The 10th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards finally went online this week. (They had sent out email with the winners on the 31st.) In case you don’t know, it is an award honoring JMC that is open only to women.
I had entered for the first time this year, and was sort of disappointed in the the results, that I didn’t place at all with a series that had placed well in a few other competitions. So, when I saw the then I saw Armineh Hovenesian’s post saying she had gotten an award, I clicked the link. Once there, I looked around.
Surprise! My work WAS there. As a finalist. But they had not informed me. I also found a lot of work from other friends. And the overall winner was “Only Child”, a work by KK DePaul that I have admired for at least a couple of years now. This is what the juror, Amber Terranova, wrote:
As a photo editor and educator I always appreciate the opportunity to see the multitude of entries in photo competitions. To look through thousands of photographs representing different styles and themes in one sitting is a valuable experience for both the juror and the photographer, even if one’s work is not selected. The photographers are given a chance to think about how their work functions on a more universal level in front of a larger audience and use that experience to further refine how they edit and present a series or an iconic image.
In the 2017 edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron award, the submissions varied from documentary and reportage to conceptual, fine art photographs in over 15 categories from all over the world. In the list of winners and runners up (actually honorable mentions,) I selected work that felt original and fresh, hitting a purely aesthetic and conceptual note, or work that revealed a compelling human truth in a documentary series, instantly grabbing my attention and raising my curiosity about the subject matter. The judging process offers up a unique entry way into seeing trends or picking up on a temperament, as seen in the various series dealing with identity in the current political climate. Though none of those series were selected, I liked observing the effort made by these photographers to engage in this contemporary visual dialogue on protests.
In KK Pauls´s (errors in the statement not my typing) winning series, Only Child, I was struck by the work’s sculptural qualities. The construction element of layering photo paper materials seemed to compliment the complex family situations that motivated KK Paul to create this personal body of work. After viewing the images, amongst hundreds of others, the collage technique, and her effort to express her feelings about the child, resonated with me on some level. I was inspired by how it felt more like an object, something tangible almost malleable, like the delicate feelings in the work. The images raised my curiosity and left me asking questions. And in the jurying process, it´s always a series that leaves one wanting to know more, whether it’s a comfortable feeling or not, that rises to the surface.
I am haunted by her work myself, so I appreciate the juror’s words and choice of winner.
So here I go with a laundry list of friends and some acquaintances) who won honors and awards for their work (me, included.)
Ellen Jantzen, Runner Up, Alternative Processes, 'Coming Into Focus'
Sara Silks, Finalist, Alternative Processes, 'Studies of Women'
Cathy Panebianco Runner Up, Cell Phone Photo, 'Benny Was A Good Boy’
Diana Nicholette Jeon, Finalist, Cell Phone Photography, ‘I, Orfeo’
Karen Klinedinst: Runner Up, Cell Phone Photography, ‘Keating Summer’
Erika Masterson, Finalist, Children, 'A Message For My Daughter'
Sara Silks, WINNER, Fashion and Advertising, 'Leaving Terra Firma'
Archana Vikram, Runner Up, Landscapes, ‘The Hush’
Emily Matyas, Runner Up, Portraits, 'I Am My Ancestors'
Archana Vikram, Finalist, Still Life and Abstractions, ’Locus Lines'
There is a ton of other fabulous work. Get a cup of tea or coffee or a glass of wine (depending on your time zone!) and relax for a while pouring over all the fabulous photography here: https://www.thegalaawards.com/the-10th-julia-margaret-camer…