LUCEO is proud to announce a call for entries for the 2nd annual LUCEO Student Project Award. The award is offered each year to a student photographer working to develop a significant body of work. Last yearʼs recipient Masud alam Liton, a student of Pathshala South Asian Media Academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, presented a compelling project looking at the lives of sex workers in Douladia Ghat, Rajbari, Bangladesh and focused the question of what freedom means in the context of class, tradition and the internecine workings of the commercial sex industry in his home country.
This year, full time students from both undergraduate and graduate programs are invited to submit an application for submission. The deadline for receipt of applications is 11:59pm EST May 15, 2011. Ten finalists will be selected and announced in late May.
A select panel will judge from the ten finalists at LOOK3: The Festival of the Photograph in June where the winner will be announced. Michael Wichita, Director of Photography at AARP Bulletin, will serve as moderator for the judging panel, and will be awarding an assignment to one of the contest finalists.
This yearʼs winner will receive $1,000 to go towards completion of their project as well as mentorship with the project for the duration of the year from one LUCEO member.
LUCEO is united in a common belief that, through these times of change, the still image continues to be relevant. We believe that history extends beyond the news-cycle, and that ordinary people and personal struggle are avenues through which we can explore the bigger issues facing our world. It is with this purpose that we created the LUCEO Project Fund and the LUCEO Student Project Award.
LUCEO Project Fund
LUCEO believes in actively encouraging the completion of significant personal bodies of work, which lack funding through mainstream outlets. In pursuit of this goal, LUCEO contributes a percentage of all editorial, commercial and corporate commissions toward the LUCEO Project Fund. This fund exists solely to support the long-term projects of LUCEO’s member photographers. Every commission allows our clients to support significant photographic work.
LUCEO Student Project Award
LUCEO also believes that developing photographers need support. To advance this cause, LUCEO pledges a portion of this fund towards the LUCEO Student Project Award. This award will be disbursed annually to a talented student photographer in support of a significant and developing body of work.
LUCEO is: David Walter Banks, Kendrick Brinson, Matt Eich, Kevin German, Daryl Peveto Matt Slaby.