Sponsored by Creative Loafing, photographers from all over the world submitted more than 700 entries in the following categories: People and Portraits; Places, Landscapes and Drone photography; Nature, Science and Animals; Documentary/Social and Political Photojournalism; Still Life; Abstract; and Conceptual.
A panel of local curators and artists judged the submissions and selected the top three images from each of the seven categories. One additional image was voted People’s Choice winner by participating photographers and their peers, bringing the total number of images in the exhibition to 22. Other than U.S.-based photographers, the final exhibition lineup includes contestants from Belgium, Austria, Israel and New Zealand.
“Our jurors had such a difficult job selecting winners this year,” said FMoPA Executive Director Zora Carrier, Ph.D. “We received so many powerful and significant submissions that it was nearly impossible to narrow it down to only 22. This year’s exhibition features strong and individual perspectives and truly remarkable photography.”
In addition to being exhibited in the museum’s Community Gallery, the winners’ work also will be exhibited on FMoPA’s exterior LED sign.
This year, the photograph that received the highest score from the competition’s jurors was submitted by Kevin Barney, who entered his image “Caged” in the Nature, Science and Animals category. Barney will receive a $1,000 cash prize.
Winners have already been announced. For a complete list, visit www.fmopa.org. An awards ceremony honoring the winners will be held at the museum on June 22 from 5-7 p.m.
The “2018 International Photography Competition” exhibition is on view during regular museum operating hours and is included in the general admission price. Museum admission is free for members and $10 for not-yet-members.
About FMoPA: The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is a museum dedicated to exhibiting important photographic art as central to contemporary life and culture. FMoPA collects, preserves and exhibits historic and contemporary works by nationally and internationally known photographic artists. FMoPA also enriches the community by operating outreach programs for children and adults and by offering an extensive array of photography classes.
The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is one of fewer than 10 museums in the United States dedicated exclusively to photography and one of two such museums in the state of Florida.
Admission to the museum is free for members. Admission for not-yet members is $10.
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
400 North Ashley, Cube 200
Tampa, FL 33602
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Friday: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
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(Docent tours every Sunday at 2 p.m.)
SOURCE: The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
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