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Contests and Festivals

Before submitting to a contest, you would do well to follow the advice in the blog Vignettes by Dennis Rito.


Humanity Photo Awards

On behalf of CFPA (China Folklore Photographic Association), we would like to express our sincere greetings to you. This time we will ceremoniouslyintroduce the HPA (Humanity Photo Awards) 2009—the first worldwide folklore photography competition which may probably attracts your attention.

CFPA, established in 1993 was an independent non-profitable NGO. It aims to call upon photographers and amateurs passionate about folklore cultures to record, spread and share the precious culture heritages in China, make contribution to worldwide preservation of diverse cultures and the world’s peace and development. So far, it has over 35,000 members who play a significant role in the protection of cultural heritages all over the world.  In addition, the UNESCO has become the formal cooperative partner of CFPA since 2000.

HPA, launched in 1998 by CFPA, is a biennial photography contest which calls upon worldwide photographers, professional or amateur, to record the world’s folklore cultures, spread and share the diverse cultures among mankind. So far, HPA has been greatly supported by the UNESCO, with whose logo awarded since the year 2000. In 2005, selected photos of the first four HPA were exhibited in the headquarters of the UNESCO in Paris after being exhibited in Japan’s Aichi Expo. The exhibition was the opening of the celebration activities for UNESCO’s 60th Anniversary. Mr. Koichiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, and Mr. Shen Che, Founder of HPA together invited the photographers in Europe to visit the exhibition in Paris, which once again gathered photographers with a common dream of preserving folklore cultures. Over the past ten years, the HPA contest has collected more than 100,000 photographs about the folklore cultures ! of 118 countries, which were taken by nearly 8,000 photographers from 94 countries around the world. The unprecedented achievements of HPA make us confident in preserving a splendid enormous gallery of folklore images for mankind.

On Sep 16, 2008, the HPA 2009 contest was formally launched.  After one-year innovative reform, we believe it will attract more attention from photographers, cultural organizations, and countries, etc.  The HPA 2009 will be a photographic gala where more photographs revealing diverse cultures will present at the same time!

Distinguished from the former contests, this competition is planning to attract more and more areas to participate. We positively wish the HPA 2009 will become the most multi-cultural competition compared with its past. Therefore, we cordially invite you and your friends who are concerned with folkore cultures to join this event. For attracting more photographers, we would completely appreciate if you were able to put a link of HPA2009 on your web to encourage associations and photographers surrounding you to pay close attention to the contest. Your help would be a great treasure for world folklore culture protection and discovery.

Details of the HPA 2009 contest

Former HPA contest and winner works:

Last chance to enter one of the world’s most generous photography competitions

Fresh Milk

Dear Photographer,

We are now only 4 weeks out from the closing date of the Fresh M.I.L.K. photography competition. We are excited by the submissions we have already received from talented photographers around the world. But we are looking forward to receiving your entry before the competition closes on 31 December and encourage you to enter online now.

This is a $125,000 international competition to find photographs that capture and celebrate spontaneous and humorous moments shared between friends, families and lovers.

We are inviting both professional and gifted amateur photographers to submit their images now with a free online entry. 150 images will be chosen as finalists and the overall winner, chosen by Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt, will receive $50,000.

This is a chance to have your photograph become part of a world-renowned collection and be published (under non-exclusive license) in a prestigious international book.

More information regarding M.I.L.K. and full details of how to enter

Competition closes 31 December 2008.

Source: Milk Photo press release.


For more info:

or the founder:

Jonas Lemberg +46 (0) 70-733 46 00



World Press Photo Contest

Dear photographer,

We would like to invite you to participate in the 2009 World Press Photo Contest and to enter the contest online by uploading your images.

Before requesting your username and password below, here are some tips for using the web entry site:

– Do not wait until the deadline: The web entry site works like an account. You do not need to complete your entry in one session. But you can log out from the web entry site and log back in to continue finalizing your entry before submitting it.
– An image may only be entered once, either as a single or as part of a story.
– A story/portfolio must contain a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 12 images.
– Images can be uploaded as .jpg or as zip files. To upload a story or more than one single image. You can compress up to 12 images in a zip file.
– All images must meet the following specifications:
– Images must be at least 3,000 pixels in length.
– Image resolution must be 72 dpi or higher.
– Each image must be saved as a separate JPEG with the highest quality setting.
– An embedded ICC profile is required. AdobeRGB or sRGB is recommended for color images, Gamma 2.2 for black and white. No CMYK.
– Include the required metadata (creation date, place, country and caption/description) beforehand as it will be copied automatically from your image files.
– After having uploaded your images, you may still edit the order of the images within a story and change or add metadata if necessary.
– No pre-coding necessary: Codes are generated automatically for each image.

The deadline for submitting your entry is 15 January 2009, 23.59 (Central European Time).

Click the link below to request your username and password to submit your entry the 2009 World Press Photo contest online. Note that the deadline for requesting your login is 9 January 2009, 23.59 (Central European Time).

Your username and password will be sent to you in two separate emails. Please read the password email carefully as it contains useful information as well as the link to access the web entry site. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

We look forward to your entry.

Kind regards,

World Press Photo


The WSJ NYU Fellowship program features journalism and MBA courses and a 4:1 student-to-faculty ratio, providing both intellectual rigor as well as hands-on mentoring for a dozen selected students, according to its Web site.

Candidates must be full-time journalists who are fluent in English and have at least two years of experience in a print or electronic publication, including one year in an English-language medium.

The fellowship covers tuition expenses and fees for two of the three semesters of the program, travel to New York, and textbooks, as well as provides a stipend of US$22,000.

2) South Asian journalists eligible for reporting fellowships

Country: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
South Asian journalists and freelancers in any medium are invited to apply for the third annual South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) Reporting Fellowship (SRF). Deadline: December 15.

The fellowships, created by SAJA in 2005 to ensure follow-up coverage about the 2004 tsunami, seek to encourage in-depth reporting projects by providing grants to cover a portion of reporting expenses. Each fellowship award is typically between US$3,000 US$7,000.

Applicants must have at least five years of journalism experience, produce content in English, be able to publish or broadcast the finished work in the United States or Canada, and be willing to work with an editor chosen by SAJA.

For more information, contact Laura Griffin, SAJA administrative director.

DAYS JAPAN International Photojournalism Awards
DEADLINE January 15, 2009

We are pleased to announce
The 5th DAYS JAPAN International Photojournalism Awards

Almost 5 years have passed since the monthly photojournalism magazine DAYS JAPAN was launched.
We have never changed our policy – telling the truth from the side of victimized citizens.
Renowned photographers from around the world contribute to our magazine, risking their lives for a single shot.

DAYS JAPAN invites photographers and journalists throughout the world to take part in the 5th DAYS JAPAN International Photojournalism Awards. We accept photographs taken between January 2007 and December 2008. Entries must be sent by post to DAYS JAPAN in Tokyo, Japan by January 15, 2009 with a completed entry form that you can download from our website.
We do not accept entries by E-mail. The final decisions will be announced on March, 2009.

For the 2008 awards, approximately 5,000 works were submitted from around the world.
The award-winning photographs have been exhibited all over Japan and a great number of people were touched by these photos.

We are confident that this is the only world-class photojournalism award in Japan, and hope that we can make a significant contribution to the development of photojournalism.

Please visit our website for further details.


Ryuichi Hirokawa


Dear Climate-L readers,

This email is to bring to your attention the launch of UNFCCC/CDM International Photo Contest 2008, on the theme CDM Changing Lives.
The contest is a great way for registered projects to present their accomplishments to the world, and a great way to publicize the benefits of this unique mechanism. For photographers, it’s a great way to gain exposure and recognition.

The contest is open to any photographer, amateur and professional, but entries must be submitted by Project Participants of registered CDM projects, through a special up-load facility on the CDM website. This up-load facility will be available to accept entries on 1 November 2008.

There are now more than 1180 CDM projects in 49 countries. Photographers, please check the CDM interactive map to find a registered project near you, or search for a registered project using the CDM website’s project search facility.

Visit the photo contest page on the CDM website for full instructions.
The instructions are also available in pdf format.

Please do not hesitate to contact the contest focal point if you have questions, or if you have suggestions on how to raise awareness about the contest.

Thank you and very best regards,

Your CDM Team

Contest Focal Point
Mr. Edward Lai


Welcome to the third grant-making cycle of The Aftermath Project. We’re very pleased to announce that this year — thanks to the generous support of the Open Society Institute and the Compton Foundation — we will be giving two grants, one for $25,000 and one for $15,000. We will also name three finalists, to bring our annual group of winners and finalists to our usual total of five.

It’s been quite a year, filled with opportunities to learn and grow, all part of the continued deepening and fulfilling of the mission of The Aftermath Project. The Compton Foundation invited us to submit a proposal for funding, which was positively received, and we’re looking forward to working with them this year. Our first Aftermath photography workshop, held in partnership with the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University takes place later this month in northern Uganda. And our inaugural exhibition opens on 9/11 at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery in Chicago. And the Lucie Awards will be recognizing The Aftermath Project this October at its annual awards dinner, as the recipient of ts Humanitarian Award.

We hope you’ve had the opportunity to see our first publication, “War is Only Half the Story, Volume One,” published a few months ago by Mets and Schilt (Amsterdam) and Aperture (New York), featuring the work of our 2007 grant winners and finalists. We are very pleased with and proud of the book. In terms of challenges, well, we were all set to begin work on Volume Two, featuring the work of our 2008 grant winner Kathryn Cook and our four finalists, when the publishers told us that it wasn’t commercially viable for them to do another volume right now. As disappointing as that news was, all of us who are documentary photographers know that this is one of the realities that we’re always dealing with in presenting work that isn’t about celebrities or pop culture.

So…we took this decision as an opportunity to think again about what The Aftermath Project is all about. As many of you already know, we care about education and outreach, about changing the way the media covers conflict and about helping the public understand that until they’ve learned the story of aftermath, they only know half the story of war. My original concept was a five-year or ten-year retrospective book of our winners and finalists, and I’ve realized that this is probably still the best approach for a commercial book. In the meantime, though, we want to continue with education and outreach, so we are looking into raising the funds to do an in-house folio of our winners and finalists each year, for distribution to photojournalism schools, human rights organizations, museums, etc. This means we will be still be able to spread the word, without the publishing restrictions on grant winners that were necessary when we were producing a commercial publication. We feel this is the right direction for moving forward, and we’re very grateful to Maarten Schilt (Mets and Schilt) and Lesley Martin (Aperture) for playing such an important role in the early years of our work.

On to this year’s grants. We look forward to receiving your applications, which are due by November 3rd (to the address on the application form). We want to remind you that you don’t have to be a photojournalist to apply; we welcome applications from all photographers working thoughtfully and creatively on issues related to the aftermath of conflict.

Don’t be afraid to submit a proposal that pushes the envelope — in terms of approach or subject matter. As long it’s about the aftermath of conflict, we’re interested in seeing what you’re thinking about and working on.

Thank you for your interest in, and support of, The Aftermath Project. Feel free to contact us any time with your thoughts or suggestions about how to do outreach, education and exhibitions. And best wishes to each of you as you prepare your proposal for our 2009 grant cycle.

Kind regards,

Sara Terry
Founder, The Aftermath Project




As one of the largest photographic events existing today, The World Photography Awards (WPA), reach far beyond an awards programme for the still image. The WPA is a convergence of festival events, focused photographic agendas, exhibitions, awards schemes, student programmes and an industry-led gala evening ceremony which marks the pinnacle of the week-long event in April 2009.

The Sony World Photography Awards Gala and central exhibitions that support the awards’ nominees and honourees, occurs once a year in the prestigious Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France. The evening welcomes some of the most influential names in the photography industry, from press and media to gallerists, publishers, agents, critics, aficionados and the renowned artists themselves.

From fine art to applied photography in fashion, advertising and sport to humanistic and documentary photography of people, social, cultural and current affairs to the environmental image of landscape, wildlife and ecology, there are few subjects or genres left undiscovered. The celebration of the still image – its roots, conception, adaptation and continuous evolution – is a constant parallel, unifying all categories of the World Photography Awards.

This impressive union of distinct photographic genres has spurred many of the industry’s elite to actively support the WPA. A very select group of these heavyweights have been invited to form the World Photographic Academy. To date, close to 100 members from the photographic community belong to this academy, from leading international agencies, guilds, galleries, publishing houses, foundations, press and of course renowned photographers themselves, such as Elliott Erwitt, Tom Stoddart, Susan Meiselas, Stuart Franklin, Mary-Ellen Mark and many more.

Beyond the week-long celebration in Cannes, the World Photography Awards continuously create ways in order to support and further promote its existing industry network, the newly discovered photographers and those studying the craft. These many year-long initiatives include the Student Programme, The Sony World Photography Awards Global Tour and the Online World Photography Awards Magazine.

Source: Ms Holly Watts
Picture Library Assistant
Majority World CIC


2009 Nieman Journalism Fellowships accepting applications

Posted on: 14/10/2008 Fellowships and Awards Deadline: 15/12/2008 Region: Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe-Central Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Worldwide

Journalists with five or more years of experience from around the world can apply for the Nieman International Fellowships to study at Harvard University. Application deadline: December 15.

Candidates must find financial support from sources outside the Nieman Foundation. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply even if they haven’t received full funding by the deadline. The Foundation then works with fellows to secure the necessary funds.

Applicants from South Africa, Canada and South Korea may choose to follow their own Nieman application, selection process and submission deadlines.

Completed application forms should accompany work samples and two short essays: a statement of career plans and aspirations, and a proposal for study. Fellows begin their academic year at Harvard in mid-August 2009.

For more information, contact, telephone +1 617 495 2237, or visit

Darryl D’Monte
Chairperson, Forum of Environmental Journalists of India (FEJI)
International Federation of Environmental Journalists (IFEJ)
Kinara, 29-B Carter Road, Bandra West,
Mumbai 400 050, India
Tel 91 22 2642 7088, 2645 9286
Cell: 98203 68872
Fax c/o 91 22 2645 8870


The Climate Change Media Partnership is pleased to invite journalists to apply for a climate change fellowship. Please find attached the invitation and application form.
The deadline for applications is Monday 13 October.
An international panel will select the fellows and successful applicants will be notified by 31 October.

Applications should be sent preferably as an email attachment to:;
Fax to: +44 207 278 0345.
Post to: Climate Change Media Partnership, Panos London, 9 White Lion
Street, N1 9PD, UK.

We look forward to receiving your application and good luck!
Best wishes,
Rod Harbinson
Head of Environment Programme
tel +44 (0)20 7239 7607



Brussels Biennale

The first edition of the Brussels Biennial will be held from 19 October 2008 through 04 January 2009. For the first time in Brussels: a biennial for contemporary art. 7 exhibitions, 70 artists and an off-program with more than one hundred fifty artists exposing their artwork all over the city! Brussels Biennial 1 opens on 19 October 2008, exactly fifty years after the closing of the 1958 World Fair. An international crowd of artists takes the visitor in tow throughout the history of modernization of Brussels.

The festival includes exhibits from Chobi Mela from the artists featured in red:

Shahidul Alam (Bangladesh), Victor Alimpiev & Zhunin Marian (Russia), Tarek Al-Ghoussein & Chris Kienke (United Arabic Emirates/United States), Pawel Althamer (Poland), AMO – Rem Koolhaas & Renier De Graaf (the Netherlands), Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen (Venezuela/Belgium), Art & Language (United Kingdom), Hamdi Attia (Egypt), Jochen Becker (Germany), Alexandra Bircken (Germany), Karla Black (Scotland), Richard Buckminster Fuller (United States), Peggy Buth (Germany), Vaast Colson (Belgium), Contact Press Images (United States), Cherika Convents & Roger Steylaerts (Belgium), Patrick Corillon (Belgium), Josef Dabernig (Austria), Edith Dekyndt (Belgium), Luc Deleu & T.O.P. Office (Belgium), Simon Denny (New Zealand), Nico Dockx (Belgium), Marius Engh (Norway), Ninar Esber (Lebanon), Seamus Farrell (Irland/France), Geoffrey Farmer (Canada), Mounir Fatmi (France/Morocco), Daniel Faust (United States), Gajaani (Sri Lanka), Pablo Garber (Argentina), HC Gilje (Norway), Adam Gillam (United Kingdom), Pedro Gómez Egaña (Columbia), Nick Gooyvaerts (Belgium), Flaka Haliti (Kosovo), Albert Heta (Kosovo), David Holloway (United States), IRWIN – Dusan Mandic, Mirian Mohar, Andrej Savski, Roman Uranjek & Borut Vogelnik (Slovenia), Anne Szefer Karlsen (Norway), David Keating (Australia), Annette Kelm (Germany), Peter Kruger (Belgium), La Cantine Populaire – Elodie Carré & Pascal Sémur (France), Luisa Lambri (Italy), Le Corbusier (France), Yuri Leiderman (Austria), Renzo Martens (the Netherlands), Goto Masaru (Thailand), Gordon Matta-Clark (United States), Christine Meisner (Germany), Olaf Metzel (Germany), Danijela Micanovic (Russia), Jerome Ming (Singapore), Andrei Monastyrski (Russia), Pavel Mrkus (Czech Republic), Andreas Müller & Jesko Fezer (Germany), Fatmir Mustafa (Macedonia), Swapan Nayak (India), Kate Newby (New Zealand), Neo Ntsoma (South Africa), Roman Opalka (France), Els Opsomer (Belgium), Paul Otlet (Belgium), Jurgen Ots (Belgium), Ulrike Ottinger (Germany), Marko Peljhan (Slovenia), Falke Pisano (the Netherlands), Michelangelo Pistoletto & Cittadellarte (Italy), Potential Estate (Belgium), Florian Pumhösl (Austria), Gert Robijns (Belgium), Ines Schaber & Stefan Pente (Germany), Juliaan Schillemans (Belgium), Dierk Schmidt (Germany), Florian Schneider (Germany), Stefan Schneider (Germany), Susan Schüppli (United Kingdom), Batoul Shimi (Morocco), Sister Corita (United States), Simon Starling (United Kingdom), Mladen Stilinovic (Croatia), Taller popular de serigrafía (Argentina), Nahum Tevet (Israel), Hans Theys (Belgium), Koen Theys (Belgium), Joëlle Tuerlinckx (Belgium), Nicolas Uriburu (Argentina), Kostis Velonis (Greece), Pieter Vermeersch (Belgium), Jeronimo Voss (Germany), Stelios Votsis (Cyprus), Silke Wagner (Germany).


University of Oxford, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism Fellowship Program 2009/10

Posted on: 17/09/2008The University of Oxford offers a unique funded fellowship program for mid-career journalists at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. The fellowship scheme enables visiting journalists from across the world to do research in Oxford for a period of three to nine months. Fellows enjoy an opportunity to critically reflect upon their profession, to research a subject of their choice under the supervision of an Oxford academic specializing in that area and to enjoy the breadth of academic, cultural and social life at the University of Oxford. This is not a degree program but the chance for journalists to engage in academic research in their professional fields of interest.

For more information, please see

Darryl D’Monte
Chairperson, Forum of Environmental Journalists of India (FEJI)
International Federation of Environmental Journalists (IFEJ)
Kinara, 29-B Carter Road, Bandra West,
Mumbai 400 050, India
Tel 91 22 2642 7088, 2645 9286
Cell: 98203 68872
Fax c/o 91 22 2645 8870


Bangladesh and India Fellowship projects.

The Knight International Journalism Fellowships
, a program of the International Center for Journalists, is seeking experienced journalists to lead projects that involve mentoring and training journalists. Candidates must have at least 10 years of experience in journalism and be fluent in the local language. The projects:

Bangladesh: The Fellow will work with mainly women who are print journalists to help them develop the skills they need to create television feature news stories. Criteria: Ten years of journalism experience required. Experience in broadcast journalism required. Fluency in Bangla/Bengali required. Previous training or teaching experience preferred.

India: The Fellow will work with journalists in India to improve understanding and coverage of the interaction between climate change and development and help develop programs and curricula that provide more and better environmental training to journalists. Criteria: Ten years of journalism experience required. Experience covering and knowledge of environmental and development issues required. Fluency in Hindi and/or Tamil preferred.

To apply, click on this link:

Due to the volume of responses to Fellowship openings, we only respond
to candidates who meet the criteria.

For answers to questions about the program and application process, please contact Emily Schult:


The Stop TB Partnership – a partnership hosted by the World Health Organization – has recently launched the “Images to Stop Tuberculosis” Photo Award.

The Award aims at obtaining outstanding photos depicting prevention and treatment of TB and community activity to raise awareness about it. Photographers are invited to submit their work for consideration. An international jury will select the winning photographer who will receive a grant to produce these photos, which will be exhibited at the Partners’ Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in March 2009.

Kind regards,
Vittorio Cammarota
Celebrities and Special Events Officer

Stop TB Partnership Secretariat
World Health Organization
20, Avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27

Telephone: +41 22 791 5549
Mobile: +41 79 50 90 646
Fax: +41 22 791 4887


Dear Colleague,

What is crime? Photography Competition. Help us to challenge common sense thinking

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies is proud to launch a new photography competition ‘What is crime?’ which seeks to explore how we view harm, crime and injustice. We are writing to ask you to consider incorporating this initiative into your classes or to encourage your students to take part. You may also be interested in participating yourself!

Launched today, the 18th September 2008, the ‘What is crime?’ photography competition seeks to challenge common sense thinking by seeking innovative submissions of images of ‘crime’ and the ‘criminal’. Violent events caused by businesses and the state; hidden violence against women, children and the elderly; the way in which poverty injures, hurts and kills; the impact of environmental pollution – all of these rarely attract the same level of political and public concern as ‘conventional’ crime. So, rather than the usual law and order images of police, prison and judges, the competition invites entries which stimulate thinking about harm, injustice and crime – around the themes of financial harm and inequality; environmental harm and; different forms of violence.

Open to members of the public, students and campaigners, amateur and professional photographers alike, the competition represents an innovative way of intervening in public debates about justice and will seek creative, moving or funny images. This is an opportunity for you and/or your students to contribute visuallyto this exploration of harm, crime and injustice.

Entry is via our website only and closes on March 1st 2009. More information about the competition can be viewed here – or to download a leaflet, click here

As part of our wider ‘What is crime?’ initiative we are also publishing a series of briefing papers and holding a number of events; you may have come across our publication earlier this year by Professor Steve Tombs and Dr Dave Whyte on injuries at work was the first briefing (under the violence strand), and we’re also planning a lecture on structural violence and human insecurity to be given by Dr David Roberts early next year. We’re in the process of commissioning a number of other papers on environmental harm and financial harm.

Please feel free to pass this to any friends or colleagues you feel might be interested.

Best regards, Anna

Anna Gilmour
Competition Coordinator
Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
King’s College, London
Tel: 020 7848 1677

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies at King’s College London is an independent charity that informs and educates about all aspects of crime and criminal justice. We provide information, produce research and carry out policy analysis to encourage and facilitate an understanding of the complex nature of issues concerning crime. We are a membership organisation working with practitioners, policy makers, academics and students, the media and voluntary sector, offering a programme of events, publications and online resources.


BJP International Photography Award

In partnership with the Association of Photographers
Sponsored by Spectrum Photographic & Canon

> Introduction > Enter > Prizes > Sponsors > Past winners

BJP is calling for entries to its fourth International Photography Awards – a juried competition with a total prize fund worth more than £13,000 ($25,000/€16,500).

Canon camera and flashThis year you have TWO chances to win a Canon EOS 5D camera kit – each worth £3250 – because we’ve added a new single-image category.

As in previous years, we are calling on photographers with a substantial body of work to enter their series. The winner will be given a solo show at a leading London photography gallery, printed by one of Europe’s top fine art laboratories.

The winner of the new single-image category will be shown alongside. Both winners will also feature in British Journal of Photography.

Anyone of any country or any age can enter. We don’t dictate a theme. We just want to see your most compelling work.

Entry is £20 (or $40 or €27) for the series category, and £5 (or $10 or €7) per single image.

The deadline for entry to both competitions is 2pm, Thursday 02 October 2008

To enter a body of work

Submit a series of between 12 and 30 images on CD, together with an entry form and a fee £20 (also payable in Euros or US dollars, priced €27 or $40).

Images should be 20-30MB each, saved at RGB/CMYK tiffs (embedded colour profiles preferred). Please also include a contact sheet.

Cheques must be made payable to Incisive Photographic Ltd and the submission sent to British Journal of Photography, Incisive VNU, 32-34 Broadwick Street, London W1A 2HG.

BJP International Photography Award entry form – Mircosoft Word (93 KB, DOC)

BJP International Photography Award entry form – Adobe Acrobat (240 KB, PDF)

To enter a single image

You will be asked to submit the £5 fee (also payable in Euros or US dollars, priced €7 or $10) via PayPal and will then be able to upload a single image plus text and contact details.

Uploaded images should be 72dpi and exactly 900 pixels high/deep at this stage. However images should be available at 300dpi for exhibition at the AOP. Photographers are welcome to submit more than one image, but must pay and upload separately for each.


Ocean in Focus Conservation Photography Contest!

Diver Removes fishing gear from reef
A diver removes fishing gear that was tangled on a reef.
(© Amos Nachoum 2005)

SeaWeb’s Marine Photobank and Project AWARE Foundation invite you to submit your compelling ocean themed photos to the
Ocean in Focus
Conservation Photography Contest
, which opens on World Ocean Day, June 8th, 2008, and runs through September 30, 2008.

We invite your entries that engage viewers in the pressing marine issues and the solutions that will reverse the rapid decline of our ocean’s health. Learn More >>

Grand Prize!
  • Seven nights accomodations at the Plaza Resort Bonaire with six days unlimited shore diving for two, with Tuesday night beach BBQ and round-trip airport transfers a total package worth approximately US $1,700.
  • A $250 Gift Certificate to Backscatter Underwater Video and Photo.
  • A signed copy of “Wild Ocean” by authors Dr. Sylvia Earle and Wolcott Henry.
  • Carbon Offsets through NativeEnergy from your home and car for one year plus carbon offset for one round-trip air flight valued at US $192
  • And more! >>


:: It Has Started! Labour Photo of the Year Contest

2008 marks the first (of many we hope) LabourStart Labour Photo of the Year Contest.

The worldwide popularity of the Trade Unions group on suggests that there are a lot of talented picket line and workplace photographers out there. LabourStart would like to both encourage and recognize those talents.

First prize is a two year Pro account on Runners-up shall receive a one year Pro account. The top
three photos will be featured on LabourStart and announced to the 54,000 trade unionists on our mailing list. They will also be displayed in the art gallery on the union island in Second Life.

In addition, LabourStart will work to place the winning photos with labour publications (online and paper)
worldwide. And of course it will be featured on LabourStart as our Photo of the Week.

This is a judged and voted competition.

First, photos entered in the contest will be posted on Flickr. Public comments on the photos will be welcomed. A panel of three distinguished trade union photogs will select the finalists.

The winners will then be selected by a vote open to anyone on the LabourStart mailing list. If you’ve participated in our Labour Website of the Year contest then you know how this works.

Panel: David Bacon, Gretchen Donart, Mac Urata.


1. You may only submit your own work.
2. Only one photograph per entrant.
3. Photos should be, very broadly, of union members in action. At work, in struggle…surprise us! They must have a caption explaining the image.
4. When posting your photo on Flickr you should indicate that a creative commons licence applies, allowing
LabourStart to use your photo for contest purposes and to publicize the contest.
5. Entrants may be required to disclose to LabourStart their contact information, including their real names, in order to be qualified. This information will be kept strictly confidential if requested.
6. Photos must be entered via Flickr. If you do not already have an account you can register at no cost at Once on Flickr you can upload your photos to your account. Then join the group you can find here: . Then, when you view the photo you want to enter in the contest click on the ‘send to group’ button along the top of your image. A list of the groups you are a member of while appear. Click on ‘Labour Photo of the Year’ and you will have entered!

It’s simpler than it sounds, really. And we’re not getting anything from Flickr for using them, we just think the contest, in addition to recognizing all that photographic talent out there, is a great way to build the Unions group already established there.

Photos must be in place on Flickr by midnight (CUT) on 22 September 2008 to be considered. Voting will start as soon as the judges have selected the finalists.

Contact Derek Blackadder at with any questions, including help in setting-up a Flickr account or in uploading and entering photos

Derek Blackadder
LabourStart Canada
Skype: dblackadder


The 6th HPA contest will begin to receive the submission of participating photos in mid September. We welcome your unique works! This contest will be distinct from the previous five in terms of its award ceremony featured with the Oscar suspense and its host city selected through an Olympic-style bidding process. We hope you will appreciate the new reforms and continuingly give great support to our HPA contest.

We are EAGERLY looking forward to hearing from all of you.

With best regards,

Shen Che
Chairman of CFPA, Founder of HPA


VIDEOFORMES 2009: video competition, XXIVth New Media & Video Art International Festival, France

Application deadline: October 3, 2008

Dates: November 13- 15, 2008 VIDEOFORMES organizes a new media and video art festival where artists can present their multimedia installations, videos, and performances. For regulations & submissions, consult:Website: Works are to be sent with a submission form to: VideoFormes, B.P. 80411 – 63011, Clermont-Ferrand, Cedex 1, France


Call for Artists: Liquid Cities and Identities Brooklyn, New York

This Video Art and Architecture event at the Micro Museum in Brooklyn will comprise screenings of videos or short films selected by International ArtExpo, a nonprofit organization that works with international galleries, publishers, museums, and writers, supporting artists through exhibitions, gallery representation, reviews, press releases and publicity, as well as various curatorial projects.

Participation is open to professional artists, architects and designers, associate groups and studios.

All video works must be on DVD (PAL or NTSC), with a preference given to a maximum of 15 minutes. Interested participants should send submissions (Name/Surname, City/Country, Film title, Running time, Brief film synopsis) with a CV/biography, videography and an introduction about the piece to:

Dates: September 27 & November 22, 2008 in Micro Museum

Application deadline: August 30 for Liquid Identities and October 15 for Liquid Cities Address: arch. Luca Curci, via Casamassima, 75, 70010 – Capurso (Bari) – Italy. Info: E-mail:


29th Northern Counties International Salon of Photography 2008

We would like to extend an invitation to all photographers, worldwide, to submit entries into our Salon, and especially you and your friends as valued International Exhibitors.

As in previous years ALL sections in this event will be carried out under the patronage of both FIAP and PSA with the addition this year of patronage by the Royal Photographic Society (RPS). Medals and Awards have been granted by all three patrons as well as our own NCPF awards. A full colour catalogue will be sent to all entrants.

This year’s event is even larger than last year, with the merger of both our Prints and Projected Image Salons into one event.
There will be five sections:-
Monochrome Prints
Colour Prints
Open Projected Images (Dual Projection – both Slides & Electronic Images)
Nature Slides
Photo-Travel Slides

The calendar for this year’s event is as follows:-
Closing date for all entries . . . . 27th September 2008
Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10th/18th October 2008
Notification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23rd October 2008
Catalogues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13th December 2008
All entries returned . . . . . . . . . 13th December 2008

Full details of all the rules and conditions of entry, together with Entry Forms can be found in the “International Exhibition” pages of our site.
The Entry Forms are interactive PDF forms, which you can complete on your computer before printing off a copy, to send in with your entry and entry fee.
Please Note:- There are SEPARATE forms for Prints and Projected Images, which must be sent to different addresses.

We look forward to receiving your entry, and perhaps also from your friends, to this prestigious event.

Best wishes,
Dave Coates
(For and on behalf of the International Sub-Committee of the NCPF)


Journalist fellowships to attend UN climate change summit in Poznan, Poland

The Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP) will be providing climate change fellowships for journalists that will include the opportunity to report on the Climate Change Summit, in Poznan, Poland in December 2008.

If you are a working journalist from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America or the Middle East, in the electronic, print, radio or television media and have experience in reporting on development or environmental issues you may be interested in applying for this opportunity. If so please email us and we will send you information about how to apply later this year.

The Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP) regularly provides fellowships for journalists and brought 40 journalists to last year’s Bali Summit. The CCMP provided editorial support, daily briefings on the negotiations, a field trip, and a matchmaking service that linked journalists with negotiators, scientists, NGOs and indigenous people to interview. The journalists also attended a number of CCMP events such as the Media Clinic where 18 panel experts discussed topics such as biofuels, carbon trading and adaptation.

For more information about the CCMP and some comments from the journalists we took to Bali please see the following:

Climate Change Media Partnership website

Feature articles by previous fellows

MEA Bulletin article on CCMP

YouTube clips of journalists in Bali

Nature Climate Change Reports article on CCMP

Best wishes

Mike Shanahan
Press Officer
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

3 Endsleigh Street, London WC1H 0DD, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7388 2117
Fax: +44 (0)20 7388 2826




To contract a co-ordinator to draw up an artistic proposal for the participation of Catalonia in the 53rd Venice Visual Arts Biennale (2009) in the Eventi collaterali Programme.

This artistic proposal must conform to the conceptual framework established in APPENDIX I of the conditions of the tender process.

The exhibition area will be one of the Magazzini del Sale, located in Dorsoduro with an area of 600m2.

The total budget for execution of the project is 500,000 euros.

The Panel of Judges will be made up of:

– Mr Manuel Borja-Vilell, chairman (director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid)
– Mr Ignasi Aballí, (artist who participated in the international exhibition of the 2007 Venice Biennale)
– Ms Daniela Ferreti, (curator of the Palazzo Fortuny, Venice)
– Ms Marta Gili (director of the Jeu de Paume, Paris)
– Ms Chus Martínez, (director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt and chief curator of the MACBA)
– Mr Vicente Todolí, (director of the Tate Modern, London)

The head of the Creation Area of the Institut Ramon Llull will be a member not entitled to vote.

The co-ordinator of the management of the Institute Ramon Llull will act as Secretary of the Panel of Judges.

Phases of the tender process
The project tender process will have three phases:

First phase: participation. The deadline for submitting proposals will be 12.00 on 2nd September 2008.
Second phase: ideas. The deadline for submitting the selected projects (a minimum of three and a maximum of five) will be 22nd September 2008. This phase will also involve a personal interview of the selected candidates which will take place on 26th September 2008.
Third phase: contracting. The successful candidate will be engaged to draw up the project which will be presented to the Venice Biennale Foundation in order to be considered for participation in the 53rd event. The deadline for submitting the project will be 3rd November 2008.


– 1,500 euros per participant in the ideas phase.
– 8,500 euros in fees for execution of the artistic project in 2008.
– 12,000 euros if the project is selected by the Biennale Foundation. The Institut Ramon Llull will engage the winner of the project tender process to develop and manage the artistic proposal during 2009.

For any questions please contact:


Source: Sahana Chaudhuri
Manager Projects East India
British Council
L & T Chambers 1st Floor
16 Camac Street
Kolkata 700 017
T: 4007 4310


BAF International Photographic Print Exhibition 2008
Press Release: 18-June-2008

The Butterfly Art Foundation, India, a registered non-profit non-governmental organization based in Kerala, formed for the promotion of visual arts and conservation of Nature, is organizing its Third International Exhibition to show our respect for the genius of the artists and photographers all over the world .The first attempt in the year 2005 witnessed tremendous response from the photo-art community which resulted in the first ever traveling exhibition of that stature in Kerala .The second exhibition in 2006 surprised all of us with its plentitude of entries. This is our third exhibition and we invite all the photographers and artists to this grant international event. BAF International Photographic Print Exhibition is all set to be the largest display of International talent in India.

The exhibition is scheduled from 15th to 19th of November 2008 at Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala, India. The entries and filled up forms should reach us before 30-Aug 2008.

The exhibition is organized with the purpose of initiating an international dialogue among different breeds and genre of photographers with special emphasis on providing an interdisciplinary platform for showcasing their creativity. Many prominent artists and photographers from India and abroad are expected to participate in the event.

The contest entries will be evaluated by an eminent jury chaired by veteran nature photographer TNA Perumal FRPS and coordinated by Dr.Unni Krishnan Pulikkal ARPS. All the A-grade winners will be selected for the awards, current exhibition and the one year long online exhibition that follows. For further details and entry form please visit the official web site of the Foundation or e-mail to or contact


The Butterfly Art Foundation

Pady P.O., Thrissur Dt.

Kerala- 680699.

-BAF Team

BAF India
Pady P.O., Thrissur District,
Kerala, India – 680699
Phone: 9446508102 (Director) 9447238243 (Coordinator)

Source: Joydeep Mukherjee


From: Robert Pledge, President
W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund

Dear Photography Directors, Editors, Writers, Curators, Gallerists, Educators, Experts… and Photographers around the globe,

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund wishes to remind all that call for submissions to its 2008 Grant in Humanistic Photography is still open for entries.

Application deadline for the coming W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is July 15, 2008. Photographers interested in applying may
download an application at:

We hope you will spread the word by email to photographers in your communities and to emerging photographers who might still not be aware of the Grant.

The W. Eugene Smith Grant is presented annually to a photographer whose past
work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s compassionate dedication exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist.

For 2008, the Smith Grant will be $30,000, with an additional $5,000 in fellowship money also to be given at the discretion of the jury. The Grant recognizes photographers who have demonstrated a commitment to documenting the human condition. The grant program is independently administered by the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and is funded in part with contributions from Digital Railroad, Getty Images, The Mona Fund, and Open Society Institute.

Winners receive their awards in a ceremony held in New York City in October
One of the most prestigious honors in photojournalism, the Smith Grant was established in 1978 following the death of Smith, the legendary photo essayist, by his friends Howard Chapnick, Jim Hughes and John Morris to perpetuate his work and spirit. The grant program provides photographers with the financial freedom to envision and carry out major photographic studies.

Applicants must include a written proposal, which should be, concise, journalistically realizable, visually translatable and humanistically driven.

Applicants are also asked to provide a resumé of educational and professional qualifications along with evidence of photographic ability in the form of photographic workprints (8″x10″ prints preferred, and no more than 40), and/or photocopies, duplicate transparencies, contact sheets and clippings of published stories. Digital images will be considered only if delivered as low-resolution jpegs on a CD or DVD (no RAW files, TIFF files, or on-line applications).

The Smith Fund’s executive committee appoints a three-person jury each year
to review the applications and proposals. The jury meets twice, first to select finalists. The finalists are then asked to submit a comprehensive photographic portfolio, to write a more details and focused proposal and to answer questions about the project.

At their second meeting, the jury reviews the new material and selects the
grant recipient and the recipient of the additional fellowship. The recipient must warrant that the project in progress is ongoing, and agree to provide the Fund with a set of photographs when the project is completed. The photographs will be housed as part of the permanent W. Eugene Smith Legacy Collection at the ICP.

There is no entry fee. The application advises that preliminary material will be returned only when accompanied by appropriate packaging and sufficient U.S. postage or its equivalent in U.S. dollars or prepaid return Delivery Form by courier. The Fund is not responsible for loss or damage.

Please send all submissions to:

W. Eugene Smith Fund c/o ICP
1133 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036 — USA

For any and all questions please email:

Past grant recipients:
Marc Asnin, Jane Evelyn Atwood, Letizia Battaglia, Ernesto Bazan, Ellen Binder, Pep Bonet, Chien-Chi Chang, Stephen Dupont, Carl DeKeyzer, Donna Ferrato, Maya Goded, Paul Graham, Stanley Greene, Graciela Iturbide, Alain Keler, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Gideon Mendel, Dario Mitidieri, James Nachtwey, Trent Parke, Paolo Pellegrin, Gilles Peress, Eli Reed, Eugene Richards, Cristina Garcia Rodero, Milton Rogovin, Sebastião Salgado, Vladimir Syomin, John Vink and Kai Wiedenhöfer.

International Advisory Committee
Shahidul Alam, Bangladesh; Micha Bar-Am, Israel; Gabriel Bauret, France; Giovanna Calvenzi, Italy; Woodfin Camp, USA; Lanfranco Colombo, Italy; Robert Delpire, France; James I. Enyeart, USA; Ben Fernandez, USA; Martin Forscher, USA; Marianne Fulton, Austin, USA; Paul Fusco, USA; Marta Gili, Spain; Burt Glinn, USA; Manfred Heiting, USA; Thomas Höpker, USA; Rune Jonsson, Sweden; Robert Kirschenbaum, Japan; Peter Korniss, Hungary; Eliane Laffont, USA; Brian Lanker, USA; Murray Martin, UK; Don McCullin, UK; Michelle McNally, USA; Susan Meiselas, USA; Vincent Mentzel, Netherlands; Pedro Meyer, Mexico.; Raghu Rai, India; Michael Rand, UK; Marc Riboud, France; Fred Ritchin, USA; Pedro Vasquez, Brazil.


ArtVenture, in association with ARTICLE 19, has proudly launched the inaugural ArtVenture Freedom to Create Prize. The US$ 100,000 prize consists of three categories and is designed to recognise artists whose works promote human rights, free expression, empathy, equality and understanding. The prize is designed so that a portion of the prize monies from each category will be given to advocacy groups to further causes highlighted by the winning artists/entries.

Submission Opens: 9 June 2008 Entry Deadline: 31 October 2008

It would be much appreciated if you could forward the details of the prize to interested and relevant parties. If there are any outstanding artists or groups you would like to nominate, please visit the official site for registration and entry details.

sent by:

Sailendra Kharel


CITY magazine is hosting it’s 2nd annual photography contest, with the
grand prize of appearing on CITY’s Fall ’08 Travel issue!

Photographers are asked to submit images that best capture a unique moment
in the life of a city or other travel destination. Entries should distill
the essence of a particular place into a single image and inspire CITY’s
readers to pack their bags and explore the destination themselves.

The deadline for submissions for the ONE CITY, MANY DESTINATIONS photo
contest is 11:59 p.m. EST on July 15, 2008.

A jury of internationally renowned photography and travel aficionados will
pick one winning image to appear on the cover of CITY’s Fall ’08 Travel
issue. The work of 15 additional runners-up will appear in a special
travel photography portfolio inside CITY’s Fall ’08 Travel issue.

The grand-prize winner will also receive a prize package that includes: An
Olympus E-3 SLR digital camera with an ED 12-60mm F2.8/4.0 SWD Lens and a
dream CITY photography assignment: The opportunity to shoot a
sponsored-editorial travel photography story on Austria’s art,
architecture, and design landscape for City’s 2009 Spring Travel issue.
During a week-long trip for two to Voralberg/Bregenz, Tirol/Innsbruck,
Salzburg, and Vienna, the grand-prize winner will explore the country’s
most stunning locations, their new Olympus cameras at the ready. The
Austrian Tourist Office will pick up the tab on the whole experience from
round-trip airfare and rooms at luxurious hotels to gourmet meals at top

All 15 runners-up will also win an Olympus E-420 SLR digital camera with a
14mm-42mm F3.5/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens.

More info:

Lindsay Grystar

CITY Magazine
151 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012
phone (212) 965-9484 x37
fax (212) 966-3329


Wanted: Professional journalists from the developing world for ten-month fellowship in U.S.

The Humphrey Fellowship Program offers a ten-month stay at a leading American university to study journalism and undertake professional affiliations at top U.S. news organizations.

The non-degree program includes financial support for studies, travel, workshops and seminars, a monthly stipend, funds for books and a computer subsidy.

Fellows take classes in journalism, public affairs, government, or other fields of their choice. Humphrey Fellows from different professional fields are assigned to 15 different U.S. campuses. Most Humphrey journalists are assigned to the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, one of the top journalism programs in the U.S. Fellows participate in field trips, workshops, lectures and many other offerings available in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, only a 30-minute subway ride away. Fellows often use some of their professional stipend for travel within the U.S.

Applicants should have a minimum of five years of substantial professional experience, limited or no experience in the U.S., demonstrated leadership qualities and commitment to their communities. Most applicants have good English skills and university degrees.

To apply: Contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy or the Fulbright Commission in your home country.

Deadline: Varies by country, but usually June to September for the following year (Now for the 2009-2010 year.)

For more information: and/or

Darryl D’Monte
Chairperson, Forum of Environmental Journalists of India (FEJI)
International Federation of Environmental Journalists (IFEJ)
Kinara, 29-B Carter Road, Bandra West,
Mumbai 400 050, India
Tel 91 22 2642 7088, 2645 9286
& 3060 9014
Cell: 98203 68872
Fax c/o 91 22 2645 8870


Dag Hammarskjöld Fellowships for Journalists 2008
Awards fellowships to mid-career journalists in radio, television, print,
and web. The journalists must be aged 25 to 35, from developing countries,
who are interested in coming to New York, United States, to report on
international affairs during the 63rd session of the United Nations General
Assembly. The fellowships will begin in mid-September and extend to late
November and will include the cost of travel and accommodations in New
York, as well as a per diem allowance.


International Journalism Exchange
Invites 10 newspaper editors to the United States (US) for a 5-week
programme, the core of which is 4 weeks at a US newspaper. The visiting
editors have opportunities to meet editors during a week-long visit to
Washington, DC, and then to observe all aspects of producing a newspaper
and managing a newsroom during a month-long stay with a newspaper; and they
are invited to exchange ideas and information with the host newsroom staff
and local community. The goals of this programme are to strengthen the
independent press abroad and to enhance US understanding of other cultures
and journalism around the world.
Deadline: June 1 2008


Festival VidéEau “Water, People, and Sustainable Development” Film

Invites young people worldwide, aged 17-30, to submit video clips,
90-seconds maximum in length, on the theme “Water, People, and Sustainable
Development”. The competition is intended to be an opportunity for young
people to tell the world how their history, culture, and daily lives are
closely linked to water. The winners of the competition will be announced
at an awards ceremony to be held during the World Youth Congress, taking
place in Quebec City, Canada, from August 10-21 2008.
Deadline: June 15 2008


Subject: Open Call for Submission Extend to 15 June 08 – Singapore International Photography Festival

Calling all photographers and artists!
Here’s your chance to be part of the first-ever Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF). Due to many requests, we have extended the open call submission dateline to 15 June 2008. You can also be part of the workshops and portfolio reviews and a series of public programmes organised as part of the festival.

Closing Date: 15 June 2008.

Photographers are free to submit their works as there is no fixed theme for the festival. All submissions will be reviewed by a distinguished selection panel comprising four curators, namely Chow Chee Yong (Singapore), Terence Yeung ( Singapore ), Wan Xi ( China ) and Ark Fongsmut (Thailand). Selected works will be displayed in the SIPF exhibitions and compiled into the festival publication.
Just submit your works to this inaugural photography festival by 15 June 2008
Application form and details
Exhibition Submission is open to all nationalities and no age constraints.
SIPF Photography Workshop and Portfolio Review are open to photographers holding Southeast Asia passports only.

About the Festival
The Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) is the first biennial photography event of its kind in Southeast Asia . It strives to be the platform for Singaporean artists and Southeast Asian artists to showcase their outstanding works alongside with works of international peers.

Come October, the Singapore International Photography Festival (8 to 31 October 2008) will make its presence felt in Singapore . Over 600 photographic works will be displayed in four key venues including the National Museum of Singapore, LASALLE, The Arts House and 2902 Gallery in the Old School. There will also be workshops and portfolio reviews facilitated by curators and veteran photographers, and a series of evening and weekend presentations where foreign curators, artists and festival directors will share thoughts and ideas and discuss pertinent issues in the international photography scene.

The festival is organised by a group of volunteers and photography enthusiasts.

Festival Office: Old School, 11b Mount Sophia , #B2-09, S (228461).
Tel:63398655 Email


Climate Change

The Earth’s plants and animals depend on the climate to which they are exposed – they benefit when conditions are favourable, and they suffer when conditions become extreme. Humans are no exception. The crops and water resources that we use to sustain our communities are linked to the climate, and the economic as well as human losses that we experience from hail, cyclones, floods and droughts are a reminder of our ever-present vulnerability to the climate system. It is increasingly clear that our climate is changing. Whereas in the past humans have learned to cope with climate variability and change that was natural in origin, we are now living in a climate of our own making. The rate at which our climate is being transformed is unprecedented throughout much of human history.

FK Bangladesh Network invites submissions for a photography competition to curate a touring exhibition on the cause and effect of climate change in Bangladesh. The exhibition will be launched at Drik Gallery on the World Environment Day, 5 June, 2008.

THEME: Climate Change

Grand prize: Tk 30,000 with crest
and a certificate

2nd prize: Tk 20,000 with crest
and a certificate

3rd prize: Tk 10,000 with crest
and a certificate.

Selected photographers for the exhibition will also
receive certificates.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: The submission must be original. Digitally manipulated photos will not be entertained. Photographers should submit prints/digital files (color or B/W) for judging. Selected photographers for exhibition will be asked to submit hi res file for making exhibition prints. Prints for contest should be 12 inches and digital files should be 800 pixels in longer side. Digital files should be submitted in CD/DVD accompanied by a softcopy (Microsoft word file) of the entry form. Entry form is available at Drik and at major photo labs. You can also create one by giving following information: Name, Address with telephone/mobile/email, Caption (max. 50 words). For prints, the entry form should be attached to the back of each photograph. Maximum number of photographs should be 5 per participant.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Photographs should be sent to Drik, House 58, Road 15A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka 1209 by 25 May 2008, 5pm.

USE OF IMAGES: All entrants should understand that images selected for the exhibition may be used by the organizer in electronic and print publications for promotional purposes of the event. The photographer will be given due credit in such usages.

Tanvir Murad Topu
Gallery and Exhibition
Drik Picture Library


THE RORY PECK AWARDS 2008 sponsored by Sony UK Ltd Closing date for all entries: TUESDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2008

This international competition is unique in celebrating the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in TV news, current affairs and features.

Now in its thirteenth year, this unique competition is reaching out to honour the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen from around the world, especially those in regions where it is difficult to work as a freelancer.

Please support freelance newsgatherers and the work of the Rory Peck Trust by spreading the word as widely as possible and encouraging entries from Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and South Asia.

To enter download an entry form

For further information please email

Lucy Popescu, Awards officer
+44 (0)20 7730 1424


4th edition
November 23th – 28th 2008
Siem Reap – Cambodia


Dear all,

The Fourth Angkor Photography Festival will be held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 23rd to 28th, 2008. For the program of slideshows this year we are accepting works photographed worldwide, not just in Asia.To facilitate the selection committee’s job work should be uploaded to a (free) Flickr account at and the URL sent to my e-mail address,, accompanied by a clear description of the project and a short biography (maximum 120 words). Please note we do not accept single image submissions.

Work can also be submitted from Lightstalkers galleries, Digital Railroad or Photoshelter lightboxes etc. URL links to work must be direct links, i.e. no links to Flash-based websites.We are also accepting finished photographic multi-media pieces that are ready for projection. If available online, again please submit a URL link.
The deadline for submitting work is July 15th, 2008. Selected photographers will receive an answer during the month of August.

Best regards,

Françoise Callier

Instructions to open a flickr account

To open a free Flickr account you can either go directly to or login with an existing Yahoo account (Flickr is part of Yahoo). Upload your images at a minimum 1024 pixels across or vertical at 72 dpi. Images should be saved as Jpegs, at level 10 with Color profile in sRGB. Images that don’t respect those criteria will not be considered for selection.

After you upload: In your preferences (under the menu as ‘Your Account’), go to the ‘Privacy & Permissions’ section and be sure to set your images to ‘All rights reserved’.You can also add © in your captions field. Flickr will automatically add any caption info from your Photoshop ‘File Info’ field but you can also change captions after you upload by going to your Flickr page and clicking on the caption box under any given image.

Once your images are uploaded go to the ‘organize’ section, choose ‘Sets’ and create a set of images of your submissions. Once that set is created, email the URL of that set (simply copy and paste) to


We invite artists to submit work for the 11th presentation of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, an international biennale of contemporary photography, that will take place in September 2009. All the exhibitions and activities will be organized around the theme The Spaces of the Image as proposed by 2009 Guest Curator Gaëlle Morel. The Spaces of the Image will explore the manner in which contemporary photography is presented and the multiplicity of ways in which it occupies gallery and other spaces.

Attached you will find a PDF guide with all the information necessary for submitting a proposal including a complete text regarding the theme, a list of required documents and the submission deadline. Please read this guide carefully before preparing your submission. The guide can also be downloaded from our Website at Submissions that do not conform to these instructions will not be considered. The call for submissions will run from April 4 to May 5, 2008 inclusively.

The team at Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal


  1. Sony World Photography Awards

    Deadline:January 31, 2008

    Competition website:

    The World Photography Awards, sponsored by Sony, is an international showcase of the best images taken by renowned and undiscovered photographers alike. From landscape to music and photojournalism to fashion photography, the WPA is the first awards of its kind and is supported by hundreds of the industry’s top photographers, critics, gallerists, directors, founders and more.

    Featuring eleven different categories, both professional and amateur photographers will be invited to enter work to the World Photography Awards from 9th October 2007 until mid-January 2008. The winners will be announced at a black tie awards ceremony in Cannes at the Palais des Festivals on 24th April 2008.

    The aim of the World Photography Awards is to unearth the images of the future while paying tribute to the visions of the past. “Photography plays a vital role in defining and documenting the world around us”, says Shaun Dorrington, General Manager, Sony Digital Imaging, “and by sponsoring the inaugural World Photography Awards we can support talented photographers across the globe and give them the recognition they deserve.”

    The awards and subsequent exhibition will become to photography what the Oscars are to the film industry. With an annual ceremony and black tie gala taking place on the prestigious Cote d’Azur, the World Photography Awards is set to become the largest and most important awards in the industry.

    For the inaugural year, the World Photography Academy will comprise of over one hundred of the most respected photographers, critics, picture editors, gallerists and other industry leaders, including Phil Stern (US), Terry O’ Neil (UK), Chien-Chi (China), Sylvia Plachy (Hungary), Carl de Keyzer (Belgium) and Esko Mannikko (Finland).

    Members of the academy will form the judging panel for the awards, and winners will automatically gain membership to the academy. The academy will be governed by the Honorary Board which comprises of eleven members, including Tom Stoddart, Mary Ellen Mark, Bruce Davidson, Martin Parr, Elliott Erwitt, Susan Meiselas and Stephen Cohen. These eleven board members will represent the academy, promoting excellence within photography and setting the standard for award selections.

    Providing an unprecedented international platform in the world of photography, the aim of the World Photography Awards is to unearth the images of the future while paying tribute to the visions of the past.

    “It’s a great honour to be part of the inaugural Sony World Photography Awards. The awards will showcase the very best imagery from around the world and will undoubtedly inspire and excite anyone who is passionate about photography.” (Tom Stoddart)

    World Photographic Academy
    Some of the world’s leading photographers, public gallerists, curators and major picture editors have been invited to become members of the WPA. A full list of current academy members can be found on the website.

    From the 9th October 2007, photographers both professional and amateur will be invited to submit work to be judged in the eleven different categories. From this the academy will nominate a shortlist of photographers who will then be invited to attend the awards ceremony. The shortlist will be announced in
    February 2008.

    The eleven categories are:

    The Awards

    Professional Awards
    All submitted works will be judged by academy members and three finalists will be nominated in each of the eleven categories.

    l’iris d’or
    One photograph will represent the image of the year and win l’iris d’or which comprises:
    The title Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year as well as $25,000
    Entry into the World Photographic Academy for future years
    Exhibition showcase of winning image and 25 picture portfolio at the 2009 World Photography Awards
    Winning images exhibited on the World Photography Awards’ website and promoted to creatives worldwide
    Individual Category Awards
    Lifetime Achievement Award
    Amateur Awards
    The awards will be international and interactive, allowing people from across the world to submit photographs online via the WPA website to an amateur competition that will run in parallel to the Professional Awards. Each photographer can submit up to three photographs per single category. The site aims to create an online community and social network in which people can interact, creating a destination point for amateur photographers across the globe.

    The awards night will be a black tie event bringing together the crème de la crème of photography and the media on 24th April 2008 in Cannes. An exhibition of all finalists’ work will be held at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes from the 21st-25th April and will be open for public viewing.

    World Photography Awards is delighted to welcome Sony as its headline sponsor.

    “Photography plays a vital role in defining and documenting the world around us”, says Shaun Dorrington, General Manager, Sony Digital Imaging, “and by sponsoring the inaugural World Photography Awards we can support talented photographers across the globe and give them the recognition they deserve.”

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  2. Dear Mr. Shahidul Alam,

    We hope you are fine.

    I like your festival, I want to taking a part in your festival, I am in Iraqi Kurdistan all of my photos about war story although I want no part of war, war leaves its mark on me and I have come to consider both what is happy and sad in our lives by its measure. Thus, in my mother’s mind, I was born ‘when the Iran-Iraq war started’, and my grandfather would recall he got engaged ‘during World War I ‘. It seems that war has become part of our lives. Our children do not know of peace and as a result grow up playing war. In Slemani, a child made a picture of a passenger plane which had bombs falling from it. Above the picture he had written ‘I can travel’. It made me wonder. I asked him, “why is your passenger plane dropping bombs?’ His answer was,’ Why? Is there a plane which does not throw bombs?!’ Through my photos I try to erase the idea of war.

    Comment by Jamal Penjweny | December 30, 2007 | Reply

  3. alam bhai,
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  4. Call for entries–all mediums. Especially photography and video art. Please see the website for details:

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  5. Dear Mr. Alam,

    I would like to criticize the selection policies of Climate Change Photo Contest and Exhibition 2008 by Drik. I have submitted relevant 5 pictures on the exact theme but none of my photos has been selected even for exhibition. But I saw some selected pictures those have no relevancy to the theme. I think that Drik didn’t practice fair judgment. As your organization is very famous and have superior goodwill in the mainstream photography business and education. But, I need to let you know the fact that Drik is biased and do care about only their staffs, foes, friends and students or related people under their shade on the occasion of contest, exhibition etc. In the last arrangement of Drik’s Anti Corruption Photo Contest I submitted a relevant photo which had not been selected too. But, that photo was awarded 1st Prize in Venice International Photo Contest 2007 under Public Health Category which was organized by WHO Europe.

    Best Wishes,

    M R Hasan
    (Mohammad Rakibul Hasan)

    Comment by M R Hasan | June 5, 2008 | Reply

  6. Dear Mr. Hasan,

    I will be the first to admit that judging is far from being an exact science. I have been on numerous juries all across the globe, and can assure you that even the same jury, on a different occasion might make a substantially different choice. I like to think that Drik attempts to be fair in its judgement. In fact, generally we avoid having Drik staff on the jury altogether. Even when there is a Drik staff member present, we always ensure that the majority of the jury is made up of non-Drik people. That was also the case in the contests you mention. I am happy that your photograph won 1st prize in the Venice contest. Please send me more information on the win and I will try and publish the news on this blog. It is important that people realise how well Bangladeshis are doing internationally.

    Best wishes,

    Shahidul Alam

    Comment by shahidul | June 5, 2008 | Reply

  7. Assalamu Alaikum, h r u? is any to help on photo graphy.
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    Comment by M.Abdullah Al-Mannan, Ridoy | September 22, 2008 | Reply

  8. Your blog is definitely resourceful for photographers. I appreciate your efforts.

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