John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award 1994: Sponsored by the Independent on Sunday and the Finnemore & Field group of companies

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LAST YEAR we launched a new photography prize: the John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award, in memory of the man whose enthusiasm for the photo portrait - particularly Hollywood portraits of the Thirties, Forties and Fifties - built up one of the largest collections in the world. John Kobal died in 1991; but before he died he appointed a group of friends to administer a charitable foundation and asked that an international photographic portrait award should be given annually in his name. Thus, in 1993, the newly established John Kobal Foundation, together with the Independent on Sunday, announced the award of pounds 5,000 which would be divided between the winners at the judges' discretion.

We received almost 2,500 entries last year. The standard was extremely high and, in the end, because the pictures had been so good, and the entries so numerous, the judges awarded seven prizes in all: pounds 3,000 to the winner, pounds 500 to each of the four runners up, and two extra commendations of pounds 250 each.

Today, we are inviting entries for the second John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award from photographers, professional and amateur, who were 18 before the end of 1993. The rules are given in detail below, but for the purposes of this award, 'portrait' may be interpreted in its widest sense, of photography concerned with portraying people with an emphaisis on their identity as individuals. Entries should be submitted by 31 March 1994.

Before we launched the award last year, the Zelda Cheatle Gallery was already committed to exhibiting the 60 best entries, following the winners' reception given by the National Portrait Gallery. The Angela Flowers Gallery also exhibited a further selection. This year, because of the high standard of the pictures, the National Portrait Gallery has decided to host the award and exhibit the best entries as part of their 1994 programme. The Kobal show at the National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Lane, WC2, will run from 25 May to 26 June. The award has also received additional and generous sponsorship from Finnemore & Field, whose graphic designers have taken over the design of posters, entry leaflets and the exhibition catalogue for the award.

Details of how to enter for this year's John Kobal Award appear below.

THE JUDGES

Abe Frajndlich (Photographer); Sivan Lewin (winner, The 1993 John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award); Victoria Lukens (Picture Editor, the Independent on Sunday Review);

Terence Pepper (Curator of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery); June Stanier (Picture Editor); Yolanda Sonnabend (Artist); John Russell Taylor (Art Critic, the Times)

Terence Pepper, June Stanier, Yolanda Sonnabend and John Russell Taylor are also Members of the Council of The John Kobal Foundation

THE AWARDS

The total award money for the 1994 Award is pounds 5,000. There will be one main award for Best Photographic Portrait of at least pounds 2,500 and, if the judges feel it is appropriate,

one or more runners up and/or highly commended awards as well. In that case, the judges will decide on the division of the award money

RULES

1 Entrants can submit one or more portrait photographs in black and white or colour. 'Portrait' may be interpreted in its widest sense, of photography concerned with portraying people with emphasis on their identity as individuals.

2 Each photograph submitted must: a have been taken after 1st January 1993. b be unmounted and no smaller than 16 x 12 in (40 x 30cm) and no larger than 20 x 24 in (50 x 60cm). These sizes relate to the overall size of the print but not necessarily the image which may be smaller. c be marked on the back with the entrant's name, address, daytime telephone number together with the title or description of photograph and date when it was taken. d be received no earlier than Monday 21st March and no later than Thursday 31st March 1994. Any photograph failing to comply with any of these requirements will not be considered and will be disposed of without further notice.

3 Entrants must be 18 years or over on 31st December 1993.

4 The fee for each photograph entered is pounds 5 and should be submitted with the photograph. Cheques or postal orders should be made payable to 'The 1994 JKF Photography Award'. Foreign (non-UK) entries will only be accepted if entry fees are paid by either a UK sterling bankers draft or money order.

5 The total award money will be pounds 5,000. There will be one main award for Best Photographic Portrait and, if the judges feel it is appropiate, one or more runner up awards as well. In that case, the judges will decide on the division of the award money.

The judges' decision is final and no discussion or correspondence can be entered into on their decision. They reserve the right to vary the awards or not to make any award.

6 By entering the competition photographers:

a warrant that they own the work submitted, that the whole copyright in the work is vested in them, that they have not in any way encumbered their right to deal with the ownership of the work and the copyright by assignment, licence or otherwise and that if the work was commissioned for private and domestic purposes it is submitted with the permission of the person who commissioned it; b agree that their work may be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery at St Martin's Place, London WC2H OHE from Wednesday 25th May to Sunday 26th June 1994; c license Newspaper Publishing Plc to reproduce their entries without charge in connection with the promotion and reporting of the Award;

d agree that The John Kobal Foundation and the National Portrait Gallery shall have the right of free reproduction of all exhibited photographs in any catalogue published to accompany the exhibition and for all sales/publicity/educational/reference purposes in connection with the Award.

7 Reasonable efforts will be made to notify photographers by telephone before 15th April 1994 if their work is to be exhibited and to notify prizewinners by telephone prior to the announcement of the Award in the Independent On Sunday Review on Sunday 22nd May 1994.

8 Entries can be delivered in person to The John Kobal Foundation which is situated at 4th Floor, 184 Drummond Street, London NW1 3HP (nearest Tube - Warren Street) only between 11.00 and 16.00 from Monday 21st to Friday 25th and Monday 28th to Thursday 31st March 1994.

9 Entries may also be sent by post to The John Kobal Foundation at the above address and should be posted to arrive between the above dates. They should be clearly marked for the 'Attention of The 1994 John Koba1 Photographic Portrait Award'. Proof of posting will not be accepted as proof of receipt.

10 Entries, other than those being exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, may be collected in person from The John Kobal Foundation between 11.00 and 16.00 from Monday 18th April to Friday 22nd April 1994 inclusive. Prints not collected during that period will be disposed of without any prior notice.

Unexhibited entries will only be returned by post to photographers who have supplied a stamped, self-addressed envelope or box. If this is not supplied entries will not be returned and will be disposed of without prior notice to the photographer unless collected in person before Friday 22nd April 1994.

Prints exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery should be collected in person from the National Portrait Gallery at St Martin's Place, London WC2H OHE unless exhibitors have supplied a stamped, self-addressed envelope or box.

Exhibitors will be notified in due course of the dates and times that prints must be collected from the National Portrait Gallery which, in any case, will be no earlier than Monday 27th June 1994. The John Kobal Foundation will reserve the right to dispose of prints not collected by the final date notified to exhibitors without any prior notice.

11 The responsibility for damage or loss to photographs, however caused, is the responsibility of the photographer. The John Kobal Foundation, the Independent on Sunday and the National Portrait Gallery shall not be liable for any loss or damage, whether or not caused by negligence.

12 Members of the Council of The John Kobal Foundation, employees of the Kobal Collection, Newspaper Publishing Plc, the National Portrait Gallery and The Finnemore & Field Group are not eligible to enter the Award.

THE JOHN KOBAL FOUNDATION gratefully acknowledges the financial support provided for The 1994 John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award and Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery by the Independent On Sunday and Finnemore & Field

ENTRY FORM

I wish to enter my photograph(s) for the 1994 John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award. I have read the rules and agree to be bound by them. I enclose a cheque or postal order for my entry fee(s) of pounds 5 per photograph entered, made payable to 'The 1994 JKF Photography Award'.

When you submit your print(s), please ensure that you have written your name, address, telephone number and the title and date of the photograph on the back of each print as well as on the form below.

NAME (in full)

ADDRESS

DAYTIME TELEPHONE NUMBER

NUMBER OF ENTRIES ENCLOSED -

TITLE AND DATE OF PHOTOGRAPH(S)

Tick box if over 18 but under 25 years on 31st December 1993 - Total amount of entry fees enclosed ( pounds 5 per entry)

Please read the rules relating to return of entries very carefully.

Entries will only be returned by post if a suitable stamped addressed envelope/container is submitted at the time of entry.

I will collect my entry in person YES - NO - I have enclosed a stamped addressed envelope/container for postal return YES - NO -

If you do not want your entry back after judging is completed, please tick this box, thereby authorising its disposal -

HOW TO ENTER

Complete, detach and return the entry form together with your non-refundable entry fee of pounds 5 per photograph.

The above must be included with the photograph(s) when delivered or posted to:

THE JOHN KOBAL FOUNDATION, 4th FLOOR, 184 DRUMMOND STREET, LONDON NWI 3HP

at the times and dates advised in the rules

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