COAST Art Prize 2021 - Fijian Photo Competition - Institute for the Study of the Asia Pacific
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COAST Art Prize 2021 – Fijian Photo Competition

COAST Art Prize 2021

Fijian Photo Competition

Before you apply: Please ensure you read the full competition brief and familiarise yourself with the Centre of Austronesian Studies at our website.
To apply, Please send your application to ISAPUCLan@uclan.ac.uk with your name and ‘COAST Art Prize’ in the Subject line to ensure it is successfully submitted. In your email, please include:

  • A photograph(s), collage, or print of your choosing to submit into the exhibition. Please ensure if you are sending a scan that it is 300dpi.
  • A short piece of text, poem, or story (maximum of 500 words) to accompany each submitted image.
  • Your preferred contact details.

Successful applicants will be contacted at the end of the judging period via their preferred contact provided.
If you have any concerns or need to be contacted another way, get in touch with us at ISAPUCLan@uclan.ac.uk or phone on 01772 89 4511.

COAST Art Prize is free to enter.

Overview

The Centre of Austronesian Studies invites Fijians within the UK to enter the COAST Art Prize 2021. A Photography Competition showing the everyday life of the Fijian Diaspora within the UK and how this differs from the everyday of Fiji.

What to do: To enter, send in a photo capturing how your everyday life in UK in comparison to yours or your family’s life in Fiji to ISAPUCLan@uclan.ac.uk with your name and ‘COAST Art Prize’ in the Subject line. This could be cultural, societal, or even how the environment is different. Along with each photo, your submission should include a description or narrative behind the image (maximum of 500 words). Each entrant may have up to 5 submissions.

Top Tip: The Centre welcomes creativity. Winning submissions will be creative in their narrative, presentation or text while providing insight into the everyday lives of Fijians within the UK.

Up to 20 submissions will be chosen to be exhibited. All exhibited entrants will receive a £20 gift card however from these 20 photos, one photo will be chosen, and their entrant will receive a £500 gift card instead on the exhibition open night in which they will be invited to read their accompanying statement.

 

Background

The Centre of Austronesian Studies (COAST) was launched in October 2018. Its aim is to facilitate research exchange among Austronesian speaking nations. With a total population of c. 400 million speakers, the principle connection is in their intuitive recognition. As an ethnolinguistic group of peoples in Taiwan, Southeast Asia, Oceania, and East Africa, the study of indigenous peoples is inseparably connected to the study of the Asia Pacific region.

COAST is nestled under the Institute for the Study of the Asia Pacific (ISAP) which serves as the umbrella institute for Asia Pacific Studies at the University of Central Lancashire.

For the 2021 COAST Art Prize, The Centre of Austronesian Studies is working in partnership with Communities Fiji Britain (CFB) to raise awareness of the lives of Fijian Diaspora within the UK. As such, the competition welcomes submissions from Fijians living within the UK providing insight to the everyday life and cultural differences of living within the UK.

 

The Gallery

The exhibition this year will be held in the Factory Gallery within the Media Factory Building at UCLan. This building houses media, photography, video and screenwriting students. The perfect place for a photography exhibition.

The gallery has 9x910x760mm hung frames and 16 x 590x490mm frames available for hanging the photography pieces. As such, pieces need to high quality enough to be printed to one of these sizes and must be flat enough to be placed within a glass frame.

One plasma screen is also available in the exhibition space if requested. This can be used to play a looped video or PowerPoint from a USB. Please contact ISAPUCLan@uclan.ac.uk for more information.

Excluding the plasma screen wall, there are six hanging areas.  Measurements are approximately: 2315(h)x3965(h)mm x 2, 2340(h)x3600(w)mm x 3 and 2400(h)x5720(w) x 1.

 

Evaluation

The judging panel will review all submissions and their accompanying text after the submission deadline on the 19th March 2021. The decision of the judging panel is final.

The judging panel will evaluate submissions individually. Both the image and accompanying text will be evaluated.

The two main values for the competition are ‘Narrative’ and ‘Creativity’. Judges are looking for submissions that successfully communicate a visual narrative through excellent creative skills.

The narrative should show life in the UK as a Fijian and the differences, either cultural, social, or environmental, with life in Fiji. Be as creative as you like, this could be a description or the story behind the image, talking about your everyday life in comparison to yours or your family’s life in Fiji. It could even a poem!

 

Terms and Conditions

Please see below for further terms and conditions:

  1. Submissions are restricted to 5 per person. (One image/collage/print with accompanying text piece per submission).
  2. All submissions must be submitted along with a short text explaining either the image, a story behind the image, or provide an insight into life as a Fijian living within the UK or Pacific.
  3. Judging will be based on each submission individually by our judging panel and their decision is final.
  4. To enter, entrants need to have either Fijian nationality, or be of Fijian descent and be living in the UK at the time of the submission.
  5. All submissions must not infringe on the rights of any other party. Nor should any laws be broken in submission.
  6. The entrant, by entering a submission, confirms their photograph may be used within future exhibitions and within promotional material.
  7. The entrant, by entering a submission, confirms they have permission from people featured in the photograph.
  8. The entrant must be the owner of all their submissions and accompanying text. Plagiarism will result in disqualification.
  9. Entrants must supply a high-resolution file for each submission (either photograph or scan of at least 300dpi).
  10. Submissions should be received by COAST Art Prize by the submission deadline on the 19th March 2021, 5:00pm GMT.
  11. The entrant, by entering a submission, agrees to the copyright as outlined below.
  12. COAST has the right to disqualify any submission found to violate the terms and copyright agreement.
  13. The entrant, by entering a submission, agree to have their submitted image and accompanying text published online, within COAST promotional material, and displayed within UCLan exhibitions.

 

Time Scale & Prize

Important Dates

Submissions Open 28 October 2020
Submission Deadline 19 March 2021
Evaluation 20 March-23 April 2021
Successful applicants announced 23 April 2021
Exhibition period Late 2021

Prize

All successful entrants will receive £20 Amazon gift card. With one winning entrant receiving a £500 Amazon Gift Card instead on the exhibition open night. At the open night, the winning entrant will be invited to give a reading of their text. Travel and accommodation will be paid by the Centre of Austronesian Studies at a fixed rate.

Gift Card Prizes cannot be exchanged for a cash prize.

 

Copyright

All photographs and artworks submitted to ISAP UCLan for the 2021 COAST Art Prize are to remain in ownership of the applicant. However, by submitting, applicants agree to have their submitted image and accompanying text published online, within COAST promotional material, and displayed within UCLan exhibitions.

Entrants confirm by entering a submission that they are the owner of the submission, have permission from any people featured and have not breached any laws or copyright by submitting.

Photos may be taken throughout the exhibition period to document and publicise the project. All parties will have copyright permissions of photos and videos for non-commercial use.