There has been a lot of discussion surrounding the age
requirements for entering The Foam Talent Call. If you are one of the
photographers who falls outside the age range, please do not feel
excluded. You can still submit your portfolio for consideration for
Foam Magazine. Age has nothing to do with the portfolios
featured in three out of four issues. These are selected purely for
their photographic, artistic, or documentary quality.
Olivia Bee is a perfect example. She started her projects at a
very young age, so young in fact that she could not apply to
the Talent Call. Nevertheless, we featured her fantastic work in Magazine issue
#26 because she is an outstanding photographer. As are all
the nearly 200
photographers featured in Foam Magazine since its birth.
The age limits set for the Talent Call have been created in
order to focus once a year on a particular segment of
photographers. This is for the simple reason that we are curious
about how this generation of people look at the world and express
themselves with a camera.
If you don't fit into the Talent Call's age range, don't be put
off. We'll still be very pleased to review your work. Our submission guidelines
are on the website, all you have to do is send us a PDF or a link
to your images and a written statement. We'll try to get back to
you within a reasonable amount of time, however bear in mind that
we receive a large number of submissions every week.
The entry fee to the competition has also been discussed at
length. Because Foam Magazine is non-profit, the €35 that we ask to
enter The Foam Talent Call goes 100% towards producing future
issues. We have a small, dedicated team that is passionate about
photography and they devote a great deal of time into sourcing not
just great work, but also the best way to present it. The proceeds
from the Talent Call are used to pay for the best papers, the
highest quality printing techniques, exceptional writers and
creative designers. This income is also being invested in a planned
iPad app so we can serve our readers even better in the future.
Without the financial support of initiatives like The Foam Talent
Call we couldn't continue to deliver this publication that we care
so much about.
Hopefully, this goes some way to explaining the conditions that
are attached to The Foam Talent Call. So whether you are eligible
for our competition or not, there is still every chance that your
portfolio could feature in one of the next issues of Foam Magazine.
We look forward to seeing your work.