documentary photography

Photojournalism comp call for entries

The world’s most prestigious photojournalism competition is now calling for entries towards its 69th annual awards program.

Picture of the year International (POYi), a program run by the Missouri School of Journalism, is now accepting submissions from photographers internationally in its search for the best documentary photography of 2011.

The program comprises 48 different categories, viewable here, focusing on areas of photojournalism, documentary photography, visual editing and journalistic multimedia.

The top nine awards, including Freelance Photographer of the year, Newspaper Photographer of the year and Sports Photographer of the year, all carry a US$1000 prize.

New to this year’s program is the Impact 2011 special category for images covering the Japan earthquake and uprisings in the Middle East; there is also a new Sports Division with its own independent judging panel.

Submissions can be made online with an entry fee of US$50 and must be uploaded before December January 12, 2012.

Images do not need to have been published nor does the photographer have to be a professional, but all images must have been either taken or published for the first time between January 1 and December 31, 2011, with no digital manipulation allowed.

Judging will commence in early February with winners announced on the 29th.

Call for concerned photographic citizens

Local artist collective Concerned Citizens is calling on photographers to submit works for an international exhibition launching this month celebrating photography as a tool for social change.

The Unrecognised exhibition is timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the 1981 Springbok protests in New Zealand as well highlighting the UN’s upcoming decision on recognising Palestine as a state this September.

The exhibition will feature documentary photographs taken 30 years ago in Apartheid South Africa, photographs of the 1981 anti-Apartheid Springbok tour protests in New Zealand and photographs of the current situation in occupied Palestine; local photographers are also encouraged to submit their own works to supplement the central exhibition.

According to the organiser local works can be anything photography-related and need not be overtly political in nature.

“Since we’re celebrating photography as art, photography as providing a record of actual events and photography as a vehicle for positive social change, we’re hoping for an extremely broad range of content, from documentary photography right through to avant garde abstract surrealist artistic work.”

The deadline for local submissions is Monday, August 15, click here to register your interest online.

The exhibition kicks off on August 19 at Wellington’s Garrett Street exhibition space and will proceed throughout the country; A corresponding exhibition is also going to be shown in South Africa at the same time and plans for an Israeli exhibition are also in motion.

For more details head over to the Concerned Citizens website or the event’s Facebook page.