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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:

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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 15th: NOPA’s Clarence John Laughlin Award

From the New Orleans Photo Alliance website:

“The New Orleans Photo Alliance’s Grants

The Clarence John Laughlin Award

The Clarence John Laughlin Award was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) to support the work of photographers who use the medium as a means of creative expression. It honors the life and work of Clarence John Laughlin (1905-1985), a New Orleans photographer best known for his surrealist images of the American South. The Clarence John Laughlin Award grants one $5000 prize annually to a photographer whose work exhibits sustained artistic excellence and creative vision.

Juror

John Wood, Editor, 21st Editions

Eligibility

Both emerging and established photographers residing in the U.S. may apply.

Deadline

All required materials must be received by the New Orleans Photo Alliance between July 15, 2010 and September 15, 2010.

Application Fee

Application fee is $25.
Application fee + NOPA membership: $60.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted online only through the New Orleans Photo Alliance website.

Eligible Work

The New Orleans Photo Alliance invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to apply. Still images made from all photographic processes, both traditional and digital will be considered. There are no restrictions on subject matter or genres. Traditional, contemporary, avant-garde, creative and experimental works that include old and new processes, mixed techniques, and challenging personal and emotional statements are all welcome. Still photography or photographic techniques should be integral to the works submitted.

Work Samples

Applicants must submit a portfolio of 10-20 image files representing a cohesive body of work. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to build a strong series of images. If your work is best communicated visually by showing its physical nature, you may use one or more of the required images for installation or detail views.

Written Statements

Applicants must submit a written statement explaining their images, process and intent. The purpose of the statement is to give the juror a better understanding of your work while they are viewing it. Your statement should be clear, concise and relate to the work samples you submit. Applicants will also be required to submit a bio or resume and a brief “description of work” summary.

Judging Criteria

The main criteria for selection will be the strength of the applicant’s portfolio and written statement.

Selection and Notification

If more than 100 applications are submitted, a committee of independent curators and photographers will prescreen all submissions and select 100 portfolios to present to the juror. The juror will select a single winner. At the juror’s discretion a select number of finalists may be asked to submit a print portfolio for the final decision.  Finalists will be notified by October 1 and required to mail portfolios at their own expense by October 10.

The winner will be announced on November 1, 2010.  The recipient’s portfolio will be featured on the New Orleans Photo Alliance’s website for one year.

The New Orleans Photo Alliance will present the prize to the recipient during the Fifth Annual PhotoNOLA, held in December of 2010 in New Orleans, LA.  If the winner is unable to accept the prize in person, other arrangements will be made.

About the Juror

John Wood is an award-winning poet, critic, and photographic historian.  The Southern Review called him “the most lucid and engaging of the post-modern Southern poets.” His most recent work, Endurance and Suffering, a book of poems based on 19th Century photographs by O. G. Mason won the 2009 Gold German Photobook Prize.  Wood co-curated the landmark 1995 Smithsonian Institution Museum of American Art exhibition Secrets of the Dark Chamber, and the book based on the exhibition was a New York Times Book Review Best Books of 1995.  He has written books on the daguerreotype, the autochrome, Romanticism and photography, and other subjects.  His books have been named to the “Outstanding Academic Books of the Year” by the American Library Association, Wall Street Journal‘s Year’s Best Books, and the American Photographic Historical Society’s Outstanding Book of the Year.  His translation of poems from Baudelaire’s Fleurs du Mal with a critical introduction and photographs by Eikoh Hosoe received the 2007 Independent Book Publishers Bronze Medal, and Sally Mann, a selection of Mann’s photographs and poems, which he edited, won a 2005 Lucie Award.  He has published and edited over thirty books and written the introductions to more than twenty others on photographers as diverse as Josephine Sacabo, Jamie Baldridge, John Metoyer, Joel-Peter Witkin, Jan Saudek, Arthur Tress, Luis Gonzáles Palma, Flor Garduño, Michael Kenna, Wouter Deruytter, Connie Imboden, John Dugdale, Robert ParkeHarrison, Jayne Hinds Bidaut, David Halliday and Greg Gorman.  He has also written the texts for more than ten catalogues of art and photographic exhibitions in the United States, Italy, Germany, Greece, Japan, and Mexico. He is the Editor of 21st Editions, holds a Ph.D. in English literature, held Professorships for thirty years in both English Literature and Photographic History and served as Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at McNeese State University.  He now lives in Vermont and is at work on a retrospective book on the work of Masao Yamamoto.”

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Deadline August 16th: Art & Science Collaborations Inc. Digital Print Competition-Exhibition

From the Art &Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) website:

“DIGITAL’2010: PLANET EARTH

12th international digital print competition-exhibition organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI)

to be held at the New York Hall of Science

Exhibition dates: October 3, 2010 – January 31, 2011

ENTRY DEADLINE: August 16, 2010

Details: http://www.asci.org/artikel1102.html

INTRODUCTION

Our blue planet, spinning like a jewel in our solar system, has been perceptually defined by the technology of each era, from believing the Earth was flat, to the scientific understanding that it spins on its axis and has gravitational pull, to being part of just one of many solar systems. In terms of scale, humans are too small to viscerally comprehend our planet’s magnitude and the dynamics of its interconnected physical systems. We therefore break the concepts down into smaller parts, collect data and physical specimens of all kinds, and invent instruments to measure and track physical phenomena like earthquakes, tornados, and hurricanes. However, we still cannot grasp the “big picture” of planet Earth unless we read, look at photos, and finally… use our imagination to construct it!

For Digital’2010, we invite artists and scientists to submit digital prints that reflect their perceptions of our planet. Are these perceptions changing as we learn more about Earth from explorers, scientists, and artists? What is the relationship between all living things and planet Earth? What images are evoked by calling it the blue planet or the peaceful planet or the changing planet? What is the human impact on the whole planet? What is our concern for its future?

Art co-juror, Maddy Rosenberg, is a printmaker, independent curator, and owner/director of Central Booking in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY. Opened in 2009, one of her two gallery spaces and its programming is devoted to shows of science-inspired artwork. Science co-juror, Patrick Hamilton, is the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Director, Environmental Sciences and Earth-System Science. He is currently heading-up the Future Earth Initiative, an NSF-supported set of exhibits and programs that explores the implications of human impact on the Earth. Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) serving the international art-sci-tech field for 22-years  ASCI eBulletin, the most comprehensive information tool in the field.”

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Deadline July 30: Images of the Year Slide Slam at Milwaukee Art Museum Photography Council

An invitation to participate in the Images of the Year Slide Slam to be projected at the 1st Annual Photography Council Benefit, EXPOSURE on August 4, 6-10 pm, at 234 W. Florida Street Milwaukee, WI  53204.
1.  Send the most important photograph you have made in the last year.
2.  Send the most important photograph of the year made by someone else.  (Is it an image you have recently collected? is it from the press? Is it an image you have known for years or a new photograph that moved you?)
Please submit only two jpegs at 72 dpi and 1000px on the longest side.
Please name the files:
Lastname.Firstname01.jpeg
Lastname.Firstname02.jpeg
Please email your submission to: mam.pcbenefit@gmail.com by 11:59pm JULY 30, 2010
Visit Milwaukee Art Museum Photography Council on Facebook for more details.

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Deadline August 31st: Photo Coleslaw Infinite Summer Invitational

This on-line discussion has no submission fee and is judged by photographers, for photographers:

From the Photo Coleslaw blog:

“Who doesn’t love summer?

Somewhere within the long, hot days and the dripping popsicles lays a sense of unencumbered freedom. A justification to go barefoot and to lay on your back…. In conjunction with this carefree mood, Photo Coleslaw is presenting it’s First Photo Invitational.  During the month of August Photographer, Jennifer Spelman is inviting you to submit 3 photos that key in on the feeling of summer.  Jennifer Spelman is looking for photos that go beyond the cliches and really examine what summer is.  Dig deep, take the theme and make it personal.

Three panelists will discuss why they each chose a photo.  Jennifer Spelman will chime in as well.  A discussion on why these photo rose to the top will ensue.  In reward of the efforts of the three chosen photographers,  Spelman will send them each a matted 8 x 10 print of their choosing from her website.

So you have the entire month of August to shoot.  Put down your slurpee and pick up your camera.  Spelman would love to see what you create.  Send all submissions to Jennifer@JenniferSpelman.com.  Title the subject line in the email:  Infinite Summer Submission and include up to three jpgs (72 dpi).  All submissions are due by midnight on August 31, 2010.  All submissions must be sent with the inherent permission that they may be posted (and will be credited) on www.photocoleslaw.com.  All decisions by the panelists are final.

The three panelists you need to impress were all chosen for the various perspectives they will bring to their decisions:

DAN MILNOR - Photographer Daniel Milnor splits his time between the smog-choked chaos of Southern California and the spiritual landscape of New Mexico. He is happiest with his notebook, Leica and trusty leather boots, sizing up whatever situation is happening in front of him.  Milnor is former newspaper, magazine and commercial photographer who now tries to work solely on his own projects, projects that allow him to work in the fashion he feels most likely to produce images that go beyond the temporary.  He has taught at several prestigious learning centers such as Art Center College of Design, The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and The Julia Dean Workshops but feels his  most important educational opportunity comes when he is able to spend time with his young nephews, teaching them a range of things that have all, at one time or another, gotten them in trouble at school.  His judging experience is diverse, covering such things as his wife’s cooking, his fathers fashion disasters and all the random people he sees in airports around world, whom he never gives the benefit of the doubt.  But most importantly, Milnor is the author of the blog Smogranch, which allows him to speak his mind, post his mother’s poetry and bring together like-minded people around the globe.

JENNIFER DAVIDSON - As a marine biologist-turned-photographer from a ranching family in rural west Texas, Jennifer’s views of photography are as varied as her personal history.  Much of her time these days is spent on the road teaching photography workshops for Santa Fe Photo Workshops, National Geographic Expeditions and Linblad Expeditions.  She has critiqued over 10,000 photos in her time as an instructor.  When not photographing or encouraging others in their visual journey, Davidson spends her time hiking in the mountains, on the yoga mat or in the kitchen concocting new and unique ice cream flavors to feed her summer addiction.

VICKY  SPELMAN – LANG - Yep, Spelman’s mama.  Her mom has recently retired from almost 20 years in law enforcement.  She also makes a mean lemon-meringue pie.  She’s tough to impress and has a good handle on what summer means. When not helping her son or daughter out in their endeavors, Spelman-Lang is most often found with an imposing pickax in hand, waging war on weeds silly enough to attempt residency  within her pristine yard.”

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