BMW Paris Photo 09 prize winner, photo competition call for entries and photo news – Fabulous Friday Round Up

© Van Leo, Sherihan actrice égyptienne, Le Caire, Egypte, 1976 Collection Fondation Arabe pour l’Image - Fondation Arabe pour l’Image

It’s all go at the mo. Paris Photo 09 is in full swing at the Carrousel de Louvre, Paris until 22 November, the Sony World Photography Awards are making a call for entries and one of the North of England’s leading visual arts centres is relocating.

With 102 exhibitors made up of 89 galleries and 13 publishers, representing 23 countries, Paris Photo 09 states that: “75 per cent of the participants are non-French and 31 exhibitors are either first-time participants or returning after a previous absence”. During the four-day event, the short listed works for the 2009 BMW – Paris Photo Prize for contemporary photography are also exhibited. The 20 finalists were selected from among 55 projects relating to the theme “When was the last time you experienced something for the first time?”.

The winner of the 12 000 Euros (US $ 15, 000) prize is Dutch photographer Karijn Kakebeeke. The winning work Khadija’s Dream shows “an early moment in 2006 when Khadija first played with a football: an emotionally charged image of an Afghan woman who now belongs to the first female team in her country”. Kakebeeke specialises in documenting social issues and is represented by The Empty Quarter Gallery from Dubai.

© Karijn Kakebeeke, Khadija’s Dream, 2006, Courtesy of The Empty Quarter Gallery, Dubaï

Japanese photographer Tatsumi Orimoto represented by DNA Gallery (Berlin) was awarded a special jury distinction for his moving self-portrait taken with his mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s. This image is part of his extensive Mama Series (2008). The finalists included Eliott Erwitt’s New York City, 1977 and Elinor Carucci’s, Eden and Emmanuelle, the first month, 2004 -. Carruci is interviewed in the next issue of HotShoe, December 2009/January 2010.

CALL FOR ENTRIES
The 2010 Sony World Photography Awards competition is calling for entries. The competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers with entry categories across all genres of photography.

TO ENTER
The competition is free.

WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO
Register online.

DEADLINE
4 January 2010

PRIZES
$5,000 – $25,000 (USD), professional camera equipment from Sony, a year-long representation by the World Photography Organisation, a global tour exhibition in six or more cities around the world as well as trips to Cannes. For a full list of prizes, visit the website. Images are judged by the Honorary Judging Committee selected each year from the World Photographic Academy.

OPEN EYE GALLERY FUNDING AWARD
The Open Eye Gallery, which was established in 1977, is currently preparing for relocation and has just received a £400K funding award from Northwest Regional Development Agency “towards the construction and fit-out of new premises for the Open Eye Gallery at Mann Island”. This is in addition to a £100K grant from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, North West.

Open Eye Gallery is “the only specialist public photography gallery in the North West of England, and one of only a handful in the UK”. Patrick Henry, Open Eye Director, said: “We want to build on our track record as a world-class gallery by re-launching in new premises and significantly raising our game as one of the UK’s leading spaces for photography. Our new galleries will provide more exhibition space, in which we will present cutting-edge work by emerging and established artists. We’ll also be able to present work from our extensive print archive and offer more opportunities for people to get involved and learn about photography.”

The new gallery is due to open in late 2010. The final exhibition of this series is The Rolling Exhibition, by Kevin Connolly. The exhibition is part of DaDaFest 09 which runs until 5 December.

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