For Immediate Release
September 14, 2009
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CALL FOR ENTRIES
SocialDocumentary.net Announces Photography Competition on Documenting the Global Recession
(SDN) announced today a Call for Entries for a global documentary photography
contest, "Crisis and Opportunity: Documenting the Global Recession." Entries
will be accepted until December 1, 2009 on www.socialdocumentary.net. All
entries will be viewable on the website. Judges include: Lori Grinker, Ed
Kashi, Lucian Perkins, Shahidul Alam, Craig Cohen, and Whitney Johnson (see bios and more
competition details on www.socialdocumentary.net/competition.php)
grand prize winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize, exhibition at powerHouse
Arena from February 15-March 14, 2010, work printed in an exhibition catalog
by Meridian Printing, and featured on the SDN home page. Other prizes include
spirit of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of the New Deal in the 1930s,
when photographers documented the hardship and proposed solutions, SDN is
issuing this Call for Entries for photo essays that provide insight into how
ordinary citizens around the world are coping during these new "hard times" and
how individuals, companies, industries, family businesses, communities, and
governments are responding to the crisis," said Glenn Ruga, SDN founder.
First Place: One photographer will be awarded:
$1,500 cash prize.
- Exhibition of their work in a group show with other winners at powerHouse Arena in
Brooklyn, NY, from February 15 to March 14, 2010. SDN to pay for all
reproduction, and hanging fees.
to participate on a panel discussion at the opening night reception at
powerHouse Arena on February 16, 2010. (photographer will need to cover their
featured in exhibition catalog printed by Meridian Printing, the leading
printer of photography books in North America.
featured exhibit on the SDN home page for two weeks and features in email
LowePro Vertex 300 AW backpack.
Honorable Mention: Three photographers will
of some of their winning work at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, NY in a group
show from February 15-March 14, 2010. SDN to pay for all reproduction, and
included in exhibition catalog printed by Meridian Printing, the leading
printer of photography books in North America.
work featured on the website of SocialDocumentary.net and in email spotlights.
LowePro Fastpack 350 backpack.
winning photo essays will be published in a catalog that will be available for
sale at powerHouse books, launched at the opening reception on February 16,
is open to all professional and amateur US and international photographers. SDN
staff, volunteer, advisory committee members, judges, and their families are
not eligible to enter the competition.
entries must have between 6 and 36 photographs related to a specific story
about the global recession, have an abstract to provide context (150 words
maximum) and captions to accompany the photographs. Photographer may also
submit additional text about the situation being documented, a bio, and
information on organizations working with affected communities.
must have been taken after January 1, 2008.
must be submitted via the SocialDocumentary.net website at http://www.socialdocumentary.net.
contest entries must be accompanied by full name of the photographer and
contact information, including email address and phone number. Minimum of six
images is required with abstract and captions.
entries must be able to provide within 7 days of award announcement digital
files of at least 3000 pixels in one dimension. Exact specifications on
providing digital files for exhibition will be provided at a later date.
entries and communications from entrants must be in the English language.
will be contacted by phone and email by December 11, 2009.
Tax liability in connection with any Prize is the responsibility of the
$35 for one exhibit entry of 6 - 36 images.
limited number of partial scholarships are available for residents of
developing countries. To apply, the photographer must first create a free
membership with SocialDocumentary.net. Send request to email@example.com
with name, email address used for membership, country of residence and country
of citizenship. All requests for discounts must be submitted by November 1,
2009, and exhibits must be submitted by November 20. Expatriates from developed
countries living in a developing country are not eligible for scholarships.
must be paid using a credit card on the SDN website. International credit cards
are accepted. All entry submissions and fees are final and non-refundable.
entries are automatically and simultaneously submitted for exhibition on the
SocialDocumentary.net website and must follow all rules and regulations
regarding exhibits on SDN. See SDN website for further information. www.socialdocumentary.net
on SocialDocumentary.net need to be approved before going live. In the event
that an entry to the Call for Entries is not accepted for the SDN website, the
photographer may make changes to their exhibit and re-submit, at no additional
cost, up until the entry deadline.
can submit multiple contest entries but individual photographs may only be
submitted for one entry.
All entries will be viewable to the public on the SDN site.
accepted on SDN website: September 15, 2009
December 1, 2009
reception & panel discussion: Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Exhibition: February 15-March 14, 2010
These dates may be subject to change.
For more details on the contest
rules and terms, please visit
(SDN) uses the power of photography to promote global awareness. SDN's members
include photographers, NGOs, journalists, editors, and students who create and
explore documentary websites investigating critical issues facing the world
today. Recent exhibits have explored oil workers in the Niger River Delta, male
sex workers in India, Central American immigrant women during their journey
north, and Iraqi and Afghan refugees in Greece. SDN was launched in October
2008. Glenn Ruga is the founder. SDN is based in Lowell, MA www.socialdocumentary.net