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Historic Chicago Photo Organization Hosts International Photography Competition


In honor of its 115th anniversary, Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum is hosting an international photography competition and print exhibit. Photographers from 62 countries from around the globe have visited its website.

Chicago, IL, March 07, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Chicago Photo Forum’s International Photography Competition 2010 is currently taking place online with a Call for Entries deadline on April 15, 2010. More than $8,000 of prizes are being awarded for this competition. Thirty winning images, selected by a distinguished set of judges will be exhibited at Morpho Gallery in Chicago in June, 2010. All winners receive a 16x20 mounted print of their image provided by The Lab Apollo for the exhibit and a $150 gift certificate to Canvas on Demand. The first place winner "Photographer of the Year" will also receive a gold passport to Fotofusion - 5 days of seminars, photographic workshops and festivities in West Palm Beach, Florida. (airfare hotel, food not included,) plus a Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod and Tamrac camera bag. Each category winner receives Painter XI software by Corel and subscriptions to Aftercapture and Rangefinder Magazines.

Photographers from 62 countries including Australia, Chile, China, France, Russia,and Saudi Arabia and South Africa have already visited the competition website.

The competition has five categories: people, places, still-life, nature, and alteration of reality.

Judges for the competition are Michael Bilbrey - art buyer at Leo Burnett one of the world’s top advertising agencies, Bill Hurter, author of multiple photography books and editor of Rangefinder and AfterCapture magazines and David Leigh, art collector and owner of Morpho Gallery.

Principal sponsors for the competition are Canvas on Demand, Central Camera, Corel, and The Lab by Apollo.

Contributing sponsors are Manfrotto, Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Tamrac, AfterCapture and Rangefinder Magazines

About Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum

Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum was founded in 1895. It’s headquarters is in Chicago, located in the renovated red-brick building in the South Loop which originally was the Dearborn Train Station. The organization promotes creativity and community and invites all who are passionate about photography to participate in its activities. Its location includes two darkrooms, a studio and a meeting room. Presentations, workshops, discussions, and outings are scheduled regularly and are posted on its online calendar. (www.chicagophotoforum.org)

Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum has been influential in the history of photography. It held its first competition and Salon in 1900. Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen were two of the participants. The Art Institute of Chicago co-sponsored this event and hosted the winners' exhibition. (The Forum was previously known as Fort Dearborn-Chicago Camera Club.)

Some of the world's most renowned photographers have been involved in the organization’s activities over the decades, through print competitions, and educational programs: Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Immogen Cunningham, Margaret Bourke White, Yousuf Karsh, Marc Hauser, Victor Skrebneski and Yasuhiro Ishimoto (who was named one of Japan's National Treasures). Pulitzer prize winning photojournalists John White of the Chicago Sun-Times and Ovie Carter of the Chicago Tribune have given presentations at Fort Dearborn. In 1995, award-winning commercial photographer Jay Maisel came to Chicago to contribute to Fort Dearborn's Centennial celebration.

In 1987, Fort Dearborn hosted “24 Hours in Chicago” a project in which its members documented Chicago’s neighborhoods and people. A selection of the edited images became a traveling exhibit and a 52-week calendar.

Upcoming Programs

Special events scheduled include: March 19, 2010 - Peter LeGrand, professor at Columbia College - The Art of Photographing the Nude, April 9, 2010 - Michael Zajakowski, director of photography of the Chicago Tribune Magazine - The Changing Face of Photojournalism, May 14, 2010 - Art Shay, photojournalist who contributed to numerous publications including Time, Life and Sports Illustrated - The Photography of Art Shay. See Fort Dearborn's website calendar page for ticket information and dates for other activities scheduled. (www.chicagophotoforum.org/Calendar.html)

The general public is invited to attend the monthly competitions and regularly scheduled printmakers and digital imaging discussion groups for free. Presentation of work is limited to Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum members.

Fort Dearborn honors the traditions of the past, while embracing changes in photography, as it heads into the future.

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Karen I. Hirsch
312-658-0700
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