“The Magenta Foundation is pleased to announce Year Eleven of Flash Forward, its Emerging Photographers Competition.
Flash Forward 2015 is an open call for submissions, open to all photographers working in Canada, the UK and the US. Applicants must be 34 years of age or under as of December 31, 2015
One cash prize of $6,000 will be awarded to the 2015 Bright Spark, an emerging photographer whose submitted body of work is identified by the jury as being extraordinarily accomplished. IN ADDITION, an Artists Multiple BOOK Prize has been added to this year’s competition. A photographer, selected by The Magenta Foundation Team, will be published. Details to be announced in the coming months.
As in the past, all 2015 Flash Forward Winners and Honourable Mentions will have their work published in the catalogue that chronicles the annual juried competition.
The Flash Forward group show, made up of a selection of photographs from the accompanying annual catalogue, will travel from Toronto to Boston and other places to be announced.
- Julien Beaupré Ste-Marie, Managing Editor / Books & Exhibitions, The Magenta Foundation
- Erin Elder, Manager, Business Development & Partnerships, The Globe and Mail
- Eva Michon, Co-founder & Editor of Bad Day magazine
- United Kingdom
- Rebecca McClelland, Group Photography Editor & Creative Director, Ian Parry Scholarship
- Gemma Barnett, Print Sales Manager, The Photographers’ Gallery
- Cheryl Newman, Photography Director, Telegraph Magazine
- United States
- David Alexander Arnold, Photo Editor, Travel + Leisure
- Elizabeth Avedon, Independent Curator and Writer, L’Oeil de la Photographie
- Emily Keegin, Photography and Art Director
- Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography
- Divya Rao Heffley, Program Manager, Hillman Photography Initiative, Carnegie Museum of Art
- Sam Barzilay, Creative Director, United Photo Industries; Co-Founder, Photoville
- Alyssa Coppelman, Independent Photo Editor
- Meg Handler, Editor-at-Large, BagNews
- Kate Gilbert, Independent Public Art Curator
- Julie Grahame, Editor and Publisher, aCurator
- Invited International Jurors
- Mauro Bedoni, Photo Editor, COLORS magazine
- Raphaëlle Stopin, Curator, Writer; Photography Art Director, International Festival of Fashion and Photography, Hyères, France.”
For the full prospectus and to submit visit: magentafoundation.org/flash- forward.
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.
Ticket registration opens Wednesday, May 7 at 12:00 pm PDT and Thursday, May 8 at 9:30 am PDT HERE.
“The Iris Nights lecture series is a public program offered free of charge, by online reservation, on a first-come, first-served basis.”
The publishing industry is undergoing extraordinary changes. The print-on-demand revolution has opened up new possibilities, and it has never been easier or more affordable to produce a book of your photographs. The traditional publishing path has the advantage of a highly specialized team who brings their expertise in design, production, marketing and distribution systems. With self-publishing, you can create exactly the book you envision, but without the support of professionals at a publishing house. In the changing landscape of the photo book industry which publishing scenario is right for you at this time in your career?
In this presentation, Mary Virginia Swanson will discuss both avenues to publishing, and help participants determine the pros/cons for their unique needs. Swanson will share resources from Publish Your Photography Book, a respected title she coauthored with Darius Himes, which has recently been updated and expanded (Princeton Architectural Press, Spring 2014).
Skylight Studios (in the Century City Plaza area)
10050 Constellation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
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.