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Details: Naked Judging: The 2012 Canteen Awards in Photography

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Current entries
Live finale

Judges for the live final roundArnold Lehman (Director of the Brooklyn Museum), Susan Bright (curator and author), and Amy Stein (photographer). This live judging panel will be moderated by photographer Anthony Goicolea.

Judges for the first round: Photographer Anthony Goicolea, photographic duo Tribble & Mancenido, and photographer (and Canteen‘s Art Director) JJ Sulin.

Entry deadline: December 30, 2012, 11:59 pm.
Live-judging finale: February 21, 2013 at in Brooklyn. This event will also be live-streamed, with internet-based questions taken.  See:

Entry Fee: $20; $15 for students. Entry fee allows entrants to submit 5 to 8 photos, and gets each entrant a print issue of Canteen magazine. At the contest’s conclusion, any profits will be refunded to entrants; full cash-flow details will be posted on this website.

Instead of charging an exorbitant entry fee to produce large cash prizes that benefit very few of our participants, we are structuring our prizes around the idea of providing maximum exposure.

Winner: (1) A full portfolio in the next print issue of Canteen. (2) A full portfolio featured online at Lenscratch. (3) A one hour one-on-one conversation with one of our three judges (of the winner’s choosing)—a conversation that can take the form of a portfolio review, career advice, or anything of the winner’s choosing.1

Runners-up: Between 2 and 5 runners-up will be chosen, depending on our judges’ whims. Each will receive a partial portfolio posted on Lenscratch and in Canteen‘s next print issue.

Cash Prizes: If this contest’s revenue exceeds its costs, entrants will vote on whether this profit will be refunded back to all entrants evenly, or distributed as cash prizes to the winner and runner-ups. Details will be posted on this website within 48 hours of the end of the submission period.

Lenscratch Reader’s Choice: The readers of Lenscratch will choose their own winning submission, which will be featured on Lenscratch.

A note on Lenscratch: Canteen has partnered with the photography blog Lenscratch to detail this contest’s results, promote its winners, and provide exclusive depthful content (analysis, participant reflections, etc.). We have done this not only because we thoroughly respect Lenscratch’s taste and curatorial decisions; but also because Lenscratch has always, before all else, prioritized and promoted the interests of photographers.


1  Regarding the conversation-with-a-judge aspect of the winning prize: While all three of our judges are based in New York City, they all frequently travel worldwide. If you do not live in New York, we will do our absolute best to arrange a meeting during a period of geographic overlap. In the unlikely event that this is not possible, we will arrange a meeting with a more geographically suitable photography/art guru—someone whose prominence is equal to or greater than that of our three judges, and who the winner agrees is an acceptable replacement.

  1. Laurie says:

    HI there,
    What is the theme, subject matter for this competition?

  2. Thanks for your interest, and sorry this wasn’t clearer.

    From our Rules & FAQs page: “All submissions will be judged within a single category. All themes are acceptable, but keep in mind that Canteen is an art publication—so we’re not really looking for adorable pictures of your kittens wearing matching sweaters.”

  3. Christina says:

    Oh, but I have such cute photos of my kittens in matching sweaters. Thanks for the verification! Sounds fun; love the idea!

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