International competition raises funds for breast cancer charity

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© Chris Rhodes (UK) — ‘4 Sale, Shipshewana, IN, USA’ — Renaissance Photography Prize for Best Single Image 2014

An international photography competition is providing emerging and established artists with a platform to have their work seen by a worldwide audience, while also raising funds for a worthy cause.

The Renaissance Photography Prize is currently open for submissions until June 18, 2015, and this year, all profit earned from entry fees will be donated to The Lavendar Trust at Breast Cancer Care — a UK charity, which raises money to fund information and support for young women with breast cancer. 

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© Dany Peschl (Germany) —  from the series ‘To the Mountains’ — Renaissance Photography Prize Best Series 2014

This year's competition consists of single image categories including Journey, Human, and Line, and a series section, which is an open category. Photographers who enter their works into the competition (and you can submit as many images, or series of images, as you like) will have the chance to have their work seen by a panel of influential, international photography critics. Winning images will be announced in November, and they will be displayed at Getty Images Gallery in London, UK.

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© David Favrod (Spain) — from the series ‘Hikari’ — runner-up for Best Series

The judging panel consists of Gregory Barker, Commissioning Editor at Hotshoe Magazine; Louise Clements, Artistic Director of QUAD and FORMAT International Photography Festival; Emily Graham, Cultural and Education Manager at Magnum Photos; Tom Hind, Senior Director Content Development at Getty Images; Chris Littlewood, Photography Director at Flowers Gallery;  Diane Smyth, Deputy Editor of British Journal of Photography; Madeleine Penny, Freelance Photo Editor at The Sunday Times Magazine; and photographer Simon Roberts.

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© Berta De La Rosa (UK) — ‘Las Manos de Carmen (Carmen's Hands) 02’ — category winner 2014: Expression

There is a prize pool of more than £6000 (approximately NZ$12,700) worth of prizes to be won. Submitting a single image costs £18, up to three images is £27, up to six images is £45, and for more than six, a price will be calculated to give the best discount. If submitting a series of five to eight images, plus a project statement, this will cost £55 per series.

For more information on the competition, and to enter, visit renaissancephotography.org.

Deadline for Freedom to Love photography competition approaching

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Paulo Patrizi — previous Accademia Apulia competition winner

Freedom to Love is the 2014 worldwide photography competition organized by Accademia Apulia with the help of The Royal Photographic Society, and entries close December 7, 2014. The competitions sets out to convey a window of hope for people who are negatively affected by discrimination and to raise awareness about the violence and the misery caused by hate crime.

Angelo Iudice, chairman of Accademia Aoulia, says, “In our world today, east and west, in small towns and in big cities, in developing countries and powerful economies, there are countless examples of discrimination-fueled violence, and even death. It is for this reason that we decided to open our awards worldwide.”

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Paulo Patrizi

The Royal Photographic Society has previously worked with Accademia Apulia UK before over the years. Michael Pritchard, director general of The Royal Photographic Society, says supporting photographers and photography in general is a major aim.

“The society's involvement is about promoting photography and providing an exciting opportunity for photographers, and ultimately showing the wider public some great photography when they view the resulting exhibition,”

“The theme of the competition can be interpreted in a myriad of different ways; social, political, economic, geographical, culturally, etc. Good photography can tell a story or raise awareness of situations or challenge the viewer, and I am sure, and hope, that some of the photographers will take the opportunity to submit images documenting situations that they have encountered and use them to highlight circumstances that need challenging.” Pritchard says.

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Erhan Ucar — previous Accademia Apulia winner

The judging panel consists of Anne Williams — director for photography at the London College of Communications, Bradley Secker — photoreporter, Michael Protchard — director general of The Royal Photographic Society, Roberta Cremoncini — director of the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, Roger Tooth — head of photography at The Guardian, and Sue Steward — photographic critic at The Evening Standard.  They will be looking for images that capture the notion that love is universal and it crosses all social boundaries, including race, gender, or religion.

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Erhan Ucar

“We look forward to receiving images from every corner of the planet. We anticipate that we will receive images with a wide ranging interpretation of what ‘freedom to love’ means — hopefully all images will testify that love is indeed universal,” says Iudice.

The competition is open to all photographers and is free to enter. Entries must be received by December 7, 2014 and can be sent to awards@accademiapulia.org. Terms and conditions can be found here.