the Sony Awards.

Ron Bambridge

2013 Prize | In The London Photographic Awards, Bambridge won categories Still Life, Environmental Series and Environmental Colour.

Sarah Choo Jing

2018 Prize | In 2019 Choo Jing won Gold at the PX3 Prix de la Photographie. She was a finalist for the 2020 Sovereign Asian Art Prize.

Sarah Maple

2022 Prize | Maple has been commissioned by the BBC, Harper’s Bazaar, Google Arts, Sky Arts and Saatchi Gallery. She has exhibited at Tate Britain.

Shan Wu

2021 Prize | Wu was part of the official selection for the Odense IFF, Denmark 2021, as well as the Women Make Waves IFF Taiwan 2021.

Sim Chi Yin

2019 Prize | Chi Yin is a Magnum photographer and has previously been commissioned by Nobel Peace Prize. She was nominated for the Prix Pictet.

Steve Messam

2021 Prize | In 2021, Messam was awarded Visual Artist of the Year at the Newcastle Journal Culture Awards. He collaborates with National Trust.

Suzanne Moxhay

2015 Prize | Moxhay’s work has been shown at the MIA Art Fair in Milan where she was nominated for the BNL Paribas Award. Features include the BBC.

Tadao Cern

2016 & 2017 Prizes | Cern’s features include Vice, Widewalls and Colossal. In 2019, he was featured in The Guardian’s My Best Shot photography feature.

Tania Franco Klein

2017 Prize | Franco Klein has won at the Sony World Photography Awards twice, received accolades from Lensculture and is a FOAM Paul Huf Award nominee.

Toby Dye

2016 Prize | Dye has collaborated with Netflix, Sky, Ford and the NHS, whilst producing Phobos with Ridley Scott. He has been covered in The Guardian.

Vikram Kushwah

2016 & 2018 Prizes | Kushwah is a Portrait of Britain 2018 and 2019 winner. He works for publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle.

Webb-Ellis

2017 Prize | In 2021 Webb-Ellis received a Grants for the Arts award from Arts Council England. They have exhibited at Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow.

Zoe Beaudry

2015 Prize | Beaudry featured on Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2019. She has undertaken residencies at Kriti Gallery, India and The Forge, Michigan, USA.