Film Photo Award Finalists and Standouts
Once again, the applicants and proposals submitted to the Spring 2021 Film Photo Award were nothing short of awe-inspiring. Every single proposal was thoughtful, nuanced, deeply felt and delivered, making the jurying exceedingly difficult. This notable consistency has proved to be the norm for applicants to the Film Photo Award, and is undoubtedly a reflection of the correlation between the medium of film photography and the intensity of care and passion that goes into every aspect of the practitioner’s work and research. There is an undeniable need for this medium, not simply a desire. The Film Photo Award strives to support photographers who need to create with this material and celebrate the work being made with it in the 21st century.
The Spring 2021 jurors, Paddy Johnson of Art F City, previous Film Photo Award recipient Jon Henry, and myself (Film Photo Award founder), deliberated multiple times over three rounds of jurying to ultimately select the three recipients of the film grant for this cycle. Those recipients are featured on the Film Photo Award website and Instagram, and were featured here on Lenscratch over the past three days. Today, we want to give a heart-felt shout out to our Finalists who particularly made these decisions very difficult, as well as some additional applicants who also caught our attention and are deserving of recognition. Granted, you won’t be able to read their deeply thoughtful proposals or see the breadth of their submitted series of images, but I hope the images presented below will illustrate, as examples, the quality of the work the film photography community is engaged in right now. I find it so incredibly inspiring and feel very fortunate to be a part of such a kindhearted, considerate, and curious community. Please make sure to visit their websites, linked to their names, to see more of their important work.
All my best,
PS: It is also important to note that this program would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. They truly believe in the efforts and practice of film photographers and want to see you succeed. Thank you Griffin Editions, Houck Medford, Kodak Professional, and Standard Cameras . And thank you Aline Smithson & Lenscratch for helping to promote all this fantastic, creative work.
The Film Photo Award is open to all emerging, established, and student photographers worldwide. Each award period provides three distinct grants of Kodak Professional Film and complimentary film processing by Griffin Editions to photographers who demonstrate a serious commitment to the field and are motivated to continue the development of still, film-based photography in the 21st century.
VISIONARY PROJECT AWARD FINALISTS
VISIONARY PROJECTS AWARD STAND-OUTS
FILM PHOTO STUDENT PROJECT AWARD FINALISTS
FILM PHOTO STUDENT PROJECT AWARD STANDOUTS
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