THE ARTISTS FORUM PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION, part of our juried arts programming, is open to photographers of all levels seeking to gain exposure in the New York City and international arts and media market.
Its mission is to provide an accessible platform for photographers to present their best work for juried selection, increase artist communication and business contacts, provide career advancement opportunities, and publicly award talented artists.
Our 2021 Competition Theme: (THE) POLITICS OF EMOTION
See our submission site for competition theme details and our list of entry categories.
Each submission, reviewed by a panel of industry professionals, will be rated upon its individual merits. Finalists in each category will be judged against one another and a winner declared. Our list of competition jurors is forthcoming.
Our Grand Prize winner will be presented with an opportunity for mentorship sessions with a prominent photography industry professional.
All selected artists are eligible for a television studio or Zoom interview to be promoted on our online platforms and via THE ARTISTS FORUM: AFTV – a 20+ year arts based television program broadcasted from mid-town Manhattan in New York City.
Opening Date: JUNE 8, 2021
Submission Deadline: AUGUST 7, 2021
THE ARTISTS FORUM INC., now in its 22nd year, is a New York City based non-profit arts service organization specializing in events, juried competitions, and media for artists. The organization provides an unparalleled platform for emerging and mid-career artists to share their stories with the world’s creative communities.
2021 PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION JUDGES
Palm Desert-based photographer Ricky Bradford’s work ranges from covering people, places, and things through portraiture, public relations and corporate photography. Additional specialties include corporate event display and brand marketing strategy.
Meesh Bryant is the Director & Founder of the Bolt Agency. Established 2013, the agency represents editorial and commercial photographers in both the UK and the US.
Nalinee Darmrong is a Washington, DC based Rock photographer and author of The Smiths (Rizzoli) – a pictorial document showcasing never-before-seen photos of the band at their peak.
Leah den Bok
Canadian-born fashion, beauty, and portrait photographer, Leah den Bok, has been traveled to cities around the world photographing people experiencing homelessness. She has authored a book series entitled Nowhere to Call Home.
Todd Ford is a Berlin-based American artist with a focus on live performance, cultural events, and corporate photography for real estate development.
British-born Kate Garner is a Los Angeles-based artist, known for her celebrated 80’s avant-garde/pop duo, Haysi Fantayzee, and her photography work with 90’s artists like David Bowie, Bjork, and Sinead O’Connor.
Award winning photographer Lou Manna worked for the NY Times for 15 years. Then, in 1990, established his own 5th Ave studio for corporate, advertising and public relations clients.
Amos White V
Amos is an inter-disciplinary multimedia artist, event producer, and exhibit designer. A graduate of the College of Human Ecology at the University of Maryland, College Park, Amos bridges his passion for the arts and human relations with the formation of THE ARTISTS FORUM.