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        • 11th Semiannual Competition    
               
               
           
               
               
Prospectus
Photography Competition 2015

Jurors
Brian Paul Clamp
Director
ClampArt, New York

Karen Irvine
Curator and Associate Director
Museum of Contemporary Photography

Jurors' Biographies
   
Brian Paul Clamp is Director of ClampArt, a gallery in Chelsea specializing in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on photography.  Prior to opening ClampArt in 2000, he served as the director of a gallery on Manhattan’s Upper East Side (1993-2000).

ClampArt mounts eight to twelve exhibitions per year featuring the work of emerging and mid-career photographers.  Aside from exhibitions at his own gallery space, he has curated numerous photography shows at various venues throughout the United States, and has reviewed photographers’ portfolios at dozens of events over the past fifteen years.  

He is the author of numerous publications on art, and occasionally contributes written work to various art periodicals.  He has a Master of Arts degree in Critical Studies in Modern Art from Columbia University in New York.  For further information, please visit clampart.com
               
    Photographed by Ryan Plugger
Image provided by Brian Paul Clamp
© 2015 Ryan Plugger
               
               
Karen Irvine is Curator and Associate Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. She has organized over forty five exhibitions of contemporary photography, at the MoCP and other venues including the Hyde Park Art Center;  Rockford Art Museum; Lishui International Photography Festival, China; Daegu Photography Biennale, South Korea, and the New York Photo Festival.

She has contributed texts to many publications including Foam, Art on Paper, and Contemporary magazines and monographs including Ann Lislegaard: Eyes Wide Open (The Royal Museum of Photography, Copenhagen); Paula McCartney: Non-flights of Fancy (Princeton Architectural Press); Barbara Probst: Exposures (Steidl); Redheaded Peckerwood by Christian Patterson (MACK), and Stefan Heyne Speak to Me (Hatje Cantz), amongst others.

She has a BA in French and International Relations from Tufts University, Medford, MA, an MFA in photography from FAMU, Prague, Czech Republic, and an MA in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago. For further information, please visit mocp.org
               
    Image provided by Karen Irvine
© 2015 Karen Irvine
               
               

Note: To ensure objectivity and fairness artists should not contact the jurors.  Any questions you may have should be directed to Dave Bown
at +1 (917) 365-5265 or info@davebownprojects.com

Dave Bown Projects
The initiatives of the privately held U.S. company focus on advancing the field of visual arts by conducting research, buying works of art for the Collection of Dave Bown Projects, and providing unrestricted monetary awards to visual artists.

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Prizes
$5,000 USD (1 artist will receive $2,500 USD; 1 artist will receive $1,500 USD; and 1 artist will receive $1,000 USD).

In addition to the cash prizes listed above; Dave Bown Projects will be buying works of art from artists as submissions are received.

What our past prize recipients (photographers) are saying
"receiving an unrestricted monetary award is extra money, and extra money is art money. i didn't spend it slowly. i spent it immediately. i bought two things that i needed: 5 days in a darkroom and a roll of 40" photographic paper. the large photographs that i've created recently have become some of my most successful work thus far."
— Liz Nielsen

“With the prize you gave me last year [2014] at Dave Bown Projects I was able to make two trips (one to Poland and one to France) this year [2015] to continue with the theme of silence, in which I've been working during the last years. Thank you once again!!”
— Gabriela Torres Ruiz

Click here to read more about What our past prize recipients are saying.

What artists (photographers) that are featured in our online Shop are saying
“I am honored to have my work selected for the Shop alongside this group of talented artists it is a great way to feature exclusive prints of my work for sale, first print sold earlier this month! So thank you Dave Bown Projects for the opportunity, looking forward to our continued association.”
— James Long

“Dave Bown Projects was the first institution in the art world to buy one of my photos. In the years since, it has continued to support and encourage my development creatively and professionally. That ongoing recognition has been very meaningful. Having my work included in the Dave Bown Projects shop is an extension of that. It's an opportunity for my work to be seen and owned by more people than I could ever reach on my own. I'm honored to be one of the first artists to have an edition featured in the shop.”
— Harry Newman

Publication
The Top 10 Photographers (1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, and 7 Finalist) will be selected by the jurors and featured under Competitions on this website. Each artist will have their own page that will feature an image, caption information, and a link to their website (click here to see what that will look like). You will retain the copyright to your images.

Publicity
Currently the Dave Bown Projects network reaches over one hundred thousand people (collectors, curators, galleries, museums, writers, etc.) who are committed to the visual arts. The Top 3 Photographers (1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place) will be archived on the About page under Unrestricted monetary awards to visual artists (past prize recipients) on this website ... click here to see what that looks like. Each of the artists from past competitions receive thousands of views on this website.

Furthermore we have over 28,000 fans (Likes) on the Dave Bown Projects page on Facebook ... click here to check it out. Each of the Top 10 Photographers will have their own page that will feature an image, caption information, and a link to their website ... click here to see what that will look like. You will retain the copyright to your images.

We will produce a press release (click here to view a past press release) and organize opportunities for dialogue. We will not handle the sale of your work. All inquiries will be forwarded to you.

Note: Gallery owners have contacted artists that we featured.

Eligibility
This competition is open to all photographers who are 18 years of age or older.
During the previous competition, we received submissions from over 40 countries.

Note: Artists that have been exhibited by the jurors are not eligible. Artists that have worked with the jurors are not eligible.
Employees of ClampArt, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, and Columbia College Chicago are not eligible.

Selection Process

Early entries are encouraged. Previewing will occur on a daily and weekly basis by Dave Bown Projects as submissions are received.

Selection will be based on merit (your skills and abilities, via images of your work). All images will be considered and viewed by Dave Bown Projects. Dave Bown Projects reserves the right to reject a submission (images of work) at any time and for any reason.

The jurors are interested in viewing images of work from all styles, mediums, themes ... as long as the work is within the discipline of photography. The jurors have agreed to set aside their personal bias when making their selections. The jurors will only have access to the images of your work and a document that list a reference number, medium, and dimensions per image. We will change the file names of each of your images (e.g., photo-1_0123.jpg) so that the jurors will not have access to your name, gender, ethnicity, or any impermissible criterion or circumstance.

What our past jurors are saying
"It was an honor ... The variety of submissions was impressive ... The creative impulse evident across the works was inspiring. I hope this important program will continue to grow and reach more artists in the future. It is a rare, generous, and much needed support for artists."
— Diane Mullin, Senior Curator, Weisman Art Museum

"It was truly a pleasure to review the submissions for the Dave Bown Projects 10th Semiannual Competition. The twenty-five finalists reflect the incredible breadth and quality of work being generated today. Of particular interest were the works that tackled traditional genres in innovative ways. In Joyce Ho’s Prelude, the fiberglass legs of a young girl peek from behind a rose-colored monochrome 'painting' while Matthew Cronin’s Combined Landscape, a black-and-white photograph of tangled branches, recalls the 'all-over' paintings of Jackson Pollock. It was such a rewarding experience to give these artists well-deserved recognition. Thank you Dave Bown for the opportunity and congratulations to all of the finalists!"
— Anna Stothart, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, San Antonio Museum of Art

“Being a juror a couple of years ago [2011] for the Dave Bown Projects 2nd Semiannual Competition was an informative and enjoyable professional experience for me. I was impressed with the number of high-quality submissions which required me to be very attentive and thorough in my deliberations. I would be delighted to serve as a juror if ever asked again.”
— Peter Surace, Founder, RARE Gallery, New York

Click here to read more about What our past jurors are saying.

Deadline
3 October 2015, 11:59 p.m. EST

Notification
All artists that enter a submission will be notified on 17 October 2015 via email. The 3 prize recipients will receive a phone call.

Entry Fee
A non-refundable entry fee is required with your submission. There are no additional fees.
2 images for 45 USD, 4 images for 65 USD, 8 images for 95 USD

Please note the following options for payment of your entry fee:

You can pay your entry fee using PayPal. You don't need a PayPal account to use your debit or credit card to pay your entry fee using PayPal, simply click on one of the Pay Now buttons below. A new secure browser window will open up, which may take a few moments depending on your internet connection speed. If you have a PayPal account, you can send money to info@davebownprojects.com or 917-365-5265

         
..2 images
..45 USD
4 images
65 USD
8 images
95 USD
   
   
               
You can call us at +1 (917) 365-5265 and we can securely process your debit or credit card. Or we can call you at your preferred time. Send an email to info@davebownprojects.com or a text to +1 (917) 365-5265 with your name, phone number, time zone, and the best time to call (e.g., morning, afternoon, evening).

Images
After you pay your entry fee, copy and paste your Unique Transaction ID (e.g., 2JJ26549JM340074E) or Receipt Number (e.g., 1782-5181-1974-4707) into the Subject line of a new email from you to info@davebownprojects.com

Attach 2, 4, or 8 images of your work. JPEG format and no larger than 2 MB each.

Please name your files after the following manner:
FirstName_LastName_01.jpg ___ FirstName_LastName_02.jpg ___ FirstName_LastName_03.jpg ___ FirstName_LastName_04.jpg
FirstName_LastName_05.jpg ___ FirstName_LastName_06.jpg ___ FirstName_LastName_07.jpg ___ FirstName_LastName_08.jpg

Caption Information
After you attach your images, copy and paste the caption information (title, year, medium, and dimensions) for each of your images into the body of the email and click send.

We look forward to viewing images of your work.

Acceptable Optional Information
Your phone number.
Prices for your work.

Checklist
Pay your entry fee.
Send an email to info@davebownprojects.com with your images attached and the caption information in the body of the email.
Tell your friends and colleagues about this competition.

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your submission.

Dave Bown
+1 (917) 365-5265
info@davebownprojects.com
         
         
         
       
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