We Want To See Your Photos!

August 25, 2011 6:44 pm

But, we can’t do that until you submit them!!  Don’t worry, we procrastinate, too – it’s just that time is running out and we don’t want you to miss your chance.

The final deadline for the International Competition is September 12, just three weeks away!

Things are a little different than last year (the “professional” and “amateur” divisions are gone), so be sure to take a look at the new categories.

Single images can be submitted in 7 categories:

  • Commercial
  • Contemporary Life
  • Fine Art
  • Photojournalism/Social Documentary
  • Portrait
  • The Natural World
  • Travel
Portfolios and photographic series have 3 categories:

  • Fine Art
  • Photojournalism/Social Documentary
  • The Natural World
Artists working in Multimedia have their own category and students can enter their work in the Student Portfolio section.  For all of you who travel light and shoot on the go, the Mobile Phone category is just for you – submit entries either as a General Submission or in the Spirit of Washington category.
All entries must be received by extended deadline of September 19, 2011 at 11:59 pm PDT and don’t forget to review the Rules to increase your chances of winning one of the Awards!  The Entry Fees are detailed right HERE.  Want to know who’ll be looking at your work?  Check out the Judges Bios.
PS: One last thing before I forget: All photographs must have been taken within five (5) years before the date of entry by YOU.  All photographers will remain the copyright owner, too, so don’t worry about that.

In The Gallery: Speaking to Silence

August 20, 2011 12:02 pm

The new FotoDC HQ debuted with a reception for the gallery’s current show, Speaking to Silence, on July 22 with over 900 visitors streaming through the space over the course of the evening.  The exhibit highlights humanitarian work from world-renowned photographers Marcus Bleasdale, Stephanie Sinclair and Platon, in a collaboration with the Pulizer Center for Crisis Reporting and Human Rights Watch.

Bleasdale, one of the world’s leading photographers, focuses on the repressed, exiled and often abandoned voices of civilians caught between warlords and armed rebel’s resource conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in his series Abandoned People/Abandoned Homes.  For over ten years, Bleasdale has worked to bring attention to the devastation the Rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has waged on the Congolese population since the mid-1980′s, using his photographs to influence global policy change.  This collection combines the evidence of life and community in ruin among lush landscapes and intimate portraits of those who abandoned their homes in search of refuge.

With a unique ability to access some of the most sensitive and human rights issues around the world, Sinclair, a regular contributor to National Geographic, explores the forbidden practice of child brides in the Middle East and Africa despite increasing international agreements to outlaw the tradition.  Her multimedia presentation Too Young to Wed, produced for the Pulitzer Center in association with National Geographic, is a call to action to protect the young girls forced into marriage in India, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nepal and Ethiopia.

Platon, a staff photographer for The New Yorker and regular contributor to Time and Rolling Stone, is known for his portraits of some of the world’s most famous people, including the photograph of Russian President Validmir Putin featured on the cover of Time‘s 2007 issue of “Person of the Year”.  In his first assignment with Human Rights Watch, Platon focuses on the heroic survivors and outspoken Burmese refugees living in Thailand.  His portrait series Exiled features exiled Burmese dissidents, like Ashin Issariya, who fled his country in late 2008 to escape arrest.

Stop by the gallery through the end of September to view all of the images within the Speaking to Silence collection.  The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m., or by appointment.

-Angela Kleis with contributions by Miisha Nash.

Introducing FotoSpace

August 8, 2011 9:05 pm

Bringing a photography perspective to Adams Morgan!

FotoWeek DC has transformed and relocated from a week-long photography competition and festival into a year-round photographic community now based in the heart of D.C’s cultural melting pot, Adams Morgan.

With the introduction of FotoSpace, FotoDC’s new permanent gallery, and a successful opening reception drawing over 900 visitors to its first major exhibit, the bar has been set on what to expect from this non-profit organization in the months to come.

The space comprises the FotoDC gallery, FotoBooks library, and offices and provides a dynamic environment for photographers, collectors and photography enthusiasts to engage, share ideas and present exciting work. During the year, FotoSpace will offer rotating exhibitions and will be a venue for photographer presentations, gatherings and meetings.  During FotoWeek, it will serve as the new location of Satellite Central.

“Adams Morgan is such a vibrant and exciting part of the city, it seemed like the perfect place for artists to converge.  We were also very fortunate, as the space is the result of a very generous donation from the building’s owner, Peter Hiotis.” – Theo Adamstein, Founder and Director, FotoDC

Stop by the gallery to view Speaking to Silence, browse the photobook exhibit, find out information on upcoming events and how to become a FotoFriend, learn more about FotoDC sponsors, and become inspired.

FotoSpace is located at 1838 Columbia Road NW in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday by appointment.

Miisha Nash, Multimedia Coordinator, FotoDC