The New Orleans Photo Alliance’s Grants
The Clarence John Laughlin Award
The Clarence John Laughlin Award was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) to support the work of photographers who use the medium as a means of creative expression. It honors the life and work of Clarence John Laughlin (1905-1985), a New Orleans photographer best known for his surrealist images of the American South. The Clarence John Laughlin Award grants one $5000 prize annually to a photographer whose work exhibits sustained artistic excellence and creative vision.
Russell Lord, the Freeman Family Curator of Photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Both emerging and established photographers residing in the U.S. may apply.
July 20th, 2013. We will accept applications online between June 1 and July 20, 2013.
Application fee is $25.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted online only through the New Orleans Photo Alliance website.
The New Orleans Photo Alliance invites photographers working in all mediums, styles, and schools of thought to apply. Still images made from all photographic processes, both traditional and digital will be considered. There are no restrictions on subject matter or genres. Traditional, contemporary, avant-garde, creative and experimental works that include old and new processes, mixed techniques, and challenging personal and emotional statements are all welcome. Still photography or photographic techniques should be integral to the works submitted.
Applicants must submit a portfolio of 10-20 image files representing a cohesive body of work. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to build a strong series of images. If your work is best communicated visually by showing its physical nature, you may use one or more of the required images for installation or detail views.
Applicants must submit a written statement explaining their images, process and intent. The purpose of the statement is to give the juror a better understanding of your work while they are viewing it. Your statement should be clear, concise and relate to the work samples you submit. Applicants will also be required to submit a bio or resume and a brief “description of work” summary.
The main criteria for selection will be the strength of the applicant’s portfolio and written statement.
Selection and Notification
If more than 100 applications are submitted, a committee of independent curators and photographers will prescreen all submissions and select 100 portfolios to present to the juror. The juror will select a single winner. At the juror’s discretion a select number of finalists may be asked to submit a print portfolio for the final decision. Finalists will be notified by August 20, 2013 and required to mail portfolios at their own expense by September 10.
The winner will be announced on October 1, 2013. The recipient’s portfolio will be featured on the New Orleans Photo Alliance’s website for one year.
The prize will be presented in December during PhotoNOLA.
About the Juror
Russell Lord is the Freeman Family Curator of Photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Lord previously held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery, and has written widely on 19th, 20th century and contemporary photographers. Most recently, he contributed an essay to the forthcoming EDWARD BURTYNSKY: WATER, a book about Burtynsky’s newest body of work to be published this September. He is currently working on two books, Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument, and a book about the permanent collection at the New Orleans Museum of Art. His recent exhibitions include “What is a Photograph?”, “Photography, Sequence, and Time,” and “Reinventing Nature: Art from the School of Fontainebleau.” Much of his research focuses on the relationships between photography and other visual media.
By applying for the Clarence John Laughlin Award, you agree to accept the following rules:
The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) reserves the right to reject applications that are incomplete or improperly submitted.
You acknowledge that you are the sole owner and author of the photograph. NOPA acknowledges your copyright of each image submitted.
You allow NOPA to feature your work without charge in print and on the web in conjunction with the promotion of the award. Recipient agrees to supply a high-resolution image suitable for printing in media upon request. NOPA agrees to provide proper copyright notice on its web site and in all NOPA press releases and related print materials.
NOPA is permitted to add applicants’ email and physical mailing addresses to the NOPA mailing list, which is private and will not be shared.
Staff or Board Members of NOPA are not eligible to submit applications.
The recipient is encouraged to donate up to 3 prints to NOPA selected from work submitted for the award and/or work created after having received it. Donated prints will be archived in NOPA’s permanent collection and may be exhibited in the future.
Please read the guidelines and application requirements thoroughly. If you have any further questions please contact: CJLAward@neworleansphotoalliance.org