For today’s mid-week round up of photo news, there’s an exhibition and a photo product award, plus final calls for applicants for the 2010 Hungry Bursary Awards Scheme and the Dutch Masters Series of photographer-led workshops taking place in Italy. Also, a quick heads up on the 12 April date when the annual Association of Photographers Open will be accepting entries.
London-based Czech artist, Hana Vojáčková’s first solo show, Red Balloon 86, a series of large-format photographs and a five-screen video installation taken within the exclusion zone of Chernobyl is on show until Sunday in London. The work is a personal response to the 1986 radioactive explosion. The video is inspired by the boy in the 1956 French film, The Red Balloon, and also follows the journey of a young child. I haven’t seen the show but it looks interesting, especially as she is working with both still and moving imagery.
Hana Vojáčková gained access to the site in late 2009 “to capture the wasteland that is Chernobyl, where in the immediate aftermath of the nuclear disaster, its residents had 40 minutes to pack their worldly belongings and leave”.
ASSOCIATION OF PHOTOGRAPHERS (AOP) OPEN
The AOP Open is calling for entries from around the world for its annual photography competition. The aim of the competition is “to showcase outstanding individual images – there are no categories or themes so the choice of work submitted is entirely up to the photographer”. The AOP Open is now in its 11th year and annually attracts around 1500 international entries.
Awards will be presented to the ‘Best in Show’, the ‘Public Choice’ winner and also a ‘Judge’s Choice’ selected by each of the judges. The chosen images will be exhibited in August at the AOP Gallery and also showcased on the awards website. The gala evening will be held in August at the AOP Gallery in Shoreditch, East London.
From 12 April until 16 May
£15 per image
The judges will be announced in May and judging will take place in June 2010.
THE 2010 HUNGRY BURSARY AWARDS SCHEME
The 2010 Hungry Bursary Awards Scheme is now open to photographers “who are interested in where documentary, commercial and fine art practices merge or cross over. The Bursary Scheme aims to showcase the best UK photographers, alongside those in the West Midlands”. This year’s theme is: Collision – Where Image Worlds Meet.
The Hungry Bursary Awards Scheme, now in its second year, is a collaboration between Rhubarb-Rhubarb with Arts Council West Midlands; Rhubarb East Gallery, Birmingham; Flowers East Gallery, London; and Genesis Imaging.
Photographers can enter in one of three categories: Starters (third year graduates and emerging artists), Mains (mid career) and Desserts (photographers of national/international reputation seeking international recognition). There will be 10 shortlisted Artists in total. The judges will pick three winners from each category and an overall winner.
See individual categories for details of prizes which include an opportunity to get your work in front of prestigious photo heads,exhibition prints by Genesis Imaging; an exhibition at Rhubarb East Gallery, Birmingham and Flowers East Gallery, London; a day at one of Rhubarb tailor made events; a place at the Rhubarb International Promenade; and a place at the Rhubarb International Seminar.
£20 submission fee
Categories are fine art, documentary and commercial. Download the application form to apply
Shortlist – 8 April, Judging – 9 April
Chris Littlewood – Flowers East Gallery, London
Harry Hardie – Host Gallery, London
David Birkitt – DMB Media, London
Mark Foxwell – Genesis Image Lab, London
Lara Ratnaraja – Business Link
2009 Bursary Winners in the ‘Starters’ category, The Jackson Twins
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
For more details, visit Rhubarb-Rhurbarb festival bursaries
THE DUTCH MASTER SERIES PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS
Cesuralab is hosting a series of five photographer-led workshops The Dutch Masters Series in northern Italy. The photographers – all from the Netherlands – will each lead a week-long workshop from April 17- May 15. All workshops are for “aspiring and professional photographers alike” and will be held at Cesuralab in Pianello Val Tidone, Italy.
Kadir van Lohuizen
€1000 per week
Online application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
PRODUCTS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS AWARD
The Viewbook Pro Website Account has been given a Hot One 2010 Award in the online album design and hosting category by Professional Photographer magazine. These awards “represent photography’s best new products for professional application, as chosen by a panel of professional photographers”.
Their selection was based on overall quality, innovation, design, performance, and value for the price. “We’ve built a modular system that enables people to use their creativity and create solutions their own way and not force too many conventions on them”, says Rien Swagerman, founder and developer of Viewbook.com. “It’s great to see so many photographers around the world working with our tools.” Current users include distinguished photographers like Markus Klinko & Indrani, David Leslie Anthony and Melissa Rodwell.