Competitions and support – can we have more like this please ?

Who supports photography today? I’m not speaking about the advertising agencies,the magazines, book publishers, galleries and museums. There is an financial interdependance there that is undeniable.

Nope , I’m speaking about the companies and organizations that support the art of photography in a very real and tangible way directly to the artist, inspiring and nurturing them.

(we have a little inspiration surprise for you at the end of this article)

What brands that you use and buy, support the photographic arts ? Not the companies directly dealing in photography, but the ones you see in the rest of your life.

Today we going to talk about Pilsner Urquell who has made it their mission to not only support photography but bring forth creative assignments and competitions.

On our MEDIA page you will find short films about 3 photographers given a unique assignment to interpret their impression of Pilsner Urquell and its heritage.

Pretty open brief, right? Sounds like a dream assignment to me.

“Pilsner Urquell and Photography

Pilsner Urquell has made it its mission to support and promote photography as a contemporary art form and celebrate its power to inspire people around the world.

Tremendous synergy exists between the brand characteristics of Pilsner Urquell and the medium of photography and both are appreciated by discerning individuals who believe in self-expression and the right to their own opinions.

In partnering with the IPA and Lucie Awards, Pilsner Urquell recognises that it will be able to reach out to those consumers who are looking for new opportunities to express themselves in different ways.”

The Pilsner Urquell International Photography Awards Competition
is the world’s most prestigious photography contest for both professional and amateur photographers. We accept prints, slides and digital photos in Advertising, Architecture, Book, Editorial, Fine Art, Nature, People and Special categories. Enter for your chance to win the coveted title of International Photographer of the Year and the $10,000 cash prize today.

The Pilsner Urquell International Photography Awards conducts two competitions each year–one for professional photographers and one for non-professionals. Both are open to photographers anywhere in the world.

The fifteen winners of the main categories listed below (eight professionals and seven non-professionals) will compete for IPA’s top award of International Photographer of the Year. Those fifteen will be invited to attend the Lucie Awards, presented by Pilsner Urquell, where one will be announced as the grand winner, earning the coveted Lucie and a cash prize of $10,000 provided by AtEdge. In addition, the seven non-professional category winners will compete for the Discovery of the Year Award, for which one will win the Lucie and $5,000 provided by Pilsner Urquell.

Besides earning the chance to compete for the top two prizes, the fifteen category winners will each also receive two tickets to the Lucie Awards, a free copy of the Annual Awards Book and the following titles:

Advertising Photographer of the Year
Architectural Photographer of the Year
Editorial Photographer of the Year
Photography Book of the Year (professional category only)
Fine Art Photographer of the Year
Nature Photographer of the Year
People Photographer of the Year
Photographer of the Year in the Special category

Each year IPA will invite an established curator to select 40-50 images from both the professional and non-professional pools of first, second, and third place winners to be exhibited at the prestigious Farmani Gallery in Los Angeles and travel to eight other countries, ensuring the greatest exposure for the winning photographs.

In addition, the work of all first, second and third place winners will be published in the high-quality, full-color, hardcover award winning Annual International Photography Awards Book designed by Ceative Director, Jeff Griffith.

And this year, they have added another category: Deeper Perspective Competition

Entries will be judged not only n the merit of the image but photographers are invited to share their “deeper perspective” of the world and their photographs and stories will be judged together for their success in evoking emotion and inspiring others.

Now that’s good stuff.

Need a little inspiration to get you started?
We’ll send a copy of Family Of Man photographic book to the first people to send us an email with the words ” Inspiration” in the subject line and a shipping address. Send your email to:

All of this is just trying to talk to you about one thing: what brands/products/companies support and care about the things you love?

We’ll keep letting you know from our perspective. And by “our”, I mean all of us.

Damon Webster

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Upcoming Events

  • WPPI
  • Feb. 27-March 6, 2014
  • MGM Grand
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • International Consumer Electronic Show
  • APRIL 10-13, 2014
  • NEW YORK, NY 10065
  • The Association of International Photographic Art Dealers

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Current Exhibitions

  • Annenberg Space For Photography
  • “The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years”
  • Current to April 27th, 2014
  • 2000 Avenue of the Stars, #10
  • Century City, CA. 90067
  • Tel: 213.403.3000
  • ICP
  • Capa in Color
  • January 31–May 4, 2014
  • 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street
  • New York, NY 10036
  • Phone: 212.857.0000
  • Getty Center
  • A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography
  • February 4–June 8, 2014
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive
  • Los Angeles, CA. 90049
  • Tel: 310-440-7300
  • Yossi Milo Gallery
  • David Goldes, Electro-graphs
  • January 30–March 8, 2014
  • 245 Tenth Avenue
  • New York,NY 10001
  • Tel: 212-414-0370
  • Howard Greenberg Gallery
  • Bernice Abbott and Charles Marville
  • February 27-April 12,2014
  • 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406
  • New York,NY 10022
  • Tel: 212-334-0100
  • Staley-Wise Gallery
  • Real and Surreal
  • Feb. 27-April 19th, 2014
  • 560 Broadway
  • New York,NY
  • 10012
  • Phone: 1-212-966-6223
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio
  • February 8–October 5, 2014
  • 11 West 53rd Street
  • NYC,NY
  • 10019-5497
  • (212) 708-9400
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris
  • January 29–May 4, 2014
  • 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
  • New York, NY 10028
  • Phone: 212-535-7710

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