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ONWARD'11: A Conversation with Director, Tsuyoshi

Untitled, Leah Giesler. From Onward’10.


What is Onward?
Onward is an annual photography competition for emerging photographers that is hosted by Project Basho. It is open to anyone internationally.

Who is the juror for this year’s competition?
This year’s juror is the legendary Larry Fink, who has  exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Musée de la Lausanne Photographie in Belgium, and the Musée de l’Elysée in Switzerland.

Past jurors have been Andrea Modica (’08), Peter Barbarie, the curator of photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (’09) and Debbie Fleming Caffery (’10).


Elizabeth, Andrea Land. From Onward’10.


What are the objectives?
The main objectives for Onward ’11 are to have photographers show us their best work. Once Larry Fink makes his selections (jurors in years past have selected anywhere from 40-70 photographers) we work hard to ensure that these photographers have a wealth of opportunities for their work seen and to grow their photographic community.

The physical opening for the Onward ’11 exhibition will be in February of 2011 at the Project Basho Gallery in Philadelphia. Two selected photographers will also receive a two-person show in the gallery space at a later date.

What are the requirements to submit?
ONWARD is open to individuals who have not had previous commercial gallery representation or a contractual agreement with any gallery.

How much does it cost?
The entry fee is $40 for up to three images, plus $10 for each additional image.

What is the maximum of images one can submit to the competition?
A maximum of five images will be accepted.

What is the deadline to submit?
The deadline is November 19, 2010.

Where do photographers link to submit?
All submissions are being taken through the Onward ’11 online form, which can be found at http://onward.projectbasho.org/submit.html.


Mytilene, Greece, 2007, Stella Johnson. From Onward’10.


Why did you decide to organize this event?
ONWARD began with the idea that new and contemporary photography should have a voice and space to grow and breathe. What started as an attempt to bring together photographers from Philadelphia and the surrounding areas has grown into an entity with national and international reach. One of our main focuses remains to exhibit emerging photographers’ work, but ONWARD goes further by fostering a photography community  which facilitates the development of an active discourse surrounding photography.

What makes it unique?
Onward is unique in that each year we bring the some of the best photographers out there to judge the work, and we continue to grow, not just in terms of number of applicants, but the opportunities and prizes we can offer those who are selected thanks to the partnerships we have with other photography organizations and companies.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the FotoVisura community?
Stay tuned to the Onward website in the next week or so for two very big announcements that will take Onward ’11 to uncharted territory.


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  • Jacob says:

    We just announced that Ricoh’s photo gallery, Ring Cube in Tokyo will extend a sponsored invitation not only to bring the ONWARD ’11 exhibition to Japan, but for the two winners and juror, Larry Fink to travel to Tokyo for the opening as well! Take a look at the details here: http://onward.projectbasho.org/onward-goes-to-japan/

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