The Somfy Photography Award team is very pleased to announce the 8 finalists of the Somfy Photography Award 2022. Congratulations to Fab Rideti (B), Victor Hübner (D), Popel Coumou (NL), Jeremy de Backer (F), Petra Noordkamp (NL), Nathalie Daoust (CAN), Bas Losekoot (NL) and Chantal Heijnen (NL).
The theme of this edition is Back Home. The work of the nominees will be exhibited at the ‘Fotomuseum aan het Vrijthof’ in Maastricht (the Netherlands) during the fall of 2022. We are very proud on the new partnership between Somfy and the ‘Fotomuseum aan het Vrijthof’.
Jeremy De Backer
The theme of the Somfy Photography Award 2022 is BACK HOME.
The Somfy Group uses invisible technology to ensure the well-being and comfort of building users. Somfy also ensures that these buildings are powered in a sustainable way. Comfort, well-being and sustainability are the three most important qualities that Somfy realises in buildings. They are The Art of Somfy and the most important of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
Somfy 2021/2022 Photography Award
The proven and sustainable technology Somfy implements to and in residences and non-residential buildings contributes to the well-being and comfort of the occupants. It has been shown that people feel happier and more comfortable in buildings that are equipped with Somfy technology. Users of these buildings have higher job satisfaction, are more productive, feel healthier, are better able to concentrate, and have decreased absenteeism due to illness. This also has a major positive impact on residents, patients, travelers, and other people who use these buildings for shorter or longer periods of time. In this way, Somfy brings about significant improvements to the living environment in buildings.
Theme for 2022
“Back Home” is obviously a highly topical theme. By necessity, the home has very much been our focus over the past period. It’s the place where most of us have spent much more time than ever before sleeping, eating, working, doing leisure activities and even spending holidays. This period, where we have been completely dependent on the ‘home’, is slowly ending as society is gradually returning to what we used to call ‘normal life’.
Each person has experienced and gone through the past period in their own individual way. What is it like to be at home? Or to not have a home that offers shelter and protection where you can safely retreat? What does it mean to us to be ‘at home’, how will we remember it? How do people experience the feeling of ‘home’ and how can we convey it in relation to our well-being, protection, and comfort? How does ‘home’ feel, what’s happening there and how does it look?
More than ever, people have come to realise just what work means to them, and consequently, many have become more aware of how comfort and well-being during working hours can impact productivity.
“Back Home” as a theme for the Somfy 2022 Photography Award will be visualized for this photography exhibition by eight selected photographers, whose work should also recognise the core competences Somfy realises in residences and non-residential buildings, i.e. Comfort, Well-being and Sustainability. Each contestant will picture this in their own unique way. The 2021/2022 Somfy Photography Award selection committee would like the candidate participants to give voice to the theme in an individual project proposal.
The photos on display at the final exhibition will be judged by an independent jury.
The “Back Home” photo exhibition will be on display from September through December 2022 at the Fotomuseum in Maastricht (the Netherlands).
The Somfy Photography Award: www.somfyphotographyaward.com is an initiative of Somfy Nederland.
Fotomuseum aan het Vrijthof is a privately owned museum that features the work of a variety of photographers of national or international fame every six months. This is usually combined with an engaging programme with activities that are especially geared towards young people. What all their expositions have in common is that they comprise elements of social relevance. Besides, they always offer room for experiment, both online and offline, and for new crossovers within the cultural scene. Activities may also take place on other locations in the city, where a wide audience is treated to surprising experiences and exciting interdisciplinary art expressions in an atmospheric setting.
More info on: fotomuseumaanhetvrijthof.nl
Somfy is a publicly listed company with branches in more than sixty countries worldwide. Somfy develops, manufactures, installs, and maintains unique equipment for a range of purposes including light transmission in buildings. This technique is unique and ubiquitous; its effects are obvious but often invisible. To bring it into sharper focus, talented photographers working in Europe were invited to create a photographic portrayal of what Somfy creates, based on their own individual project motivations around the theme of BACK HOME.
Exhibition and award ceremony
The Somfy Photography Award (SPA) 2022 with new work by the eight nominated photographers will be exhibited in Maastricht (NL). The candidates will work on new photo’s based on the BACK HOME theme. The work they are creating for the Award will be submitted and brought together in a group exhibition at the Fotomuseum aan het Vrijthof Maastricht (NL) in the last quarter of 2022 (October/December). From this collection, a jury of experts will choose a first and second place winner. The prizes are fifteen thousand and ten thousand euros respectively. The nominees will receive € 2,000 each to cover production expenses for the creation of their new work.
Announcement of the winners
The winners will be announced at the Fotomuseum Maastricht during the official opening of the exhibition in October 2022, where the photos of all the nominees will be on display in the Somfy Photography Award 2022 BACK HOME exhibition.
“Somfy is working on innovative, technical products that operate everything related to natural light and light management in buildings, thus contributing to the comfort and well-being of people, even though they are mostly unaware of it. And yet, people are at the heart of the development, production, and application of our technology, which is also what we want to communicate with unique photographic images that showcase our technology to those who use it in an inspiring way. With the launch of the Somfy Photography Award, we’ve created an international photography platform and, thanks to our collaboration with the Fotomuseum Maastricht, we are looking forward to an optimal result.”
Sven van Witzenburg (CEO Somfy Nederland BV).
Comfort, Well-Being, Sustainability:
The Art of Somfy
It has been shown that people feel happier and more comfortable in buildings that are equipped with Somfy technology. That’s because the technology that Somfy develops and implements in public buildings ensures the comfort of the people who use them, thanks to excellent light and temperature control. Users of these buildings have higher job satisfaction, are more productive, feel healthier, have decreased absenteeism due to illness, and are better able to concentrate. This also has a positive impact on employees, school and university students, patients, travelers, and other people who use these buildings for shorter or longer periods of time.
Overall, this means that Somfy offers comfort, well-being and sustainability. These physical, emotional and mental values are fundamental concepts in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.