Results for the Spring 2013 Photography Competition

May 10th, 2013

We had some stunning entires for this competition, and as we try to do for every contest, our judges vary in style and focus. Judging this competition were Carl Caylor (his thrid time to judge) and Padraic Deasy, as well as Michael Gilbert for the second time whose work has been featured at the International Museum of Photography and is collected internationally as part of the collections of Epson, Canon, Hahnemuhle, Olympus, Mitsubishi, and Kodak. In 2006 he was a featured photographer at Photokina, the worlds largest photography event. (links to the work of these exciting photographers can soon be found in the darkroom).

The winner of the Camera Obscura Journal summer 2012 prize for professional photography is:
Omer Chatziserif for his image “Nude Meaning”

The winner of the Camera Obscura Journal prize for non-professional photography is:
Michael Bilotta for “Riddles in the Dark”

For the complete list of results (along with some images of previous winners).
Many of the finalists will be included in the upcoming Camera Obscura Journal due out in August of 2012. To see images from past issue no longer available for sale, join us on Facebook or Twitter.

Here are the guidelines for the Winter Photography Competition (already underway).

-MEP

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Finalists in the Current Photography Competition

April 23rd, 2013

Since I have received a number of inquires about the results, I will post the finalists here. When the judges make their selections the winner will be announced (hopefully in a week or so). We received some fantastic work for this competition. Narrowing them down to a handful of finalists is never easy.

Finalists for the professional category (in no particular order)

Assaf Matarasso,
Barbara Breitsameter,
Catherin Colaw,
Cole Thompson,
Christopher Ruane,
Cristina Venedict,
Dorn Brothers,
Frances Melhop,
Guido Dingemans,
Javier Arcenillas,
Midori Jordan,
Michael Bilotta,
Omer Chatziserif,
Stuart Chape,
Saeed Rezvanian,
William & Katherine Horton

Finalists for the non-professional category (in no particular order)

Alan Phelps,
Daniel Butcher,
Dareen Hussein,
Gerry Dotto,
Goran Jovic,
Hugh Jones,
J Hackett Maus,
Johan Brattheim,
Keith Urry,
Kem Oleg,
Michael Bilotta,
Nigel Bullers,
Stella Rothe

Thanks for your patience.
-MEP

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Finally a winner…

December 5th, 2011

 

“The Rural Trio” by Rui Pires of Portugal takes top prize for professionals in the Camera Obscura Journal Photography Competition. His winning image will appear in the forthcoming issue which will hit bookstores in January. Nenad Saljic wins for the amateur category with “Matterhorn: Sunset Clouds.” The editor’s choice award goes to Saeed Rezvanian for his mystifying photograph “Before The Beginning” in the professional category (which will also anchor the cover of this issue) and Nenad Saljic gets the amateur editor’s choice nod for his Matterhorn series.

Thank you to our judges Carl Caylor, Cheri McCallum, and Carol Andrews Jensen for your commitment to our endeavor in support of professional and amateur photographers around the world.

As far as notable standouts, a complete list of finalists can be found here Results. They all qualify as notable.

As always, thanks for all the enthusiasm and support.

The Vernal issue of Camera Obscura Journal will hit bookstores sometime in January.

Guidelines for the current contest with a deadline of March 15, 2012 can be found or here .

-MEP

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Photography Competition Finalists Announced

November 16th, 2011

 

We don’t yet have the winners in the Camera Obscura Journal Winter 2011 Photography Competition, but the following finalists’ images are now in the hands of the judges. We had some tough choices to make with so much great work submitted. Many thanks to all who entered and for your support in helping us provide a needed platform for artistically accomplished and technically superior photography. The results for the competition with a deadline of September 15th are listed below:

Professional Category
Finalists
Brian T. Silak – “Fall Tree”
Andrei Iliescu – “Cinema Show”
Julie Ziesemann – “ourself concealed”
Chan Kwok Hung – “Working In The Morning”
Mike Haley – “Pas de Deux”
Cynthia Walpole – “Green-crowned Brilliant 8562”
Tina Jokitalo – “Fly away little bird”
Bill Brokaw – “Christina the Redeemer”
Saeed Rezvanian – “Before The Beginning”
Saeed Rezvanian – “Inside”
Nicola Taylor – “Music for those who listen”
Nicola Taylor – “La Que Sabe”
Rui Pires – “The Eagle´s Girl”
Rui Pires – “The Rural Trio”
Jennifer Georgescu – “Sand, Stones, Dead Leaves and Bones”
Tom Wundrak- “Woman by the window reading a book”
Fabio Affuso – “Antoni Lobetti”
Manuel Cosentino – “Behind a Little House (Series)”
Stephanie Saclolo – “of deception or deliverance?”
 
Non-Professional Category
Finalists
Guilherme Stoner – “No bar, no woman, no life…”
Anna Rowser – “To Sleep, Perchance to Dream”
Nenad Saljic – “A church inside a church 1”
Nenad Saljic – “Into the Mist”
Nenad Saljic – “Matterhorn: Twilight Clouds”
Nenad Saljic – “Matterhorn: Sunset Clouds”
Nenad Saljic – “Petrified 1”
Nenad Saljic – “Solitude 4”
Dennis Hodges – “Fall” from the series 1 tree 4 seasons”
Dennis Hodges – series – “A modern relationship”
Dennis Hodges – “Urban flamingos”
Sabato Visconti – “The Boy that Stayed and the Boy that Went”

Thanks again. More news to come.
-MEP

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Update on Photography Competition

November 4th, 2011

 

I know that many of you are patiently awaiting the results of the current photography competition, since the October 20th date has come and gone with no announcement. This delay only underscores the amount of fantastic work we received and the difficult task of arriving at our finalists and ultimately our winners. The caliber of work that continues to participate is very heartening and will make winning this competition grow in significance. That said, I hope we can announce the finalists and winners by November 20th. Keep checking the blog for updates.

-MEP

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And the Winner Is …

May 25th, 2011

Congratulations to Rafal Maleszyk whose photograph “Sunflower’s Army” wins the Camera Obscura Journal Photography Competition for the Summer-Fall 2011 issue. Kalliope Amorphous wins for the amateur category with her haunting image “The Bottom of the Sea.” The editor’s choice award goes to Bonnie Jones for her series “He Took the Butter” in the professional category and Hugh Jones gets the amateur editor’s choice award for “Traces, Grand Canyon.”

There were many standouts including Chan Kwok Hung’s “Harvest Day” and Svetlana Batura’s “Mental Equilibrium,” which gave the judges a dilemma, one that I hope they will have again in the future. Matt Walford’s intriguing construction “Library Sentinel” will land on the cover.

Thank you to our judges Joel Grimes, Carl Caylor and Carol Andrews Jensen for your commitment to our endeavor in support of professional and amateur photographers around the world.

A complete list of finalists can be found here Results.

As always, thanks for all the enthusiasm and support.

The Summer-Fall issue of Camera Obscura Journal will hit bookstores by July 1. See the contributors.

Preorder Vol 3 or subscribe here.

Guidelines for the current contest with a deadline of September 15, 2011 can be found or here .

-MEP

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Contributor Update

December 17th, 2010

Congratulations to Chan Kwok Hung for winning the National Geographic photo contest with his striking image “Buffalo Race.” This image was also selected as a finalist in the Camera Obscura photography Competiton and is featured in our second issue along with more of his work and the photos many other great photographers. The complete list of finalists for all Camera Obscura’s competitions can be found here.

Buffalo Race by Chan Kwok Hung

“Buffalo Race”  by Chan Kwok Hung – Copyright © Chan Kwok Hung

I would also like to congratulate Henriette Lazaridis Power whose  novel Clean Monday will by published by Ballantine Books. Clean Monday follows a young Greek/American woman who travels to Greece during the abandon of Carnival to collect a family inheritance, only to discover her estranged mother’s role in the family’s misfortune during WW II. Henriette’s story “Uruguay”  appears in Camera Obscura’s Winter issue.

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Photography Competition Results

November 9th, 2010

The results are in for the Camera Obscura Winter 2010 Photography Competition. We were humbled by the quality of the submissions and the strength of the field (artists from fifteen countries) making the final decisions all the more difficult. The results for the competition with a deadline of September 15th are listed below:

Professional Category
Winner
Chan Kwok Hung – “Goal”
Editor’s Choice (selected by photography editor Kate Parker)
Larry Louie – “Living Under the Bridge”
Finalists
Catherin Colaw – “Neck”
Catherin Colaw – “Hair”
Chan Kwok Hung – “Buffalo Race”
Chan Kwok Hung – “Fearless”
Daniel Haeker – “Existence”
Jeremy Fokkens – “Fireworks”
Julie Blichmann – “Mesa Arch”
Louie Larry – “Defying Gravity”
Louie Larry – “Nepalese Smiles”
Larry Louie – “Tibetan Prayer Flags 6”
Larry Louie – “Tibetan Monastery”
Ron Brown – “Here at the Cross”
Ryan Forster – “Water Eagle”
Simon Jones – “Ghost Ship”
William Goodwin – “Shrimp in a Sponge Funnel”
William Goodwin – “A Fish, a Shrimp, a Sponge”
Non-Professional Category
Winner
Marcela Bolívar – “a wanderer’s home”
Editor’s Choice (selected by photography editor Kate Parker)
Svetlana Batura – “silent morning”
Finalists
Alex Burgess – “Last Minute Cramming”
Blue Mitchell – “Fervor”
Blue Mitchell – “Loophole”
Daniel Haeker – “The World Is Not Enough”
Hugh Jones – “Alice In Wonderland”
Hugh Jones – “vie de Boheme 1913”
Hugh Jones – “Bridge at Halong Bay”
Marcela Bolívar – “At Noon”
Marian Whalen – “Tines”
Paul Cowell – “Dolphin’s Dinner”
Pedro Pages – “encallado”
Svetlana Batura – “Allegro con Moto”
Wendy Heinzelman – “UpperCanyon”

Many Thanks to our judges for this competition: Doug Box, Jennifer Wilson, and Cheri MacCallum (bios available soon in the Darkroom)

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Self-Image(green)

September 23rd, 2010

 

Since the cover of our first issue has made a striking impression, I would like to further congratulate Catlin Harrison for recently taking first prize in the self portrait category of the Julia Margaret Cameron awards hosted by the WPGA. Her winning photograph, “Self-Image(green)”, the photograph that won the non-professional editors’ choice award of Camera Obscura’s inaugural contest and graced our first cover, will be included in an upcoming awards exhibition in Buenos Aires in 2011. Another image in the series has been included in an exhibition at the Lana Santorelli Gallery in New York.

We have also recently added stories for our next issue from Thisbe Nissen, Mark Budman, and Sunshine LeMontree. It remains a humbling endeavor to consider all the intelligent and imaginative stories and photographs we still have to choose from for the Winter 2010 issue.

MEP

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PPA Print Competition Results are in!

June 28th, 2010

 

Every art form has, and — if we are lucky — will continue to have, an ongoing discussion about what differentiates artistry from craftsmanship, about what works characterize the current movement and what emulations are merely defined by it. At the center of this debate, the green behemoth lounging between the two camps, is the notion that artistic values somehow logarithmically decline with an equivalent increase in commercial success, leaving a grumbling bevy of frustrated artists wishing they had enough money to pay bills and create art flanked by a legion assiduous professionals dreaming that someone would appreciate their contribution to the arts.

The Professional Photographers of America, the world’s largest nonprofit association for professional photographers, every year offers its 20,000 members in over 54 countries an opportunity to compete for such recognition in a print competition that is widely considered the gold standard for international judging of photographic images.

According to the PPA guidelines, photographs are judged against the following twelve elements (all of which must be addressed for an image to merit): impact, creativity, technical excellence, composition, lighting, style, print presentation, center of interest, subject matter, color balance, technique, and story telling. The specific criteria for each may be found here. PPA describes the use of these 12 elements as a way to connect “the modern practice of photography and its photographers to the historical practice of photography begun nearly two centuries ago.”

Camera Obscura Journal would like to offer a huge congratulation our photography editor Kate Parker who has been awarded 2010 Silver Photographer of the Year by Professional Photographers of America for demonstrating “excellence in her craft and earning tremendous achievements in PPA’s 2010 International Photographic Competition.”

The silver award is achieved by having three merit prints accepted into the PPA General Collection and one print selected for inclusion in the prestigious International Loan Collection, which is a traveling exhibition that exemplifies the finest work in the current world of professional photography.

-MEP

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