Volgograd Football Photography Competition

Our Friends in Volgograd have sent this info about an international photo competition (deadline 30th April):

PROVISIONS of the INTERNATIONAL PHOTO CONTEST

Mashkov Museum Mundial to be included into the cultural program of hosting 2018 FIFA World CupTM in Volgograd

“Sport should be viewed as a source and an incentive for art, because the integration of

sport and art is one of the crucial instruments for the harmonization of

human character and the bridging of the gap between one’s

physical and spiritual development.”

Pierre de Coubertin

“MUSEUM MUNDIAL” International photo contest, organized within the cultural program of FIFA World Cup Russia 2018TM in Volgograd region, seeks to improve the efficiency of measures aimed at the preparation and holding of the event, as well as to create new visual accents in the region’s cultural space.

The project will synergize the artistic efforts of Russian and foreign photographic artists; reflect the current state of photographic art as a means to rediscover life, human capabilities, physical and spiritual perfection; and graphically inform citizens and guests of Volgograd about the most relevant artistic processes occurring today in the world of Russian and foreign photography.

The event will feature a main exposition (Exhibition hall of Volgograd Museum of Fine Arts in the name of I.I. Mashkov located at 37, Chuikova St.) and a parallel exposition (award-winning photographs will be displayed on advertising constructions situated within the city’s territory.)

Thus, we will simultaneously promote works by the most original photographers and improve the overall appeal of the urban space before and during the matches of 2018 FIFA World CupTM held in Volgograd.

Since ancient times, the beauty and agility of a human body have steadily attracted the attention of painters and sculptors. Sport itself is known to have stimulated the birth and development of numerous art forms: sport photography, sport cinema, ice ballet, stage calisthenics, theatre of sport and movement, etc. In the 21st century, sport and sporting activities come in new forms and methods which serve as a vivid expression of the society’s current humanistic and aesthetic ideal.

The competition will feature an independent jury; an exposition; several creative workshops; artistic flash mobs, seminars and lectures dedicated to the most relevant issues of today’s sport and artistic culture; and issuing a catalogue of participants’ works.

The festival will allow its participants to acquire a fuller understanding of today’s Russian and foreign photographic art. Its visitors, in their turn, will profit from the display of visual culture and many existing artistic opinions on sport. The exhibition will undoubtedly become a meaningful event in the artistic and sportive life of the region.

PROJECT’S COORDINATING ORGANS

Organizing committee (composed of art professionals, local government functionaries, representatives of non-profit organizations; responsible for the preparation and holding of the event)

Council of experts (composed of experts in the area of contemporary art; responsible for the elaboration of the Project’s overall concept, adoption of the program, selection of works for the exhibition, designation of participants, designation of winners and nominees)

Contest’s directorate (executive organ supervising the Project’s implementation)

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Administration of Volgograd region

Committee for Culture, Administration of Volgograd region

Committee for Sport and Youth Politics, Administration of Volgograd region

Committee for the Preparation and Holding of the FIFA World Cup 2018TM in Volgograd Region

“Volgograd Museum of Fine Arts in the name of I.I. Mashkov” State-Funded Cultural Institution

“NOVYI MUZEY” Charitable fund for the Development of the Museum of Fine Arts

Department of Cultural Affairs of Volgograd administration

Department of Advertising of Volgograd administration

Committee for Physical Culture and Sport of Volgograd administration

International and regional relations directorate of Volgograd administration

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE CONTEST

  • Development of the region’s cultural infrastructure in anticipation of the 2018 FIFA World CupTM
  • Visual representation of the 2018 FIFA World CupTM (as an event) in the region’s art space
  • Raising social awareness of the event among citizens and guests of the city by means of fine arts
  • Enhancing the appeal of the city space and its artistic decoration
  • Development of cultural relations among nations
  • Drawing the attention of both Russian and international art communities to the ideas of the ideas of peaceful coexistence, creation, friendly relations among nations, physical and spiritual perfection
  • Promotion of the museum itself in the region’s social and cultural space
  • Introducing wide public to the modern opportunities of photographic art
  • Consolidation of artistic resources for the development and creation of a new active international artistic environment

 

PROJECT TIMELINE

2015 – elaboration of the Contest Provisions, distributing the Provisions amidst participants

2016 – All-Russian stage of the Contest:

accepting participants’ applications;

framing the works submitted;

exhibiting submitted works in the Exhibition hall of Volgograd Museum of Fine Arts;

displaying award-winning works on advertising constructions in the city’s territory;

exhibition opening ceremony;

other activities within the Project.

2017 – International stage of the Contest:

accepting participants’ applications;

framing the works submitted;

work of the jury;

preparing a draft catalogue of the Contest’s works;

other activities within the Project.

2018 – Final stage of the Contest:

printing of the catalogue;

framing the works submitted;

exhibiting submitted works in the Exhibition hall of Volgograd Museum of Fine Arts;

displaying award-winning works on advertising constructions in the city’s territory;

exhibition opening ceremony (held during the 2018 FIFA World CupTM);

other activities within the Project.

THEME OF THE CONTEST

We accept pieces of photographic art dedicated to the topic of FOOTBALL.

PARTICIPANTS OF THE CONTEST

The Contest is open for professional and amateur photographic artists, artistic unions, and whole galleries.

Contest finalists will be identified by means of a two-stage selection.

Each participant can submit up to 50 works in digital format.

All works submitted must be intellectual property of their authors.

PARTICIPATION FORMAT

Organizers of the Contest will provide exhibition areas and relevant equipment, print out the works and ensure their proper display, issue a catalogue of participants’ works, and ensure media coverage of the event.

Participation is free of charge.

APPLICATION PROCESS

First stage of the Contest (for participants on the territory of Russia)

For participation in this stage, you should submit the following materials to the Organizing committee before 30 April 2016 (preferably in a single e-mail, to the addressvolgmuz_art@mail.ru”, stating “Photo Contest” in the subject line):

 

  • An application (See Annex 1) in digital format

The application should be filled in in Russian or English.

By submitting the application, you license the organizers to print your works in the catalogue, exhibit them during the Exhibition and display them on advertising constructions in the city’s territory. The “Address” field in the Application should indicate the address to which you would like us to send you a printed catalogue later.

  • The work itself (or several works) in digital format
  • Artistic CV in digital format (no longer than ½ pages in 14 point size)

Pre-selection of the Contest’s Participants will be carried out by the Contest’s Council of experts.

The authors of the selected works will receive an invitation letter from the Contest’s organizers by 30 May 2016. This letter will enumerate which of your works were selected for the catalogue and exhibition.

Digital copies of the selected works should be submitted to the addressvolgmuz_art@mail.ru” before 30 July 2016 for printing out the catalogue. The e-mail should contain hyperlinks to the images stored in the Internet. The name of each image file should contain the work’s title and the author’s name.

Image requirements: 300 DPI, RGB, TIFF (at least 3,200 pixels along the image’s width.)

Second stage of the Contest (for international participants)

For participation in this stage, you should submit the following materials to the Organizing committee before 30 April 2016 (preferably in a single e-mail, to the addressvolgmuz_art@mail.ru”, stating “Photo Contest” in the subject line):

 

  • An application (See Annex 1) in digital format

The application should be filled in in English.

By submitting the application, you license the organizers to print your works in the catalogue, exhibit them during the Exhibition and display them on advertising constructions on the city’s territory.

  • The work itself (or several works) in digital format
  • Artistic CV in digital format (no longer than ½ pages in 14 point size)

Pre-selection of the Contest’s Participants will be carried out by the Contest’s Council of experts.

The authors of the selected works will receive an invitation letter from the Contest’s organizers by 30 May 2016. This letter will enumerate which of your works were selected for the catalogue and exhibition.

Digital copies of the selected works should be submitted to the addressvolgmuz_art@mail.ru” before 30 July 2016 for printing out the catalogue. The e-mail should contain hyperlinks to the images stored in the Internet. The name of each image file should contain the work’s title and the author’s name.

Image requirements: 300 DPI, RGB, TIFF (at least 3,200 pixels along the image’s width.)

 

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

Conformity with the Contest’s theme (football.)

Originality of the photo’s idea and content.

Aestheticism and the quality of realization.

 

 

EXHIBITION

The main exhibition will take place in the Exhibition hall of Volgograd Museum of Fine Arts in the name of I.I. Mashkov (at 37, Chuikova St., Volgograd) in 2018.

Award-winning works will be displayed on advertising constructions in the city and the whole region during 2018.

 

 

AWARDS

All participants whose works are featured in the Exhibition will be awarded diplomas and catalogues of the Exhibition.

The Contest winners will be invited to Volgograd to the 2018 FIFA World CupTM and the opening of the Exhibition. They will also be awarded diplomas of photographic contest laureates and memorial gifts, as well as offered an opportunity of a personal exhibition in the Museum of Fine Arts.

Names of the authors whose works are featured in the Exhibition, and the names of the winners will be displayed on the official website of Volgograd Museum of Fine Arts in the name of I.I. Mashkov: http://www.volgogradmuseum.ru.

 

CONTACTS:

e-mail: volgmuz_art@mail.ru

INTERNATIONAL PHOTO CONTEST – Annex_ENG

 

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