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The Problem Isn’t the Photo Contest, It’s Us – PhotoShelter Blog

Eye-rolls, shrugs, and barbs greeted the $120,000 Grand Prize winner of Dubai’s HIPA Photography Prize. Malaysian photographer Edwin Ong’s photo of a partially blind Vietnamese woman carrying her baby was derided for representing yet another “poverty porn” contest winner before it was suggested that the image was staged by photographer Ab Rashid.

Announcing the 2019 James W. Foley Middle East Fellowship recipients | The GroundTruth Project – Announcing the 2019 James W. Foley Middle East Fellowship recipients – The GroundTruth Project

BOSTON — The GroundTruth Project is pleased to announce that, for the first time, the James W. Foley Middle East Fellowship will be awarded to two journalists who will collaborate to shine a light on under-covered expressions of life in the Middle East.

$120K HIPA Grand Prize Goes to Malaysian Photo Enthusiast Edwin Ong Wee Kee | PDNPulse

Edwin Ong Wee Kee woke $120,000 richer this morning after winning the Grand Prize for a single image at the 2019 Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Awards (HIPA) on Wednesday, March 13. This is the eighth year HIPA has given the award.

Reuters relaunches photographers’ grant program in memory of colleague Yannis Behrakis | Reuters

The program, which Yannis led, seeks to recruit and develop a diverse new generation of young photojournalists, something he was incredibly passionate about. It will relaunch for the 2020 grants under Yannis’s name with increased grants of $8k available to recipients.

Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Jurors Withdraw in Protest of TD Bank Funding | PDNPulse

Four jurors for this year’s Magenta Foundation Flash Forward emerging photographer competition have withdrawn in protest of the competition’s major sponsor, TD Bank Group. TD is one of several financial institutions that have provided financing for the Dakota Access Pipeline, the $3.8 billion oil pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois that is the subject of ongoing protests by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other indigenous people and their supporters. Three photography organizations, Authority Collective, Natives Photograph and Women Photograph, also wrote an open letter to the organization asking it to reconsider its funding from TD Bank. At issue is the disconnect between Flash Forward’s effort to promote indigenous photographers while accepting funding from a bank that is directly financing a project that harms indigenous communities.

The Best Photos From the 76th Pictures of the Year International – The New York Times

Fabio Bucciarelli was named Photographer of the Year and Jessica Phelps won Newspaper Photographer of the Year. The New York Times was cited for excellence in photo editing.

Winners of the 2019 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest – The Atlantic

Organizers of the Underwater Photographer of the Year contest announced the winning photographers and images for this year, and the photographer Richard Barnden, from the U.K., was named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019. More than 5,000 images were submitted by photographers from around the world. Prizes and commendations were handed out in categories including Wide Angle, Macro, Wrecks, Behavior, Portrait, Black and White, Compact, Up and Coming, and in British waters, Wide Angle, Living Together, Compact, and Macro Shots. UPY was once again kind enough to share some of this year’s honorees with us below, with captions written by the photographers.

The Film Photo Award | LENSCRATCH

I am so excited to announce the brand-spanking-new Film Photo Award and so honored to be the inaugural juror for this first round of calls for entry. The award was created by photographer Eliot Dudik who has been a long time large format film shooter and his practice has been quietly supported by Kodak Alaris, the company that distributes Kodak Professional Film. If you know Eliot, you have witnessed his desire to give back to his community and support photographers through exposure and exhibition, so it didn’t come as a surprise to me that he developed this remarkable award program for film photographers.

Dawoud Bey, Rosalind Fox Solomon, Shahidul Alam Win 2019 Infinity Awards | PDNPulse

The International Center of Photography has announced the winners of its 2019 Infinity Awards. Rosalind Fox Solomon will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dawoud Bey will receive the award for Art. The Emerging Photographer award will go to Jess T. Dugan, who studied with Bey at Columbia College Chicago and last year published her portraits of older transgender and gender non-conforming adults in the book To Survive on This Shore. The awards will be presented at a gala on April 2 in New York City.

Quick Tip: How to Win Grants from Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting | PDNPulse

Delano says proposals have a better chance of success if they connect American audiences to a pressing global issue. “Whenever I find a local issue [in Asia], it’s important to show how we [Americans] are affecting people on the other side of the planet.”

Marko Drobnjakovic: Finalist in the 2019 Aftermath Grant | LENSCRATCH

The Aftermath Project is a non-profit organization committed to telling the other half of the story of conflict — the story of what it takes for individuals to learn to live again, to rebuild destroyed lives and homes, to restore civil societies, to address the lingering wounds of war while struggling to create new avenues for peace. The Aftermath Project holds a yearly grant competition open to working photographers worldwide covering the aftermath of conflict. A 2019 finalist is photographer Marko Drobnjakovic. The jurors for this year’s grant were Aftermath founder Sara Terry; photographer and writer Ibarionex Perello; Aline Smithson, photographer, writer and founder of The Candid Frame, Ibarionex Perello; Aline Smithson, photographer and editor of Lenscratch; and Todd J. Tubutis, Associate Director at Sheldon Museum of Art, soon to be Director at the Art Museum of West Virginia University.

Fatemeh Behboudi: Finalist in the 2019 Aftermath Grant | LENSCRATCH

The Aftermath Project is a non-profit organization committed to telling the other half of the story of conflict — the story of what it takes for individuals to learn to live again, to rebuild destroyed lives and homes, to restore civil societies, to address the lingering wounds of war while struggling to create new avenues for peace. The Aftermath Project holds a yearly grant competition open to working photographers worldwide covering the aftermath of conflict. A 2019 finalist is photographer Fatemeh Behboudi. The jurors for this year’s grant were Aftermath founder Sara Terry; photographer and writer Ibarionex Perello; Aline Smithson, photographer and editor of Lenscratch; and Todd J. Tubutis, Director at the Art Museum of West Virginia University.

Glenna Gordon: Winner of the 2019 Aftermath Grant | LENSCRATCH

The Aftermath Project is a non-profit organization committed to telling the other half of the story of conflict — the story of what it takes for individuals to learn to live again, to rebuild destroyed lives and homes, to restore civil societies, to address the lingering wounds of war while struggling to create new avenues for peace. The Aftermath Project holds a yearly grant competition open to working photographers worldwide covering the aftermath of conflict. The 2019 winner of the $25,000 Grant is Glenna Gordon, for her project, American Women, which is an extension of her work covering the women of the alt-right movement and the post-Civil War legacy of white supremacy and hate in the U.S. The jurors for this year’s grant were Aftermath founder Sara Terry; photographer and writer Ibarionex Perello; Aline Smithson, photographer and editor of Lenscratch; and Todd J. Tubutis, Director at the Art Museum of West Virginia University.

On Photo Contest Controversy & Criticism – PhotoShelter Blog

When money and prestige is on the line, some photographers will find a way to cheat, steal and lie to win. Photo contests have unfortunately been plagued with scandals ranging from image manipulations to questions about authenticity and ethics in dealing with a subject.

Consider the Photo Contest Jury – PhotoShelter Blog

We recently launched the PhotoShelter Guide to Photo Contests 2019 – our annual look at contests around the world that we think are worth your consideration. And while our suggestions this year were heavily weighted towards contests with large cash prizes (a decision primarily motivated by contest winner feedback that suggests marketing exposure rarely translates to more work), we wanted to also discuss contest juries.

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