Photo Prize Round-Up — 04.26.12


Aperture offers a round-up of the latest, greatest, and most rapidly-approaching deadlines in the ever-expanding world of photo prizes.


Moving Walls Exhibition (deadline: April 30, 2012, 5PM EST)

History When the New York headquarters of the Open Society Foundations moved to their 400 West 59th Street location in 1997, a photography exhibition was not part of the plan, but the many large, empty walls of the space presented an opportunity to feature imagery that would amplify the foundation’s missions.

Concept Supporting documentary photographers whose work addresses social justice and human rights issues that coincide with the OSF‘s mission of promoting and expanding open society. Priority is given to work whose subject has not been recently addressed in Moving Walls, and special consideration is given to long-term work produced over years of commitment to an issue or community.

This Year Celebrating its 20th exhibition cycle, Moving Walls 20 will be the inaugural exhibition in the Open Society Foundations’ new headquarters on West 57th Street in New York.

How To ApplyAll entries must be submitted online by 5PM EST on Monday, April 30, 2012


Santa Fe Photographic Workshops (deadline: April 30, 2012, 11:59pm MST)

HistoryAfter many, many requests from Santa Fe Photographic Workshop participants and students, the organization offered its first-ever photography competition during the summer of 2010.

Concept Since conception, the Santa Fe Photographic Workshop‘s semi-annual competitions have focused on broad conceptual themes (Family, Light, Summer). The current cycle is a call for participants’ best examples of The Portrait: “Environmental, studio, candid, or posed. Self or pet, color, black-and-white, alternative process or iPhone.”

This YearSpring 2012′s esteemed panel of judges includes: Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography, The New York Times Magazine; Scott Thode, Editor-in-Chief, VII magazine; Katherine Ware, Curator of Photography, New Mexico Museum of Art; Sean Kernan, Photographer; and Reid Callanan, Director, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

The winning images will be featured on Aline Smithson’s Lenscratch blogzine, and Grand Prize alone is worth over $5,000.

How To Apply Submit electronically through the competition website by 11:59PM MST on April 30, 2012


Image12 – ASMP New York (deadline: May 1, 2012)

History› Now in its twelfth iteration, Image is a nationwide photo contest run by the New York chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers, the leading trade association for professional photographers, promoting rights, education, better business practices and ethics.

Concept› Without thematic constraints, all of the eligible ASMP Image entries will be judged on the concept, creativity and technical execution of individual submissions. Entries are channeled into Student and Professional judging pools, each with their own respective first, second and third place winners. All images submitted to Image12 must have been created on or before January 1, 2011.

This Year› Image12’s judging panel includes: Elizabeth Avedon, Independent Curator and Writer, La Lettre; Holly Stuart Hughes, Editor, PDN; Jody Quon, Photography Director, New York Magazine; Marc Sobier, Global Director, Y&R NY; Hosanna Marshall, Art Buyer/Creative Producer, Saatchi & Saatchi NY

First Place prizes include publication of the winning Image in a full-page ad in Photo District News, and an exhibition of the winning Image in a New York gallery.

How To Apply› All entries must be received via web by May 1, 2012


Japan’s Young Portfolio (deadline: May 15, 2012): View further details here.

AI-PA Latin American Fotografia (deadline: June 30, 2012): View further details here.

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