Photo News and calls for entries – Mid-Week Round Up

Today’s post covers some varied ground from an invitation to view a trailer of award-winning photographer Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger’s feature-length documentary film Restrepo to calls for entries for the Athens Photo Festival 2010, a Web Documentary Award and an artist’s residency in the UK.

“Winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for a Documentary, RESTREPO chronicles the deployment of a U.S. platoon of courageous American soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, considered to be one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military.

“From May 2007 to July 2008, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger dug in with the men of the Second Platoon, Battle Company of the 503rd Infantry Regiment (airborne), stationed at Restrepo, sharing duties and and shooting more than 150 hours of combat, frustration, routine, jokes, terror and bravery during daily life at the outpost.

The film goes on general release in US theatres from 25 June with release dates in the UK and Europe to follow. You can support the movie at this critical time by helping to reach as many people as possible. Just view the trailer Restrepo and let other people know.

You can also sign up to support the film at their Restrepo facebook page.

Changing Ideas is a charity that “champions the belief that great photographs and visual storytelling can really make a difference to the work of charities and NGO’s. It promotes the use of photography in humanitarian campaigns and as a catalyst for change”.

To this end, it is offering a new residency for photographers, photojournalists and multimedia artists at the Old Church House located in the fishing village of Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland. Residents have full use of the space, which was renovated in 2009 and includes facilities for the disabled.

Resident artists will be given the opportunity to finish existing projects, develop new work and ideas or create work that has a meaningful and humanitarian aspect to them. The charity is”also keen to support collaborations between photographers and journalists that seek to develop new and innovative combinations of image and text”.

The residency is offered free of charge, with artists receiving a daily allowance for food, personal expenses etc. Projects may be considered for grants if they are humanitarian in nature and fulfil the aims of Changing Ideas.

Changing Ideas and Old Church House are initiatives of photographer David Graham.

For the second year, FRANCE 24, the international news television channel broadcasting to over 125 million people worldwide and RFI, the international news radio station reaching 35.6 million listeners, are calling for entries for the FRANCE 24-RFI Web Documentary Award.

The award “honours the web documentary, an innovative news format that sets itself apart from the other entries in terms of choice of subject, originality and innovative use of new multimedia tools”.

A cheque for 8,000 euros. The award will be presented on the 1 September at one of the most important international photojournalism festivals, Visa Pour l’Image – Perpignan festival.

The web documentaries submitted should, in particular, open up new ways of using the Web to understand the news. The selection process will therefore take the following criteria into account:

• the web documentary must be related to a recent news topic

• the web documentary should demonstrate a journalistic and/or documentary approach to

the treatment of a topical news item. The choice of subject treated in the web

documentary will be taken into account in the selection process;

• the web documentary should demonstrate a multimedia approach with, in particular,

combined use of several media – video, text, photos and sound – for online distribution.

Photo slideshows will not be accepted.

• the web documentary should allow for true interactivity and should innovate in this

domain. The user should be able to react to and becoming involved with the following of

the web documentary as well as able to adjust his / her navigation and become.

• through their web documentary, candidates should innovate and develop or contribute to

a new, innovative and easy-to-access way of exploring news on the Web;

• production quality.

Fill in the online application form and attach the following documents with your application:

a scan of your ID

a covering letter including a project description

a curriculum vitae.

NOTE: The project has to be in French or English.

Download the full competition rules here: In English. For any further information email:

20 July

It will be made up of web, photography and media experts present at the festival.

Τhe Hellenic Centre for Photography is issuing an invitation to artists wishing to participate in the exhibition programme of the Athens Photo Festival 2010. This year’s festival theme under the title INTERFACES focuses on the interactive relationship between contemporary photography and reality.

The Athens Photo Festival 2010 takes place in autumn with the main events taking place throughout November as part of the International Photography Month in Athens. “The festival’s programme covers a wide range of solo and group exhibitions with national and international artists as well as a number of other parallel events throughout the city.

The aim of the festival is to broaden the existing platform for presenting the annual Greek photography output and making contacts with artists from various countries. This year’s event will include participations by over 180 artists from Greece and abroad, with exhibitions in over 30 exhibition spaces throughout the city of Athens.”

July 18

Each proposal should include a total of ten to twenty works. The works must present a portion of a photographic project or an entire project and be homogeneous in content and style. Proposal should be based on the thematic focus Interfaces or Carte Blanche.

Fill out and submit the participation form, which can be found at the Athens Photo website alongside your photographic material. Proposals will be uploaded, through the online submission system.

The competition aims to foster creativity associated with all aspects of the railway and the works must be related to the railway world and have been previously unpublished.

A maximum of three individual photographs or a photographic series.

12 November

The following prizes will be awarded whether the works are individual photographs or photographic series:
First Prize: €6,000
Second Prize: €3,000
Young Artist Prize for those aged 25 in 2010 and under: €1,800
There are ten consolation prizes of €400 per work.

The creators of the other selected works will receive €40 each.

Exhibition and catalogue
The Spanish Railways Foundation will publish a catalogue and exhibit the finalist works in places it deems to be of interest.

The jury will announce its decision in February 2011. Selection committee and jury
The Spanish Railways Foundation will designate a qualified committee to do a first selection of one hundred finalist photographs, including individual works and photography series.

Go to the main website for Spanish version and click on the button left-hand button on the page for the English version. It is worth noting that there is a paragraph about the selected works becoming “the property of” the The Spanish Railways Foundation who may exhibit them publicly.


4 responses to “Photo News and calls for entries – Mid-Week Round Up

  1. both links to the Rail competition do not work….

  2. Thank you so much for posting this.

  3. Pingback: Restrepo film by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger receive Academy award nomination – Tim gives Hotshoe blog a response | HotBlog: Fresh Perspectives on Contemporary Photography

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