A New Gaze

Vontobel Contemporary Photography Prize

A New Gaze – a new perspective.  The sponsorship prize for young contemporary photography aims to open up new perspectives. We seek out talent and promote new photographic work.

The joint project from the Vontobel Arts Commission and freelance curator and consultant Urs Stahel extends our commitment to contemporary photography.

Each year, A New Gaze looks for photographers on a different continent who use their lens to reflect our current environment and open up new perspectives on a particular issue. With the support of those who know the local scene, we discover little-known talents. Vontobel enables the winner to realize the submitted project from concept through to exhibition. The prize is worth CHF 20,000.


A New Gaze 2018: Kelvin Haizel

New Gaze 2018 is dedicated to young African photography, focusing on the theme of "Identity". Kelvin Haizel (born in Ghana in 1987) is the winner, with his project "Desperately Seeking Forevers II", which will take him to the Comoros archipelago in the Indian Ocean.


New Gaze 2017: Eva O'Leary

The subject of A New Gaze 2017 was Security/Insecurity, which is not only affecting changes in the finance sector, but also geopolitically and sociopolitically. Eva O'Leary’s (b. 1989, United States) submission made a great impression on the Vontobel Arts Commission and she was charged with realizing her project «Concealer».