Photo competitions: Calls for Sony World Photography Awards, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010, Colors of Life and Free Range winners – Fabulous Friday Round Up

© Mustafa Ipek, Flying Basketball, Amateur category - Sport, photo courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2010

It’s a global theme today with calls for entries from two popular international photography competitions – Sony World Photography Awards, which had over 80,000 entrants from 148 countries last year, and this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, which received 6,301 entries –  as well as a photo competition from America, plus the five winners of the first UK-based Free Range Art Awards for new graduate artists and designers are announced.

© Marianna Marcantonini, Italy, Suspended, Amateur category - Architecture, photo courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2010

The World Photography Organisation announces changes for 2011. These include:

  • World Photography Organisation website re-launched at 5pm today. The website is described as “a hub for the photographic community” with a members section, a dedicated student section, forums, videos and blogs.
  • The Sony World Photography Awards opens for entries today. The competition is free to enter and there are two entry categories: Open and Professional (and serious ‘amateurs/enthusiasts’). It is not possible to enter both and all images submitted must have been shot in 2010.

The Open competition replaces the amateur competition and “has been created for the growing number of people with a love of photography”. It has eleven categories: Action; After Dark; Architecture; Arts & Culture; Fashion; Panoramic; Nature & Wildlife; People; Travel; and Smile. It is judged on a single image.

For Professionals and serious ‘amateurs/enthusiasts’. “Submissions must be based on a body of work and contain a minimum of three images and maximum of 10. Both published and unpublished work can be considered. Commercial – photography that has primarily been commissioned for commercial intent, the purpose of which is to sell products or services; Travel; Lifestyle; Still Life; Fashion; Fine Art – photographs that are created in accordance with the creative vision of the photographer as an artist; Architecture; Portraiture; Landscape; Still Life; Conceptual; Photojournalism & Documentary – the creation of imagery to tell a story; from capturing current news and global issues, chronicling historical and worldwide events and popular culture; Current Affairs; Contemporary Issues; People; Arts & Culture and Sport.

The winner of the L’Iris d’Or/Sony World Photographer of the Year will be presented with $25,000 (USD) plus Sony’s Alpha digital SLR camera equipment. The overall Open competition winner will receive $5,000 plus Sony’s Alpha digital SLR camera equipment. Winners of the Professional and Open categories will each receive their trophies at the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony in London on 27 April 2011 when the overall winners will be announced. Deadline is 5 January 2011 at 23.59GMT.

  • The festival will expand to four major cities throughout 2010 and 2011. It will visit San Francisco, Mexico, Shanghai and London. The tour will finish in London where the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony will be hosted for the first time. Festivals will showcase the Sony World Photography Awards winners and will feature practical workshops, exhibitions, talks, portfolio reviews and a photography symposium presented by leading international industry figures.
  • “For the first time, Student Focus is open to all universities from across the world, that hold a photography programme. Ten shortlisted students and their tutors will be flown to London in April 2011 to conduct their final assignment as part of the World Photography Festival. 45,000 Euros worth of Alpha digital SLR camera equipment has been donated by Sony and the overall Student Focus winner will be announced at the Sony World Photography Awards Ceremony on 27 April alongside the Professional and Open category winners. The competition is open to students aged 18-28. To enter the competition, institutions must register.”

The National Portrait Gallery in London is calling for entries for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010.  The competition is open to all photographers over the age of 18. The entry fee is £22.00 per photograph entered. First Prize winner receives £12,000; Second Prize £3,000; Third Prize £2,000, and Fourth Prize £1,000. The closing date for entries is 18 July.

Last year, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize won by Paul Floyd Blake, 47, for his portrait of 13-year-old swimmer Rosie Bancroft, who hopes to compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games. There’s a Photo Radar interview with him by Amy Davies, posted on Monday, 16th Nov 2009. Prizes were also awarded to Vanessa Winship, Michal Chelbin and Mirjana Vrbaski. Around 60 photographers will be selected for the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery which in 2009 received nearly 250,000 visitors.

For the second year running ELLE magazine will commission a photographer selected for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibition to shoot a feature story. The ELLE Commission will be judged by the fashion magazine’s editor-in-chief, Lorraine Candy, deputy art director, Tom Meredith and picture editor, Hannah Ridley. Ali Lomas won the inaugural ELLE Commission in 2009 and was commissioned by the magazine to shoot a portrait of singer Lauren Pritchard which will feature in the August issue of the magazine.

To enter, visit photo prize and complete the online application form or send a stamped addressed A4 envelope to: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H OHE.

The judging panel for 2010 will include Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery (Chair) and Terence Pepper, Curator of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery.

The exhibition will run at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 11 November 2010 – 20 February 2011, admission £1, before touring to The Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens from 16 April – 26 June 2011, and one further tour venue. A 72 page catalogue (RRP £15) featuring all of the selected photographers accompanies the exhibition.

ELLE magazine will choose one photographer selected for the exhibition to shoot a feature story. They will pay standard commissioning rates and expenses to the photographer chosen. ELLE is the world’s biggest-selling fashion magazine with 39 editions worldwide. The British edition of ELLE sells 195,455 copies a month (ABC January-December 2009).

The winners, chosen from participants exhibiting work in Free Range 2010, are Ben Raynor, Chris Mear, Robert Attard, Anna Taylor and Nicola Thompson. The selection of winning works are a mixed media drawing and four photographs. These will be available as a limited edition of 25 at Free Range 2010 and, from 3 June, online at culturelabel – a one-stop-culture-shop of products selected “from 100 leading museums, galleries and independent artists and designers from around the world including Tate, V&A and the British Museum”.

The judges – Kathleen Soriano, Director of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy; Peter Tullin, co-founder of; Justin Hammond, curator, gallerist and art writer; Gyr King from King & McGaw, and Tamsin O’Hanlon, director and the founder of Free Range. “Free Range is an Old Truman Brewery special project set up by Tamsin O’Hanlon in 2001 to support new creative talent. The Free Range graduate art & design show takes place every June and July at the Old Truman Brewery. Shows rotate weekly over the 8-week season and are curated by disciplines including design, graphics, photography, art and interiors… Free Range features more than 100 university courses from across the UK… all under one roof.”

The winners are:

Robert Attard - City of Westminster College

© Nicola Thompson - White Mountain Lady - Cleveland College

© Chris Mear - Burton College

© Anna Taylor - Grandad - Barking College

© Ben Raynor 'Albert' mixed media drawing

An international photo contest, Colors of Life, organized by The Gallery Art & Design, is now open for entries. The competition gives “photographers worldwide (professionals, students and amateurs) the chance to exhibit their works in the United States and internationally… A portion of the funds collected from sales of artists’ works and otherwise at exhibitions will support the Instituto Neurológico de Guatemala (Institute of Neurology of Guatemala), a non-profit organization which provides care and education for 120 underprivileged children with severe neurological deficits”.

The work of the participants selected by Colors of Life will be submitted to a jury of leading international gallery owners, academics and artists and a collective exhibition of 35 selected finalist photographs in the Competition will be hosted by:
The Embassy of Guatemala in Washington DC, November – December 2010; Capital One Corporate Gallery, Richmond VA, January – March 2011; and Art Works, Richmond VA, April – May 2011.

Jury members include: Sandra de Galindo, Director, Juannio, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Anne L. Cook, Art Administrator, Capital One, Richmond, VA, USA; Maria Eugenia Alvarez, Third Secretary and Cultural Attache’, Embassy of Guatemala, Washington DC, USA; Elena Ehrenwald – Prize-winning photographer, Miami, USA; Norma Isabel Uparela Brid, Owner and Director, ArtCartagena, Colombia; and Annie Hogan, Photographer, Professor of Photography, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.

The first prize image will be exhibited during the whole month of June 2011 in the National Museum of Modern Art Carlos Merida in Guatemala City and published in the auction catalog. In addition, the Colors of Life catalog will be printed and sold to raise funds for the Instituto Neurológico de Guatemala (Institute of Neurology of Guatemala) and when ready can be ordered through

“A dream in color”. Artists should feel free to interpret this year’s theme in the broadest sense to allow full range of their creativity.

Any form of photographic medium, black and white, color, non-silver, computer-manipulated, is eligible. Supported format: JPG/JPEG, TIFF. EACH File size should not exceed 2 MB (1200 dpi in its longest dimension)

1 June

31 July.  Jury review and voting will be completed by August 30, 2010. Finalists will be notified by an official letter and e-mail.

1st prize of the Competition will receive US$ 1,250.00, 2nd prize of the Competition will receive US$ 900.00 and 3rd prize of the Competition will receive US$ 550.00. Two honorable mentions will be chosen from the remaining finalist photographs. No cash prizes.

A non-refundable entry fee of US$ 40.00 entitles each artist to submit up to three photographs. Additional images may be submitted at a cost of US$ 10 per image. A portion of your entry fee will be used to support the Instituto Neurológico de Guatemala (Institute of Neurology of Guatemala)

By email to: or by mail, see website.

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