Open To Interpretation: A Juried Book Competition of Photography, Poetry and Prose
Call for Entries: Love/Lust
Deadline: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
“Lust is an intense appetite, craving, or untamed desire. We lust for an array of things—money, power, objects, sex, or just living life. Love is a powerful affection or personal attachment and comes in a variety of forms, which can encompass romantic, sexual, platonic, narcissistic, or even religious feelings or attitudes. Show us your interpretations. Who or what do you love or lust for? What images capture these emotions for you?
Aline Smithson, Photographer and Creator/Editor of LENSCRATCH
Publication and Awards
$1000 Cover Award
$500 Judge’s Choice Award Photography
$500 Judge’s Choice Award Writing or Poetry
Being selected to be part of this publication puts you in great company with other photographers, writers, and poets. This publication is dedicated to providing a place for artists to gain recognition and exposure for their work. All participants chosen, if so desired, will have their name, web page and/or mailing address indexed in the book so as they can be contacted directly regarding their work.”
Open to Interpretation: A Juried Book Competition or Photography, Poetry & Prose
Call for Entries: Open to Interpretation: Fading Light
Deadline: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
“The tension between wanting to hang on to the light but at the same time welcoming the darkness. Fading light – shadows, absence of light, twilight, darkness, losing sight, transformative. This theme can be used figuratively as well as literally. Portraits, fashion, editorial, landscape, documentary, conceptual or any other genre is open for consideration. Both color and b&w are eligible.
Photography Judge: George Slade, Photographic curator, writer and historian.
Writing Judge: Jacqueline Sokolov, Creative Writing professor at Texas Tech University.
Publication and Awards
$1000 Cover Award
$300 Judge’s Choice Award Photography
$300 Judge’s Choice Award Writing or Poetry
Being selected to be part of this publication puts you in great company with other photographers, writers, and poets. This publication is dedicated to providing a place for artists to gain recognition and exposure for their work. All participants chosen, if so desired, will have their name, web page and/or mailing address indexed in the book so as they can be contacted directly regarding their work.
Each volume of Open to Interpretation represents a unique collaboration between photographers and writers. The content for each book is sought via two distinct calls for entry/submissions:
- Photography “Call for Entry.” After judging takes place, the selected images will be posted online.
- Writing “Call for Submissions.” After viewing the selected photographs online, writers craft and submit an interpretation of an image in poetry or prose. Two written works will be selected for each photograph.
Eligibility and Submission Guidelines
Any amateur or professional photographer is welcome to submit work for consideration. The image must be original and created by the person entering the work. All images created will be accepted for consideration, including but not limited to film, digital, alternative process, mixed media, digital manipulations, old world processes, pinhole, solar etchings, iPhone, etc. Either color or black & white is acceptable. All images must be submitted electronically. Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the rights. For a photo in which a person is recognizable, and the image was taken in a non-public setting, you must secure a model release from the subject and provide upon request. Mailed/emailed submissions will not be accepted.
Note: Images selected by jurors for publication in a previous issue of Open to Interpretation are NOT eligible. Images previously submitted but not yet selected for publication may be resubmitted as often as you wish.
About Open to Interpretation
“Your work will be selected by judges prominent in their field — gallery owners, publishers, editors, renowned practitioners, leading consultants and others who can influence your growth as an artist or writer.
Each book begins with a themed call for photographs. The selected images become the literary inspiration for the writer’s submissions, from which two are chosen to accompany each image.The subsequent pairing of photographs and written pieces, culimates in the publicaiton of a high-quality, fine art book.
Each book is a two-part process. The photography call for entry comes first. The judge’s results will be posted on-line. Writers and poets will then be invited to view the images and submit stories or poems that are inspired by the posted images.”
In April MVS visited the College of DuPage to give a lecture and meet with the college’s photography students. While there, she met with her good friend Jeff Curto to do an interview for his program, Camera Position: A Podcast About the Creative Side of Photography.
The interview was extensive, full of great information, and posted in a five part series over the past few weeks; the last installment will be posted on Monday, June 11th. You can listen to all four parts of the interview for free at CameraPosition.com:
- Camera Position 106 : Mary Virginia Swanson – Part 1
- Camera Position 107 : Mary Virginia Swanson – Part 2: Books, Blogs & Salons
In part 2 of my conversation with Mary Virginia Swanson, we talk about the rise of the small group Salon, various online presences in the photo world and the importance of books. For some context for this part of the conversation, see Part 1 of this interview.
- Camera Position 108 : Mary Virginia Swanson – Part 3: Craft, Publishing & Folios
I continue my conversation with Mary Virginia Swanson, covering the importance of photographic craft, the world of print-on-demand publishing and how folios of photographs fit into the mix.
- Camera Position 109 : Mary Virginia Swanson – Part 4: Public Art, Galleries & Image Size
The 4th part of my conversation with Mary Virginia Swanson, where we discuss public art, galleries and work for the wall, image size and the life of images that aren’t meant for traditional display.
From Fall Line’s newsletter: “As part of the Westside Arts District Art Walk this weekend, Publisher William Boling and Editor Michael Daivd Murphy of Fall Line will speak at 12:30. As we approach our one year anniversary, we’ve come a long way and have more, exciting ventures in store. William and Michael will discuss our current publications, reading room and bookstore, and our upcoming new releases including Bottom of da Boot by photographer Kael Alford.”
Fall Line Press
1000 Marietta Street, Ste 112
Atlanta, Georgia [map]
European Publishers Award for Photography 2012
Deadline: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Fee: €50 | £40
The European Publishers Award for Photography was established in 1994 and celebrates its 19th year in 2012. Previous winners have included Bruce Gilden, Simon Norfolk, Jeff Mermelstein, Paolo Pellegrin, Jacob Aue Sobol, Ambroise Tézenas, Klavdij Sluban, Christophe Agou and David Monteleone.
Founded in 1994, the European Publishers Award for Photography is a major initiative to encourage the publication of contemporary photography. Open to photographers world-wide, the competition is a unique collaboration between six European Publishers – Actes Sud (France), Blume (Spain), Apeiron (Greece), Dewi Lewis Publishing (Great Britain), Kehrer Verlag (Germany) Peliti Associati (Italy) and Blume (Spain). The 2012 Jury will be held in the UK and Dewi lewis Publishing will be Project Leader.
The competition requires the submission of a substantial, completed and unpublished photographic book project. The winning project is then published in book form simultaneously by each of the publishers in their own country resulting in one of the most extensive cultural collaborations currently existing in Europe.”
If one of the listed publishers is in your country of residence, you should submit your materials to them. If you do not reside in one of those countries, your materials must be submitted:
Dewi Lewis Publishing
8, Broomfield Road
Stockport SK4 4ND
For the competition rules and guidelines, please visit Dewi Lewis’s website here.
Deadline: Saturday, December 31, 2011
Fees: Canada $50 | USA $50 | UK £40
“The Magenta Foundation is pleased to announce Year Eight of Flash Forward. The competition is an open call to photographers working in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom who are 34 years of age and under.
-Julien Beaupré Ste-Marie — Photo Editor, enRoute Magazine
-Erin Elder, Manager — Business Development & Partnerships, Digital Media, The Globe & Mail
-J.J. Kegan McFadden — Director/Curator; PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts
-Erin Stump — Erin Stump Projects
-Diane Smyth — British Journal of Photography, London
-Stefanie Braun — Senior Curator, Photographers’ Gallery
-Francesca Sears — Director of Profile, Panos Pictures
-Holly Stuart Hughes — Editor, Photo District News
-Daniel Cooney — Daniel Cooney Fine Art
-Paul Moakley — Deputy Photo Editor, TIME
Invited International Jurors:
-Lisa Botos — 0oi Botos Gallery, Hong Kong
-Sujong Song — Independent Curator and Publisher, Korea
COMPETITION PRIZING has INCREASED, and the Bright Spark Award winner will receive $5,000. As in the past, all 2012 Flash Forward Winners and Honourable Mentions will have their work published in the catalogue that chronicles the annual juried competition. The 2012 Flash Forward Group Exhibition Opening will take place as part of the Flash Forward Festival’s program of nightly events.
Submissions are easy, but please read all guidelines before submitting. Here’s what you will need to submit:
- Up to 10 digital images of your work (if you would prefer to submit fewer, that’s fine too):
- Resolution: low (72 dpi)
- Format: .jpg, .gif or .png only. Please be aware that your files will be viewed by the jurors on the web, and if you submit files in .tif, .psd or other non-web-viewable formats, they will not be visible and you will be disqualified.
- Size: 700 pixels on the longest side, and a file size NO larger than 500 kb.
- The caption/title, medium and dimensions for each image you intend to submit, including English translations if the captions are not in English. These do not need to be directly attached to the image file in any way — the image upload form provides fields for filling this information in.
- Please choose the images that you submit from a concise body of work which you feel best represents the style you work within.
“The 4th Photobook Festival will once again focus on current developments in the genre of the photographic book. Internationally renowned guests have been invited to present their work and to engage with the visitors to the festival. Workshops, screenings, reviews, exhibitions, trade stalls and the presentation of our awards will offer excitement and inspiration.” Visit the festival’s website (in English or German) to see the schedule and to learn more about the festival.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 6:00 pm
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Admission: $10 members | $8 corporate members | $5 students, seniors, and staff of other museums
Buy tickets online.
“Join leading contemporary artists as they discuss their work, the creative process, and issues in contemporary art.
Chicago-based artist collective Temporary Services in conversation with Max Schumann, Associate Director at Printed Matter Inc., discuss their shared concerns about self-publishing and the democratic aspects of artist books. Moderated by MoMA Director Glenn D. Lowry.” Learn more about the event here.
European Publishers Award for Photography, 2011
Deadline: Friday, April 29, 2011
Entry Fee: €50 | £40
“Now in its eighteenth year, the European Publishers Award for Photography is a major initiative to encourage the publication of contemporary photography. The 2011 Jury will be held in France and the publisher Actes Sud will be the Project Leader.
Open to photographers world-wide, the competition is a unique collaboration between five European Publishers – Actes Sud (France), Apeiron (Greece), Dewi Lewis Publishing (Great Britain), Kehrer Verlag (Germany) and Peliti Associati (Italy). The competition requires the submission of a substantial, completed and unpublished photographic book project. The winning project is then published in book form simultaneously by each of the publishers in their own country resulting in one of the most extensive cultural collaborations currently existing in Europe.”
For the competition rules please go to Dewi Lewis Publishing’s website or the websites of the other participating publishers listed above for those languages.