Salil Bera gets honourable mention in World Press Photo Contest 2012

Majority World photographer from India, Salil Bera wins an honourable mention in the?Spot News, singles category with the following image:

19 July 2011A male leopard prepares to pounce on a forest guard. The animal, out of the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary at Limbu village near Siliguri, India, was eventually subdued with tranquilizer darts, but died due to injuries sustained in the rescue operation. The leopard is one of 260 to die in 2011 in India as a result of human encroachment on jungle habitat.?Photo: Salil Bera

Salil is a senior photographer for The Week Magazine in Kolkata, India. He won the first prize in FCCT in Bangkok, and his photographs has been selected in Sony World photography contest in Professional category.
via?World Press Photo.

The BOBs – Deutsche Welle Blog Awards

The BOBs – Deutsche Welle Blog Awards.

The BOBs begin on February 13

FEBRUARY 9, 2012

That time of year has come around again. Starting on February 13, we?ll be looking for your suggestions for the eighth annual Deutsche Welle International Blog Awards ? better known as the BOBs.
Like last year, we?re getting ready to accept your favorite sites in 11 languages. We understand: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, German, Indonesia, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
This year we?re also happy to announce that the BOBs site is back at full strength and available in all 11 of the competition?s languages ? in fact, we?re putting the finishing touches on the site right now!
While there are some changes in store for 2012, including a couple of new faces on the jury panel (more about them soon), the BOBs will still feature a Jury Awards as well as User Prizes. The combination of online voting and jury-selected winners makes sure the BOBs continues to honor the best blogs, websites and campaigns on the Internet without turning into a popularity contest.

This year our jury of media experts, activists and bloggers will meet up in Berlin in May to debate and decide who takes home top honors in the BOBs. Patricia Cammarata, better known as das Nuf, joins the panel for German and Steve Vosloo comes on-board for the English-speaking world. We?ll be giving you a more intimate introduction to Patricia and Steve, as well as the rest of the jury members, in just a few days time. Continue reading “The BOBs – Deutsche Welle Blog Awards”

Tapas Paul shortlisted in Sony World Photography Awards 2012

Pathshala student Tapas Paul was shortlisted in the Professional category under Nature and Wildlife

On Thursday 2 February, the World Photography Organisation announced the shortlist for the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards.? Billed as the global photographic event of the year, the Sony World Photography Awards celebrate the very best in photography from around the world, from the next generation of emerging photographers through to the established masters of the art.

The 2012 competition has garnered increased worldwide interest with over 112,000 entries from 171 countries, with the shortlisted images depicting the stories of extraordinary lives from around the world.

This year the honorary jury found the quality of work exceptionally strong across all categories, discovering many photographers new to the Sony World Photography Awards roster.

In being shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards, photographers can now look forward to the invaluable support of the World Photography Organisation, which includes having their work exhibited at a major exhibition at London?s Somerset House, to coincide with the award ceremony in April 2012.
Artistic Statement by Tapas Paul

A pause to breathe?

My photo story is based on Dhaka zoological garden which is a unique place for recreation. It is located in a pleasant natural landscape 16KM away from center of the city. It was established in 1974 and the zoo was opened in June 23, 1974 for visitors. About 3 million visitors visit this zoo every year. The environment of the zoo attracts people who get relief from the bustle and monotony of urban life.
The animals are in cages that are too small and conditions are inhospitable and the food supply is generally inadequate; visitors often throw junk food into the trash-strewn pens. The cages are small, dirty, and otherwise poorly maintained, but the zoo remains enormously popular among the Bangladeshi people and the ticket price is cheap. Though conditions seem to be improving in the country’s urban zoo, the progress is slow.?
It is ongoing project. My photo series is made up of a set of photos and tries to capture the loneliness of that space, animals and humans, make a triangular relationship with love. When I started working on the zoo it is seemed impossible to relate to it, but I spent lots of time in that place. I tried to just feel love for the animals, the space and then allowed that love into my photography.
I try to capture how this place makes a profound impression on millions of visitors to make a connection with animals and to be inspired by them to care about it.

PROOF?s Award for the Emerging Photojournalist

Announcing PROOF?s Award for the Emerging Photojournalist

 About the Award

PROOF knows that emerging photojournalists want to do meaningful projects related to human rights and social justice issues but oftentimes don?t have the funds or connections to do so. For this reason, we?re offering an award to help an emerging photojournalist jumpstart their project by providing funding and support from the media community.
For this award, we have put together a panel of judges including: Leora Kahn, Executive Director of PROOFEd Kashi of VII, Amy Yenkin from the Open Society Foundations, and Ann Friedman, Executive Editor of GOOD.
The selected photojournalist will receive USD $2500 to put toward their project. The final three candidates will have their work showcased through GOOD. Second and third place finalists will also have the opportunity for a portfolio review with Jamie Wellford of Newsweek. Continue reading “PROOF?s Award for the Emerging Photojournalist”

Blog Competition

?Green bloggers: win a trip to Brazil to cover World Environment Day 2012, on June 5!?

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), in partnership with?TreeHugger, is yet again sponsoring a free trip to Brazil for a winning blogger to write, blog and tweet aboutWorld Environment Day.
Bloggers are invited to enter competition via online submissions of blog articles on the Green Economy. The top ten bloggers, selected by a UNEP-TreeHugger?jury, will be invited to a second round of blogging ? blogdown!
The winner of this online showdown (blogdown) will be determined by an online community via the World Environment Day website. Readers will ?like? any of the posts in order to win an extra vote for their favourite blogger.
The blogger who accumulates the most votes by the end of April 2012 wins the competition and will be invited to blog about World Environment Day in Brazil.

What?s included?

Flights, accommodation, visa costs and travel within Brazil to WED events will be covered.


World Environment Day is on June 5th, 2012. The contest winner will be flown to Brazil for about three days, beginning June 3rd and ending June 6th 2012. Short-listed and winning posts will be published on?TreeHugger?and the World Environment Day websites.


Entrants will be expected to ensure they are able to travel to Brazil for the duration and cover any other costs (e.g. vaccinations).

Upcoming photo contests and residencies

Dear friends of photographyONLY ONE WEEK LEFT
DANISH DIGITAL 2012 will close for registration of entries on 4 February.
DANISH DIGITAL 2012 is an international salon of photography organanised by Fotoklubben Negativ, Roskilde, Denmark, under patronage of FIAP (2012/007) and under PSA recognition. Further, DANISH DIGITAL 2012 is recognised by Society of Danish Photography and by United Photographers International (UPI).
There are three sections – monochrome, colour and nature.Altogether there are 75 prizes to be won!?For full conditions of entry and for entering DANISH DIGITAL 2012, please visit
Looking forward to receiving your entries.
Best regards
Exhibition Committee

Culture Lab & ISIS Arts Residency Programme?
Call for Applications
Deadline: 17.02.2012
Culture Lab and ISIS Arts are excited to be launching ?their second joint, open call for a Resident in 2012. ?Proposals are invited from practitioners and researchers from across the spectrum of creative art, design and technology to undertake research in Culture Lab for a minimum of 3 weeks between 1 April ? 14 December 2012.
Nortd, Lasersaur, (Culture Lab and ISIS Arts residency artists 2011)
An interest in one of the following topics is desirable but applications are also invited from candidates with other interests:
– Data Visualisation / Interactive Visualisation
– New Ways of Interaction and Communication
– Audiovisual and Sound Interfaces/ Biofeedback Applications
– Digital Fabrication
– Social, Cultural and Ethical Practice of Emerging Technologies
You would have use of Culture Lab?s research facilities and equipment, a fee of ?2500 (to include travel, accommodation and materials).
Based at Newcastle University, Culture Lab, is:
– A centre for creative inquiry in the broadest sense of the term
– A world class research facility for experimentation in interactive media
– A university resource to incubate and facilitate interdisciplinary activity
– A leader in the region?s cultural ecology, providing knowledge for a digital?society.
Based in Newcastle City Centre, ISIS Arts is an artist led, visual and media arts organisation, which runs an international programme of commissions, residencies and events. ISIS Arts? core ethos is to support artists to facilitate international and inter-cultural exchange and to engage as wide an audience as possible in dialogue with artists and artworks. Actively seeking out and engaging with artists of all backgrounds and cultures to produce work that explores identity and challenges prejudice, creating projects of international relevance and local significance.
What we will provide: ?
– Access to Culture Lab?s highly sought after research facilities which?range from an 8-camera motion capture system to a professional?standard recording studio and Digital Fabrication Lab. Access to ISIS
Arts studio spaces for visiting artists
– Integration into Culture Lab?s community of research staff and?students, and ISIS Art?s regional community of artists and practitioners
– A budget of up to ?2500 to offset costs of production, living expenses,?travel and accommodation
How To Apply ?
Please submit, via email, to Sarah Greenhalgh ( the following: ?
– A project proposal (up to 2-sides of A4), detailing residency activities and?proposed work plan for minimum 3-week period (which can be?consecutive or non-consecutive weeks). Include in this document how the?residency will further the artistic/research direction you have proposed,?as well as a description of a proposed format for public presentation at the?end of the residency.
– A budget detailing your proposed use of up to ?2500 residency grant.
– Work sample, submitted via a link to a website (Please do not submit?attachments via email).
– The dates you would prefer to undertake the residency.
– A curriculum vitae, outlining recent work, exhibition, performance and?research activities.
For full details about this opportunity and how to apply please visit the ISIS Arts website:
Dear All and one!
Google+ is only a few months old, but the photography community is already thriving on it. More than 3.4 billion photos have been uploaded to the platform in the first 100 days from far-away places to up-close faces. Seven days left for Google Photography Prize submissions!
Some great prizes to be won:
10 finalists chosen by a jury of renowned photographers will show their work at Saatchi Gallery, London for two months in 2012.
Categories: ?Me; ?Food; Travel; Fashion; Action; Street; Sport; Night; Sound/Silence; Point-of-view
How to submit photos?
1.???? Submit your photos to Google+
2.???? Fill out the submission form at:?
Wish you best of luck!
Abdullah Al Razwan (Nabin)
Programme? Coordinator
Pathshala South Asian Media Academy

  • The $15,000 Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture.
  • Adobe presents the Breakthrough Photography Award to celebrate artists creating compelling works through digital imaging. An award of $1,000 prize and Adobe? Creative Suite? 5.5 Master Collection will be given to the winner.
  • The Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund cash award to one professional and one student winner.
  • The Sony Emerging Photographer Award to one emerging photographer who will receive a Sony camera and a $1,000 cash prize.
  • Ten winners will receive a Nielsen Photo Group membership which includes; subscriptions to PDN and Rangefi nder magazines, a PDN PhotoPlus Expo Gold Expo Pass, a PhotoServe portfolio and discounts on WPPI and PDN contests.
  • PDN Editor’s Choice Award: one winner will receive a full-page self promotion ad in an upcoming issue of PDN.

Win for Jashim Salam

Jashim Salam wins Honourable Mention at FCCT Photo Contest:

A boy crossing water in an inudated road during a heavy tidal surge in Chittagong,Bangladesh. Photo Jashim Salam

Jashim Salam is a Chittagong, Bangladesh-based photographer working for DrikNEWS, an international news photo agency, since 2008. He is also studying photojournalism in The South Asian Media Academy and Institute of Photography. His work focuses on social documentary such as profiles of migrant workers, handicapped people, and climate-change refugees. His work has been published in The Sunday Times Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Better Photography, CNN, Photojournale, National Geographic online, Reuters, and many others. He is the recipient of many awards including the Jury Special Award in the 6th Humanity Photo Awards.

Photography Prize of the Fondation des Treilles

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Photography Prize of the Fondation des Treilles

Created in 2011, this prize is committed to providing means for the production and the promotion of photographic works, which subjects are related to the Mediterranean world. The prize is made o fboth an allowance of 2650 euros per month for a period ranging from two to eight months coming with a living residency which can not be less than one month, specially in order to insure the achievement of the development of the photos at Les Treilles.
The winners of the prize are accommodated in the Bergerie house. Meals and house cleaning are taken care of by the Foundation?s staff, so that residents can fully concentrate on their work.
For the achivement of their work, they will find on the estate on one hand a digital lab complete with professional computer and large format gicl? printer and, on the other hand, a darkroom with multi format Beseler enlarger is also available for those who whish to process and print black and white photos.
Residents are invited to take also advantage the library and the wireless Internet connection which are available in the Grande Maison.
The artists who whish to apply for the 2012 Residence are invited to?read the terms of participation and follow the described procedure.
For any question or any need of further information, please send a message to?
For the?2012 Residence,?application form and files must be emailed to the above mentioned e-address:?,? between?June 15 and September 30, 2011.

Prix Pictet Jury

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The Prix Pictet, the world?s leading prize in photography and sustainability.?will judged by an internationally recognised panel of experts led by?Professor Sir David King, Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford. Other members of the judging panel include?Shahidul Alam, Photographer, Curator and Founder of the Drik Agency in Bangladesh;?Peter Aspden, Arts Writer for the Financial Times;?Michael Fried, Art Historian and Critic;?Loa Haagen Pictet, Pictet & Cie’s art consultant;?Nadav Kander, Winner of the second Prix Pictet;?Christine Loh, CEO of Civic Exchange, Hong Kong; and?Fumio Nanjo, Director of the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.
Launched in 2008 by the Geneva-based private bank Pictet & Cie, the Prix Pictet has rapidly established itself as the world?s leading prize in photography and sustainability.?The prize currently plays to a global audience of over 400 million.
As Kofi Annan, the Prix Pictet?s Honorary President, wrote in his recent forward to?Earth ? the book of the second Prix Pictet, ?together, these photographs by the artists shortlisted for the Prix Pictet highlight the beauty of the earth we share. But they also expose the damage, deliberately or carelessly, we are inflicting on our own environment. So these images are a celebration and a reminder of the urgent need to change our ways.?

The Jury look for photographs which best contribute to public awareness of issues involving sustainability. The subject matter is not tightly defined, nor is the technique used by the photographer. The judges are simply looking for original contributions that will, in their opinion, best use the resources of photography to communicate issues concerning the topic of the prize. No distinction shall be made between artistic merit and success in communicating the message.

Sir David King

Professor Sir David King (Chair)

Professor Sir David King is the Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford.?More…

Shahidul Alam

Shahidul Alam

Shahidul Alam is a photographer, writer, curator and activist.?More…

Peter Aspden

Peter Aspden

Peter Aspden is the Financial Times? arts writer.?More…

Michael Fried

Michael Fried

Michael Fried is a poet, art historian, art critic, and literary critic.?More…

Loa Haagen Pictet

Loa Haagen Pictet

Art historian and Curator of Pictet & Cie?s Art Collection.?More…

Nadav Kander

Nadav Kander

Nadav Kander is recognized as one of the most original and highly regarded photographers of our time.?More…

Christine Loh

Christine Loh

Christine currently holds the position of CEO and co-founder of Hong Kong think tank, Civic Exchange.?More…

Fumio Nanjo

Fumio Nanjo

Director of the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. He is also an art critic and a lecturer at Keio University, Tokyo.?More…