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Photographers have rights too – it’s official, Teresa May says so

From the pages of the excellent BJP comes this

“Security guards have no right to prevent street photography,” says Home Office

Street Photography Rights

“The Home Office and the British Security Industry Association have published a new set of guidelines for security guards confirming that photography in public places is legal and cannot be restricted, More than a year after Home Secretary Theresa May launched a review of the UK’s counter-terrorims and security powers, a new set of guidelines have been published for security guards, who, in an increasing number of cases, have been accused of preventing professional photographers from working in public places.” Author: Olivier Laurent   if you want more go here
This from Amateur Photographer magazine,  “The four-page guidance is entitled Photography and Hostile Reconnaissance and has been drawn up by the Home Office in conjunction with the British Security Industry Authority (BSIA)”   Download it here

You have to laugh really, doesn’t Theresa May have more to deal with at the moment than telling a bunch of knuckle headed jobs-worths that taking pictures is perfectly legal, and what difference will it make that she says so. Do you think she will next gather those who guard our borders and explain that their job is to check the credentials of people entering the country?

May’s review, whose findings were unveiled in January 2011, called for the “guidance provided to private security guards be reevaluated to ensure that it sufficiently reflects the right of the public to take photographs.

A photographic competition celebrating the power of the image

Full details are on the web site here

The Opportunity

Photographers of all levels and styles are invited to participate. Our esteemed panel of judges including Natasha Egan, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography; Stephen Walker, Photo Director of NYLON Magazine; Michael Shulman, Director of Publishing, Broadcast & Film at Magnum Photos; Conor Risch, Senior Editor of PDN Magazine; and award-winning photo editor Susanne Miklas, will select one photographer to receive the Grand Prize Award.

The Grand Prize Package As selected by the jury panel

  • A $10,000 cash grant
  • An exhibition at Aperture Foundation in New York City’s Chelsea arts district
  • A projection series of your images throughout New York City
  • A feature on Artists Wanted’s website
  • Worldwide Exposure for You and Your Work

The People’s Choice Award Granted to the photographer whose portfolio garners the highest number of public votes

  • A $2,500 cash grant
  • A trip to NYC during the New York Photo Festival in May 2012. Experience high style with a one week stay in a New York City loft in Dumbo, the heart of the photo festival
  • One week in Paris, the birthplace of photography, where you will stay in a beautiful art apartment with passes to over 60 museums and attractions
  • Airfare to New York and Paris
  • A feature on Artists Wanted’s website

The Category Awards
A $500 cash grant and online feature will be awarded to photographers selected by the jury panel in the following fields:

  • People & Portrait
  • Documentary / Photojournalism
  • Cloudscape, Landscape, Aerial and/or City Scape
  • Travel / Vacation
  • Action & Adventure
  • Events (Parties, Weddings, Celebrations)
  • Art / Conceptual
  • Nature (Plants and Animals)
  • Commercial (Fashion, Product & Food)
  • Analog / Film

The Exhibition

Exposure 2011 is your chance to show your work in the gallery of one of the most respected organizations in photography. Aperture — a nonprofit foundation dedicated to promoting photography — was founded in 1952 by photographers Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Barbara Morgan, and Minor White; historian Beaumont Newhall; and writer/curator Nancy Newhall; as well as Melton Ferris, Ernest Louie, and Dody Warren. Aperture’s list of artists includes: Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Robert Capa, Chuck Close, Bruce Davidson, Joan Fontcuberta, Nan Goldin, Josef Koudelka, Sally Mann, Mary Ellen Mark, Richard Misrach, Sebastião Salgado, Stephen Shore, Paul Strand, and Edward Weston, to name a few.

The Projection Series

Have your work shown all over New York City. If selected, your images will be splashed across the streets of New York City with a vivid high-powered projection system. Your work will be seen by tens of thousands in the most compelling way possible, larger than life and unforgettable.

Jooney Woodward wins Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

From the BJP and the BBC we learn of the winner of the prestigious Taylor Wessing Portrait award

“The winning image was taken in the guinea pig judging area at the Royal Welsh Show, says winner Jooney Woodward. “I found her image immediately striking with her long, red hair and white stewarding coat. She is holding her own guinea pig called Gentleman Jack, named after the Jack Daniel’s whisky box in which he was given to her. Using natural light from a skylight above, I took just three frames and this image was the first.” Woodward used a Mamiya RZ medium format camera to shoot her winning image.

Woodward, who studied graphic design at the Camberwell College of Arts, received a £12,000 cash prize last night, as the National Portrait Gallery unveiled its 2011 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait exhibition.

The exhibition is opened until 12 February 2012 and features a selection of 60 portraits chosen from among 6033 submissions entered by 2506 photographers.”

Harriet and Gentleman Jack, 2010 by Jooney Woodward © Jooney Woodward

Jasper Clarke’s Wen was taken from a personal project depicting artists and musicians who live in their work spaces.

David Knight’s picture of 15-year-old Andie Poetschka was commissioned by Loud for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance to raise awareness of the condition throughout Australia. This is the third year running that his work has been included in the exhibition, but is the first time on the shortlist.

Dona Schwartz’s portrait captured Christina and Mark Bigelow in their son’s empty bedroom as part of a series of photos which explore moments of change in parents’ lives. Last year, her portrait of expectant parents was chosen for the exhibition.

Jill Wooster captured her friend Lili for her picture, which was taken as part of a series of photos portraying women in their forties and fifties at “pivotal stages of their lives”, Wooster said.

“For the first time five photographers – instead of four – have been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. …The winner receives £12,000, but there are smaller cash amounts for all four runners up….The final shortlist was determined by a panel of judges from 6,000 submissions from a mixture of established and emerging photographic talent. The judges also selected 60 images, which will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery…..Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said determining the shortlist always “produces much creative debate about what makes an exceptional portrait today”. …… The exhibition begins on 10 November and will run until February next year. The winner was announced today.”

For the full article from the BJP written by Olivier Laurent please go here