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Singapore International Photography Festival

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The SIPF is a worldwide biennial gathering of minds commonly pursuing the advancement and appreciation of photography. An arena for critical thought and academic discussion on photography in Southeast Asia, the festival also functions as a platform to nurture and propel photographers onto the international stage.

Now, the 2nd SIPF commences with two categories for open call. The open-ended theme category continues with the purpose of unearthing new works and talents. This year’s festival incorporates a brand new themed category titled, ‘HUMAN: NATURE’ to address universal concerns faced by the world. The duality in the theme can be freely interpreted either as ‘Human Nature’ or ‘Human Nature’. The ‘colon’ represents a relationship and a balanced ratio between Human and Nature. Thematically, this category is an ambitious call for creative interpretation on HUMAN: NATURE.

For more information about this opportunity, visit www.sipf.sg.

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The Prix Pictet photography prize goes to Nadav Kander

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Kofi Annan, Nobel Laureate and former Secretary General of the United Nations, has awarded this year’s prestigious Prix Pictet photography prize for environmental sustainability to British based photographer Nadav Kander and a photography commission to American photographer Ed Kashi at the Passage de Retz, Paris.

The Prix Pictet is an annual search for photographs that communicate powerful messages of global environmental significance under a broad theme. This year that theme is ‘earth’. Nadav Kander was nominated for his series of photos, Yangtze, The Long River Series, 2006-07, documenting the rapidly changing landscape and communities of China’s Yangtze River, from its mouth to source.

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Lu Guang: 2009 Eugene Smith Fund Recipient

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Lu Guang has been documenting the ecological disasters in China
resulting from the rapid growth of the economy since 2005, focusing on
environmental pollution and the problem of schistosomiasis (bilharzia).
Over the last three decades, peoples' living standards have constantly
been on the rise in the country. At the same time, industrial pollution
has brought serious consequences for public health and for the
environment at large.

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HOWARD CHAPNICK GRANT IS AWARDED TO Richard Steven Street

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Richard Steven Street of California was announced as the recipient of the 2009 Howard Chapnick Grant for the advancement of photojournalism. Richard Steven Street is a photographer/writer/historian who resides in San Anselmo,California specializing in agricultural photography. His project is a book to be published in 2011 titled: Subversive Images: Leonard Nadel’s Massive and Unknown Photo Essay on Braceros in 1956.” It is a work of photographic history with strong and disturbing images of Mexican braceros working in the fields of California under abusive and humiliating condition in the 1950s. The book recreates the work of one of the best but unheralded California photographers, Leonard Nadel.

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Hey, Hot Shot! deadline approaching

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Hey, Hot Shot! is a photography competition offering a wide variety of
exposure to its winners. At the conclusion of each competition, five
hot shots are selected to be a part of a two-week group show at Jen Bekman Gallery in New York City. Each hot shot also has their work released on 20x200,
a Jen Bekman Project that offers limited edition prints for sale
online. The deadline for submissions is October 23, 2009. For more
information about this opportunity, visit http://upload.heyhotshot.com/.

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