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Spring 2016 Award Announcement

We are very pleased to announce the results of our Spring 2016 Call-For-Entries.  The decisions were difficult.  There were so many quality applications with intriguing topics and amazing photographs.  We thank everyone who applied and wish you all well as you pursue important work.

The Established Artist awardee is Kai Löffelbein of Hannover, Germany.  He is continuing locally a project that had its start in Ghana, China and India, at e-waste trails and the consequences of dumping and improper recycling.  In this world of disposable everything, we need to look at what happens to our computers and other electronic devices when we upgrade, which we seem to do quite often.  Understanding the environmental effect of what we toss is of paramount importance.  We are impressed by Kai’s imagery, which is amazing, and also by his plans to create a touring exhibition that will visit schools and universities.

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Our themed award, The Economic Divide, will go to Dustin Chambers of Atlanta, Georgia for his project, Beyond the Dome.  He examines the impact of huge developments in Downtown Atlanta on the neighborhoods on Atlanta’s Westside, specifically the areas of Vine City and English Avenue.  As the structures go up, the communities become more isolated and distant from access to critical resources.  As part of Dustin’s plan to get his story out to the greater Atlanta area, he has planned to print tabloid-sized newspapers to distribute widely.

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