What are the criteria for your curation at Palm Studios? What are you looking for?
That’s a hard question as so much of the curation is based on what each image makes me feel. I know it sounds really cheesy but there are no “tips” on what to submit. I think Palm* has a specific aesthetic and it’s always worth looking at past years’ shortlists and photographers I feature on Palm* weekly to get an idea of what that is. When it comes to the book curation each project is very different and I work closely with photographers on the edits and sequencing.
“I discovered my love for photography in my late 20s and I didn’t really feel like I had a place within the industry. I simply wanted to build something to share and exchange with others.” – Lola Paprocka
Where there any other similar initiatives or projects that inspired you to start Palm* Photo Prize? Was there a gap in the industry that you wanted to fill?
My main inspiration was the Independent Photography Festival (IPF) run by my friend Joe Miranda in Melbourne, Australia a few years ago. I joined them in running the London edition in 2015 and after the festival finished I really wanted to continue the submission based Prize as that was my favourite part of the festival. It has evolved and changed but the core idea stayed the same – t’s for everyone and it’s free to submit!
What makes a photographer create a prize for other photographers?
I discovered my love for photography in my late 20s and I didn’t really feel like I had a place within the industry. I simply wanted to build something to share and exchange with others. The process was quite organic, it started with books and exhibitions and then came the Prize along with lots of other side little projects.