Archive for May 8, 2009

Magenta Foundation announces “FLASH FORWARD Emerging Photographers 2009” winners

From the website:

“The Magenta Foundation is pleased to announce year five of its Emerging Photographers exchange. With every year our artists exchange program grows and gets stronger. Flash Forward showcases the future of photography, focusing on emerging talent that jurors have identified as having great potential.

Magenta would like to thank all the artists who submitted their work to this project. The final list of winners has been posted below, and the initial exhibition and book launch will be held at Lennox Contemporary in Toronto, in October 2009. Other exhibitions will be announced later.”

The “BRIGHT SPARK” award goes to MATT EICH (USA)

To view the complete list of winners, open this link (and scroll through the locations: Canada, UK then USA).


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May 15th Deadline: PHoto Espana OjodePez Documentary Photography Award

The Photo Espana OjodePez Documentary Photography Award

Deadline: May 15th

From the website:

For the second year running the magazine OjodePez and PHotoEspaña are joining forces to offer a prize that will be sought after by all documentary photographers. The magazine wants to reach out further in its support for the best documentary photography and to that end it is allying itself with one of the biggest events in international photography.
The PHE OjodePez Award is open to photographers from all over the world who put together a work of documentary photography in which they highlight human values, such as solidarity, ethics, effort or justice.
Participants must present 20 images. A prestigious international jury will select the best work, which will receive a prize of 6,000 euros. It will also be exhibited and published in the special edition that OjodePez dedicates to the prize every autumn.

The jury will also select a group of runners-up – up to a maximum of nine – who will likewise see their work published in the special edition of the magazine.

For the Rules click here.

To Register click here.

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May 15th: Deadline for W. Eugene Smith Grant and Howard Chapnick Grant

W. Eugene Grant in Humanistic Photography

Deadline May 15th

From the website:

“The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist.

W. Eugene Smith learned the hard way that photography could be too easy, a matter of making expert images of interesting subjects. He set himself to learn the truth – about himself as well as his subjects. In the process, he produced a series of photographic essays, for LIFE and other publications, whose passionate involvement set a standard for what photography can be. Gene Smith was a loner, a driving and driven man, who bucked the system of which he was a part. Some say he sacrificed his career, and himself, on an altar of self-destructive idealism. When he died at the age of 59 in 1978, he had $18 in the bank. But his name had become synonymous with integrity. His work was his memorial.

Why, then, a memorial fund in his name? Those who knew Smith knew also that he needed friends at critical times. Many photographers today are working against the fashions and economics of modern publishing. The Fund was established in 1979 to seek out and encourage these independent voices. In the first twenty nine years of competition, from many thousands of proposals, the Fund selected 298 finalists who were seeking help in finishing major projects. Each was worthy of a grant.

In one way or another, a finalist must approach Gene Smith’s own high standards. “I am a compassionate cynic,” he wrote, “yet I believe I am one of the most affirmative photographers around. I have tried to let the truth be my prejudice. It has taken much sweat. It has been worth it.”

Applications consist of both written and visual components.  For complete application details click here.

To learn more about the fund click here.

In addition to the Smith award, photographer may apply for the Howard Chapnick Grant:

In 1996 the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund announced a new award, the Howard Chapnick Grant, to encourage and support leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing research, education and management. The Grant was established to honor the memory of Howard Chapnick, and acknowledge the value of his enormous contribution to photography.

The annual $5,000 grant may be used to finance any of a range of qualified undertakings, which might include a program of further education, research, a special long-term sabbatical project, or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual. According to the Fund’s Board of Trustees, special consideration will be given to projects that promote social change and/or serve significant concerns of photojournalism. The grant ($5000) is not intended to be used for the production of photographs, which will continue to be funded by the main grant of the Smith Fund.

Recipients of the Howard Chapnick Grant will be selected by the Board of Trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund in Humanistic Photography.”

Click here to download an application for the Chapnick Grant.


Past Recipients

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