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CREA photo contest
23/24 - block 2
photo contest
theme: darkness

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: darkness


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 7 March 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 Fil
m Academy, and worked as an art consultant for a contemporary art gallery in Sydney, Australia. 


Sabrina Kamstra
head of Art Affairs at Amsterdam UMC

Sabrina is a curator and art historian. She is head of Art Affairs at Amsterdam UMC and is responsible for the art collection of over 7000 artworks and developing Amsterdam UMC's art policy. The interactions between Art & Medicine with patients, staff, students and researchers is the starting point. She regularly commissions artists, develops art education programmes for medical education and stimulates collaboration between scientists and artists.


Sabrina started as a curator at De Appel Foundation in Amsterdam and then served as Director of Cultural Affairs of the Japan-Netherlands Institute in Tokyo for a period of seven years.

She regularly gives presentations and has several publications to her name, including The Tokyo Gallery Guide, Corporate Collections Netherlands and recently the new collection catalogue 'A building that breathes art'.
She holds various administrative and advisory positions in the cultural world and is actively involved in Vereniging Bedrijfscollecties Nederland (VBCN), of which she was chairman for several years. She was a member of the Council for Culture, the Amsterdam Arts Council and advisor to the Mondriaan Fund and advisor to the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts.

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