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March 15th, 2012

PDN Video Picks: Jim Lo Scalzo’s Award-Winning Look at Salton Sea

Photographer Jim Lo Scalzo’s funny/sad video “America’s Dead Sea” won third place in the World Press Photo Multimedia contest, announced this morning. Lo Scalzo manages to find a fresh perspective on the much photographed Salton Sea in the southern California desert. Intercutting his still photos and video footage with archival promotional films, Lo Scalzo’s three-and-a-half minute video traces the area’s decline from a major tourist attraction to a lifeless toxic dump, contaminated by salinity and farm chemical runoff. The video is touching, and there’s ukelele music on the soundtrack.

You can see “America’s Dead Sea” and Lo Scalzo’s other videos on Vimeo.

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World Press Photo Multimedia Contest Winners Announced

February 27th, 2012

AP’s Charles Dharapak Wins Photograph of the Year in “Eyes of History” Contest

©Associate Press/Charles Dharapak. President Obama endures a pint of Guinness on a 2011 trip to Ireland.

Charles Dharapak of the Associated Press has been named Photographer of the Year in the still photography division of the 2012 “Eyes of History” contest, the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) has announced. Andrew Harnik of the Washington Times won the Political Photo of the Year award.

In the new media division of the competition, John Poole of NPR won first place in the Best Use of Photography & Audio (with narration). David Gilky of NPR won Best Use of Photography &Audio (natural sound). Whitney Shefte of The Washington Post won first and second place in the Best of Multimedia (in depth) category, while  Jim Lo Scalzo of EPA won first place in the Best Multimedia Package (simple) category.

Judges for the still photo competition were Ohio University professor Marcy Nighswander and photographers Bob Pearson and Ed Kashi. A full list of still photography winners will be posted here on the WHNPA site.

Judges for the new media competition were photographers Liz O. Baylen, Will Yurman, and Zach Wise. The full list of new media winners will be posted here on the WHNPA site.

The White House News Photographers Association sponsors The Eyes of History contest. This year’s winners  will be honored at the annual “Eyes of History” Gala on May 5, 2012, in Washington, DC.

February 17th, 2012

Van Houtryve Wins at POYi, with Help from Crowd Funding

© Tomas van Houtryve/VII

Tomas van Houtryve, whose “Behind the Curtains” photo essay has won this year’s World Understanding Award at POYi, completed the eight-year project with the help of money he raised through the crowd-funding site Emphas.is. We don’t know if this is the first crowd-funded project to win a major award, but we’re pretty sure it won’t be the last, given the scarcity of   support for documentary photography at magazines, and the growing popularity of crowd-funding to underwrite long-term photography projects.

Van Houtryve is currently using Emphas.is again in hopes of raising enough money to turn his recent work on North Korea into a book and exhibition.

When we asked him why he turned to crowd-funding for “Behind the Curtains,” he explained that he began “Behind the Curtains” in 2004, covering Nepal’s Maoist revolution. “It was certainly a challenge to keep the project going at full force when the 2008 U.S. economic crisis hit, followed by the global media and advertising crisis in the following years,” he says. In 2010, he won POYi Photographer of the Year – Freelance award. Still, he says, “I had to keep looking for new revenue streams, switching from mainly magazines to grants and eventually to crowd-funding.

“It started to feel pretty acrobatic to have to constantly think about shifting and reinventing business models while keeping my focus on the project.”

In March 2011, he began looking for funding on his own site and on Emphas.is.  “My proposal was to finish my 21st century communism project by taking a final trip to Laos.

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February 1st, 2012

Magnum Foundation Announces 2012 Emergency Fund Grantees

© Justin Maxon/Prospekt

The Magnum Foundation has announced the 2012 class of Emergency Fund grantees. The Emergency Fund supports photographers who are working on long-term documentary projects that address “critical global issues that have not received the attention they deserve, or budding crises that are still over the horizon,” according to the EF Web site.

This year’s grantees are:

Evgenia Arbugaeva, for her project “Tiksi, the Far North”; Rena Effendi, for “Capturing Coptic Life: Egypt’s Sectarian Struggle”; Eric Gottesman, for “Baalu Girma”; Sebastián Liste, for “The Brazilian Far West”; Benjamin Lowy, for “iLibya: Libya’s Growing Pains”; Justin Maxon,  for “Murder That Goes Unsolved and Unheard”; Donald Weber, for “War is Good*”; and Paolo Woods, for “Poor Rich.”

The Magnum Foundation, established by the cooperative photo agency to promote and finance independent documentary photography, began its Emergency Fund grants in 2010. Past grantees include Jonas Bendiksen, Tomas van Houtryve, Emily Schiffer, Larry Towell, Bruce Gilden and Krisanne Johnson.

Grantee candidates are nominated by an international committee and evaluated by a selection committee. This year the Emergency Fund received 93 nominations, and 76 photographers from 28 countries submitted proposals.

The Magnum Foundation also announced the its 2012 scholarships for the NYU/MF Photography and Human Rights program, a 5-week summer intensive at New York University that teaches photographers skills for creating documentary projects on human rights. This year’s scholarships went to: Poulomi Basu of India; Arthur Bondar, of Ukraine, Liu Jie of China; and Pooyan Tabatabaei of Iran.

January 30th, 2012

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January 24th, 2012

PDN Video Pick: Moby Writes a Song

This video by NPR was honored in the video category of the 2011 PDN Photo Annual. NPR Music’s Project Song challenges musicians to write and record a song in
just two days, then records the results. David Gilkey, John Poole, Bob Boilen and Neil Tevault produced the video.

Moby and collaborator Kelli Scarr finished writing their song so quickly, they wound up recording three different versions of “Gone to Sleep.”
The 2012 PDN Photo Annual is now accepting entries in 12 categories, including video, web sites, photo books, advertising, photojournalism and more.  To learn about prizes, the panel of judges, rules, deadlines (avoid the late fee and enter soon!) or to upload your entries, visit www.pdnphotoannual.com.

December 22nd, 2011

Lacoste Elysée Photo Prize Cancelled Over Censorship Controversy

©Larissa Sansour

The Musée de l’Elysée abruptly cancelled the 2011 Lacoste Elysée Prize for photography, protesting the decision by prize sponsor Lacoste to exclude one of the finalists. Lacoste, meanwhile, has announced that is “has decided to cancel once and for all its participation in this event and its support for the Elysée Prize.”

Lacoste reportedly objected for political reasons to a project by finalist Larissa Sansour called “Nation Estate,” which was inspired by the recent Palestinian bid for nationhood at the United Nations. Lacoste said in a statement today that Sansour’s work did not fit the contest theme, and denies it excluded her for political reasons.

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December 20th, 2011

Dragonfly Photo Wins $10k National Geographic Photo Contest

© Shikhei Goh

A close-up photograph of a dragonfly weathering a rain storm in Indonesia’s Riau Islands earned photographer Shikhei Goh the $10,000 grand prize in the 2011 National Geographic Photography Contest.

In a statement, National Geographic magazine photographer Tim Laman, who was one of three judges for the competition, celebrated the photograph’s “beautiful light, rare action in a close-up image, as well as its technical perfection.” Goh’s photograph also won first prize in the “Nature” category.

A photograph by Izabelle Nordfjell of a Sami reindeer hunter preparing to take a shot while his son covers his ears won first prize in the “People” category, while George Tapan’s image of
a rainbow stretching out over the ocean off of the Philippines’ Onuk Island received first prize in the “Places” category.

These photographs were selected from more than 20,000 images submitted by professional and amateur photographers from more than 130 countries.

Galleries of the winning images and honorable mentions are online here.

The other judges were National Geographic magazine photographers Amy Toensing, and Peter Essick.

December 16th, 2011

The Biggest Photo News Stories of 2011

Over on PDNOnline we’ve gathered together the biggest photography news stories of 2011, a year marked infringements on the rights of photographers, by sticky legal cases whose results will be felt long into the future, and by tragedy. The 15 stories we highlighted were the most-read news articles and blog posts on PDNOnline and PDN Pulse this year.

Which of these stories do you think was the most important news story of the year? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

December 16th, 2011

Upcoming Deadlines for Awards, Contests

Deadlines are approaching for several competitions that give you a chance to have your work seen by photo editors, curators, and others in the industry.

Magenta Foundation Flash Forward 2012
Open to US, UK and Canadian photographers under the age of 34. Winners and honorable mentions will be published in the catalogue of the competition, and be featured in June at an exhibition in Boston and at the biennial Flash Forward festival in Toronto in October. The winner of the Bright Spark Award will receive $5,000.
Fee: $50 US and Canada; £40 UK
Judges: Julien Beaupré Ste-Marie, Photo Editor, enRoute Magazine; Erin Elder, Manager, Business Development & Partnerships, Digital Media, The Globe & Mail; J.J. Kegan McFadden, Director/Curator; PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts; Erin Stump, Erin Stump Projects; Diane Smyth, British Journal of Photography, London; Stefanie Braun, Senior Curator, Photographers’ Gallery; Francesca Sears, Director of Profile, Panos Pictures; Holly Stuart Hughes, Editor, Photo District News; Daniel Cooney, Daniel Cooney Fine Art; Paul Moakley, Deputy Photo Editor, TIME; Lisa Botos, 0oi Botos Gallery, Hong Kong; Sujong Song, independent curator and publisher, Korea
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2011
www.magentafoundation.org/submissions/submit.php?project=11

Center for Photography Woodstock’s Photography Now

Winners will be exhibited at the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s main gallery from March 10 to April 22, 2012. Fee: $50 for 6 images ($30 student/senior; proof of status required); $60 for 10 images; $100 for 20 images.
Judge: Natasha Egan, director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College in Chicago.
Deadline: Jan. 20, 2011.
cpw.org/CurrentOpportunities/PhotoNow/pages/PhotoNow_EXH.html

World Press Photo 2012 Multimedia Contest
Open to production teams who have produced or first published a multimedia production in 2011 of up to 20 minutes in length with a journalistic storyline and professional still photography.
Judges: To be announced.
Deadline: Register by January 25, 2012
multimedia.worldpressphoto.org/

The PDN Photo Annual
Winners of this juried competition are featured in the June issue of PDN and on PDNOnline; more than $15,000 in cash and prizes available. Entrants have the opportunity to submit work to the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture, which comes with a $15,000 prize. Photographers will also be chosen for the Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund prize and the Sony Emerging Photographer Award.
Fee: $45 single entry; $55 for series; $25 for students; discounts for PhotoServe Members.
Judges: So far, they include fine art dealers, ad agency creatives, magazine photo editors; a preliminary list  can be found at http://www.pdnphotoannual.com/index.shtml.
Deadline: Jan 25, 2012.
www.pdnphotoannual.com/

American Photography/American Illustration
Winners are included in the annual large-format AI-AP books distributed to art directors, photo editors, designers and art buyers.
Judges: To be announced in January.
Deadline: Jan. 27, 2012
www.ai-ap.com/cfe/

2012 CENTER Awards
There are three awards, and each include different prizes and selection criteria.
Project Competition: Honors photographers working on documentary and fine-art series.
Prizes: $10,000 cash, an exhibition at Center, publication in Fraction magazine, admission to Review Santa Fe.
Fee: $35 members/$45 nonmembers.
Judges:  Greg Hobson, Curator of Photographs, National Media Museum (UK); Paul Moakley, deputy photo editor, TIME;  Christopher Steighner, Senior Editor, Rizzoli Publications Inc.

Project Launch: Honors works in progress.
Prizes: $5,000 cash, exhibition, publication in Fraction magazine, admission to Review Santa Fe and more.
Fee: $25 members/$35 nonmembers
Judge: Virginia Heckert, Associate Curator, J. Paul Getty Museum

Choice Awards: The annual awards for outstanding photographs in three categories.
Prizes: Exhibition at CENTER, publication in Fraction magazine, gift certificate to Singer Editions fine-art printing.
Judges: Ashley Givens, assistant curator, Victoria & Albert Museum (Curator’s Choice); Jamie Wellford, senior photo editor, Newsweek Daily Beast (Editor’s Choice); Stephanie Braun, senior curator, The Photographer’s Gallery
Fee: $25 members/$35 nonmembers; or enter all three categories for $60 members/$75 nonmembers

Deadlines for all three competitions: Jan. 30, 2012
www.centeryourcareer.org/2012/center/awards/faq-general.html