“LensCulture’s Emerging Talent Awards 2014 is an international competition to showcase outstanding emerging photographers — from all cultures, all points of view, with no age limit.
Our mission at LensCulture is to discover and share the best of contemporary photography. New and emerging photographers often make the freshest, most exciting work — but it’s hard to gain attention when you are relatively new and not widely known. That’s where we can make a big difference. We reach an audience of more than 500,000 — and with these awards, we want to highlight many emerging talents who deserve worldwide attention.
Corey Keller, Curator of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, USA
Olivier Laurent, Associate Editor, British Journal of Photography, London, UK
Sujong Song, Festival Director, Curator, Author, Daegu Photo Biennale,Seoul, Korea
Clare Grafik, Head of Exhibitions, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK
Jim Casper, Editor & Publisher, LensCulture, Paris, France
The competition is designed to provide immediate exposure for talented photographers:
- Every day, select entrants are chosen by our editors to appear on our public Competition Gallery and social media channels, seen by over 500,000 people worldwide. Enter now to be amongst the first considered for this special feature.
- After the June 22nd, 2014 Midnight PT deadline, our jury will select five winners to each receive a $2,000 cash grant as well as the Top 50 photographers, all of whom will receive significant exposure on LensCulture’s site, social media channels, and in festival screenings around the world.
- A number of top-rated finalists may still make the LensCulture Editors’ Cut and receive an invitation for a LensCulture Portfolio Account. This provides many on-going opportunities for exposure to our global audience of over 500,000.
We are open to all genres of photography. All points of view. All corners of the world. If you are a photographer beginning to seek global recognition, show us your work!
Emerging photographers, regardless of their age, are encouraged to enter. We consider an “emerging” photographer as anyone who has not yet received significant international recognition. Currently enrolled students or 2014 graduates can enter the competition with a $20 discount on entry fees. There is not a separate student category, just a discounted fee for students. All entries are treated equally. Please see our FAQ for more details.
Please submit up to 10 photographs that work well together as a series — either as a visual narrative, or images that work well together in theme or style. Edit your selections carefully: winners will be judged on the strength of their submissions as unified groups of photos, not as individual photographs.
- General Entry Fees: $55 for a related series up to 10 images, $5 for each additional image, no limit.
- Student Entry Fees: $35 for a related series up to 10 images, $5 for each additional image, no limit.”
Visit www.lensculture.com/emerging-talent-awards-2014 for the full prospectus and to apply.
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University | The Honickman Foundation
Call for Entries: CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography
Deadline: Monday, September 15, 2014, 11:59 pm EDT
Entry Fee: $70
“Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University and The Honickman Foundation (THF), based in Philadelphia, co-sponsor this prestigious biennial prize for American photographers. The only prize of its kind, the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography competition is open to North American and Canadian photographers of any age who have never published a book-length work and who use their cameras for creative exploration, whether it be of places, people, or communities; of the natural or social world; of beauty at large or the lack of it; of objective or subjective realities. The prize honors work that is visually compelling, that bears witness, and that has integrity of purpose.
Winners of the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography receive a grant of $3,000, publication of a book of photography, and inclusion in a website devoted to presenting the work of the prizewinners. The winner will also be given a solo exhibit at the Center for Documentary Studies and the photographs will then be placed in the Archive of Documentary Arts in Duke University’s Rubenstein Library.
Joshua Chuang, Chief Curator of the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, will serve as panel judge for the selection committee that chooses the semifinalists and finalists for the prize.
The CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is open to North American citizens of any age who have yet to publish a book-length work, defined as a publication that focuses on the photographer’s work, contains more than 30 of the photographer’s images, and is sold through conventional book distribution channels.
The prize’s focus is on creating an opportunity for photographers who are engaged in the creation of a continued, active, and vital body of work to publish a first book. To this end, photographers who have a self-published, print-on-demand, or limited-edition book (with a print run of 100 copies or more) that is currently being promoted and sold on the Internet are not eligible for the award.
If you have self-published or been published in a limited edition, we require that you disclose this information in your artist’s statement and biography and send a copy of the publication. We additionally request that you submit an entirely new body of work for consideration or that no more than 5 images from the originally published body of work are included in the 40 images you submit.
Submit applications and payment online to fbp.slideroom.com:
- 40 photographs drawn from an ongoing or recently completed project, which represent a coherent body of work suitable for publication. At least twenty-five of these images must have been made within the last three years (from 2010 on). Those who have submitted work in a previous competition should be sure to include at least twenty new images in their application.
- 1-page document with all 40 captions. Please include a separate caption list for all 40 images that provides information on where and when the picture was made.
- 1-page artist’s statement. Provide context for the forty images, describe the larger body of work, including how long the project has been in progress, and how the photographs constitute a potential book.
- 1-page biography or CV.”
For the full prospectus and to learn more about the prize visit: firstbookprizephoto.com.
“The Howard Chapnick Grant was introduced in 1996 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 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.
To apply or nominate someone fill out the Online Form.”
For details and to see a list of previous recipients visit: smithfund.org/howard-chapnick-grant.
“What is a photograph? The origins of the word photography give us the broad idea of writing with light, while dictionary definitions tend to describe photography as we have known it, rather than offering some essential quality against which to measure. However we may define a photograph, what is certain is that its close connection with the world we see continues to pay a powerful role in art-making.
For this call we are looking for work that addresses this issue within our A Matter of Light theme. As usual we encourage artists working with photography in unconventional ways to submit—including (but not limited to) assemblage, historic processes, installation, mixed media, hand crafted processes, etc.
Awards for the different categories include:
- Exhibition award: Featured in our next annual group exhibition
- Featured artist portfolio with interview
- Complimentary copy of print and digital issue
- Merchandise grab bag from our store
- and more TBA.
International. The juried showcase is open to all photo-based artists.”
For the full prospectus and to apply visit: diffusionmag.com/a-matter-of-light.
The Source-Cord Prize
Deadline: Sunday, July 13, 2014
Fee: $30 for up to 16 images
“The Source-Cord Prize is an award for contemporary photography, comprising an individual first prize of $10,000, second prize of $1,000 and third prize of $500. The work selected for first prize will also be published in Source Magazine with a commissioned essay. Additionally, twenty-two artists will be selected for online exhibition and everyone submitting will receive a free one-year digital subscription to Source Magazine. The winners will be selected by an international panel of four judges.
Kate Bush, art curator and critic, specialising in international art and photography.
Stefanie Grebe, freelance lecturer, photographer and curator.
John Duncan, one of the editors of Source since 1994 and photographer.
Mariko Takeuchi, Japan, is a photography critic, an independent curator and associate professor of Kyoto University of Art and Design.
The aim of the Source-Cord Prize is to discover new work. All photographic processes are welcome and submissions are invited from artists for whom photography is their whole or partial practice.
Applications should be accompanied by a short text of up to 400 words introducing the work you are submitting. This text must be in English (the common language for the judges) but please note, we wish to encourage submissions from photographers for whom English is not their first language. The text is to help the judges, it will not be judged for the quality of its written English.”
Visit cordprize.com/home-en for the full prospectus and to apply.
“En Foco, Inc. invites U.S. based photographers of Latino, African and Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and Pacific, to submit work to the New Works Photography Fellowship Awards #18. The program encourages artists to create or continue an in-depth photographic series, in any photo-based fine art or documentary style/genre.
Our aim is to identify and promote talented emerging and mid-career artists, creating a cross-cultural dialogue and providing artists with exposure and growth opportunities. There is no fee to apply.
Danielle Jackson, Bronx Documentary Center
- Your work should address issues that are relevant to your personal experience. Photographic imagery should contain a cultural consciousness that is grounded in identity and the search for a personal statement. This is completely open to your interpretation. Visit www.enfoco.org to view works by prior winners.
- You may propose a new project idea, or propose to continue an existing body of work. Decisions will be based upon quality of images submitted.
- If selected, your new work must consist of 15-20 exhibition-quality images. En Foco’s staff will curate the group exhibition in 2015, at which time the honorarium is paid.
- Although not required, applicants are encouraged to become En Foco members. Basic membership includes a subscription to Nueva Luz photographic journal, a 1/2 hour in-house Portfolio Review, free admission at photo museums, discounts to En Foco workshops, and invitations to all En Foco events. Additional membership levels include more extensive benefits and substantial discounts.
- Register at CallforEntry.org, and follow the directions for sizing and uploading your images.
- A written project proposal/description (no more than 500 words). Describe specific aspects of your work such as subject matter, context, content, location, and personal relevance.
- A one-page biography and/or resume.
- A statement about your work as an artist.
- Fifteen tightly edited images from the same series. CaFÉ image preparation tips can be found at: https://www.callforentry.org/image_prep.phtml
- For more submission tips, go to: www.enfoco.org/index.php/programs/submissions/ (scroll down for New Works FAQs).“
PhotoMidwest Invitational 2014
Call for Entries: Of Midwest, By Midwest: Photography and Midwestern Culture
Deadline: June 30, 2014
Fee: $45 for 3 images.
“Of Midwest, By Midwest: Photography and Midwestern Culture.” Photographs of the Midwest by residents of 13 Midwestern states.
Entries must be by photographers based in the Midwestern United States or highlight the people, places, and culture of the Midwest. All photographic imagery is eligible for submission. This includes traditional film, alternative process, digital, and all post-production techniques. For purposes of this exhibition, the Midwest is defined as: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Wally Mason, Curator, Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University.
Photographs selected for this exhibition will be featured at the Overture Center for the Arts, one of southern Wisconsin premier gallery spaces. Photographers are invited to join juror Wally Mason and members of the PhotoMidwest Board for a reception and gallery walk on Thursday, September 25. The gallery walk will provide an opportunity to learn more from Mason about his jurying process and to meet other skilled photographers working in the Midwest. Each selected image will also be featured in PhotoMidwest’s online Lumen Gallery. In order to be included in the online gallery or to receive an award, you must provide a professionally printed and framed/mounted image for gallery exhibition. All chosen artists will be included in the exhibition catalog.
Juror’s Selection: At the reception for Of Midwest, By Midwest, juror Wally Mason will select the three top images. Cash awards will be $500 for Best in Show, $250 for First Runner Up, and $100 for Second Runner Up.”
Visit www.callforentry.org for the full prospectus and to apply.
“The EPF grant is designed to support continuation of a photographer’s personal project. As we all know by now, this body of work may be of either journalistic mission or purely personal artistic imperatives. The primary intent is to support emerging photographers who will become the icons of tomorrow.
The Emerging Photographer Fund grant was initiated by David Alan Harvey in 2008, and is awarded by the Magnum Foundation, a non-profit created by the member photographers from Magnum Photos, Inc… Funding for the EPF has come from several private donors who have chosen to remain anonymous.
The grant awarded is a $10,000 grant. The EPF grant was initiated by David Alan Harvey in 2008, and is awarded by the Magnum Cultural Foundation. Funding for the EPF comes from private donors.
- Title of the project: 200 characters max
- Provide a short artist statement about this project: 2000 characters max
- Provide a short bio: 1000 characters max
- Has this project been published before?
- Images must be 1080px on the SHORTEST side, saved as JPG at quality 9 or 10. Video files must be at least 640x480px in size.
- Provide 1-25 items. Images (up to 5MB each), Video (up to 250MB each), Audio (up to 30MB each) and PDFs (up to 10MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud.”
“Newspace Center for Photography is pleased to open the call for entries to our 8th Annual Juried Exhibition. Selections will be made by Melanie McWhorter, photographer and Book Division Manager of photo-eye. All styles of work will be considered for inclusion.
Melanie will also select one photographer who will receive a solo exhibition at Newspace Center for Photography in 2015.
$40 for 5 images. No limit to number of entries.
Newspace Toy Camera (and higher) members may submit (up to 5 images) for free.”
Visit www.newspacephoto.org/gallery/call-for-entries to submit.
Eddie Adams Workshop: Barnstorm XXVII
Applications due: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Application fee: $50
“The Eddie Adams Workshop is an intense four-day gathering of the top professionals in photojournalism, along with 100 carefully selected students. The Workshop’s purpose is to create a forum in which an exchange of ideas, techniques, and philosophies can be shared between both established members and newcomers of the profession of picture journalism. The Workshop is tuition-free, and 100 students are accepted based on the merit of their portfolios from a pool of college students, professionals with 3 years or less experience, and U.S. military photographers.”
This year’s workshop will be October 10-13, 2014 in Jeffersonville, New York.