artists have an opportunity to have their work seen by a nationally
recognized figure in the field of photography. Past jurors include
Michael Foley, Clint Willour, George Slade, Carol McCusker, David Bram
and most recently Debra Klomp Ching. From these submitted entries a
cohesive show emerges for display at wall space. The ND13 exhibition
will be in Santa Barbara, California in January, and Seattle, Washington
in February. The juror is Ann Jastrab, from the Rayko Photo Center in Los Angeles.
This competition is open to artists working with plastic cameras with
plastic lenses. The more obsolete, flawed, and lo-tech, the better.
Images should be taken with cameras with limited controls, such as
Diana, Holga, Lubitel, Lomo, Banner, and Ansco cameras. Beautiful prints
from less-than-gorgeous cameras – that’s what we’re looking for! This
is RayKo’s largest exhibition of the year with artists from all over the
globe submitting work, and hundreds of attendees at the reception.
in November 2010. Since then – and thanks to continued support from
photographers, readers, and the greater photography community – we’ve
had the pleasure of sharing more than 40 portfolios and projects.
They’ve all been made in the South, and we believe they offer unique
perspectives on both the complexities of modern Southerness and the
diversity of art coming out our region in the first part of this new
due date Nov 15th
Photography in any process is eligible with no limitations as to size or materials. Each artist may submit up to five works on online only. No mailed or emailed entries will be accepted.
announced a new photography contest today. The Stillwater, Minnesota-based group decided to
differentiate their contest from others that encompass wide varieties of
subject matter over a list of genres.
The result may be the most focused photographic competition yet.
there was an astounding number of one particular type of photograph being
taken,” said Carl Corey, whose farm and studio serves as the de-facto
headquarters for the Conservancy.
“I mean, it’s only sunset for a few minutes everyday, yet you look on
Flikr or Facebook and it’s pretty clear that as soon as the sky starts getting
a bit of color, everyone and his uncle is out there with a camera, snapping
away. I’m not talking just folks
taking vacation taking snapshots on their camera phones, either. There was a guy who wanted to get into
our group who presented about thirty shots of sunsets he’d taken with an 8×10
camera. Every other picture he had
was of a sunset.”
broken-down windmill,” clarified Dan Gerber, Visual Conservancy co-founder and
the group’s un-official standard-bearer. “I’d say his portfolio was 70/30
sunsets and windmills.”
corrected. “You’re not counting all those windmills that were shot at sunset.”
those!” Dan laughed. Mr. Gerber then recalled for me the
precise moment when the idea for this photo contest hit him. “We kind of knew we weren’t going to
invite this person to join the group, based on his work, but we started joking
that it was a shame there wasn’t a contest for who could spend the most money
shooting sunsets, because this guy would have to win it.”
was a viable niche that was not being filled. We did some informal research and concluded that it was
possible to launch a contest for very little investment, charge a fee and then
see if you get enough participation to make it worthwhile. We will, of course, have all works
judged by a panel.”
vigorously, jumped in.
photographers who win our various categories will have to pay for their own
shipping, framing and a special fees relating to their show. We haven’t decided where we’re going to
have a show, but it could be New York—or Hudson. We have a pretty nice community center.”
interjected, “Is that we’re currently weighing a couple of options vis-à-vis
the venue. Whatever that ends up
being, the thing to remember here is that because of this contest, several
lucky men and women will be able to present their photographs as the work of a
nationally-recognized, award-winning photographer, whether or not that image
happens to be a sunset.”
first annual Sunset Competition will be accepting entries from now until
November 15th. Details
can be found on the group’s Facebook page,