Photo News – call for entries to Renaissance Photo competition 2011

Last year's winner © Karen Rosenthal, Contemplation, 2004

Today’s post is about art with a heart; a photo competition where the entry money goes to the Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care. You have until 22:00 on 17 January to get your photos entered in the Renaissance Photo competition 2011 and there are some great prizes. So, if you’re stuck for something creative to do this holiday, why not enter and help support a competition with a conscience? It’s open to both amateur and professional photographers around the world.

The Renaissance competition raises cash for a great charity. It gives the chance for any photographer to have their work judged by a panel of industry luminaries.
Martin Parr, Magnum photographer and Renaissance judge

Photographers get your entries in for the increasingly influential Renaissance Photography Prize with prizes worth over £8,000 (US$12,000). Last year there were over 3,000 entries from 172 countries.

For the first time there is a special prize for the best image taken on film. Judge Brian Aris explains: “The judges all agreed that film is making a comeback in photography, and to reflect that we decided to include a category for photographers who didn’t want to manipulate their photographs digitally and wished to supply their image on film. The prize is a Fujifilm GF670 medium format camera which we hope will encourage those entrants who like the idea of a renaissance in the world of photography”.

© Karen Rosenthal, Funny Feet

Once you’ve uploaded your entry you’ll need to pay the entry fee. This is either £15 for a single image, or £25 for up to three images, or £40 for up to six images. The entry fee can be paid by credit or debit card using PayPal, and your entry fee goes to The Lavender Trust to support younger people with breast cancer.

22:00 17 January 2011

Renaissance prize for overall winner – £3,000, plus career development session and participation in Rhubarb Rhubarb Promenade, London 2011
Five category prizes – £500 best in category
Calumet prize for best film entry – Fuji GF670 medium format camera
Twenty highly commended.

There are five categories:

Celebrity photographer Brian Aris, Christies’ International Head of Photographs Philippe Garner, renowned gallery owner Michael Hoppen, Magnum Magnum editor Brigitte Lardinois and Rhubarb Rhubarb’s creative director Rhonda Wilson.

100 photos will be exhibited at the Mall Galleries on London’s Pall Mall in March for one week, culminating in a celebrity private view on the evening of 23 March where the winner will be announced.

Renaissance was founded in 2006 by Fiona Gifford, a 38-year-old lawyer and keen amateur photographer who was diagnosed with breast cancer aged 34. Having personally benefited from the care and support offered to breast cancer sufferers by the Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care, she wanted to give something back.

“During my recovery period, day-to-day concerns became irrelevant, and I became more aware of the moments that really matter in life – momentsof emotion, human connection, and wonder at the beauty of nature. What better way to represent those moments than through photography?”

In the three years since its inception, Renaissance has raised over £100,000 for the Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care.

For further information, please visit the Renaissance website. For posts on last year’s competition, follow this link.


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