Photo news and international photo competition results – Fabulous Friday Round Up

Fabulous Friday’s Round Up is back after a busy month. Today’s post is a pic ‘n’ mix selection of some international photography and art competition news, the winners of The Young Masters Art Prize 2009 and the US-based Young Photographers Alliance scholarship 2009, both in their first year, plus Lens Culture’s winners. Also, the dates of the New York Photography Festival 2010 and the names of next year’s four guest curators.

Hector de Gregorio_Absinthes

Photo credit: © Hector de Gregorio, Absinthes, 2009

The joint winners of The Young Masters Art Prize are Hector de Gregorio and US artist collaborative duo Ghost of a Dream (Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was). London-based artist Hector de Gregorio, a recent graduate from the Royal College of Art, “transforms his modern subjects in to fantasy characters, referencing the religious narratives of the Old Masters. In work such as Absinthes (2009) de Gregorio repeatedly paints and varnishes over digital photographs, creating a work which evolves around theatre and fantasy, raising questions about power and submission and contemporary sexual confusion”.

The winners were announced by chair of the prize and gallery owner Cynthia Corbett (Cynthia Corbett Gallery) chosen from sixteen emerging and newly established international artists who exhibited their work – all inspired by the Old Masters – at the Young Masters exhibition held in two locations in London. The winners receive a combined prize of £4,000. The prize was judged by artists and historians including Medeia Cohan Petrolino, Head Curator for the University of the Arts London; Lock Anderson Kresler, Christie’s Contemporary Art Department; Averill Ogden, Outset Art Fund, and artist Tom Hunter.


The Young Photographers Alliance (YPA), an educational foundation which launched in Spring this year, announced the three scholarship (two sponsored by YPA and one by Alamy) and two honourable mentions (also sponsored by YPA). The winners are Julianne Jamora (School of Visual Arts), Khrystyna Chekhlata (Pratt Institute), Bonnie Rae Mills (Academy of Arts University), with Honorable Mentions awarded to Shannon Soule (Ringling College of Art and Design) and Nicole Nolan (Pratt Institute).

The Young Photographers Alliance Awards is an annual scholarships for students in financial need studying photography in colleges and universities across the United States. The programme includes mentoring, internships and educational programs.

A sample of the winners work can be seen by following this link and clicking on photo gallery.


Lens Culture’s online photo competition drew 6,000 entries from photographers in 48 countries. Marco Vernaschi, an Italian photojournalist based in Buenos Aires, has won the Grand Prize in the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards for 2009. Brad Moore, Stella Johnson and Laura Pannack (Next Perspective – HotShoe and MyArtSpace winner 20078) are the 2009 recipients of the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards, Single Image category. Each will receive cash prizes: 1st prize, $1,000; 2nd Prize, $500; 3rd prize, $250. British Journal of Photography International Photography Award  Portfolio winner Edmund Clarke received an Honourable Mention.

To see a gallery of images follow this link.

Next year’s New York Photography Festival will take place 12-16 May, 2010. The curators will be:

Vince Aletti who “reviews photography exhibitions for The New Yorker’s Goings On About Town section and writes a regular column about photo books for Photograph. He is the winner of the 2005 Infinity Award in writing from the International Center of Photography, where he is currently an adjunct curator”.

Erik Kessels is “a photography curator, writer, and picture anthropologist, and a founding partner and creative director of KesselsKramer, an independent, international communications agency located in Amsterdam”.

Fred Ritchin is “professor of Photography & Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is the author of After Photography (W. W. Norton, 2009) and In Our Own Image: The Coming Revolution in Photography (Aperture, 1990)”.

Lou Reed is “a playwright, poet, musician, and photographer whose photographs have been exhibited worldwide. His third photography book, Romanticism, (this links to a review by The Independent, 10 November 2009) will be released later this year on Edition 7L”. The festival takes place over four-and-a-half days.


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