Iowa Review Award in Photography

Congratulations to the winner of our 2013 Iowa Review Award in Photography, Colin Edgington (left), for his series, "Umbrae."

Maury Gortemiller (right) was named runner-up for his series, "Do the Priest in Different Voices."

Excerpts from both series will appear in our December 2013 issue. 


The Iowa Review is pleased to announce the newest category of its Iowa Review Awards: photography. The 2013 Iowa Review Award in Photography will be judged by Alec Soth, photographer, and Kathleen Edwards, Chief Curator, University of Iowa Museum of Art. The winner will receive $1,500 and be featured in an image essay in the December 2013 issue of The Iowa Review. The runner-up will receive $750.

Rules

  • Submit up to ten digital images at iowareview.submittable.com. Work must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are fine assuming you immediately inform us of acceptance elsewhere.
  • The specs for submitted work are as follows: JPG format only, 72 DPI, sRGB color space profile, a maximum of 2,000 pixels in width or height. The winner will be asked to provide high-resolution images at a later date.
  • Please do not include your name in the filename of your JPGs so that the contest can remain blind. Include personal information in your cover letter only.
  • The submission fee is $20. Add an additional $10 for a yearlong subscription to the magazine (optional).
  • Submissions must be received in Submittable between January 1 and January 31, 2013.


Eligibility and Conflicts of Interest

Current students, faculty, or staff of the University of Iowa are not eligible to enter the contest.

Work is ineligible to win if it is slated for publication before December 2013 or if it has been named winner or runner-up in any other contest. Please withdraw work from our contest immediately if these conditions apply.

Judges are instructed not to award the prize to entrants with whom they have had a personal or professional relationship. Despite viewing the images with artist names removed, judges may sometimes be able to guess the identity of the entrant. Even if they can't tell during the judging process, they have the right to change their decision if it turns out that the entrant is someone with whom there is any appearance of conflict of interest. Therefore, we advise entrants not to enter the contest if the judge is someone they know personally or have worked with professionally.


About the Judges

Alec Soth is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials. In 2008, a large survey exhibition of Soth’s work was exhibited at Jeu de Paume in Paris and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. In 2010, the Walker Art Center produced a large survey exhibition of Soth’s work entitled From Here To There. Alec Soth’s first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi, was published by Steidl in 2004 to critical acclaim. Since then Soth has published NIAGARA (2006), Fashion Magazine (2007), Dog Days, Bogotá (2007), The Last Days of W (2008), and Broken Manual (2010). In 2008, Soth started his own publishing company, Little Brown Mushroom. Soth is represented by Sean Kelly in New York and Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis and is a member of Magnum Photos.

Kathleen Edwards is Chief Curator at University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, and adjunct professor in the UI Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature. She has curated many exhibitions, including Legacies for Iowa: Pollock’s Mural and other Masterworks from the UIMA; Lil Picard and Counterculture New York; I AM: Prints by Elizabeth Catlett; Acting Out: Invented Melodrama and Contemporary Photography; Subject Matters: The Alan and Ann January Collection of American Prints and Drawings; From Hayter to Pettibon: American Workshop Prints from the Permanent Collection; and Art is Life/Life is Art: The Graphic Work of Dieter Roth.  Edwards was formerly executive director of The Print Center in Philadelphia, a nonprofit organization that supports the work of artists using print media.