AuthentiCity – Revealing Purity and Authenticity in Urban Life

Event Dates: 2/15/10 – 3/19/10
Entry Deadline: 3/19/10
(days remaining 32)



Images: 10

illy issimo (Ilko Coffee International) and the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) are pleased to announce – AuthentiCity – Revealing purity and authenticity in urban life – a photography contest for SVA’s photography students and alumni. This exciting contest aims to find talented emerging photographers whose unique vision documents the dynamic nature of contemporary urban life.


The contest will proceed in three stages:

1.) An open call for images from SVA photography students and alumni, which addresses the theme of authenticity in urban life. A selection of these images (approx. 30+) will be exhibited digitally in Milan at the Salone Internazionale del Mobili in April 2010.

2.) Five semi-finalists will be selected from these entrants to receive a commission of $3000 each complete a body of work over the summer that further addresses the theme of the contest. A selection of the finalists’ work will be exhibited in New York City in the fall of 2010. The venue and date for this exhibition are TBA.

3.) One finalist will be selected based upon his or her completed work and will receive a $10,000 commission from Ilko Coffee International/illy issimo.


ELIGIBILITY: This contest is only open to SVA photography students and alumni. All students and alumni from the MFA Photo, Video and Related Media Department, BFA Photography Department and MPS Digital Photography Department are all eligible.

All entrants may not have had a solo show, gallery representation or advertising campaign.

Applicants may only submit one entry, which may include up to 10 images. Sizes may vary.

The theme of the images must loosely fit the theme of “Authenticity in the city.” There are no date limitations on when the work was created.


The wining work will be selected by Carlo Bach, Artistic Director of illycaffè; Ilaria Presotto, International Marketing Director of Ilko; Charles Traub, Chairperson of the School of Visual Arts’ MFA Photography, Video and Related Media; and a prominent photography curator.


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