2008 New York Photo Award Nominee

Harlan Erskine, “Guest Bedroom. Vero Beach, Florida” © 2007

The image above was my submission to the Student Personal work / fine art - Single category that is now a nominated work.

From the events Press Release:


The New York Photo Festival is pleased to announce the

Nominees for the
New York Photo Awards

View the Nominees at 

Friday, May 16, 2008
Awards Begin at 8pm

St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn

After Party Begins at 9:30pm
The powerHouse Arena, Brooklyn

Sponsored by PhotoShelter Inc.
Music by DJ Disco Wiz
Drinks Courtesy of Stella Artois

The nominees for New York Photo Awards have just been announced! View the list at www.newyorkphotoawards.com

The New York Photo Festival invites you to celebrate the work of the Winners and Honorable Mentions of the inaugural New York Photo Awards. The New York Photo Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 16 at 8pm
Selected works of the Winners and Honorable Mentions will be presented
on the big screen before a packed audience of industry luminaries.
Sixteen major awards will be publicly presented to the Award Winners,
and thirty-two artists will receive Honorable Mention certificates.

One Award and two Honorable Mention certificates will be presented in each of the following categories: Editorial (series/single), Personal Work/ Unpublished/ Fine Art (series/single), Advertising (series/single), Books, Multimedia (photo/audio and video/audio), and in each of the Student categories: Editorial (series/single), Personal Work/ Unpublished/ Fine Art (series/single), Books, and Multimedia (photo/audio and video/audio). Each category winner will also receive a Canon PowerShot G9 Digital Camera, courtesy of Canon USA.

Located in the St. Ann’s Theater, designed to accommodate 500 persons, the ceremony will feature guest speakers, a/v projections of winning works, presentation of the awards and subsequent acceptance speeches. Award Presenters include: Tim Barber (tinyvices.com and New York Photo Festival curator), Michelle Bogre (Parsons New School for Design), David Friend (Vanity Fair), photographer Lauren Greenfield, Bill Hunt (Hasted Hunt Gallery), Meagan Keane (PhotoShelter), Charlie Melcher (Melcher Media), Alison Morley  (International Center of Photography), Jules Naudet (Hachette Filipacchi), Evan Nisselson (Digital Railroad), Jody Quon (New York magazine), David Schonauer (American Photo), Mary Virginia Swanson (Marketing Consultant and Educator), Lauren Wendle (PDN), and the festival founders and co-chairmen, Frank Evers of VII Photo Agency and Daniel Power of powerHouse Books.

The New York Photo Awards After Party will be located at The powerHouse Arena and will begin at 9:30pm. Classic soul tunes courtesy of the legendary DJ Disco Wiz. Drinks will be served.

Admission to the Awards Ceremony and After-Party is included in the Evening Programming ticket.

About the New York Photo Awards:
A new international, annual competition launched during the New York Photo Festival, the New York Photo Awards, will honor talented photographers from all over the world whose exceptional work breaks new grounds visually, intellectually and aesthetically. The Awards will give those visual artists the opportunity to reach key decision makers in the photographic community and the editorial, fine art and fashion worlds.

All Award Winners and Honorable Mentions will enjoy unprecedented visibility for their work. In addition to the New York Photo Awards ceremony, their work will be showcased on the New York Photo Awards and New York Photo Festival websites, and published in leading photo magazines. These artists are also automatically eligible for inclusion in a beautifully produced New York Photo Awards Annual by powerHouse Books. The Annual will be published in November 2008.

The Chairwoman of the jury is Elisabeth Biondi (The New Yorker). The members of the jury are: Bill Hunt (Hasted Hunt Gallery), Jody Quon (New York magazine), Benjamin Trigano (M + B Gallery), and Charlie Melcher (Melcher Media) from the New York Photo Festival Advisory Board, photographer Lauren Greenfield, Tim Barber (of tinyvices.com, and New York Photo Festival curator), and the festival's founders and co-chairmen: Frank Evers of VII Photo Agency and Daniel Power of powerHouse Books.

A separate set of jurors from the multimedia industry will judge submissions in the Multimedia category, including the Snorri Bros. (famed Sprint commercial directors), Bjarke Myrthu (Magnum In Motion), Meredith Birkett (MSNBC) and Greg Clayman (MTV), as well as Lauren Greenfield, Frank Evers, and Daniel Power.

As part of PhotoShelter Inc.’s sponsorship of the event, the PhotoShelter Personal Archive will be used to store each photographer’s images, distribute galleries to jury members, support the process of filtering and the ultimate selection of winning images.  The Personal Archive is PhotoShelter’s solution that allows photographers to archive, organize, distribute and sell their images online with powerfull tools including slideshows, lightboxes, ecommerce capabilities, and website customization.

DJ Disco Wiz, (born Luis Cedeño), is credited with being the first Latino DJ in Hip-Hop music. Wiz teamed up with Casanova Fly (Grandmaster Caz), to form the Mighty Force crew in the mid-70s in the Bronx. Wiz is also credited for being the first DJ to create a "mixed plate" in 1977 (hip-hop’s first mixed dub recording) when he and Caz combined sound bites, special effects and paused beats. The creator of The Hip-Hop Meets Spoken Wordz Series, a hip-hop and poetry performance series that gives a voice to up and coming Latino talent in New York City, Wiz has performed as a poet at the Apollo Theater and the landmark Nuyorican Poets Cafe. A major contributor to the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington, Wiz is also a board member of the Universal Federation for the Preservation of Hip Hop Culture, chaired by Afrika Bambaataa of the Universal Zulu Nation. At present time Wiz is co-authoring his memoirs with Simon
& Schuster author Ivan Sanchez. The book is titled, It’s Just Begun: The Epic Journey of DJ Disco Wiz, Hip-Hop’s First Latino DJ.

For more information, please contact Sara Rosen, Publicity Director
New York Photo Festival, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: 212-604-9074 x105, Fax: 212-366-5247