The Winner of Vintage Grand Prix 2018 is Paulina Ząbek and her project “Vain.

“Vain” is a series of photographs that talk about Alzheimer disease. Pictures show in a symbolic way how the disease affects a human body and self-perception and the environment. The series also touches issues of memory, time lapse and family. The inspiration for the creation of photographs was the author’s grandmother, who has been struggling with the disease for many years. Photographs were made in the wet collodion technique.

The winner of 2nd prize is Piotr Rosiński with project “Entropy, void, inertia“.

The author’s work presents an aesthetic vision of the world – an individual statement about people and the modern world. A specific sense of alienation and loneliness, and at the same time a unique ability to interpret the surrounding reality is visible in all works of Piotr
Rosiński’s works are fragments and yet, perceiving them as a whole, they form a dense story giving an illusory picture of reality that must be felt and understood. They let the moment change into being in an imaginary world made of emotions. Transience, longing,
anxiety, decay-entropy, passivity-inertia, emptiness as well as sensitivity are all part of the wide spectrum of feelings and sensations that we all experience and the author himself only forces us to name them.


The winner of the 3rd prize is Arianna Ancona “La Quarta Sponda”.

The Tremiti islands have been the ideal place to detain anyone who was accused of “immoral” and “improper” behaviour, and not prosecutable by the law. During 1911, over 1300 Libyans were deported to Tremiti: the expensive prize that Lybian Resistance had to pay during the Italo-Turkish war.

The Libyan prisoners confined to the “rock” in front of Italian peninsula, exposed to a harsh wind, suffered hunger, hardship, disease and nostalgia for their homeland, they death for the extreme conditions of life.

During the Fascism the oppression of the deportees from african colonies reached levels never seen before. Confinement, deportation and the massacre of Lybian people in the italian islands during Italo-Turkish war were the pretext for aseries of international terroristic attack in the last 50 years of European and Mediterranean history.

The rugged landscapes of the islands are the metaphor of a century marked by a precarious political balance.

The documents, newspapers I’ve found in the archives and the material purchased by the Internet have become the symbols to reinterpretate those places and they take part of my project through a re-colouring process. the scans of the archive images printed and recolored using green colour to remember, to respect of the Lybian traditions.

The African prisoners death in the italian islands had a name, sentiments and the personal history that the war deleted. The people confined to the italian islands was victims of the one forced migration in the history. The “Fourth Shore” was a fascist definition of North-African Colonies, today is the promised land, an idealistic mirage of faraway and the Mediterranean sea is one of way to go to the “fourth shore”: the hope of the better future.


It was really difficult to choose winners of Vintage Grand Prix 2016, so Jury decided to give three HONORABLE MENTION:

Łukasz Szamałek “The Water Runs Deep”

Maciek Iwaniszewski “Transit Zone”

Special prize for distinguished achievement:
Marek Noniewicz “This is not Still Life”

Congratulations! Well done to all contestants!
If you want to see whole projects – come to the IV Vintage Photo Festival, October 12, 2018.

Where: Dom Towarowy „Jedynak”, Gdańska Street 15 (entrance from Dworcowa Street), 3rd floor.

Monday to Friday: 10:00 — 18:00

Saturday: 12:00 — 18:00

Entrance fee: 10PLN regular, 5PLN reduced-fare.