Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Talent Call - Entry Conditions

There has been a lot of discussion surrounding the age requirements for entering The Foam Talent Call. If you are one of the photographers who falls outside the age range, please do not feel excluded. You can still submit your portfolio for consideration for Foam Magazine.  Age has nothing to do with the portfolios featured in three out of four issues. These are selected purely for their photographic, artistic, or documentary quality.

Olivia Bee is a perfect example. She started her projects at a very young age, so young in fact that she could not apply to the Talent Call. Nevertheless, we featured her fantastic work in Magazine issue #26 because she is an outstanding photographer. As are all the 174 photographers featured in Foam Magazine since its birth.

The age limits set for the Talent Call have been created in order to focus once a year on a particular segment of photographers. This is for the simple reason that we are curious about how this generation of people look at the world and express themselves with a camera.

If you don't fit into the Talent Call's age range, don't be put off. We'll still be very pleased to review your work. Our submission guidelines are on the website, all you have to do is send us a PDF or a link to your images and a written statement. We'll try to get back to you within a reasonable amount of time, however bear in mind that we receive a large number of submissions every week.

The entry fee to the competition has also been discussed at length. Because Foam Magazine is non-profit, the €35 that we ask to enter The Foam Talent Call goes 100% towards producing future issues. We have a small, dedicated team that is passionate about photography and they devote a great deal of time into sourcing not just great work, but also the best way to present it. The proceeds from the Talent Call are used to pay for the best papers, the highest quality printing techniques, exceptional writers and creative designers. This income is also being invested in a planned iPad app so we can serve our readers even better in the future. Without the financial support of initiatives like The Foam Talent Call we couldn't continue to deliver this publication that we care so much about.

Hopefully, this goes some way to explaining the conditions that are attached to The Foam Talent Call. So whether you are eligible for our competition or not, there is still every chance that your portfolio could feature in one of the next issues of Foam Magazine. We look forward to seeing your work.

Elisa Medde


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