Richard Ansett – United Kingdom
Overall winner of Photographic Art at the 7th Arte Laguna Prize Richard Ansett is recognised for a relentless passion for the medium as a vital and present art form for the examination of self and society. His practice embraces all work that challenges what he considers the reductive narrative of conventional documentation. A mental health advocate, committed to person centred and gestalt practices and a Samaritan volunteer for 18 years supporting the most vulnerable in society, his work is deeply affected by an empathy founded in realism. He writes, curates, talks and mentors, collaborating in the production of new work that responds to the realities of peoples lives. He is a passionate defender of art as an essential medium offering a voice to the voiceless and recognising the enormous value of being seen and heard.