Tempocolor Festival - Featured Artist
"This year’s winner Johnny Miller was, however, not a difficult choice. His project, ‘Unequal Scenes’. brings a new visual vocabulary to an issue we are all aware of. These are powerful aerial images confirming something we sense but often turn our back on – the painfully close proximity within which wealth and poverty co-exist, the blatant inequalities that society does little to redress."
- Dewi Lewis, juror, Center Launch Awards
"Photographer/activist Johnny Miller has developed a very clever, fresh strategy to make us aware of the still startling divide among rich and poor, white and black, in post-Apartheid South Africa. By using a drone to photograph social/geographical borderlines in multiple communities, he delivers the information with instant clarity and visual impact. And by writing compelling, fact-filled captions for each photograph, he encourages deep reading and understanding about the current state of affairs and inequality in these still-divided communities."
- Jim Casper, Editor-In-Chief, LensCulture
"Johnny’s application of drone photography to the [Slumscapes] project broke new ground for the Thomson Reuters and thisisplace.org, offering fresh and compelling new views of the difficulties facing communities who live without security of tenure as well as highlighting some of the entrepreneurial and vital contributions of global informal economies. Slumscapes has been widely shared in publications world wide, including the New York Times, L’Internazionale and many others."
- Paola Totaro, Place editor, for Thomson Reuters Foundation, London
"Unequal Scenes has garnered significant attention in our office – it achieves an undeniably real, objective portrayal of inequality in South Africa. Personally, I haven’t seen anything else quite like it. Our bureau is publishing an in-depth study on forward-looking economic policies that combat the problem of inequality in Africa. We would be delighted to feature photos from Unequal Scenes towards raising awareness of the challenge of inequality in Africa.”
– James Neuhaus, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Regional Bureau for Africa, in New York
“There’s nothing that can substitute for the the force and the impact of these images to illustrate one of the key images that we as a South African nation face. And that is to deal with the legacy of apartheid spatial planning.”
- Andries Nel, South Africa’s Deputy Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
"Your photographic and video account of unequal scenes across the world is the most vivid and challenging illustration of what exactly we are up against as urban planners, as it moves beyond mere maps and satellite images”.
- Dr. Elizabeth Barclay, Chief Town and Regional Planner, Development Planning Intelligence Management and Research, Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Western Cape Government