So if you haven’t guessed, we’re in the midst of our 2010 Photo Contest (the Early Bird Deadline is TONIGHT at midnight EST!) which has promised to be better than ever complete with a new structure, lowered rates and an all-star cast of judges. As a veteran panelist and APA|NY supporter, we caught up with Stella Kramer to see what she has to say about this year’s contest:
Mel: What are you hoping to see in this year’s contest?
Stella: Hopefully I will see things that I haven’t seen before; a unique take on these categories. Most times we end up seeing things that are in fact different. It re-energizes me as a reviewer.
Mel: What categories (if any) tend to be grand prize worthy?
Stella: I’d say less people, at least in terms of fashion and more landscape and lifestyle. I am excited to see what contestants do with landscape, action + adventure + sports and people + lifestyle.
Mel: Any helpful hints for contestants?
Stella: Think really carefully about your submissions. Show your absolute best work and something that you are passionate about. We are looking for great work; to be “wowed!”
Stella Kramer is a multi-award winning photo editor who has worked for such major publications as Newsweek, The New York Times, Brill’s Content, People, Entertainment Weekly, and Sports Illustrated.
She was part of the New York Times team winning the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography, and served as the photo editor the New York Times “Portraits of Grief,” memorializing those who lost their lives in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, which won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, and a 2002 Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography.
Stella now works with photographers to strengthen their creative vision, edit their portfolios and websites, and set marketing plans for their careers. She also lectures and appears at photo festivals around the country as a portfolio reviewer. Stella is interested in new applications of photography, and how photography will transition into the new visual landscape.