The theme (how apropos) is Time.
You’re free to interpret that as broadly or as specifically as you like (speed, stasis, past, future, daytime, nighttime, the space-time continuum — any of these or none of these, it’s up to you). And in the case of the video contest, you’re literally going to be working against time: The limit for video submissions is 60 seconds or less.
The percs for finalists are better than ever. The top 10 photographers, plus the Readers’ Choice winner, will, as they did last year, receive family memberships to the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. And this year they’ll get a beautiful new showcase: a two-month-long gallery exhibition (March 29-May 27) at FMOPA’s brand new home in the iconic Rivergate Tower (aka The Cube, adjacent to the building more commonly known as the Beercan).
The top-finishing videos will also get major exposure. They’ll be shown during the Gasparilla International Film Festival (March 29-April 1) at a special awards screening on March 30, and before feature films throughout the festival. In addition, each of the top 10 finalists and the Readers’ Choice winner will receive a Filmmaker’s Pass, granting them admission to all GIFF screenings and to the Filmmakers’ Hospitality Suite, where they can hobnob with other industry professionals.
We’re accepting photo and video entries today until 5 p.m. at cltampa.com/visions. The judges for the photo contest include Rebecca Sexton Larson, 2005 Tampa Photographer Laureate and co-founder of Boxfotos Airstream; FMOPA Curator Joann Milani; and CL’s Megan Voeller and Todd Bates, our visual art critic and creative director, respectively. Megan will also help judge the video contest, along with Wendy Babcox, associate professor in the School of Art and Art History at USF, and Joe Bardi, CL associate editor and movies/TV site editor.
Last year 250 photographers submitted 475 photos; the grand prize went to Nick Nicks for his photo, "Airstream Ranch Sunrise."
Will you be one of the grand prize winners this year? Can your visions win you a thousand bucks? The only way you'll find out is to enter TODAY before 5 p.m.