Archive for September, 2010

Deadline September 18th: Lens Culture International Exposure Awards


Lens Culture International Exposure Awards discover, reward, and promote talented, new, emerging and established photographers from around the world.

We’re looking for exciting images from every continent, and from diverse points of view: documentary, fine art, photojournalism, street photography, nature, sports, fashion, poetic, personal, abstract and human.

An international jury of photography experts will review and judge every photo submitted.

This year, in addition to cash awards and other prizes, we’re delighted to announce that all winning photographs will be featured in well-publicized International Exposure Awards traveling exhibitions at galleries in Paris, New York and San Francisco in 2011. (Additional international gallery venues may be announced soon.) The winning photographs will also get prominent, exclusive photo features in Lens Culture, giving them access and broad exposure to an enthusiastic, influential worldwide audience.

Six photographers will win top honors (3 Portfolio Awards, and 3 Single Image Awards). Additionally, 25 photographers (from either category) will win Honorable Mention Awards.

Last year, we received over 6,000 images from photographers in 48 countries on six continents! Many of the 29 winners from 2009 continue to achieve great success with their careers — winning other awards (including two World Press Photo Awards), signing publishing contracts, getting editorial assignments, group and solo exhibitions, artists residencies, and having their work collected by institutions and private collectors around the world.

Award Categories and Prizes

All levels of emerging and professional photographers are invited to apply for these awards. Two categories of photographs will be judged:

Portfolio Awards

Submit 10 to 15 photographic images that are linked — thematically, aesthetically, as a story, or simply as a range of your photographic talent. Edit your selections carefully, since this category will be judged on the strength of the group of photographs as a whole, and not as individual photographs. Entry fee: $75.

Portfolio Category Prizes:

Grand Prize $2,500 cash
2nd Prize $1,000 cash
3rd Prize $500 cash

PLUS:

Each winning portfolio will be presented in a prominent feature article in Lens Culture (along with the photographers’ names and links to their web pages), PLUS publication in our deluxe 2010 Winner’s Catalog, AND inclusion in the International Exposure Awards traveling exhibitions — all powerful ways to get the attention of hundreds of thousands of photography lovers!

Single Image Photo Awards

Often, a single powerful photograph captures our attention as important, artistic, meaningful, and memorable. A great photo can stand on its own, demonstrating a remarkable level of visual perception, sensitivity, and creativity. Photographs of all genres and all categories are welcome. The jury will choose three cash prize winners in this category. Entry fees: $35 per image, or $60 to submit two to five images.

Prizes for Single Image Photo Awards:

Grand prize: $1,500 cash
2nd prize: $500 cash
3rd prize: $250 cash

PLUS

All Single Image Winners will be presented in a prominent feature article in Lens Culture (along with the photographers’ names and links to their web pages), PLUS publication in our deluxe 2010 International Exposure Awards Winners Catalog, AND inclusion in the International Exposure Awards traveling exhibitions.

25 Honorable Mention Awards:

25 Honorable Mention photographs (chosen by the judges from either category — Portfolio or Single Image) will win prominent placement of a single photo on the Award Winner’s Page in Lens Culture, including a link to your own personal or professional website. PLUS publication in our deluxe 2010 International Exposure Awards Winners Catalog, AND inclusion in the International Exposure Awards traveling exhibitions.

ALL winners will also be announced in the Lens Culture blog, along with a special mention in the Lens Culture email newsletter that is sent to thousands of subscribers. Prints of some of the winning images may also be eligible for sale via Lens Culture Editions, subject to an optional agreement between the winner and Lens Culture.

Submit your photos by September 18, 2010

Applicants must submit their photos to us online at: http://lensculture.slideroom.com. After you have uploaded your images and information, you will be asked to pay your submission fee of $75 for the Portfolio category, or $35 (to submit one photo) or $60 (to submit two to five photos) for the Single Image category. For good image quality and fast upload, your image files should be less than 2 MB each, and sized around 1024 x 768 pixels @ 72 ppi. Our online portal offers additional instruction for submitting work. For complete submission guidelines and rules, please see our FAQs and rules.

Winners will be announced on October 15, 2010

Prizes will be awarded, and all winning photographs will be exhibited online, prominently, to coincide with Lens Culture’s extra-special Paris Photo Edition in November 2010.

About Lens Culture

Lens Culture is one of the most popular and influential online magazines about contemporary photography today. The site attracts between 7,000 and 10,000+ unique visitors every day, from more than 50 countries (over 2.7 million visits each year). Our audience includes photography collectors, photo editors, book publishers, museum curators, art gallery owners, agents, critics, journalists, festival directors, and other passionate lovers of photography. Several artists whose photographs have gained attention as a result of their feature in Lens Culture have won book publishing contracts, solo and group art gallery shows, museum exhibitions, participation in international photography festivals, and commissions from around the world. Select artists are offered the opportunity to sell limited editions of their work through Lens Culture Editions, earning them thousands of dollars from sales to international art collectors.
Good luck!

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Deadline September 15th: “FAMILY” Photography competition sponsored by Santa Fe Workshops

This is the first competition sponsored by the Santa Fe Workshops, and winners receive the gift of education – all expenses paid trip to take a workshop in Santa Fe.  Other prized include equipment, VisualServer website and more.  Judges include a photo editor, museum director, artist among others.  Here is a link to the competition webpage:Santa Fe Photographic Workshops Photography Contest

“WIN THE WORKSHOP OF YOUR CHOICE AND BE HONORED BY LEADERS IN THE PHOTOGRAPHIC
COMMUNITY.

For many of us our families are a great source of photographic inspiration. In delight, and in heartache, they are our muse. We’re looking for images that speak of FAMILY—in all its glory, from its humor to its quiet moments of grace.

Husbands, wives, children. Parents, siblings, partners and pets. Old friends, and the new acquaintances who are instantly old friends. They are all family, and their images tell the stories of our lives.

Join our international community of photographers and share your photographs with our distinguished panel of judges. The experience will be rewarding. And the prizes are great!”

PANEL OF JURORS
We are privileged to have such an esteemed panel of jurors to view the entries and select the contest winners.
View complete details.

Brenna Britton, Deputy Photo Editor
People Magazine
Julie Blackmon, Photographer
Anthony Bannon, Director
George Eastman House
Reid Callanan, Director
Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

CLICK HERE to enter, and good luck!

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Deadline September 14th: “Natural World” competition, Susan Spiritus is Juror

Readers of this blog will know that I encourage artists to enter competitions that are judged by respected industry professionals such gallerists, curators and photo editors that can make a difference in their careers.  That said, this upcoming competition is judged by Susan Spiritus, a trusted colleague whose gallery not only has a presence at industry art fairs but has also forged a strong relationship with corporations which acquire artwork. Susan and I have worked participated at portfolio reviews together for years, and I know her to be excited about representing contemporary work to new audiences.

From the Center for Fine Art Photography’s website page for the competition, here is an excerpt (don’t forget to read terms & conditions).

THEME: Natural World

The natural world can be seen from the subatomic to the cosmic. It can be raw, powerful, serene, destructive, fertile and delicate. This exhibition will illustrate all aspects of nature.

With selection for this exhibition, featured artist’s work will be seen by an international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants and other advocates of fine art photography. Each participant will be included in the Center’s Main Gallery exhibition and Online Gallery exhibition.

2 liveBooks Website Awards: Valued at $399 each, two artists will receive a one year subscription for a website from liveBooks.com

Juror’s Selection Award: $300 and a Blurb book award from Blurb.com

Director’s Selection Award: $200 and a Blurb book award from Blurb.com

Honorable Mention Award: 2 year membership and a three image submission to a call for entry at the Center.

All exhibitors are included in the Center’s online gallery


Eligibility: The exhibition is open to all photographers world wide, both amateur and professional. The Center invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate in its exhibitions.

Exhibit Prints: All accepted images submitted for exhibition must be printed and framed or mounted professionally. The Center recognizes that some work is non traditional and incorporates the framing as an integral part of the presentation. To encourage participation by photographers from around the world, the Center offers optional economical printing and framing services. Additional details will be provided upon request.


Susan Spiritus

Competition juror Susan Spiritus is the director of Susan Spiritus Gallery in Newport Beach, California. Susan Spiritus has been a leader in the field of fine art photography for over thirty years, opening the doors to her Southern California gallery in 1976 so that she could share her passion for photography with others.

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Opening September 10th in Albuquerque: “Desire for Magic: PATRICK NAGATANI 1978-2009″

From an e-blast from Patrick advising of his forthcoming retrospective exhibition and publication (CONGRATULATIONS PATRICK!!!)

Desire For Magic: Patrick Nagatani 1978-2008

On view September 10 to December 19, 2010, University of New Mexico Art Museum

Opening Reception:  September 10, UNM Art Museum, 5-7pm

“The University of New Mexico Art Museum is honored to present the retrospective Desire for Magic: Patrick Nagatani 1978-2008. This project is the first comprehensive exhibition of the many and varied projects of New Mexico-based photographer Patrick Ryoichi Nagatani who has worked as a photographer and artist since the 1970s. It will include examples from his Nagatani/Tracey Polaroid Collaborations, the Japanese American Concentration Camp portfolio, Nuclear Enchantment, Novellas, Nagatani/Ryoichi Excavations, Chromatherapy series; and the large-scale masking tape works, Tape-estries. This exhibition is the first to bring together these tour-de-force seminal projects.

The book:

Desire for Magic: Patrick Nagatani 1978-2008, edited by Michele M. Penhall, foreword by E. Luanne McKinnon, with essays by Jasmine Alinder, Kirsten Pai Buick, Barbara Hitchcock, Kathleen Stewart Howe, Ruthie Macha, Maria Antonella Pelizzari, and Michele M. Penhall.

The distinctive monograph is the first publication to survey the major photographic campaigns Patrick Nagatani (b. 1945) has completed during his long and still unfolding career. It includes seven critical essays by distinguished scholars each addressing a specific project from a unique perspective, a comprehensive bibliography and exhibition history, and previously unpublished texts significant to particular projects.  With 122 color plates and five gatefolds, the book provides for the reader, an opportunity to see the breadth and range of Nagatani’s color photography, and to see into the elaborately constructed worlds of his imagination.

University of New Mexico Art Museum, 2010, 260 pages, 122 color plates, hardcover 12” X 12”, $75.00 and available through UNM Press or at the Museum Book Shelf.   ISBN: 978-0-944282-32-8

(Available beginning of September-coming in from Malaysia…edition of only 2000)

(for more)

http://unmartmuseum.unm.edu/ http://www.desireformagic.com/

If you have a hard time getting the book…you can contact Patrick directly by e-mail. pnagatani@earthlink.net”

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Early Bird rate extended through tomorrow, September 3rd, for En Foco’s 9/25 portfolio review in NYC

From En Foco’s event page:

Portfolio Review Sessions – September 25, 2010
“This En Foco program offers one-on-one reviews with several arts professionals on the same day, in a supportive, nurturing and affordable environment. Reviewers can advise about opportunities and/or provide guidance on career development. This is an outstanding opportunity for ALL photographers to have their work critiqued by curators, editors, educators and other arts organizations.

Whether you’re ready for Chelsea galleries, or just looking for feedback and advice, we have reviewers to suit all needs – you just have to be serious about your craft (call if you have questions). In between sessions, you’ll be able to relax in the photographer’s creative lounge and share your work with peers.

This workshop is only available to current En Foco Members (ALL are welcome to join). Each review session lasts for 20 minutes; photographers are guaranteed a minimum of three reviews and receive a ‘gift bag.’ Upon registration, participants will receive an article written by photo marketing expert Mary Virginia Swanson, on how to best prepare themselves for the Review. Read her new blog article, Assessing the Value of Attending Portfolio Review Sessions.

Reviewer´s will be added on a daily basis. To REGISTER, click here.

Those reviewers confirmed to date (8/14/10) are:

  • Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, El Museo del Barrio
  • Elizabeth Avedon, Independent Curator/Consultant (pm session)
  • Florian Bachleda, Latina Magazine
  • Kalia Brooks, Independent Curator
  • Song Chong, Magnum Photos
  • Mary Ann Fahey, Umbrella Arts
  • Elizabeth Ferrer, Director of Visual Arts, BRIC / Rotunda Gallery
  • Hannah Frieser, Light Work
  • Rosie Gordon-Wallace, Diaspora Vibe Gallery
  • Lisa Henry, Independent Curator, CA
  • Michael Itkoff, Daylight Magazine
  • Danielle Jackson, Magnum Photos
  • Stella Kramer, Photography Consultant
  • Lesley Martin, Aperture
  • Ruben Natal San-Miguel, ARTmostfierce Editor & Independent Curator
  • Saul Robbins, Photographer, Consultant & former board of CCNY
  • Ariel Shanberg, Center for Photography at Woodstock
  • Yukiko Yamagata, Open Society Institute’s Documentary Photography Project”
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    September 9th, Cambridge: “Our World at War: Photojournalism Beyond the Front Lines” Exhibition opening, and lecture by Ron Haviv

    From the Harvard Humanitarian Initiatives’ website:

    EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION

    September 9th, 2010
    4:00pm – 6:00pm
    CGIS South
    1730 Cambridge St.
    Open to the public

    Join us for the opening celebration of the  “Our World at War: Photojournalism Beyond the Front Lines” photography exhibit.

    Welcoming remarks:

    • Dr. Michael VanRooyen, Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
    • Dr. Jennifer Leaning, Director, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights
    • Dr. Steven Bloomfield, Executive Director, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
    • Deborah Jackson, CEO, Amercian Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay
    • Mary Werntz, ICRC Head of Delegation for US & Canada

    Keynote speaker:  RON HAVIV (Featured Artist) Photographer, VII Photo Agency

    Refreshments will be served.

    Please RSVP to Margeaux Fischer at mfischer@hsph.harvard.edu

    ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:

    “OUR WORLD AT WAR: PHOTOJOURNALISM BEYOND THE FRONT LINES”

    September 9th – October 14th, 2010
    CGIS South
    1730 Cambridge St.
    Open to the public

    HHI will host the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) “Our World at War: Photojournalism Beyond the Front Lines” photography exhibit from September 9th through October 14th, 2010.

    This traveling exhibit, created in partnership with the Newseum in Washington, DC, features the work of five award-winning photojournalists from the VII Photo Agency.  “Our World at War” offers powerful depictions of the impact of conflict on civilians in Afghanistan, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Georgia, Haiti, Lebanon, Liberia, and the Philippines.

    HHI will host two separate events to showcase this exhibit. Stay tuned for details!

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    Tucson, September 10th: Curator Lyle Rexer speaks at opening reception for “The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography” at the Center for Creative Photography

    from an e-blast from the Center for Creative Photography:

    In conjunction with CCP’s current exhibition: The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography

    Reception at 5 p.m., Lecture at 6 p.m.

    Image by Bill Armstrong: Mandala #450, 2003. Courtesy Clamp Art, New York

    Reception and Curator’s Lecture: Friday, September 10

    Lyle Rexer, an independent scholar, curator and educator, writes for many publications, including Parkett, Tate, etc., and is the author of The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography.  He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
    To view the outstanding website that Aperture produced for this exhibition/publication, visit:  www.aperture.org/edgeofvision
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    In conjunction with the presentation of this exhibition, the following public lectures have been planned:
    THURSDAY, October 14th, 5:30 p.m.
    Chris McGaw
    Exhibiting artist Chris McCaw will discuss his work, including his project Sunburned, which deliberately exposes photographic paper to light over long periods to encourage burning. McCaw lives and works in San Francisco, exhibits widely, and is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
    and

    THURSDAY, November 4th, 5:30 p.m.

    Barbara Kasten
    Exhibiting artist Barbara Kasten will discuss her work, which explores the interplay between light and form. Kasten teaches photography at Columbia College, Chicago, exhibits internationally, and is represented in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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