Photography Competition Feature Photographer
Motonori Shimizu, USA
The ViewPoint International Photography Competition
is an annual call for submissions to photographers around the world for an opportunity to exhibit work for one month at ViewPoint Gallery
. This month, we are pleased to feature Motonori Shimizu, USA
. His untitled print from his "Individual" portfolio will be on display for the month of February.
is photographer based in Japan. After graduating university and becoming a businessman, Shinmizu started studying photography in 2009. He has won numerous awards and is currently signed with Art Upclose
, a gallery located in New York. His latest portfolio, "Individual", was completed with things left behind after The Great East Japan Earthquake
which killed 15,891 people and caused 2,584 (as of March 10, 2015) go missing. The image on display at ViewPoint Gallery
is one of the images from this portfolio, and is a record of an "individual story".
2016 ViewPoint Gallery International Photography Competition
Exhibit your prize-winning photo in Canada
Deadline: April 15, 2016
The International Photography Competition is open to photographers located in any country around the world. There are no restrictions on subject matter. The images will be reviewed by an independent jury comprised of experienced photographers who will select 12 images for exhibition at ViewPoint Gallery.
Entries must be submitted electronically with an entry fee of $25. A maximum of three images may be submitted with each entry. Multiple entries are permitted. The entry deadline is April 15, 2016.
Twelve winning images will be selected for exhibition at ViewPoint Gallery – one image will be exhibited monthly. The winning images will be professionally printed and framed, at no cost to the photographer. Each winning image will be matted, framed, and displayed as ViewPoint Gallery’s featured International Artist of the Month. Each of the 12 winning images will be available for sale at a price set by the artist. If the framed image is sold in the Gallery, the artist will receive the full sale price minus a 15% processing fee. Any unsold prints will be disposed of in a confidential and safe manner within one year of exhibiting.
The top three entries will receive prizes provided by Blurb an online publishing platform and creative community that lets you design, publish, and sell books and magazines in both print and digital formats across the globe using its free, innovative book creation tools
In addition, ALL entrants will receive a 25% discount from Blurb*.
- First prize: $150 CAD printing credit from Blurb*
- Second prize: $100 CAD printing credit from Blurb*
- Third prize: $75 CAD printing credit from Blurb*
* see website for restrictions
Enter now and share your images with the world!
For more information and access to the Submission Form please visit our website
ViewPoint Gallery currently had two members living abroad. Anica James is a freelance documentary photographer and educator currently living in Kathmandu, Nepal and Colin Campbell who in his words has "flown the coop" with his wife Jennifer. They have downsized their material lives "down to a 30-foot trailer and making all the arrangements to live a more nomadic lifestyle". Look up the origin of the expression "flown the coop”. It really does reflect our view that we can get trapped in a conventional life".
Last month, Anica provided us with an update on her travels and her fundraising campaign for a new project she is working on in India. Her campaign is still running, and you can check it out on her GroupRev Page. You can follow her on her blog.
Colin is currently on Jekyll Island, Georgia. Here's his update - "We're now on Jekyll Island, Georgia, in a campground huddled among gnarly live oaks draped with Spanish moss. The island is an interesting mix of state park and private facilities, all strictly controlled to preserve the natural habitat and historic features. And what a history. For that, google Jekyll Island and the Jekyll Island Club. We're here to the end of January, then a month near St. Augustine, South Florida after that." Colin is photographing along the way, and you can check out some of his images on his website: colincampbellphotoart.ca.
5 Minutes with a ViewPoint Member
An interview with Roxanne Smith
by Angela Creaser
This month I had the opportunity to interview ViewPoint member Roxanne Smith
. Please see an excerpt from the interview below.
: You graduated from Mount Allison
with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in photography, but early on in your career you showed paintings, drawings and assemblage art
. What drew you back to photography?
Roxanne: Accessibility. Being able to work in photography is what drew me back. I was working at Carsand Mosher and I had access to a darkroom. So the darkroom is what got me into photography and REALLY solidified me into photography.
Do you still you use a darkroom now?
Do you miss it?
To see the answer to this question and the rest of the interview, please click here
. To see past interviews, please visit our website
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