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CREA photo contest
23/24 - block 1
photo contest
theme: (dis)appearances

Every season, at the end of the course block, we organise a photo contest as a finale to our photography courses.


The theme the teachers have decided on this season is: (dis)appearances


Two kinds of prizes will be awarded:

  • There is an audience award of which the winner wins a rent credit worth €100 at Budgetcam.

  • The winner of the jury award will receive a free 10-week CREA course of their choice.

The winning photos will also be displayed in large format in CREA's main hall for an entire course block!


There are two ways in which you can cast your vote on the nominees for the audience award: 

  • Via the poll: below you can find the nominees. Use the poll widget to cast your vote for your favourite photograph. 

  • On Instagram: pick your favourite with our Insta-story polls. (will be posted on Thursday 30 November 15:00 hrs)


photo contest
Our jury made a selection of 10 nominees from all the entries from this course block, from which they themselves chose a jury winner and from which the public may choose an audience winner.

We hereby introduce our panel:
Dennis van Galen
CREA director

Dennis has been the director of CREA since the end of 2019. He was previously head of artistic affairs at Adelheid Roosen's dynamic theatre organisation and before that, he was director of Youth Theatre Hofplein in Rotterdam and even managed to get a youth performance to Lowlands.

Art education is a connecting factor in his career. For instance, he was artistic director of the Theatre teacher programme at the Amsterdam Academy of Theatre and Dance. Dennis was a (guest) teacher at various conservatoires, theatre schools in the Netherlands and abroad, the Dutch Film Academy, and worked as an art consultant for a contemporary art gallery in Sydney, Australia. 


Julia van Mourik
director of The One Minutes Foundation
and Lost & Found

Julia van Mourik has built up enormous experience in the cultural sector. As director of The One Minutes Foundation, she leads the platform for experimental video art that works closely with various arts education institutions in the Netherlands and internationally. And as director of Lost & Found, she leads the artist salons: an eclectic mix of visual art, video, performance, outsider art, amateur art, music, literature, design, science and more.
She is a member of the Supervisory Board of CREA, member of the Advisory Committee Presentatieinstellingen of The Council for Culture, Member of the Advisory Committee on Documentary of NPO Fonds, chair of the Advisory Committee on Project Subsidies for Culture of the city of Utrecht and advisor to Amsterdam Fund for the Arts.

Before that she was, among other things, financial director of Top Publishers, which publishes the magazines Fantastic Man and The Gentle Woman, and executive editor of Re-Magazine. She held advisory and board positions for, among others, the Amsterdam Art Council, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, city of Amsterdam, Mediafund, Netherlands Architecture Fund, Netherlands Film Fund, Reykjavík International Film Festival and Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale.
Julia van Mourik studied Publicity and Culture in Amsterdam and did residencies at Raid Projects Gallery in Los Angeles and Townhouse Gallery in Cairo.


Photo: Anuschka Blommers and Niels Schumm for Re-Magazine


Julia van Mourik Anuschka Blommers  Niels Schumm for Re-Magazine.jpg
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