AOP Student awards opens 23rd January 2017

c51a5199-0ec4-4a13-b228-0e4f24dd07f7Call for entries for the AOP Student photography competition opens on 23rd January and closes at 5pm on 7th April. There are three categories: People, Places and Things.

The Awards are open to all students studying a recognised photography course and provide a perfect springboard into the world of professional photography. Judges are Rachell Smith for People, Howard Kingsnorth for Places and Karl Taylor for Things.  Winners will be announced at the Awards presentation at Downstairs at Mother on 6 July 2017.

Aside from recognition and kudos, winners receive prizes, have their winning image exhibited at the AOP Student Awards, the AOP Photography Awards in October, feature in the AOP Photography Awards Book, travel to the Retina Photography Festival in Edinburgh and The Photography Show in Birmingham over the following year. As part of the Student Awards, there is the AOP Affiliated Course of the Year award and AOP Affiliated Course Lecturer of the Year awards.

The Starting Out conference will take place at Holborn Studios on 6 July 2017 as part of the Student Awards.  Seamus McGibbon, AOP’s General Manager ‘Our Student Awards are always hugely popular, and showcase the incredible talent of our Student members and others studying photography. It’s a brilliant way to support new emerging talent and get a first look at the potential stars of tomorrow’

The Association of Photographers is the UK’s leading organisation representing professional photographers working in the creative industries. Formed almost 50 years ago, our 1,850 members include professional photographers, photographic assistants, students, affiliated courses, affiliated businesses, photography agents and those working in the image-making industry.

For more information please contact Charlotte Giles on charlottegiles@aophoto.co.uk , visit www.the-aop.org or ring the office on 020 7739 6669.

For an overview of the 2016 AOP Student Awards including the winners, click here http://www.the-aop.org/awards/awards-archive/the-student-awards/aop-student-awards-2016

PhotoX – New International Photography Prize launch

 

photox_logoLaunch of PhotoX – Call for Entries New international photography opportunity, hosted at two London venues,  £2000 cash fund and photographic prizes.  Building on the success of the ArtGemini Prize now in its fourth year, the prize founders are proud to announce the launch of PhotoX, an exciting new prize for established and emerging photographers with a cash fund of £2000, plus photographic prizes and two curated art exhibitions in London.

“This is a substantial new opportunity for photographers wanting exhibition opportunity, financial support for their projects and to have their work seen by industry leaders,” said Jimmy Lek, Founder of PhotoX. “We launched PhotoX as a dedicated photography prize as a result of the increase of photography entries we received on our main ArtGemini Prize. We hope to be able to support more photographers this way.”

Call for entries:  enter here www.photox.co.uk from the 12th January 2017.

img_7552-768x768*PRESS LAUNCH PARTY INVITATION – Come and join us for a celebration launch on Thursday 12 January 6 – 8.30pm at the ground-breaking new The Green Rooms, supported by the Mayor of London. GreenRooms Hotel, 13-27 Station Rd, Wood Green, London N22 6UW

RSVP on Eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-reception-for-photox-the-new-photography-prize-tickets-30854963025

 

PhotoX 2017 Timeline

  • Jan 12th – PhotoX 2017 launch at The Green Rooms and call for entries
  • April 30th – PhotoX competition closes
  • May 9th-15th – First stage judging, selection through online portal
  • June 21st, 16.00 – 18.00 – Second stage judging, physical selection at the GreenRooms.
  • June 22nd, 18.00 – 21.00 – Private View and announcement of the winners with prize presentation (by invitation only).
  • June 22nd – July 1st – Exhibition of the 35 short-listed works, with workshops, portfolio reviews and seminars running during the two weeks.

PhotoX

  • Prize fund over £2000, including prize for the best monochrome entry, a public choice prize, print voucher generously supported by Genesis Imaging, photobook collection by nphoto, professional website hosted by Pixelrights and an Artist Residency Prize at the GreenRooms.
  • 2 curated exhibitions – The Green Rooms and the New Artist Fair Truman Brewery.
  • Partnerships and Supporters – with Genesis Imaging, CafeArt, Royal Photographic Society, Pixelrights, ARGENTA, nphoto, New Artist Fair, GreenRooms, Eastern Art Report, Art Criticism Today. We are seeking a Media Partner.
  • Judging panel – Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS, Chief Executive, Royal Photographic Society; Karen Harvey, Creative Development Director, Shutter Hub; Cristina Cellini Antonini, Founder & Co-Director, ArtRooms; Hania Farrell, Award-winning international photographer.

Our Venue – The Green Rooms

Hosted at the ground-breaking new The Green Rooms. Supported by the Mayor of London, The Green Rooms is the UK’s first arts hotel. We will be exhibiting in their stunning multi-use gallery, with high ceilings, polished wood flooring, a beautiful original central skylight which can accommodate up to 200 people. The interior has been lovingly restored by renowned London architects SODA.

The GreenRooms, 13-27 Station Road, Wood Green, London, N22 6UW. The Green Rooms enjoys a prime position directly opposite Wood Green Underground Station, on the Piccadilly Line, 12 minutes from King’s Cross.

Founder – ArtGeminiPrize 

PhotoX 2017 is founded by ArtGemini, London’s global art prize which is now in its fourth successful year. Last year the prize was hosted at Asia House and attracted thousands of entries from 34 countries. ArtGemini is itself the brain child of Jimmy Lek, international fine art dealer.

Charity Partner – CafeArt supporting UK and worldwide homeless artists. PhotoX will also award a prize to the winning entry of one of the artists who submitted through CafeArt.

To interview the Founder, Jimmy Lek, high res images, discuss media or other partnerships, please contact our Creative Director, Dr Vanessa Champion +44 7747 025361  creative@dragonflycommunications.co.uk

Recent interview on Huffington Post

C12 announce they are back at TPS 2016

Building on the success  of  the  last year’s raffle of donated  prints by photographers   from  West Midlands  and  beyond,   which  generated almost£1400 to support  Disabled Photographers   Society, C12 is coming back to The Photography Show again this year.

C12 is a group of volunteering  photographers lead by Agi Ch focused on support for those who  want to pursue photography and   are in  need of  specialist equipment  to do so.

C12 will hold an exhibition of donated  prints under the Capture Birmingham weekend   celebrating photography in Birmingham  (19-­20  March) held at the brand new Resorts World Birmingham and sell raffle tickets  to  win one of the donated  prints on the   DPS  stand at the Photography Show (19‐22  March) and also through Frame Creatives website. All raised funds go to The Disabled  Photographers Society.

The Draw will take place on the Live Stage on the  22nd March 2016 at 1.30pm.

Facebook   link:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/1549183052025494/

Capture   Birmingham:   http://www.capturebirmingham.org/speakers/c12/

International Landscape Exhibition opens this week in Athens

Our director has a landscape selected to exhibit at the Blank Wall Gallery in Athens.  Opening Private View :  Friday 16 October, 20:00

Landscape, French Alps. exhibited at the Blank Wall Gallery, Landscape exhibition, Athens, copyright Vanessa Champion

Landscape, French Alps. exhibited at the Blank Wall Gallery, Landscape exhibition, Athens, copyright Vanessa Champion

Blank Wall Gallery, 12 Yakinthou Street Kipseli tel. 694.3868.124  http://www.blankwallgallery.com   Curator: Markos Dolopikos

Exhibition Duration: From 16 October until 30 October 2015

The gallery says: “Blank Wall Gallery will host landscapes taken by international photographers from around the world. Color and black and white landscapes draw the viewer’s attention and do not leave anyone indifferent, since through them the greatness of nature and the contradictions that make up this planet are displayed.  The photographers have their own style and their own techniques each, to present the theme, but the ultimate feeling that the photographs leave us with is one. Admiration and awe for the beauty found in nature and a sense that people are very small in front of it, even though we tend to forget it. The power of nature is what captivates and enchants the viewer. Even in photographs where the human presence is evident, the style of photography is ultimately influenced by the landscape and not by the human intervention on it.”

Blank Wall Gallery tel. 694.3868.124 www.blankwallgallery.com

A Change in the Air – photography exhibition October

A Change in the Air – photography exhibition documenting the changing lives of the nomads in Uganda, supporting 25 years of international NGO PENHA’s work in the Horn of Africa.

A Change in the Air, documenting the Bahima people in Uganda, photography by Vanessa Champion, exhibition at Calumet, Drummond Street, supporting 25 years of international NGO, PENHA.

A Change in the Air, documenting the Bahima people in Uganda, photography by Vanessa Champion, exhibition at Calumet, Drummond Street, supporting 25 years of international NGO, PENHA.

Two week long exhibition of photographs taken by our director and photojournalist Vanessa Champion on location with the Pastoralist and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa (PENHA) in Uganda, which kicks off their year-long cultural and academic festival celebrating 25 Years of essential work in Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, Kenya and Djibouti.

Generously supported by Fujifilm UK who is printing the whole exhibition on their Photo Pearl Board and kindly hosted by Calumet in their flagship store in Drummond Street, London.

It was an amazing experience to work with these gentle people whose laughter is infectious and kindness completely effervescent!” said Vanessa.  “We left in October 2013, and on expedition with the team in Uganda I discovered that there are rising economic and personal challenges for those nomadic herders whose traditions and heritage is now threatened by a more sedentary life being urged upon them from the government which is recommending that they make a seismic change to their culture and settle into a more agro-pastoralist way of life. While this is of good intention, it means that there has to be a challenging shift in how Pastoralists live their lives. PENHA runs educational programmes to support this change, offering practical provision to increase revenue, training, as well as lobbying at legislative level to ensure the pastoralists’ views and heritage are included in the debate for land rights.”

The photographs document this change and the adaptability of these people as the advance of modernity and the necessity for these gentle people to keep up with the environmental, social and economic revolution.

There will also be a cultural display from PENHA, showcasing their art, textiles, craftwork and jewellery, plus the chance to learn more about the region and the work that PENHA does.

Supported by Calumet, Fujifilm and EIZO

Prints sold raise valuable funds for PhotoAid and PENHA’s work in the Horn, supporting nomadic groups, education programmes for women and children as well as training the families support themselves with new skills. PENHA is a valuable and trusted voice for the Horn of Africa nomadic people internationally

Art Gemini 2015 EXHIBITION announced

Art Gemini finalist notification Private view london 2015

Art Gemini finalist notification Private view london 2015

We work with the organisers of the Art Gemini Prize, and we are pleased to announce the 2015 ArtGemini Prize  Finalists’ Exhibition will take place at the Chocolate Factory (also known as the Menier Gallery) Southwark Street, London 22 – 26 September.

If you are a journalist or buyer you are welcome at the Private view, Tuesday 22 September 2015  6.30pm – 8.30 pm; by invitation only  Please RSVP: art@artgeminiprize.com

For an exclusive preview of all 52 of the ArtGemini Prize 2015 Shortlist, please visit our online gallery artgeminiprize.com/shortlist2015

Menier Gallery 51 Southwark Street London SE1 1RU

Our charitable arm, PhotoAid has sponsored a photojournalism award.

Gok Wan to open International Art Prize

Gok Wan to open ArtGemini Prize 2014

Gok Wan to open International Art Prize

Gok Wan to open International Art and Photography Prize

The ArtGemini Prize is a celebration of international contemporary art for emerging and established artists around the world. Now in its second year, the finalists’ exhibition, showcasing the 48 works shortlisted for the main prize of £5000, takes place at the Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey from October 23rd-November 1st.

Gok Wan will be opening the private view of the finalists’ work on 23rd October at 6.30pm.

With over 760 entries from 44 countries, The Art Gemini Prize is one of the fastest growing international art prizes.  Judges include Zoe Wishaw, former European Director of Photography at Getty images.

20% of all sales go to Kidscape. Nikki Kerr, head of fundraising at Kidscape said: “We are delighted to be supported by Jimmy Lek and The ArtGemini Prize. The money donated from the art sales will make a big difference to our work as we strive to keep more children safe from bullying and abuse.”

For more information, including a preview of the finalists’ work, please visit www.artgeminiprize.com.

Images attached Adrian Scicluna (painting), Kevin Shepherd (photography)

To reserve a space at the PV please message info@dragonflycommunications.co.uk

Art Gemini PV – Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey from October 23rd-November 1st  6.30 – 8.30pm

Exhibition continues daily 11am – 6pm (closed Sunday)

  • The Art Gemini Prize is an independent International competition, open to all artists from anywhere in the world. There is no age limit for applicants. Promoting excellence in art and photography. www.artgeminiprize.com
  • A cash fund of £5000 will be awarded to the winners in four categories. The Public Choice Prize is open for voting by the public during the exhibition, and the winner will be announced at the close of the show.
  • Painting and Sculpture Prize: First prize £2000, second prize £1000
  • Photography Prize: First prize £1000, second prize £500
  • Young Artist Prize (under 25 years): £500
  • Public Choice Prize: £500
  • Judges and founders biographies see http://www.artgeminiprize.com/about/
  • Gok Wan is a Fashion expert, award-winning TV presenter, author and all round national treasure, Gok Wan has taken the fashion and TV world by storm and has become one of the UK’s most sought-after entertainers.  www.gokwan.com
  • Anti-bullying charity Kidscape is the charity partner for this year’s ArtGemini Prize and will receive 20% of the sale price of any piece sold during the exhibition.   www.kidscape.org.uk.