The Dolf Henkes Prize is Rotterdam's most important award for visual artists. The biennial award is in recognition and encouragement of Rotterdam's artistic talent. The jury, headed by collector Joop van Caldenborgh, nominated the artists for a chance to win €12,000. The exhibition of the nominees took place at TENT from 27 November 2014 to 18 January 2015. The Dolf Henkes Prize 2014 nominees were Silvia B., Esther Kokmeijer, Ewoud van Rijn, and Lidwien van de Ven. On Thursday 18 December 2014 the winner was announced: Lidwien of Ven.
Lidwien van de Ven (1963), winner of the Dolf Henkes Prize 2014, focuses on hidden aspects of major political events. Her works show external elements of news pictures by drawing attention to ignored nuances and unusual details. To do this, she travels a great deal in Europe and the Middle East, often following the same path as journalists, and explores questions of representation and the operations of image perception. The landscape that she photographs is never just a landscape; it has both an ethical and an aesthetic dimension.