Magnum Photos and IdeasTap launch new opportunities for emerging photographers
- Magnum Photos and IdeasTap open annual £20k Photographic Award
- Magnum Showcase in association with IdeasTap provides new monthly competition
- IdeasTap offer more bursary places for Magnum Professional Practice seminars
- Winners of 2011 IdeasTap Photographic Award Announced
Internationally renowned photography agency Magnum Photos and leading creative network IdeasTap today opened their 2012 Photographic Award. The IdeasTap Photographic Award is open to 16-30-year-olds and is designed to help promote the careers of emerging photographers.
The award is split into two age categories, 16-22 and 23-30, with one winner from each winning a unique prize package including £5,000 cash to shoot their dream photography project. The two winners are also provided with a coveted paid internship with either the Magnum In Motion team in New York or Magnum Photos in London. 2012 also sees the prize package extended to include an exhibition of the finalists’ projects and an online editorial feature of the winners’ work through new Award Media Partners, the British Journal of Photography.
Applications can be made at www.ideastap.com and close on Friday 1 June.
Launched in 2009, The Award is one of a plethora of opportunities for young photographers delivered through the educational partnership between Magnum Photos and IdeasTap. Together, they today launched Magnum Showcase in association with IdeasTap; a new competition whereby Magnum photographers and staff will select the best photography uploaded to the IdeasTap site each month. The winning young photographer’s work will then be showcased on IdeasTap to its 135,000 monthly visitors, alongside feedback from the Magnum judge on the winning project.
IdeasTap will also continue to offer bursary places on Magnum’s Professional Practice weekends; a unique opportunity to network and obtain valuable industry advice from photography’s leading professionals, which in the last year have taken place in Liverpool, Birmingham and London.
The 2012 IdeasTap Photographic Award launches as the winners of the 2011 award are revealed. The younger age category was won by Maria Gruzdeva, now 23, who was born in Russia but is now based in London. Her project profiles the borders of her homeland and explores what national identity means in such isolated regions.
The older age category was won by 25-year-old Roman Sakovich, also based in London. His work examines how architecture in his native Lithuania tells the story of declining Soviet influence.
Maria and Roman were selected from six finalists, all of who were awarded £1,500 and mentored by Magnum photographers to complete a project for the final stage of the competition.
Peter De Haan, Chief Executive of IdeasTap, said:
“I’m delighted that as our community of emerging photography talent grows at IdeasTap, we’re able to offer more opportunities for young photographers to work with a world-leading agency like Magnum Photos”
Fiona Rogers, Cultural & Education Manager of Magnum Photos, commented:
“The opportunities available for young creatives through IdeasTap are unparalleled. Magnum Photos are delighted to be continuing and extending such a successful partnership with a charity that mirrors our own desires for promoting young photographers.”
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IdeasTap is a not-for-profit creative network that funds, connects and nurtures new talent. It was launched in December 2008 as the arts platform of The Peter De Haan Charitable Trust and has since given over £650,000 in direct cash funding to young creative people. Its membership currently stands at more than 62,000 young creative practitioners and its partners are Old Vic New Voices, the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, Magnum Photos, The British Film Institute, HighTide, The National Student Drama Festival, MAC Birmingham and The National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural. The website provides a platform for young creative people to connect, showcase their work and skills, find jobs, and promote events and exhibitions, as well as access unique industry-led opportunities.
For more information about IdeasTap go to www.ideastap.com or view our press pack
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