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Hey, Hot Shot! 2009 Second Edition Competition is Open!

Jen Bekman Projects is happy to announce the opening of the 2009 Second Edition Hey, Hot Shot! competition.
Entries will be accepted now through Friday, October 23rd, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

The premier international photography competition, Hey, Hot Shot! offers photographers at all stages of their careers unrivaled opportunities for exposure and advancement.

All entrants have their work reviewed by top-shelf panelists and enjoy the potential to be promoted online (more than sixty were featured on the Hey, Hot Shot! blog last season alone!), selected for 20×200 and exhibited in our New York gallery. Now in its fifth year, the competition has been acclaimed by curators, critics, educators and journalists alike.

A panel of seasoned photography professionals—including founder Jen Bekman, photography book evangelist and publisher Darius Himes, Aperture Foundation publisher Lesley A. Martin, former Creative Director of Colors magazine and photographer Stefan Ruiz and Chronicle Books chairman and CEO Nion McEvoy—review all the photographs that are entered.

The guidelines are simple: contenders submit three photographs from a single body of work, using an online upload tool, with an entry fee of $60. The 2009 Second Edition will add new features and more benefits for all entrants—among the many reasons why Hey, Hot Shot! remains one of the most desirable photography competitions around. Stay tuned for details!

five hot shots x NYC exhibition + (20×200) = incomparable exposure
Our panel will select five Hot Shots for inclusion in a two-week group show at Jen Bekman Gallery in New York City. In conjunction with the exhibition, editions of each photographer’s work will be released on 20×200, Jen Bekman Projects’ acclaimed online endeavor, which offers limited edition prints at affordable prices.

cold hard cash
Each winning photographer will be awarded a $500 honorarium.

ultras go solo
At year’s end, two Ultras will be selected from 2009’s ten Hot Shots. The Ultras are represented by Jen Bekman Gallery and slated for solo exhibitions.

in it to win it
All entrants are reviewed for participation in 20×200; entering the competition is the only opportunity for photographers to have their work considered. In addition, as always, our writers will select contenders to feature daily on the Hey, Hot Shot! blog throughout the entry period.

So what are you waiting for? Get your work out there: Apply Now!
We only accept submissions online.

The deadline for entries is Friday, October 23, 2009 @ 8pm EDT.

Hot Shots will be announced on Monday, November 30, 2009.

There is a $60 handling fee for your entry.
Submissions are open to everyone, from anywhere in the world!
The competition is now open.


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by Alan Rapp at 2009-09-04 21:52:25 UTC (ed. Sep 4 2009 ) Brooklyn , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Ok, so who’s going to start the sniping?

by BignoseTW | 05 Sep 2009 05:09 | Cape Town, South Africa | | Report spam→
$60 handling fee…wow, digital is getting expensive these days…

by [former member] | 05 Sep 2009 11:09 | | Report spam→
That’s “Mr Hot Shot,” to you, Alan.

by Barry Milyovsky | 05 Sep 2009 19:09 | lost in the, United States | | Report spam→
Since 2005, well more than a hundred photographers have earned Hot Shot status and enjoyed exhibitions and representation by a significant New York gallery. Hundreds more have been featured on the popular Hey, Hot Shot! blog, and the work of all entrants is seen by hugely influential figures in the art and photography world.
This kind of exposure is unparalleled among photo competitions, which is why Hey, Hot Shot! remains one of the most popular. But the strongest testimonies are the amazing quality of the work and the ongoing success of the Hot Shots themselves.

by Alan Rapp | 24 Sep 2009 03:09 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
Uhhh do you think they would just take $60 handling fee out of the $500 honorarium for me? Just thought?

by Nick Morris | 24 Sep 2009 06:09 | San Diego CA, United States | | Report spam→
Yes Alan, that may well be, however if you really wanted to draw from a wider pool of talent and potentially get even hotter hot shots you would get rid of the handling fee, or at least make it a realistic 10 or 5 USD. Thats my 2 cents about your 6,000 cents.

by adam wiseman | 24 Sep 2009 18:09 | Mexico DF, Mexico | | Report spam→
guess i’m a sucker, i paid and won and have reaped significant benefit and in fact have managed to make more then the $500 honorarium through hot shot because I spent $60 to enter. just have a little vision.

by [former member] | 25 Sep 2009 01:09 | Kiev, Ukraine | | Report spam→
We’ve seen that photographers who enter HHS! know that the material costs of their practice are just one way to measure their commitment. This entry fee is neither the highest nor the lowest of other competitions, but for what we offer I can honestly say it offers extraordinary value. As a photography book editor I had the pleasure to meet many dedicated photographers, for whom the front-end cost of putting their work together to be reviewed by me outweighed the potential money reward a book could ever offer. In this different medium I still get to encounter the work of equally committed and talented photographers who take these opportunities seriously.

by Alan Rapp | 25 Sep 2009 03:09 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
I think thats a useful endorsement Donald, and I am sure that the $60 is money worth spending— just to clarify Alan what does this mean?

“As a photography book editor I had the pleasure to meet many dedicated photographers, for whom the front-end cost of putting their work together to be reviewed by me outweighed the potential money reward a book could ever offer.”

Did you mean to say something else? You continue: “We have seen that photographers who enter HHS know that the material cost of their practice are just one way to measure their commitment.”

I know many folks who live a monastic lifestyle to do photography ( I among them) and I have nothing against you charging $60 (I charge far more for a workshop) but I would never say that a photographer is any more or less committed for having taken one of my workshops, or by forking up $60 for any contest.

by [former member] | 25 Sep 2009 17:09 (ed. Sep 25 2009) | | Report spam→
For me 60 dollars are some more of 230 pesos, a lot of money for me. I prefer to buy a can of 30feets of tri x.

by Hernan Zenteno | 25 Sep 2009 18:09 | Temperley, Argentina | | Report spam→
Andy, in addition to making some very good points you also demosntrate how Alan, and others, should proof read before posting.

by Barry Milyovsky | 25 Sep 2009 18:09 | lost in the, United States | | Report spam→
Best of luck with the competition, Alan. Another great jury, and no doubt you’ll be helping to identify more excellent work and artists. Looking forward to seeing the next HHS selections.



by [former member] | 27 Sep 2009 02:09 | | Report spam→
I am so sick of “competitions.” I’ve entered my share, and always wonder why I do afterwards.

Why is it that photography is wrapped up in this contest thing. Contests are superficial and really do a disservice to photography as a whole.

by Richard Rutledge Sitler | 28 Sep 2009 20:09 | Guayaquil, Ecuador | | Report spam→
Frank, thanks for the kind words. We’re excited about this round’s contenders already.
Andy, sorry for the confusing diction. What I mean is that whether reviewing work as a book editor, as a reviewer at a portfolio event, or administrating a competition—all of which I have done—I see that a photographer’s investment in time, effort, and money to even *prepare the work often outweighs the potential reward he/she may reap. This is about overall investment in a career. Money is one way to measure it, but if somebody views it as the most important standard, then every aspect of the photography path starts looking dubious. Committed photographers spend money right and left—it is up the individual to allot how best to invest these resources. We think we’re a good option and wanted to itemize the benefits above.
Make sense?

by Alan Rapp | 29 Sep 2009 15:09 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
Alan, I can’t disagree with that statement, thanks for clarifying that…..and Richard I agree with you statement as well. Everyone needs to decide how to best utilize precious resources…..and to take a hard look at who is putting on the contest, and what type of work appeals to them….

by [former member] | 29 Sep 2009 17:09 | | Report spam→
I, too, have a bone to pick with those contests aimed at artists, with fees attached. Sure, it can be worth it, but as a starving artist/journalista myself- it significantly narrows down the field.

A good example is the Hasselblad Master’s competition… it’s one of the most prestigious, and completely free.

by CarlyErin O'Neil | 01 Oct 2009 14:10 | Stamford, CT, United States | | Report spam→
Wait, wait, wait…

We all devote a lot of time to complaining about how we deserve to get paid a little more for what we do…I can’t go very far without hearing someone bummed (and often rightly so!) about getting taken advantage of for their work.

But then we want the contests for free? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m happy there are competitions that are free and will happily enter if I see fit, but these things are not free to put on.

C’mon…I don’t think you can’t argue that a win in Hey Hot Shot is probably $60 better spent than on a bunch of mailers that will go in the trash. That’s what contests are, they are self-promotion. It’s not guaranteed but if you place it’s a great value and better exposure than a pile of post cards and bulk emailers, or alternatively it’s a lot cheaper than a trip to see editors if you’re not in NYC. If you aren’t down, don’t enter, but I think HHS (and some other more expensive competitions, POYi for example, have shown they are committed to pursuing and exposing new and interesting photography.

I also don’t think you can argue that the people who put this contest on deserve to be compensate for their time and work just like we do ours. That some people will jury and run competitions for free is a gift to us photogs. Am I saying that every contest is worth it? No, research it. If it gets your legitimate exposure it might be. Yeah $60 can be a sacrifice for sure, but I think long term success requires some gambles financially for most people (contests or otherwise)…that and no one says you have to enter.

by Peter Hoffman | 07 Oct 2009 00:10 (ed. Oct 7 2009) | Naperville, Ill, United States | | Report spam→
contests are a dime a dozen…….. all promise a spot in the promised land, at a cost. Say 50 bucks a shot 1000 entrants…….. 50,000 smackaroos. Part of a lucrative business for any gallery, no searching for new artists/photographers they come to you and pay you. Yea I know a few gallery owners who have started up this activity, photographers are the best bait. Easy to get images via digital, a snack to exhibit promotes the gallery etc

by Imants | 07 Oct 2009 02:10 (ed. Oct 7 2009) | "The Boneyard 017º", Australia | | Report spam→
The only issue I have with this competition (which I entered with no luck a few months ago) is its name…. “Hey Hot Shot” has got to be the cheesiest name for a photography competition… You may say that a name is just a name, but come on… Couldn’t you guys come up with better than that??

by Amro Hamzawi | 07 Oct 2009 23:10 | Paris, France | | Report spam→

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Brooklyn , United States
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(Tobie Openshaw)
Taipei , Taiwan
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totally unprofessional
(emperor of ice cream )
New York , United States
Nick Morris, Photojournalist/Photograp Nick Morris
(The Image Group Photography)
San Diego Ca , United States
adam wiseman, photographer adam wiseman
Mexico Df , Mexico
Hernan Zenteno, Photographer Hernan Zenteno
Buenos Aires , Argentina ( EZE )
Richard Rutledge Sitler, Photojournalism Richard Rutledge Sitler
(Making Peace with the World)
Knightstown, Indiana , United States
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photographer, and writer,
("A photograph is a secret abou)
Los Angeles, Ca , United States
Peter Hoffman, photographer Peter Hoffman
Naperville , United States ( ORD )
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gecko hunter
" The Boneyard" , Australia
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Paris , France


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