“Trust your instincts, and take this opportunity to make your best edit ever. Your pictures should open doors instead of just confirming perspectives. Pay the utmost attention to the way you present your work, and your pictures will take on their own life.”
Ayperi Karabuda Ecer, chair of the 2010 World Press Photo competition and Vice President Pictures at Reuters, gives advice to this year’s entrants.
It’s getting close to the deadline for some international competitions, including the long-standing 53rd World Press Photo competition, the third Renaissance Photography Prize 2010 (open to both amateurs and professionals), and the Association of Photograpehrs (AOP) Student Awards. Also, today’s post has a round up of the eight artists shortlisted for the 4th Artes Mundi Prize which includes an exhibition at the National Museum Cardiff in Wales.
CALL FOR ENTRIES
World Press Photo competition
The World Press Photo is calling for professional photographers and photojournalists to enter the 53rd World Press Photo contest. Singles pictures as well as photo stories/portfolios are accepted in the following ten categories: Spot News, General News, People in the News, Sports Action, Sports Features, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Arts and Entertainment, Portraits, and Nature.
WHAT TO DO
The web entry site is open for uploading entries from 1 December 2009 until the deadline of 14 January 2010. The contest entry site is available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
Apply for a username and password to access the site before midnight on 8 January 2010.
Upload and edit submissions until 14 January. Previous usernames and passwords are not valid for the 2010 contest.
There will be First, Second and Third prizes in the single and stories categories. First-prize winners in each category will receive a cash prize of €1,500. The premier award, the World Press Photo of the Year, carries a cash prize of €10,000.
It is too late to submit entries by post on a CD/DVD. Entries submitted by email are also not accepted.
Biographies of the 2010 jury can also be found on the main World Press Photo website.
Winners will be announced on12 February 2010.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The entry rules for next year’s competition include a modified clause about image manipulation: The content of an image must not be altered. Only retouching which conforms to currently accepted standards in the industry is allowed. The jury is the ultimate arbiter of these standards and may at its discretion request the original, unretouched file as recorded by the camera or an untoned scan of the negative or slide. World Press Photo managing director Michiel Munneke added: “We realize that by using the phrase ‘currently accepted standards in the industry’, we leave room for interpretation. This is because there is a need for flexibility. The definition of manipulation for a portrait, for example, is not necessarily the same as for a hard news picture.”
From 30 January until 11 February 2010, a panel of 19 recognized international experts in the field of press photography will be judging the entries at the World Press Photo office in Amsterdam.
Renaissance Photography Prize 2010
All proceeds from the competition are donated to the Lavender Trust. The Renaissance Photography Prize 2010 (open to both amateur and professional photographers) is the brainchild of Fiona Gifford, a 36 year-old lawyer and keen amateur photographer who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006:
“I have been overwhelmed by the success of Renaissance and the quality of the photographs that we have seen since the competition started. The competition is a great way for photographers to have their work judged by some of the best names in the photography world while raising money for younger women with breast cancer. What better way to celebrate life and the world around us than through photography? Photographs allow us capture and connect with the world, and can be a source of inspiration during times of adversity”.
WHAT TO DO
Read the Terms and Conditions. The website says: “You keep copyright of all your work, and get a nice warm glow from knowing your entry fee will be used to support younger people with breast cancer,”
There are four catergories for photographs: Landscapes; People; Movement; Reflections. You can enter as many categories as you like, and you can enter as many images as you like.
All entries should be in JPG format 800 pixels, maximum, on the longest side, and not more than 300 KB in file size.
Sign up to the site and upload your photographs.
£15 for 1 image/£25 for 4 – submission fee donated in full to the Lavender Trust £15 for a one photo or £25 for up to four photos. The entry fee goes to the Lavender Trust (to support younger people with breast cancer) at Breast Cancer Care (less PayPal expenses).
“The overall winner of the competition receives £3,000. The winner in each category will receive the category prize of £500. Winners and highly-commended entries will receive a free double ticket to the Celebrity Private View. For 80 finalists, there is an additional benefit of getting real exposure with an exhibition in a leading London gallery where your work will be sold. You’ll even get a share of the proceeds.”
10 January 2010
Eamonn McCabe, former Guardian picture editor and four times Sports Photographer of the Year; Charlie Waite, photographer and founder of Landscape Photographer of the Year; Michael Hoppen, photographer and owner of the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London and Brigitte Lardinois, senior lecturer at LCC and editor of photography book Magnum Magnum.
For a taste of last year’s event, take a peek below:
NATIONAL COMPETITIONS – UK
AOP Students Awards 2010
The AOP Student Awards are open to everyone studying photography in the UK.
WHAT TO DO
Students can enter singles and series across Lifestyle & Portraiture, Fashion & Beauty, Landscape, Interiors & Exteriors and Still Life.
Enter online. You can submit unlimited entries
AOP Student members can enter at a discounted price of £2.50 per single entry and £5 per series entry.
For non-members it costs £5 per single entry and £10 per series entry.
The Winner is awarded the title AOP Student Photographer of the Year and will receive:
a double page spread in the AOP Photographers Awards book
a day’s work experience with a high- profile AOP member
plus extensive press coverage.
The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday January 24th 2010.
T & C
One of the conditions is that that the AOP “may use their winning images to promote the AOP Students Awards and AOP Student Membership”.
COMPETITION SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED
4th Artes Mundi Prize
The work of the eight international contemporary artists shortlisted for the 4th Artes Mundi Prize will go on display at National Museum Cardiff from 11 March to 6 June 2010.
“The prize brings together outstanding artists from around the world who stimulate thinking about the human condition and humanity. Its aim is to give a platform to contemporary artists who are established in their own countries but have previously received little critical recognition in the UK. Many are known on the international art scene, some through exhibiting at biennales and other significant art events.
“This year, the artists explore issues of national identity, globalisation, consumerism, propaganda and migration. Using the media of painting, photography, film, video, sound, installation and drawing, they present the impact of economic and political changes on their immediate rural or urban environments and on wider communities – local, regional and global.”
The winner of the £40,000 Prize will be announced in May 2010.
The shortlisted artists are:
Yael Bartana (b. Israel, 1970. Lives Amsterdam and Israel) creates complex visualisations with photography, film, video, sound and installation using documentation and re-enactments. Bartana’s recent solo exhibitions include PS1, New York; Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, Poland; Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel; The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada.
Fernando Bryce (b. Peru, 1965. Lives Berlin)
Ergin Çavuşoğlu (b. Bulgaria, 1968. Lives London) creates film and video installations are meditations on the ever shifting aspects of today’s globalised society. The artist’s recent exhibitions include representing Turkey at the Venice Biennale 2003, 8th Istanbul Biennial 2003, 3rd Berlin Biennale 2004, Becks Futures 2004 and British Art Show 6, as well as solo shows at Haunch of Venison and Dundee Contemporary Arts.
Olga Chernysheva (b. Russia, 1962. Lives Moscow, Russia) uses a range of media to produce artworks that explore contemporary Russia. Recent exhibitions include the International Centre of Photography Triennial, New York; Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow Biennial; LMCC Lent Space, New York; Yapı Kredi Kâzım Taşkent Art Gallery, Istanbul Biennial and MoMA, New York.
Chen Chieh-jen (b. Taiwan, 1960. Lives Taiwan) works with photography, film, installation and performance to explore issues connected to globalisation, in particular labour, consumerism and migration. Chen Chieh-jen’s work was included in the Taiwan Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale. He first showed in the Taiwan Pavilion in 1999 at the 48th Venice Biennale. In 2005 he was one of 41 artists presented by curator Maria de Corral in the Italian Pavilion, The experience of art, at the 51st Venice Biennale.
Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev (both artists born Kyrgyzstan, 1960 and 1965 respectively.) live and work together in Bishek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, a country which has been at the centre of change and protest since the collapse of the Soviet Union. As a result their work offers a complex insight into modern Russia and Central Asia. Through video and photographic installations they explore how the fall of communism has affected the lives of thousands of Kyrgyz people.
Adrian Paci (b. Albania, 1969. Lives Italy) re-creates personal experiences using the techniques of traditional storytelling. He addresses Albania’s painful politics and the realities of migration in film, photography and painting. Among other venues, Paci has shown at Frieze Art Fair with Milan’s Francesca Kaufmann Gallery, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, PS1 Contemporary Art Centre, Tate Modern, Kunsthalle Fridericianum and the Seville and Venice biennials.