Saturday, 21 March 2009

New York Photo Awards 2009

Updated 21 March | A good new "about" statement and focus. There will be portfolio reviews. Also useful workshops and dialogue.

“It’s a celebration of photography. The most important thing about the New York Photo Festival is that it fosters a dialogue with the viewer. It’s absolutely non-commercial and therefore it’s about intellectual rigor and having fun!” —Kathy Ryan, Curator, NYPH’08

The NYPH 09 is open for submissions. Works produced or published between January 1, 2008 and April 15, 2009 are eligible for submission. The Awards will give visual artists the opportunity to reach key decision makers in the photographic community and the editorial, fine art and commercial worlds.

Purchase submissions from $ 10 (student) to $ 80. Contest Deadline: May 1, 2009.

More on the website

The 2008 Winners
Student Personal Fine Art Series - Anna Skladman
Student Personal Fine Art Single Image - Alana Celii
Student Book - Tiana Markova-Gold
Student Editorial Series - Tobias Kruse
Student Editorial Single Image - Gratiane de Moustier
Multimedia - Photo/Audio - Two Winners..."The Ninth Floor" by Jessica Dimmock & MediaStorm/"Curse of the Black Gold" by Ed Kashi & MediaStorm
Multimedia - Photo/Video - "Bearing Witness" a Reuters/MediaStorm Collaboration
Personal/Fine Art Series - Edgar Martins
Personal/Fine Art Single Image - Jessica Todd Harper
Editorial Series - Paula Bronstein
Editorial Single Image - Two Winners...Ibraheem Abu Mustafa & Adem Hadei
Photography Book - Amy Stein
Advertising Series - John Offenbach

The goal of the New York Photo Festival is to document the future of photography in all its forms. Our group of internationally-respected curators will deliver their personal vision of the newest and most important trends in contemporary photography, each exhibited in their own pavilion and promising to draw the attention of the entire photographic community.

7 March 2009

"About the New York Photo Festival: Designed to be an American counterpart and thematic precedent to the prestigious European photo festivals Rencontres d’Arles, PHotoEspana, and Visa pour l’Image, the New York Photo Festival creates an international atmosphere of inspiring visual installations, professional and aficionado fellowship and camaraderie, and newsworthy staged presentations, awards ceremonies, and symposia over the course of four-and-a-half days during the busiest photography month in New York City".

(08.03.2009 - 21.00 h) Now this is interesting to me, your editor from Europe : the trend to design toward prestigious. But, note the differences over here with regard to : focus, concept, entry fees and glamorous ceremonies. Here rather no entry fees or low fees, portfolio reviews and cash awards for photographers and hence no costly grand gala parties? Also the European festivals have a strong education and formation focus... and are (were?) designed for photographers/beneficial to photographers and public; not geared toward a prestigious gathering/ market opportunity for the "photographic community". Come to think of it, another discussion could be : what makes an event a (joyful) festival?

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