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Contributor: FIER_Institute
Dates: 22/11/2012 - 01/04/2013

Picturing the World Family is a call to action from photographers (professional, non-professional & students) to submit a portfolio of images (a coherent photo essay - maximum 5 images) that showcases the landscape of contemporary family lives and relationships as they exist across the World today.

Where Picturing the World Family differs from Steichen's Family of Man exhibition, is that it uses the power of the photo-essay (portfolio) to tell a story, rather than using single images and themes (related to personal life experiences), from which to tell a story.

It is an opportunity for each selected photographer to receive recognition and exposure through being published in an International online gallery, and in the Picturing the World Family Portfolio Book Series.

Picturing the World Family is a call to entry for submissions to be made to The World Family, which will help inform our understanding of what contemporary family lives and relationships look like across the globe today. In doing so, it becomes a contemporary response to Steichen's (1952-1955) Family of Man that is readily accessible to an online international audience.

Please follow this link for Early Bird Submissions and Entry details: http://www.theworldfamily.net/about.html


Three photographers whose portfolio (a photo-essay of 5 images) best demonstrates photographic excellence, and shows they have engaged deeply with the theme of contemporary family lives and relationships (rather than just documenting them or recording them) will be awarded a cash award. There is no set definition of 'family lives' and 'relationships' as we all understand these vary considerably.


First: $1000.00
Second: $500.00
Third: $250.00


In addition to the three photographers awarded a cash award, a further 22 photographers portfolios (photo-essays) will be selected for an online exhibition, and book publication.

With selection for this exhibition, the featured photographers work will be seen by an international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants, and other advocates of fine art and social documentary photography. Each participant will be included in the FIER Institute's Online Gallery Exhibition as well as published in the Picturing the World Family Portfolio Book Series.


The images are judged anonymously, and the jurors cannot see who the author of the image is. The juror's will select one portfolio (photo-essay) to be the first presented in the book and will select an image from the portfolio to be the book cover. Juror's for this submission season are: Reid Callanan, Larry Padgett, and Dawne Fahey.