Call For Entries: 17th Annual Gordon Parks International Photography Competition

The 2005 Gordon Parks International Photo Competition has issued a call for entries for their 17th annual competition. The entry deadline is July 13, 2005. “The competition is open to both professional and amateur photographers around the world, and we accept color and black and white prints,” said Kari West, the contest coordinator at the Gordon Parks Center for Culture & Diversity at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, KA.

“The 17th Annual Gordon Parks Photography Competition honors one of the world’s most famous photographers, Gordon Parks, who was born and raised in Fort Scott. This competition is open to any photographer, amateur or professional. Photographs submitted should reflect the important culture and diversity themes in the life and works of Gordon Parks,” West wrote.

The 2005 Gordon Parks Competition Finalists’ exhibit will hang from September 16 to October 14 at Fort Scott Community College. The contest is also part of the Second Annual Gordon Parks Celebration Of Culture and Diversity, which runs October 5-8 at the Center.

Each photographer may submit up to four photographs. Each photograph will be judged as an individual entry. No photo essays will be accepted. Digitally altered photos (any alteration that distorts the original image) will be disqualified.

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 disk or CD. The contest accepts Visa & Mastercard payments. All eMailed entries should have fees paid by July 13, 2005. All contest fees are non-refundable.

Photographs must be submitted on (either Mac or PC) 3.5 disks, CDs, CD-RWs, or via eMail to [email protected] All files must be JPEG in format. (If eMailed limit file size to less than 3MB.)No slides or actual photos will be allowed. Keep a copy of your entry for your records, we will NOT return any entries. If you wish to receive confirmation on e-mail entries, request it in your original message. File Names should match the name of the entry.

West says to include this information on the CD, disk, or with your eMail attachment:

1. Title of the Photograph
2. Your Name
3. Your Current Address, including zip code
4. A Current Phone number
5. A working eMail address

Photographers are encouraged to submit captions with their work. The captions should include the title of work, the photographer’s name, and the file name. Limit captions to 50 words or less.

The last day that photos and entry fees will be accepted for the competition is Wednesday, July 13,2005. (All entries must be postmarked by that date.)

The Entry Form for the competition can be downloaded here as an Acrobat .PDF file. The entry form is on the last page of the .PDF file. Additional information can be found at under "Special Events."

Preliminary judging will be completed using the files as they were originally submitted. The jury will select the images to be included in the final judging. Photographers whose entries are selected as finalists will be required to submit matted prints for the final judging. Finalists will be notified by phone or eMail.