“Blue Earth sponsors documentary projects whose goal is to educate the public about critical environmental and social issues. We are primarily interested in work that is educational and informational in nature and will consider proposals of any geographic scope involving the photographic and motion picture mediums. Our standard contract sponsors the project for two years.
Blue Earth offers fiscal accountability to the projects we accept for sponsorship. As a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status, Blue Earth is eligible to receive grants and tax-deductible contributions from private foundations, individuals, or other entities.
Along with this fiscal accountability, we also offer other services. When you join our community of visual storytellers, we offer mentorship throughout the life of your project sponsorship, publicity on our blog and newsletters, help with PR and marketing, and more depending upon individual needs.
We accept submissions for sponsorship twice each year, January 20th and July 20th. Materials must be received in our offices by the deadline. We announce recipients approximately two months later.”
For further details, previously and currently sponsored projects, and the application process visit: www.blueearth.org/projects/submit.cfm.
FotoFest 2016 Biennial
Seeking Submissions: CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES: Looking at the Future of the Planet
Deadline: Friday, February 27, 2015
“FotoFest’s 2016 Biennial of Photography and New Media Art will be FotoFest’s sixteenth consecutive Biennial. Over 1,000 photographic and new media artists exhibited works during the 2014 Biennial, and overall attendance was 275,000 people. Curators, artists, collectors, publishers, critics and arts audiences from over 32 countries attended the Biennial.
The FotoFest 2016 Biennial takes place March 12-April 24, 2016.
FotoFest has announced the focus of the 2016 Biennial – Changing Circumstances: Looking at the Future of the Planet. The exhibitions and related programs will be curated by FotoFest Executive Director Steven Evans with FotoFest Co-founders Frederick Baldwin and Wendy Watriss.
To reach as broad a constituency of artists as we can, FotoFest is calling for submissions of work around the 2016 theme.
FOTOFEST 2016 BIENNIAL – THE THEME
Across the globe, millions of people are addressing the crises that are affecting the sustainability of life as we know it on this planet. 400,000 people recently participated in international demonstrations concerning the issues of environmental change. Thousands of others are responding, with small and large projects, to the challenges of protecting, preserving and developing the resources of the planet in sustainable ways.
What role is art playing in these processes of change?
How are artists addressing the issues of global change as they affect the planet?
FotoFest is interested in reviewing projects that show how art and artists are addressing the needs of our planet and the ways in which we use the world’s resources. This theme includes innovative ways in which art is interpreting and representing the problems of the planet and how human society is adding to these problems.
We do not want to focus simply on representation(s) of the problems, unless there is a very innovative or unusual approach to portraying and/or envisioning the problems. Our goal is to show how people are confronting the challenges and acting – how art and artists are contributing to change. We are looking for pro-active projects and perspectives, and are giving priority to projects examining new ideas and solutions.
We are interpreting sustainability very broadly. The threats to sustainability are not only environmental with reference to the physical environment and its resources – water; biodiversity; energy; air and soil. We also are concerned with population, migration, agriculture and food production, material consumption, and issues of wealth and poverty.
We are open to many different kinds of work – three-dimensional installations; video and moving image artwork; sound art; online projects; and two-dimensional prints.
Submissions must include the following:
- CONTACT INFORMATION (name, address, phone number, email address)
- Up to 20 HIGH QUALITY DIGITAL IMAGES (JPEG)
- Digital images must be sized to 1000px at their longest dimension.
- Digital files that do not follow these specifications will not be considered.
- No more than 20 images will be reviewed.
- You MAY submit up to three bodies of work (20 images for each body of work)
- CHECKLIST of the submitted works or images with captions, dates, dimensions, and medium
- Short STATEMENT about your work
- CURRENT CURRICULUM VITAE or resume
- Submissions must be received in the FotoFest Office by Friday, February 27, 2015.
PLEASE NOTE: Do not send original works. Materials will not be returned
Responses may take some time. We appreciate your patience. Due to the volume of material that FotoFest receives, submissions will be reviewed in the order in which they are received.
Submissions by Email: Please send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions by Mail (CD, DVD or USB jump drive):
FotoFest 2016 Biennial – SUBMISSIONS
2000 Edwards St, Bldg C, Ste 2
Houston, TX 77007 USA
If you do not receive a confirmation within four weeks of sending your submission, please contact the FotoFest exhibitions department at email@example.com.
Questions: Please contact FotoFest Associate Curator and Exhibitions Coordinator Jennifer Ward with any questions – firstname.lastname@example.org, 1 713 223-5522 ext. 18.”
View the full prospectus at http://2014biennial.fotofest.org/2016/submissions.aspx.
Book & Job Gallery
Exhibition & Book Signing for McNair Evans, Confessions
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:00-10:00 pm
“Heralded as a feminist and denounced as misogynist, Robert Heinecken is a complex figure whose art raises urgent questions about the representation of women in a media saturated world. His use of found pornographic materials and images of female bodies taken from magazines, newspapers, and other found sources was, and still is, hotly debated among artists, scholars, and curators. This panel, held in conjunction with the exhibition Robert Heinecken: Object Matter, will explore the various ways in which Heinecken’s work has been read, and continues to be relevant, in the dialogue about representations of women and gender in art.
Eva Respini, curator, Department of Photography, MoMA, moderates the panel discussion with A. L. Steiner, artist and visiting assistant professor and MFA program director at USC; Luke Batten, director, Robert Heinecken Trust; Richard Meyer, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History, Stanford University; and Rebecca Morse, associate curator, Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.”
This event is being presented in conjunction with the exhibition Robert Heinecken: Object Matter, on view until January 18, 2015.
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California
“The purpose of the Aperture Portfolio Prize is to identify trends in contemporary photography and highlight artists whose work deserves greater recognition. When choosing the first-prize winner and runners-up, Aperture’s editorial and curatorial staff look for innovative bodies of work that haven’t been widely seen in major publications or exhibition venues.
Portfolio Prize – Guidelines
First prize is $3,000 and an exhibition at Aperture Gallery. The first-prize winner and up to five runners-up will be featured on Aperture’s website, accompanied by a brief statement written by Aperture staff. All winners are announced in the foundation’s e-newsletter, which reaches fifty thousand subscribers across the globe, including curators, critics, and members of the photography community. Winners will also have the opportunity to participate in the Aperture Foundation limited-edition print program.
When examining competition entries, Aperture’s editors and curatorial staff will consider the following criteria:
- Is the work new, i.e., created in the last five years?
- Is a theme or topic carried throughout the portfolio in a consistent manner?
- Do the individual images have strong composition and strong use of color or tone?
- What technical and presentation choices has the photographer made, and are they appropriate for the work? For example, is there a clear reason for using sepia-toned black-and-white versus a digitally enhanced palette?
- Does the body of work take an innovative or unique approach to the subject matter?”
For the full prospectus and to see previous winners visit: www.aperture.org/portfolio-prize.
“The LensCulture Exposure Awards 2014 is an international competition that aims to discover and showcase the best photographers from all over the world. Share your images with the world for a chance at over $10,000 in awards, as well as a world-class exhibition in London and massive exposure to our global audience of over 900,000. Our international jury of notable industry professionals will select six top winners in two categories and 25 finalists. These are our largest international awards of the year and YOU are invited to submit your best photographs and get worldwide recognition.”
To see the list of judges, categories to enter and for the full prospectus visit: www.lensculture.com/exposure-awards-2014.
“The Open Society Documentary Photography Project is soliciting proposals for our next exhibition, Moving Walls 23, opening in June 2015 at Open Society Foundations–New York.
We are seeking photo-based documentary projects that address a social justice or human rights issue in any region where the Open Society Foundations are active.
Since 1998, Moving Walls has showcased over 200 photographers in 22 group exhibitions—at our offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and London—that align with the Open Society Foundations’ mission to advance human rights and social justice.
- Any emerging or veteran photographer who is working long-term to document a human rights or social justice issue may apply for Moving Walls.
- We welcome all applicants, and especially encourage those from underrepresented groups (e.g., applicants from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East; people representing marginalized groups; and women). All submissions will be considered. The Open Society Foundations does not discriminate based on any status that may be protected by applicable law.
We are particularly interested in work that provides a fresh perspective and expands the visual language of documentary photography. Therefore, we invite photographers and artists to submit documentary-based work that uses new or creative visual strategies, investigative/storytelling approaches, or technologies. We seek applicants who reflect a diversity of global perspectives, especially those that are under-represented in mainstream narratives and media. Five to six projects will be selected.
We will cover the cost of: printing/framing; $2,500 participation fee; travel cost reimbursement/coverage to attend the opening reception and related events (attendance required); and return shipment of photographs.”
For the full prospectus visit: www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/moving-walls.
New Orleans Photo Alliance
Lecture by Mary Virginia Swanson:
YOUR EXHIBITION, THE VENUE and ITS AUDIENCE: Considerations for Planning a Successful Exhibition
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 2:00-4:00 pm
“Exhibiting your work is an exciting experience for all artists. But until you have the opportunity to present your work to the public, how can you understand the strategic and practical steps towards mounting a successful exhibition?
Whether your exhibition is being hosted at a public space or private venue, all artists should consider the audience that venue engages and work strategically to ensure a strong collaboration with its community.
In this illustrated seminar, Mary Virginia Swanson helps artists understand the issues of presentation, publicity, audience engagement through educational offerings, the value of producing an accompanying online/print publication and much more.
Artists attending this presentation will gain a broad awareness of the exhibition experience.”
Cathedral Creative Studios
527 Julia Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
“PhotoPhilanthropy believes in the power of photography to inspire hope and understanding and to connect people around the world. The Activist Awards have been established to emphasize the important role of high quality documentary photography and visual storytelling as a vehicle to create meaningful impact and social change.
Photo essays must be entered into one of two categories:
- Professional Photographer – $15,000 Grand Prize: Any individual who earns the majority of their living from photography.
- Emerging Photographer – $5,000 Grand Prize: Any individual who does not earn the majority of their income from photography.
In order to reflect current issues, photographs in the essay must have been taken within the last three years. Long-term projects will be accepted as long as the majority of the photographs were taken within the last three years.
Each photographer may enter up to two essays, and although they can be completed in collaboration with the same nonprofit, the subject matter must be different. Essays entered in previous years may not be resubmitted.”
For the full prospectus and to apply visit photophilanthropy.org/award/submission-guidelines.
Opening Reception: John Chervinsky “Studio Physics + An Experiment in Perspective”
Friday, November 7, 2014, 5:00-8:00 pm
“John Chervinsky is a photographer and Harvard engineer in applied physics. His images create a world where the two subjects playfully intermingle. Chervinsky says, “I am fascinated by the concept of time. I can measure it, account for it in an experiment in the lab, and live my life in it, but I still don’t know what it is, exactly.” His photographs mix elements of optics and perspective as a means to explore human knowledge and perception.”
The exhibition will be on view November 7 – December 27, 2014.
122 W 6th St
Bloomington, Indiana [map]