Established by The Photographers’ Gallery in 1996, the prize is awarded to a body of work which has significantly contributed to photography in Europe during the competition year.

Competing for the 2015 prize are projects by Nikolai Bakharev, Zanele Muholi, Subotzky & Waterhouse and Viviane Sassen. As diverse as ever, the shortlist ranges from Bakharev’s images capturing Russian bathers on public beaches in the 80s and 90s – a time when photographs of nudity were forbidden – to Sassen's experimental abstract photography, presented alongside specially-commissioned poems.

South Africa is a shared point of focus for the remaining finalists; Muholi's portraits and testimonies of the nation's LGBTI community document inscrutable discrimination and violence, while Subotzky & Waterhouse present a, ‘photo/graphic’ album that uncovers the history of an abandoned high-rise apartment block in Johannesburg, once the home of society's elite.

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