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Call for entries for the second Latin American Contemporary Fine Art Competition began May 21st, but it’s not too late to submit an entry! Final entries are due next week on June 25th, 2019.

Who is the competition for? Artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, Portugal, the Latin American diaspora and foreign artists living in Latin America, who will be given the unique opportunity to present their art to an international audience in the famous art district of Chelsea, in New York City.

Prizes, whic hare valued at $55,000, include participation in a NYC exhibition and an art
fair in the United States, as well as online promotion opportunities and cash prizes. A panel of juries specialized in Latin American art will review all the entries in search of great talent.

Kevin Quiles Bonilla of Puerto Rico was a 2018 selected artist and he had this to say about the competition:

“Two of my favorites takes from this experience have been: Having my work curated by such influential figures in the New York art scene, and being a part of a show with multiple generations of Latin American artists; artists who have been evolving their practice for 50 years, and young artist like myself that are still learning and developing.”

This is a fantastic opportunity for Latin0 artists at any stage of their careers. There are two categories this year for artists to compete in: Digital Display and Classic Exhibition.

To get the full scoop and find out how to enter visit this Agora Gallery page.

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Michael Kowalczyk is the founder of a new website that is an excellent resource for street photographers anywhere in the world. It’s StreetPhotoTip, a.k.a. “Street Photography Tips and Making Ofs.”

This is Michael:

Hi Michael!

In cooperation with the Street & Repeat Café Flickr Group, the website shares Tips and Truths from renowned Street Photographers, where you can find some mind-blowing quotes, images and links to interviews with some highly talented street shooters, such as Daido Moriyama and Gary Winogrand.

You’ll also find some insightful, behind the scenes “Making-of” Interviews with distinguished photographers, such as Julie Hudrova (Remeber her? Our featured photographer from the June 2017 issue.) AND…wait for it…drumroll please…a Street Photography Contest Calendar. Believe me, as a person who often does searches for street photography contests to keep our readers up to date on the latest calls for entry, that calendar is a real gem!

Sign up for newsletters to get a note when new content is available on this lovely website!

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URBAN 2019 Photo Awards, an international contest organized by Italian cultural association dotART together with media partner Photographers.it is now in its tenth edition and the call for entries is wide open! Photographers began submitting photos March 1st, but there is still plenty of time to send in your entries. Here’s a little more on the contest if you aren’t familiar with it, straight from the horse’s mouth:

“As usual, URBAN 2019 is divided into two sections dedicated to Urban Photography, a theme that explores the contemporary through all forms of photography based in the urban fabric. The common denominator is the City, the urban environment and humanity that populates it.

The first section is “Single Photos”, with 4 thematic areas: Streets, People, Spaces, Creative. The second section is “Projects & Portfolios” where each participant can submit a series of images oriented to show his or her idea through photographs.”

This year, there are some new features too:

“Four new Thematic Areas, within which it will be possible to assign categories to the photos, no limits to the number of submitted photos, a brand new User Area from which to upload and manage the photos, an Early Bird promotion for the competitors registered by March 31st, new ranking and new prizes, including the Winner’s gala dinner at Trieste Photo Days with Martin Parr, Nick Turpin and festival’s guests.“

Did you catch that? Who’s chairing the Jury this year? Yep, Martin Parr, who will be accompanied by several other well-known street photographer jurors, such as Nick Turpin and our very own Bob Patterson.

There are so many great things about this contest – it’s definitely one to consider entering. Visit the official website of the contest to find out more about contest rules, prizes, and more. And if you’d like to see what kind of winning work has been selected in the past for URBAN Photo Awards, see our “winners issues” from the past couple of competitions by clicking on the covers below:

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If you are looking for a little inspiration and are into architectural street photography, then we’ve got a treat for you! The Multiple Exposures Gallery (MEG) is presenting a gallery of new work by Alan Sislen called “Tonal Visions.” Bob, who has been to MEG before says it’s a “really cool space” and definitely recommends you drop by to check out Sislen’s work. It’s a show all about light and shadows and shapes and you are going to love it. Here’s all the details:

When:
May 7th – June 15th, 2019
Artist’s Reception on Saturday, May 11th, 2 – 4 pm

Where:
Multiple Exposures Gallery
The Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union Street, #312
Alexandria, Virginia  22314

Gallery Hours:
Daily 10 am – 5 pm, Thursdays 2 pm – 8 pm

What to Expect:
“This exhibit of dramatic black and white architectural photographs explores the range of tonal possibilities that might or might not have existed, but were visible in the mind of the photographer. None of the photographs are of total or complete structures. Each is a piece, a portion, an extraction that may convey more a sense of the whole than the entire building. The beauty of the forms, the lines, the shapes, the volumes and the play of light and shadow created by the infinite tonalities is what this exhibit celebrates.”

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Last December I had the pleasure of finally meeting New York photographer Lauren Welles at the Miami Street Photography Festival. I’ve been a big fan of her work ever since we featured her in Street Photography Magazine in our January 2016 issue. It’s one thing to meet someone through our virtual world and it’s another sit down and bread bread with them.

This week Lauren stopped by to catch up on what she’s been doing photographically since her feature. And I must say, she’s been very busy. The work she’s been producing shows it (be sure to check out some of her recent photos below).

In June she’s holding a pretty cool workshop in Seville Spain during the “El Roció” pilgrimage with photographer Jon Kral. Then later in the year she’s traveling to Sydney, Australia for the Head On Photo Festival.

Over the past few years Lauren has been creating a documentary project about Stickball in New York. In the process she has gotten very close to the players, fans and league culture. It shows in her work. Have a look some of her recent photos below.

We’ll be inviting more of our past featured photographers to join us on the podcast in future episodes. If you have any favorites you’d like to hear from please drop send me an email at bob@streetphotographymagazine.com with your choice.

Some recent work by Lauren Welles

117th St. Annual Block Party, last Saturday in July (every year). Sammy in charge. Richie Mojica display. Skelzie. Old Timers. Charlie Diaz, Georgie Stickball, Jalan, Jacob (11th birthday was on July 13th). Aces (117th St. team name). WPAIG: community, skelzie.

Aaron Rivera, Bianca Creales and Delia Carrion, try to distract the player who is batting against their fathers’ team, with their trash talk.

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