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Freelance photographer Roddy Mackay was told he was shortlisted for the Young Photographer of the Year category in the prestigious national awards at the end of February – only to be told soon after that judges had decided to withdraw the prize because the overall standard of entries in the category was “not good enough”.

Mackay, 25, who was shortlisted for the award alongside Edinburgh Evening News photographers Ed Jones and Dan Philips and picture agency SNS Group’s Craig Williams, said the judges’ decision to withdraw the prize had damaged him “mentally and physically”.

He said: “I’ve made a decision to burn my pictures and speak out publicly about their lack of support. As a young photographer I feel very, very passionately about the way I have been treated.”

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The REAL Photography Award exhibition will be on view at LP II Art Exhibition Centre in Rotterdam from 21 March – 4 May 2008. The exhibition will display the work of the 30 award nominees, including the six finalists. The exhibition is scheduled to travel to other countries later in the year.  

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German photographer Hans-Christian Schink has won the first REAL Photography Award, which ING Real Estate presents biannually to an international photographer shooting nature, development or architecture. Schink received the €50,000 (about $77,100) prize at a ceremony in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on March 20.

Schink was awarded the prize for his black-and-white print of water and mountains, which he produced using a technique known as true solarization. The image is part of a series of 12 photographs depicting Earth’s movement.

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Judging in the Still Photography and Web categories of NPPA’s Best Of Photojournalism competition will start Monday at the contest’s host site, The Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, FL, and it’s NPPA’s biggest Best Of Photojournalism contest to date.

“More than 4,000 people entered the contest, up more than 25 percent over last year,” NPPA executive director Jim Straight said. “There are more than 21,000 entries totaling over 58,000 individual items (photographs, clips, and Web sites). That’s up 3 percent over last year, with a 20 percent shorter entry period.”

Photographers from more than 140 countries entered this year’s Best Of Photojournalism competition, which has remained a free contest with no entry fees since its beginning.

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The French Association of Women Journalists (AFJ) and Canon France are launching, with Images Evidence, the eighth Canon Female Photojournalist Award.

The Award is open to professional women photojournalists of any age and nationality and is supported by Le Figaro Magazine. It is presented every year during the Visa pour l’Image Festival in Perpignan, France. Canon France grants the winning photographer €8,000 to help her complete a photojournalistic project.

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Join the modern photography book movement. Photographers can now produce books with complete creative control. We’re celebrating the most innovative and finest self-published photography books and the people behind them. Submit yours for a chance at $25,000 to finish – or start – that once in a lifetime project.

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Esko Männikkö (b. 1959, Finland) documents the lives of those who inhabit the periphery. Initially a hunter, his passion developed from this to shooting photographs in the early 1980s.

Männikkö became widely known for The Female Pike, which featured bachelors living isolated lives in the Finnish countryside. In this series, as well as his work Mexas (1999), produced on the border between Mexico and Texas, each photograph is instilled with the peculiarities and unique characteristics of the individuals.

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Matt McClain of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver receives $10,000 and a trophy for his portfolio of complex and memorable images, which chronicled the story of a town devastated by a tornado and helped make Colorado’s energy rush real to readers.

Finalists: Sam Dean, The Roanoke (Va.) Times, and John Moore, Getty Images

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Two of the photographers who participated in the 2008 World Press Photo judging, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, have written a fascinating article for foto8 about the judging process.

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Join Al Tompkins to learn what impressed the judges, what ethical issues arose in this year’s entries, and how the backpack journalist trend is affecting photojournalism.

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Detroit Free Press photographer Rashaun Rucker was named Photographer of the Year by the Michigan Press Photographers Association Saturday in its 55th annual Pictures of the Year contest.

Rucker, 29, is the first African American to win the award, which celebrates a year’s worth of exemplary visual storytelling.

“I almost cried,” Rucker said. “Even though I won, this is recognition for all the people at the Free Press who helped me throughout the year.”

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The SportsShooter.com clip contest is open to all members. And the members are the judges too. Enter each month, vote each month and you just may be crowned “SportsShooter.com Photographer of the Year” at the end of the year.

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The International Center for Photography has selected the winners of the 24th Annual Infinity Awards for Excellence in Photography.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is going to Malick Sidibé, a photographer from Mali who began documenting West African life in the 1950s.

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Getty Images announced today that Ian Martin and Lorena Ros will each receive $20,000 in funding, enabling them to pursue new documentary photography projects. In addition, each grant recipient receives collaborative support from Getty Images photo editors as they implement their winning projects.
Ian Martin’s project, “Hidden Minority: South Africa’s White Poor,” looks at the little-known problem of white poverty in post-apartheid South Africa.
Lorena Ros’ project “Silent Witness” documents the impact and prevalence of childhood sexual abuse in America while providing survivors with a safe, respectful way to address and share their experiences.

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Brad Mangin:

The email arrived on December 21, 2007. Subject: “Invitation to judge POYi.” The words that followed stunned me: “Greetings from Pictures of the Year International. My name is Rick Shaw and I am the director for the international photojournalism program. It is my privilege to invite you to participate on the judging panel for the 65th annual Pictures of the Year International competition (Newspaper and General Divisions).”

Holy cow. Was he serious? I immediately called Rick and told him I would be honored to judge POYi. I would not be going to spring training to cover the Cactus League till the end of February, so this fit perfectly into my schedule. I knew this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity would help me learn a lot and grow as a photographer. Having the chance to look at thousands of photographs over a six-day period with a panel of three other judges was a chance I wanted to take advantage of.

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A review of some of the preliminary awards, which often foretell Pulitzer success, as well as interviews with editors and current and former jurors, indicates some frontrunners have emerged.

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Photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair is the winner of the 2008 Alexia Foundation Grant for professionals, and Matt Eich, a senior photojournalism major at Ohio University, is the student winner, the Alexia Foundation announced today.

The Alexia Foundation for World Peace was established by the family of Alexia Tsairis, an honors photojournalism student at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University who was a victim of the terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight #103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, 1988. She was returning home for the Christmas holidays after spending a semester at the Syracuse University London Centre.

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UPDATE: Rich-Joseph Facun won first place in general news reporting for this image of 5-year-old Evan Burgoon watching for his father at Oceana Naval Air Station.

Stephen M. Katz of The Virginian-Pilot was named the newspaper photographer of the year Friday night, taking the top honor in the 65th Annual Pictures of the Year International Competition.

“We’re extremely proud of the collection of images that Stephen put together,” said Randall Greenwell, director of photography for The Pilot, which is published by Landmark Communications Inc. “We knew that he had an excellent year and this honor certainly confirms it.”

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After hours of deliberation, four judges selected Stephen M. Katz of The Virginian-Pilot as the Newspaper Photographer of the Year Friday night.

“His pictures had diversity,” said Jeanie Adams-Smith, an associate professor of photojournalism at Western Kentucky University and one of the judges for the 65th annual Pictures of the Year International contest. “He could look at a big place at a microcosmic level.” She said that his strong stories, diversity, technical excellence and single frames stood out in his portfolio and separated him from the other photographers.

Scott Strazzante and Kuni Takahashi, both of the Chicago Tribune, placed second and third respectively.

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