December 21st- Deadline for the PDN Photo Annual and Arnold Newman Prize

December 21st is the Deadline for the Photo District News Photo Annual

There has been a new prize added this year, the The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation and Maine Media Workshops Scholarship and Prize for New Directions in Creative Photographic Portraiture. Photographers are invited to enter portrait photography for consideration in this new category.
The winner will receive $15,000 and a solo exhibit at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine.

About the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation:

The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation was established in 2007 and funded by a generous gift from Augusta Newman.  The Foundation’s mission is to further the legacy of Arnold Newman by supporting photographers and photography students and helping to disseminate Newman’s photographic works.  The Foundation supports the annual Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture, scholarships at the Maine Media Workshops, lectures on photography and exhibits of Newman’s work.

The PDN Photo Annual  awards celebration for the winners will take place in May 2010 in New York, NY. The winners and their work will be featured in the May issue of PDN and on the Web site.

Also for students- Marty Forscher Fellowship

The Marty Forscher Fellowship recognizes students and young professionals with a talent for humanistic photography. The fund will award two grants in 2009. Photographers are eligible by entering humanistic documentary images to the PDN Photo Annual. The Fellowship is sponsored by Parsons School for Design and Photo District News.


Photo Books
Corporate Design/Photo Products
Stock Photography
Web Sites
Student Work

Entry Fees

CAMPAIGN/SERIES:$55 ( Series = up to 6 images)
STUDENT:$25 (single or series)

For more details and to submit click here.

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Handouts from PhotoPlus Expo Seminars

Last week, I presented two seminars at PhotoPlus in New York City. Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs and Presenting your work to the Fine Art Community.

For those who attended I prepared the following handouts.

Handout for the Fine Art Lecture

Handout for Finding Your Audience

If you would like to sign up for the mailing list for information on upcoming lectures and events please click here.

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Magenta Foundation Flash Forward 2010 Submissions Now Open

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

Also this year marks the first year of the new bi-annual Flash Forward Festival.

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.

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

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

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November 2: Deadline, SHOTS Magazine The ANNUAL PORTFOLIO ISSUE


DEADLINE: November 2, 2009.


Submit a cohesive series or simply a selection of your best images. Photographers selected for inclusion will be interviewed for publication and featured on at least 4 pages in this annual edition of SHOTS

(Note: Photographers who have been featured in past Portfolio Issues or who have been the subjects of interviews are not eligible for this issue.)

Send 12 to 20 images for consideration.

For information click here.

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August 5th Deadline-Submission for SHOTS Magazine Issue 105 MALE/FEMALE

SHOTS Magazine Issue 105 MALE/FEMALE

Submissions must be received by August 5, 2009.

SHOTS Magazine announces an international call for photographic work to be considered for publication in the Autumn Issue, SHOTS no. 105. The theme for this issue is MALE/FEMALE. Please visit the SHOTS website for further information and submittal guidelines.

An established independent photography journal entering its 23rd year of publication, SHOTS reaches an international audience of photographers, collectors, galleries, museums, educators and other fine art photography enthusiasts. Don’t miss this chance to have your work seen!

Online submissions are now accepted


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July 26th- Critical Mass Deadline Extended

From my earlier post:

This is one of my favorite competitions of the year!   Reviewers have the opportunity to take time with your work, see 10 images and read artists statements on their work.   Many of my favorite bodies of work I have first come to know through this competition.

I encourage all my readers to submit, and to enter 10 images that work well together as a group.  Don’t try to show that you have a broad skills set – rather, show us what you are working on in depth; give us a window on what you are exploring.  Captions are important to me, as is a series or project title.  We spend a lot of time reviewing the submissions, so edit and sequence as if it is an in-person presentation.  Take your writing seriously, too.  Many people will see it and for most it will be a “first impression” of you and your work.

Good luck!  I look forward to seeing your work.

From the website:

“What Is Critical Mass?

The aim of Critical Mass, and all Photolucida programming, is to provide participants with career-building opportunities and to promote the best emerging and mid-career artists working today.

Critical Mass is a program about exposure and community. The idea is simple- photographers (from anywhere) submit a 10 image portfolio for $75. This work then gets pre-screened by a committee of approximately 20-25 great jurors and from there, 175 top Finalists are determined. These top finalists then pay an additional submission fee and their work goes on to a jury of approximately 200 of the world’s best curators, editors, and professionals who have agreed to view and vote on these finalists. From these votes, two or three photographers receive book awards and once the monographs are published, everyone who enters and reviews will receive copies of the books.

We are pleased to continue to give scholarships to pre-selected photographers by geographical region. In 2007, we gave scholarships to Polish photographers, in 2008 it was Mexico. This year, the lucky country is Italy.

What to expect?

As an entrant to Critical Mass, you shouldn’t necessarily expect feedback from the jurors unless they want to contact you about doing something with your work. Reviewers are given the opportunity and encouraged to provide written feedback, but we can’t guarantee anything other than:

  • Everyone who enters will receive copies of each of the Book Award Winners.
  • Everyone who enters will receive a CD containing all of the submitted work.
  • Everyone who enters will have their work seen, and voted on, by the Pre-Screening committee.
  • Those who continue on in the top 175 Finalists will have their work seen, and voted on, by over 200 jurors.
  • Those who make the Top 50 will be given the opportunity to have their work in a Critical Mass Top 50 show at PCNW, curated by Andy Adams, editor/publisher of Flak Photo.

For details click here.

For the Photolucida blog with a list of reviewers click here.”

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JULY 16: Deadline for entries, 2009 Aperture Portfolio Prize

From the Aperture Portfolio Prize webpage:

“Welcome to the Aperture Portfolio Prize, an international photography competition!

The purpose of the Aperture Portfolio Prize is to identify trends in contemporary photography and specific artists whom we can help by bringing them to a wider audience. In choosing the first-prize winner and runners-up, we are looking for work that is fresh and that hasn’t been widely seen in major publications or exhibition venues.

First prize is $2,500. The first-prize winner and runners-up are featured in Aperture’s website for approximately one year. Winners are also announced in the foundation’s e-newsletter, which reaches thousands of subscribers in the photography community.

The entry period for the summer 2009 Aperture Portfolio Prize begins Friday, May 1, 2009, and the deadline is Thursday, July 16, 2009, at midnight MDT. For specifics on how to enter, see the Guidelines and FAQs pages. Good luck!”

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Where did Conscientious go?

If anyone (like me) was wondering why every time they went to their Conscientious bookmark all they got was “The requested URL /weblog/ was not found on this server.”

here is the answer:

The host company of the popular photography blog Conscientious ( has had some techinical problems, and photographer Joerg Colberg who maintains the blog has not been able to get the it restored. So in the mean time, while the company is trying to figure out the technical issues he will be posting at:

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The media, YOUR media: sharing our experiences with the world

Yesterday was an extraordinary day in history, OUR history. We watched, listened, photographed, filmed and otherwise captured a piece of it for ourselves, and to share. TODAY is one of those days – like the day after the November presidential elections – to be sure to log onto to the home page of the Newseum in Washington, DC and click on “Today’s Front Pages” to marvel at how words and images make a difference in our lives, to see our ability to communicate to the world with the tools at our fingertips.

The inauguration’s broad overage began on Saturday, with many media companies encouraging you, the public, to participate by submitting imagery to share with a broader community, to be part of history! By mid-day, on January 20th, the oath of office taken by our 44th President, CNN was beginning to broadcast images sent in by those in Washington and other places in the world via the telecast and the CNN website. Images that the public had shared through CNN’s “iReport” program. Branded “The Moment” viewers were invited to submit their pictures to [listen to CNN’s John King talking about how “they are coming in by the thousands,” and utilizing a format called PHOTOSYNTH (Microsoft technology)].’s website wrote about this, too – check it out here.

The NY Times created an on-line album of images, as well, titled “Picturing the Inauguration: The Readers’ Album,” which is “organized in the order received.” Late afternoon today the @Times email I subscribe to came to my inbox, sharing the top 5 viewed features on with a subject line that goes like this: “The Inauguration, Exclusive Photos And More.”  Your work is popular!!   (You have to be a “member” however to share your work with the world; read the agreement here.)

To Share, forever…

CNN’s “iReport” tells you that the photos you send in will be subject to’s Terms of Use.

NY Times “Gadgetwise” branded its official online photo-sharing site as Photobucket and will publish The Official Barack Obama Inaugural Book “You might just have a shot,” it tells us – “you will be contacted by email if selected for inclusion.”  Or you can create your own book with your own personal photos using Photobucket. You have to sign up as a member of Photobucket to upload content.

Although not an advocate of giving up or even sharing your copyright, I do find that the challenge of communicating effectively online is of great interest to me. On the 17th, The Times published a profile of its interactive news collaborative as a part of its “Talk to the Newsroom” series, inviting your questions through January 23rd. The discussion on the website includes such topics as ‘the elements of good interactive design.’ The group of staffers was also recently profiled in New York Magazine.

And there’s an interesting story that has surfaced concerning the red/white/blue portrait we all know by now of Barack Obama, used with HOPE, PROMISE, CHANGE and other words of optimism in posters, buttons, bumper stickers, t-shirts and more. I’ve never seen a credit to the maker on any use. On yesterday’s FRESH AIR radio show from WHYY heard on NPR, Terry Gross had as her guest SHEPARD FAIREY. From the website:

“Shepard Fairey’s illustration of Barack Obama was one of the most iconic images of the campaign — Obama’s face and the word “hope” rendered in red, white, and blue.

Fairey says he made the image to spur voters’ belief in Obama as a leader. The image was never officially adopted by the campaign, however, because of legal issues related to the original photograph he used.

The iconic poster differed from Fairey’s previous work. The image was unusual, Fairey says, because his political art is usually negative.

“I felt that Barack Obama was an unusual candidate, a special candidate, and that it was worth putting my efforts into making something positive,” he told NPR in a Jan. 2009 interview.

Now Fairey is spreading the message of hope again, this time as the official designer of the Obama inauguration poster.

Fairey spawned the “Obey” street art movement, which in turn was the inspiration for a line of clothing, and he has designed album covers for several well-known bands, including The Black Eyed Peas and the Smashing Pumpkins. He’s the founder of Studio Number One, a Los Angeles-based design company.”

Listen to the show here.

NPR featured an earlier story about this iconic image (October 28, 2008); you can listen to it here.

And the Huffington Post shared news of the acquisition of Fairey’s original collage by the National Portrait Gallery (January 7, 2009).

The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) ran a story on January 15th about the Philadelphia Inquire photographer Tom Galish’s blog search to learn who’s photograph was the model for the poster: Jim Young (Reuters). So will we see the poster, a limited-edition version of which is now for sale on the DNC’s website, carrying a credit to Young as photographer?? The Shepard Fairey says he did “stylize and individualize” from the original, but that he as of that interview did not know who the photographers was.

I flew across the country today, and from every TV set in three airports the sounds and images of January 20, 2009 were the soundtrack for my day. The mood was up beat; people were decidedly more patient with the challenge that is airline travel today and with each other. Day One is winding up soon here in the East, and the website for the White House has launched, not to be missed: At 12:01 p.m. yesterday, as the keys to the White House changed, the door was open – a completely new feeling.  It is a symbol for communication and the promise of transparency in the Obama administration. If you click on this link you will find a post from Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House called “Change has come to” Has it ever.

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En Foco’s “New Works” Photography Awards: Deadline July 7

From the EnFoco website:

“New Works Photography Awards

En Foco’s New Works Photography Awards is an annual program selecting three or more U.S. based photographers of African, Asian, Latino, Native American, or Pacific Islander heritage through a national call for entries.

It acts as a creative incubator, enabling artists to create or complete an in-depth, photographic series exploring themes of their choice, and providing the infrastructure for a professional exhibition of their new work in the New York area. A photographic artist’s work can be in any photo-based style or genre (documentary, autobiographical, landscape, abstract, digital, pinhole, alternative processes, etc).

NEW WORKS #12 Deadline: July 7 2008

JUROR: Deborah Willis, curator, author, photographer and Chair of the Photo & Imaging Dept at NYU/TISCH

Guidelines and Entry Forms can be downloaded HERE
The New Works #11 Winners and Honorable Mention recipients were selected by juror Melissa Harris, Editor in Chief of Aperture Magazine:
Kesha Bruce, Adriana Katzew and Donald Daedalus – Winners
Charlie Grosso, Myra Greene, Esther Hidalgo and Wanda Acosta – Honorable Mention Awardees

The 2007-08 Winners receive:

a $1,000 honorarium;
professional tripods from Bogen;
camera bags from Lowepro;
Gift Certificates from Print File;
Gift Certificates from Modernage Custom Digital Imaging Labs;
a feature article in the Spring 2008 issue of Nueva Luz,
an exhibition in New York (at El Taller Boricua Gallery – opening reception May 30, 2008 with wines provided by Casa de Vinos)
a photographers page on

Read about New Works #10 here”

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