Enter PORTALS: Windows, Mirrors, and Doors at PhotoPlace Gallery

The Daily News ©  Sean Perry
©  Kerry Mansfield
Event Horizon © Sean Perry
San Andreas Fault © Ellen Jantzen⁠
Juror: Elizabeth Avedon⁠
A 'portal' can be an architectural feature (gate, window, doorway, mirror, tunnel) that frames or isolates or adds dimension to an image. In a fictional sense, a portal can become a magical doorway through time and space. Alone or in combination, they hold unlimited creative possibilities for photographers. For this exhibit, we're looking for images that use these devices in intriguing ways. ⁠
Deadline to Enter: October 5, 2020⁠
PhotoPlace Exhibition: Nov 26 – Dec 26, 2020⁠ 
PhotoPlace Gallery
Middlebury, VT


LEICA WOMEN FOTO PROJECT AWARD : 2020 Submissions accepted now until October 8, 2020

"Necessary Fictions” by Debi Cornwall
"The Size of a Grapefruit" by Eva Woolridge

"Where Women Rule” by Yana Paskova
The Leica Women Foto Project’ will award three photographers $10,000 and a Leica Q2 to support the completion of a personal project relevant to today’s social and political climate, as told through the female perspective. Last year's 2019 Award Winners above.
The mission of this initiative is to encourage and empower photographers to demonstrate the importance and impact of the female point of view. The award serves as a catalyst to reframe how we see, how we think, and how we express our visual narrative.

Submissions must be made with a camera of any make/model except smartphones. Owning or photographing with a Leica not required to qualify. Submissions accepted now until October 8, 2020. Recipients of the award will be announced on January 18, 2020 on Leica Camera USA’s Instagram and Facebook.
View the #LeicaWomenFotoProject Award 2020 Jurors here
• Karin Kaufmann
• Sheila Pree Bright  (@shepreebright)
• Amanda De Cadenet  (@amandadecadenet)
• Laura Roumanos  (@photoville / @united_photo)
• Maggie Steber  (@maggiesteber)
• Elizabeth Krist  (#elizabethkrist)
• Sandra Stevenson  (@visualsandra)
• Lynn Johnson  (@ljohnphoto)
• Elizabeth Avedon  (@elizabethavedon)
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited and outside US. Must be legal US resident 21+ at entry, and must not be affiliated with competitor of Sponsor. Entry must adhere to Submission Guidelines. Winner may not partner with competitor of Sponsor for 1 year. 
Visit http://bit.ly/LeicaWomenFotoProjectRules for full Official Rules. Forward to someone you believe should apply.


Texas Photographic Society's 29th Annual International Exhibition 2020

TPS 29 First Place • The Prayer © Leslie Jean-Bart
TPS 29 Second Place • David © Sandra Chen Weinstein

TPS 29 Third Place • Metanoia © Ellen Jantzen

TPS 29 HM • Geisha Confidential ©  Mark Coggins

TPS 29 HM • Maisha & Victor. 
Prospect Park Lakeside, Brooklyn  ©  Kent Meister

TPS 29 HM • Mother & Daughter © Terry Barczak

TPS 29 HM • Girl Power © Jamie Johnson

TPS 29 HM • Standing at the Gates of the Capital,
Austin, Texas 2020 © Alejandro Abarca

It has been an honor to jury this year's Texas Photographic Society's 29th Annual International Competition. In this call for entry, I was looking for exceptional photography with a perspective and vision seen as uniquely their own; images with a fresh approach I would like to look at again and again.
With an 'open theme' bringing over 1300 extraordinary submissions from all genres, the task to edit down to only 50 images was a difficult one. My final selection is very eclectic: individually each image speaks to me and is complete in its own voice.
I value the exposure photographers receive by entering and exhibiting online and in-gallery exhibitions. By showcasing their work, they gain exposure and build their audience, moving the work forward professionally. Even if not chosen, I view the websites and photographs of those photographers who have taken the time to enter their work. Thank you to all who entered!
The gallery exhibition opens October 3, 2020 at The Silos at Sawyer Yards, Houston, TX, then travels to The Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, Texas.


IG LIVE with RUDDY ROYE + TRAVON FREE June 20, 2020 @LeicaCameraUSA

Photograph © Ruddy Roye @ruddyroye

Photograph © Travon Free @afreesframe

"The Importance of Diversity Behind The Lens with Ruddy Roye and Travon Free"

Instagram Live, hosted by @LeicaCameraUSA 
Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 7PM ET  



Photograph left © Ruddy Roye

Voices of Change 
Talk with Documentary Photographer Ruddy Roye
with Leica Panelist's Kiran Karnani and Bea Perkins
Sunday, June 14, 2020. 4-5PM

Jennifer McClure 
Talks Photographing Herself and Her Family 
Wednesday, June 17, 4pm EDT

Photograph © Jennifer McClure

Workshop with Jennifer McClure
Divining the Personal: How to Bring Your Life to Projects
June 24 - Jul 22, 2020

Workshop with KEITH CARTER
June 30 - July 2, 2020. 

Photograph © Craig Semetko

Seeing The Moment with Craig Semetko
Thu, June 18, 2020. 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Free Register via Leica Camera
Leica Academy #StayHomeWithLeica

Photograph © Craig Semetko

Workshop with Craig Semetko
July 12th-August 2nd, 2020 – Online
Leica Academy #StayHomeWithLeica


15th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers : Announcement of Results

 © Cheraine Colette – Courtesy Julia Margaret Cameron Award

© Margarita Mavromichalis – Courtesy Julia Margaret Cameron Award

© Margarita Mavromichalis – Courtesy Julia Margaret Cameron Award

 © Dan Nelken – Courtesy Julia Margaret Cameron Award

 © Dan Nelken – Courtesy Julia Margaret Cameron Award

The 15th edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, juried by Elizabeth Avedon and Mona Kuhn, included 6,875 photographs submitted for review from 910 photographers in 63 countries. Starting with this edition, a new section for male photographers only was created: The Feminine Universe.

CHERAINE COLLETTE is the recipient of the 15th JMC Award in the Professional Section.  MARGARITA MAVROMICHALIS is the recipient of the 15th JMC Award in the Non-Professional Section. DAN NELKEN is the recipient of the 15th JMC Award in the Special Section The Feminine Universe.

Many thanks to L'Oeil de la Photographie for posting this announcement. View the names and images of tall he awardees and honorable mentions here:   



CENTER 2020 AWARDS: Sandra Chen Weinstein

 Lee and Me 
Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein

"A blessing and a perfect child. I was surprised when Lee told me only recently. We are always very close and it will always be so. My love for my child is infinite and unconditional." -Sandra (me)

Alejandro and Alexander
Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein

"At 18 years old I was outed. Kicked out of home same day. Didn't talk to my dad for years. Struggled with abandonment. Lived recklessly for a few years. Made it out of the struggle. Found a man that I made my husband. Family came to wedding (progress). Still struggle. but have a therapist. Here I am - GAY. I made it - I am here and still a second class citizen." - Alexander
 Barbara and Jess
Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein

"Barb and Jess are going to get married after a few year of companionship in Bay area."
Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein

"After leaving Sweden, I found my chosen families within the Trans community in America.” 
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 CENTER Director's Choice Award 1st Place

"This is a story of relationships but most importantly, love. This collection of intimate portraits and stories of people and their loved ones, families or chosen families, including my own, from diverse LGBTQ community which constantly struggles for equality and acceptance.

My adult child came out as queer, transgender, non-binary and is collaborating with me in writing in this book. This series of 30 family images are displayed with their own quotes and stories about themselves and their loved ones. The work seeks to aid social justice against stereotype and stigma that have long existed."

Check out all CENTER Award Winners: 


SOCIALLY DISTANT PORTRAIT SERIES: #24 Matthew Avedon by Milton Arellano

 Musician Matthew Avedon in his Brooklyn Quarantine
Photograph © Milton Arellano

Matthew Avedon and Charlie, Brooklyn Quarantine
Photograph © Milton Arellano

 Matthew Avedon and Charlie, Brooklyn Quarantine 
 Photograph © Milton Arellano

Matthew Avedon, Brooklyn Quarantine 
 Photograph © Milton Arellano

“Socially Distant Portraits” #24
Q + A With Matthew Avedon, Brooklyn

Photographer Milton Arellano is documenting fellow creatives and artists of NYC during these unfortunate days of the Covid-19 quarantine. #24 in this series is gypsy jazz guitarist and Ford model, Matthew Avedon.

"In the glory days, we'd sometimes go ride skateboards with friends. I heard that Matthew might have modeled a couple of times, but the true passion for @matthewavedon is his technically beautiful guitar playing and composition. Oh, and he loves to karate chop people or do something called Brazilian Jiu Jitsu while wearing a purple belt.  I'm hoping our Q + A brings some connection to us all! Thanks Matt!!" Check out all of Milton Arellano's Socially Distant Artist series on Instagram @miltonarellanophoto. 

Matthew Avedon, Brooklyn Quarantine 
 Photograph © Milton Arellano

Milton Arellano: What have you been working on? 

Matthew Avedon:
I've just been working on my music like always. Practice, practice, practice and more practice. Trying to keep learning, writing etc. I've been freelance my entire adult life so I'm actually very used to setting my own schedule and remaining productive without a set structure. Setting daily small but achievable goals has been the way for me to keep focused and not get overwhelmed. 

Arellano: What (or who) are you finding comfort in? 

Avedon: I've been finding comfort in eating. A lot. I've gotten no comfort from my dog Charlie. He's a grouchy ass old man and is not pleased that I'm home so much in his space. We argue a lot.
Arellano: Describe your hopes for the coming months? 

Avedon: Besides the obvious health stuff, I'm really hoping that New York and the world bounces back from this much quicker and stronger than is being predicted. I want to get back to work and I want all my friends to get back to work, and I'm really hoping that the service industry (which I consider musician's to be part of) is able to get up and running again quickly. Not just for the work but for the personality and spirit of the city. 

Arellano: Your worries or fears? 

Avedon: I'm really worried that won't happen. I'm worried this will drag on through the summer and I'm worried that the country isn't going to find a smarter way to manage this than simply shutting everything down. I'm worried that we may in fact be living in a simulation with a major glitch and that our Galactic Lizard Overlords will shut us down and reboot the entire system rendering all my practicing obsolete. 

Arellano: Any thoughts, advice or intentions for others? 

Avedon: I remain optimistic that Klaatu will see fit to find mercy on our undeserving species and that Space Keanu will give us another chance.

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Milton Arellano is a Brooklyn based photographer, working in the fashion industry for over 15 years, starting out as an assistant to many top fashion photographers in NYC, such as Pamela Hanson, Yelena Yemchuk, Carter Smith, Arthur Elgort, Alexi Lubomirski, and more.

The son of Bolivian immigrants, he’s spent years traveling to his motherland, shooting commercial and personal work, along with pursuing social development projects through skateboarding, which culminated in a huge skatepark build, sponsored by Levi’s and international NGOs.

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Matthew Avedon is a musician who devotes his life to his work. Until the recent quarantine you would find Matt playing his regular Saturday residency at the Club Room at the Soho Grand Hotel, Friday nights at St. Mazie Bar + Supper Club in Williamsburg, an impromptu solo guitar set in his regular Tuesday night Bar Velo gig, Jazz brunch at the Roxy Hotel on Sunday's and somewhere in NYC every other hour.  

Matthew recently teamed up with Ford Models Men's division. Born in the Year of the Dog, never let it be said said Matthew passed up even one can dog on the street without petting it.


PORTRAITS: A. Smith Gallery Exhibition

 Photograph © Ryotaro Horiuchi
Descendant of Samurai #10
Juror's Award

 Photograph © Sandra Chen Weinstein
Juror's Honorable Mention

 Photograph © Paul Kessel
Untitled 8
Juror's Honorable Mention

 Photograph © Cyndy B Waters
Little Shepherd With New Born Lamb
Juror's Honorable Mention

 Photograph © Ron Cooper
Graywolf Diptych

Photograph © Juno Gemes 
James Baldwin, Athenaeum Hotel, London 1975 
Photograph © Michael Johnson

 Photograph © Susan Bryant

A. Smith Gallery. Juror | Elizabeth Avedon. My task: Select 55 images from over 964+ from 154 photographers. From those, select a "juror's award" and 3 "honorable mentions”. Supremely difficult.

The Portraits exhibition at A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, TX will be online due to the current Coronavirus situation. Please take a look at the exhibition. And thank you to everyone who entered. 

The exhibition includes photographers: Geoffrey Agrons, Kelley Ahr, Carlos Alejandro, Vicky Azcoitia, Craig Becker, Ken Beckels, Felice Boucher, Susan Bryant,, Warren Capps, Susan Kaufer Carey,, William Chambers, Cheryl Clegg, Ron Cooper, Francis Crisafio, Karen Crouse, Linsey Davis, Andy Dennis, Felice Douglas, Nicholas Fedak, Juno Gemes, Nadide Goksun, David Hawkins, Elizabeth Herman, Bootsy Holler, Leslie Jean-Bart, Michael Johnson, Susan Rosenberg Jones, Ladka Kurzrock, J K Lavin, Melissa Lynn, Yanninia Marie, Greg Markstrom, Jim McKinniss, Peter Miller, Kate Miller-Wilson, Janet Millstein, Michael Mudd, Dale Niles, Karen Osdieck, Louise Pedno, Arti Pike, Michael Potts, Marcie Rich, Pat Rose, Karin Rosenthal, Nancy Scherl, Elizabeth Siegfried, Yon Sim, Cathy Spence, DorRae Stevens, Karey Walter, Cyndy B. Waters


1st Place Winner Photographer of the Year 2020
Photograph © Monica Denevan

2nd Place Winner 2020
Photograph © Gabriele Galimberti

3rd Place Winner 2020
Photograph © Rebecca Moseman

4th Place Winner 2020
Photograph © Nadia De Lange

5th Place Winner 2020
Photograph © Nicole Cambre

The 5th annual competition attracted an extremely high caliber of photographs from around the world.  A panel of 7 expert jurors including Elizabeth Avedon (Photography book and exhibition designer, independent curator), Laurent Baheux (Photographer, UN Ambassador for the environment and active protector of wildlife), Alex Cammarano (Founder and CEO of Daylighted), Julia Dean (Photographer, Educator, Writer, and Executive Director/ Founder of the Los Angeles Center of Photography LACP), Sandrine Hermand-Grisel (Photographer, Founder & Editor of All About Photo), Ann Jastrab (Executive Director, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA), and Juli Lowe (Director, Catherine Edelman Gallery) selected the 40 winning photographs. 

The majority of this year’s submissions were color photographs and yet 4 of the 5 first place images are B&W. Unlike previous years, it also seems that the jurors were more attracted to beautiful and soothing images rather than violent and unsettling ones. Perhaps a subconscious need has arisen in each one of us to escape the terrible events that are happening in the world right now. It is also worth noting that photography is often perceived as an art form still dominated by men, but this edition proves the contrary! Four out of the top five prizes have been won by women photographers!

The Winner and Photographer of the Year 2020 is Monica Denevan (USA) with her image “Across the River, Burma” from the series “Songs of the River: Portraits from Burma.” 

The second-place winner is Gabriele Galimberti (Italy), the third-place winner is Rebecca Moseman (USA), the fourth-place winner Nadia De Lange (Switzerland) and the fifth-place winner is Nicole Cambre (Belgium).

The top 5 winners will be awarded $10,000. All winners will have their work published/showcased on the websites Lenscratch, Daylighted’s digital traveling exhibition worldwide, All About Photo Winners Gallery, and featured in the printed issue of AAP Magazine “Special Edition All About Photo Awards 2020”. In addition, a selection of entrants of particular merit will be invited to display their portfolio on All About Photo.  
All About Photo Award Partners: Los Angeles Center of Photography, Photo L.A, Center for Photographic Art, Lenscratch, Catherine Edelman Gallery, and Daylighted

Beverly Conley (USA), Anne Berry (USA), Lori Hawkins (USA), Deb Young (USA), Lynzy Billing Philippines), Margaret McCarthy (USA), Jo Ann Chaus (USA), Brooke Shaden (USA), Jennifer Garza-Cuen (USA), Hardijanto Budiman (Indonesia)and Elena Paraskeva (Cyprus) are also amongst the winners.

And incredible work by: Marcel van Balken (Netherlands), Alain Schroeder (Belgium), Rory Doyle (USA), Azim Khan Ronnie (Bangladesh), Tomas Neuwirth (Czech Republic), Trung Pham Huy (Vietnam), Tony Law (Australia), Matthew Portch (Australia), Amos Chapple (New Zealand), Mustafa AbdulHadi (Bahrain), Francisco Diaz (USA),Kosuke Kitajima (Japan), Xiangli Zhang (China), Chin Leong Teo (Japan), Donell Gumiran (United Arab Emirates), Andre Fonseca (USA), Francesco Pace Rizzi (Italy), Peyman Naderi (Iran), Yoni Blau (Israel), Zay Yar Lin (Myanmar), Anuar Patjane (Mexico), Svetlin Yosifov (Bulgaria), Dotan Saguy (USA), Kohei Ueno (Japan) and Go Nakamura (USA).