OSLO.- Photographer Jonas Bendiksen was awarded the prestigious Prize for Photography 2009 on Friday night.
Bendiksen is the only Norwegian photographer that is associated with Magnum Photos, a collective of internationally renowned photographers, established in 1947.
"Jonas Bendiksen is a remake of the Norwegian photo traditions, particularly in the reportage genre - even if Bendiksen easily crosses the boundaries between the press, reportage and art photography," said jury chairman Erik Fuglseth.
Photography prize is for 75,000 norwegian kroners (appr $10,000) and handed out each year by the Norwegian Fagfotografers Fund (NFF). The first recipient was Morten Krogvold in 1989.