Enter Hahnemühle’s Student Photo Competition

Hahnemühle, the world-renowned fine art paper manufacturer, is hosting its international Student Photo Competition, accepting entries through April 30, 2019.

Students from around the world, who must be enrolled at a state-recognized university, college or photography school, will submit a series of five photos in the style or theme of their choosing. The competition will be held in two rounds, with the first round selecting 50 finalists, and the second round whittling it down to first-, second- and third-place winners. There is no fee to enter.

The 50 finalists will receive a set of Hahnemühle sample packs to help them choose the best paper to print their work onto. The finalists will then receive a box of 25 sheets of their favorite paper.

The international jury, made up of photographers, photo journalists, gallerists and other photo industry experts, will judge the photo submissions based on artistic quality, technical quality and quality of content. Winners will receive cash prizes: EUR 1,500 for first place, EUR 1,000 for second place and EUR 500 for third place, with the intent that the money will be used to support the winners’ further photography work. Also, the top photo series will be displayed at Photokina 2020 in Cologne, Germany.

Registration and photo submissions must be done online using Hahnemühle’s portal — find it here. All entries must comply with the competition’s terms and conditions, also listed on the portal. Good luck!


Prints that Win: Playing Card

Playing Card by Robert HughesAlmost a year ago we profiled the surreal digital art of Elaine Hughes, who won a Sunset Print Award for Dream World. This year, Elaine’s husband, Robert, enters the fray with his Sunset Print Award-winning image entitled Playing Card.

As noted in last year’s profile, both Elaine and Robert have focused their photography toward digital fine art. In the case of Playing Card, Robert says he photographs objects and scenes that might be interesting as part of a surreal digital scene.

He comes up with a concept and calls up other pieces and parts to create an interesting whole. For Playing Card, the focus is (surprise!)… a playing card. It’s a card he picked up at the Flamingo Hotel in Vegas some years back and photographed.

Add a couple of patterned backgrounds and part of a Christmas ornament (the legs of the flamingo), do some Photoshop magic, and Voila!, a print that intrigued the judges so much it scored a 100 at the Professional Photographers of Ohio competition.

Robert has varied interests, and magic is something he dabbled in as a teenager. He’s also an accomplished blues guitar player, currently on a world tour with his band Teeny Tucker. This combination of creative endeavors feeds his photography and digital fine art.

“I usually have some deep psychological meaning behind my work, but this is just a playful image,” he says. “I photograph elements that I store away in the back of my mind. I may be working with an image and remember that I photographed something that would work well. Images tell me what they want to be; I try to be open and listen. If we listen hard enough the image will tell us what it wants to be, and this was one of those.”