So the final day of voting for the Microsoft Dream Assignment is upon us. We have two entries that are in serious contention, so please take a moment to review them and vote. The first is Professor Pat Davison’s “The Face of God-Images of the Divine at Work in Humanity” and Ryan Jones’ “Spectrum,” which will document the range of experiences faced by LGBTIQ-identified people worldwide. Ryan is currently ranked 8th and Pat is not too far behind at 14th. They both need to remain in the top 20 to enter the final round.
The Name Your Dream Assignment is a contest for photographers of all backgrounds. Microsoft is looking for the most creative, inspiring photo shoot idea out there. The photographer with the winning idea will win $50,000 to bring his or her dream assignment to life. The finalists will be determined by the results of the public vote, with the final winner by decided by a panel of professional judges.
The 63rd College Photographer of the Year competition will run from Nov. 10-15. This year, as in years past, the final rounds of judging are made available in daily screencasts. Kudos to the CPOY team for adding a blog and an attractive new media player and especially for improving the audio quality of the podcasts. Everyone should take a look at a few of these podcasts, the commentary is really quite interesting and there are some phenomenal images. Good luck to all the students who have entered their work.
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When James Nachtwey was awarded the TED Prize in 2007, he was given $100,000 and one wish to change the world. Nachtwey’s wish: “I’m working on a story that the world needs to know about. I wish for you to help me break it in a way that provides spectacular proof of the power of news photography in the digital age.” While not announced at the time, that story was the powerful resurgence of an ancient disease, tuberculosis, which due to a lack of medications and ineffective oversight in the developing world has mutated into a deadly drug resistant strain, known as XDRTB. This week Nachtwey’s images will be shown to crowds of people on large screens in the world’s biggest cities as well as on the Internet.
For more info go to XDRTB.org or pickup this week’s Time magazine.
The 63rd annual CPOY competition is now accepting entries. The deadline for entering is midnight September 26. That means you Carolina Photojournalism students! Remember all those great multimedia pieces that kept you up night after night sifting through hours of b-roll. You worked hard; so now’s your chance to get a little love for your efforts. Click here to view the categories. Remember that entering contests is not just about winning, it’s an opportunity to revisit your work, see how far you have come as a storyteller and polish your portfolio. It’s a good thing, so do it today.
A year after the collapse of the I-35 bridge, the Star-Tribune released “13 seconds in August,” a jarring look into how, in a matter seconds, hundreds of lives were forever changed. Features a wealth of compelling video interviews. The map navigation sets the tragic scene and establishes the context for each story.