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Lens Culture International Exposure Awards: Closed


Lens Culture International Exposure Awards discover, reward, and promote talented, new, emerging and established photographers from around the world.

We’re looking for exciting images from every continent, and from diverse points of view: documentary, fine art, photojournalism, street photography, nature, sports, fashion, poetic, personal, abstract and human.

An international jury of photography experts will review and judge every photo submitted.

This year, in addition to cash awards and other prizes, we’re delighted to announce that all winning photographs will be featured in well-publicized International Exposure Awards traveling exhibitions at galleries in Paris, New York and San Francisco in 2011. (Additional international gallery venues may be announced soon.) The winning photographs will also get prominent, exclusive photo features in Lens Culture, giving them access and broad exposure to an enthusiastic, influential worldwide audience.

Six photographers will win top honors (3 Portfolio Awards, and 3 Single Image Awards). Additionally, 25 photographers (from either category) will win Honorable Mention Awards.

Last year, we received over 6,000 images from photographers in 48 countries on six continents! Many of the 29 winners from 2009 continue to achieve great success with their careers — winning other awards (including two World Press Photo Awards), signing publishing contracts, getting editorial assignments, group and solo exhibitions, artists residencies, and having their work collected by institutions and private collectors around the world.

Award Categories and Prizes

All levels of emerging and professional photographers are invited to apply for these awards. Two categories of photographs will be judged:

Portfolio Awards

Submit 10 to 15 photographic images that are linked — thematically, aesthetically, as a story, or simply as a range of your photographic talent. Edit your selections carefully, since this category will be judged on the strength of the group of photographs as a whole, and not as individual photographs. Entry fee: $75.

Portfolio Category Prizes:

Grand Prize $2,500 cash
2nd Prize $1,000 cash
3rd Prize $500 cash


Each winning portfolio will be presented in a prominent feature article in Lens Culture (along with the photographers’ names and links to their web pages), PLUS publication in our deluxe 2010 Winner’s Catalog, AND inclusion in the International Exposure Awards traveling exhibitions — all powerful ways to get the attention of hundreds of thousands of photography lovers!

Single Image Photo Awards

Often, a single powerful photograph captures our attention as important, artistic, meaningful, and memorable. A great photo can stand on its own, demonstrating a remarkable level of visual perception, sensitivity, and creativity. Photographs of all genres and all categories are welcome. The jury will choose three cash prize winners in this category. Entry fees: $35 per image, or $60 to submit two to five images.

Prizes for Single Image Photo Awards:

Grand prize: $1,500 cash
2nd prize: $500 cash
3rd prize: $250 cash


All Single Image Winners will be presented in a prominent feature article in Lens Culture (along with the photographers’ names and links to their web pages), PLUS publication in our deluxe 2010 International Exposure Awards Winners Catalog, AND inclusion in the International Exposure Awards traveling exhibitions.

25 Honorable Mention Awards:

25 Honorable Mention photographs (chosen by the judges from either category — Portfolio or Single Image) will win prominent placement of a single photo on the Award Winner’s Page in Lens Culture, including a link to your own personal or professional website. PLUS publication in our deluxe 2010 International Exposure Awards Winners Catalog, AND inclusion in the International Exposure Awards traveling exhibitions.

ALL winners will also be announced in the Lens Culture blog, along with a special mention in the Lens Culture email newsletter that is sent to thousands of subscribers. Prints of some of the winning images may also be eligible for sale via Lens Culture Editions, subject to an optional agreement between the winner and Lens Culture.

Submit your photos by September 18, 2010

Applicants must submit their photos to us online at: After you have uploaded your images and information, you will be asked to pay your submission fee of $75 for the Portfolio category, or $35 (to submit one photo) or $60 (to submit two to five photos) for the Single Image category. For good image quality and fast upload, your image files should be less than 2 MB each, and sized around 1024 x 768 pixels @ 72 ppi. Our online portal offers additional instruction for submitting work. For complete submission guidelines and rules, please see our FAQs and rules.

Winners will be announced on October 15, 2010

Prizes will be awarded, and all winning photographs will be exhibited online, prominently, to coincide with Lens Culture’s extra-special Paris Photo Edition in November 2010.

About Lens Culture

Lens Culture is one of the most popular and influential online magazines about contemporary photography today. The site attracts between 7,000 and 10,000+ unique visitors every day, from more than 50 countries (over 2.7 million visits each year). Our audience includes photography collectors, photo editors, book publishers, museum curators, art gallery owners, agents, critics, journalists, festival directors, and other passionate lovers of photography. Several artists whose photographs have gained attention as a result of their feature in Lens Culture have won book publishing contracts, solo and group art gallery shows, museum exhibitions, participation in international photography festivals, and commissions from around the world. Select artists are offered the opportunity to sell limited editions of their work through Lens Culture Editions, earning them thousands of dollars from sales to international art collectors.

Good luck!

Jan van Eyck Academie Call: Closed Oc. 1, 2010

Application deadline
1 October 2010

Jan van Eyck Academie
Academieplein 1
6211 KM Maastricht
The Netherlands

The Jan van Eyck Academie is an institute for research and production where artists, designers and theoreticians work alongside each other.

The JVE has positions available in the Fine Art and Design Departments for the next academic year, starting on 1 January 2011. Artists are invited to submit proposals for individual research projects; designers can apply for one of the projects formulated by the department.

The Fine Art department offers a unique space for experimentation, production, reflection and debate. Researchers conduct their artistic research in an environment that encourages questioning of the assumptions, forms, meanings and contexts that are tied to the practice of making art today. The Fine Art department welcome artists, individuals and groups, without stipulating conditions regarding form, content and media.

Artistic practice is supported by a programme of events and sustained conversations organised by the (advising) researchers. The academy offers expertise in all media and production areas, in-house or in cooperation with partner organisations, and encourages publishing through the Jan van Eyck publication series.

The Fine Art Department is headed by advising researchers Hans-Christian Dany, Imogen Stidworthy and Nasrin Tabatabai & Babak Afrassiabi.

Candidate researchers for the Design Department can apply for one of the following projects:

Strijp-S is an urban development plan that tries to turn the 66-acres of the former Philips factory in Eindhoven from a ‘Forbidden City’ into a ‘ Creative City with an unequalled character’. The project is a visual research into new divisions of labour that emerge as soon as heavy industries and mass-production are replaced by what is coined as cognitive, immaterial or affective labour.

The project calls for designers, urbanists, video- and filmmakers.
Advising researcher: Florian Schneider

Exploring the practice, methods and messages of type-design, *Latent stare* proposes a gathering and study of selected typefaces and stories, from the 1900s onwards – when technology had accelerated, and begun to affect, the production and distribution of new types. The selected material is affiliated to a political, social or spiritual set of beliefs which feed back into the typefaces creation, design and/or use.

Advising researcher: David Bennewith

NEUTRALITY_Polity and Space in the Post-Eurocentric City
Researches the modalities and substances that contemporary practices of neutrality give rise to and contribute in sustaining. The project will aim at outlining innovative paths towards design agency and creativity and analyses forms of transformation and control of contemporary space.

Advising researcher: John Palmesino

HTML5 is supposed to open a new chapter in web design and web-based publishing. Open Video will research into past and present open-source video implementations to develop an independent platform that explores the specific potentials of self-authored and self-managed, open-source video publishing initiatives against the backdrop of the overwhelming dominance of mass-media like content providers.

The project calls for code developers, web designers and digital content producers.
Advising researcher: Florian Schneider

REMOTE SENSING_Biopolitical Imagery
Investigates how new remote-sensing technologies are shaping and carving contemporary spaces of operation and sovereignty, and focuses on the agency that these new technologies elicit and entail. The project singles out a series of contemporary situations and traces the complex links and exchanges between the production of new images through remote sensing and the outline of new legal and governmental issues.

The project calls for data visualisation designers, interaction designers, urbanists, architects, photographers, video and filmmakers.
Advising researchers: John Palmesino and Florian Schneider

More information on each project on

The Design Department is currently headed by advising researchers John Palmesino, Florian Schneider and Daniel van der Velden.

Please visit our website at for more information on facilities, applications, and the Jan van Eyck Academie in general.

OPEN CALL: FESTIVAL BAC 11.0: Closed 7th of September 2010



Any artist or collective of artists from all over the World are welcome to participate · Works must be developed after the 1st of January, 2007 with a maximum length of 6 minutes · Each participant can present a maximum of 6 works · The organization can use still frames and/or fragments of the work for its divulgation in the media, always under the Festival framework · Works authorities is responsibility of the participants · The organization is not responsible from the artworks’ content · Shipping expenses will be covered by the participant · The organization does not cover insurances from the artworks exhibition copies presented · The documentation and files submitted will not be returned but destroyed per request · When the participant is a collective, it should have one person designated as responsible for c ommunications with the organization ·


The call for participations opens on Thursday 1st of July 2010 and closes on Tuesday 7th of September 2010.


The highly determinant factors would be:

– Artistic quality of the proposal and its presentation
– Plastic abilities and research with digital and analogical mediums
– Reference of the proposal to the suggested theme
– If not finished yet, viability of the proposal


Organization and chief curator will make the first selection of the proposals received. The curator responsible of each section from the Festival would make the final selection. Jury selection would be final.


Final results will be published in BAC! website:, as well as a nnounced through a VideoArtWorld Bulletin, at the end of September 2010. Once published the organization will contact each artist to inform about the following steps to follow.


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One form must be completed for each artwork presented

E-MAIL:     &ensp ;

YEAR OF PRODUCTION (2007-2010) :
DURATION (máx. 6 minutes):
4:3 16:9
NTSC PAL (preferred format)

TECHNIQUES: (please select up to 2)
CAMERA CAPTURING, please select:
HD DV 35mm 16mm Super 8 Other:

Video art (conceptually reflecting about TIME) Analogue Textures
Animation 2D & 3D Stopmotion & Pixilation Micro-short films
Music Clips Motion Graphics & Bootlegs Veejeing & Sound Veejeing
Kinetic Instalations Performance

BRIEF SYPNOSIS OF THE WORK: Conceptual description of the piece (not technical), this text will appear in the catalogue and should have between 300 and 700 characters, including spaces.


– Video File in exhibition quality: Minimum size: 720 x 420 pixels
Formats: .mov, .avi, mpg, .mp4, .wmv , .vob.
– From one to three images in printing resolution (300dpi)


– Digital upload:

Please mention details of the artist / work / section and send form to

– Post mail:
La Santa
Apartado de Correos 64007
08080 Barcelona / España

New ARCOmadrid Concept


Photo: Víctor Garrido

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30th International Contemporary Art Fair, ARCOmadrid
Dates: 16-20 February 2011, open to the public from 18 February

Venue: Halls 8 and 10 at FERIA DE MADRID
Organised by: IFEMA

ARCOmadrid, the International Contemporary Art Fair, to be held from 16th to 20th February 2011, has already prepared the guidelines for its new project. And to set them in motion, it has formed a new Organising Committee, whose members are: Helga de Alvear (Galería Helga de Alvear); Rebeca Blanchard (Galería Nogueras Blanchard); Luciana Brito (Luciana Brito Galeria); Pedro Cera (Galeria Pedro Cera); Christopher Grimes (Christopher Grimes Gallery); Soledad Lorenzo (Galería Soledad Lorenzo); Guillermo de Osma (Galería Guillermo de Osma); Moisés Pérez de Albeniz (Galería Moisés Pérez de Albeniz); Rosemarie Schwarzwälder (Galerie Nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder) and Max Wigram (Max Wigram Gallery).

Guidelines for ARCOmadrid_2011 project
The framework for the 30th ARCOmadrid project involves a reduction in the size of the fair and its distribution in two Halls 8 and 10.

A new feature of the project is that the next editions of the SOLO PROJECT section will be centred exclusively on Latin America. Another noteworthy introduction is OPENING, a new programme inviting young galleries from emerging European countries, setting aside a separate space within ARCOmadrid especially for them. Furthermore, another new addition is FOCUS RUSSIA, a programme inviting galleries and projects showcasing the very best of current art production from Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

With regards to the Experts Forum, the format will change to make it more of a meeting place for museums, art centres and biennial directors, curators and galleries but will still bring to Madrid our 100 key curators and museum directors..

ARCOmadrid 30th Anniversary
The International Contemporary Art Fair is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2011; three decades to its credit working wholeheartedly for the promotion of collecting and the development of a network of infrastructures for Contemporary Art. This experience has earned ARCOmadrid a solid reputation as a platform for the art market and a meeting place for gallerists and collectors.

To commemorate the anniversary, the upcoming event is preparing a number of incentives and actions conceived to attract to Madrid all of those art world agents in the art world who have enjoyed ARCOmadrid in the past.


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The call for entries is open until July 30, 2010, for the ‘Rencontres Internationales’ that will take place in Paris at the Centre Pompidou from Nov. 25 to Dec. 4, 2010, and in Madrid and Berlin in 2011.
Those three events will feature an international programming focusing on film, video and multimedia, gathering works of artists and filmmakers recognized on the international scene along with young artists and filmmakers.

ANY INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION CAN SUBMIT ONE OR SEVERAL WORKS. THE CALL FOR ENTRIES IS OPEN TO FILM, VIDEO AND MULTIMEDIA WORKS, without any restrictions for length or genre. All submissions are free, regardless of geographical origin… [click here >>>]

• FILMS AND VIDEOS – any film and video format
* Video / Experimental video
* Fiction, exp. fiction / Short, middle and full length
* Documentary, exp. documentary
* Experimental film
* Animation

* Video installation, multimedia installation * Net art * Multimedia concert, multimedia performance

You may choose between two types of registration:
• Until July 30, 2010: Entry form to use with regular mail
• Until July 30, 2010: 100% online entry form with video upload

PLEASE FORWARD this information to art and film organizations, art networks, production organizations, artists and filmmakers you are in contact with.

The ‘Rencontres Internationales’ offers more than a simple presentation of the works. It introduces an intercultural forum gathering various guests from all over the world – artists and filmmakers, institutions and emerging organizations – to testify of their reflections and their experiences, but also of artistic and cultural contexts that are often undergoing deep changes.
The ‘Rencontres Internationales’ reflects specificities and convergences of artistic practices between new cinema and contemporary art, explores emerging media art practices and their critical purposes, and makes possible a necessary time when points of view meet and are exchanged.
The event aims at presenting works to a broad audience, at creating circulations between different art practices and between different audiences, as well as creating new exchanges between artists, filmmakers and professionals.
It seeks to contribute to a reflection on our contemporary culture of image via a compelling program opened to everyone..

In 2007, the Rencontres Internationales, which initially took place in Paris and Berlin, opened up to a third city: Madrid. The event constitutes a unique artistic and cultural platform in Europe for artists, professional networks and various audiences. The venues in the three cities are in particular the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the Reina Sofia National Museum and the Spanish Cinematheque in Madrid.

The ‘Rencontres Internationales’ is a non-commercial event without competition, supported by French, German, Spanish and international institutions.

I invented a new Word: NASDAQuisation.

Hello World!

I was just writing to a friend who wants to move to Hong Kong, to work as a fundraiser in the expanding Arts Field of this city, mainly “because the government are currently investing millions developing a new ‘arts and cultural quarter’ there”.

Of course, I told her that fundraisers for the arts are ALWAYS needed… ANYWHERE… and that the art world of Hong Kong seemed fine to me, if you do not take the art part too seriously… As far as I understand, these iniciatives are mostly about the “cultural Industries” (I write the I as a capital letter only, not the c). At least that is what I learned from what happened in the 798 district in Beijing… And I cannot imagine Shanghai or Honk Kong to be better off, in this sense…

To be honest, I am a bit fed up with this kind of Emerging Markets Mentality in the art world, especially in China. Call me an elitist, but I just think that the growing Disneyfication and NASDAQuisation of the art word is not good for neither the arts, nor the artists, nor the public, on the long run. It is only good for the art collectors, a development pretty similar to what is going on everywhere else… was I just inspired because I had just seen (better late than never) Let’s Make Money by the Austrian documentary film-maker Erwin Wagenhofer?  Again, call me an arrogant Eurocentric elitist swine. But at least I have created a new word… when looking up NASDAQuisation on Google I found 0 (ZEEERO!!!) Matches, something that happens very seldomly. If anybody knows how to make BIG BUCKS out of my invention, please tell me, ASAP.

All the best, Moritz