“LensCulture Earth Awards 2015 is a worldwide call for photography focused on nature, the environment, wildlife, landscape, conservation, sustainability, and how we live on the planet. We are awarding $25,000 in cash grants as well as many video projections at international photo festivals, visibility with LensCulture Insiders, a Printed Annual and more. These awards are open to a wide range of interpretations and approaches — from fine art celebrations of the beauty and wonders of nature, to hard-hitting in-depth documentary issues-based stories. Photography is a rich visual language that can express diverse perspectives in powerful, memorable ways. What is YOUR view of life on Earth today?
- $25,000 in cash awards plus opportunities for entrants to earn global recognition amongst today’s top photographers working on the subject of Earth.
- Video projections for Winners and Finalists at international photo festivals around the world.
- Direct visibility to our distinguished group of over 500 LensCulture Insiders from the photo industry: curators, gallerists, editors, creative directors and publishers.
- Opportunities for inclusion in the Earth Awards Competition Gallery, curated daily by our editors
Eligibility & Fees
The 2015 LensCulture Earth Awards invites all photographers whose work has a thematic focus on images inspired by our planet. 9 Top Winners plus 25 Finalists will receive significant opportunities to broaden their exposure in the global photography community.
Submit your best series or single images of all genres inspired by the planet — fine art, nature, landscape, documentary, environmental, wildlife, travel or conceptual.
- related series, up to 10 images: $60 USD
- Single image, 2-3 images: $45 USD
- Single image: $20 USD”
To read the full prospectus, see the list of judges and to apply visit: www.lensculture.com/earth-awards-2015.
2015 PDN Curator Fine Art Contest
Deadline: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Fee: $55 for single and series (2 to 6 images)*
* Please note that a series must be visually related and is limited to six images.
“Six winners will be selected to exhibit their fine-art photography in a group show with an opening reception this summer in New York City. The Curator exhibition has previously been hosted by Industria Superstudio, Industrial Color and Milk Studios.
The winners will also be published in a gallery in the July issue of PDN and an extended online gallery and will receive:
- $200 gift card from B&H
- VIP Expo Pass to PDN PhotoPlus Expo Oct 22–24, 2015
- $250 gift card to moabpaper.com
- PHOTO+ Premium Portfolio Membership
- Brian Clamp, Director, ClampArt
- Sam Barzilay, Creative Director, United Photo Industries
- Matthew Leifheit, Photo Editor, Vice Media
- Michelle Dunn Marsh, Executive Director, PCNW, Founder, Minor Matters Books
- Deborah Willis, Professor, Photographer and Curator
For the full prospectus and to submit visit: www.pdncuratorawards.com.
“Candela Books + Gallery announces our fourth annual invitational and juried exhibition: UnBound4! The summer group exhibition will feature work from a wide range of fine art photographers. An UnBound4! gala (as in good times) event, will raise funds to purchase select works from the exhibition. Works purchased by Candela through this event will subsequently be included in the Candela Collection.
The Candela Collection mission is to support photographers through the purchase of their original photographic work and to actively pursue future opportunities to donate said works to notable permanent collections.
All artwork accepted for exhibition will be selected by the Candela founder, Gordon Stettinius, and Associate Director, Ashby Nickerson.
UnBound! generates opportunities and exposure beyond the traditional group or juried show. Our hope is that photographers will support us with their active participation just as we hope to support their work and careers in return. All accepted photographers will have their artwork featured at Candela Books + Gallery, a gallery space in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia.”
For the full prospectus and to apply visit: https://candelabooks.com/call-for-submissions-unbound4.
To download a PDF of the prospectus, click here.
“In July 2015, Aperture Foundation will host its second open-submission exhibition for which all photographers are eligible. The theme for this year’s Summer Open is Black Mirror, and it will be curated by Michael Famighetti, editor of Aperture magazine.
Do we live in a world wilder than science fiction? The 2015 Aperture Summer Open borrows its title from the British television series Black Mirror, which imagines a dystopian near-future—a Twilight Zone for the age of the smartphone. The name Black Mirror refers to the omnipresent screens through which our lives are mediated today, and the show depicts a society in which technology ominously defines and shapes our relationships and each facet of daily life.
We’re more than thirty years beyond Orwell’s imagined 1984, and yet we continue to live in a moment of anxiety about what the future holds. Aperture’s Summer Open asks contributors to consider the future and the idea that we inhabit a world that is stranger, and in some ways more frightening, than that predicted by the authors of science fiction. What does it mean when our current reality echoes what were once outlandish fictional narratives? As today becomes tomorrow, what might the future look like in photographs? We seek a wide range of submissions, representing diverse subjects and approaches to photography, that are in some way engaged with questions about what the world has become and is becoming.”
For the full prospectus visit: www.aperture.org/summeropen/entry-details.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
4:00-5:00 pm: Guest Lecture with April Watson
5:30-8:00 pm: Opening Reception
“Established in 2001 and organized by the graduate photography students at Texas Woman’s University and the Photographic Artists’ Coalition (a student-run photography organization), the annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition provides a national venue for the exhibition of artistic expression as seen through the eye of the camera. Photographers from throughout the United States are invited to submit entries for the exhibition. The exhibition and endowment was established by Christine Shank and a small group of graduate students and named in memory of the mother of Professor Susan kae Grant. Exhibition proceeds fund the Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition Endowment, which supports photography scholarships for future graduate students in the Department of Visual Arts.
About the 2015 Juried Exhibition
April Watson, Curator of Photography at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO, served as juror for the 14th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition. Twenty- eight artists from throughout the United States and China were selected to exhibit their work. Artists include, Beverly Ahern, Ben Altman, Linda Alterwitz, Bennie Flores Ansell, Sarah Austin, Christine Carr, Bryon Darby, Marcus DeSieno, Garrett Hansen, Sharon Lee Hart, Abbey Hepner, John Holmgren, Paul Hooven, Allison Jarek, Priya Kambli, Janna Langholz, Holly Lay, Andy Mattern, Katie Newton, Ashley Raasch, Heather Ross, Jiehao Su, Jennifer Tremblay, Marydorsey Wanless, Angela Franks Wells, Linda Wilson, and Christine Zuercher.
2015 JEG Solo Exhibition Award
Selected by Elizabeth Siegel, Associate Curator of Photography, Art Institute of Chicago
Clare Benson, The Shepherd’s Daughter
My work is deeply rooted in my family history. After the death of my mother when I was eleven years old, I became increasingly curious about notions of family, memory, and mortality. I was raised by my father: an avid hunter, archery champion, and former hunting guide in the Alaskan wilderness. Growing up amidst the hunting culture of northern Michigan, I learned to see hunting as a tradition that ties humans to the natural world; a ritual that speaks to notions of mortality and the interconnectedness of life within a larger system. Before my father, my grandmother was a hunter and before that my great-grandmother, and long before that the stars made up constellations that told stories of the greatest hunts. In my work, the nuances of hunting and the rugged northern landscape of my childhood are woven with narratives of genealogy and gender, memory and mythology, time and space.”
The Studio @ Sahara West Library
Exhibition by Linda Alterwitz: While I Am Still
Opening Reception: Friday, February 13, 2015, 7:00-8:30 pm
Free and open to the public.
“Linda Alterwitz‘s photography integrates art, science, and technology to explore the fragility of our bodies and our place in the universe. Her art works shed light on the beauty and fears that complicate human lives and our search for solid ground and meaning.”
The Studio @ Sahara West Library
9600 W. Sahara Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada [map]
“Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition of the work of Alec Soth. On view from February 5 – April 4, 2015, Alec Soth: Songbook will feature approximately 20 new and never-before-seen photographs.
Celebrated for his haunting and influential portraits and landscapes in such acclaimed books as Sleeping by the Mississippi, Broken Manual, and NIAGARA, Alec Soth has recently turned his lens toward community life in the country. From 2012 to 2014 Soth traveled the United States looking for signs of social life in our era of virtual social networks. To aid in his search, Soth assumed the increasingly obsolescent role of community newspaper reporter. From upstate New York to Silicon Valley, he attended hundreds of meetings, dances, festivals and family gatherings.
With Songbook, Soth has stripped these pictures of their news context in order to highlight the longing for connection at their root. Fragmentary, funny, and sad, Songbook is a lyrical depiction of the tension between American individualism and the ongoing desire to be united.”
The exhibition will be on view February 5 – April 4, 2015.
The accompanying publication, Songbook, was published by MACK, January 2015.
Fraenkel Gallery, 4th Floor
49 Geary Street
San Francisco, California [map]
Deadlines: Thursday, January 22, 2015
“$45 members/$55 non-members
Review Santa Fe is the premier juried portfolio review event in the world happening JUNE 11-14, 2015. Considered one of the most important events for photographers who seek career advancement, Review Santa Fe is designed to facilitate relationships between photographers and leading industry professionals looking for new work.
Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain, up to 100 photographers meet with up to 45 of today’s most relevant and esteemed reviewers comprised of curators, editors, publishers, gallerists and others who can offer professional development advice and opportunities.”
For the full prospectus and to apply visit: www.visitcenter.org/overview.
“Fee: $35 members/$45 non-members
The Project Launch is granted to an outstanding photographer working in fine art series or documentary project. The grant includes a $5,000 cash award to help complete or disseminate the works, as well as providing a platform for exposure and professional development opportunities.
This grant is awarded to complete or nearly completed projects that would benefit from the grant award package. It requires signature of a contract to participate in an exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts, during Review Santa Fe.
CURATOR: Anne M. Lyden, International Photography Curator, National Galleries of Scotland
EDITOR: Bernadette Tuazon, Senior Photo Editor, CNN Digital
PUBLISHER: Jack Woody, Publisher, Twin Palms Publishers”
For the full prospectus and to apply visit: www.visitcenter.org/project-launch.
“Art Intersection presents Light Sensitive, an annual juried exhibition of images created using traditional and alternative photographic processes. Past work has included analog c-prints, platinum, cyanotype, gelatin silver, gum bichromate, wet plate collodion tintypes, chemigrams, and other printing processes.
Juror: Robert Hirsch, artist, curator, and author.
The Art Intersection curatorial staff will select three artists from Light Sensitive to show additional work during an exhibition running from December 12, 2015 to January 9, 2016.”
For the full prospectus view the PDF document Light Sensitive 2015 Submission Guidelines.
To apply go to www.artintersection.com/event/call-for-work-light-sensitive-2015.
Book & Job Gallery
Exhibition & Book Signing for McNair Evans, Confessions
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:00-10:00 pm