Archive for December 30, 2009

Deadline January 11th: The New Documentarian Award for a Long Term Project

The deadline is rapidly approaching for “The New Documentarian Award for a Long Term Project” established and sponsored by the Julia Dean Photo Workshops.   Entries must arrive at JDPW by 5 pm on Monday, January 11th.  Cash award to the first-place winner is $1000.00.

Click here for complete application instructions.

Click here to see the work of the 2008 finalists and winner Matt Eich, click here to see the work of the 2006 finalists and winner Keri Collins

I encourage those of you that are working on personal documentary project to apply.  The guidelines state that in addition to 15-25 images and an “inventory page” with complete caption information, each applicant must submit a “Statement of Purpose that includes a description of your project, your reasons for doing this project, what you hope to accomplish with this project, and the progress of the project.”

Completing the written component of this Award will be a challenge but one that I urge readers to tackle.  This, along with the challenge of editing your project images to a group no larger than 25, will provide you with the materials so often needed for grant applications, and make it easier for you to enter other competitions.   As my friend Susan kae Grant tells her students “If you don’t apply, you will have a 100% chance that your work won’t be selected.”  Start your edit!


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January 17th- Worldwide Photography Gala Awards’ Student Competition

January 17th is the The Deadline for the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards Juried Exhibition for Photography and Fine Art Students. The Nadar Award

From their website:

The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards ( WPGA) open a Juried competition for students and recent graduates of photography, fine art and design attending institutes, colleges, schools and universities worldwide: The Nadar Award for Students. Students from art-related schools and faculties such as architecture, as well as students from other careers, who are amateur photographers (i.e. members of photographic associations and photo clubs) may also qualify to submit images to The Nadar Award.
The first prize will be the attendance (including round trip from the country and city of residence, lodging, and tuition) to a Workshop organized by Santa Fe Photography Workshops, and will the winner images will be widely promoted internationally. Selected images will be exposed during 2010 in US and Europe. As in other contest organized by WPGA who partner with Save the Children, a portion of its revenue (entry fees and sales of works in exhibitions) will be donated to that humanitarian organization.
WPGA invites all  students (and recent graduates) working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought. Traditional, contemporary, avant-garde, creative and experimental works that include old and new processes, mixed techniques, and challenging personal, emotional or political statements are welcome to The Nadar Award.
Reid Callanan (Director, Santa Fe Photography Workshops) and Roy Flukinger (Senior Research Curator, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas in Austin).
The competition will open in November 3nd, 2009. There will an Early Bird Deadline with discounted entry fees on December 20th and a Final Deadline on January 17th, 2010. Jurors’ selection will take place during the month of February, and the final announcement will be on March 11th 2010.
As always, applicants should read and understand all guidelines for competitions before entering.

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REMINDER: Approaching Deadline for FLASH FORWARD 2010, Magenta Foundation Call For Entries


Now in its sixth year, the Magenta Foundation’s call for entries has been announced for Flash Forward 2010.

From the website:

  • This is an open call for submissions.
  • All photographers in Canada, the UK and the US, 34 years of age and under, may submit.
  • All submission requirements and instructions are on our web site, at
  • Submissions close on Thu, Dec 31, 2009.

Jurors for 2010

  • Canada:
    • Liz Ikiriko – Photo Editor, Toronto Life Magazine
    • Daniel Espeset, photo-eye Magazine
    • Myrabelle Charlebois – Photo Editor, enRoute Magazine
    • Erin Elder – Manager, Business Development, Digital Media, The Globe and Mail
  • UK:
    • Lorna Mary – Company Manager, Rhubarb-Rhubarb Festival
    • Chris Littlewood – Photography Coordinator, Flowers East Gallery
    • Simon Bainbridge, British Journal of Photography, London
    • Aaron Schuman – Director/Editor, Seesaw Magazine
  • US:
    • Andy Adams – Editor/Publisher, Flak Photo
    • Amanda Maddox – Assistant Curator of Photography and Media Arts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art
    • Susan Bright – Independent art writer and curator based in NY
    This past November I was excited to see the exhibition of the work selected for Flash Forward 2009, one of my favorite of the contemporary offerings at FotoWeek DC.  I hope many of my readers had a chance to see it.  To view a list of winners, click here.  The publication is worth seeing.   I encourage readers to enter the 2010 competition.


2010 marks Magenta’s launch of the new bi-annual Flash Forward Festival celebrating”emerging photographers from Canada, United Kingdom and the United States” which will be held in Toronto, Canada October 6-10, 2010.  Plan now to attend!

Here is how the Festival was described in the press release:

“Set to take over Toronto’s Liberty Village area, Flash Forward Festival will provide an in-depth experience for emerging photographers with educational and networking opportunities including events with collectors, arts enthusiasts and industry professionals. The festival will include five curated exhibitions (representing Canada, the UK and the US, plus one guest nation), as well as workshops, a lecture series, nightly events, an art fair and a major closing event that will be filmed and transmitted globally.”

See you there!

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