The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) is pleased to announce its second annual offering of a $5000 award to recognize and reward a fine art photographer who is creating or has completed a significant body of photographic work.
The Clarence John Laughlin Award was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance to support the work of photographers who use the medium as a means of creative expression. It honors the life and work of Clarence John Laughlin (1905-1985), a New Orleans photographer best known for his surrealist images of the American South. The Clarence John Laughlin Award grants one $5000 prize annually to a photographer whose work exhibits sustained artistic excellence and creative vision.
George Slade, Curator for Photographic Resource Center, will serve as this year’s juror.
The award is open to emerging and established photographers who reside in the U.S. The online application process requires a portfolio of 10-20 photographs, a written statement, a bio or CV, and a $25 application fee. The application deadline is September 1, 2011. Only one recipient will be selected to receive the $5,000 award.
The New Orleans Photo Alliance was formed by a diverse group of photographers in 2006 to foster community and opportunities for photographers in the Gulf South. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage the understanding and appreciation of photography. NOPA currently serves more than 350 members from Louisiana and throughout the United States. Since its inception NOPA has sponsored numerous photographic exhibitions, workshops and educational programs, including PhotoNOLA, the annual photography festival held each December in New Orleans. In 2009, NOPA instituted the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography, a $5000 annual grant.