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MVS MARKETING BLOG MOVED to www.mvswanson.com!

To my readers:

I am pleased to tell you that I have merged my blog into my updated website. On my new homepage you will see the three most recent blog posts, as well as being able to navigate through the blog categories directly at any time.   You will also easily find “PLANNING AHEAD: Industry Events of Note” as its own category, as well as my event calendar “MVS ON THE ROAD” prominently featured on the new website.  Click here now:

www.mvswanson.com

I’m sure you will find the new combined blog AND website an even greater resource!

Thanks so much for visiting the past five years, and hope you will bookmark my new website.

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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!

Lens Culture International Exposure Awards
2010 Prize and Traveling Exhibition Sponsors:

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Deadline Aug. 27th: Silver Eye Center for Photography Fellowship 2010: Call for Entries

From a Silver Eye Center For Photography e-blast:


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“SILVER EYE CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

FELLOWSHIP 2010: CALL FOR ENTRIES
INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
Juror: Deborah Klochko, Executive Director,
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego
Postmark Deadline for Entries: Friday, August 27, 6 p.m. EST

PITTSBURGH, Pa., 7/14/10 – Silver Eye Center for Photography, the region’s only non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to photography, is pleased to announce Fellowship 2010, their 11th annual international photography competition. Deborah Klochko, Executive Director of the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, California, will jury the competition.

The competition is open to all international photographers, as well as Silver Eye members. Two Fellowships are being awarded. The first carries a $3,500 award and is open to all eligible photographers. The second award, new in 2010, is open only to Pennsylvania residents and carries a $1,500 award. Both winning artists’ work will be exhibited at Silver Eye in late November 2010.

Submissions are limited to ten images from a cohesive, exhibition-ready body of work and must have been completed within the past three years. Submitted images may not have been previously exhibited at the Silver Eye Center for Photography (onsite or online). The entry fee is $55, but the fee is waived for members of Silver Eye at the $35 student level and the $70 level or above.

Please visit silvereye.org/exhibitions under the “Exhibition Opportunities” tab for further details on how to submit. PDF forms can be downloaded from the website. Entries must be postmarked or delivered on or before Friday, August 27, 2010 at 6 p.m. and be complete upon submission. Please mail or deliver to:

Fellowship 2010 Competition
Silver Eye Center for Photography
1015 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203 USA

About the Juror: Deborah Klochko

Deborah Klochko became Executive Director of the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego in 2007. Prior to joining MoPA, Deborah served as a private consultant; as the Executive Editor of see, an award-winning journal of visual culture; and as founder of Speaking of Light: Oral Histories of American Photographers. Formerly the Director of The Friends of Photography in San Francisco, she has also worked at George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, in Rochester, New York and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Deborah holds an M.A.T. in Museum Education from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and an M.F.A. in Photographic Studies from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York.

About Silver Eye Center for Photography

For the past 30 years, the Silver Eye Center for Photography has played a unique and valued role in the region’s cultural landscape and earned a national reputation as one of the country’s pre-eminent photography centers. Our mission is to advance understanding, appreciation and active engagement with contemporary photography as a vital form of creative expression and as an educative force in communicating the diverse values, histories and issues that shape and influence our lives.

Silver Eye Center for Photography is generously supported by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Fine Foundation, The Grable Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Henry John Simonds Foundation, The Massey Charitable Trust and Anonymous.

Silver Eye Center for Photography is located at 1015 East Carson Street in the South Side of Pittsburgh. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, please call 412-431-1810 or visit www.silvereye.org.”

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Deadline September 1st: Tracey Baran Award given to an emerging female US citizen

The Tracey Baran Award

Oasis, © Tracey Baran, 2004
Courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks+Projects

Oasis

The Tracey Baran Award was established to honor the memory and achievement of Tracey Baran, a young photographer who died after a short illness in 2008. This annual award, with a fellowship grant of $5000, will be given to one emerging female photographer who is a citizen of the United States.

The grant recipient will be determined by a review panel based on artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium.

The jury panel for 2010 will consist of Jen Davis, photographer; Christine Osinski, photographer; and Leslie Tonkonow, Director, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks+Projects.

This award was created by the School of Visual Arts BFA Photography Department and the Estate of Tracey Baran. It was funded by the generous artists who donated to the Tracey Baran Memorial Auction.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Application Deadline:
September 1st, 2010

Entry Fee: None

Eligibility: The contest is open to all emerging female photographers who are citizens of the United States. Emerging is defined as not having had a major solo show in a commercial gallery or museum, gallery representation or an advertising campaign.

Contact: info@traceybaranaward.org

APPLICATION

How To Apply: Go to http://www.callforentry.org, where, you will find a link to the School of Visual Arts-Tracey Baran Award application, along with step-by-step instructions on how to register, which is free and user-friendly. All entries must be submitted online; we will not process any applications we receive by e-mail or standard mail.

A completed application consists of the following information & files:

Portfolio: A portfolio of twenty image files showing representative, recent work, with text descriptions for each: artist’s name, title, year, medium, and dimensions. All images must be saved at 1920 x 1920 pixels and as standard JPEG’s. All images must be under 1.8MB and use RGB color space, preferably sRGB. Because all images must be saved at 1920X1920 pixels, you may use a black mask if the image does not fit to these dimensions. Please refer to https://www.callforentry.org/image_prep.phtml for further information.

Resume / CV

Artist Statement: The purpose of the statement is to give the review panel a better understanding of your work, while they are viewing it. Your statement should be clear, concise and relate to the portfolio you submit.

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Deadline July 1st: 2010 ArtBridge Exhibition Call for Entries for NY photographers

From the New York Foundations for the Arts website:

“2010 ArtBridge Exhibition Call for Entries
ArtBridge
(New York NY)

OPEN TO: All New York City-based emerging artists without exclusive gallery representation.

Beginning June 1st at 12:01am, ArtBridge, a non-profit arts organization that transforms overhead construction scaffolding (sidewalk bridges) into temporary exhibition space for the work of emerging artists, will open its month-long call for entries for its 2010-2011 Exhibition Year. ArtBridge intends to curate up to eight (8) exhibitions this year for which no more than 25 artists per installation will be chosen.

After a successful 480-foot inaugural installation on West Chelsea’s historic London Terrace Gardens, ArtBridge intends to bring its first-of-its kind projects to communities throughout the five boroughs, beautifying neighborhoods while giving emerging artists unprecedented exposure: all chosen work will be enlarged to billboard size, printed on eco-friendly, fade resistant material, and hung prominently outdoors from three months to one year.

Please visit www.art-bridge.org for more about the organization, to download the Submission Guidelines and upload entries directly through the website. Each applicant may submit up to three pieces for consideration and will be required to pay an entry fee of $25 for one submission, $40 for two, and $55 for three entries. If accepted there will be a participation fee of $195 (from which already-paid entry fees will be deducted).

Entries will be accepted until July 1st at 11:59PM

We look forward to seeing your innovative work and to the prospect of welcoming you to the ever-growing community of ArtBridge artists.”

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One Day Left Tracey Baran Memorial Auction

There is one day left in the Tracey Baran Memorial Auction

This auction is to help fund a grant for emerging female photographer from the US in honor of the life of Tracey Baran, who was a young photographer who died in her early thirties last year.

There is some great work for sale on the auction including work by Jack Pierson, Jonathan Torgovnik, Carrie Levy, Bill Jacobson, Brian Finke, and Elinor Carucci, among others.

From the auction website:

The Tracey Baran Memorial Auction has been arranged in order to provide proceeds for an annual grant, open by application, to an emerging female photographer from the US. It is in memory of Tracey Baran (1975-2008), as a celebration of her life and photographic work, and to encourage interest in her work by a broader public.

There is a great post about Tracy  on  the Women in Photography New York Blog as well as on the Lenscratch Blog

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This Week in NYC: Magnum Festival continues, Taryn Simon lecture at the Whitney, and Opening at JEN BEKMAN GALLERY

The Magnum Festival continues! Check the festival website for roster of events/exhibitions honoring the 60th anniversary of the founding of Magnum Photos.

At the Whitney Museum on Friday at 7 p.m.: “Curator’s Close-Up: On Taryn Simon: An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar

Senior curatorial assistant Tina Kukielski is joined by Taryn Simon for an insider’s look at Simon’s process and photos. Exposing scenes that are under the radar or behind closed doors, Simon combines text and image to render transparent that which is often opaque.

This presentation is free with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays from 6 to 9pm. Please register by visiting http://www.whitney.org. Inquiries: Email public_programs@whitney.org or call (212) 570-7715.

LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST!

Friday June 22nd, 6-8 p.m.: the opening reception for the exhibition THE NEW AMERICAN PORTRAIT at Jen Bekman Gallery, 6 Spring Street (between Elizabeth and Bowery). Participating artists include Christine Collins, Jen Davis, Ben Donaldson, Amy Elkins, Peter Haakon-Thompson, Todd Hido, Alec Soth, Brian Ulrich and Shen Wei. Read the press release for this show by clicking here.

This outstanding group show will continue through August 3rd.

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