June 21, 2006

Here is one of the best, most respected, fashion photography competitions out there. And luckily the deadline has been extended!
Finish that portfolio ( especially some of the folks from Academy of Art: you know who you are! ) and read on:

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Open Call: Launch your photography career with Surface magazine

New York, NY – Surface magazine announces a nationwide search for the best new fashion photographers to showcase in the 9th Annual American Avant Guardian issue and exhibition. The Avant Guardian project invites photographers working or studying in the U.S. or Canada, who have not published a fashion editorial before 2005, to submit work for consideration by July 1st, 2006.

Each year, Avant Guardian project curators receive hundreds of submissions from talented hopefuls. A handful of finalists are selected to shoot what is most-often their first professional fashion editorial for publication. Surface provides them with an all-access pass to exclusive studios, modeling agencies, stylists, make-up artists and the latest designer collections. The resulting imagery is edited and featured within the widely anticipated 60-page in-book portfolio.

The projects most visually arresting images are then presented in a visually dramatic installation that tours 3 cities. The exhibit launches in New York and is a ‘must attend’ event for photography agents, editors, and the cities’ most influential fashion and media personalities.

“The goal of the Avant Guardian is to provide a forum and launching pad for America’s up-coming creative community,” says Surface Brand Director Riley Johndonnell. Now in its 9th year, the Project counts some of the most celebrated names in fashion photography among its alumni. Past Avant Guardians frequently appear in the pages of Surface and have gone on to shoot campaigns and promotions for Giorgio Armani, Hermés, Banana Republic, Nike, IBM and Levi’s–as well as magazines like Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Jane and The New York Times Magazine.

Simply stated, the Project launches careers. Launch yours.

Submit to the Avant Guardian online.
Register at www.surfacemag.com/agp/ and start today.

For press inquiries contact:
Will Candis 212.244.6018

For questions contact:
Jamie Falkowski: jamie@surfacemag.com
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