Competitions and support – can we have more like this please ?

Who supports photography today? I’m not speaking about the advertising agencies,the magazines, book publishers, galleries and museums. There is an financial interdependance there that is undeniable.

Nope , I’m speaking about the companies and organizations that support the art of photography in a very real and tangible way directly to the artist, inspiring and nurturing them.

(we have a little inspiration surprise for you at the end of this article)

What brands that you use and buy, support the photographic arts ? Not the companies directly dealing in photography, but the ones you see in the rest of your life.

Today we going to talk about Pilsner Urquell who has made it their mission to not only support photography but bring forth creative assignments and competitions.

On our MEDIA page you will find short films about 3 photographers given a unique assignment to interpret their impression of Pilsner Urquell and its heritage.

Pretty open brief, right? Sounds like a dream assignment to me.

“Pilsner Urquell and Photography

Pilsner Urquell has made it its mission to support and promote photography as a contemporary art form and celebrate its power to inspire people around the world.

Tremendous synergy exists between the brand characteristics of Pilsner Urquell and the medium of photography and both are appreciated by discerning individuals who believe in self-expression and the right to their own opinions.

In partnering with the IPA and Lucie Awards, Pilsner Urquell recognises that it will be able to reach out to those consumers who are looking for new opportunities to express themselves in different ways.”

The Pilsner Urquell International Photography Awards Competition
is the world’s most prestigious photography contest for both professional and amateur photographers. We accept prints, slides and digital photos in Advertising, Architecture, Book, Editorial, Fine Art, Nature, People and Special categories. Enter for your chance to win the coveted title of International Photographer of the Year and the $10,000 cash prize today.

The Pilsner Urquell International Photography Awards conducts two competitions each year–one for professional photographers and one for non-professionals. Both are open to photographers anywhere in the world.

The fifteen winners of the main categories listed below (eight professionals and seven non-professionals) will compete for IPA’s top award of International Photographer of the Year. Those fifteen will be invited to attend the Lucie Awards, presented by Pilsner Urquell, where one will be announced as the grand winner, earning the coveted Lucie and a cash prize of $10,000 provided by AtEdge. In addition, the seven non-professional category winners will compete for the Discovery of the Year Award, for which one will win the Lucie and $5,000 provided by Pilsner Urquell.

Besides earning the chance to compete for the top two prizes, the fifteen category winners will each also receive two tickets to the Lucie Awards, a free copy of the Annual Awards Book and the following titles:

Advertising Photographer of the Year
Architectural Photographer of the Year
Editorial Photographer of the Year
Photography Book of the Year (professional category only)
Fine Art Photographer of the Year
Nature Photographer of the Year
People Photographer of the Year
Photographer of the Year in the Special category

Each year IPA will invite an established curator to select 40-50 images from both the professional and non-professional pools of first, second, and third place winners to be exhibited at the prestigious Farmani Gallery in Los Angeles and travel to eight other countries, ensuring the greatest exposure for the winning photographs.

In addition, the work of all first, second and third place winners will be published in the high-quality, full-color, hardcover award winning Annual International Photography Awards Book designed by Ceative Director, Jeff Griffith.

And this year, they have added another category: Deeper Perspective Competition

Entries will be judged not only n the merit of the image but photographers are invited to share their “deeper perspective” of the world and their photographs and stories will be judged together for their success in evoking emotion and inspiring others.

Now that’s good stuff.

Need a little inspiration to get you started?
We’ll send a copy of Family Of Man photographic book to the first people to send us an email with the words ” Inspiration” in the subject line and a shipping address. Send your email to:

All of this is just trying to talk to you about one thing: what brands/products/companies support and care about the things you love?

We’ll keep letting you know from our perspective. And by “our”, I mean all of us.

Damon Webster


Upcoming Events

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Current Exhibitions

  • Getty Center
  • In Focus: Expressions
  • Oct. 7th, 2018
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive
  • Los Angeles, CA. 90049
  • Tel: 310-440-7300
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Stephen Shore
  • November 19, 2017–May 28, 2018
  • 11 West 53 Street
  • New York,NY 10001
  • Tel:212-708-9400
  • Yossi Milo Gallery
  • Sanle Sory
  • Through June 23rdst, 2018
  • 245 Tenth Avenue
  • New York,NY 10001
  • Tel: 212-414-0370
  • Howard Greenberg Gallery
  • Through May 5th, 2018
  • 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406
  • New York,NY 10022
  • Tel: 212-334-0100
  • Peter Fetterman Gallery
  • JEFFREY CONLEY Reverence
  • Through June 9th, 2018
  • 2525 Michigan Avenue Gallery A1
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • 90404
  • Phone: 310.453.6463

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