Syngenta Photography Award ? Final Call for Entries

?         International photography competition aims to stimulate dialogue on key global challenges
?         $65,000 in prizes and professional commission
?         Deadline for entries is January 15, 2013
Syngenta today issued a final call for entries for the Syngenta Photography Award 2012, an international competition that aims to stimulate dialogue around key global challenges.
The award offers a unique opportunity to explore the dynamics of the world we live in through compelling images. In its inaugural year, the theme is ?Rural-Urban?, exploring the relationship and tensions between rural and urban environments. The deadline for entries is January 15, 2013.
Entries will be judged by a distinguished international panel chaired by the author and curator William A. Ewing. Speaking of his hopes for the award Ewing said ?I am honored to be part of an award that seeks to use photography to stimulate global debate about critically important issues. Photography transcends language, and at its very best it can have far-reaching impact. This award offers an opportunity not only to celebrate great work by photographers who feel passionately about the issues they address, but also the real possibility that the ensuing dialogue will be a forceful agent for change.?
The Syngenta Photography Award is free to enter and has two categories: Professional Commission and Open Competition. Professional photographers are invited to compete for a commission by submitting an original proposal related to the rural-urban theme. The Open Competition welcomes all photographers of all levels. The Award offers prizes and a professional commission totaling $65,000.
The winners will be announced on May 15, 2013 at an awards ceremony and exhibition at Somerset House, London.
Notes to the editor:
?         Media inquiries relating to the Syngenta Photography Award can be addressed to: Jane Acton, Amy Barder or Ellie Hughes at Four Colman Getty
Tel: + 44 (0) 870 626 9000.
?         The competition closes on January 15, 2013.
?         The competition is free to enter.
?         All images must have been taken in the last 10 years.
?         The Open Competition is open to both professional and amateur photographers. The judges will award a first, second and third place winner who will receive $5,000, $3,000, and $2,000 respectively.
?         The Professional Commission is for professional photographers whose major income is derived from photography. In judging the entries, the panel will not only be looking for the ability to design and complete a commission, but also the talent to communicate a compelling narrative through photography. The first place winner will receive a $15,000 prize, in addition to up to $25,000 to complete the commission. The second and third place winners will receive $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.
?         The judging panel this year is chaired by the author and curator William A. Ewing. Ewing replaces the original Awards Chair, South African photographer, Jodi Bieber, who has had to step down for personal reasons.The other members of the panel are: Irina Chmyreva (Russia) curator and researcher of photography; Stephen Dunbar-Johnson (UK) publisher, International Herald Tribune; Milton Guran (Brazil) curator and photographer; Malu Halasa (Jordan/Philippines) writer and editor; Marcus Lyon (UK) photographer; Mike Mack (US) Syngenta Chief Executive Officer; and Liu Heung Shing (China) photographer and photo editor.
?         For full details of the Syngenta Photography Award, please visit This media release is also available on the site in Chinese.
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Author: Shahidul Alam

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018. A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry before switching to photography. His seminal work “The Struggle for Democracy” contributed to the removal of General Ershad. Former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the Drik agency, Chobi Mela festival and Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Shown in MOMA New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Royal Albert Hall and Tate Modern, Alam has been guest curator of Whitechapel Gallery, Winterthur Gallery and Musee de Quai Branly. His awards include Mother Jones, Shilpakala Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dali International Festival of Photography. Speaker at Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge universities, TEDx, POPTech and National Geographic, Alam chaired the international jury of the prestigious World Press Photo contest. Honorary Fellow of Royal Photographic Society, Alam is visiting professor of Sunderland University in UK and advisory board member of National Geographic Society. John Morris, the former picture editor of Life Magazine describes his book “My journey as a witness”, (listed in “Best Photo Books of 2011” by American Photo), as “The most important book ever written by a photographer.”

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