When the Flash Forward Emerging Artists Competition first began 13 years ago, the intention was to support and encourage emerging photographers in Canada and stack them up against their counterparts in the U.S. and U.K. to show that there was a group of talented voices not getting the exposure it deserved.
As we enter our 14th year, we are seeing a growing shift in perspective: The work of these young people is being taken seriously industry wide, as gallerists, art buyers and photo editors realize that this younger generation is better suited to tell the stories that speak to their peer group. You only need to look to the explosion of Instagram and the talent mining that routinely happens there, for major campaigns to see the change.
Because of this and in the spirit of standing up for under-served artists focusing on the major issues of our time, The Magenta Foundation is announcing a big change for Flash Forward 2018.
Flash Forward 2018 will be an emerging photographers competition for ALL photographers (34 years-of-age or under, as of December 31, 2017), in all forms of photography, from all over the world.
This year we’re also introducing 4 additional areas of special interest:
– Racial Issues
– Climate and the Environment
– LGBTQ Issues
– Female-identifying Photographers
If your work is not in the 4 special interest categories, don’t worry. You can still submit your work!!! If you win, your work will be included in the main catalogue.