Apologies this week for a delayed round up of photo news (blame it on the snow which has created mini havoc here in London). With a new year in full swing, it’s time to look ahead to what’s coming up. You still have over a month to enter the 2010 Voies Off Prize – an open call international competition, while for younger photographers – 12-18 years – there’s a call from the World Photography Award. Rounding off the post, there’s some Hot News from HotShoe Gallery and and Hotshoe Books
VOIES OFF PRIZE 2010
“Be part of the photographic alternative and participate in the 2010 Voies Off prize”, the press release announces. Open to all regardless of age or nationality, participants in the 2010 Voies Off prize are “amateur or professional photographers, artists, associations, collectives, groups, galleries, agencies, or schools using photography as their medium”. Every July, the Voies Off prize is awarded by a jury of renowned professionals to “an artist for the clarity of his/her vision and the high quality of his/her work.”
“Voies Off has offered an alternative approach to emerging contemporary photography, its particularities, its evolutions, and its areas of resistance.” Since 1996, the Voies Off festival has been advocating for the role of photography in contemporary art and other various creative practices, providing them with an international stage during the Rencontres d’Arles photo festival in Arles, France, and an alternative venue “for international photographic creation”.
Nightly projections take place during the opening week of the Rencontres d’Arles festival (first full week in July) in the courtyard of the Archbishop’s Palace. Other events include daily portfolio reviews, professional “mornings,” and several thematic exhibitions. All events are free except for portfolio reviews. “Over twenty different nationalities are represented at each festival. Every year over sixty candidates are selected for the programme of the night-projections.
25 euros registration fee
The works must be organized as a series “showing coherent thinking developed through a theme, a personal vision”. The main criterion considered by the commission will be a personal and creative vision.
Online application only at Voies Off. Upload photographs using an access code that Voies Off will provide via email. Voies Off will send emails confirming registration and up-load. Results will be emailed to the participants. No other form of communication will be used.
A jury composed of renowned professionals and the artistic director of Voies Off will choose the winner of the competitions among the selected applications.
April 2010 – The result of the jury’s selection for the 2010 festival announced
July 2010 – The winning portfolio announced
JULY PORTFOLIO REVIEWS
Daily portfolio reviews will be held in the first full week in July in the courtyard of the Archbishop’s Palace. Reviews are offered on a first-come basis.
WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Calling all young photographers between ages 12 and 18. You still have time to show support for children’s rights by pledging a single photograph, accompanied by a written pledge, highlighting one of the five fundamental children’s rights. World Photography Organisation, Sony and the United Nations Children’s Fund are giving “six young photographers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Ethiopia for a photographic workshop complete with mentoring from acclaimed photographer and humanitarian Reza to mark the 20th anniversary year of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)”.
Log on to World Photography Awards
Before 28 February 2010
HOTSHOE PHOTO NEWS
One of the artists represented by HotShoe Gallery, Noemie Goudal, has been selected to participate in the XV edition Riccardo Pezza European Photography Prize which opens in Triennale, Milano on 23 January. The other artists are Arianna Arcara, Giusi Fanella, Olivier Fermariello, Annette Jonak, Bernd Kleinheisterkamp, Patricia Neligan, and Sophie Von Herzogemberg.
Photography Books: Sue Steward writing for online site – the arts desk – has selected some of her ‘favourite’ photography books from 2009. The list, coincidentally, includes a few ‘Roberts’ – Robert Frank, (Looking In Robert Frank’s: The Americans), Robert Mapplethorpe (Polaroids: Mapplethorpe) and Brighton-based photographer Simon Roberts’, We English, as well as Emily Andersen‘s paradise lost & found, which is published by HotShoe Books (September 2009). Steward writes: “In former Eastern Germany, Emily Andersen, a London photographer usually associated with portraits, also documented allotments in her book titled paradise lost & found. She explores the universal appropriation of empty spaces and how people create their own “secret paradises” in sites ignored by passing road and rail travellers. She seeks beauty but not romance in these gardens and in abandoned rundown factories, “leftovers from socialism’s utopian dream.”