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Deadline: June 08, 2012
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Paid Entry
Entry Fee: $40 USD


FRESH 2012 Photo Contest

FRESH_2012_banner1 FRESH is the annual summer show produced and presented by the eponymous Klompching Gallery. In 2012, FRESH will crossover from the wall to the page to the internet, reflecting the three ways in which photography is displayed, published and disseminated. It’s also gone global and is inviting submissions from photographers worldwide.

The 2012 FRESH Curators are Fred Bidwell (collector) and Darren Ching (owner at Klompching Gallery). This year, FRESH is partnering with two innovative media enterprises: BLINK magazine and Flak Photo.

Submissions of single bodies of work that demonstrate a consistent vision, originality, excellence in craftsmanship and a strong viewpoint. We are looking for the very best examples of new contemporary fine art photography.


FRED BIDWELL (with Laura Ruth Bidwell) is an active collector of contemporary photo-based art and has amassed an extensive collection by European and North American artists. The Bidwells’ philanthropy in the arts includes the sponsorship of current work by contemporary artists. Fred Bidwell is the Board President of the Akron Art Museum and a Trustee of the Cleveland Museum of Art. In 2012, The Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation established The Transformer Station in Cleveland, Ohio, in collaboration with The Cleveland Museum of Art, which will serve as a venue for contemporary photography, including artworks from the Bidwell Projects Collection.

DARREN CHING is the owner of the Klompching Gallery. He is an active contributor to online and print publications on the subject of photography and undertakes consulting for private collectors and photographers. In 2010 he curated (with Debra Klomp Ching) The Architecture of Space for the inaugural Flash Forward Festival in Toronto. Mr. Ching is also the Creative Director of Photo District News.
Klompching Gallery was established in 2007 by Debra Klomp Ching and Darren Ching, specializing in the exhibition and sale of contemporary fine art photography. The New York City-based gallery represents an international roster of artists, whose work has been placed into notable public and private collections. Reviews of its exhibitions have appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, New York magazine and Modern Painters.

BLINK magazine features the latest exhibitions and artists in the international contemporary photography spotlight. BLINK presents a straightforward layout, high quality offset printing, no advertising and in-depth interviews with artists. BLINK magazine is published and edited by ARam Kim.

FLAK PHOTO is an online art space and digital photo publication that celebrates the culture of 21st century image-making. Produced by Andy Adams, the site presents the work of artists, curators and bookmakers to a global audience of people who are passionate about visual culture.

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: THE WALL: Three to five photographers will be selected for a four-week exhibition, affording each artist an extraordinary opportunity to show their work at the Klompching Gallery, one of New York City’s highly regarded galleries for contemporary fine art photography.

THE PAGE: The exhibited photographers will be published in a four-page feature in BLINK magazine, the acclaimed “go-to” magazine for contemporary photography.

THE INTERNET: The exhibited photographers will be featured on Flak Photo (Flak Photo Stories), the popular social media site promoting visual culture.

ADDITIONALLY: Ten highly commended photographers will be showcased on the Klompching Gallery website and all submissions will be considered for the Gallery Print Room. ELIGIBILITY: Worldwide / 18+ Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: Artists must own, unencumbered, the copyright to photographs submitted. USAGE RIGHTS: Selected artists give permission for the use of their images in the promotion of Fresh 2012.

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