Call For Entries: 19th Annual Gordon Parks International Photography Competition


FORT SCOTT, KS – The Gordon Parks Center for Culture and Diversity at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, KS, has announced a Call For Entries in the 19th Annual Gordon Parks International Photo Competition. The competition honors one of the world’s most famous photographers, filmmakers, novelists, poets, and composers, Gordon Parks, who was born and raised in Fort Scott. Parks, 93, died March 9, 2006, at his home in New York City. The Kansas native was Life magazine's first black photographer and Hollywood's first major black film director.

The deadline for entering the Parks Competition contest is Friday, June 29, 2007. Winners will be announced during the third annual Gordon Parks Celebration of Culture and Diversity on October 3 through 6, 2007, at the college. The 2007 Gordon Parks Competition Finalists’ exhibit will hang at Fort Scott Community College in September and October and may travel to other exhibit sites during the year.Prizes of $1,000, $500 & $250 will be awarded to the top three photographs for a total of $1,750 in awards money. Honorable Mentions may be cited but do not have a cash prize.

Last year’s first place winner was Danish photographer Charlotte Oestervang for her photographs “Kashmir Three Months After the Earthquake.” Danielle P. Richards of Teaneck, NJ, won second place for her picture “Flood Follies,” and there was a tie for third place between Sean B. Masterson of Carlsbad, CA, for “Malaria” and Associated Press photojournalist Eric Gay of San Antonio, TX, for his Katrina photograph titled “Tanisha Belvin and Nita LaGarde.”

The contest awards $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place. Honorable mentions may be cited but do not have a cash prize. Each photographer may enter up to four photographs. Each photograph will be judged as an individual entry. No photo essays will be accepted. Digitally altered photographs will be disqualified. There is an entry fee of $15 for each photograph.

Contest organizers say the competition is open to any photographer, amateur or professional, and that photographs submitted should have been taken within the last five years and should reflect the culture and diversity themes exhibited in the life and works of Parks. Each photographer may submit up to four photographs, and each photograph will be judged as an individual entry. Organizers also say that o photo essays will be accepted, and any digitally altered photos (any alteration that distorts the original image) will be disqualified.

Photographs must be submitted on (either Mac or PC) 3.5 discs, CDs, CD-RWs, or via eMail to [email protected] All files must be JPEG in format. (If eMailed limit file size to less than 3 MB.) No slides or actual photos will be allowed. Organizers say that if you wish to receive confirmation on eMail entries, please request it in your original message, and point out that file names should match the name of the entry.

Contest organizers say the following information is required when entering photos on CD, disc, or with an eMail entry: 1) the title of the photograph; 2) the photographer’s name; 3) current address, including Zip code; 4) current telephone number; 5) a working eMail address.

Photographers are encouraged to submit captions describing their, and that captions should include the title of the work, photographer’s name, and the file name, while limiting captions to 50 words or less.

For each photo entry there is a $15 fee. Photographers can enter up to four photographs. Checks or money orders (in U.S. funds) should be made payable to FSCC Endowment Association and should accompany the entries sent on disc or CD. The contest accepts Visa & Mastercard payments. All eMailed entries should have fees paid by June 29, 2007. All contest fees are non-refundable.

Entry forms and additional information can be found at Send an eMail with questions to [email protected]. Additional information can be found at under "Special Events."