myartspace and HotShoe International Launch "Next Perspective" - A Juried Photo Competition

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myartspace, the premier online social network for the art world and HotShoe International, Europe's leading contemporary photographic magazine, have collaborated to sponsor a juried photography contest - "Next Perspective". The First Prize winner gets US $2000 in cash and a portfolio feature in HotShoe International.

myartspace.com, the premier online social network for the art world and HotShoe International, Europe's leading contemporary photographic magazine have collaborated to sponsor a juried fine art photography contest - "Next Perspective".

The grand prize is US $2000 in cash and a featured article in HotShoe International. The second prize is a digital SLR camera. Third prize is a US $500 gift certificate to B&H Photo.

Entry to the competition is online. To register, photographers must first become a member of myartspace.com, the free online community for the art world and create an online gallery of their work with up to 20 digital images. Music and video can be added to their gallery. The deadline for registration and submission is April 12, 2008. The winners will be announced on April 29, 2008. Cost for registration and submission is $20.

Catherine McCormack-Skiba, Founder and Creative Director at myartspace noted "We wanted to highlight key trends in fine art photography. We felt a competition for the community was a great vehicle for this. myartspace, with its large base of artists, unlimited upload capacity and powerful ability to integrate video and music to photography could serve as an excellent platform for such a competition. We've found a great partner in HotShoe International to help us address that photography market."

Melissa De Witt, Editor of HotShoe International added, "It is very difficult for photographic artists to get their work seen by the people who can help launch their careers. Next Perspective is a fantastic opportunity for individuals to get their images in front of some of the top professionals on both sides of the Atlantic, and to have the chance to get international exposure through HotShoe's readership and participation in fairs like Paris Photo, the largest gathering of international galleries exhibiting photography in the world. We are particularly excited to be working with myartspace and delighted that they are focusing on image-based work, giving artists working with photography the ability to get their work out there and seen by a large audience."

A jury, headed by Henry Horenstein, will select the top three winners. Horenstein has worked as a photographer, teacher, and author since the early 1970s, his career as a teacher started at Harvard in 1974. He is an author of over 30 books, including many monographs (HONKY TONK, HUMANS, CREATURES, AQUATICS, CANINE, RACING DAYS). His newest book, CLOSE RELATIONS, recently published by powerHouse Books, is a collection of photographs he made as a student studying under Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). His textbooks have been widely used by hundreds of thousands of photography students over the past 30 years. Horenstein lives in Boston where he continues to photograph, exhibit, publish, and teach at RISD, where he is professor of photography. He is known for being one of the most influential photography educators in the United States.

Joining Mr. Horenstein on the jury panel is Dr Juliet Hacking. Dr Hacking is the Programme Director of the MA in Photography (Contemporary and Historical) at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London. The MA is unique in that it allows students to study photography entirely as a branch of art history and visual culture, while also developing their skills of professional practice (as curators, gallerists etc). Juliet joined the Institute in 2006 from Sotheby's auction house (London) where she was the Head of the Photographs Department (from 2003). Prior to joining the auction house in as a cataloguer in 2000, she worked as a researcher at the National Portrait Gallery (London). She was the curator of the N.P.G. exhibition Princes of Victorian Bohemia: Photographs by David Wilkie Wynfield and wrote the accompanying book (NPG/Prestel 2000). She trained as an art historian at the Courtauld Institute (B.A., M.A., PhD) specialising in nineteenth-century British photography, and has taught as a Visiting Lecturer at the Universities of Derby and Reading and at the Courtauld Institute.

Photographers interested in entering the competition should go to http://www.myartspace.com/hotshoe for rules, guidelines, jury and prize information.

About myartspace:

myartspace, the premier online social network for the art world, is one of the fastest growing and diverse communities on the internet. Its members include 30,000 artists, collectors, galleries and other art world professionals from across the globe, and it currently hosts the work of nearly 10,000 artists. Membership is free and artists can upload an unlimited amount of work including images, music and video. Myartspace is created and run by CatMacArt Corporation. http://www.catmacart.com .

About HotShoe International:

HotShoe is Europe's leading contemporary photographic magazine showcasing the best of established and up-and-coming photographic talent across a wide range of photographic genres. Its informative and incisive comment is complemented by extensive information on what is happening and what is new in the international world of contemporary photography. HotShoe has established itself as the magazine for top professionals from all fields - documentary, advertising and the arts - and is read by those who commission their work. It is also chosen by teachers and students, as well as anyone with a serious interest in photography. HotShoe is owned by World Illustrated Limited in the United Kingdom. For more information, please refer to the website: http://www.hotshoeinternational.com.

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