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Conflicting Interests: A Follow Up | Disphotic

After a rather drawn out back and forth with The Photographers Gallery they have provided me with the guidelines used by the jury and chair. You can read them in their entirety here, but I just want to focus here on the bits that relate to what I actually talked about in my piece: transparency and conflicts of interest. Before launching into that I think it’s worth mentioning that the gallery maintain the line that there was no conflict of interest in this year’s judging as the The Winners book was not part of the shortlisted exhibition. Milach states here that the series The Winners project was part of the shortlisted exhibition Refusal. I think the gallery are trying to draw a very fine semantic line in distinguishing between the project and the book in this way, but as we will see in a moment the competition guidelines give them that perogative, and that’s really the problem because as they stand the rules are incredibly open ended.

Photo of Man on Fire Wins World Press Photo of the Year

The photo, titled “Venezuela Crisis,” was one of 6 finalists that were named back in February — revealed ahead of time for the first time in the contest’s history. In a poll we conducted at the time, nearly 50% of readers voted for Schemidt’s photo as the most deserving to win World Press Photo of the Year, widely considered the world’s premier photojournalism photo contest.

Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 13 April 2018 – Photojournalism Now

This year the competition considered 73,044 images taken by 4,548 photographers from 125 different countries. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists, and a big shout out to all the visual storytellers who are reporting on important stories often at their own expense and at great personal cost.

World Press Photo of the Year: A Tale Told Twice – The New York Times

The award winners were announced today at the World Press Photo Festival in Amsterdam. The other finalists for the photo of the year award included Ivor Prickett and Adam Ferguson, both freelance photographers for The New York Times, as well as Patrick Brown of Panos Pictures and Toby Melville of Reuters.

World Press Photo: Photograph of a man on fire wins top photo prize – The Washington Post

“It’s a classical photo, but it has an instantaneous energy and dynamic,” said Magdalena Herrera, director of photography at Geo France and the chair of this year’s jury. “The colors, the movement, and it’s very well composed, it has strength. I got an instantaneous emotion.”

Quick Tip: When Prizes Come with a Downside | PDNPulse

The World Press Photo awards will be announced Thursday, April 12, followed by the Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, April 16. Major prizes like those can transform a winner’s career. But the big prizes can also carry liabilities. In 2016, we asked two past Pulitzer winners—Deanne Fitzmaurice and William Snyder—about how their careers changed after they won, and what advice they had for future winners. Fitzmaurice won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography while she was a staff photographer at the San Francisco Chronicle. Snyder won three Pulitzer Prizes while at the Dallas Morning News: the 1989 prize for Explanatory Journalism, which he shared with two colleagues; the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography, and the 1993 prize for Spot News, which he shared with photographer Ken Geiger. Here’s some of the perspective and advice they shared:

Filmmaker/Photographer Graham Dickie Wins 2018 Alexia Student Grant | PDNPulse

Graham Dickie of Tsinghua University (Beijing)and the University of Texas at Austin has won the 2018 Alexia Student Grant for “How Life Is: Rap in Rural Southeast Louisiana,” a project combining a film and a photo series. The Alexia Foundation announced the news today.

Rena Effendi Wins $20K Alexia 2018 Professional Grant | PDNPulse

Photographer Rena Effendi has won the $20,000 Alexia 2018 Professional Grant to support her “Spirit Lake” project, the Alexia Foundation announced today. Effendi’s project examines the effects of trauma from recurrent sexual abuse at the Spirit Lake reservation in North Dakota, and community efforts to help victims through traditional healing.

Conflicting Interests: The Deutsche Börse Foundation Prize 2018 | Disphotic

This review concerns The Deutsche Börse Foundation Prize hosted at The Photographers Gallery in London, a competition which I have written about many times before, and which I make no bones about having very mixed feeling about it, both because of the sponsor, and because of what I feel is the generally unhealthy effect that prizes often have on the creative fields

Andrea Bruce, Aida Muluneh, Carlos Javier Ortiz Win $30K Catchlight Fellowships | PDNPulse

Photographers Andrea Bruce, Carlos Javier Ortiz and Aida Muluneh have won the 2018 Catchlight Fellowships, the San Francisco-based organization announced today. The winners will each receive a $30,000 grant to support an ongoing project.

11 Legends-To-Be: A Predictive List Of Today’s Future Legends – Resource

Once someone is sanctified as a legend, it can be hard to remember that they were once normal, hard working individuals like ourselves. In recognition of this sad fact, which deprives us of the hope that we, too, can become legends, we’ve compiled a list of various legends-to-be. These men and women, who straddle the line between highly proficient and legendary–each inching their way towards the latter–show us that legendary status is often far from preordained, resulting instead from decades of dedication and constant reinvention. So, keep your eyes on this group as they continue to evolve, and, don’t forget: we told you so.

ASNE announces 2018 award winners | Poynter

Lisa Krantz of the San Antonio Express-News is the winner of the Photojournalism Award, which rewards photography that captures the sense of a community with powerful and meaningful images that provide an understanding of the community in the context of news.

The Winning Photos of the 2017 Smithsonian Photo Contest has just announced the winning photos of its 2017 Photo Contest, the 15th edition of the contest. The grand prize winner this year was photographer Thong Huu for his photo above, titled “Breakfast at the Weekly Market.”

Martin Stavars, The One Man in a Web of Online Photo Contests

Online photo contests are a popular way for photographers to test their skills and vie for global recognition and bragging rights. But some contests are more reputable than others. A number of popular photo contests are now at the center of a growing controversy, and all indications seem to point to the fact that there may be one mysterious man behind all of them.

Fund Your Work: Women Photograph Calls for Grant Applications | PDNPulse

Women Photograph has announced its 2018 project grants for women and non-binary photographers. Applications for six grants worth a total of $35,000 will be accepted from April 1 to May 15, according to the Women Photograph website. There is no fee to apply.

Carol Guzy Wins 2018 Robert Capa Gold Medal Award | PDNPulse

Photographer Carol Guzy of ZUMA Press has won the 2018 Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for her reportage about the effects of the war against ISIS on the civilian population of Mosul. The Overseas Press Club announced the news yesterday. Reuters photographers Carlos Garcia Rawlins and Carlos Barria won the Olivier Rebbot Award, and Kevin Frayer of Getty Images won the Feature Photography award.

UPDATE: Another Contest Scam? Who Runs Monochrome and Monovisions Awards? | PDN Online

Photographers who were asked to judge the Monochrome Awards, a black-and-white photography competition that charges entry fees ranging from $15-$25 tell PDN that they never judged the competition. The stories of these photographers, and the refusal of Monochrome Awards representatives to respond to PDN’s questions about the organization and one of its organizers, Sebastian Markis, suggest there may be a connection between the Monochrome Awards and the International Photographer of the Year awards, another competition that came under scrutiny recently and is suspected of falsely promoting its jurors. Markis is also involved in a third organization, Monovision Magazine, which runs a black-and-white photography competition, PDN has learned.

Syrian Photographer Wins 7th HIPA Grand Prize of $120,000 | PDNPulse

Syrian photographer Mohamed Alragheb has won the $120,000 Grand Prize in the seventh annual Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Awards (HIPA). The photographer was unable to attend the awards due to the ongoing hostilities in Syria. However, one of the subjects of the photograph, fellow photojournalist Abd Alkader Habak, received the prize on his behalf, and was given a special merit award for an extraordinary act of bravery.

New Yorker, W, and TIME Win Ellie Awards for Photography and Video | PDNPulse

The New Yorker magazine has won the 2018 National Magazine Award for feature photography for “Faces of an Epidemic,” Philip Montgomery’s photo essay about the growing opioid crisis in the U.S. W magazine won the award for photography for the fourth time, and TIME magazine, in conjunction with Mic, won the Video award for “Life After Addiction,” a video by Aja Harris and Paul Moakley. Winners were announced at an awards ceremony in New York on Tuesday.

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