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February 10th, 2014

Freelancer Astrid Riecken Wins “Eyes of History” Photographer of the Year Honors

Astrid Riecken has won Photographer of the Year honors at the 2014 Eyes of History competition, the White House News Photographers Association announced yesterday. The Washington, DC-based freelancer also won first-place prizes in the Feature and Portfolio categories.

Win McNamee of Getty Images won Political Photo of the Year for an image of President Barack Obama speaking at a White House briefing room about the Trayvon Martin case. McNamee also won first place in the Presidential category.

In other still photo categories, Melina Mara won first place prizes for both Picture Story Politics and Political Portfolio. Bonnie Jo Mount won first place for Picture Story Feature. Mara and Mount are both Washington Post staff photographers.

Jabin Botsford of Western Kentucky University won Student Photographer of the Year honors.

Best of Show for multimedia entries went to Ken Geiger of National Geographic for the iPad version of his story called The Last Chase, about Tim Samaras, a well-known storm chaser who was killed during a tornado in May 2013. Geiger also swept first, second, and third prizes in the Non-Linear Storytelling category.

In the Linear Storytelling category, Jim Lo Scalzo won first place for a multimedia story about Iowa’s county fairs that he produced for European Press Photo Agency.

A complete list of categories and winners is available at the White House News Photographers Association web site.

Winners of the competition in all categories will be honored at the WHNPA’s annual black tie gala, scheduled for May 10, 2014, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington.

January 22nd, 2014

Grammys to Honor Rock Photographer Jim Marshall

Legendary rock and roll photographer Jim Marshall, who shot iconic images of Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and many other musicians, will be honored posthumously this weekend at a special Grammy Awards ceremony.

Marshall, who died in 2010 at the age of 74, will be given a Trustees Award at the Recording Academy’s Special Merit Awards ceremony on January 25. The academy’s 56th annual Grammy Awards ceremony, honoring musicians for the best recordings of the past year, will take place on January 26.

In addition to honoring Marshall, the Recording Academy will give lifetime achievement awards at the January 25 ceremony to the Beatles, the Isley Brothers, Kris Kristofersson and Kraftwerk.

Mashall began his career in the 1950s photographing musicians and beat poets in his native San Francisco. In the early 1960s he began shooting for record labels in New York, but soon returned to California to photograph musicians at clubs, festivals, and stadium concerts as a freelance photographer.

“He brooked no denial as he waded right in with his little Leica clicking quietly and constantly. His eye was amazing as he caught the essence of each scene before him,” folk musician and photographer Henry Diltz wrote in a tribute to Marshall last week on the Grammy Awards web site.

Marshall’s most recognizable photographs include Jimi Hendrix setting fire to one of his guitars at the Monterey International Pop Festival (1967); Janis Joplin reclining backstage at a Winterland Ballroom concert with a bottle of Southern Comfort in her hand (1968); and Johnny Cash giving the finger to Marshall’s camera at San Quentin State Prison (1969).

Related:
Rock and Roll Photographer Jim Marshall Has Died, Age 74
End Frame: Pamela Littky on Jim Marshall (requires PDN subscription)
Jim Marshall’s Estate Sues Fashion Designer for Copyright Infringement
Jim Marshall’s Estate Sues “Mr. Brainwash” and Google for Copyright Infringement

January 14th, 2014

Post-9/11 War Business Project Wins $20K Aftermath Project Grant for 2014

© Luca Locatelli

© Luca Locatelli

Italian photographer Luca Locatelli has won the $20,000 Aftermath Project Grant for his project “United Colours of War,” which looks at the increase in business connected to war following 9/11.

The Aftermath Project also recognized several finalists, whose work will be included in War is Only Half the Story, the annual Aftermath Project publication: Philippe Dudouit for his project on rebel movements in the Sahel region of Africa; Olga Ingurazova for her work on Abkhazia; Diana Markosian for her project on young Muslim girls raised in post-war Chechnya; and Javad M. Parsa for his work about Iranian refugees living around the world.

The Aftermath Project is a non-profit organization founded by photographer and filmmaker Sara Terry that supports documentary photography that tells post-conflict stories. The Foundation to Promote Open Society provides funding for the Aftermath Project Grant.

Judges for this year’s grant were: MaryAnne Golon, Director of Photography, The Washington Post; Elizabeth Krist, Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic; Muriel Hasbun, Professor and Chair of Photography, Corcoran College of Art+Design; Elizabeth Rappaport, photographer, board member The Aftermath Project; Sara Terry, photographer, founder and artistic director, The Aftermath Project.

Related: What It Takes To Win An Aftermath Project Grant
Anatomy of a Successful Grant Application

December 18th, 2013

World Press Photo, Alexia Foundation: Still Time to Enter

As 2013 comes to an end, a number of prestigious photo grants, competitions and contests are still accepting entries for their 2014 awards. If you’re looking for something to keep you busy during the holiday break, try submitting your work for one of the awards or grants listed below.

Leica Oskar Barnack Award
In honor of Leica’s centennial in 2014, the camera company is doubling the value of the Oskar Barnack Award’s cash prizes to 10,000 euros for the winner of the professional photographer category and 5,000 euros for the winner of the emerging photographer category. The only requirement for photographers is that they must submit a series that includes images made in 2013. The award, which is named after the inventor of the 35mm Leica camera, recognizes “professional photographers whose unerring powers of observation capture and express the relationship between man and the environment in the most graphic form in a sequence of a minimum of 10 [but] up to a maximum of 12 images.”

This year Leica has added a new category to the competition, the Public Award, and the winner is determined based on the number of votes received on www.i-shot-it.com. When photographers submit their work in consideration for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, they can also opt-in to participate in the Public Award at no additional fee. The cash prize is 2,500 euros.

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2014; no submission fee. More information can be found at www.leica-oskar-barnack-award.com.

Alexia Foundation Grants
Every year the Alexia Foundation recognizes a professional and student photographer whose work helps “promote world peace and cultural understanding.” The 2014 Professional Grant winner will receive $20,000—an increase from last year’s prize of $15,000—while the Student Grant winner will win $1,000, a semester at Syracuse University in London and more. Additionally, the Alexia Foundation established a new student grant this year in honor of Robert E. Gilka, the former director of photography for National Geographic who passed away in June 2013. The Gilka Grant, which is a $1,500 scholarship to attend The Kalish workshop, will be awarded to a “project proposal that also includes a multimedia component.”

The deadline for professional submissions is 2 PM on January 13, 2014; $50 submission fee. The deadline for student submissions is 2 PM on January 27, 2013; no submission fee. More information can be found at www.alexiafoundation.org.

World Press Photo and Multimedia Contest
The 57th annual World Press Photo is currently accepting submissions in a variety of categories including General News, Contemporary Issues, Sports and Nature. Additionally, the 4th annual World Press Multimedia Contest is accepting submissions in the Short Feature, Long Feature and Interactive Documentary categories. Both competitions honor outstanding work in the field of photojournalism. The winner of the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year award will win a cash prize of 10,000 euros, while the first-prize winners in all of the photo and multimedia categories will receive a cash prize of 1,500 euros.

The deadline to request a username and password for the submission website is 11:59 PM on January 9, 2014, while the deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM on January 15, 2014; no submission fee. More information can be found at www.worldpressphoto.org/enter.

PDNEdu Student Photo Contest
PDNEdu, The Photo Group publication for photography students, is seeking entries for its annual Student Photo Contest. College students who are currently enrolled in classes can submit a single image or a series of work in a number of different categories including Fashion/Portraiture, Documentary/Photojournalism, Still Life and Multimedia/Video. High-school students can also submit any type of photographic work in the Pre-College category. Grand-prize winners in each category will receive a Nikon camera, B&H gift card, portfolio review and more. Plus, they will be featured in the Spring 2014 issue of PDNEdu.

The deadline for submissions is December 21, 2013; $12 submission fee. More information can be found at http://contest.pdnedu.com/index.shtml.

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Jurying the World Press Multimedia Contest
Abir Abdullah, Sara Naomi Lewkowicz Win Alexia Foundation Grants
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November 15th, 2013

Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award Winners Announced

An interior spread from Karma, photographs by Óscar Monzón (Dalpine, Madrid / RVB Books, Paris) © Óscar Monzón 2013

An interior spread from Karma, photographs by Óscar Monzón (Dalpine, Madrid / RVB Books, Paris) © Óscar Monzón 2013

The winners of the 2013 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards were announced this evening in Paris.

The self-published book A01 [COD.19.1.1.43] — A27 [S | COD.23] by Rosângela Rennó was named PhotoBook of the Year. The book considers the disappearance due to theft of the material in 27 archival boxes housed in the General Archive of the City of in Rio de Janeiro.

KARMA by Óscar Monzón (RVB Books, Paris / Dalpine, Madrid) is the winner of $10,000 First PhotoBook prize. KARMA is comprised of photographs of automobiles and their drivers made in Madrid between 2009 and 2013. (more…)

November 15th, 2013

Richard Mosse, Lorna Simpson on Shortlist for 2014 Deutsche Borse Prize

© Richard Mosse/Institute Artists

© Richard Mosse/Institute Artists

The four finalists for the 2014 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, which comes with a 30,000 pound (about $48,000 US) award, were announced yesterday. The prize, one of the biggest in the photography world, honors a contemporary photographer who has made a significant contribution to the medium of photography through an exhibition or publication. The shortlisted photographers will be exhibited in spring 2014 at The Photographers Gallery in London.

The four nominees on the shortlist are:

Albert Garcia-Alix (born in Spain), for his book “Autorretrato/Self-portrait,” published by La Fabrica Editorial (2013).

Jochen Lempert (born in Germany), for his eponymous exhibition “Jochen Lempert” at Hamburger Kunsthalle.

Richard Mosse (born in Ireland), for his multimedia installation “The Enclave” at Venice Biennale, Irish Pavilion.

Lorna Simpson (born in the US), for her retrospective exhibition of photography, video and text at Jeu de Paume in Paris.

The artists are nominated by a panel of over 100 “international experts of photographic art,” Deutsche Borse reports. The jurors who will select the winner are: Kate Bush, Curator; Jitka Hanzlová, Artist; Thomas Seelig, Director/Curator, Fotomuseum Winterthur; and Anne-Marie Beckmann, Curator, Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Germany. Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, is the non-voting Chair.

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November 14th, 2013

Shortlist for $109K Prix Pictet Announced

An image from Mishka Henner's series "Beef & Oil" on the Prix Pictet website.

An image from Mishka Henner’s series “Beef & Oil” on the Prix Pictet website.

The shortlist for the fifth Prix Pictet was announced last night in Paris. Kofi Annan, the former secretary-general of the United Nations, will announce the winner of the CHF 100,000 (approx. $109,218 US) prize, which will be awarded to a photography project fitting the theme “consumption,” on May 21, 2014 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The 11 shortlisted photographers and projects were selected by an independent jury from a pool of more than 650 nominations.

The Shortlisted photographers are: Adam Bartos of the United States, who was nominated for his project “Yard Sale”; Motoyuki Daifu of Japan, nominated for “Family”; Rineke Dijkstra of the Netherlands, nominated for “Almerisa”; Hong Hao of China, nominated for “My Things”; Mishka Henner of Belgium, nominated for “Beef & Oil”; Juan Fernando Herrán of Colombia, nominated for “Escalas”; Boris Mikhailov of Ukraine, nominated for “Tea, Coffee & Cappuccino”; Abraham Oghobase of Nigeria, nominated for “Untitled 2012”; Michael Schmidt of Germany, nominated for “Lebensmittel”; Allan Sekula (who died in August of this year) of the United States, nominated for “Fish Story”; and Laurie Simmons of the United States, nominated for “The Love Doll.”

In addition to awarding the prize, the Pictet & Cie, the Geneva-based bank that founded the prize in 2008, will award a commission to one of the nominees to create a project in an area of the world where the Pictet Group supports a sustainability project.

Previous Prix Pictet winners include Luc Delahaye, Mitch Epstein, Benoit Aquin and Nadav Kander.

October 11th, 2013

W. Eugene Smith Fund Grant Winner Announcement: Ceremony October 16

smith-fund-grantThe W. Eugene Smith Fund will announce the winner of this year’s $30,000 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography and the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism at a ceremony on October 16 in New York City. The Fund has extended an open invitation to the public to attend the event.

The program will include presentations of photo essays by this year’s grant recipient and fellowship winners, a tribute to the work of W. Eugene Smith, an announcement of the grant finalists and the presentation  of the 2013 jurors’ discretionary grant.

Jon Lee Anderson, contributing writer to The New Yorker, and author of The Lion’s Grave: Dispatches from Afghanistan, The Fall of Baghdad and other books, will give the keynote.

The ceremony takes place at 7pm (doors open at 6:00) at the School of Visual Arts Theatre in New York.  More details on the Smith Fund, the grants and the event can be found on the Smith Fund web site.

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September 16th, 2013

Lange-Taylor Prize of 10K Given For Photo Project On Tiny Alaska Town

The Begich Towers after midnight, Whittier, Alaska, 2012.. Photograph by Jen Kinney, winner of the 2013 Lange-Taylor Prize.

The Begich Towers after midnight, Whittier, Alaska, 2012. Nearly all of the residents of Whittier, Alaska live in the 14-story apartment building. Photograph by Jen Kinney, winner of the 2013 Lange-Taylor Prize.

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University has awarded the 2013 Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize to photographer Jen Kinney for “City Under One Roof,” a project about Whittier, Alaska, a remote town of 200 people on Prince William Sound accessible only via one of the longest tunnels in the country.

Nearly all of the residents of Whittier live in a single apartment building. Kinney’s work examines “how the structures that people inhabit shape and order their lives; how, in turn, people construct, alter, and destroy spaces; and how these constant renovations to our physical world mirror changes in the stories that we tell ourselves, and how we structure our lives to these stories,” a statement from the CDS said.

The Lange-Taylor Prize Committee also awarded a “special recognition” to Bianca Giaever for her innovative approach to using images and words to tell personal, philosophical stories. Her video “Holy Cow Lisa,” which she submitted as part of her proposal, can be seen on Vimeo at http://vimeo.com/54700919

The Lange-Taylor prize is named in honor of the collaboration between photographer Dorothea Lange and writer Paul Taylor, and it seeks to encourage similar collaboration in the field of documentary storytelling.

The finalists for the 2013 Lange-Taylor Prize were Christopher Capozziello, Vincent Cianni, Maja Daniels, Matt Eich and Kate Linthicum, Margot Herster, Simon Hipkins and Agata Skowronek, Brenda Kenneally, Tom King, Gillian Laub, Sara Lewkowicz, Justin Maxon, Alec Soth and Brad Zellar, and Will Steacy.

Related: Lange-Taylor Documentary Prize Suspended for 2011

September 10th, 2013

Aftermath Project Accepting Applications for $20K Grant

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Aftermath Project Grant, an award of $20,000 that will be given to a photographer working on a project that explores the aftermath of violent conflict. The 2014 Aftermath Project Grant is supported by the Foundation to Promote Open Society.

Photojournalist Sara Terry founded the non-profit grant-making organization The Aftermath Project in 2003 with the belief that quiet stories of people rebuilding their lives after war or other conflicts have a vital role to play in how the international community understands the effects of armed conflicts on populations.

The deadline for applications is November 11, 2013, with the winner to be announced in mid-December. In addition to the grant, The Aftermath Project will also recognize four finalists, and their work will be published alongside the winners in a book, War is Only Half the Story: Vol 8.

Recent Aftermath Project grant-winners include Stanley Greene, Andrew Lichtenstein and Davide Monteleone.

For more information and to submit an application, visit: http://theaftermathproject.org/2014-Application

Related: Anatomy of a Successful Grant Application (about Lichtenstein’s Aftermath Project Grant application)
Stanley Greene Wins 2013 Aftermath Grant
$20,000 Aftermath Project Grant for 2012 Awarded to Andrew Lichtenstein