Ever wonder what goes through jurors’ mind as they’re sifting through hundreds of application? What they’re looking for in photo project? How they decide who deserves to win? Search no more.
Once a month, one of this year’s Flash Forward juror will reveal the reasons behind their choices.
Published June 9, 2019
The team at Flash Forward Flash Back would love to congratulate all the winners of this year's Flash Forward Competition, and especially commend Akea Brown, Lukas Kreibig, Sage Szkabarnicki-Stuart and Liam Mackenzie, winners of the Special Interest categories, respectively Race, Climate, Female Identifying and LGBTQ. As always the works submitted were impressive and inspiring, offering diverse perspectives on our world and on the uses of the photographic medium.
Published January 11, 2019
Personal. Diverse. Challenging. Thoughtful. Thought-provoking. Honest. Surprising. Raw. These are but a few of the qualities that the 2019 Flash Forward jurors are looking for in winning submissions. Read what a few of them are excited about seeing this year.
Photos by Tori Ferenc, 2018 Flash Forward Winner
Published January 3, 2019
The benefits of entering competitions can be beyond the surface. It is a process that can be tedious and ultimately disheartening for many artists, but it is not without its rewards.
Photos by Jackson Krule, 2018 Flash Forward Winner
Published November 7, 2018
Ahead of a journey abroad, Dan Gaba, photo editor at the Wall Street Journal and 2018 Flash Forward juror, reflects on what he learned during a road trip more than a decade ago and what the photos of Jackson Krule, one of this year's winners, reminded him to do.
Photos by Alana Paterson, 2018 Flash Forward Winner
Published October 18, 2018
Journalism has a reputation of focusing on the negative. War, death, destruction, poverty…the list is endless. Photojournalism specifically is often accused of contributing to compassion fatigue. While I do not believe our industry should shield the public from the tragedies of the world, I do find merit in work that focuses on positive stories as well.
Photos by Lawrence Sumulong, 2018 Flash Forward Runner-up
Published September 13, 2018
In his series "Urban Legend", Lawrence Sumulong is not chasing the supernatural, but rather evoking the past of the Manila Film Centre, an imposing brutalist building in the Philippines' capital, and by the same token expounding the country's history.
Photos by Cate Dingley, 2018 Flash Forward Winner
Published August 11, 2018
It can be challenging to find an under-represented aspect of a widely photographed topic. In photojournalism, there exist many tropes that photo editors see pitched time and again, from boxers to barber shops.
Interrogating masculinity through portraiture
Photos by Craig Waddell, 2018 Flash Forward Winner
Published July 16, 2018
If there is one genre of photography I see misused more than any other, it is portraiture. But not in the case of Craig Waddell's series “Masc”.
Showing the Impacts of Institutionalisation
Photos by Elena Anosova, Flash Forward 2018 Winner
Published June 21, 2018
The work entered in Flash Forward this year spanned genres beyond the traditional reportage and fine art. Some of the projects existed in the space between the two. Having grown up in a house of artists and starting my secondary education in fine art but finishing in photojournalism, I find this space particularly interesting.
Photos by Lorena Endara, Mikael Owunna and Leila Fatemi, 2018 Flash Forward Contestants
Published May 31, 2018
Historically, photography has held many faculties, as its inception is rooted in technological experimentation. Photography has covered a wide gamut, used as a tool of indoctrination, but also as a format of empowerment.
Racial Tension and Coming of Age
Photos by Luisa Dörr, Flash Forward 2018 Winner
Published May 10, 2018
Photography attracts the curious. Photographers harness this curiosity to travel outside of what they know to learn about the world, whether it be physically leaving their homes to tell stories in a new place or delving into unknown aspects of their own countries. As a news photo editor who has worked the gamut of local to international news, I see the value in both types of coverage.