Photo News – Final calls for AOP Open, Photo Forum Beirut, DEVELOP Photo youtube channel and Shpilman Institute research grant winners announced

You have two days left to enter the Association of Photographers Open and, if you are in Beirut Photo Forum Beirut is calling for photographers to take part in its first event to coincide with the World Press Photo touring exhibition. Also, some educational resources: a new youtube channel aimed at photographers and the recipients of the Shpilman Institute of Photography’s first research programmes “for research in philosophy and photography, and for general research that advances the understanding of the practices, theories, and history of photography”.

AOP OPEN
There’s only two days left to enter as the call for entries for closes on Friday 20 May at 18:00 GMT. Run by the Association of Photographers The AOP Open is open to everyone; AOP members and non-members. “The Open Awards has no categories or themes but recognises all forms of outstanding imagery shot by professionals and amateurs alike.

“The competition attracts thousands of entries each year and the online public vote attracted over 4,000 votes in 2010 alone. Visit the AOP Awards website for further details of how to enter.

PHOTO FORUM BEIRUT

A Libyan rebel holds the Kingdom of Libya flag as he walks past a burning wrecked tank at a site bombed by coalition air force in the town of Ajdabiya on March 26, 2011 as forces loyal to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi were retreating after rebels recaptured the key eastern town in their first significant victory since the launch of the Western-led air strikes a week ago. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ

The World Press Photo exhibition is travelling to Lebanon this month  – Beirut Souks – May 12 to June 1, 2011, daily from 2pm to 9pm. Photo Forum Beirut has been invited to run a session during the time of the exhibition on Saturday 21 May 2011.

Photo Forum Beirut wants to celebrate and support civil demonstrations in the MENA region through the lens of photographers who have witnessed and reported on these events. It is inviting photographers to its first session of the year on Saturday 21 May at 7.30pm at Beirut Souks. Map here.

On 14 January 2011 Tunisian people brought about the downfall of long-time president Ben Ali. Since then, civil protests of resistance have spread to Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Algeria, Morocco, Jordan, Oman and Syria.

*Admission is free

Photographers, who have covered/ are covering, the events have been invited to show their work and share their experience with the audience. The projection will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by journalist Delphine Minoui.

CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS:
Delphine Minoui – Journalist
Patrick Baz – Mideast Regional Photo Manager for Agence France Presse
Hussein Malla – Associated Press Beirut Chief Photographer.

(Please note that due to the ongoing events in the countries of the MENA region, some photographers still haven’t been able to confirm their presence; we will update the information in the next couple of days.)

For more info on the event please visit Photo Forum Beirut.

DEVELOP PHOTO YOUTUBE CHANNEL
The DEVELOP Photo YouTube Channel is “up and running and is Intended to be an educational resource and a bit of fun. It features interviews, lectures and films about photojournalism, fine art and documentary photography and photographers,” says photographer Erica McDonald on facebook. She is calling for you to “have a look, pass the word but also let me know if there is an organization or series of videos you think should be there that are not. This is a pretty time consuming project, and I am still adding playlists and bios/links. I have a good handle on what photographers still need to be added, but would really appreciate feedback on pages I may have missed (like the ones I have for Aperture, OSI, MagnuminMotion, BagNews, Dispatches, etc”.

The DEVELOP Photo YouTube Channel is “an educational resource which features interviews, discussions, lectures and films about photojournalism, fine art and documentary photography and photographers, as well as a look at some great work in those realms of photography. Please see individual playlists.”

SHPILMAN INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY
The Shpilman Institute for Photography recently announced the recipients of “its inaugural research program for research in philosophy and photography, and for general research that advances the understanding of the practices, theories, and history of photography.

Its winners, selected from 500 applications by scholars and researchers in 47 countries around the world, are researching questions concerning the contemporary status of photography.

The public is invited to browse through their projects, as the institute believe they may offer significant contribution to the field. Some projects launched online throughout 2010-2011:

Jeffrey Yoo Warren, Shannon Dosemagen and Mathew Lippincott from The Public Laboratory for Open Technology & Science, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, are inquiring “Activist Uses of Emergent Hacker Technologies for Environmental Justice: Investigating Communities of Practice”.  One of their projects is devoted to Grassroots Mapping the Gulf oil spill with balloons and kites.

Prof. Nicholas Mirzoeff from the Department of  Media, Culture and Communication, NYU, devoted his research to “The Photographic Common and Authoritarian Realism: A Genealogy of the 2011 Revolutions”. Prof. Mirzoeff recently launched the blog For the Right to Look, which was also featured on its blog.

Prof. Steven Hoelscher from the Departments of American Studies and Geography, and Academic Curator of Photography, The Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, USA and Susan Meiselas, photographer, New York, USA, and Professor, Masters of Photographic Studies, Leiden, The Netherlands, will delve into “The Magnum Collection: A Visual Archive of the Modern World”. You can also browse through Meiselas’ visual projects on her site.

Winners’ researches will be shared at a conference by The SIP, in addition to a publication. Their theoretical and visual endeavors will also be disseminated through our blog.

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