|People/Places/Things: an International Photography Competition
Celebrating En Foco's 35th Anniversary
En Foco, Inc and Canson Infinity invite fine art and documentary photographers of any nationality or ethnicity to submit work to People/Places/Things, an international competition celebrating En Foco’s 35th Anniversary.
Our aim is to identify and promote talented emerging and mid-career artists working today, creating cross-cultural dialogue, and providing artists with exposure and access to those that may be able to envision opportunities beyond the scope of this competition. All photo-based works are eligible.
EXTENDED TO JULY 5, 2009
(early bird registration ended June 24)
$55, payable by credit card during the online entry process at callforentry.org.
All entrants receive an En Foco Membership (or extension), and a Canson Infinity Discovery Pack.
• Darren Ching, PDN and KlompChing Gallery
• Hossein Farmani, Farmani Gallery
• Danielle Jackson, Magnum Photos
• Cat Jimenez, Lucie Foundation
• Debra Klomp Ching, KlompChing Gallery
• Edwin Ramoran, Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art
• Mark Sealy, Autograph: ABP
• Elizabeth Shank, Bruce Silverstein Gallery
All submissions will be pre-reviewed by a Committee comprised of En Foco Curators and Advisors; then our eight distinguished jurors will review the top 40 in each category, and the finalists selected.
|HOW TO SUBMIT:
ONLINE at CallForEntry.org, a secure web-based service. Create your FREE profile, and use their easy to follow tutorials for upload.
Submit five images that convey a story around the particular theme you are applying to. The category is open to your creative interpretation.
One winner will be chosen for each of the three categories, plus 12 honorable mentions (four in each category).
• Register at CallforEntry.org, and follow the directions for sizing and uploading your images.
• $55 entry fee, payable by credit card during the online entry process. Entry fee includes a one-year En Foco Membership or extension (a $50 value).
• Submit 5 tightly edited images from the same series, to one Category (either People, Places, or Things). Each image should have its full title/caption information (title, series title, year taken, medium and size).
• Resume/CV should be pasted into your application where prompted.
• Artist Statement of up to 350 words.
• Artists may submit to additional categories, with a separate portfolio and entry fee for each if desired. An entry fee is required each submission, and you will need to return to CaFE Registration to start a new profile.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
1. WHAT IS PEOPLE/PLACES/THINGS?
It is En Foco's first international photo competition. Our aim is to identify and promote talented emerging and mid-career artists working today, creating cross-cultural dialogue, and providing artists with exposure and access to those that may be able to envision opportunities beyond the scope of this competition.
2. HOW DOES IT WORK?
You upload work to callforentry.org; En Foco staff and the Exhibition Committee looks at all entries (since we hope to also find some great folks for our other programs such as Nueva Luz or Touring Gallery). We then send the top 40 submissions of each category, to our jurors. Jurors review and vote on the series of work that speaks most strongly to them. We tally it all up & let you know the results!
3. I AM NOT FROM A "MINORITY" CULTURE, CAN I STILL APPLY?
Yes, since this competition is open to photographers of all nationalities and ethnicities internationally.
4. HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM YOUR NEW WORKS PROGRAM?
New Works is a more like a grant. New Works fellows are chosen from an open call for entries, and must be of Latino, African, Asian or Native American heritage residing in the U.S. There is NO entry fee to apply to New Works, and the awardees are selected by a well-known juror (the 2009-2010 juror is Anne Tucker, from the Museum of Fine Arts/Houston). Fellows receive a $1000 honorarium, photo-related goods, and have about eight months to continue their proposed series for an En Foco exhibition in New York.
5. CAN I ENTER MORE THAN ONE CATEGORY?
Yes, but you will need to enter with a different body of work, and pay an additional entry fee with each body of work.
All photo-based works are eligible.
6. I DON'T HAVE SCANS OF MY WORK, WHAT CAN I DO?
It’s best if you go to a Photo Lab and get them scanned, or a Kinko’s and have them put the scans on a CD so you are later able to download it to the Cafe website. Although they’ll need to be a very specific size for callforentry.org, its in your best interest to scan them at 300dpi so you can use it for other things. If you are in NYC, you can take advantage of your membership discount at Sugarhill Works, Color Edge CRC labs, Modernage, and Spectral Masters Digital Imaging. http://www.enfoco.org/index.php/join/
7. WHAT IS THE JUDGING CRITERIA?
En Foco editors and curatorial staff will consider the following criteria, before sending submissions to the jurors:
- Has the work been created within the last three years or so?
- Is a theme or topic carried throughout the "portfolio" in a consistent manner?
- Are the individual images strong compositionally, and technically sound, as well as in their use of color or tone?
- Does the body of work take an innovative or unique approach to the subject matter?
- What presentation choices has the photographer made, and are they appropriate for the work? For example, is there a clear reason for using a specific process for a given series like color versus black & white versus any other any alternative process?
8. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY "SERIES"?
A series is any number of related images that have a sense of commonality, such as a series of portraits of older women.
9. DO I KEEP THE COPYRIGHT?
Absolutely! As in all En Foco programs, copyright remains with the creator of the images (ie, the photographer), and it must be understood that En Foco reserves the right to reproduce winning work in its announcements, on its website and publications, for the conduct and promotion of En Foco programs. Photo credit will be included.
10. CAN STUDENTS APPLY?
Yes, but entrants must be 18 or older. Employees of En Foco, its Board, Advisors or Sponsors are ineligible to apply.