All posts tagged: competition

The first step to making a successful photobook isn’t what you think it is

To mark the launch of the Bob Books Photobook Award, a new competition from Bob Books, the UK based on-demand photobook printer, BJP is publishing a three-part series featuring advice on how to make and promote a photobook. In part one, publishing experts and photographers who’ve successfully made the journey share invaluable advice on what to think about before diving in. Producing a photobook is an important milestone in any photographer’s career, demanding a huge investment of time, energy, and resources. With so many photobooks being published every day and the bar to entry lower than it has ever been, how do you make a book that does your project justice, stands out from the rest, and most importantly sells? Publisher Dewi Lewis, who has been in the industry for more than 30 years and has worked on books with photographers including Martin Parr, Edmund Clark, and Stuart Freedman, says the starting point has to be for every photographer to ask why he or she wants to make a book. “Not enough photographers ask themselves …

2017-05-24T11:11:16+00:00

Back to the future: This photographer recreates his past to understand the present

One of the first things Thomas Friedrich Schaefer remembers is hiding behind a sofa in his parent’s Sao Paolo apartment, terrified by the cuckoo clock. Or at least he thinks so. It’s hard to say. Schaefer, 33, moved to Brazil from Mainz as a two-week-old baby, returning to Germany five years later. And as a consequence, his memories are a mix of two countries, and two languages. “I’ve always been interested in how memories are formed and built up, and how they change over the years,” he says, highlighting a theme that infuses Experiential Spaces, the series that won him the conceptual category in the 2015 Felix Schoeller Award. The initial inspiration for an image comes from his childhood, but the final scene, meticulously crafted over weeks, takes on a life of its own. “I remember my dad coming home from work and encouraging me to sit at my desk and do my homework, because I was always playing football outside with my friends,” he says of the spark of inspiration for the first shot …

2017-05-19T15:31:18+00:00

Kingdom of the Girls: The alternate reality where women rule the world

That world exists, if you know where to look. Berlin-based photographer Karolin Klüppel’s pictures of rare matriarchal communities in India and China – which won the 2015 Felix Schoeller Photo Award – invite us to do exactly that. Born in 1985, Klüppel developed an interest in alternatives to patriarchy while studying photography at the School of Art and Design in Kassel, where her final project deconstructed gender through soft, fragile portraits of the male nude. On graduating in 2013 she embarked on a self-financed trip to India, where she had a residency lined up with the Vice-Versa Foundation in Goa. Initially the plan was to stay half a year in India before heading to China, to photograph the Mosuo, a matriarchal society in the Himalayas, but she ended up spending nine months in Mawlynnong, a Khasi village in the State of Meghalaya, northeast India. The photographs she shot there became the portrait series Mädchenland (Kingdom of Girls), for which she won the prestigious 2015 Felix Schoeller Photo Award. Klüppel had read about the Khasi while …

2017-02-23T16:46:32+00:00

Chantal Webber, founder of Webber Represents, on how to win the IPA

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Now a renowned creative agency with offices in London and New York, Webber Represents includes on its roster a group of contemporary and emerging photographers – as well as stylists, set designers and art directors – who are helping to define the future of the medium at its most cutting edge. Chantal Webber became an agent at the age of 20. She started out with the creative collective Tomato and then as picture editor for fashion magazine i-D. She opened Webber Represents’ New York office in 2006, and has built a reputation for representing photographers who balance active art and commercial careers. Recalling on the emerging phase of her own career as a photography agent, Webber says: “In my early 20s, I worked briefly for an agent but didn’t really enjoy the process of trying to sell work that I had little or no connection with. I then started assisting a group of photographers who shared a studio, and as there weren’t many photo agents back then this progressed into me showing their work to people and meeting …

2016-11-28T11:28:40+00:00

BJP Breakthrough Awards – Call for Entries

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British Journal of Photography is proud to announce our inaugural BJP Breakthrough Awards, a prestigious photography award singularly capable of connecting the next generation of photographers with the established photography industry. We are inviting photographers on undergraduate courses, and within five years of graduating (including current MA students), to submit work to be judged by an influential panel of leading industry professionals. Photographs can be captured in any format – film, digital or mobile – and can be of any style or genre. The competition is open to students and graduates from around the world. In partnership with Olympus, Free Range and theprintspace, winners will have their work exhibited at British Journal of Photography’s dedicated pop-up exhibition space in Shoreditch, East London’s creative hub. The four category winners will have their work presented by our editorial team at an exclusive launch event, and gain international exposure through our award-winning online and print channels. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: 12 noon (GMT) on Friday 8th May 2015. For more details go to our dedicated BJP Breakthrough website. 

2015-04-17T13:48:09+00:00

Dominic Hawgood wins BJP’s International Photography Award

“I want people to think about what is being presented to them, and to ask questions: where were these images taken? Is this a studio setup or a documentation of real life? I want people to make up their own minds,” says Dominic Hawgood of his project Under the Influence, which has won the series category of BJP‘s International Photography Award. Inspired by the evangelical Christianity popular amongst African communities in London, Hawgood’s series mixes photography, lighting design and CGI to create a highly stylised take on deliverance and exorcism – that hints at the theatricality that accompanies these rites. Strikingly different to current trends in photography, it was selected the winner from 733 entries by Erik Kessels, curator and founder of KesselsKramer creative agency; Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers’ Gallery; Emma Bowkett, photography director of the FT Weekend Magazine; Bruno Ceschel, director of Self Publish, Be Happy and SPBH Editions; and Hannah Watson, director of TJ Boulting gallery and Trolley Books. “The winner and runners up of this year’s BJP photography competition show that …

2015-04-17T14:19:16+00:00

Jane Hahn wins the single image IPA prize

With clients such as the New York Times, Time, the International Herald Tribune and Washington Post Magazine, Jane Hahn knows what makes a good story, and what makes a striking single image. Her winning single image in the BJP’s 2014 International Photography Award shows her talent for both – depicting a woman returning home after bathing in the Badia East informal community, it’s taken from her on-going work in Lagos. “This image is part of a personal long term project I began earlier this year, photographing those who have been affected by the forced evictions that have been taking place in Nigeria, especially in Lagos, all in preparation for its mega city status,” Hahn told BJP. “Unfortunately I don’t have more information on the woman as she was just passing by when I was speaking to those on the edges of the photo. She wasn’t willing to speak as she was in a hurry, so I took this shot as she was walking away.” Hahn took the shot in February, one year after Badia East’s residents woke …

2015-04-17T14:19:27+00:00

Best of the rest – the IPA single image runners up

With just shy of 1000 entries to the single image category of BJP’s International Photography Award this year, the three runners-up did exceptionally well. Erik Ahman was selected for a shocking shot of a Golden Dawn victim in Athens; Jennifer Bruce for a tense photograph of hostel residents being strip-searched in Johannesburg; and Federico Floriani for an unusual black-and-white image. “The final four images selected are really strong, and importantly they show variety in terms of their style and content,” commented Bruno Bayley, editor of UK Vice and a member of the judging panel alongside Sean O’Hagan, photography critic for The Guardian and The Observer; Alexia Singh, editor-in-charge of the Wider Image Desk, Reuters; Sarah Thomson, head of art production, Fallon London; and Hannah Watson, director of Trolley Books and the TJ Boulting gallery. “For me, Jennifer Bruce’s photograph stood out for being one of the most engaging in the selection, full of awkwardness and humiliation, and covering a relatively under-reported situation,” Bayley added. “It was moving without being as confrontational or viscerally shocking as Ahman’s photograph from Greece …

2014-11-26T14:05:57+00:00

Peter DiCampo on winning the 2010 IPA

BJP’s 2014 International Photography Award is up and running and receiving entries – so we we’ve taken some time out to ask Peter DiCampo, winner of the 2010 series category prize, about how it was for him. DiCampo won with a project called Life Without Lights, which shows life in rural Ghana at night and is the first chapter in an ongoing project on fuel poverty; his images were exhibited at the Association of Photographers’ then-gallery in East London (the IPA now works with the central London TJ Boulting Gallery), and were printed by Spectrum Photographic (who are still our sponsors). We didn’t even bribe him to give these answers! BJP: Why did you enter the competition? Peter DiCampo: I entered the competition for the hope of recognition, of course, and was especially excited to enter this one as it is not only an award but also the chance for a solo exhibition. I had recently completed a large body of work, and was so thankful for the chance to exhibit it (my first solo exhibition at the time). BJP: …

2014-11-26T21:59:47+00:00

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