Close on January 15, 2018
Theme(s): Racial Issues, Climate and the Environment, LGBTQ Issues, Female-identifying Photographers
Eligibility: Applicants must be 34 years-of-age or under as of December 31, 2017.
Prize: Cash Prize
When the Flash Forward Emerging Artists Competition first began 13 years ago, the intention was to support and encourage emerging photographers in Canada and stack them up against their counterparts in the U.S. and U.K. to show that there was a group of talented voices not getting the exposure it deserved.
As we enter our 14th year, we are seeing a growing shift in perspective: The work of these young people is being taken seriously industry wide, as gallerists, art buyers and photo editors realize that this younger generation is better suited to tell the stories that speak to their peer group. You only need to look to the explosion of Instagram and the talent mining that routinely happens there, for major campaigns to see the change.
Because of this and in the spirit of standing up for under-served artists focusing on the major issues of our time, The Magenta Foundation is announcing a big change for Flash Forward 2018.
Flash Forward 2018 will be an emerging photographers competition for ALL photographers (34 years-of-age or under, as of December 31, 2017), in all forms of photography, from all over the world, with 4 additional areas of special interest:
Climate and the Environment
Flash Forward: Canada and the World will include 5 publications as part of the yearly award.
One large compendium of the 100 winners from the year with a special section on Indigenous Photographers, and
4 artist catalogues; one for each special interest focus.
With these book awards we hope to start conversations that promote awareness, engagement, education and acceptance worldwide. We want to create an expansive visual language base, supporting the work of artists who are doing all they can to make the world a better place while making sure we celebrate and showcase, emerging talent, in all forms.