Artists Wanted, an organisation created by artists to help artists get discovered, announces the launch of its 2nd Annual photography competition: Exposure.
Thousands of photographers from around the world are expected to participate in this year's competition, all vying for prizes including a coveted Manhattan gallery reception, an international publicity campaign and their choice of $10,000 in cash or one year of living rent free at The Edge, a new luxury condominium building in Williamsburg and one of the largest waterfront developments in all of New York City.
Artists Wanted's last competition held earlier this year received entries from over 70 countries across the globe. Over one million people viewed the submitted portfolios and voted for the people's choice winner, while a panel of judges including Steve Buscemi selected the grand prize winner.
Exposure is just one program through which Artists Wanted is working to change the way in which new artists are discovered. Founders Jason Goodman and William Etundi were once struggling artists themselves, but after a decade working in New York they have learned how to succeed creatively in a city that is known for its starving artists.
"Our goal is simple, to identify undiscovered talent and expose it to the world," said co-founder William Etundi. "For us, inspired artists are true visionaries, and we work very hard to honor that."
The competition is open to photographers of all types from anywhere in the world. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges who are a veritable "who's who" in the art and photography scene, including photographer Lauren Greenfield, The New York Times Photo Editor Maura Foley, MOMA Curator Nora Lawrence and JPG Magazine Founders Derek Powazek & Heather Powazek Champ.
Exposure also aims to promote the craft of photography, a goal that the carefully selected judges champion in their own professional lives.
"In my work, photography is a tool for sociology, a provocation for discussion, and sometimes even a catalyst for social change. It is a filter
through which I can observe society, trends, human interaction, cultural values, and then communicate to a wide audience," said photographer and judge, Lauren Greenfield. "Because photography impacts viscerally, emotionally and intellectually in short order, it is the ultimate storytelling medium of our time."
Goodman and Etundi hope the grand prize offered by Artists Wanted competitions will remove some of the financial obstacles that often keep artists from pursuing their creative aspirations. The opportunity for a world-class gallery reception alone is one that many struggling artists only dream about.
"I never thought I would win an award like this," says Cheng-Chang Wu of Nan-Tou, Taiwan, Artists Wanted's most recent contest winner. "To be flown to New York, to have my art seen by so many, I was very nervous, very excited. In Taiwan we never have so many people come to an art opening. I'm very honored."
Artists Wanted is supported by a high-powered list of sponsors, all committed to identifying and developing new talent in the arts, including ZipCar, JPG Magazine, Etsy, The Edge, Resource Magazine and 3rd Ward.
Regular submissions will be accepted now through the end of May. All participants who submit their work will receive an online portfolio searchable by gallerists, press and commercial buyers, a free subscription to JPG Digital Magazine, and discounts and freebies from our corporate sponsors.
To submit photographs please visit the Artists Wanted