Amateur Photography Winner

March 2nd, 2010


We were excited by the overall quality of the submissions in the amateur category. One of these images even made the cover. Thanks again for all who entered. Check the guidelines for the next competition already underway.

Outstanding Amateur Photography Award
Jan Luit for Free Floating

Editor’s Choice Award for Amateur Photography
Catlin Harrison for Self-Image (green)

Amateur Competition Finalists
Mary Brown for Embrace
Mark Harary for Grand Central Terminal
Hugh Jones for Reunion
Carrie Wendt for Hidden Frog
Shannon West for Transformation

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Professional Photography Winner

March 1st, 2010


We are happy to announce the winner of the first Camera Obscura Photography Award.  We received some great entries and narrowing down the finalists was a tough call. The winner’s photograph as well as those of some of the finalists will appear in the journal in April. Many thanks to all who entered.

Winner: (Selected by our Judges)
William Horton for I’m Here

Editors’ Choice 
Tom Chambers for The Goatherd

Jennifer Adams for Hero’s Son
Holly Bown for A Farmer’s Peace
Sandy Edelstein for Keppela Kiss
Mindy Harris for Kissable
Chieko Tanemura for Knitting
Hao Tran for My Best Friend
Chuck Uebele for Father Daughter
Caron Van Orman for Double Dimple
Maria-Mihaela Vass for Bond
Rachael Waller for Mustang 42

Featured Photographers
Robert Alvarado
Cheri MacCallum

Non-professional announcement coming soon…

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Fiction in Creative Nonfiction Clothing

December 15th, 2009


Sometimes we find our art in faces, distorted in pain or joy, other times in the geometry of a rugged landscape or even in the contours of what we have chosen to discard, its worth hidden from view until it is revealed by the artist. And sometimes this art is only called such because of whose hand has produced it. We will, of course, know this art when we see it, won’t we?

Robert McGowan, a skillful writer, who is as well, an accomplished artist, joins a growing list of writers included in the first issue of the Camera Obscura Journal. “The McCaig Photographs,” excerpted below, is part of a recently completed story collection called Happy Again at Last: Stories from the Art World.

“Surely no class of object more mundane could be brought to the attention, there being, one might suggest, no good reason to think of them at all. Horizontal slots set in the curbs of city streets for the purpose of relieving the streets of rainwater. Everyone has seen these things, but almost no one notices them. They’re in fact so unnoticed that it would be difficult for many people even to call to mind’s eye an image of one, or for that matter to know for sure what a storm drain is, unless one be pointed out to them.”

“It seemed however that Andrew McCaig had known storm drains uncommonly well. It would be no exaggeration to assert he knew storm drains intimately,  having been very cozy with them for some time, precisely when or for exactly how long no one knew.”

Robert McGowan’s fiction and essays are published in, among many others, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Connecticut Review, Crucible, The Dos Passos Review, Etchings (Australia), The Savage Kick (UK), South Dakota Review, and have been anthologized. His work as an artist is in numerous collections internationally, including Bank of America, Bank of Korea, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), Smithsonian Institution. He lives in Memphis.

More updates as they become available.
Happy Holidays,
M.E. Parker, Editor
Camera Obscura Journal

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One Woman’s Journey

October 28th, 2009

When I started this journal, the first thing I did was round up as many talented, reliable people as I thought I might need to do the job right. Their bios can be found in the darkroom, and they will be blogging here as often as I can get them to. Add all the great work that’s already coming in and Camera Obscura, only in its infancy, is already taking shape.

Before we even got started, with the help of our talented photography editor Kate, we had already lined up a great collection of judges for the photography competition, all of whom I will probably pay tribute to as well at some point in the near future. And a week ago, when Jacklyn Patterson joined the judging panel, Camera Obscura added decades of experience in judging print competitions, an impeccable eye, and an intangible prestige to the competition that might not otherwise be afforded an unproven venue.

Since we are a Literary and Photography Journal, story is our mission, and Jacklyn Patterson’s story begins in Oklahoma during a time when the roles of women were still being defined by men instead of women themselves. Growing up bound by the expectation that she had no need for a “profession” in the place of a husband to provide for her, she did not own a camera until much later in life than would normally be the case for a photographer of her standing.

The journey from her first camera through her acclaimed career, including her account of the photograph not taken, is documented in her thesis “One Woman’s Journey,” written for her fellowship to the highly regarded American Society of Photographers, one of the most prestigious honors in photography.

Here is a link to One Woman’s Journey by Jacklyn Patterson, currently available on the ASP website.

“…a photograph is not complete until someone else looks at
it.” – Jacklyn Patterson

Jacklyn also holds the designations of Master Photographer, Master Artist and Photographic Craftsman from the Professional Photographers of America. She is a truly gifted photographer and a remarkable person.

-M.E. Parker, Editor
Camera Obscura Journal

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