Photography Grants, Competitions, Open Calls | November 2011

Periodically, we try to collect information about grants, exhibitions, residencies, open calls, portfolio reviews, etc., that might interest you. Here are some current goings-on via Hey Hot Shot!, Project Basho, FotoVisura, and The Magenta Foundation:

The Hey, Hot Shot! Second Edition 2011 Competition

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Hey, Hot Shot! is an international competition for photographers at all stages of their careers seeking greater exposure, recognition, and support for their work. One part of Jen Bekman Projectswhich also includes Jen Bekman Gallery and 20×200Hey, Hot Shot! provides an ongoing platform for photographers.

What you get: 5 photographers participate in a two-week group exhibition at Jen Bekman Gallery in NYC. 1 photographer receives 2 years of representation from Jen Bekman Gallery, a full-length solo exhibition, and a $10,000 honorarium
Who can apply: Anyone
It’s gonna set you back: $70-$80
Who’s gonna see your work: Raul Gutierrez, Darius Himes, Jenni Holder, Lesley A. Martin, Nion McEvoy, Kent Rogowski, and Penelope Umbrico
When’s the deadline: November 14, 2011 at 11:59 p.m.(EDT)

To apply, please visit: The Hey, Hot Shot! website

The Project Basho ONWARD Competition

Project Basho ONWARD

ONWARD Compé is Project Basho’s annual international photography competition for emerging photographers. It’s main goal is to increase the exposure of talented image-makers and create new outlets for their work. Juried each year by a leading figure in contemporary photography, ONWARD Compé spotlights new envelope-pushing work that continues to further the medium. Now in it’s fifth year, ONWARD Compé has been steadily growing, drawing submissions from around the U.S. and across the globe.

Project Basho is a photography resource center located on Germantown Avenue in Old Kensington, an artist-concentrated and culturally vibrant section of Philadelphia. It is a small yet dedicated organization of photographers, run by photographers, for photographers.

What you get: Photographs selected by the juror will be exhibited by Project Basho’s gallery in Philadelphia. 2 grand prizes include a two-person show at Project Basho Gallery, $500 cash prize, and more
Who can apply: Individuals who do not currently have a contractual agreement with any gallery or commercial gallery representation
It’s gonna set you back: $40 for up to three images, $50 for four, $60 for five, and $100 for 7
Who’s gonna see your work: Todd Hido
When’s the deadline: November 28, 2011 at 11:59 PM (EST)

To register, please visit: ONWARD Compé ’12 page

The FotoVisura Grants

FotoVisura Grant

The FotoVisura Grants aim to support personal photography projects and encourage the production and development of photography outside the commercial realm. The Grants are divided into two categories: The FotoVisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Project and The Spotlight Grant for Outstanding Student Project.

FotoVisura is an online toolbox that artists and photographers can use to publish, share and promote their work through images, video, audio, and text. FotoVisura facilitates self-publishing your work online by broadcasting it to your network of contacts, as well as displaying it in the public archive; members can also submit their work to the FotoVisura Grant, Visura’s Your View gallery as well as Visura Spotlight.

The FotoVisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project:
What you get: $2,000.00 + Prizes
Who can apply: Photographers whose submitted personal projects were not initiated by an assignment or commission
It’s gonna set you back: Free for current members of with a Standard or Plus account. $30 for a Standard Account.
Who are the jurors: Claire O’Neill, Editor & Writer, NPR Picture Show; Patrick Witty, International Picture Editor, Time Magazine; James Estrin, New York Times Senior Staff Photography & co-editor of NY Times Lens Blog; Elizabeth Avedon, Curator; Adriana Teresa, Editor-in-chief, Visura Magazine
When’s the deadline: December 5, 2011

The Spotlight Grant for Outstanding Student Photography Project:
What you get: $1,000.00 + Prizes
Who can apply: Be currently in an undergraduate or graduate program, or a recent graduate, having graduated after January 1st 2010
It’s gonna set you back: Free for current members of with a Standard or Plus account. $30 for a Standard Account.
Who are the jurors: Ariel Shanberg, Center for Photography at Woodstock; Sam Barzilay, Director & Founding Member New York Photo Festival; Amber Terranova, Photo Editor, PDN Magazine; Nathalie Herschdorfer, Curator; Graham Letorney, Editor, Visura Spotlight, Guest Curator, NPR Picture Show
When’s the deadline: December 5, 2011

To enter, please visit: The FotoVisura Grant website

The Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Emerging Photographers Competition

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The Magenta Foundation is pleased to announce Year Eight of Flash Forward, its Emerging Photographers Competition, along with some big news. 2012 will bring two Flash Forward Festival installments to the ongoing program. June 2012 will see FF back in Boston at the Fairmont Battery Wharf; October 2012 will mark the return of the original Toronto festival.

The Magenta Foundation is a charitable arts publishing house, the first of its kind in Canada. It fills the very specific niche of establishing a place for Canadian artists in the international arts community, and it provides a vehicle for galleries to join forces and promote the work of Canadian artists internationally through the publication of books and exhibitions. Magenta will bring the photographic community together and work in tandem with key players to help bring increased recognition to Canadians through U.S. and international representation.

What you get: Bright Spark Award winner will receive $5,000. All 2012 Flash Forward Winners and Honorable Mentions will have their work published in the catalogue that chronicles the annual juried competition
Who can apply: Open to all photographers working in Canada, the UK and the US, 34 years of age and under.
It’s gonna set you back: USA: $50
Who’s gonna see your work: US Jurors: Holly Stuart Hughes, Editor of Photo District News; Daniel Cooney, Daniel Cooney Fine Art; Paul Moakley, Deputy Photo Editor, TIME
When’s the deadline: Saturday, December 31, 2011

For more information, please visit: The Magenta Foundations Flash Forward page

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