In Focus Photography Award

Michelle Collins recently contacted me about this wonderful award….

The In Focus Photography Award is an annual educational grant of $1,000 US for eligible photography students and first year graduates. It is open to both Canadian and US students and was established in 2008.

In December of 2010, Tim Hetherington agreed to guest judge this year’s grant. Unfortunately, in April of this year, Tim was killed while covering the Libyan civil war. His death is a significant loss to his family and friends, as well as the photojournalism community. While I didn’t know Tim and hadn’t yet had the opportunity to work with him, I was reluctant to replace him on the judges panel. I’m now happy to announce that Tim’s presence will be jointly represented by his colleagues, Sebastian Junger and Christopher Anderson. I’d like to formally thank them both for their participation this year; it is greatly appreciated.

Below you will find a short bio on each of the judges who are looking forward to reviewing your submissions:

Christopher Anderson was born in Canada in 1970 and grew up in west Texas. He is a member of the renowned agency, Magnum Photos and is one of the most recognized photographers of his generation. He first gained recognition for his pictures in 1999 when he boarded a handmade, wooden boat with Haitian refugees trying to sail to America. The boat, named the Believe In God, sank in the Caribbean. The images from that journey would receive the Robert Capa Gold Medal, photojournalism’s highest honor. They would also mark the emergence of an emotionally charged style that he refers to as “experiential documentary” and has come to characterize his work since. He has served as a contract photographer for Newsweek and National Geographic Magazine photographing regions at war for much of the last decade. In recent years, his work has become intensely personal with his latest body of work, SON.

Christopher is the author of two monographs: Nonfiction, published in 2003 and CAPITOLIO, published in 2009 by RM and named one of the best photography books of 2009/10 at the Kassel Photo Book Festival in Germany. He lives in New York City.

Matthew Austin (b. 1986, Hartford, CT) is currently an artist and educator based out of Chicago, IL. He received his BFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 and now teaches for the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Senn High School. He has recently been involved with various community projects including the ACRE Artist Residency and an experimental pedagogical project known as HomeSchool. His photographs have been exhibited widely, including exhibitions at the Catherine Edelman Gallery, NEXT: Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art, the MDW Art Fair, and the Art Institute of Chicago’s Sullivan Galleries. He has self-published several zines and books, such as Desert Days, Wake, and Talking with Fear about Dying Tomorrow. He is currently planning his solo exhibition of Talking with Fear about Dying Tomorrow at the Riley Gallery of the University of Notre Dame which will mark the release a corresponding newsprint publication, as well as selection of images from Wake that will be exhibited at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in October 2012.

Rafael Goldchain is a second-generation Latin American Jewish artist, who was born in Santiago de Chile, lived in Jerusalem in the early 1970s, and moved to Canada in the late 1970s. He earned a Master of Fine Arts from York University (2000) and a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute (1980), both in Toronto. In 1989, he received the Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography from The Canada Council for the Arts. In 2001, he accompanied Canada’s Governor General Adrienne Clarkson on official visits to Chile and Argentina.

Goldchain’s work has been published in several books, including William Ewing, Face: The New Photographic Portrait (London: Thames and Hudson, 2007) and Joan Murray, Canadian Art in the Twentieth Century (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1999), and is the subject of two monographs: Nostalgia for an Unknown Land (Toronto: Lumiere Press, 1989) and I Am My Family (New York: Princeton Architectural Press 2008).

His photographs have been exhibited in Canada, Chile, the United States, Cuba, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Mexico. His work is featured in many private and public collections including the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Portland Art Museum, and the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego.

Goldchain is currently Professor and Program Coordinator of the Applied Photography Program at Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

Sebastian Junger is the author of three New York Times bestselling books: The Perfect Storm, Fire, and A Death In Belmont. As a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and as a contributor to ABC News, he has covered major international news stories around the world, and has been awarded the National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for Journalism. He has also written for such magazines as Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Outside and Men’s Journal.

In 1997, Junger, then a first-time author, commanded the New York Times best seller list for over three years with The Perfect Storm, which later became a major motion picture from Warner Bros. His reporting on Afghanistan in 2000, profiling Northern Alliance leader Ahmed Shah Massoud, became the subject of the National Geographic documentary “Into the Forbidden Zone”. In 2001, his experience reporting in Afghanistan led him to cover the war as a special correspondent for ABC News and Vanity Fair. In 2007 he went back, again for ABC News and Vanity Fair, as part of an ongoing series documenting a Platoon of US Soldiers in the deadly Korengal Valley during their last deployment. The professional result is twofold: his most recent book, titled WAR (Twelve, May 2010), and the Academy Award nominated documentary, Restrepo, which also won the 2010 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on the National Geographic Channel.

Sebastian lives in New York City and on Cape Cod.

Jonathan Taggart is a photographer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and a founding member of the Boreal Collective of Canadian photojournalists. Using critical media to explore social justice issues in Canada, he has spent the last few years working to document the challenges facing Canada’s First Nations communities, both urban and rural. His photography has been featured in the New York Times Lens Blog and Applied Arts Magazine, among others, and exhibited in Japan, the UK, and in Canada with three-time support of the Ontario Arts Council. He is a National Magazine Award nominee (Photojournalism, 2010) and spends his volunteer time as a photography instructor at Vancouver’s Urban Native Youth Association

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