June 22, 2010

What Makes a Photograph "Award-Winning?"

This past weekend, a new exhibit opened at the Burke. The International Conservation Photography Awards showcases over 75 of the best conservation photographs from around the world. The ICP Awards was the brainchild of Seattle-based photographer Art Wolfe and since 1997, the biennial competition has been inviting photographers to submit their best work in a number of categories, including Wildlife, Nature at Risk, Community at Risk, and Documenting a Conservation Project. The competition is judged by four photography and design professionals, and the winners and honorable mentions from the 2010 competition will be on view at the Burke through Labor Day Weekend.

On opening day this past Saturday, I walked through the exhibit with ICP Awards juror Cynthia Hall (a senior designer at Girvin) with our Flip camera and asked her to talk about the question “what makes a photograph award winning?” She offered some great insight about the factors the judging panel considered when making their final selections:

Each of the photographs in this exhibit has a unique story to tell about conservation and appreciation for the natural world. Come to the Burke this summer and check it out!

Posted by: Julia Swan, Communications