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DEADLINE March 19th, 2014 Midnight EST

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Juror: Kyohei Abe

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Modern Translation ©Kyohei AbeThe composition of two or more elements within a photograph, emphasizing either the similarity or dissemblance between them.

One of the most effective ways to express ideas photographically is to compare and contrast subjects visually. Placing contrasting elements side-by-side adds interest to a photograph and holds the viewer’s attention. Opposites such as: large and small, light and shadow, happy and sad, smooth and rough, new and old, horizontal and vertical, still and motion. Each one of these examples draws the viewer in, makes them curious about the story, why is that person happy while the other one is sad? How did that cat managed to get in amongst all of those dogs? Why are these two seemingly unrelated objects set in the same frame?

Explore complex or simplistic incongruity, opposites and contradictions, layered imagery, and observe the addition and subtraction of context. Counterbalance can marry elements by placing them side-by-side, above or below each other, or layer them in the foreground, middle-ground and background just as slow shutter speeds can show the disparity of moving objects compared to static ones. Explore the uniqueness found in apposing colors, textures, characters and objects. Juxtaposition plays a crucial role in creating expression in each of these areas and the photographs' overall message and allure – so crucial that we feel it deserves an exhibit all it's own.

Photo Credits(starting with green grass/ball image, left-right): Japan Series ©Kyohei Abe, Atlanta ©Donna Summers, Modern Translation ©Kyohei Abe, Family Does Laundry ©Gary Mitchell, Body and Soul ©Sheung Yiu, Japan Series ©Kyohei Abe, There and Back Again ©Carr Krizzier, Cipher's Construct ©Kyohei Abe, Pursuing the Light ©Alícia Rius

Exhibit Calendar (subject to change)
Submissions Close 19-Mar-14 Midnight EST
Juror' Choices Announced by 26-Mar-14
On-Line Check-in Due 5-Apr-14
Work Receipt Deadline 21-Apr-14
Exhibit Opens 24-Apr-14
Artists Reception TBA
Exhibit Closes 18-May-14

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  • All selected entries are exhibited in our gallery and included in a full color exhibit catalog.
  • Juror's Choice receives a 30x48" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image, free entry into a future exhibition, and a free exhibition catalog.
  • Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition.
  • People's Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit.
  • We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes. Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs.

Juror: Kyohei Abe

Director and Chief Curator at the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography in Detroit, Michigan. The Center offers exhibitions, both online and in its gallery space, as well as lectures, and workshops throughout the year. The mission is to promote contemporary fine art photography and provide a vital cultural resource to our visual community. Abe has been reviewing portfolios at national events including Filter Photo Festival, PhotoNOLA and Photolucida. He has been a juror for for Critical Mass since 2010. Abe is an artist whose works are part of the public collection of the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI, The West Collection, Oak, PA as well as numerous private and corporate collections globally. He also has been a professor at College for Creative Studies in Detroit since 2005.

While inspired by a wide range of photography, Abe is most interested in seeing intelligent and coherent work displaying a fresh perspective


Upcoming Exhibits

Into Focus: Juror's Choice: "Nora" by Chloe Hotaling Charlotte, Vermont USA
Juxtapose - Deadline March 19, 2014
"Hue" - Deadline April 16, 2014