Chloe Dewe Mathews won the 2011 International Photography Award (series category) for a project called Caspian, which included this shot of two sisters running down to the underground mosque in Beket-Ata, Kazakhstan. Image © Chloe Dewe Mathews/Panos Pictures.
There's just one week left to enter British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Award, which offers photographers a chance to win a two-week exhibition at one of London’s best-respected contemporary galleries
"There are so many competitions around that have long lists of winners, highly commended, shortlisted and so on, and endless categories, so it felt great to be given a prize with only one winner in two categories," says Chloe Dewe Mathews, who won the series category in last year's British Journal of Photography International Photography Award, with a project on life around the Caspian Sea.
"I was lucky to have the support of BJP, Spectrum and Foto8, all giving me advice and putting energy into creating and publicising the show, " she adds. "Having the show was a great opportunity to bring people to see the Caspian project in an immersive environment, printed beautifully and hanging in Foto8's new space. It was invaluable, considering that most of the time people flick through your work for a matter of seconds on a website."
Now in its eighth year, BJP is offering another chance to two photographers to win a two-week exhibition at Foto8 Gallery. Entries are accepted in two categories – series and single image.
The winners, who will be selected by a panel of experts, will see their work printed and framed by Spectrum Photographic, one of the leading photography labs in Europe, and will be able to keep their framed prints after the show.
Previous winners include Edmund Clark, whose series Guantanamo: If the Lights Go Out went on to be published by Dewi Lewis, and Peter di Campo, who won the series prize in 2010 with Life Without Lights, a project shot in Ghana. Facundo Arrizabalaga won the single image prize last year with a shot from the student protests of November 2010, and Walter Astrada picked up the single image award in 2008 with an image depicting a victim of matricide in Guatemala.
Entry costs £5 for a single image and £25 for a series. The deadline to enter is 01 October.
For more details, visit www.bjp-online.com/ipa.
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