Photo series about sinking Jakarta wins 1st prize in Dutch photo competition

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Photographer Cynthia Boll has taken first prize in the 2018 ‘Zilveren Camera’ (silver camera) Foreign Documentary category, with a photo commissioned by Witteveen+Bos for the book ‘Banjir Banjir’. The prize was presented on Friday 1 February in the presence of the King. The Zilveren Camera is the Dutch prize for photojournalism and documentary photography, awarded since 1949. The Zilveren Camera is intended to improve the quality of photojournalism in the Netherlands, an aim stemming from its founders in 1949. The prize is a fantastic platform for Cynthia, but also for the increasingly urgent theme of subsidence.

Vote for the public award

For the first time, this year the public is also invited to nominate their favourite photo for the Zilveren Camera. The photo with the most votes will win the Zilveren Camera Public Award. Cynthia’s photo, entitled, ‘Sinking Cities Jakarta’, has also been nominated for the Public Award. Casting your vote helps to bring both the subject and the project to the attention of a wider audience. Voting is open until 24 March. The winner will be announced on 30 March.  For more information and voting, please visit