Represent Everyday Life · Discover New Strength for Photography
Call for Contributions to “Everyday · Uniqueness — Group Photography Exhibition of Young Photographers from Home and Abroad”
“Most of my pictures are compassionate, gentle and personal. They tend to let the viewer see for himself. They tend not to preach. And they tend not to pose as art.”
Since 2015, young pictorial editors from the website hosted by China Photographers Association have tried to focus on works by young photographers from home and abroad starting from the image itself. These works, though representing “everyday” images, embody the young generation’s reflection on their identity of self and other, culture, and social problems. In artistic terms, these works are both diversified and personal, exploring the nature, experimental attempts, and contemporaneity of image language. Photography, in their works, is considered as an individualized self and transformed into a means of representing everyday life. The reason why “everyday” is chosen as the theme of the group photography exhibition is that we don’t want to label the photography by the young as contemporary photography, new-generation photography, or new documentary photography in case the multi-layered understanding of these works might be constrained.
We have found that these works, originated from “everyday,” are fermented and sublimated in everyday life, thus enabling the young generation to harbor unique creative dispositions: they are no longer conventional and know what to love and hate, and their works are embedded with cognition and understanding of both society and culture. However, we have realized that some questions should be raised for discussion in the image practice based on the past three years’ experience. What is contemporary? Most of the young photographers used to be exposed to academic art and their works are influenced by foreign photography schools. In this sense, they are still ruminating over their cultural identity as well as reality itself in the process of cultural shock and cultural integration. The content is sometimes petty and they may imitate and follow the trend. Based on these phenomena, the “Everyday · Uniqueness — Group Photography Exhibition of Young Photographers from Home and Abroad” has launched the Youth Talent Development Program to provide some financial support in the hope that more young photographers can conduct long-term, in-depth shooting and exploration of the themes, subjects (self and other), and relevant social and global issues so that the enthusiasm for image practice can be more down-to-earth, unique and long-standing.
We hope that the exhibition every year offers an opportunity for the photographers to know about the encounters between their photographic works and audiences from deep inside.
This year, the exhibition will be themed on “Everyday · Uniqueness.” Now we are calling for works with temperatures to feel, stories to tell, thoughts to convey, and values to express from young photographers from home and abroad.
I. About the Deadline
The deadline is set on September 1, 2018.
II. Who can participate? What kind of works do we want?
1. Photographers from home and abroad under 40 years old, regardless of nationality and occupation, are eligible to participate.
2. Works should be submitted in no more than three sets, each containing 20 to 30 pieces and with a clearly expressed theme.
3. The theme is not subject to any limitation, but the works should be relatively mature which are created after long-time observation of the subject.
4. The works can be created via diversified techniques, but it should make the participants themselves touched, and the techniques and visual approaches should only serve the content which motivates inner emotions.
III. Specifications of works and ways to participate
1. Feature photographic works
1) All participants should submit works in JPG format and name the works by “photographer name + work title + serial number.” Each photo should be no smaller than 1 M and no larger than 3 M, and the pixels of the long edge should be above 2,000. The titles and relevant captions should correspond with the names of the files submitted, presented with serial numbers after elaboration of the works.
2) Such information as the participant’s name, telephone number, résumé with photographic experience, feature descriptions, work title, and relevant elaborations should be submitted in WORD format.
3) Please package your works and other materials and send them via E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Multimedia videos
1) Multimedia videos are encouraged. Works may be feature photographic works in multimedia forms (with music, captions and audios, etc.), and more preferably, multimedia works with multimedia art thoughts. But these are not compulsory requirements.
2) The work title, photographer name, and short descriptions should be displayed at the beginning of the video. If permitted, an English-Chinese version is preferred for future recommendations to international institutions and media.
3) Videos should be 3-4 minutes long, in MP4 format, and with a definition of over 720p, 1080p suggested.
4) Other requirements: Same with the second and third regulations specified for “feature photographic works,” should you submit an ultra-large document, please upload it onto a cloud disk of any kind, and share the link via E-mail to email@example.com.
IV. What can photographers get if their works are selected in the exhibition?
We will select 15 photographers’ works for the exhibition (including 1 winner for the Youth Talent Development Program). The sponsor will award the photographers with certificates (the certificate can be a favorable condition when a photographer applies for membership of the China Photographers Association); winner for the Youth Talent Development Program will receive 10,000 RMB and the other 14 photographers will receive 1,000 RMB respectively.
The works selected will be exhibited on important photography festivals and other photographic activities at home and abroad. Lectures or workshops will also be held for experience sharing. The multimedia slideshow is scheduled to make its debut during Photo Beijing in October 2018.
The sponsor will recommend the works selected to our international media partners and cooperative institutions, and also to over 10 important domestic and oversea media and online platforms.
1. The sponsor reserves the right to utilize works that are selected for the exhibition or for the production of large-sized documents. Overdue submission shall be deemed as waiver of eligibility.
2. A disclosure regime will be mandated for this exhibition. The list of selected works and photographers is to be announced on the Photointer for public supervision.
3. After the awards are released, the works will be displayed on www.photoint.net, www.cpanet.org.cn, and www.cpanet.net.
4. As long as the works have valid copyright, the photographer whose works have been selected for the exhibition shall allow the sponsor and organizers to conduct non-profit publicity by means of duplication, publication, exhibition, display and online transmission, and recommend the works to domestic and oversea photography cultural institutions, photography exhibitions and festivals and media, for non-profit publicity. When necessary, the third party shall sign an agreement on the usage of photos with the photographer.
5. The contributor shall make sure that he/she has the independent, complete, clarified and indisputable copyright to the work. The work shall not violate the legitimate right and interests, including copyright, right of portrait, right of reputation, and right of privacy, of a third party. If such relevant disputes occur, the contributor shall undertake all the legal liability.
6. There is no charge on participation or returning of work.
7. The sponsor shall reserve the right of final interpretation on the above content and the collection campaign. Whoever participates in the selection agrees with all and every regulation specified herein.
Carla Liesching 《Mysterious Island 》
Liu Jianglin 《Wind & River》
Wang Rujie 《Made in China》
Frances F. Denny 《Pink Crush》
Tang Linxiao 《Isolation》
Mayumi Suzuki 《The Restoration Will》
Eiffel Chong 《Institutionalised Care》
hadi uddin 《Here, For Now》
Links to Photographic Works:
2015 “Everyday · Contemplation,” Selected Photographic Works
2016 “Everyday · Encounter,” Selected Photographic Works
2017 “Everyday · Images of Heart,” Selected Photographic Works
Links to Video Works:
2015 (by Chinese Photographers) http://v.qq.com/vplus/9aa518e584a08e4e9fcf6a40cd1fae90/foldervideos/mg700010164kl0q
2015 (by Foreign Photographers) http://v.qq.com/vplus/9aa518e584a08e4e9fcf6a40cd1fae90/foldervideos/zzz000801vee0cz
[Background] Group Photography Exhibition of Young Photographers from Home and Abroad of Everyday Series
Starting in 2015, the “Everyday” group photography exhibition of young photographers from home and abroad aims at encouraging the youngsters to express and discovering new strength for photography. The exhibitions held in 2015, 2016 and 2017, themed successively on “Everyday · Reflection,” “Everyday · Encounter,” and “Everyday · Images of Heart,” solicited and displayed nearly 600 sets of feature photographic works from over 400 photographers of more than 20 countries and regions including China, the US, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Belgium, Poland, Bangladesh, India, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and New Zealand. The exhibitions also introduced nearly 100 excellent domestic and foreign young photographers to the world. Over the past three years, featuring multimedia slideshows, the exhibitions toured the 11th Chinese Photo Festival, Photo Beijing, Dali International Film Club, Lishui International Photography Festival, and other important occasions alike.