Kodakan chosen as finalist at the LA Photo Curator International Awards

The theme was "Root" with esteemed guest juror Susan Spiritus. A big thank you to Susan as well as to Laura Freitag for giving space for these photographic projects at the same time giving back to social causes.  I  am honored to be in the company with these talented photographers:

1st Place: "I Wish Her Then" Amy Kanka
2nd Place: "Heritage" Ellen Jantzen

Honorable Mention:
"Who I am" Theresa Tarara
"Family Tree" Marilyn Carren
"Treehouse" Sam Tucibat
"Artist Rock" Karen Klinedinst
"Artifacts (Kodakan)" Stella Kalaw

Kodakan from the  Artifacts from 52 Victoria  series.  

Kodakan from the Artifacts from 52 Victoria series.  

En Foco/Canson Infinity International Photography Awards Winners Announced

© Mustafah Abdulaziz, Cowboy in Mountains, Patagonia Cowboys series.

Congratulations to the winners of People/Places/Things: an international competition to celebrate En Foco's 35th Anniversary!

The Winners of People/Places/Things are:

  • Mustafah Abdulaziz (Philadelphia, PA) in the People category, with images from his series Patagonia Cowboys. Mustafah is also Of Note Magazine's featured artist this month! Read more.
  • Stella Kalaw (Emeryville, CA) in the Places category, with images from her Cubao series
  • Pato Hebert (Los Angeles, CA) in the Things category, with Trying to Catch Your Breath series

In addition, four honorable mentions were chosen for each of the three categories, awarding a total of 15 photographers. Our Honorable Mention recipients are:




Please join En Foco and Canson Infinity at PDN PhotoExpo (booth #143 and #1148), to meet some of the artists and see their work in person!

About En Foco

En Foco is a non-profit organization that nurtures and supports contemporary fine art and documentary photographers of diverse cultures, primarily U.S. residents of Latino, African and Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific.

This year is En Foco's 35th Anniversary, and it has remained a leader in documenting the artistic journeys created by artists often overlooked by the mainstream art world. Through our visual arts programs, including Nueva Luz photographic journal, artists are free to explore or reinvent cultural traditions, challenge preconceived notions, and engage audiences in a manner that honors all.


Mary Virginia Swanson shares her thoughts about entering competitions and attending portfolio reviews. Here is what she said on her blog:

My enthusiasm for your investing in portfolio review events grows as I become increasingly frustrated and in fact pessimistic about the value of entering many exhibition and/or publication competitions. The reproduction rights often demanded from the winners, and more often now from those who simply apply, are unnecessary and unfair. The physical space and the circumstances at the actual judging of the work can vary, possibly occurring within a physically environment that may not lend itself to optimum viewing of your work, or judges working remotely without a dialogue, or so few examples of your work presented that we can barely get to know your work. (My most interesting judging experiences of late have been being part of a team judging the 2008 Photography Annual for Communication Arts Magazine for three days straight, and reviewing entries for Critical Mass in the solitude of airplanes, with weeks to consider and re-consider the submission (ten images each). I also feel strongly that in this time of economic challenges, conducting research, making new work and meeting with industry professionals and your peers is the best use of your time, offering a rich dialogue from which to grow, rather than pursuing galleries for representation or collections towards print purchases in this economic climate.

Source: Upcoming Portfolio Events of note, including Fotofest 2010 Registration details

I met with a local gallery director last weekend and the face to face meeting gave me an opportunity to have a dialogue with her. We were able to connect while viewing the images together and she was able to relate to a personal experience based on a photograph that was in my portfolio. It was truly a valuable experience. Like Ms. Swanson, she highly recommends The Meeting Place at Fotofest in Texas.