Swiss Press Photo 2018 – at Lugano Arte e Cultura


Summer Edition – by Beatrix Koch

Imagine the beautiful Swiss city, Lugano in the summer: sunshine, blue sky without a cloud, humid air and 36°C. After a walk and a ship tour around the lake you can’t have a better program than a visit to an air-conditioned museum or exhibition.

The LAC (Lugano Arte e Culture) is on the lakeside, not far from the center. It was built by architect Ivano Gianola, an exponent of the renowned Ticino School of architecture.

LAC presents the “Swiss Press Photo 18” exhibition this summer. The LAC hall hosts the best Swiss press images from the past year. An international jury chose the best photographs in six categories. The exhibition shows around 90 images. The themes: News, Daily Life, Swiss Stories, People, Sports and World.



This year the main prize, for the “Photographer of the Year” goes to a contributor to the category of People: Guillaume Perret was rewarded for his images of Daniela Mossenta, a 67-year-old from Neuchâtel recovering from breast cancer. It is part of a series titled “Daniela” and documents the therapy.


The “Daniela” series: Daniela decides to fight. The woman uses alternative therapies in addition to conventional treatment. Daughter Leana and son Lisandro are a huge support to her. “Without their unconditional love, everything would have been different”, says Daniela.


1st place “Abroad”: Alex Kühni: War of the Sniper (Series, “Tages-Anzeiger”). In the middle of the war zone in a house fight in northern Iraqi Mosul, a sniper has anchored:


2nd place “People”: Portraits from Jonathan Liechti. They are refugees in their own country: these eight people live with over a thousand others in the Nigerian village of Gurku. They escaped from the Islamist terrorist organisation Boko Haram. The refugee village is born out of an initiative by a Protestant church:


3st  place “Foreign”: Niels Ackermann: Donbass (Series, Lundi13, «Sunday View Magazine»). In Donbass, the struggle between Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian army has claimed tens of thousands of lives:



The exhibition is open from 4th July to 2nd September 2018.

#lugano #art #exhibition #swissart #swissphotoaward

ARTODU is a Swiss online art gallery, supporting emerging artist mainly from Budapest, Hungary.

Beatrix Koch is an architect and urbanist who founded ARTODU and cares about culture, art and humanity.

Photo credit: Beatrix Koch

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