Flash Forward Flash Back: Our New Website is LIVE

posted December 15, 2017 in Announcements, Flash Forward 2018, Flash Forward Flash Back

Flash Forward Flash Back

We are so happy to announce this. Stage 1 of Flash Forward Flash Back is now live! There is much more to come in the days and months ahead, but for now, please enjoy the past and present winners of the Flash Forward Competition as we showcase their stories on our new platform here: flashforwardflashback.com.

Also DO pay attention to all the early bird entries for this years 2018 competition. We will highlight some very special entries, such as Kirsten Leah Bitzer’s, over here: flashforwardflashback.com/flash-forward-2018-best-entries.

And a special note from all of us at The Magenta Foundation… We want to wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday season with all the very best for 2018. Let’s all step in the right direction and make positive changes to the world by being kind and thoughtful to everyone we meet. See you in 2018!

New Flash Forward Website!

posted November 24, 2017 in Announcements, Flash Forward 2018

Hello Magenta friends! Flash Forward is not just changing in terms of submissions and guidelines and overall direction, it’s also changing online as well, in keeping with our new direction for 2018.

Next week a revamped website launches and we hope you return to our website to check it out. We’ll be unveiling a new platform with a new way of seeing the work of past and present Flash Forward photographers. Please do reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter to let us know what you think, we’d love to hear from you on social media.

Flash Forward 2018 Call For Submissions

posted November 22, 2017 in Announcements, Flash Forward 2018

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Call for submissions is open! As of now, the Flash Forward Emerging Photographers Competition is open for submissions. Times are changing, and so are we. As mentioned previously, we’re embarking upon an important new direction this year. The competition is now open to photographers anywhere in the world. We’re also announcing 4 additional areas of special interest: Racial Issues, Climate and the Environment, LGBTQ Issues, Female-identifying Photographers. This open call for submissions ends January 15, 2018. Of note:

– Open to all photographers around the world.
– Applicants must be 34 years-of-age or under as of December 31, 2017.
– The submission fee is $25 USD.
Please review all submission guidelines and upload instructions before you submit your work: magentafoundation.org/flash-forward.

“This is a big deal,” said FFOTOIMAGE when they shared our news on Facebook, and we are confident you’ll agree. Please don’t hesitate to share and submit.

Flash Forward 2018’s New Direction

posted November 9, 2017 in Announcements, Flash Forward 2018

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Hello Magenta friends!

As we’ve shared before, there will be big changes for the next Flash Forward Emerging Artists’ Competition. We’re pleased to announce them here in further detail:

When the Flash Forward Emerging Artists’ Competition first began 13 years ago, the intention was to support and encourage emerging photographers in Canada and stack them up against their counterparts in the U.S. and U.K. to show that there was a group of talented voices not getting the exposure it deserved.

As we enter our 14th year, we are seeing a growing shift in perspective: The work of these young people is being taken seriously throughout the industry, as gallerists, art buyers and photo editors realize that this younger generation is better suited to tell the stories that speak to their peer group. You only need to look to the explosion of Instagram and the talent-mining that routinely happens there for major campaigns to see the change.

Because of this and in the spirit of standing up for under-served artists focusing on the major issues of our time, The Magenta Foundation is announcing a big change for Flash Forward.

Flash Forward 2018 will be a competition for ALL emerging photographers 34 years-of-age or under from all over the world in all forms of photography. It will have something for everyone in all ways the medium is represented today and introduce four important special-interest topics:

1] Racial Issues
2] Climate and the Environment
3] LGBTQ Issues
4] Female-identifying Photographers

The new Flash Forward awards will now include book awards as part of the yearly award: one large compendium of the 100 winners from the year and four artist catalogues, one for each special-interest focus. The competition will also have more ways to showcase the work submitted, thereby increasing the audience. Special guest editors will also be part of our exciting program revision. All the work will be seen on the new Flash Forward/ Flash Back website launching November 20th.

With this change in focus and these additional book awards, Magenta can start conversations that promote awareness, engagement, education and acceptance worldwide. We will create an expansive visual language base, supporting the work of artists who are doing all they can to make the world a better place—while showcasing and celebrating emerging talent in all its forms.

The new Flash Forward will be called: Flash Forward: Canada and the World.

As always, thank you for your support, and we look forward to this year’s reinvigorated competition and hope you do too.