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Deadline: September 12, 2014
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Paid Entry
Entry Fee: From $20

PhotoWorld 2014 Breaking Photography

PhotoWorld 2014 Breaking Photography The New York Photo Festival is proud to present PhotoWorld 2014, a wide-ranging exhibition invitational selecting the best new documentary, fine art, and motion and drone photography being produced today, determined by top photo and image professionals from CNN, Fortune, National Geographic, the International Center of Photography, Esquire, The New Yorker, FotoVisura, LensCulture and more.

Finalists chosen will exhibit their work in a massive installation at The POWERHOUSE Arena opening September 26 during New York City’s premier arts event, the Dumbo Arts Festival. A special component of PhotoWorld 2014 will also be installed for the first time ever throughout DUMBO.


Perhaps best of all, grand prize winners will receive a one-hour consultation with one of our esteemed jurors; if you have ever dreamt of an unparalleled opportunity to jump start your career in photography, PhotoWorld 2014 is your chance.


Fine Art, Single Image
Individual images resulting from personal or collaborative artistic practice and or experimental photography, be they abstract, formal representation, or imagistic creation. Also called personal work; images whose formal aesthetic and conceptional frameworks are ends in themselves rather than subject-focused storytelling.

Fine Art, Image Series
Same, except more than one, i.e. a suite or collection of images comprising a fictional narrative or story, image presentation suite, or amalgamation of images defined above whose ultimate meaning is derived from the collection rather than the single piece.

Documentary, Single Image
Individual images resulting from a perspective of documenting something observed, in a natural or slightly controlled setting. Street photography, photojournalism, some portraiture, magazine stories, and photo essays are some well known examples. More importantly, these pieces may be published or unpublished—meaning they may have or may have not appeared in a newspaper, magazine, online news site, or blog slide show anywhere on any topic. This category includes reportage and expository photography.

Documentary, Image Series 
Same as above, but whose focus now is the story or meaning effect creating by the composition of several images: what story is being told, narrative illuminated, collection presented. More often than not these are “real world” images captured in real time in natural settings that in some fashion document  a subject, sometimes with its environment and or its activity. This work may be published or unpublished as outlined above.

Photographic Book
This is a great category, and my favorite. This category can be absolutely anything you wish it to be; it can be fine art oriented, documentary in nature, it can contain text in any form (yes even poetry); there is no limit nor set definition to what your book is; it can be published, self-published, unpublished, it can be sitting with a literary agent, it can be your masterwork living on your hard dive, it can be something you printed and bound with Blurb or Lulu. It can be your BA or MFA thesis, it can be your incredibly artistic family album. It is above all you. You—your ideas, your perspective, your art statement, your visual manifesto—your brand, laid out and sequenced, designed and presented in unfolding wonder, embedded with your virtuosic DNA. Like a cinematic film, the book is the combination of author, actor, director, editor, and producer, the whole nine yards. Go to town.
Work should be submitted in blocks or sets of 10 images. (You don’t have to use all 10 slots, but they are there if you need them. You will need one “slot” for every ten images you intend to submit, meaning 11-20 images in the submission will require two slots.) You do not need to submit the entirety of your book. Whether presenting the jurors with photos of page spreads, single images used in your book, or PDF pages (converted to JPEGs before you upload, of course), it’s up to you how you share your vision and relate your books overall message.

GIFs resulting from personal or collaborative artistic practice and/or experimental photography. There are two categories in which you can submit to: People and Places. Must be an original work, i.e. not taken from a movie or television show that you do not have the rights to.

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: All submissions will receive a 50% discount on any powerHouse Books photography book in-store or online at the Arena store.

All submissions (US only) will receive 20% off the following Datacolor Spyder Display Calibration Products: Spyder4ELITE, Spyder4EXPRESS and Spyder4PRO

Finalists ($8,000 total plus exhibition AND publication):

Top vote-getters of each category will be selected for the print exhibition of PhotoWorld 2014: Breaking Photography at The POWERHOUSE Arena in Brooklyn September 26 – November 10, 2014.
All winning work will receive a $100 gift certificate for powerHouse Books.
All winning work will be included in the NYPH Journal, Volume 3.

Category Winners ( $6,000—priceless on top of the above):
Top vote getters in each category will receive 1-hour portfolio consultation and career enhancement sessions with several jurors ELIGIBILITY: Open to All / 18+

All digital files must be 4 megabytes or smaller, must be in JPEG or PNG format, and must be no more than 1,200 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,200 pixels tall (if a vertical image). All digital files should be set to color profile: sRGB and 72pp Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: Copyright over all submissions remain the property of their respective entrants. USAGE RIGHTS: Entries may be published by the New York Photo Festival (“NYPH”), any NYPH affiliated Sponsors and/or their designees, licensees or affiliates (the “Authorized Parties”) in magazines or books, on websites, or in any other medium, at Authorized Parties’ discretion. Such use will be restricted to promotion, publicity, news, or informational education, or awareness of NYPH. By participating, all entrants grant a license in the Entries to the Authorized Parties, and acknowledge that any Authorized Party may use the entries and a name credit in any media now or hereafter known, without restriction in relation to the uses stated above. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.

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