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THE BERENICE ABBOTT PRIZE FOR AN EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHER

The Julia Dean Photo Workshops is pleased to announce:

THE BERENICE ABBOTT PRIZE FOR AN EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHER

The Prize(s):

All expenses paid for a one-person exhibition
at the Julia Dean Gallery in Los Angeles
(located on the beach at the Venice Pier)
Includes:
All matting and framing of prints
Invitations and postage
Opening Reception
Airfare to Los Angeles for the exhibit opening
Hotel for two nights
Rental car for two days

Plus, winner takes home a Canon 20D Digital Camera!

Sponsored by:
The Julia Dean Photo Workshops
Samys Camera
Universal Art Gallery
Canon USA

Judges:
Michael Grecco, commercial photographer
G. Ray Hawkins, owner, G. Ray Hawkins Gallery
Brian Storm, president, MediaStorm

Deadline for Entries:
December 9, 2005
Announcement of Winner:
Monday, January 9, 2006
Exhibit Opening:
Friday, February 3, 2006

The application will be available on Friday, July 15, 2005.
Please feel free to call us and/or see our website for the application and additional information: http://www.juliadean.com/

by [a former member] at 2005-07-14 15:35:01 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) NYC , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

09 Dec 2005 00:12
I was very excited to hear about this competition. I very much liked the text on the home page of www.juliadean.com as well.  It did resonate strongly with me.  However upon reading the completion rules, and seeing the entry fee of $100, I thought it a good idea to write to you and share my feelings.
 
$100 is a lot of money for someone to expend on a fee, especially when you consider how expensive photography already is.  $100 is a high fee for a photography competition period. I am sure you have your administration reasons for the fee being so high, but I thought I should take the time to give you some feedback. 

For an emerging prize, I am very disappointed with the amount of money one expects to come up with.  25-30 gallery prints is difficult enough without the $100 fee on top.  One imagines that it is possible to narrow the entries down from say perhaps digital entries (with all due respect and consideration given to the inferior quality)?   It is for emerging photographers, a more affordable and manageable start.   25-30 gallery prints is a big commitment to ask of an anonymous photographer.  This is something I’d expect to do if I were meeting you in person, in your gallery; Not mailing in my photographs with my entry fee and signature and hoping for the best.

I imagine you will receive a selection of work from a selection of people able to afford it.  A sort of auto-elitism.  Perhaps that is what you are looking for?  Keep the riffraff out?  I do not know.  But I was inspired to share this with you and hope you take all that you need from it if anything at all. 


by Gabrielle Motola | 08 Oct 2005 21:10 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Sorry, Gabrielle. I hadn’t read the submission rules. $100 seems a bit over the top. Will enquire and get back to you.
gg

by [former member] | 12 Oct 2005 12:10 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
$100 is too much money. this gallery is going to make money off this and they are just making all these other photographers pay to cover the costs of the show etc.

most definetly elitism. it is a bummer. how bad do you want your pictures to be seen. are you willing to pay others to look at your work? that is sort of what is happening. this gallery with these sponsors should be offering this for free. oh well.

guru


by Guru khalsa | 12 Oct 2005 19:10 | San Francisco, United States | | Report spam→
I did send my original posting directly to the gallery. I’ve had no reply.  If I do, I will be sure to post it.


by Gabrielle Motola | 13 Oct 2005 04:10 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Their reply came today:
Hi Gabrielle,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the $100 fee for the Berenice
Abbott Competition.  While the $100 fee may seem cost prohibitive, it is not
intended to make this contest elitist.   The fee helps pay for some of the
costs incurred, such as costs for exhibiting the work and transporting the
photographer here for the opening night.  The competition is open to
photographers all around the globe, so imagine how much a roundtrip flight
from Europe, Asia, Africa, etc…might cost.  It also takes a team of about
20 people to do all the work necessary to prepare for the exhibit and
opening night.  We hope you decide to enter this or future contests, and
good luck with your photography.

Sincerely,

Kathy Weaver
Office Administrator


The Julia Dean Photo Workshops
3111 Ocean Front Walk, Suite 102
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
310-821-0909 phone
310-821-0809 fax

The Julia Dean Photo Workshops
http://juliadean.com


by Gabrielle Motola | 13 Oct 2005 17:10 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Gabrielle,

I assume that the gallery also takes a commission from the contest winner’s sales, if any? 

Thanks,

Keith


by Keith Sirchio | 13 Oct 2005 18:10 | | Report spam→
Any gallery that tells you that it takes 20 people to prepare for an exhibition, single person or group show, is full of LA de-caff-1/4-skim-18-mongoliangoat-triplewhipsteepedbackovercaso latte! Bollocks….my thoughts are this—take the $100 and print your photographs or better yet, take the 20-30 prints deemed necessary by this organization (that’s alot of coin I can tell you if your printing the old fash. way, like me) and find some LS members or gallery and open ;yourself….frankly, on first whiff, it seems more dubious than just a quick way to gain alot of coin from photographers who hunger to be "discovered"…be careful :))…bob

by [former member] | 14 Oct 2005 05:10 | Toronto, Canada | | Report spam→
ps. Im not questioning this organizations motives but……….there are more fruitful ways to float your work out into the great wide sea…..their intention might be humanitarian ;), but I think (after reading their disclosure), the time/money can/should be better spent elsewhere….good luck to all applicants :))…Remember Giacometti’s cigarette-stained bathroom studio ;)…cheers, bob

by [former member] | 14 Oct 2005 05:10 | Toronto, Canada | | Report spam→
..just realized my last post was intended for Kathy Weaver,  not Gabrielle.   sorry ’bout that.   and I  see now that they do grab 30% of the sales.    I agree with Bob that the $100 entry fee is a wee bit excessive…. much better spent elsewhere than possibly going towards someone elses car rental.
keith


by Keith Sirchio | 14 Oct 2005 07:10 | | Report spam→
I feel like perhaps now its time to look at some other competitions to get our positive energy and beautiful work out there and seen so here are a few links! 
Its been great having the feedback and hearing your thoughts!

http://www.worldpressphoto.nl/contest

http://db.riskwaters.com/public/showPage.html?page=289051

04 NOVEMBER – In My Life (a conceptual brief using the lyrics of John Lennon) – part of the London Photographic Awards – online exhibition – www.london-photographic-awards.com


30 NOVEMBER – Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year 2005 – in association with The Independent and Nikon – portfolio of five images – £5000 – http://www.wanderlust.co.uk/photocomp/index.htm


31 JANUARY – Leica Medal of Excellence – €5000 or a Leica camera of the same value – www.leica-camera.com/kultur/





by Gabrielle Motola | 22 Oct 2005 03:10 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Thank you for posting a couple of alternatives, Gabrielle.  I have followed this discussion, and was wondering what if the winner was actually from Los Angeles or close to for that matter. Would the contributed monies go to the photographer because there would be no major airfare to contend with or just go into the workshop’s account(s).  I, too, believe the entrance fee is a bit excessive, although being from L.A., this might be more of a plausible medium for me to get into; exposure wise and all. 
I will definitely have to look into this further.



by Matthew C. Lamb | 22 Oct 2005 13:10 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
I must admit, I had not read the contest details before posting The Berenice Abbott Prize for An Emerging Photographer but if I had, I probably would have posted it anyway. It is important that everyone decide on their own whether it is for them or not.
In general, I have made it a point not to pay entry fees. That said, the exception would be for the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor documentary prize ($35). I encourage all of you to visit: http://cds.aas.duke.edu/l-t/index.html
Deadline is Jan 31.

by [former member] | 28 Oct 2005 07:10 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
Thank you for the notices Gigi.

Lucas.

by [former member] | 09 Dec 2005 14:12 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→

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Participants

Gabrielle Motola, Photographer Gabrielle Motola
Photographer
(www.gabriellemotola.com)
London , United Kingdom
Guru khalsa, Photographer Guru khalsa
Photographer
(Comfort Crushes Creativity)
San Francisco , United States ( SFO )
Keith Sirchio, Photographer Keith Sirchio
Photographer
Brooklyn , United States
Matthew C. Lamb, Photographer/Writer Matthew C. Lamb
Photographer/Writer
Los Angeles , United States


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