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Photo Competition: Visual artist Lucia Pizzani and filmmaker David Jackson win Hotshoe Photofusion Award 2014

Now in its fifth year, I was delighted to announce the winners of the Hotshoe Photofusion Award 2014 at the gallery last week (11 December) with a short comment on the work, which I have reproduced below. The winners are:

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Lucia Pizzani for her Impronta series 2013 of ink-jet prints derived from the wet-plate collodion process. The work is a hybrid of sculpture, performance and photography and engages with the idea of the chrysalis on a number of levels, including its physical form through the use of specially-made chrysalis costumes. This series of delicate and slightly bizarre black-and-white images recalls the style of 19th-century Victorian ethnographic portraiture and suggest women on the verge of emerging, as well as ideas of metamorphosis and transformation. (photo above © Lucia Pizzani)

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David Jackson, This Is Not My House is a short film of 14 minutes shot in Malta and centred on the filmmaker’s widowed father. Gentle and beautifully crafted, the film avoids the usual clichés and instead offers a series of tenderly stitched vignettes that give a sense of the now increasingly solitary life of his ageing father. At one point in the film there is a short exchange between father and son, who also share the same first name, that conveys so much about their relationship and a growing similarity in mannerism, posture and even dress. (film stills above © David Jackson)

The winner/s receive a feature (in this case I have interviewed the winners for a post next week) on http://www.hotshoeinternational.com, and a free annual magazine subscription. Previous winners received a feature in the magazine but since it has changed to a quarterly frequency, this is no longer the case.

Since I started judging the selection in 2010, there have also been changes in the way the award is organised. For the first two years, I judged the winner from a shortlisted selection of six photographers and visual artists on show at the gallery. Since 2012, Photofusion has organised a salon-style hang showing single images from its members and this year for Photofusion SALON/14 there were over 1200 images from 140 artists.

People often ask me about judging photo competitions and in an early post, Discovering Your Competitive Side, I talked about how I select work. This year, as in previous years, I asked Photofusion to send me a folder with all the entries stripped of the photographer’s name so that I only have a number for each entry, plus an artist statement and CV with the names removed. In my line of work, there is, inevitably, work that I may recognize, but that is the nature of photo competitions so I try to maintain as much parity in judging the work as I can.

I like to look at the work first, reflect on it, return to it, and see which images stay in my mind over a couple of days. I also read the artist statement once I have looked at the images, not before, as they can help anchor the work, point to conceptual aspects that may not be gleaned solely by looking at the work, and suggest points of investigation by the photographer. Lastly I look at the CV, although in most cases I do not refer to this at all. I am only interested in the work submitted and supporting statements or captions, it makes no difference to me whether someone studied at the Royal College of Art, or a lesser-known institution or whether the entrant is self-taught. For me, it is about the work, not the perceived pedigree.

I then whittled 100 folders of single images down to a longlist of around 20, for which I requested any further images by the photographer who was, at this stage, named. For those of you who are interested here is the longlist:

Wendy Aldiss; Valerie Bennett; Tom Broadbent; James Clark; Scarlett Crawford; CJ Everard;  Gabriella Fabrowska; Keith Greenouth; Robert Hackman; Grace Hardy; Esme Horne; Aron Klein-Barge; Lucy Levene; Emilia Moisio; Vincenzo Sassu; Heather Shuker; Emma Evelyn Speight; Nai Wen Hsu; Remy Whitling

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PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – In Pictures photo agency looking to take on new photographers for representation

UK - TUC protest march - Anarchists demontration cuts through central London. Photo Mike Kemp

UK – TUC protest march – Anarchists demontration cuts through central London. Photo Mike Kemp

China - Liaoning - Dalian, Russian tourists drawn to Bohai sea beaches.

China – Liaoning – Dalian, Russian tourists drawn to Bohai sea beaches. Photo Fritz Hoffmann

It makes a change to be able to post a call for photographers that could actually lead to work. If you are a professional documentary style photographer working in news, features, travel or street photography, In Pictures would very much like to hear from you.

In Pictures is an independent photo agency representing the work of documentary photographers for licensing as features and single images on a non-exclusive basis. Founded by editor/photographer Mike Kemp,with distribution via Corbis and direct through http://www.in-pictures.co.uk

Uruguay - Vichadero - Portrait of Gaucho on ranch.

Uruguay – Vichadero – Portrait of Gaucho on ranch. Photo Christopher Pillitz

TO APPLY
Send a link to your website and a brief introduction about your work and what you do.

Please email your introduction and link to Mike Kemp:
info@in-pictures.co.uk

In Pictures is interested in both London based photographers, and those who are further afield, so if you know of anyone who may also be interested, please feel free to pass on this invitation.

Rwanda - Kibileze - Narcisse prays with his family at home, Photo Stuart Freedman

Rwanda – Kibileze – Narcisse prays with his family at home

United Kingdom - London - Stamford Hill Orthodox Jewish Men

United Kingdom – London – Stamford Hill Orthodox Jewish Men. Photo Andrew Aitchison

There are some excellent photographers included in the list below, who are represented by In Pictures:

Andrew Aitchison (photo above)
Anna Kari
Barry Lewis (photo below)
Chien-Min Chung
Christopher Pillitz (photo above)
Fritz Hoffmann (photo above)
Guilhem Alandry
Jenny Matthews
Kieran Doherty
Kristian Buus
Louis Quail
Manca Juvan
Michael Amendolia
Mike Kemp (photo above)
Mimi Mollica
Paul Hackett
Phil Clarke Hill
Qilai Shen
Richard Baker
Roger Hutchings
Stuart Freedman (photo above)
Tessa Bunney

UK - Literature - British writer Will Self.

UK – Literature – British writer Will Self. Photo Barry Lewis

Guest Blogger 3 – Join Hotshoe Blog’s conversation On the Move: Mobile Photography at World Photo Organisation

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The Great Escape © Janine Graf

Ansel Adams said it best: “There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept”. Janine Graf from interview

EXCERPT FROM WPO BLOG:

Welcome back to my fourth post leading up until Christmas. Today I turn to the world of mobile photography with the help of Joanne Carter from The App Whisperer to find out more. What’s clear is that mobile photography is here to stay; it’s fun, there’s a growing community of like-minded people getting involved and it allows people to shoot and edit on the go, giving them greater freedom than using a DSLR.

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(L-R) Joanne Carter and Miranda Gavin Hotshoe Blog at the mObilepixatiOn show. Image by Dilshad Corleone (Columnist for theappwhisperer.com)

Before this, there are two things to mention. The Sony World Photography Awards, which is judged in late January, is viewed on screen and it makes no difference what type of equipment is used to produce submitted photographs. However, the competition asks photographers to note the cameras used in their submissions. One of 2011’s finalists, Balazs Gardi followed Afghani troops and edited his work with hipstamatic. I’m trying to get stats as to how many submissions are produced on mobile devices as I would like to monitor this in relation to international photo competitions. Also, I have a suggestion for the Sony World Photography Awards. What about adding a Mobile Photography category to next year’s awards?

Secondly, as it’s the lead up to Christmas, here at Hotshoe magazine we’re offering one person a year’s subscription to the magazine, plus a free copy of the Oct/Nov 2012 edition of the magazine sent to your home. All you have to do is go to the Hotshoe International Facebook page and LIKE the magazine by the end of the week. That’s it. The team at Hotshoe will select a winner at random from those ‘liking’ the page this week and I will announce the lucky winner next week on this blog. Happy Christmas.

To read interviews with some of the key players in the world pof mobile photography and photo art click on this link On the Move – Mobile Photography, to the rest of the post. You won’t be disappointed, there are some very interesting points made by the interviewees.

Photo Stroll through Prague – The Green Scene

I’m in Prague until Saturday, catching up with friends, students I taught back in 1995, and visiting a couple of photo shows. I’ll post about one of them tomorrow with a preview and some press photos followed by photo stroll through the actual exhibition later in the week. Na shledanou.

Photo News – Call for entries to International Street Photography Award 2012 and American Society of Media Photographers portfolio reviews in New York

After a photo-filled week, today a catch up on a call for entries to an international street photography competition and an evening event dedicated to commercial portfolio reviews for members.

THE STREET PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2012 – CALL FOR ENTRIES
The International Street Photography Award, organised by the London Street Photography Festival, is calling for “exceptional international photographers that display a unique style and depth of work in the genre of street photography”. There will be an overall winner, a runner up, and 10 finalists.

The genre crosses over into portraiture, documentary and art photography. See the 2011 winners for an idea of the type of work and follow this link for a guide What is street photography? According to the organisation, street photography is: “Candid photography which captures, explores or questions contemporary society and the relationships between individuals and their surroundings.”

PRIZES
The international winner will receive £2,000 cash PLUS a solo exhibition in London PLUS an all-expenses paid trip to the exhibition launch and awards ceremony in London in June 2012 – total value £10,000.

Selected finalists will be exhibited in the same gallery and one image from each entrant will be showcased in a digital display.

The first 500 applicants will be automatically entered into a draw to win some fabulous prizes including: a signed print from one of the 2011 exhibitions, an Olympus PEN camera, £100 Blurb voucher, a Crumpler Muffin Top camera bag, photo-books by Magnum and Thames & Hudson.

All entrants receive a £28.95 voucher to print their own book with Blurb, which expires on 31 March 2012.

ENTRY FEE
£30.00 to enter five to eight images. Participants from certain countries receive a 50% discount on the entrance fee.

DEADLINE
05 January 2012

TO ENTER
Go online to the LSPF website.

FEEDBACK
For an additional £15, LSPF can provide written feedback by an award judge on your submissions.

COMMERCIAL PORTFOLIO REVIEWS – NEW YORK
The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) New York is holding its annual commercial portfolio review for all its members during the evening of 11 October with over 30 reviewers from the photography industry. The event is free but you need to register. If you’re not a member and wish to attend can join ASMP NY as a member and then register for the event.

“ASMPNY will host approximately 100 photographers at the review. Each photographer will have an allotted time to show one body of work to each reviewer and receive feedback about the work, the presentation, style, what’s working and what to improve. Photographers can see multiple reviewers in one evening, while also making contacts for potential work. Photographers can show their portfolios in print or video format.”

This year’s reviewers include: Magnum Photos, The New York Times, Wonderful Machine, Mercury Lab, Billboard Magazine and Esquire.