Center's 2010 Project Competition and Project Launch Award Winners Announced

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The winners of Center's 2010 Project Competition and Project Launch Awards have been announced.

The winners of Center's 2010 Project Competition and Project Launch Awards have been announced.

The 15th annual Project Competition recognizes gifted photographers working on documentary projects or fine-art series. This year, the competition attracted over 107 foreign entries from 27 countries including Bangladesh, Bolivia, Norway, and South Korea, making for a highly competitive international award.

Tina Kukielski, Senior Curatorial Assistant, Whitney Museum of American Art
Nion McEvoy, CEO, Chronicle Books
Markus Seewald, Photo Editor, GEO magazine

If these submissions might be taken as a barometer of our age, then these projects warn of a fragile moment. I saw this fragility manifest in views of foreclosed buildings due to the economic crisis; glimpses of vanishing natural phenomena due to global warming; and portraits of violence against and neglect of peoples across the globe due to complex networks of socio-political factors…Yet to my surprise--through this veil of fragility--we identified signs of growth and recovery.
-Tina Kukielski

Dana Popa, London, England; not Natasha
Toni Greaves, Portland, OR; Radical Love
Hector Mediavilla, Barcelona, Spain; Paris In Africa. The Sapeurs of Brazzaville.
Justine Reyes, East Elmhurst, NY; Vanitas
HONORABLE MENTION (25)                                
Walter Astrada, Daniel Beltra, Jonathan Blaustein, Alejandro Cartagena, Michal Chelbin, Daniel Coburn, Rubi Lebovitch, Jennifer Loeber, Larry Louie, Amy MacWilliamson, Rania Matar, Martin Miller, Toby Morris, Alessandra Quadri, Bruno Quinquet, Susanna Raab, Jerry Redfern, David Rochkind, Andrea Stern, Lacey Terrell, Christina Tullo, Sophia Wallace, Eamon Ward, Donald Weber and Lisa Wiltse.

New in 2010 - The fifteenth anniversary of the Center awards program was highlighted by the introduction of a new award to Center's annual programming. The Project Launch Award was designed to recognize a documentary or fine-art series work-in-progress.

Darren Ching, Owner, Klompching Gallery and Creative Director, Photo District News (PDN)
Debra Klomp Ching, Owner, Klompching Gallery

The series, Lost Hills, by Sam Comen was selected for the Project Launch Award for the immediate visual impact of the photographs, and importantly, the clear and appropriate strategy for developing the photographs into a cohesive body of work. Sam Comen's creative use of light and positioning of his subjects within the frame make this a photographic series with excellent potential.

  • Darren Ching and Debra Klomp Ching

Sam Comen, Los Angeles, CA; Lost Hills
Yoko Kanayama, Los Angeles, CA; Urban Forestry
Luca Zanier, Zurich, Switzerland; Corridors of Power

Prizes included $5,000 and $3,000 to the winners, feature in Fraction magazine, attendance to Review Santa Fe, as well as an exhibition of the winning work at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, NM, May 14-June 12, 2010.

Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that honors, supports and provides opportunity to gifted and committed photographers. The programs offered by Center provide platforms for photographers to show their work and bring meaningful photography to light.

For additional information about Center, the competitions, and to view the winning work, go to For Juror’s Statements, and high-resolution images, please contact jparker (


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