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Bramson Photography Contest: Introduction

The Stern J. Bramson Award for outstanding photographic achievement is presented each spring to a student graduating from a Louisville area high school. In 2016, the award includes a certificate recognizing the student's accomplishment and a check for $1

Key Dates for 2016

Important Dates
February 29  8:00 am Photographic Archives begins accepting entries
March 11 5:00 pm Deadline for all entries
April 1   Award recipient notified
April 4  8:00 am Prints available for pick up
May 2  5:00 pm Deadline for picking up materials

Nominations & Eligibility

To be eligible for consideration, a student must be nominated by an art or photography instructor at his or her school.

There are no grade point requirements, but nominees must be assured of graduation at the end of the 2016 spring term.

All public, parochial and private high schools in the Louisville area are encouraged to participate.

Nominations are limited to one per school because the Bramson endowment stipulates only one annual award may be granted for the entire metropolitan area.

Ownership & Copyrights

Students retain ownership and copyrights for all submitted work, but are asked to sign limited releases allowing the University of Louisville Photographic Archives to exhibit and/or reproduce their work in publications for the purpose of promoting, or reporting on, the Stern J. Bramson Award.

Judges & Judging Criteria

Judging will be done by the curatorial staff of the University of Louisville Photographic Archives.

Photographic Archives curatorial staff will consider overall quality and effectiveness of presentation, the photographer's personal vision, and integration of technique and creativity when selecting the recipient of the Bramson award. The judges will evaluate each portfolio solely on the merits of the photographs without knowledge of the student's name, school or training.

Retrieval of Materials

Prints submitted to the Photographic Archives may be picked up at the service desk. Students preferring to have work returned via mail should include a self-addressed mailer with their initial submissions. Please make sure the mailer has sufficient postage and is structurally capable of protecting the prints during transit. Unfortunately, Photographic Archives cannot be responsible for materials lost or damaged in the mail, or prints left at the service desk after May 2, 2016.

Entry Process

Each nominated student must submit a completed entry form signed by the nominating instructor plus at least five, but no more than ten, different photographic images, printed in black and white or color.

Work entered in the competition need not be part of a class assignment and may include independent study projects.

Each print should have the following information on the reverse side (or attached in a manner not visible to judges):

Student name
Home address
Telephone number
High school
Name of instructor

Completed forms and corresponding prints must be received in Photographic Archives between 8:00 am, Monday, February 29 and 5:00 pm, Friday, March 11, 2016. Entries may be mailed or personally delivered to the service desk, which is located on the lower level of Ekstrom Library on the University of Louisville’s Belknap campus. The desk is open from 8:00 to 5:00, Monday thru Friday. Maps and directions are available via links in the box to the right. The mailing address is:

Bramson Award
Photographic Archives
Ekstrom Library LL17
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky 40292

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