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Inge Morath Award deadline

The deadline for the Inge Morath Award approaches…

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Good luck (young) ladies…

John Vink

by [a former member] at 2007-05-01 22:10:18 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Phnom Penh , Cambodia | Bookmark | | Report spam→

is there possibility to send less than 40 images (or this wil disqualify young lady ;)) ?

by [former member] | 02 May 2007 09:05 | Katowice, Poland | | Report spam→
Two weeks away! May 15! $5,000 award to assist in the completion of a long term documentary project for a female photographer under 30.

‘Inge Morath was an Austrian-born photographer who was associated with Magnum for almost fifty years. She died in January, 2002. As Inge devoted much of her enthusiasm to encouraging women photographers, this award is given as a tribute by her colleagues….’

Thanks for reminding us John!


by Jenny Lynn Walker | 02 May 2007 12:05 | Mjini Magharibi, Tanzania | | Report spam→
Aga—a couple of comments that I hope are helpful. Your portfolio is only as strong as the weakest photograph. Therefore if you have weak photographs included to make the number 40 then you may be weakening your portfolio. The other side of the coin is that you will be competing against photographers who HAVE submitted 40 photographs all of which may be strong. If you’re comparing two portfolios where all the pictures are strong but one has 32 pictures and the other 40, you may natually gravitate toward the portfolio with 40 since the photographer has given you ‘more’ to look at. Good luck.

by John Robert Fulton Jr. | 02 May 2007 12:05 | Fort Worth, Texas, United States | | Report spam→
Best of luck to all who participate.

by [former member] | 02 May 2007 13:05 (ed. May 2 2007) | | Report spam→
Hi John Robert,

Would it be best to have those viewing feeling they’d really like to see more having seen only 32 images or being so blown away by the 32 that they’ll forget the 8 that didn’t quite hit the same spot when they submit 40?

Any other help or ideas for Aga or others participating on this issue?


by Jenny Lynn Walker | 02 May 2007 13:05 (ed. May 2 2007) | Mbeya, Tanzania | | Report spam→
Jonh, thank you for comment…i understand what you mean, it’s obvious… of course is better to have 40 and all VERY strong images :) … but my qestion was – “If somebody send less than 40, will this DISQUALIFY him?” (only because of less pictures than in regulations)…
but this award is not only about portfolio… i think the most important will be idea of the project

by [former member] | 02 May 2007 13:05 | Katowice, Poland | | Report spam→
Aga & Jenny & the group…..I just looked at the rules which says 40-60 images. So, you better have at least 40 images. I would rather see 40 strong images. I’d recommend trying to get together at least 80 images. Then see if somebody (you trust) can help edit down to 60. Better yet have them edit it down to what they consider are the strongest and see how the numbers work. Ofcourse you should do the edit first yourself to see how it looks to you, but outside help (from a trusted pro, hopefully) can be a big help. Since this is aimed at young photographers I’m sure there’s some flexibility on how they will view numbers. Forty strong photographs may compete well against another portfolio of 50 strong pictures. [For Magnum’s normal portfolio review they just want 80 photographs. A photographer who’s worked long enough to be considered for Magnum should easily have 80 strong photographs.] For the Morath grant I’m sure forty will be welcomed. I have NO connection to Magnum so John V or DAH might be able to add here. Again, good luck.

by John Robert Fulton Jr. | 02 May 2007 15:05 | Fort Worth, Texas, United States | | Report spam→
why do we have all these restrictive guidelines set based on age, i wish i found one based on red hair plus black eyes (only)

by G. Muj | 02 May 2007 16:05 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | | Report spam→

No submission for the IM Award will be rejected on the basis of the number of images submitted.

As stated, the Award is given “to assist in the completion of a long-term documentary project.” A submission with only ten images, for example, is unlikely to provide evidence of the depth and intellectual commitment to a project that the jurors may wish to see. Similarly, a submission with 100 images may compare poorly to another that is smaller but better edited. If the project is strong and the edit really good, the difference between 32 and 40 is probably irrelevant. A text accompanying the images may help to fill in further detail about a project, but should not be relied on in any case.

The best advice that I would offer to all applicants for the Award is to take time in preparing your submissions, and never submit an application that you have not already checked thoroughly. John Fulton’s suggestion to show your image sequence to others before submitting it is also very wise.

Good luck! If you have any further questions about the Award please feel free to ask them here and I’ll do my best to answer.

John Jacob

Inge Morath Foundation

by John Jacob | 02 May 2007 17:05 (ed. May 2 2007) | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Is the May 15th deadline mean that materials must be recieved by then, or postmarked?

by Rose Marie Cromwell | 02 May 2007 19:05 | Panama City, Panama | | Report spam→
I have just spent the last two weeks helping my girlfriend prepare her images for the award. She posted the CD and all of the required documents earlier today. She and I took our time to select 40 images that would best represent her work. It was a difficult task.

I know that she would have preferred to send her 20 strongest images. However, she chose not to because it clearly states in the submission guidelines that the minimum number of images allowed is 40.

It also says that failure to meet the requirements of the award will mean instant disqualification. I quote ‘If your portfolio does not meet these requirements, it will not be considered.’ (Magnum Photos)

I would really like to know what’s going on with this award.

Will the judges be honouring the guidelines set out in the submission requirements?

I ask because I know that many of the women (who have spent a great deal of time preparing their images for the award) will be very disappointed if someone who submitted fewer than 40 images wins the prize.


by Thaddeus Pope | 02 May 2007 19:05 | Brighton, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

Submissions must be postmarked by May 15th.


by John Jacob | 02 May 2007 21:05 | New York, United States | | Report spam→

I appreciate your concern. The Award guidelines exist to help both the artists and the jurors and, yes, they will be honoured to the extent that any deviation will be noted and weighed in the balance.

The photographers who established the rules for the Award believed, and I agree, that it is unlikely that a “long-term documentary project” can be adequately represented in fewer than 40 images. It may be useful here to consider the implications of “long-term project.”

In the end, it will be the quality of the submitted materials and evidence of the artist’s long-term commitment to her subject that qualify a project for the Award. The jurors recognize that there are circumstances when deviations from the rules may be accepted. They also recognize that submissions for support of an unfinished project are likely to contain images of varying quality indicating both finished work and, for example, possible directions for the project if the Award were granted.


by John Jacob | 02 May 2007 22:05 (ed. May 2 2007) | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Hi John.

Thanks for the quick reply. I must say that I am a little disappointed and a bit frustrated.

It seems silly to create rules for the submission of images which can be bent or broken at the jurors discretion.

I think that someone should have mentioned these particular modifications to the submission guidelines much earlier:

‘The jurors recognize that there are circumstances when deviations from the rules may be accepted.’

‘No submission for the IM Award will be rejected on the basis of the number of images submitted.’

I appreciate that you have a tough job being a judge. But for the benefit of all those who have spent time (and money) preparing for the award please don’t go easy on those who fail to meet the requirements listed in the submission guidelines.

All the best,


by Thaddeus Pope | 03 May 2007 07:05 | Brighton, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Hi John,
I’m just wondering if you would recommend to include captions for each of the photographs submitted or would you recommend just to have an introductory text? Also I was going to include a selection of work from 4 different projects (all with similar overlapping themes) or would you recommend just to include one main strong project?
Many thanks

by Jane Stockdale | 03 May 2007 07:05 | Berlin, Germany | | Report spam→

Trust me, the photographers do not go easy on anyone. Speaking as the one who will present the submissions to them, I can assure you that everything will be accounted for.


by John Jacob | 03 May 2007 11:05 | New York, United States | | Report spam→

I don’t want to sound evasive, but I’m not sure there’s a correct answer to your questions. Your decisions will depend on the work itself.

- Are the photographs in your project normally accompanied by captions? If so, then I would include them.

- Since the Award is given to support the completion of a project it may be useful to focus on one body of work, for example showing directions taken and suggesting others yet to be explored. On the other hand, if your secondary projects are related to the first, and that relationship can be demonstrated in a way that’s advantageous to the first through their inclusion, then that may also be useful.

I think that it’s safe to say that the most successful applicants will be those whose submissions most clearly satisfy the goals of the Award, whether through one or multiple groups of images. That’s why I’ve been reiterating “to assist in the completion of a long-term documentary project.” Clearly, the jurors are looking for the work of talented photographers. Equally though, they’re looking for a project that’s worthy and will benefit from the Award.

I hope that’s helpful.


by John Jacob | 03 May 2007 12:05 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
CV and project description should be print or can be send on cd as Word document?

by [former member] | 03 May 2007 20:05 | Katowice, Poland | | Report spam→

I’d prefer a paper copy. Thanks.


by John Jacob | 03 May 2007 21:05 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Thank you for all informations John.
Bests, Aga

by [former member] | 04 May 2007 07:05 | Katowice, Poland | | Report spam→
Yeah, cheers John. All the best. Thaddeus

by Thaddeus Pope | 04 May 2007 08:05 | Brighton, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
My pleasure. Thanks to John V. for starting this thread!


by John Jacob | 04 May 2007 14:05 | New York, United States | | Report spam→

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