Belgian photographer Nick Hannes has won the 2018 ZEISS Photography Award for his remarkable series entitled Garden of Delight, which examines the intersection of leisure and consumerism in Dubai. The award, in its third year, is an ambitious competition that challenges photographers to deliver a series of images that tell a story surrounding a given theme.
The theme of this year's competition was "Seeing Beyond – Untold Stories." It tasked artists to come up with between five and 10 images that encompass the idea of an untold story in a broad sense.
Hannes' winning series investigated the life of locals in Dubai, creating a set of images that present this massive and unconventional city from a perspective that is rarely seen. Chris Hudson, one of the members of the jury, suggested the series was notable because, "amongst the shortlist of hard-hitting and gritty reportage, it was great to see a more light-hearted, somewhat tongue-in-cheek take on an untold story."
Nine series, selected from almost 90,000 entries spanning 140 countries, were shortlisted by the judges. Other compelling stories highlighted by the shortlisted winners include Stefano Morelli's striking look at an isolated nuclear power plant in Armenia, Snezhana von Buedingen's surreal portraits of ice swimmers in Russia, and Stephanie Gengotti's strangely sublime study of French circus performers.