Selected photographers whose images are chosen for awards will be honored with a 5-month exhibit at the prestigious Burke Museum in Seattle, Washington. The selected images will be professionally matted and framed by the ICP Awards and professionally mounted in the main presentation room at the Burke Musuem.
Photographers will have the opportunity to provide a description of the process and intention of capturing their winning photographs. A special private function honoring award recipients will be held on an evening prior to the public opening of the show – to which award recipients will be invited to attend along with VIPs from the community and the Burke Museum.www.burkemuseum.org
The Burke Museum and the ICP Awards have collaborated on an exciting new development for the 2012 program. The Burke will tour the top 25 (or so) images – this includes the top 2-3 prize selections in each category plus the Canon Prize recipient (excluding the Puget Sound at Risk category) – to potentially 5 or 6 museums in other parts of the US in the two years following show's exhibit in Seattle.
The ICP Awards is thrilled with this opportunity to continue to enhance the importance of our program – and we hope that photographers from around the world will take this as an extra incentive to participate as one more way to have your work seen and appreciated by even greater audiences. Venues for the touring exhibit will be selected and announced at a later date.
The selected images with photographer credits will also be presented in the ICP Awards Gallery and in other prominent print and online media. In 2010, participating media included: PhotoMedia Magazine, Alaska Airlines Magazine, and the National Geographic Online Newsletter, among others. Announcements of winning photographers will be made via national and local news media.
There will be a mix of cash and merchandise awards in each category as follows:
Student Category: There will be cash prizes of $400 each for the top 3 student images selected; plus there will likely be additional Honorable Mentions in student category.
Honorable Mentions in each category will be included in the exhibition(s) and in all communications regarding results of the awards selections, including the ICP Awards website and gallery. Several Honorable Mentions will be included in each category, all to be included in the Burke Museum exhibit and the online exhibit.
The Canon Prize: In honor of Art Wolfe, the founder of the ICP Awards. Art Wolfe himself will select one image that he deems the best to receive this special prize, brought to you by our long-time friend and sponsor Canon (previously known as the Art Wolfe Award).
The recipient of this award may or may not be included in any of the other winning categories. This award will be given to the photographer whose image best exemplifies the mission of the ICP Awards – and what founder Art Wolfe proclaimed in his original vision for this invitational in 1997: "an event for the advancement of photography as a unique medium capable of bringing awareness and preservation to our environment through art." See details below.
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*Note that cash/merchandise prizes in each category are dependent on number of submissions for the category. In the event that certain categories do not have enough submissions that meet the quality and thematic qualifications of the program, all levels of cash/merchandise prizes may not be awarded.