Mateo Ruiz Gonzalez
Runner-Up | OD Photo Prize 2022
The OD Photo Prize is an annual prize devoted to discovering and nurturing the next generation of photographic artists. The Judges highly commend Runner-Up, Mateo Ruiz Gonzalez, whose project Chilluns’ Croon investigates themes of slavery, absence, remembrance and morality of African American families from Wilson, NC.
Mateo Ruiz Gonzalez is a photographer (b.1989, Bogota, Colombia) based in Brooklyn, NY. Ruiz Gonzalez was a finalist of the Aperture Portfolio Prize 2022, Film Photo Award 2022, Lucie Foundation Carte Blanche 2022 and Palm Photo Prize 2022. He is the current winner of STORIES 2022 by Photo Collective Australia, and one of the current winners of the Urbanautica Institute Awards, Passepartout Catalogue Prize, Verzasca Foto festival 2022, “Portrait of Humanity 2022” by the BJP and NYFA Fellowship Program 2022. In 2021, Ruiz Gonzalez’s work led him to be selected as one of 40 winning single images of Decade of Change organised by British Journal of Photography. He was awarded by Eyes on Main Street as one of the Resident Photographers for the program of 2021 in Wilson, NC. He is also a City Art Corps Grantee for The New York Foundation of the Arts. Ruiz Gonzalez was selected as a grantee to be part of the COVID-19 Writers Project (C19WP), a project for The Pulitzer Center and National Geographic, some of his work created for this project was included in 2020: A Year in Photos by The Pulitzer Center and is also part of Inside the Curve, a travelling exhibition by National Geographic.
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