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

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