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NAKED JUDGING: The 2012 Canteen Awards in Photography

Due date for this contest is December 30th!!

Canteen Magazine publisher, Stephen Pierson, contacted me recently about a ground breaking idea for a photography contest, NAKED JUDGING: The 2012 Canteen Awards in Photography.  Canteen is a highly respected magazine and Stephen has given this idea a lot of thought–the idea is to have a completely transparent contest, where judging is live, so that participants can experience the behind the scenes drama of how things are selected. All submissions will have some kinds of critique, and there will be a clear presentation of how all submission monies are spent.  I will be partnering with Canteen to provide the on-line exposure for the winners. This indeed, is a contest unlike any other…

Naked Judging: The 2012
Canteen Awards in Photography
Canteen magazine is holding our second photography contest
because of our general disdain for photography contests. They tend to be opaque
affairs that stifle dialogue—the winners are chosen, no one quite knows why,
and 99% of the participants are left without their entrance fee or an
explanation. The real winners are the organizations1 
that run and profit exorbitantly from them.

We are trying to do
something different. Namely, treat our participants as partners. We aim to be
fully transparent about the entire selection process, placing the judges’
criteria, biases, and disagreements on full, naked display. The result, we
hope, will be an honest and provocative conversation about photography.

To these ends, Naked
Judging: The 2012 Canteen Awards in Photography offers several novel features:
      
A live finale: The final
round of judging, featuring the top 25 submissions, will occur in front of a
live audience, and will be simultaneously streamed online. Prior to the winners
being selected, audience members (both in-person and online) can probe the
judges with questions.

      Every submission openly
critiqued:
Similar to our first photo contest, brief notes/critiques
from all judging rounds will be available on our website for every submission.
      
Longer-form critiques:
The winning submission and other select submissions will be the subject of
longer-form discussions and essays in the next print issue of Canteen magazine,
and through this contest’s official partner, Lenscratch.
In addition, select participants will be given the opportunity to publicly
respond to the judges’ comments.

     
Nonprofit model: We are
not only providing a low entry fee ($20 for 5 to 8 images, and $15 for
students), but we will document on our website how every dollar is spent. At
the contest’s conclusion, any profits will be refunded back to the entrants.

We hope not only that our
contest will produce a provocative dialogue about photography, but also that it
will nudge other organizations into adopting practices that are friendlier to
the community of photographers that they purport to represent.

For
questions and feedback email Stephen Pierson, Canteen’s Director.



Daniel Farnum, Neighborhood Overlook

Daniel Farnum, Neighborhood Overlook

Daniel Farnum

Neighborhood Overlook,
Martinez, California, 2006
Website – DanielFarnum.com

Daniel Farnum was born in the blue-collar town of Saginaw, Michigan. He is the recipient of many notable awards such as the Juror’s Selection Award given by Christopher Rauschenberg at the Center for Fine Art Photography, two prizes from the Paul Sack Architectural Photography Contest, and an award from William Jenkins, who curated the seminal New Topographics exhibition. Daniel’s prints have been exhibited at the Marin MOCA, MPLS Photo Center, Sea and Space Explorations in LA, UC Berkeley, and at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies in NYC. He has also been featured in solo exhibitions at Center Gallery in Wichita, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and Newspace Center for Photography in Portland. He has upcoming solo shows at the University of Toledo, University of Wisconsin, and Calvin College in Grand Rapids. Daniel received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and BFA from the University of Michigan. He teaches photography at the University of Missouri.

Submit!


Entry Deadline:May 7, 2012
play
:  amuse oneself, be the life of the party, portray, caper, carouse,
cavort, impersonate, clown, frolic, perform, joke, jump, rejoice, have
fun, theatrical performance, tickle, produce music, merriment, laughter

 Juror: Angela Bacon Kidwell

More info here!

PCNW Presents: 

EQUIVALENTS: 17TH ANNUAL PHOTO COMPETITION EXHIBITION

Deadline: May 18th
Juror: W.M Hunt

More info here!

THE PERFECT EXPOSURE GALLERY: Perfect Exposures 2012, an International Juried Competition

 

Deadline: June 4th, 2012
More information here!

In addition to presenting fine art photography exhibits, The Perfect Exposure Gallery has a long-standing reputation for working with a distinguished group of acclaimed photojournalists to produce ongoing seminars and workshops for both adults and youths. Now, we are giving amateur and professional photographers the grand opportunity to win cash prizes and a spot in our two-month-long summer exhibit. 


Our panel of judges consists of award-winning photographers, photo editors, and educators: 
Eli Reed 
Jose Aurelio Barrera
Aline Smithson
Armando Arorizo

(UN) FAMILIAR:CURATOR’S VOICE 

Presented by the American Photographic Artists
Juror: Gwen Lafage, from the Carte Blanche Gallery, San Francisco

 For the first APA SF Curator’s Voice Exhibition, we asked Gwen Lafage, founder of Carte Blanche Gallery in San Francisco, to select a small group of photographers to exhibit their finest images in her gallery.
CALL FOR ENTRIES OPENS
Monday, April 9, 2012
CALL FOR ENTRIES FINAL DEADLINE
Noon, PDT, Monday, May 7, 2012
WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
WINNERS’ FRAMED IMAGES DUE
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 

CONTEST THEME
Theme: (Un)Familiar

As a photographer, how do you explore and interpret the familiar and the unfamiliar? How do your vision and/or perspective(s) change when faced with places and people you know, versus when you are confronted by the unknown, or by strangers you meet by chance? Traveling, discovering new places and meeting new people creatively stimulates many photographers, while others find inspiration in the comfort of their home, hometown or among their friends and families.

This competition invites photographers to submit a series of photographs interpreting the theme (Un)Familiar, along with a brief statement or project proposal supporting their entry. We are looking for a wide interpretation of the theme and therefore a wide range of imagery; your photographs can be visualizations of the Familiar, the Unfamiliar, or both. Your statement needs to quickly present your project and explain why you believe it fits with the chosen theme. Ideally, your proposal should help us understand how, or if you adapt your photographic process based on your relationship to and/or intimacy with the subject or environment being depicted.

Daniel Farnum, Hipster Couple

Daniel Farnum, Hipster Couple

Daniel Farnum

Hipster Couple,
Detroit, 2010
From the Young Blood: Michigan’s Urban Youth series
Website – DanielFarnum.com

Daniel Farnum was born in the blue-collar town of Saginaw, Michigan. He is the recipient of many notable awards such as the Juror’s Selection Award given by Christopher Rauschenberg at the Center for Fine Art Photography, two prizes from the Paul Sack Architectural Photography Contest, and an award from William Jenkins, who curated  the seminal New Topographics exhibition. Daniel’s prints have been exhibited at the Marin MOCA, MPLS Photo Center, Sea and Space Explorations in LA, UC Berkeley, and at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies in NYC. He has also been featured in solo exhibitions at Center Gallery in Wichita, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and has an upcoming show at the Newspace Center for Photography in Portland. Daniel received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and BFA from the University of Michigan. He teaches photography at the University of Missouri.

Misha Friedman

After I discovered Misha Friedman’s photographs on The Forward Thinking Museum’s website, I began to see his name everywhere. Misha is the FTM’s winner of their first quarter 2011 photography contest, as the JGS Annual Artist and recipient of a $15,000 award. His series, Donbass Romanticism, was singled out for its unflinching look at coal mines and abandoned factories and their effects on the health of the residents of Donetsk Oblast, a heavily industrialized region in eastern Ukraine.

Misha’s series, Tuberculosis in the former Soviet Union, appeared on the NY Times Lens blog last week. Some of his awards and grants include Picture of the Year Int’l (POYi), PDN 30, Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50, and Magenta Flash Forward. Born in Moldova, Misha now lives in New York City, but continues to make work in Eastern Europe.

Donbass Romanticism: In the second half of the 18th century romantics revolted against the Industrial revolution in Europe – against rationalization of nature, against social and political norms. In art, a viewer once again was allowed to use his emotions and imagination. Inspired by German and French Romanticism, this ongoing project from Ukraine is my attempt to show how Nature and Man have learned to live within the industrial complex.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, much of Eastern Ukraine ended up ruined – many mines and massive factories are lying abandoned, people are unemployed or earn just enough to survive – abandoned by the government – and nature is taking over in full force. For decades this land was a symbol of Soviet Rationalism and victory over Nature, but it did not take long for all of that to crumble, leaving behind ruined lives.

Bright Young Things: Andrea Morales Wins TIME’s Next Generation Photography Contest

This fall, TIME invited student photographers dedicated to honing their craft—whether it be photojournalism, portraiture, still life, conceptual or fine art—to submit a portfolio of photos for review by our editors. All applicants had to be currently enrolled students or members of the class of 2011. After receiving hundreds of entries, the editors chose Andrea Morales as the winner of the inaugural competition.

Though they grew up on opposite sides of the country, Morales saw much of herself and her two younger sisters in the Glouster girls she photographed for Extracted Dreams, Implanted Realities, a series that examines the coming of age for young women in the southeast Ohio city. “It’s a project filled with daily things that happen when you’re growing up anywhere,” says the photographer. A Master’s candidate at the visual communication program at Ohio University, in Athens, Morales won the top prize of $2,500 and a portfolio review with the magazine’s photo editors.

Morales met many of the young women she photographed while roaming the streets in early 2009, and she has spent the majority of the last three years documenting them. The young women face poverty, drug abuse among family members and crime—all while attending class in Ohio’s poorest school district. As the project progressed, some of the girls’ parents began to see Morales as a mentor, which put the photographer in an unfamiliar situation. “It became this weird thing for a while because I come from a strict journalism background,” the photographer says. “But I totally care about these girls like crazy…I don’t know if I’m able to help them through my photographs. But I know I’m able to help them by being there for them.”

First runner up Christian Hansen, a senior at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, showcased a collection of personal work taken since 2006 from places ranging from California to Canada. “It’s mostly from going on road trips and traveling around,” he says. “I didn’t have any preconceived ideas about what I was trying to get or what I was trying to do. I just know what I like and I did it all based on feeling.”

Second runner up Brad Vest, also a Master’s candidate at the visual communication program at Ohio University, presented Adrift, a series that follows Travis Simmons’ struggles to stay off drugs and out of jail. Vest has captured the young father’s story since October 2009. “What drew me to his story was that it was always changing,” Vest says. “Initially I thought it would be a great story because it was a young guy who’d made some bad decisions early on, and was getting out, trying to start new. I thought it would be a great way to document the process of trying to start over.”

These three photographers’ work explored just a fraction of the subject matter covered in the entries TIME received during the contest call. And while not every entrant’s work could be displayed, the editors hope that this begins a dialogue with new talent that we hope to mentor over the next year.

Sunday Submissions

There are many submission opportunities available to photographers–these are some that I highly endorse as they are organizations working to help photographers gain exposure and advance their careers.

WONDERLAND: Photographic Fantasies
DEADLINE: Tomorrow, May 30th, 2011
Photo Place Gallery
Juror: Blue Mitchell, Diffusion Magazine
Photographs can record the detail of the world as we see it. But they can also enable us to present the world as we imagine it. The juried exhibition Wonderland: Photographic Fantasies will feature photos that envision the realms of dreams, the fantasies, and surreal world of the imagination.

16th Annual Photo Competition Exhibition
Extended DEADLINE: June 11, 2011
Photo Center NW
Juror: Karen Irvine, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography
This year the exhibition theme is focused on ANYTHING related to Land or Water– open to interpretation. Selected entries will be exhibited in Seattle, WA at the Photo Center August – Mid October 2011. All photo processes are welcome. Maximum frame size is 32 inches on the longest side. Artists will be responsible for shipping their framed work to and from the gallery.

Klompching Gallery’s First Annual Open Photography Exhibition
DEADLINE: June 6th, 2011
Curated by W.M. Hunt and Darren Ching
The objective of FRESH, is to showcase—in exhibit and online—new talents in contemporary photography that is fresh in approach and vision. The curators are looking for photographs that fully employ the medium of photography within the context of contemporary photographic practice. There is no theme, but submissions with a consistent vision, originality and a strong viewpoint are essential.

I Love L.A. Photography Contest
DEADLINE: June 15th
Jurors TBD
$15,000 in prizes
Our theme is “I Love LA”. Submit any photograph you feel that would best represent this theme. Can be literal images, or your own interpretation. Have fun with it, be serious, quirky, dramatic, sexy, edgy, sarcastic, whatever you choose. It could be an image you took years ago, or one you’ll take tomorrow. Doesn’t even have to be taken in LA. Just pick great photographic-based images that represents the I Love LA theme.

– Women in Photojournalism

A great gallery of exemplary photos from the Women in Photojournalism Conference photography contest can now be seen on the Web. The 19th annual conference was held August 8-10 in New Orleans, La. Sponsors included Nikon, Canon, Avid and the National Photographers Association.

The gallery of includes 40 noteworthy photographs from across the United States. Check it out today or learn more about Women in Photojournalism.