All posts tagged: competitions

Portrait of Humanity: Meet our The Guardian Editors’ Pick People’s Choice Winner, Anna Mia Davidson

US-based photographer Anna Mia Davidson was voted as our People’s Choice Winner, after The Guardian editors picked her image as one of the best Portrait of Humanity entries so far. The image shows a farmer and her grandson harvesting flowers. Bright and rich with colour, the portrait celebrates its subjects. As with many of Davidson’s portraits, the image captures a bond – in this case, between grandmother and grandson. Family is where photography began for Davidson, whose father – a professional photographer – encouraged her interest in the medium from an early age. Davidson has published two photobooks, Cuba Black And White, an eight-year project focusing on life in Cuba during the United States’ embargo, and Human Nature: Sustainable Farming in the Pacific Northwest, a multi-year portrait project about the people behind the sustainable farming movement. Davidson’s chosen topics tend to be weighty and complex, but her photographs are optimistic, and the resounding message of her work is that crisis can be overcome by the power of community. Can you tell me about your background …

2018-12-04T10:24:10+00:00

OpenWalls: Christopher Bethell on his complex relationship to home

Christopher Bethell’s work comes from a desire to explore his identity, making his personal reflections universal. His complex relationship to home comes from his dual American and British citizenship. Despite never having visited America, he has always thought of it as a home, and so embarked on his major MA project, The Duke of Earl, last year in the US, as a way to document his understanding of this new but familiar place. What followed was a struggle between cliche and authenticity, as Christopher came to terms with the stereotypes that had informed his perception of this fractured home. Christopher’s interest in photography was first sparked at the age of 19, and he quickly threw himself into the medium, studying at Mid Cheshire College, Staffordshire University, and finally at London College of Communication, where he received a Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. He cites his most valuable lessons as those about the foundations of photographic theory, and the ethics of representation, which have changed the way he approaches projects and commissions. Since graduating he …

2018-08-08T15:56:10+00:00

BJP’s Breakthrough Awards 2016 are open for entries

The second edition of British Journal of Photography’s Breakthrough Awards are now open for entries, offering students and recent graduates an opportunity to showcase their work and gain international exposure. There are two award categories, one for Undergraduate students and another for recent graduates and current MA students. Both categories offer a Series Award and Single Image Award. Four winners will be selected to have their work exhibited in east London as part of the Free Range graduate shows, and published in BJP’s revered monthly magazine and across our online social channels, reaching over a million creatives worldwide. The winning images will also be showcased globally on WeTransfer, the leading file transfer site with over 70 million visitors a month. Runners up in each category will be featured on the BJP website and receive free WeTransfer+ accounts. Photographs can be captured in any format – film or digital – and in any style or genre. Students and graduates of non-photographic courses may apply. This year’s entries will be judged by a panel of leading creatives and industry experts, including Simon Bainbridge, Editorial Director …

2016-04-01T10:56:53+00:00

The Hamdan International Photography Award is open for entry, with a $120,000 prize

Capturing fleeting moments of joy is one of the most rewarding aspects of photography, so it seems inevitable that the main theme for the fifth season of the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (or HIPA) is Happiness.  With a total prize pool of $400,000 and a Grand Prize of $120,000 the award is a career-changing opportunity for any photographer. Last year’s competition (themed Life in Colour) involved 30,878 participants from 166 countries submitting a total of 60,162 photographs. To ensure more photographers receive recognition, the award is divided into four categories, with winners and four runners-up in each category receiving prize money.. Happiness, in their words, the “main pursuit of humanity,” is the premier category, with the winner receiving $25,000. The Wildlife category aimed at “those who thrive on capturing hard-to-get instances that cannot be repeated, to deliver the excitement and thrill of wildlife whether on land, in the air or sea. The Father & Son category touches on a bond not often demonstrated in photography, and HIPA hope to find …

2016-01-13T14:31:27+00:00

IdeasTap and Magnum Award announces finalists

IdeasTap has named the photographers who will go through to the next round of its annual competition, which it runs in partnership with Magnum Photos. Of the 18 photographers selected from three categories for the 2014 IdeasTap and Magnum Photographic Award, a jury of industry professionals chose nine to go through to the next stage of the competition. [bjp_ad_slot] They are: Albert Elm; Jack Latham; Sophie Green; Karolina Jonderko; Magda Rakita; Sarah Amy Fishlock; Adél Koleszár; Álvaro Laiz; and Vasantha Yogananthan. On the judging panel were: Lucy Davies, commissioning editor of photography at The Telegraph; Peter Marlow, Magnum photographer; Jonathan Bell, editorial and publishing representative at Magnum Photos; and Souvid Datta, 2013 IdeasTap Photographic Award winner. The Award, now in its fifth year, aims to showcase and celebrate emerging photographers who are working within documentary photography. Each of the nine shortlisted photographers will receive £1500 to shoot a new project, and will also be mentored by a member of Magnum Photos. The three overall winners will be announced in May 2015 and awarded prizes that include £5000 in cash and paid internships at the Magnum Photos offices in either London or New York. To …

2014-11-26T21:54:36+00:00

Erik Kessels, Brett Rogers and more to judge BJP’s IPA

  Would you like to have Erik Kessels see your work? Or Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers’ Gallery? How about Emma Bowkett, photography director of the award-winning FT Weekend Magazine? Now you can, via the BJP‘s International Photography Award. [bjp_ad_slot] Offering photographers the chance to show their work at London’s TJ Boulting Gallery, the competition is divided into a series and a single image category; the series category will be judged by Erik Kessels, curator and co-founder of KesselsKramer communications agency; Brett Rogers OBE, director of The Photographers’ Gallery; Bruno Ceschel, director of Self Publish, Be Happy and SPBH Editions; Emma Bowkett, photography director for the Financial Times’ FT Weekend Magazine; and Hannah Watson, director of TJ Boulting gallery and Trolley Books. The single image category will be judged by Sean O’Hagan, photography critic for The Guardian and The Observer; Bruno Bayley, European managing editor Vice; Alexia Singh, editor-in-charge of the Wider Image Desk, Reuters; Sarah Thomson, head of art production, Fallon London; and Hannah Watson. Entries can be on any topic, shot in any format and taken with any camera; photographers can be of any …

2014-11-26T23:34:54+00:00

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